"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children."         
Dietrich Bonhoeffer    
Hello dear friends and clients,

Spring is officially here in the Flathead. The Berners will tell you so as they romp through the spring flowers! Already the listings are coming in. I have land for building your dream home, boat docks for recreational pursuits, Flathead Lake property and so much more.

Stable interest rates and a forecast for more inventory is great for buyers. Another buyer perk: turns out that homeowners spent more on upgrading their homes in 2017 than in any year since 2006, according a Harvard University study . An average $12,361 in discretionary spending went into upgrading kitchens and bathrooms. Here is an interesting article that talks about the top 15 features that sell homes (read here).

By the way, if you have recently cancelled, withdrawn your listing or it has expired, contact me. We'll get it listed and sold! My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price. Call, text or email me. We'll have dinner (I have an in with the local sushi joint)! 

See you soon and cheers!  Denise
I am ready to help you achieve your goals. Here are just a "few" of the 101 things I do for you!
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#1 Realtor in TRANSACTIONS for the Flathead Valley
#3 in SALES VOLUME for the Flathead Valley
#1 in SALES VOLUME in Bigfork
Denise, I am writing to thank you for your outstanding work. In 2005 and 2006 you walked me through the purchase of two Flathead Valley homes that subsequently became rental properties. In 2007, when the market went into a recession, your knowledge of the area and your contacts expedited sale of one of my homes.  
Once again Denise, you "got it done." It took your determination to overcome a winter market and your persistence in having me reduce the accumulation of "stuff" to close the sale of our Kalispell home.  
Always we send fond regards, Kay and Ken
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More news on home buying (click on the photo to read)...
Buying a House in 2019:
What you need to know
First-Time Home buyers get a break with lower mortgage rates
7 Gardening Trends for 2019 (click on the photo to read)
From the Farmer's Almanac, here are the top 7 gardening trends for 2019. There are some great ideas like catching rain water, wild gardens and moon gardens (plants that bloom at night), but the one that caught my eye was technology in the garden. Are you paying attention John Lang? There are Roombas for mowing the lawn!!!
Denise's Kitchen Corner.. . Rack of Lamb Persillade
3 small or 2 large racks of lamb, frenched
Good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped garlic cloves (3 cloves)
1 cup fresh white bread crumbs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the racks in a roasting pan, fat side up. Rub the tops with olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast the lamb for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the parsley and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until they're both finely minced. Add the bread crumbs and lemon zest and process for a second until combined. Take the lamb out of the oven and quickly press the parsley mixture on top of the meat. Drizzle with the melted butter and return immediately to the oven and roast for another 15 minutes. Take the lamb out of the oven and cover with aluminum foil. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes, cut in double chops, and serve. (recipe courtesy of Ina Garten)
Denise's Book Corner...
This is a coming of age book with a fascinating back story. It took the author, Delia Owens a decade to write the novel, I think because she had so many life experiences and notes on which she could draw. Growing up in the south eastern US, her mom told her if she went far enough into the woods, she would hear the crawdad sing. She must have listened because as a young women, she and her husband went to live in Africa where she discovered isolation and as she calls it "wildlife is a church." She now lives on a Rocky Mountain ranch in northern Idaho and says she has finally found where the crawdad sings....a beautiful metaphor! The story is about Kya, who was born into an unfortunate family with a mother who leaves and an alcoholic father. By 10 years old, she is all but abandoned and takes to the marshes to find comfort in the nature that surrounds her. She grows up with the tag of "Marsh Girl" and her story develops to include romance, a murder mystery and a love of nature. If you watch CBS Sunday Morning, there was a wonderful interview with the author. The popular book has been discovered by Reese Witherspoon who is going to make it into a movie.
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