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Home Buying in Montana : Real Estate Advice

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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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Wed Apr 30, 2008
Regan Langel-Barranger answered:
Hello-- My name is Regan Langel. I'm a Realtor in the Gallatin Valley but I've worked with Butte and Whitehall properties and do have a couple of listings out there. The commute is not bad-- only about 25 minutes in interstate travel. As far as the quality of life in both towns? They are excellent towns for all sorts of reasons. Great air, great views, incredible people, and of course-- golfing, skiing, fishing, hiking, and mountains all within 20-60 minutes. The market has somewhat leveled off over the past couple of months but you can get some incredible buys. I'd love to send you some more info if you're looking to relocate. You can contact me at 406-284-6546. ... more
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Thu Jan 2, 2014
TF answered:
No, it's not ethical. The better question is what can you do in this situation? I'm sure a realtor or attorney will chime in with an answer to that question. But, good ethics are playing no part in what they're trying to do.

I wish you the best of luck and, honestly, there are a lot of homes out there. We just had two fall through on us, but now we're buying a house we actually prefer. Remember, all you've lost at this point is the money for the inspection, which is small considering the investment you're about to make.
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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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Tue Jul 20, 2010
Steve Walton answered:
Looking into foreclosed homes sounds easier if you're listening to the radio ads than it really is. Most homes in foreclosure go through a fairly lengthy process before they hit the open market for purchase.

Your first step should be to check the county's listing of homes set to come up for a trustee sale. This info is of public record and your courthouse should be able to help you. You do need to know that to purchase at a trustee's (auction) sale, you will have to purchase the home generally in as-is condition with no opportunity to inspect and in most cases you'll have to provide cash at the auction.

Most foreclosure homes will come to the open market and will be listed with a licensed real estate professional for sale. The banks list them for sale with realtors because they still have an interest in getting the most money they can for the home and realtors offer the best market to achieve that. In many cases, though, foreclosed homes are in tough shape and can be purchased at below-market prices.

Keep in mind that the Montana real estate market is still performing very well... regardless of what we might read in the paper about the national market.
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Wed Feb 20, 2008
Hilary Anderson answered:
Are you asking about a brand new home? I work in Kalispell and our new homes start around $220,000 for single family residence. The price per square foot in this area is around $120 - $140 depending on the quality of finishes (i.e. cabinetry, flooring, windows, countertops, lighting, appliances..etc) If this isn't what you were looking for please let me know what I can help with. Thanks! Hilary ... more
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Wed Feb 10, 2016
Doug Maas answered:
Your best bet is to go to and take a look at the available properties.
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Mon Jul 20, 2009
Hilary Anderson answered:
Where are you looking to move to? There are different options for each community. I can put you in the right direction is you are looking at NW Montana, including Kalispell, Polson, Whitefish, Eureka, Columbia Falls, Libby... etc. If you are moving to a different part of the state just let me know what that part is and I can hook you up there as well. Thanks, Hilary ... more
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Wed Feb 6, 2008
Platform Realty Group answered:

You have to have comnparables and Montana is a big place with numbers all over the Board. Again the best advice is to get a good Realtor. We keep saying it but that is because you need that. I am from Oregon and I bought Property is Montana and I have been going there my whole life. I found out by asking around who was the top agent in the valley.

I called that agent and a couple of others and than I made my move. I looked at comps and it was not easy but it worked out ok. The Realtor helped me a lot in that Scenario. Hopefully this will help! Montana is a great State! Man I loved it up there.

Best wishes;

Dirk Knudsen
"The Real Estate Doctor"
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