Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell 
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 The Swan Lakers...
One of my volunteer activities is working with the non-profit Swan Lakers. This wonderful group of volunteers is devoted to preserving the natural, cultural and historical resources of our beautiful Swan Lake. This year, John Lang and I hosted the 2016 Annual Meeting. We were blessed with good weather, great food and a truly wonderful group of friends. Because Bigfork is not incorporated, much of the work is done by dedicated volunteers. My gratitude goes out to all the citizens of the Bigfork area who do so much good and help protect this incredible corner of the world.

Bigfork's "Big Fork!" is the newest addition to our little village. It is made by a local artist of powder coated steel and is a real photo opp for both tourists and locals alike! Check it out and while you're at it, go upstairs and enjoy some sushi at  SakeToMe!

Hello dear friends and clients, 

August is gone and September's beautiful cool nights and warm, sunny days are upon us. I love September and October in the Flathead. The air is crystal clear and the skies are so blue. There's just a hint of fall color. As you know, I keep a swift pace and to relax, I love to cook and read. For this reason, I am starting 2 new features in my newsletters. One will be a recipe corner and the other, a reading recommendation. I hope you will enjoy them both and let's try some of my sucessfull recipes together. Bon appetit! 

Now, let's talk about the market:
According to Kelley's Market Trends, a fter 3 months with the number of residential sales below 2015 levels, August changed directions with the number up 13.3% over August of 2015. In the first 8 months of this year, there have been 1,078 residential sales, compared to 1,101 sales in 2015. The total number of sales is still down 2.1% compared to last year at this time.  Mortgage interest rates continue at  record lows with the average 15-year rate at around 2.875% and the average 30-year rate at around 3.625%.  In the first 8 months, 54.1% of residential sales were on small urban or suburban lots, 22.8% were on 1/2 acre to 3 acre lots and 14.4% were on 3 to 20 acre tracts. There were also 40 waterfront home sales, representing 3.7% of the market.
We are down to 12 months of inventory (from 14 last month). I  always encourage my sellers to price their property  competitively. On that note, I would be happy to meet with you, go over the sold properties in your area, and help you find a price that makes  sense to you and reciprocally to prospective buyers that will drive them to your listing. Call me and we'll talk.  

If you see something in this newsletter that  a friend or a family member might enjoy, scroll to the very bottom of the 
email and click on  Forward this email  button. I love to share! And remember...if you are thinking of listing your property, c all me  first and I will guide you through the process so it happens seamlessly. 

As always, I thank you for your friendship, your business and for sharing this most beautiful place with me and my family. 

Cheers, Denise

Flathead Valley Market Report  - 1st 8 months of 2016

"Housing is still a hot spot in the economy." That's true in the Flathead, for sure. Click here to read.
NEW LISTING and some interesting articles...
341 Wheatgrass Court, Bigfork
MLS #21609506 $349,900
3 Reasons to sell your home
before the summer ends.
You can change a broken light bulb with a potato, really!

"The emotional cycle of a transaction."
 Tell me about psychology degree comes in real handy!   Click here to read.
233 Harbor Drive, Bigfork
MLS #335099
13603 Great Bear Loop, Bigfork
MLS #21608505
200 Crestview Drive, Bigfork
MLS #21608859 

"What are America's 20 Hottest Markets?" Some will surprise you-- 
(Fresno, really)? That's where I went to high school! Click here to read. 
7175 MT Hwy 93 South, Lakeside
MLS #327606
670 Wolf Creek Drive, Bigfork
MLS #335088
133 Rose Bud Lane, Kalispell
MLS #21603489

SOLD...                                          Montana People...                       Back to nature...
944 Swan River Road, Bigfork
MLS #21607344
10 Reasons why Montana people are the best you'll meet!
Back to Nature... mother and baby owl. We relish nature in Montana!

BOOK NOOK                                     BON APPETIT

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." 
Stephen King

Damaged souls looking for forever homes--who can't resist that theme? This book speaks to me on a very personal level because I have rescued so many damaged, little 4-legged souls, (over 6) and one lived to be 16! 

For those of you who know me well, you know that the best birthday gift that I could ever have is guessed it....another little 4-legged lost soul.  Best present ever! This is a  must read and good for the heart, too. Click on the photo to read more about Ellen Cooney's book.

"If you can't feed 100 people, then feed just 1."
Mother Theresa

Upside Down Tomato Torte
This delicious torte came to me from the Food Network. From our bountiful Farmer's Markets in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork and Polson, I was able to get the best summer--fresh cherry tomatoes, freshly cut basil, wonderful and fresh sweet onions and local artisnal cheese. 

I paired this delicious treat with a Bourgueil from Domain de la Chanteleuserie and voila! 
Eat it while it's hot. From my kitchen to yours. 

Denise was absolutely invaluable to our move, she walked me through every step of the way with her considerable knowledge and patience. She did a wonderful job of making the whole stressful process much less so and making me feel like I was in the hands of someone who truly cared. We were very lucky to get to know and work with her and I couldn't have found a better person to put our trust into.
She is a consummate professional who brings everything you need to the table, whether you are buying or selling. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dedicated, experienced and effective advocate for your interests and I wouldn't consider using anyone other than Denise for your real estate needs.  Brad Erlewine
Call me and let's talk about your real estate goals.

Denise Lang
National Parks Realty
710 Grand Drive
Bigfork, Montana 59911
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 Denise Lang is a licensed Realtor in the state of Montana.