There is just nothing like summer in the Flathead. I put together these 2 photo groupings for you to share my 4th of July in Bigfork...a small town parade, fireworks over the lake and a rip roaring rodeo. It was a week to remember and great fun to see the return of old friends and clients. Then, last Monday, Team Lang gave away "bushels of bucks" at the Bigfork Village Market (another fun small town event). Everyone had a great time munching on Funk bread and ice cream at our booth. The kiddos cleaned up, finding $5s, $10s, $20s, and $50s in their shopping bags. Such fun and we hope to do it again soon. Living in a small town is the best!
People seem to be everywhere this summer because they love what we have. However due to rising interest rates, the market is cooling off just enough and with limited inventory, prices remain relatively high.
According to Zillow, the 2nd and 3rd hottest real estate markets are Kalispell, MT and Summit Park, UT as of May 2022. Year over year home value growth was 50.4%. Reason: the desire to be close to nature. The hottest market was Naples, FL with home value growth of 52.2%. Farther down in my newsletter there is a housing heat index chart for every state. It comes from Bankrate. Very interesting!
Whatever your reason for visiting and maybe moving to Montana, I have a myriad of resources. I also have a great team. Our experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price or help you find the perfect home. 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 luxury home 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. Click hereto view Bigfork properties on the Forbes website providing access to the entire Forbes network. 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. Let's talk!
From our home to yours, we hope that all your dreams come true in Montana!
AROUND THE FLATHEAD VALLEY...
A $115 million expansion project is underway at Glacier Park International Airport to accommodate growing population and popularity.
Park officials announced the Logan Pass will open no earlier than mid July this year due to setbacks of heavy rain and snowfall.
Best time to visit Glacier. For a few months out of the year, (before the cars come), the most scenic roads are only open to hikers and bicyclists.
There is something going on every day in the village, from live theatre to markets to concerts and festivals. Click on the photo for the calendar.
OF NATIONAL INTEREST...
Bankrate’s Housing Heat Index puts Utah at #1, Montana #2, Florida at #3 and Arizona at #4 during this pandemic boom.
With the weather warming up, it’s time to get together a little more (safely) and bolster your village community spirit. Here are some ideas.
Mortgage rates are up, but that doesn't mean you're priced out. Check out these 7 mortgage options and check with your lender, too.
From Forbes, experts chime in on what we can expect from prices and rates in this active home buying summer season.
Ugh. So Many Mosquitos this Year in Montana. Try These Tricks.
Mosquitoes are mainly attracted by carbon dioxide, emitted while we breathe. But there are ways to combat them. Click on the photo for information.
Top 1.5% Of Real Estate Agents “America’s Best” by Real Trends - Featured In Forbes
MLS period 1/1/2019 to 6/30/22
My family had a very unique and somewhat difficult property to sell. After speaking with friends, they referred us to Denise Lang. Denise came highly recommended because of her experience with unique properties. Denise did not disappoint! Her attention to detail and communication throughout the process was exceptional. We were very happy with the end result when the property sold. We would highly recommend Denise to anyone wanting an outstanding real estate agent to represent them. Adam and Yvonne
Ceri, the lop-eared Corgi
Had some very floppy ears
And if you didn’t know it
You would even say she flies.
All of the other Corgis
Used to laugh and call her names
They wouldn’t let poor Ceri
Play in any Corgi games.
This is a song my people sing to me. I do have floppy ears. There is a wealth of information about Corgi ears. Click here.
Hummm...I wonder if mine will ever be perky or will I always be
a lop-eared Corgi?
Denise's Cooking Corner - Red Pepper Coulis
Serve this sweet and spicy sauce on a simple burger or grilled fish or chicken.
Add the sweet red peppers and garlic and saute for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Mix in the vinegar and sugar.
Add the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.
Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 15 more minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes and basil; simmer for 10 more minutes.
MY PRIVATE NOTES
As written, I use it for all grilled meat. Recently I used it as a topping for flank steak and the following day for brats. If there is some left over, it would be a great drizzle on crepes. Leave the coulis chunky for grilled meats. You can puree for grilled chicken or crepes.
Denise's Book Corner - Educated by Tara Westover
"Part of me will always believe that my father’s words ought to be my own,” Westover writes. If her book is an act of defiance, a way to set the record of her own life straight, it’s also an attempt to understand, even to respect, those whom she had to break away from in order to be free. Educated is a memoir of a child's journey from an unschooled girlhood, believing all her father taught her, to a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University.
Westover was born sometime in September, 1986—no birth certificate was issued. She came from a remote area in Idaho, the seventh child of Mormon survivalist parents who believed in a paranoid patchwork of beliefs well outside the mandates of their religion ...the government was always about to invade and the End of Days was coming.
Westover’s mother worked as a midwife and an herbal healer. Her father, who claimed prophetic powers, owned a scrap yard, where his children labored without the benefit of protective equipment. (Westover recounts hideous and frequent accidents).
Lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. She eventually made her way to Harvard and Cambridge. Her story is an account of her struggle for self-invention, family loyalty and the grief that comes with severing family ties.
Although not a political book, Educated touches on a number of the themes in our country’s present situation: red states versus blue states, rural versus urban, college-educated versus not.
In her words, “I worry that education is becoming a stick that some people use to beat other people into submission or something that people feel arrogant about. I think education is really just a process of self-discovery—of developing a sense of self and what you think. I think of it as this great mechanism of connecting and equalizing.”