Bozeman, MT Real Estate News

By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
Cat/Griz Rivalry It was a sad, sad day on Saturday here in Bozeman Montana!  Our beloved Bobcats lost to our state rivals the Grizzlies in a football game that was nearly an embarrassment.  Heart sick would be a great term to describe our emotions for the day.  We actually went into the game number one in the nation and should have easily had this won, and maybe that was the problem, we were a bit cocky. There are some wonderful things that came of this week though.  We banded together with great support for our team.  Here are a few of the activities throughout the week that did show home town pride:  “Can the Griz” food drive:  Both schools compete, with lofty goals of raising nearly 30,000 lbs of canned food for those who need the help this season!  The Bozeman Chronicle printed an a...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
Bozeman Real Estate 3rd Quarter Market update The following graphs should help you understand where the market in Bozeman is for the 3rd quarter of 2011.           Market for Single Family Homes in Bozeman, MT The previous graph indicates that our average price has very gradually increased each quarter this year.  It also shows a significant upswing in homes sold for the 2nd quarter, our very productive summer months and just a slight decrease for 3rd quarter as we head into the end of the year.  What is very promising is the decrease in the average number of days on the market for each quarter thus far!  Please note the title, this is only for single family homes on less than one acre in our area and does not include condo's or vacant land. Real Estate Inventory for Bozeman, MT This gr...
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By Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate, Bozeman Real Estate: Luxury Homes, Land, Ranches
(ESTATE House, Bozeman Real Estate)
Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival is every December in both Hyalite Canyon and Downtown Bozeman, Montana.Enjoy Bozeman ice-climbing, vendor booths, world-class shows, archived and modern ice climbing films.According to Organizers, "The Bozeman Ice Festival is in a unique position to reflect back at the heritage of ice climbing with an eye toward the future."The Ice Festival's Organizers planned a once-in-a-lifetime event in 2011: ice-climbing great, Jeff Lowe, one of ice climbing's heroes, attended!Be a part of this yearly gathering in Bozeman's beautiful Hyalite Canyon (MAP below) and Emerson Crawford Theater and Ballroom, 111 South Grand Avenue, Bozeman!Previous Events:For the tenth anniversary, Pat Callis did a 40th Anniversary ascent of Hyalite Routes Genesis and Mummy II with his orig...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
New construction projects for Bozeman, MT    The Bozeman city commission voted to partner with the county for building new police buildings and court offices.  This will enable them save on construction costs by consolidating and it looks as though things may be moving forward! The city has budgeted $500,000 for 2013 and 2014 for designing the project and are hoping to pass a bond issue to pay for construction.  This should bring another large construction project to Bozeman.  Recently, construction has been started, is in process, or nearly finished on the following commercial projects: Kohls opened in September and hired 130 new employees! The new and improved Safeway Store and plaza, with webcam to monitor progress! A storefront for JC Billion for the Nissan and GMC lines! The new Pe...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
Bozeman Honors Fallen Veterans  Veterans here find that Bozeman makes them feel warm and welcome, both at the university and in the community.  On Friday, volunteers will gather at MSU to read the 6200 names of the troops that have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.  Names will be read from 9 am until 5pm with a moment of silence observed at noon and will be streaming on Montana State Universities’ website.  If you would like to participate by reading for 15 minutes, call994-6902 to volunteer. Some other activities happening over the weekend are:     The student veterans club will be hosting its first 5k and    10k run, register at 7 am on the north side of the sub.     American Legion will be serving breakfast from 7 am to    9:30 am and a memorial service at Sunset H...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
Bozeman Homes on the Move! Not a great real estate market you say?  You would be amazed by the number of Bozeman homes on the move then.  Sellers had the market cornered for years here, they could list their homes at the price they wanted, and almost invariably receive an offer, and sometimes multiple offers.  They would not negotiate for repairs, and were immoveable on timelines. Well, times have changed somewhat.  There is flexibility in negotiating (although not always as much as the buyer would like to think), and the sellers are definitely willing to help make repairs and work with timelines.  Hmmm, this sounds like a much healthier market place, maybe even a great real estate market! Inman News is reporting that pending homes sales are on the rise from a year ago in most areas bas...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
  This weekend the first snowfall has come to Montana! Here at Bozeman Montana Real Estate we update photos consistently so your listing doesn't ever look like it has been on the market for too long or that the pictures are outdated. Even during the winter months, Bozeman can be a spectacular area and the photography is sometimes stunning.   I have also added tips for staging the exterior of your home in the article Selling Your Home: Tips for a Winter Yard, and you can find other great home selling tips on the right side of this blog under the Home Sellers tab.  Check back often, or sign up in the upper right corner to receive this blog via email for new ideas in marketing your home!   If you want your Bozeman home to be presented in the best light possible, give us a call and we woul...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
  Dierks Bentley in Bozeman Montana   Our small town welcomes Dierks Bentley to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse for an evening of music November 17th.   Dierks is an American Country singer who has been on the scene since 2003.  His hits include:               “What Was I Thinkin”             “Come a Little Closer”             “Settle for a Slowdown”             “Every Mile a Memory”             “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)”     Tickets are $35 each and there are some great seats left.  I've got mine, do you have yours?    
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
Bozeman Planning Department  is trying to be more business friendly by offering lunch time training sessions for the general public.  In recent years there have been many changes made to city land development and use regulations and the planning department would like to help ensure that those in need of the information can get it easily and understand it. The following dates and subjects will be available: Nov 8:  Codification.  Where to find it, how to use it, what updates have been made. Nov 15:  Site Plans and Conditional Uses.  Development has never been easier! Nov 22:  Subdivisions and Exemptions.  All the ins and outs. Nov 29:  Signs.  Sign plans, sizes, and permitting.   Sessions are from 12 to 1 pm in the City Commission room of City Hall.  Come learn a little more about the ci...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
  Bozeman Homes:                Insurance Considerations   Buying a new home includes finding the proper insurance to go along with that.  You likely already have insurance for your auto, may have some life insurance, and possibly renters insurance, and the agent you are working with can help you with a quote for your new home as well.   If you are purchasing a condo, you will need insurance only on the interior of the unit.  Ask your real estate agent to provide you with a copy of the Condo CC&R’s and provide them to your insurance agent, this document will describe where your ownership begins and the associations ownership ends.  They can help you in tailoring a policy that will protect the inside of your home and your belongings with a deductible that is appropriate for you.   If you...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
Possible Financing Issues                               Buyers Beware!! Did you know that 30% of all purchase applications are rejected?  This is according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.  Here are some pitfalls buyers might want to review BEFORE making application! Income issues: ·         Is your spouses credit good as well?  Are they going to be able to use their income. ·         Have you changed careers lately?  A complete change will require some time to verify you can make it in this field. ·         Have you started your own business or become freelance?  This requires a minimum of two years tax returns to verify income, and sometimes more stringent requirements. Debt to Income Rations: ·         Bonus time and overtime are handled differently, check with your lender! ·    ...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
  Bozeman Montana Homes:   Are you a buyer in need of Down payment assistance?   Believe it or not, there are still programs available to help with your down payment and financing options for a home!  There are obviously requirements and restrictions, but you could end up with:         Help for your down payment                                  Very low interest rates                                                         Pre purchasing counseling                                                                                     First time home buyer education   I teach some of the first time home buyers classes for this program, please email or call for sign up.  It is some fantastic information for even if you purchase in months or years out to help you prepare both financially and ...
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By Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate, Bozeman Real Estate: Luxury Homes, Land, Ranches
(ESTATE House, Bozeman Real Estate)
Get the Christmas Spirit at the Ellen Theatre December 2 - 23, 2011Bozeman, Montana - Montana TheatreWorks, Insty Prints, and Holiday Inn, will present a play based on Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Remember the Paramount Pictures Screen Play/Film, White Christmas (written by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank) which starred Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace, Danny Kaye as Phil Davis, Rosemary Clooney as Betty Haynes, Vera Ellen as Judy Haynes?Cast:Bob Wallace: Keith KrutchkoffPhil Davis: Todd HoberechtBetty Haynes: Sarah BakerJudy Haynes: Cheryl SheedyGeneral Waverly: George DeVriesDirector: Mary Jo LudinMusical Director: Frederick FryeFeaturing songs like "Sisters," "White Christmas," "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing," "Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep," "What C...
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By Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate, Bozeman Real Estate: Luxury Homes, Land, Ranches
(ESTATE House, Bozeman Real Estate)
November 4 - 6, 2011 was Bridger Ski Foundation's Annual Bozeman Ski Swap - Bozeman, Montana, Gallatin County Fairgrounds - 406-587-2445Are you anticipating this year's Montana ski season? Sharpening those skis and boards? Thinking about new or great used equipment? Then the Bozeman Ski Swap is for you!Bozeman's Ski Swap was a tremendous success in 2011, and Bozemanites even saw the season's first substantial snow on the ground Saturday morning as they waited to enter!- Bring your Consignments on Friday, November 4 between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. Costs $1.00 for each item consigned.- Open to Club Members Only for first hour, Saturday, November  9:00 am - 10:00 am.- Open to General Public, Saturday, November 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Open to Everyone. Admission $2.00 for non-BSF members.- Open t...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
You know, we all get suprises from time to time.  I was very suprised when this email arrived in my inbox yesterday.  They have been in their home for 3 years, and suddenly a thank you.  It is so nice to be remembered and then to have them contact me sure made my day.  Please share if you have an uplifting story like this one!  We often share so much of the negative, that it would be nice to hear some uplifting stories about clients. If you want this to be a story about you, CALL ME 406-209-0022 or EMAIL ME Jenifer@BozemanMontanaRealEstate.net  
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
  Reba McEntire in Bozeman,MT! Thats right folks!  Reba McEntire is coming to Bozeman, Montana.  The Brick Breeden Fieldhouse will be hosting the show on October 20, 2011.  Now, for those of you that have seen her in larger venues, imagine the intimate setting here!   We are looking forward to sharing our beautiful town, and getting a fantastic show.  Thanks for making us a stop on your tour….      If your coming to town for this show, and want to look at real estate while you’re here, please call or email in advance and I can help you do that!      
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By Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate, Bozeman Real Estate: Luxury Homes, Land, Ranches
(ESTATE House, Bozeman Real Estate)
The Gallatin Field Airport (BZN) in Belgrade Montana, serving Bozeman and the surrounding region, may soon have a non-stop air flight to New York, NY (JFK).By combining a $950,000 public grant from the US Department of Transportation's Small Community Air Service Development Program with approximately $725,000 in private monies offered both by ski areas and businesses near Big Sky and Bozeman, airport officials hope to get Montana's newest direct flight off the ground.With the Gallatin Field expansion having recently finished, adding four new gates, Gallatin airport officials are eager to expand national and international air service into southwest Montana.If this new SW Montana air service can be instituted, soon residents of Montana could be on their way home from a Broadway play in t...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
  Montana State University ... … … … …                     It’s Bobcat Football Season!!!!   For any of you that have a home town football team to route for, you know what I mean!  Saturday afternoons were meant for tailgate parties, socializing, and a good old fashioned dose of home town spirit.  It’s where men, women, and children come together in a great outdoors to find a sense of pride and community involvement.  In the tailgate area of MSU, it’s a sea of blue and gold.  We have a new addition to our stadium, it is the end result of several years of fund raising, and then an $8M construction project, meaning employment for many, and a renewed chance at being able to purchase tickets for a home game!  We had a record number of attendees this last game, over 18,500 of us to cheer on ...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS! HOMEBUYER EDUCATION   Are you asking yourself the question IS IT THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME TO PURCHASE MY FIRST HOME?   In order to help make such a big decision one should know what the benefits of home ownership are, how lenders decide to make loans, and if your finances are in line with what you want to purchase.   There is a 9 hour homeownership educational course instructed by a (HUD-Approved) expert of the field with the sole goal of helping you to better understand the terrain you are about to wonder into. Topics discussed include:   1. What the Advantages and Disadvantages are of Homeownership   2. Assessing Homeownership Readiness   3. Understanding Credit   4. Managing Finances   5. The Mortgage Process   And MANY MORE…   This is an open course-free of cha...
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By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
  The internet is a powerful marketing tool. In one scenario a former CEO of ForSalebyOwner.com self listed his 2,000 sq. ft. New York Condo through his own personal classified and FSBO sites. After six months to no avail, he decided to hire a New York broker who advised a price change, attracting multiple offers, and closing for $150,000 OVER the original asking price! The listing sold for $2.15 million.  The internet is a powerful marketing tool. So what is the modern role of a realtor?  Stories like the above testament validate the challenges and struggles realtors go through behind the scenes. Realtors are experts at buying and selling residential and/or commercial properties, land, and second homes. They orchestrate appraisals, analyze market conditions, and play therapist as they ...
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