"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." 
Jimmy Carter 

Please allow me to toot my own horn! 
The 2016 Realtor statistics came out this past week. Hard work pays off, I am...
#1 Realtor in Transactions
#1 Realtor in Bigfork
#2 Realtor Flathead and Missoula Valleys
(out of 1500 Realtors)
I love helping clients with their real estate goals. That I 's why I work so hard. Call me!

(Based on information from the NMAR/MLS for the period of 1/1/2016 through 12/31/2016. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed). 
Denise Lang is a licensed Realtor in the State of Montana).
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My dear friends and clients...

Happy St. Patty's Day. For some great Irish proverbs, click on the above shamrocks...just to get into the spirit of the day!!!
If you have been following our weather, you will know that March came in like a lion, which means she will go out like a lamb. That is good news because we are seeing quite a bit of listing action already! Spring is a most special time in the Flathead. We had record snowfall this year, so it may take a bit longer to plow out Glacier Park but the valleys will be gorgeous and green as usual! 
Last weekend, I hosted a really fun event. We had a Dino-Mite Fun Day with expert Jack Horner. He is such a fascinating gentleman and a native of Shelby, Montana. His passion for dinosaurs started when he accompanied his dad who owned a sand and gravel business. He found a dinosaur bone on an excavation job and that got him hooked! Jack's presentation was phenomenal, followed by a family arts and crafts event and a showing of "Jurassic Park." What a great way to spend time with our Bigfork families and thank you to the United Methodist Church, the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center and the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts for providing the venues. I love living in Bigfork.
St. Patty's Day is upon us. I have always thought I was part Irish and part Native American, so to be sure, I have subscribed to Ancestry.com and am getting my DNA done. Stay tuned for the results!
Now let's talk real estate. As expected the Federal Reserve announced this week that they will raise interest rates by a quarter of a percent. 
Read more here. As for our local market....Last year, we saw median prices in the Flathead Valley increase by about 5% with an increased interest in development and 830 new residential units. Another interesting highlight is the median price--$255,000--the highest in Flathead County history! For more detailed information, click here. 

If you want to list your property, please call me!
Something to consider when listing your property is price. It's the key factor. If not competitive with other comparative properties on the market that have recently sold, it will be unlikely to sell and becomes shopworn the longer it stays on the market. My experience and expertise will guide you to the right price. Call me! We'll go have dinner and talk.
Happy Spring (fingers crossed)! 

Not only are you a no nonsense real estate agent, you are also so very knowledgeable with a hands-on pleasant personality. Being so new to the area, not only showing us properties, we got an education to this area. You explained the market place. Our decision was facilitated by your presentation of the subject. Everything was simplified and a pleasant experience. 
Chuck and Arlene 

Realtors are mixed on where home prices are going in 2017. 

17 Crossbuck Trail, Bigfork
MLS #21701317 $256,500
19 Crossbuck Trail, Bigfork
MLS #21701325 $256,500
338 Wheatgrass Court, Bigfork
MLS #21701383 $64,000
274 Eagle Bend Drive, Bigfork
MLS #21702120 $254,900

Reality check on down payment myths--the average down payment in 2016 was 11% not 20%. 

CONTINGENT PROPERTIES...                                          
622 Wild Swan Trail, Bigfork
MLS #21605958
341 Wheatgrass, Bigfork
MLS #21609506
527 Braeburn Drive, Kalispell
MLS #216010529

Technology, smart devices and the internet of things are transforming home design. 

MORE CONTINGENT PROPERTIES...                                          
311 Old Sawyer Way, Bigfork
MLS #21700934
404 S. Many Lakes Drive, Kalispell
MLS #21701147
24 & 26 Cedar Point Lp, Columbia Falls
MLS #21701093

CONTINGENT AND SOLD PROPERTIES...                                          
2110 Merganser Drive, Kalispell
MLS #21701973
316 Old Sawyer Way, Bigfork
MLS #21610906
318 Old Sawyer Way, Bigfork
MLS #21610907

SOLD PROPERTIES...                                          
860 N. Ramsfield Road, Bigfork
MLS #21611989
204 Bluebunch Court, Bigfork
MLS #21612913
980 Vans Avenue, Columbia Falls
MLS #21700172

If you have ties in San Francisco, Denver or Chicago, you'll be happy to know that you can fly from Kalispell to those destinations (at least in the summer). 

     Denise's Book Nook...                                From my kitchen to yours...  
  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt                 Colcannon (for St. Patty's Day)!
I think we all struggle with aspects of our childhood but maybe not to the extent that Frank did as a Irish child growing up in poverty, first in New York, then in Ireland. This is his journey and it's riveting. In Frank's words, "We all survive, unless we die." In my words. "Whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger!"  Click on the photo for Frank' s interview with Charlie Rose.
This traditional dish is made with crunchy savoy cabbage, garlic, potatoes and leeks. Legend says that colcannon was set out with a lump of butter for the fairies and the ghosts.  Sometimes charms were inserted symbolizing a  good fortune or future! 
Make this with your family for St. Patrick's Day.
Click on the photo for the recipe.

Call me and let's talk about your real estate goals. Go with Success!
406.249.1758 DeniseLang@NPRMT.com
National Parks Realty 710 Grand Drive Bigfork, Montana 59911

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