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Top 10 Myths About Montana Real Estate – Debunked!

Bitterroot Valley Real Estate Agent Provides Inside Tips

From all of the television shows, movies and news reports, you might have the wrong idea about Montana real estate and living in this area. As someone who works, lives and plays in the Bitterroot Valley and has sold many homes here at all price ranges, here are…

The Top 10 Myths About Montana Real Estate

1. All of the homes are expensive.

While you may see many of the beautiful, luxury mansions that are available in Montana on television and in brochures, there are also all kinds of homes available at various price points. So, if you are a first-time home buyer, or just looking for a new place to live, Montana has something for every budget.Bitterroot Valley real estate

2. It’s cold and snowy year-round.

In reality, the Bitterroot Valley is known as the “Banana Belt” of the Northwest. Here, they experience 16 hours of sunshine a day during the summer with mild temperatures year-round. You can experience all of the seasons!

3. It’s difficult to start and run a business here.

Actually, Montana recently ranked #1 in The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship with Missoula ranking 9th and Bozeman ranking 12th in their startup rate per an article in the Montana Associated Technology Roundtables. New businesses launch regularly in this state, including high tech, manufacturing and science companies, to name a few. Montana just might be the perfect place to grow your business!

4. There is no affordable land to buy.

This is just not true. For example, you can apply right now to be one of the first residents in the new subdivisions in Sandhill Ridge and Forest Hills. These new communities in Ravalli County are now accepting applications for over 30 lots homes on premier lots ranging from 1 to 2.29 acres.

5. Utility costs are higher than average.

A lot of the new construction in Montana focuses on “green” construction and buildings that “live and breathe.” For example, the homes at Sandhill Ridge are energy-efficient and offer lower utility costs. They also include Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). And you can relax with a one-year builder warranty. This means you actually help the environment while saving money on your utility bills.

6. It’s impossible to build a new, custom home without spending a fortune.

Enjoy Sandhill Ridge - First time homebuyer in MontanaIn the new communities, you don’t have to compete with the long-standing big cities nearby. With these subdivisions, you get more living space, room for expansion and land for your money. Also, you often have the opportunity to choose from different home models in various locations. Plus, you can personalize the floor plan and request numerous upgrades, basement additions and more.

7. The schools aren’t that great.

Actually, you will find some excellent educational opportunities available at schools like Montana State University, The University of Montana, Carroll College, and many more. Also, a study by U.S. News and World Report recently ranked, Florence-Carlton High in the Bitterroot Valley as seventh in Montana receiving a bronze medal.

8. There are tourists everywhere.

Naturally, you are more likely to hear about all of the popular parks, hiking trails, ski areas, and more. But there are many areas that are quiet where you can enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature without seeing anyone! In fact, if you are in town, please give me a call as I’d love to show you around and introduce you to some of the “local” secrets you can find in this beautiful state!

9. Taxes are high.

Actually, in the less popular areas and new communities, residents pay a fraction of the taxes of the big, popular cities in the surrounding area.

10. It’s difficult to shop and get around.

Skwalla fly fishing - MontanaWhile the Bitterroot Valley offers hundreds of quiet places to enjoy all that nature has to offer, you can usually reach all of the amenities of the “Big City” in a matter of minutes. There are plenty of shopping and entertainment venues, restaurants, and more for everyone in the family. This means you get the best of living in “Big Sky Country” and the “Big City” too!

Friendly People and Wide-Open Spaces Await!

In Montana, you can enjoy world-class fishing, skiing and other, outdoor activities one minute and be in your quiet, peaceful home the next.

Whether you are looking for a log cabin home, a new place for your family to enjoy or just a change of pace, Montana has something for everyone!

If you’d like to learn more about Montana real estate, and get a breath of fresh air, please call me at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

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How to Find the Best Bitterroot Valley Real Estate Agent

Local Montana Realtor Provides Insights For All Budgets

If you want to find the best Bitterroot Valley real estate agent for your specific needs, you need a local, Montana realtor who knows much more than what is for sale and how much it is! Not only am I an experienced real-estate agent in the area, but I’m also a local, long-time resident who is raising her family in the area. With this in mind, I want to share a few tips to help you save time, money and hassle by finding the right realtor for you!

3 Keys Questions to Find the Best Local Montana Realtor or Bitterroot Valley Real Estate Expert for You!

1. Does she live in the area and know only things a resident will know?

Many realtors will show you homes within your budget with the specific amenities you want. But, what about information on the local crime, who exactly lives next door, tips on the local schools, shopping, and more?

Find the best Bitterroot Valley real estate agent here.This is detailed information you really need to know before you move into a new home to protect your family and have the best situation possible. If you want to buy a home in “The Banana Belt” in Montana, you need to find a Bitterroot Valley real estate agent who lives in the area and knows all of the inside secrets about the area!

2. What is your agent’s expertise and experience level?

This seems like an important question when you are just starting out in your home search. However, many new home-buyers will only ask others for references, use members of the family or friends to buy and sell their home or go with the first name that pops up on the Internet to save time.

Many buyers will also avoid agents who sell luxury homes because they think they only deal with high-end budgets. Try to keep an open mind, and know that many luxury real estate agents help people with all budgets. They really have a grasp on what’s available (and when) in the local area, numerous financing options, how to get more for your money, and more,

The Best Montana real estate expert, Cindi Hayne, is here to help you!Picking a real estate agent without checking experience levels, area of expertise, credentials, and more can cost you thousands of dollars and waste hundreds of hours of your precious time. If a real estate agent doesn’t know what they are doing, you can end up paying more for your new home and discover expensive leaks and repairs, noisy/scary neighbors and other, ugly surprises after you move in!

Take the time to research local, Montana real estate agents before you start the home-buying or selling process.

3. What is your instinct about the real estate agents you meet?

After conducting your research and talking to a few of your top choices for a Montana real estate agent, what does your gut tell you?

When you meet a professional, experienced real estate expert who answers your questions, gives you insider details about a specific location and works with you regarding your specific budget, deadlines and home desires, you’ll have a feeling of confidence with that person before you even start your home-search.

If you have a good instinct about a specific real estate expert, this is a good sign that you found the right person and will experience a lot less stress through the entire process.

Simple Questions Lead to Fantastic Results!

While these may seem like simple questions, give them a try. As an active resident of the Bitterroot Valley, I know the people, schools, local happenings, and much more. This enables me provide valuable information to my clients no matter what type of home they are looking for or the amount of money they have to spend. This is essential information you need when buying a home.

As an award-winning real estate agent in Montana, I’d love to help you find the perfect home to fit your needs. However, if you decide to work with another Bitterroot Valley real estate agent, please review the questions in this blog before moving forward. You’ll feel a lot better about your choice and be more at ease during the home-buying or selling process.

As always, I’m here to answer any question you may have about real estate in the Bitterroot Valley, or Montana in general.

Feel free to contact me directly for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected] I look forward to meeting you!