REMAX of Bigfork

Real Estate Resources

Resources, articles and notes of interest for buying or selling real estate in NW Montana.

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“Analysis Paralysis” can be costly

While working with a number of client sellers this year, I’ve come to note in some a state of “Paralysis by Analysis”.  Brought on by the recent falling market and the uncertainty of whether we are at the bottom of the market (and coupled with an unknown election outcome) there is real loss of direction (continued…)

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Haggling (otherwise known as Negotiating)

I’ve been watching an interesting show on PBS called “Market Warriors” which is about 4 antique buyers who are given challenges to buy and sell antiques.  The four buyers are followed around and you can watch their different methods of haggling to get the best deal.  The four have vastly different personalities and in any (continued…)

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State Leased Property

On Echo Lake and Rogers Lake you’ll find properties for sale that have really low prices in comparison to other lakefront home.  Why the huge difference?  These are “State-Leased” properties.  These is real estate where you don’t own the land, the State of Montana does.  The purchase price is for only the improvements on the (continued…)

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Pricing wisdom

Words of Wisdom:  “Price your property high enough so that you can sleep at night, but not so high that buyers in the marketplace will feel that your property will be available for any length of time.”  

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Buyer Feedback… or the dreaded silence

How to interpret Buyer Feedback and Showing frequency: 1.  If there are no, or a low amount of inquiries, and few or no showings, then the market (Buyers) have rejected the price.  Pricing has missed the mark and is in need of a significant repositioning.  We typically recommend a 10% change in order to shift (continued…)

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How big is the RE/MAX reach?

Hot off the presses is the recent news from RE/MAX that international house hunters can visit and find over 300,000 properties around the world.  Most impressive is that the website can be seen in 33 languages and includes the all important currency converter!  Anyone who has a home listed with a RE/MAX agent is (continued…)

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1031 Exchanges

Large and small real estate investors looking for tax relief from capital gains take advantage of the tax code commonly knows as a 1031 exchange.   If an investor sells property they pay tax. Taxes are paid on capital gain, not equity or profit. However, property that qualifies for preferential treatment under Internal Revenue Code §1031 (continued…)

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Home design for aging

Its no surprise that when we show property to folks over 50 (and sometimes 40) that there is a concern about how the home will function for them when they reach their golden years.   I saw this home design that puts some thought into creating a versatile living space for usability as one ages (continued…)

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6 areas to fix up before selling

We often get the question from prospective sellers, “What do I need to do to get my home ready to show?”  First, if you ask that question, you better be ready to hear a little hemming and hawing from us real estate people.  And here’s why.  Its a touchy subject to comment on another person’s (continued…)

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Zoning – what’s it all about?

Zoning questions?  Zoning can be very important in the decision to purchase property.  Zoning is put in place by a governmental body – here in Montana it is at the county level.  Regulations usually have guidelines that would affect a larger geographic area.  We can assist you in determining the current zoning before you buy, (continued…)

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Thinking of Selling in Northwestern Montana?

When you are thinking about selling, be sure to contact the Scott Hollinger Team at REMAX of Bigfork to discuss the current market and any of your concerns about the selling process. A full listing presentation can be sent to you that will introduce the team and explain effective pricing strategies and our successful marketing (continued…)

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How to Appeal an Unfair Property Tax Assessment

Tax assessments were mailed out and have come to a mailbox near you! We have received so many phone calls from property owners (most on Flathead Lake) wishing to appeal an increase, that we have created this resource to help out. To figure out about what your taxes will be under the phase in, use (continued…)

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