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Evironmentally-Friendly Tips for the First-Time Homebuyer in Montana

Save money and avoid illness with the right building processes in the Bitterroot Valley and beyond

If you are a first-time homebuyer in Montana looking for the best deal for your budget, be sure to look at environmentally-friendly features, too. With the latest technology, materials and more, you can save a lot of money and help the environment at the same time with your new home purchase. For example, check out these…

3 Environmentally-Friendly Tips for the First-Time Homebuyer in Montana

1. Look at heating and cooling options approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

While the Bitterroot Valley has some mild conditions throughout the year, you’ll still want to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.The Covey - Sandhill Ridge - First-time homebuyer in Montana

Contractors must follow certain energy codes per state law, but you also want to keep an eye out for ENERGY STAR® New Homes. Designed to use a lot less energy to heat and cool your home than other systems, these homes use the latest materials and techniques.

According to the Energy Star site, “the EPA ensures that each product that earns the label is independently certified to deliver the quality, performance, and savings that consumers have come to expect.”

2. Don’t forget air quality.

To be comfortable in your new home and avoid allergens that can make you and your family (and pets) sick, check for an Indoor airPLUS home. These homes must be ENERGY STAR Certified first before receiving an Indoor airPLUS certification backed by the US Department of Energy (USDOE).

Be a Montana local! Western Montana living and The Bitterroot ValleyAccording to the EPA, “Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary partnership and labeling program that helps new home builders improve the quality of indoor air by requiring construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants.”

3. Research the builder/construction company.

While The National Center for Appropriate Technology indicates that, “all new residential buildings in Montana must comply with the ‘mandatory’ provisions of the energy code and at least one of the building envelope compliance [control heat, air, liquid water, water vapor movement] methods,” you still need to due your due diligence.

Conduct research on the construction company that built the homes you are interested in to see their history and experience, construction processes, building materials, testimonials, and more. This way, you know you’ll be working with a reputable company and can put some of your anxiety to rest.

Enjoy Your Environmentally-Friendly Home!

Enjoy Sandhill Ridge - First time homebuyer in MontanaToday, builders and contractors are using the latest materials, technology and practices to create solid homes that can withstand the elements, be environmentally friendly and provide comfort. This is not only good for the health and safety of your family, but it will also help you save money on utility bills.

As a first-time homebuyer in Montana, be sure to remember these key tips and enjoy your new home!

Need some help finding the perfect home in the Bitterroot Valley? Please contact me directly at 406.240.6497.

Enjoy Western Montana living at Sandhill Ridge.

Help for First Time Homebuyer in Montana

The Bitterroot Valley Has Something For Everyone!

Are you a first time homebuyer in Montana looking for the perfect house in the Bitterroot Valley? Do you want to live in a great area to enjoy all that “Big Sky Country” has to offer but have a limited budget?

If so, you are probably a little anxious and need some help.

Well, here are a few things to think about to start your search and have the best home-buying experience possible.

Top 2 Starting Points for the First Time Homebuyer in Montana

What speaks to you in the Bitterroot Valley?

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Are you looking for world-class fishing experiences?

If you don’t know where you want to live in the Bitterroot Valley, conduct some research online and, if possible, visit the areas that might be a good fit.

There are many places to choose from including: Hamilton, Corvallis, Victor, Florence, Stevensville, Darby, and more!

Drive around at all hours to see the various communities and talk to local residents. They can give you tips you can’t get anywhere else.

And this is the only way you can get a “gut feeling” about where you want to live.

Find a licensed and experienced professional to help you.

Once you have a good idea of what each community has to offer, it’s time to get some help. Now, you may have a close friend or relative who wants to find your new home for you.

Cindi Hayne has a new home specialist certificationHowever, it’s better to hire a licensed and experienced real estate expert to assist you. After all, many people want to live in the Bitterroot Valley, and beating the competition to your perfect dream home can be the difference between using an experienced pro or just a real estate “friend.”

To start, look for an experienced real estate expert who has the appropriate licensing. You want to ensure they can manage all of the processes and legal paperwork.

And note that the good agents have more than just a simple, real estate certificate. Look for extra accomplishments and awards.

For example, in addition to being licensed in the state of Montana to sell real estate, I am an: Accredited Buyer Representative, Certified Graduate Builder, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Certified New Home Specialist, E-Professional, Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing, Quality Service Certified Platinum, Resort and Recreation Specialist, Seniors Real Estate Specialist.

This may seem a little intimidating, but don’t work with just anyone because you are new to the process and don’t think you can afford an experienced, licensed professional.

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Do you want to be a first-time homebuyer in Montana?

You can, and this is very important when it comes to finding, and purchasing, your dream home with as little stress as possible (and at the best price)!

Plus, many of the top agents work with all budgets. For example, even though I buy and sell luxury properties, I work with people who have all kinds of budgets and financial situations.

This means you get to work with a real estate agent who knows the luxury home market in the area AND all about new construction projects, properties available and those coming up on the market, too.

On that same note, I’m a local resident. This is something else you want to look for when you are trying to find a real estate expert. Only locals can give you invaluable information about the community, schools, businesses, neighbors, utilities, crime, weather, and so much more.

Start With These 2 Points and Be On Your Way to Buying Your Dream Home!

When you buy your first home, start the right way. Conduct your own research and then look for an experienced and local real estate expert to help you. This way, you know you will find a home you love, spend your money wisely and feel confident about your big, long-term investment.

As always, I’m here to answer any question you may have as a first time homebuyer in the Bitterroot Valley, or Montana in general. Welcome, and I look forward to meeting you!

Feel free to contact me directly for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected] 

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Discover Montana Luxury Homes For Sale

The Secret to Find Luxury Homes for Sale in Western Montana and The Bitterroot Valley

If you want to find Montana luxury homes for sale that are unique and offer the best materials, workmanship and location possible, you need to work with an experienced, local professional.

This way, you can save time, money and hassle while they find the perfect home for you. But, the biggest benefit is that they know of special, Montana luxury homes for sale you won’t find anywhere else. For instance…

Do You Want to Fish From Your Private Deck?

West Fork Retreat just went on the market. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom lodge is a fishing paradise. Right next to the West Fork River, you simply step out on your private, second deck and cast a line into your own, private fishing area where large fish gather… regularly.Western Montana Luxury Homes for Sale in West Fork

Then, you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful trees, sound of the river and more. There are over 12 manicured acres and 2500 square feet of space for your enjoyment.

Not only does this include the beautiful scenery and wildlife only Montana can offer, but inside, you’ll find high-quality granite counter-tops, tiled floors, a native rock fireplace with a Maynard Guldenhaur wood stove, formal and informal dining areas, guest rooms, a master suite on the main floor, and much more. It’s turnkey and ready to go.

Would You Like to Own a Piece of Montana History?

Not listed on the MLS, you will love The Bitterroot River Retreat in Hamilton, Montana. The land was purchased by the renowned conservationist, Otto “Mose” Teller who spent over 50 years in the Bitterroot Valley fishing, hunting and enjoying the beauty of the area. He bought many properties in the area for conservation purposes and was instrumental in creating the Teller Wildlife Refuge, 1200 acres of private, non-profit refuge open to the public.

The Bitterroot River Retreat of your dreams

Now, you can own the property he used as his final summer home!

Be ready to impress your family and friends with this one-of-a-kind luxury home. You can enjoy over 3900 square feet of indoor living and over 1500 square feet of covered and screened-in porches.

With custom-made amenities, gorgeous views everywhere and more, it’s a secret waiting for you to discover!

Do You Love Horses?

If you dream of riding horses in “Big Sky Country Montana,” there is limited property available in Forest Hills. Bordering the Bitterroot-Selway National Forest, the owners of Forest Hills were hay farmers who raised beef cattle and now manufacture forestry products.

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They took exemplary care of the land and are offering an exclusive, 27 parcels ranging from about five to ten acres. As one of the lucky owners of this land, you will experience the best of what Montana has to offer.

This includes equestrian trails leading directly to forest-service access. You can enjoy the beautiful evergreen trees and four seasons while still being close to all of the fine dining, entertainment and shopping the city has to offer.

There Are Montana Luxury Homes for Sale in The Bitterroot Valley!

This is just a small sample of the luxury homes for sale in Western Montana. Whether you want to find a private fishing oasis, land for horseback riding and other outdoor activities or just a fantastic place to call home, there are many “secret” properties to discover.

To learn more, please contact me at 406.240.6497 or [email protected].

Do You Know About These Western Montana Homes for Sale?

There are luxury homes and ranches for sale in Montana and Bitterroot Valley real estate for sale, too!

Many people are flocking to find Western Montana homes for sale and Bitterroot Valley real estate for sale, too.

Do you know where to find the luxury homes and ranches for sale in Montana that meet your specific criteria before the competition snaps up the best properties?

The new television series, “Yellowstone,” (now in its second season) and films like “A River Runs Through It,” “The Horse Whisperer,” and other media bring a lot of attention to the wide open, beautiful spaces of Montana and all of the wonderful activities available here. Many people see these shows and want to leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind to enjoy some peace and quiet.

If you are one of these people, you can face a lot of competition for the luxury homes and ranches for sale in Montana… unless you work with an experienced, local real estate professional. In fact, did you know that I have several…

Western Montana Homes For Sale

Right now, there are numerous options for Bitterroot Valley real estate for sale including:

West Fork Retreat

This gorgeous fishing cabin right next to the West Fork Bitterroot River just went on the market. This is a dream location for anyone who loves the great outdoors. In fact, you can fish for some of the best rainbow and brown trout in Montana right off of your patio! To check out this three bedroom, two bath fishing oasis, click here.

Western Montana Luxury Homes for Sale in West Fork

Sandhill Ridge

A brand new community is now accepting applications at Sandhill Ridge. There will be 35 homes on premier lots that range from 1 to 2.29 acres. You can choose different models, personalize your home and even pick the location you want! Plus, these homes are just outside of the big city so you can enjoy lower energy bills and property taxes while experiencing all of the great schools, excellent healthcare, outdoor activities, entertainment, food, and more that Montana has to offer. For more information about this community, click here.

Your Sandhill Ridge fireplace awaits!

Forest Hills

Another option is to buy a lot in Forest Hills. Just south of Missoula in the Bitterroot Valley, you’ll find 185 acres ready for you. Whether you want to ride horses, experience world-class fly-fishing, camp, hike, or have fun on another outdoor adventure, this is the area for you! To learn more about Forest Hills, click here.

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Bitterroot River Retreat

Looking for the ultimate, Montana luxury home? Check out the Bitterroot River Retreat here. This is an exclusive listing you won’t find on the MLS. It’s a historical gem that was the final, summer home of Otto “Mose” Teller, the renowned conservationist. With over 3900 square feet of space and beautiful views everywhere, you’ll enjoy fantastic fishing experiences and be able to come home to many amenities including a private Jacuzzi, customized office, chef’s kitchen, artist’s studio, workout room, two-car heated garage, and much more!

Enjoy your Bitterroot River Retreat in Montana!

There Are Western Montana Homes For Sale to Meet Your Needs Right Now!

Whether you are looking for cost-effective living in Big Sky country, luxury homes and ranches for sale in Montana or Bitterroot Valley real estate for sale, your new home is waiting for you. Let me help you find and purchase exactly what you are looking for… before the competition finds it.

To learn more, please contact me at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

Enjoy fly fishing right outside your door at this Western Montana luxury home at West Fork!

Looking for Western Montana Luxury Homes for Sale?

This Bitterroot Valley log cabin just went on the market at the coveted, West Fork area!

If you have been searching for the perfect, Western Montana luxury homes for sale, you’re inWestern Montana Luxury Homes for Sale in West Fork for a treat. This Swedish-coved log home, West Fork Retreat just went on the market.

Right next to the West Fork Bitterroot River, you’ll have clear-running water all year long and some of the best rainbow and brown trout in the state, right outside your door.

Located on more than 12 manicured acres, this is one of the Western Montana luxury homes for sale that is rarely available. It will go fast!

Garage and storage space at West Fork Retreat.

This fly-fishing lodge offers more than 2500 square feet of space, completely paved, four-season access to the home, high-end granite countertops, tiled floors, a native rock fireplace with a Maynard Guldenhaur wood stove, and formal and informal dining.

Plus, there is  a heated three-car garage, a master suite on the main floor, and many other, amenities. 

Relax with friends in your West Fork Retreat kitchen!Guests can relax in two bedrooms with a full bath and gathering area upstairs. And if you, or your visitors, would like more privacy, there is a separate, guest cottage with numerous amenities just outside of the main residence.

You can step outside the expansive deck downstairs and enjoy a hot tub or sauna for some peace and quiet. Best of all, you can easily cast your fishing line any time of the day on your private, second deck. Here, the bend of the river creates natural boulders and quiet ponds where large fish love to gather.

If you want to experience more of the great, outdoors with wildlife, flowers, pine trees, and much more, the West Fork Ranger District provides a multitude of choices from short day-trips all the way to extended back-country adventures.

Catch some fish at West Fork!Hiking at Trapper Peak Trailhead and exceptional, downhill skiing at Lost Trail Powder Mountain, are just a short drive away. Plus, Highway 93 is only 11 miles away and the exclusive, Triple Creek Resort is nearby as well.

You can enjoy all of the entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and more that Western Montana has to offer, and then return home to your own, private retreat right in the heart of the beautiful Bitterroot River.

The lodge is move-in ready and waiting for you!

To learn more about this exclusive, fly-fishing lodge and other Western Montana luxury homes for sale, please contact me at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

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Time for the Skwala Hatch in the Bitterroot Valley

Enjoy This Anticipated Event in Western Montana

It’s time for the most anticipated event in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana… the Skwala Hatch!

This is when spring arrives and the Skwala come out near the Bitterroot River. And when the Skwala come out, so do the trout… in record numbers.

Basically, Skwala are stonefly bugs that hatch around March and April, and trout love them. These bugs provide a big meal that the trout haven’t had since winter began so they come out in droves to feast. The good news is that the fish haven’t been duped by fake “bug” lures for several months, and have completely forgotten about them. This means you might have a better chance of catching some big trout this time of year.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind, especially if you are just visiting the Bitterroot Valley and the Skwala Hatch for the first time.

  • Check with a seasoned pro.

While the news may make it sounds like catching trout during Skwala season is easy peasy, you have to be in just the right place at just the right time. Before you head out, talk to a local who has extensive experience catching fish during this time of year. They can give you tips on where to go, what to do and when, and more.

  • Go against the crowd.

The Skwala Hatch is a big deal in Western Montana and the population of fishing enthusiasts expands overnight. With this in mind, you can avoid the crowds and have better luck if you go to the “unpopular” locations. Talk to your local expert and find a place that is “off the beaten path.” Not only will you avoid the competition, your fishing spot will probably provide more peace and relaxation so you can actually enjoy your time on the river!

  • Listen, Watch and Learn.

Pay attention to others who plan to fish in the area. Many newbies will go before the sun rises because that’s when they usually fish in their hometown. However, the trout tend to like the warmer water that comes later in the day. If you wait to go out in the afternoon, you might have a better chance of catching more fish. Also, if you hear a lot of tourist chitchat about when and where they are going to fish, you’ll know it’s a good idea to avoid what they’re going to do!

As a local, these are some of the tips I’ve heard from the resident, fishing pros. For more information on the Skwala Hatch, you can read more here.

Have fun, and if you’d like to fish here all year long as a local, contact me at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]. I’ll help you find the perfect Western Montana home!