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Home Selling in Kalispell : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Apr 27, 2012
My NC Homes Team answered:
Typically most Realtors will charge between 5-6%. This is usually split equally between the lisiting company and the selling company. While what they charge certainly matters, it's not as important as what they do for what they charge. What the public tends not to know is that 80% of all new agents won't last more than two years in the business. That of those who do remain in the business, the average agent earns less than $40,000 a year before taxes. In other words the majority of agents working at any one time really aren't that great and unfortunately you don't really know how good or bad your agent is until it's over and too late.

Being successful in real estate requires a huge commitment of time and money and again unfortunately most agents consider real estate to be a low overhead business and end up with incomes to match.

I've attached a link below that you may find interesting on how to find a great Realtor.

I wish you all the best.
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Mon Nov 22, 2010
Emmanuel Scanlan answered:
Hello Kalispell,

The City of Kalispell, Building Department WEB link is It does appear that Kalispell has assumed the responsibilities of the "Authority Having Jurisdiction" (AHJ) for all building and building codes matters. Kalispell has adopted the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC). You can view a free online copy of the 2006 IRC at The IRC requires that all basements and sleeping rooms have a minimum of one egress opening out to the exterior of the home. When a sleeping room is located in a basement this adjoining basement spaces are not required to have the egress opening if the sleeping area has one. If you look on the Kalispell WEB site above they do spell out the requirements of the emergency opening and have very good diagrams, etc.

The building codes were created to provide the minimum criteria for new construction, renovations, etc. The applicability of the codes also depends on if they were in force when your home was built or remodeled to include that basement sleeping area. Additionally the Kalispell AHJ can make even stricter requirements specifying that any home with your situation be made to comply with emergency egress (life safety) requirements even if built prior to the codes being adopted. What I would advise is to call the Kalispell building department and speak with them whether your home would require that emergency egress opening, if not already there. The last thing you want is to have a buyer's Inspector come out and write it up as an issue just to potentially cost a sale. When you speak to the AHJ obtain either a specific reference or have the AHJ inspect the home and provide a certification that you meet all requirements.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me and good luck on the sale of your home.

Emmanuel J. Scanlan
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Mon Nov 22, 2010
Eric & Janelle Boyenga #1 Team answered:
There are hundreds of great websites available to you if you are selling your home. More importantly which websites will be most effective in exposing your property to the largest audience. It is always best to start with the local mls sites since they target the local area best. Then you want to make sure that your property is getting into all the national sites,,, etc. Then there are plenty of local classified sites, backpage, craigslist, and gbase. Then you may want niche sites for certain types of homes, or certain locations etc. Hope this is helpful, it would be greatly suggested to do many web searches to see where the home traffic is being driven and make sure you are included in these websites.

Good Luck,

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