"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." Jimmy Carter 
American 39th US President (1977-81). Nobel Prize for Peace (2002).
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Not a bubble, not a pop, but maybe a little shift? Is the housing market shifting toward buyers? 
Here's an article I thought you might have interest in from Realtor.com "Trends." Click here.

To the little kid in all of us...Happy Fall!

Hello dear friends and clients,

Fall is officially here and I am loving it. We've had some beautiful weather with just a dusting of snow in the mountains to make everything sparkle. So much goes on here in the fall and it's mostly very local. We had our Tamarack Time (the local food frenzy). It was good to see friends, neighbors and clients there.  The casserole table took the prize with the winning dishes:  Pizza Supreme from Shelley Gonzales, Gruyere Mac & Cheese from me and Summer Squash from Toot Sward. In a couple of weeks, all the little ghouls and goblins will come out to Trick or Treat around the village. If you have never been to a Bigfork Halloween, you should definitely put it on your list! 

In spite of the recent news on the stock market and tariff issues, real estate is staying strong (knock on wood). I am listing properties into the fall and when they are priced accordingly, they are selling. Bigfork is staying at or near the top of the Flathead Valley market in many price categories (see chart here). We see roughly a 10% adjustment between list and sold prices across the valley and market sectors with both up from 2017. 

The rest of October and all of November will be ablaze with fun activities in Bigfork and across the valley. As we move from summer recreation to winter sports and shorter days, many of our eating establishments stay open with regular events ranging from Bingo to Brushes and Brews to live music. Have an evening out in the area. It's a lot of fun. 

If  you are thinking of listing your property, or buying a property in Montana, my experience, record and expertise will successfully guide you through the negotiation process toward the right price. Call, text or email me. We'll have dinner ( I have an in with the local sushi place)! 
See you soon.


Why do the leaves change color? 
The Farmer's Almanac will tell you. Click here.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN BIGFORK...the joys of living in a small town
Tree gathering on S aturday, Nov. 10 at 9 am
The Bigfork Elves need your help turning Bigfork into Montana's Christmas Village.
Be a part of the magic! On Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8am to Noon, the Bigfork Elves come to decorate our little village.
Get in the holiday spirit. Stroll among the art galleries on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 7pm. Join the tree lighting. It's amazing!

For everything "Bigfork," check out the new and amazing Bigfork Chamber Newsletter. 
It is full of information and events about Bigfork. Click here.
Dear Denise, 
Thank you so much for the wonderful gift card. I can hardly wait to use it but I must wait until my home is built! That was such a great gift. You are so thoughtful. I so enjoyed working with you and greatly appreciate your outstanding work ethic. You are one special lady and I greatly admire you. I will contact you when I'm settled in my new home. 
Sincerely, Sheila
Holland Lake Area -  173 Fir Lane, Condon   
MLS #21812276 $449,000
MLS #21812799 $219,000

There's so much going on in the Flathead Valley. 
What to do? What's playing? Where to eat? Activities and adventure. Click here.



MLS #21808179   
ARTICLES OF INTEREST (click on the photos to read the articles) 
Buying a home? Here are 5 questions to ask your home inspector and the proper time to ask them in the inspection process.
If you are ready to buy a home, here is a fun little quiz. On the last questions, know that some state's require a buyer's fee.
Here are the cost trends by city and closing month thus far this year for residential less than $400,000 in the Flathead Valley. 

As an added bonus, we create websites for our premium properties. 
Check out some of our in house and custom designed websites by our professional marketing team. Click on the properties below.

Flathead Lake Montana Luxury Home (our newest luxury listing)
Coming soon: Angel Point Road Estate! 

Denise's Kitchen Corner... Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup

5 ounces thick-cut bacon, coarsely chopped (5 slices)
2 cups prepared cornbread croutons
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 (12-oz.) bottle pumpkin ale beer
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (1 cup)
4 ounces processed cheese (such as Velveeta), chopped
1 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted and salted
A liberal amount of cayenne
How to Make It
Step 1
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high, and cook until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, reserving drippings in pan. 
Step 2
Return saucepan to medium-high heat. Add butter and swirl to coat. Add carrots and onion to pan. Cook, stirring often until carrots begin to soften (about 5 minutes). Add flour to pan and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add milk, pumpkin, beer and salt to pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes. Transfer soup to a blender. Remove center cap from blender lid (to allow steam to escape), secure lid on blender and place a clean towel over opening in lid. Process until smooth. With blender on low speed, add cheeses and thyme, a half cup at a time, processing until smooth. Stir in half-and-half. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls. Top evenly with croutons, bacon, pepper and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

Ever wonder what the best selling novels of all time are? Click here to find out.
Denise's Book Corner... 

You know me and my love for historical fiction, right?  Well, this one is right up my alley!
Vianne and Isabelle are sisters. Vianne, a schoolteacher, is married to Antoine who is captured in the occupation of France during WWII. They have a child, Sophie. Vianne's survival instincts are to protect herself and her daughter under the horrendous Nazi system of poor rations and the intrusion of officers in her home (which results in her rape and subsequent pregnancy). She shelters Jewish children, adopting a friend's son, Ari, after his mother was deported to a concentration camp.
Her estranged sister, Isabelle, younger and more impetuous than Vianne, decides to take an even more dangerous role in resisting the occupation. She joins the French Resistance distributing anti-Nazi propaganda. After moving to a cell in Paris, she develops a plan to help downed Allied airmen escape to the British embassy in neutral Spain, where they can be repatriated. She is successful and earns the code name, Nightingale.
The Nazis eventually hunt her down and send her to a concentration camp. She survives long enough to see the end of the war and reconcile her differences with Vianne. 
There is a twist in the book that I won't reveal because it's really cool. The Nightingale is being made into a movie and will be released this coming January. I would highly recommend reading this "good read!"

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406.249.1758 [email protected]
National Parks Realty 710 Grand Drive Bigfork, Montana 59911

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