"Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul."
-- Emily Dickenson 
#1 Realtor in Transactions #3 Realtor in Sales Volume #1 Realtor Bigfork 
Montana Regional MLS period 1/01/2015 to 12/31/2019. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
"Thanks for being so patient. Sometimes it takes a lot of time to find the right buyer. We really liked the area so who knows down the road if we will return. We will look you up if we do." Steve and Nannette
Hello dear friends and clients,

In case you haven't noticed, winter is here. I love winter because it's so peaceful and quite. Usually after a big snowfall, we get sunshine and everything is so bright! As you can see from the photo, the sunsets can be beautiful, too. I took the photo overlooking Twin Birch Square. If you are wintering over, enjoy and wherever you are, I hope this finds you and yours well.

Now, let's look at some market stats. From our entire multiple listing service all properties, we show some very impressive results. Median Sales in January 2020 were $282,500. In October, they jumped to $307,825 (+9.9%). Closed Sales in January 2020 were 8,905. In October, they were 10,136 (+17.8%). Dollar Volume in January 2020 was $2.9 billion. In October, it was $3.9 billion (+39.7%). The good news is our market is still hopping. Rural areas have seen an influx of city folks who are making the break to county life. We anticipate buyers will continue to be interested in our market; however we still have an inventory challenge. If you feel it is time to sell, contact me. We'll get your property listed, sold and find you a new place, too! My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price.
I welcome your calls, text or emails. The Lang Team is here to make your real estate dreams come true whatever they are, wherever you are. We'll have dinner and talk. (I have an in with the local sushi joint). 

Stay well, stay safe and let's make your dreams come true. See you soon.
"Newsy" items with a local flavor
Be a Bigfork Christmas elf. Meet Nov. 21st at noon downtown and help decorate the Village.
Montana Grown at White Raven Winery features grapes grown in Montana vineyards.
Opened in 1912, the Kalispell Grand Hotel is now under new ownership. Noelle and John Barr.
Some say winter in Montana is the best season of all. If snow under a big sky thrills you, here are some activities that will give you a true and memorable Flathead experience.

Your guide to trip ideas and national parks
Statistics and government information

Attractions, accommodations and business networks

Places to golf in NW Montana

Real Estate Trends
Prepare your outside for winter. It's time! Koi fish, protect them.
The "Suburbarn"- a safe gathering space for friends and family
Be smart about power. Slash your electric bill with 11 savvy hacks.
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Denise's Cooking Corner - Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart (for the holidays!)
For the crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (14 crackers)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 extra-large egg yolks
1 package (2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1 ripe banana, finely mashed
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar

For the decoration:
1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Orange zest, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in a bowl and mix well. Pour into an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom and press evenly into the sides and then the bottom. Bake for 10 minutes and then cool to room temperature. For the filling, heat the half-and-half, pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until hot, about 5 minutes. Whisk the egg yolks in another bowl, stir some of the hot pumpkin into the egg yolks to heat them, then pour the egg-pumpkin mixture back into the double boiler and stir well. Heat the mixture over the simmering water for another 4 to 5 minutes, until it begins to thicken, stirring constantly. You don't want the eggs to scramble. Remove from the heat. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Add the dissolved gelatin, banana, and orange zest to the pumpkin mixture and mix well. Set aside to cool.
Whip the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and continue to whisk until you have firm peaks. Carefully fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture and pour it into the cooled tart shell. Chill for 2 hours or overnight. For the decoration, whip the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to whisk until you have firm peaks. Pipe or spoon the whipped cream decoratively on the tart and sprinkle, if desired, with orange zest. Serve chilled.
Denise's Book Corner - Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin
Some of us learn to cook as wee ones on a chair standing next to our grandmother's. Some of us come to it later in life when circumstances require ingenuity in the kitchen. Some of us love to cook. Others not so much. As you know, I thrive on cooking, sharing and eating with friends and family. That is why I want to recommend this book by Laurie Colwin. Her philosophy of food is much like mine. Yet, more importantly, her stories are what engage the reader. They are warm, funny, sweet and speak to a wide range of sensibilities when it come to food and cooking.

One of my dreams is to have a life of cooking, sharing food, traveling with food as my guide and learning about foods from all cultures. If you have an interest in cooking, this is a book for you. If you know new cooks who are a bit hesitant in the kitchen, this is a book for them.

I have a friend who, when first married, didn't know the first thing about food preparation. She and her new husband moved into a cabin in the Montana woods where she found an old cookbook with lots of stories woven through the recipes. That old book taught her how to to not only cook, but cook with zest and creativity. This book with do the same. Whether you are an accomplished culinarian or novice in the kitchen, you will find warmth and enjoyment in Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking as she weaves together memories, recipes and wild tales of years spent in the kitchen.
Call me and let's talk about your real estate goals. Go with Success!
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