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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]

Sandhill Ridge, Montana is ready for you!

How to Find the Perfect, Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes

5 Things to Look for to Enjoy Western Montana Living Now

Spring is almost here. The snow is melting. The birds are singing, and the perfect, Bitterroot Valley luxury homes are waiting for you! If you are thinking of moving the Big Sky Country to enjoy Western Montana living, now is your chance! There are many opportunities available to purchase your dream home in this beautiful area. However, there are a few things to watch out for before you begin the search process.

With this in mind, here are…

5 Tips to Find Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes Now!

1. Look outside the popular areas.

Start a new business in MontanaYou’ve probably heard of the big cities like Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, and more. These can be packed with tourists, lots of traffic… and big prices.

When you start your search for a new home, look at areas close to the popular areas. This way, you can experience all of the amenities, entertainments, shopping, and more that the big cities have to offer while avoiding all the people, taxes, fees and more.

2. Find an experienced, real estate expert to help you.

Don’t try to search for all of the Bitterroot Valley luxury homes that might work for you on your own. Instead, find an experienced real estate agent who lives in the area. This is the only way you can find the “hidden gems,” really get the inside scoop on the local communities, crime reports, schools, important events, and more.

Plus, an experienced expert can show you exactly what you’re looking for, do all of the paperwork for you, negotiate a great deal, and provide a smooth and successful process for your move.

3. Find “Green” homes to save energy.

Did you know that you can save on your energy bills, breathe healthier air and get more value out of your home when it is built with environmentally-friendly methods?

Specifically, there are specific companies in the Bitterroot Valley that specialize in creating “green” homes. Tamarack Construction has been in the area for years and is known for creating custom-made homes using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). These SIPs help to keep you comfortable year-round with healthier internal air, and they block cold and hot outdoor air from getting inside to help reduce your energy bills.

4. Don’t give up because of prices!

The Bitterroot Valley is a popular place to live because it is known as “The Banana Belt” of Montana. Here, you have fairly mild temperatures year-round, but you still get to enjoy all of the seasons… and the fun outdoor activities that come with them. Because of this, you’ll find extremely high home prices in many areas. Don’t let this discourage you! Instead, let your real estate expert help you.

For example, are you aware of the new community at Sandhill Ridge? Here, you’ll find Bitterroot Valley luxury homes at various, affordable price-points. This new area is minutes away from Missoula so you can enjoy all of the excitement the city has to offer and then drive to the quiet, peaceful surroundings of your home.

5. Create your custom home.

Enjoy Sandhill Ridge in Montana!When you view different, Bitterroot Valley luxury homes in the area, keep in mind that you can customize a home to make it your own. Initially, you may have a picture in your head of your perfect, Montana dream home and may not find exactly what you want. Don’t let this stop you!

Remember, there are many experienced designers, contractors, builders, and more in the area who can help you. Work with your real estate agent to find the right people, location and more to build your dream home!

Montana is Waiting for You!

If you want to find Bitterroot Valley luxury homes that meet your specifications and budget, now is the time to start looking. There are new communities opening outside of the popular and expensive cities and many local experts who can help you create the home you want quickly and cost-effectively today!

Want to find Bitterroot Valley luxury homes to meet your needs and start the dream of Western Montana living? Contact Cindi Hayne for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

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Green Living in Western Montana Luxury Homes

It May Be Time to Move to Help the Environment and Your Health!

If you are considering Western Montana luxury homes right now, be sure to look at all the benefits of “green living.” Building a home to meet environmentally friendly standards was something many people did in the past out of necessity. But, things have changed. Today, home buyers are looking for green features to save money and enjoy more benefits while helping to reduce their imprint on natural resources.

For example, did you know that you can:Enjoy Sandhill Ridge in Montana!

  • Save up to 10% on your annual energy bills and be more comfortable by sealing air leaks and adding the appropriate insulation per Energy Star.
  • Get more for your home as the U.S. Green Building Council indicates that, “green homes sell at higher prices and faster than comparable, conventional homes.”
  • Avoid illness from indoor air pollution with the appropriate insulation, filters, air units, and more. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states that, “the individual presenting with environmentally associated symptoms is apt to have been exposed to airborne substances originating not outdoors, but indoors.”

What’s lurking in your home?

With this in mind, what pollutants are in your current home? Are they making you and your family sick?

What about your energy bills? Is your heated air going right through the walls due to poor insulation?

If your current home was not built with green features, you may be damaging more than just the environment! Maybe, it’s time for a move?

Green Living in Western Montana Luxury Homes at an Affordable Price

If you want to move to a healthier environment, save money and enjoy the great outdoors, there is a perfect opportunity available now in Sandhill Ridge. This is a brand new community in Ravalli County, Montana.The Covey - Sandhill Ridge

These are Western Montana luxury homes, but they are affordable. This is because you are not right in the dense, popular areas for skiing, hunting and other, outdoor adventures. However, you are just minutes away. This means you can enjoy all of the benefits of what Montana has to offer, without paying “city” prices or being surrounded by a big population of people. You can escape to your own “Big Sky Country” oasis!

Plus, this community of environmentally friendly homes in Montana is being built by Tamarack Construction. They have extensive experience building energy-efficient homes made with “green” construction methods. For example, your custom-made home will include Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). This insulated system offers lower utility costs and a one-year builder warranty. You can work with their in-house team to custom design your home and personalize it with various upgrades such as floor-plans options, basement additions, location choices, and more.

“It is estimated that by 2018, the green, single-family housing market will represent about 40 percent of the market, and 84 percent of all residential construction will have sustainable features,” per the U.S. Green Building Council.

Green living is here to stay. Are you ready to move into your environmentally-friendly Montana home and enjoy better health, cost savings, and the great outdoors only Big Sky Country has to offer?

To learn more about living in Western Montana luxury homes, please contact Cindi Hayne for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]