" Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Winter in the Village!

Snow brings lots of recreation to the Bigfork area. Base Camp Bigfork is a year round outdoor adventure provider with accommodations, too. Lodging and winter activities are just three miles from the village (with a wilderness feel). 

Try snowshoeing, cross country skiing and
even dog sledding!
Hello dear friends and clients,

My big news is that I have a new knee and it's healing beautifully! The picture to the left is where I spent couple of weeks recuperating with an iced knee, a good book, hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps from Spotted Bear. All the while, I was reflecting about our beautiful corner of the world. It's the perfect place to recreate, work, play and heal. I'm so appreciative of all your kindness. By the time you read this, I'll be back in the office, so please, stop by! Now let's get into real estate...

We have seen a steady increase in median sales price throughout our entire MLS system. In 2016, the median sales price for single family homes were $222,000. A steady gain through the years to the end of 2019 brought us to $293,145.

When we look at single family homes in our individual markets, we see a similar pattern. For 2019 in Bigfork , new listings were down 8.1%, closed sales were up 6.9%, median sales price was up 1.7%. For 2019 in Kalispell , new listings were down 1.6%, closed sales were up 5.4% and median sales prices were up 10.2%. 2019 in Whitefish , new listings were up 9.7%, closed sales were up 17.5% and median sales prices were up 3.7%. We clearly need more inventory in Kalispell and Bigfork, particularly at the lower end of our market.

For you statisticians out there, click 2019 Bigfork market summary for a more in depth look at our local market by the numbers.

If you have recently cancelled, withdrawn your listing or it has expired, contact me.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). 

Best of health, wherever this finds you. Happy 2020 my dear friends!  Denise
Denise Lang assisted us in both buying and selling a home in the beautiful Flathead Valley. You can count on Denise to help you in the most professional manner, whether you are looking to purchase that perfect home or wanting to sell. Her communication and negotiating skills are excellent. We highly recommend Denise Lang, and we cannot thank her enough for all she did for us. The Supola’s
NEW LISTING - a great opportunity
Here is your opportunity to own an thriving art gallery in the heart of downtown Bigfork. This business has been established for over 30 years.
It is located amid restaurants and shops.
Amazing foot traffic!
MLS #21919112 $49,800
(business only, no real estate)
MLS #21919087
MLS #21919325
MLS # 21917355

As an added bonus, our team creates websites and marketing books for our premium properties.

Curling up by the fire with your favorite book (or friend)!

Check out this wonderful property's custom designed website created by our professional marketing team.

MLS #21702913 $3,250,000
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How not to stage! Here are staging mistakes agents see time and again. Check out what not to do when staging your home.
Local housing prices generally trended upward in 2019, according to statistics through November from the Northwest Montana Assn. of Realtors.
To Airbnb or not . To help you decide whether or how to rent out your place, here are some important questions to consider first. 
Congratulations to my son, Eric.

Eric has been nominated Star of the Year (aka Employee of the Year)
by Marcus Samuelsson.
You know about Marcus from my last month's book review.
This is a great honor to Eric and I am mightily proud.
He is the Head Chef for the very fine restaurant, Norda, in Oslo.

Marcus is a renowned chef and in 2019 appeared on  Top Chef Canada  Season 7, Episode 4 as a guest judge for a Nordic ingredients challenge.
Denise's Cooking Corner - Extra Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème
Has January left you feeling S.A.D.? Therapeutic relief is only 4 ounces of chocolate away!
1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup whole milk
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
Crème fraîche or whipped cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a heavy saucepan, bring cream and milk to a boil. Remove from heat; whisk in chopped chocolate until smooth. In a large bowl, whisk together the yolks, sugar and salt. Whisking constantly, slowly pour hot chocolate into yolks. Strain through a very fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or bowl. Divide mixture among 2- to 4-ounce espresso cups or small ramekins. Set filled cups in a large roasting pan that has been positioned on center rack of oven. Add hot tap water to pan, halfway up sides of cups. Cover pan with foil; use a fork to prick holes in foil. Bake until edges are lightly set (lifting foil to check) but center is still jiggly — it will set as it cools — 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer cups to a wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving with crème fraîche or whipped cream. This recipe comes from Melissa Clark at the "New York Times.".
Denise's Book Corner.. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
With the remote backdrop of Kamchatka, one of the Russia’s largest and remote natural sanctuaries, two little girls go missing. They were last seen getting into a man’s car, disappearing from their parent’s lives and largely from the novel. The book then moves forward over a year’s time with each month narrated by a different woman or girl who is somehow connected directly or indirectly to the kidnapping and disappearance.

This is a novel about women who are in the midst of experiencing trauma in unfamiliar territory. The characters are fully-developed with a solid sense of place and the story has a constant forward momentum. Yet, I don’t think it’s by accident that the author uses this nearly inaccessible and remote peninsula as a metaphor for the personal, cultural and emotional fragmentation of female victims not only by the crime that has beset them but also by the people who try and often fail to understand them.

The novel’s refreshing concern for missing indigenous girls as well as the central characters recalls the recent Canadian recognition of the national failure to protect First Nations women and girls from abduction, rape and murder. This novel is as much or more about the way infrastructure fails women as it is about the quest for so many lost women (both literally and figuratively). 

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