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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Mark Meissner answered:
Hi Linda,

Great question. I presume you have not spent too much time in the area. In addition to unparalleled recreational opportunities, Montana is a place full of culture, and all of the different towns offer their own special flavor. Bozeman, which is about an hour from Big Sky is teeming with different cultural opportunities. I'm sure you'd find aspects of it that you'd enjoy. There is a university there of about 13,000 or so students that come from all over the country and the globe. Check out these local websites to see more of the opportunities. There is a fantastic video on the first link.

Feel free to email me if you have any specific questions or certain things you're looking for. Thanks Linda, and we hope to see you in Montana soon!

Mark Meissner
Sales Associate
ERA Landmark
(406) 570-9576
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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Jeffrey Bent answered:
Pre-aproval is a simple process that usually requires you to make an appointment with a mortgage lender or your local bank. You will probably need to bring a copy of your most recent paystub and copies of your tax returns for the last 2 years. If you are not working with a lender yet I would recommend calling Mike Styren at Mann mortgage 406-587-8600. He is a very informative and easy to talk to. He is also one of a few lenders here in town that can get you into a mortgage credit certificate that might save you a couple hundred dollars a month on taxes. After you have your preapoval then you can make a very solid offer on a new home when you find one you like. Fell free to give me a call or an email if you have any other concerns or questions. Jeff Bent realty executives
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Sat Feb 25, 2012
Mark Meissner answered:
Hi Jacobsnm,

Go to the upper right hand corner of your screen and pull down the menu by your name. Then click on "Profile." This should open a new window. On the far left side you'll see a list of items. You may have to click "More," but one of them will say "Homes I'm Following." Go into that page and then in the upper right hand corner of each listing there will be a button that says Delete. Simply click that and away it goes. Hope that helps! Enjoy your weekend.

Mark Meissner
Sales Associate
ERA Landmark
Bozeman, Montana
(406) 570-9576
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Fri Jun 21, 2013
Matthew Boone answered:
Go to our website at Almost everything in the area/region is listed for sale on that site. It's linked into our local Multiple Listings Service. There are still quite a few properties around in your price range. You'll have to decide where you want to be ie Ennis, Bozeman, Big Sky, Belgrade.

Ennis is a terrific small town with lots of excellent fishing.
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Tue Oct 5, 2010
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Mon Jul 19, 2010
Jeff Bent answered:
If you can provide me with the address of the home you are interested in I can gather the information you need.
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Thu Jun 10, 2010
Kelley Halle answered:
I believe that Trulia only shows you a few of the recent sales at a time -- I'm not sure why they do this, and it is a flaw in the system in my opinion. The real statistics from MLS: the market in Bozeman is picking up nicely in recent months, with 297 single family homes being sold so far in 2009. There have also been 137 condos and townhomes sold in 2009. If the search is expanded to the entire Gallatin Valley, those numbers rise to 421 and 156.

It's a great time to buy, and Bozeman was just chosen by as one of the top 10 cities in the US for future property value appreciation!

Give me a call if you need more information on the area market, or on any listings that you have an interest in.

Kelley Halle
Prudential Montana Real Estate
581-3144 (cell)
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Thu Jun 18, 2009
Robin Hall answered:
Hi Nick,

Having lived in Bozeman most of my life (I now live in Helena, Mt) I can tell you anywhere in Bozeman is good for renting. The optimum would be around the college (southside) but rentals are in high demand anywhere. You not only have Montana State University but alot of people in the area just can't afford the high priced housing so will continue to rent. Bozeman is a beautiful town with two great ski hills and plenty of recreation so alot of people want to live there. I pretty much rented on the northside when I was younger, the area you are talking about is convenient to downtown so I think it would do well. Good luck!

Robin Hall
ERA Lambros
Helena, Mt
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Wed Jul 30, 2008
David Brewer - 406.532.5595 answered:
Gallatin county is the fastest growing county in Montana, and Bozeman is a great community.

Prices vary depending on needs, but there is a wide variety of properties available to suit any buyer. The market has been doing well compared to the rest of the country and is one of the best markets in the state. Montana in general has not been as affected by the recent changes in the market, and properties values continue to increase.

Bozeman itself is a growing city (in Montana a city is 40,000), and average home sales are around $210K.

For retirement purposes there are several communities around Bozeman to consider such as: Belgrade, Three Forks, or Livingston.

Depending on your lifestyle you could always look around Gallatin Gateway, Ennis, and of course Big Sky.

Land is ripe for development, and lots of builders are working constantly, especially in Big Sky.

David Brewer
Prudential Montana
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Wed Mar 18, 2009
Carolyne Calvin answered:
There are others. I would be happy to get you information on all the available developements. What exactly are you looking for? Lots, homes, both?
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Sat May 10, 2008
Luci Edwards answered:
Did your REALTOR make the homework?? I mean looking for sold comparables in the same neighborhood before making an offer...It's very important to know how much houses are selling in the same place, because that could be the case for the none response. Some times sellers get offended if there is no point for the lower offer, or even a by phone negotiation from REALTOR to REALTOR, least showing some respect to the other party.
That is the way I work , I know it is buyer's market, but I believe that proving a point and showing a respectful interest for the property counts more then 1000 words.
Call me if you need more help,
Luci Edwards
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