Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.
Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
Hello dear friends and clients,

I hope this finds you well and safe. As many parts of our country struggle with floods, hurricanes, forest fires and pandemic outbreaks, this is a September scene at Flathead Lake. I marvel at the beauty of our little corner or the world and I am thankful every day for the opportunity to live here. Recurring and unforeseen events can upend a housing market (click to read article); however we are so fortunate that we do not have such violent storms like Ida here in Montana. People want to be here. That's confirmed by this past month's numbers (see below). Properties in Flathead and Lake counties have seen a higher median sales price across the board.

Fall brings a whole host of fun events around the valley. The weather is perfect. The lake is calm and I welcome your visits, calls and emails. If you are considering a move, let me know. My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price.

The Lang Team is here to make your real estate dreams come true whatever they are, wherever you are. Another perk for you as a seller is our exclusive membership in Forbes Global Properties. What does this mean? When you list your luxury, high end property, your home will be opened up to the international market via the website as well as access to the entire Forbes marketing platform. Here's another advantage. Maybe you have always wanted to have a home in Florida, France, Hawaii or the place of your dreams. I can use my Forbes Global Properties referral network to connect you with an expert and knowledgeable Realtor in many national and international markets.

Stay safe and let's make Fall of 2021 your best season ever!
Thank you for the excellent job you did in selling our condo in Bigfork in such a professional and timely manner. We were impressed with the way you helped to move the whole (sometimes potentially stressful) process forward. We appreciated making yourself available to answer our questions and while helping to reduce our anxiety when needed. It’s not surprising that when we were seeking a realtor our long-time friends from Bigfork and the Flathead always recommended you as the first realtor to call. We are very glad we did.
Richard and Lucy S.
Northwest Montana By The Numbers
according the NW Montana Multiple Listing Service for August, 2021
Flathead County
New Listings - 288
Sold Properties - 232
Median Sales Price - $571,750
Lake County
New Listings - 62
Sold Properties - 46
Median Sales Price - $587,500
New Listings - 31
Sold Properties - 19
Median Sales Price - $581,500
New Listings - 38
Sold Properties - 46
Median Sales Price - $615,00
Where to Play Around the Flathead Valley
Fall is coming and that's the best season of all. If clear blue skies, puffy clouds, cool breezes and unending recreation please 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

Flathead County had the highest employment gains of any Montana county in July, according to statistics from the MT Dept of Labor/Industry.
Scotty's Bar, a Kalispell tradition, is under new ownership. Local entrepreneur, Bill Goldberg plans to keeps its legacy amid the transition.
The economy posted one of the fastest recoveries in history. Just 1.7 million borrowers are enrolled in the forbearance program.
Fortune Magazine reports the pace of real estate sales might slow as the last of the stimulus protections lapse, and may shift in buyers' favor.
The forecast is for a cooler real estate market (if only by a few degrees) shifting to something closer to normal, real estate experts say.
Can paint color increase your home's value? See which paint colors offer the biggest boost to your home's sale price (and which to avoid).
New, Contingent and Sold Properties
MLS #22113582 $1,750,000
215 Chief Cliff Trail, Bigfork
MLS #22114632 $2,748,800
MLS #22111090
MLS #22104756
Ceri's Corner
Ceri says,
If you are planning to move, I have some advice for you!"
Moving can be "ruff" on us 4-legged family members. Not only do we need to get all our stuff from point A to point B, but it's really important that the transition goes smoothly so we don't become afraid, insecure or all stressed out!. Here are some tips to help you move us to our new home.
Denise's Cooking Corner - Simple Tomato Panzanella
Recipe by Suzy Karadsheh
I paired this salad with deviled cod on winter greens with a redux of tomato panzanella salad. For those who know me, I could not bring myself to a wilted base of escarole and kale. I purchased both and threw them away and opted for baby spinach—much better! An Albariño wine accompanied the meal.

5 oz or ½ loaf of a rustic Italian bread (I used Ciabatta) cut into 1-inch cubes
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
2 ¼ lb ripe tomatoes I used vine ripe tomatoes, cut into small wedges or cubes
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves minced
½ tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp fresh thyme optional
black pepper
2 small shallots peeled and thinly sliced
½ cup packed fresh basil torn
4 oz fresh baby mozzarella optional (more to your liking)

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine bread cubes with large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a generous pinch of kosher salt. Toss to make sure the bread is well coated (save the bowl for later use). Spread the bread cubes on a sheet pan and bake in heated oven for about 10 minutes or until golden (the edges should get crisp, while the bread gains some color and crisp but remains still a bit chewy). Place a large colander over the same mixing bowl. Place the tomatoes in the colander and sprinkle with kosher salt. Toss briefly with your hand. Set aside for a few minutes to allow the tomatoes to release their juices in the mixing bowl.

When ready, move the colander with the tomatoes to the sink for now, and use the mixing bowl with the tomato juice to make the dressing. Add red wine, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves, Dijon mustard, thyme, and a large pinch of black pepper. Whisk to combine.

Dressing for panzanella salad
Add the tomatoes, bread cubes, shallots, basil and mozzarella (if using) to the mixing bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. Allow the salad to sit for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. panzanella ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Give the salad a gentle toss and transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with a few more fresh basil leaves, if you like. panzanella salad on a serving platter
Dressing variation: You can pair down the dressing if you prefer something simpler. A bit of extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar is essential, the rest is up to you.

Cook's Tip: It helps to cut the bread into cubes ahead of time and leave it out to dry for a few hours. Still, do not skip toasting the bread in the oven for a few minutes, this makes a big difference in texture and helps keep the salad from getting too soggy.
What kind of tomatoes to use? Any kind of tomatoes will work in tomato panzanella. I used vine ripe tomatoes here, but I love using an assortment of colorful heirloom tomatoes when they're in season. If you use small cherry or grape tomatoes, be sure to still cut them in halves to be able to use their juice in the dressing. 
Denise's Book Corner - Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
Inti Flynn is an Alaskan biologist who travels to Scotland to release 14 gray wolves. The wolves had been eradicated years earlier which resulted in an over abundance of deer who over foraged the land causing it to flood.

The introduction of wolves make her very unpopular with the locals and when a farmer’s body shows up dead, everyone blames the wolves. Amid this unfolding mystery, the novel touches on timely topics—climate change, spousal abuse, and the interplay between humans and nature. Inti Flynn’s father tells her perhaps the world can be made right if only humanity could find a way to "rewild" themselves.

While reading this book, I reflected on the delicacy of nature. On a personal note, we have a grizzly bear who frequents our yard along the Swan River. I see him and his scat while walking Ceri. It is unusual to have grizzlies so close to people.
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