"May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, 
and the road downhill all the way to your door." 
Irish blessing


May you have all the luck in the world making your dreams come true 
in the Flathead Valley!

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Dear IRS, 
My people won't be able to turn in their tax returns this year because I ate them. I'm sorry. Please don't be mad. 
Rainier, the dog
Hello dear friends and clients. 

Yes, it's true. The dogs ate our "homework," our 2017 tax prep materials and return! It took John hours to piece it all back together and he was not happy. Needless to say, the dogs spent the day in time out. I'm feeling like I have the naughtiest  dogs in the world. Do you have a dog story? Share it with me so I don't feel so bad (mad)!

On a more serious side...As I write you today, I note the passing of Stephen Hawking. His legacy to science will live well beyond him. He commented about many subjects, not only science. Here is one of my favorite quotes. "Many
 people find the universe confusing - it's not."

 That always gives me hope.  Now back to real estate.
In the first two months of 2018, we saw the current overall inventory level was 16 percent lower than what it was in March of 2017. However, spring historically brings new listings and accelerated movement. On the flip side the number of residential sales in Flathead County in the first two months of 2018 was up 1.1 percent from the same period in 2017 and 
median sales price for January and February was $277,500, which is 11 percent higher than the same period in 2017. 

People from all over want to be in the Flathead Valley and the Valley is growing with new infrastructure, retail and health services. It's a great place to live and work!

If you are thinking of listing your property, or buying a property in Montana, please call or text me. My experience and expertise will successfully guide you through the negotiation process toward the right price. Call me! We'll go have dinner and talk.
As always, Cheers!


Even though our sale was small, we were treated like we were selling a mansion. We appreciated the updates and the information about the number of people who had looked at our property.

Denise looked after our interest and was patient with our lack of use of the internet. 

She is delightful to work with and we would recommend her to anyone interested in buying or selling.

Chuck and Helen

I'm co-sponsoring Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon!
Come down to the Bigfork Center for the Arts on 
Sunday, April 8th and enjoy a music jam with ...

Halladay Quist, Mike Murray, Nick Spear, and Erica von Kleist

Tickets are $17 in advance. Click here for tickets.   


 Doors open at 1:30 pm with show at 2:30 pm.  

Marina Cay will be providing additional food and beverage items for purchase.   

Are y ou homesick for beautiful Bigfork? 
Here here are some videos that will make you smile. Click here
There's something going on almost every day in Bigfork, click here for a calendar of event s!

Don't miss Bigfork's 2nd Independent Film Festival, April 6th and 7th. Click here for information.

New properties   
MLS #2 1801908 $109,000
MLS #21802367 $374,650

  The income boom enjoyed by people born between 1966 and 1980 has turned to "bust" for the generation that followed them, according to a report published Monday on Bloomberg Markets.  Click here to find out more.

   Contingent properties                                                    
20 Wood Ridge Drive, Columbia Falls
MLS #2 16070117
MLS #21700803
Contingent properties
1099 Boat Club Drive, Bigfork
MLS #217
216 Blenn Drive, Bigfork
MLS #21801
Sold properties
 514 Skid Trail, Bigfork 
MLS #21706334  
 13826 Pine Street, Bigfork 
MLS #21800204
Sold properties
416 Palouse Prairie Court, Bigfork
MLS #218
 432 Palouse Prairie Court, Bigfork
MLS #21800635 

Kelley's Market Trends: The first two months of residential sales 
By Jim Kelley, January 31, 2018, Flathead Beacon
The current overall inventory level is 16 percent lower than what it was in March of 2017. The number of residential sales in Flathead County in the first two months of 2018 was up 1.1 percent from the same period in 2017.
Mortgage interest rates are starting to increase. The current average 15-year rate is around 3.9 percent, compared to 3.3 percent at this time a year ago. The average 30-year rate is around 4.4 percent compared to 4.1 percent in March of 2017. The increasing mortgage interest rate tends to decrease affordability. 

Tips from the Farmer's Almanac...
 March brings rain and mud! Sprinkle salt on carpets to dry out muddy footprints before vacuuming.

For other fun tips and information from Farmer's Almanac, click here.
Some articles to chew on...
The way we live and work is changing. Read about WeWork shared office spaces.
Just how important is a bathtub for resale? Find out here.
Glacier National Park's tour boats have been added to history.  Read here.

As an added bonus, we create websites for our premium properties, Black Bear Ranch. 
Click here to see one of our beautiful websites!

Denise's Kitchen Corner... Irish Cream Bundt Cake 

1 cup chopped pecans
1 (18 1/2 oz) package yellow cake mix
1 (3 1/2 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup Irish cream
1/2 cup butter
1/44 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/44 cup  Irish Cream

Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C).
Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over bottom of pan. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in eggs, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oil and 3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur. Beat for 5 minutes at high speed. Pour batter over nuts in pan. 

Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto the serving dish. Prick top and sides of cake.
Spoon glaze over top and brush onto sides of cake. Allow to absorb glaze repeat until all glaze is used up. 

To make the glaze: In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup Irish cream. This is a treat for a St. Patty's Day meal or anytime! I took this picture in my very own kitchen!
Denise's Book Corner... The Alice Network

Here is the gist... 
When pregnant American student Charlie St. Clair is banished to Europe by her family to have her baby, she takes the opportunity to head for London to find her missing French cousin and teams up with Eve, a former spy from the Alice Network, to solve the mystery.
I loved this book for a number of reasons. It celebrates women, heroism, strength and it's based in history. The Alice Network really existed. It was a secret spy network made up mostly of women and commissioned by the British during World War I. They creatively smuggled codes and messages around hat pins, in umbrellas and in lots of "in plain sight" ways. That's the backdrop for this novel that involves 3 travelers across Europe and spans two World Wars. I love the parallels between the wars and the perseverance of the characters. 

The writer expertly weaves both World Wars showing the trauma that began in one and crossed over to the other. If you like spy novels, war stories and books with strong characters, you'll like this one. 

Watch for the movie! 

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

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