Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Carissa Paulson - ERA Landmark Market Watch - Story Mill Park

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Story Mill Park

When people are asked to give examples of what makes their home community stand out amongst others, one factor that often comes to the forefront is the quality and abundance of parks and recreational services that are in place. Parks provide space for families or groups of all ages and economic status to meet and enjoy the outdoors.  They are very important in the social aspect of determining quality of life.

The value of parks is also included in the economic sphere. The real estate market shows its appreciation of parks and open space by the fact that many people will pay a higher price for homes located near these desirable amenities. This "park premium" results in increased property values and, in turn, leads to higher property tax revenues for our city. Ready access to parks and open space offers a key amenity that attracts businesses and employees and promotes visitors to spend extra time here, fueling the local economy. And recreation programs can contribute to the operating costs of maintaining the parks themselves, while using the areas for sporting or music events can bring in out-of-area revenue.

Finally, parks are known for their overall health benefits. Research has shown that access to parks improves both physical and mental health, resulting in medical care cost savings.   Increased air quality, having a safe and pleasant place for physical activity, capturing stormwater, and connection to nature are all measurable, quality of life benefits of parks.

We are fortunate here in Bozeman to have access to numerous neighborhood parks and miles of trails to choose from when we are looking for quality time outdoors. The City of Bozeman's website reports 42 public parks with 52 miles of trails/ sports fields/ open space within our city limits. Partnerships are a key component of keeping these areas properly updated and maintained. One very exciting project that will be coming to realization is the Story Mill Community Park.

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Bozeman Arts
Event Calendar

Explore all of Bozeman's art events in one place! An easy to navigate website so you never miss an event.
Representing Intermountain Opera, Montana Chamber Music Society, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, Montana Ballet Company, MSU and more!

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3086 Farmall, Bozeman
$475,000 | MLS 220336

Comfortable, yet luxurious Bozeman living awaits you in this well maintained home! Whether you're looking to enjoy peaceful sunsets by the custom outdoor kitchen, gaze at the mountain views or play across the street at the neighborhood park...you'll find the joys of the outdoors here! The interior of the home boasts a large open kitchen with stainless appliances and high end granite counters. A main floor master and high vaulted ceilings are just a few more characteristics that set this home apart!

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43 Eastep, Livingston
$799,000 | MLS 220394

Yellowstone River frontage just 20 minutes south of Livingston, MT. ADA accessible home with no steps to front door. Main floor master suite and laundry. Lower level has ADA roll-in shower and kitchenette. Maintenance free exterior, extra insulation and passive solar design make this home cool in summer and economical to heat in winter. Prime Paradise Valley location is convenient to hiking, fishing, dining, and 30 minutes to Yellowstone Park. Your own Osprey nest and riverside gazebo in the back yard.

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2500 Little Coyote Road, Unit 8E, Big Sky
$665,000 | MLS 220329

Attractive End unit with Southern Exposure and a small stream just off the patio. This 3 bedroom, 4 bath condo offers a gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace in the great room, large entry, den/office/family room leading out to the patio, two car heated garage. Association Club House with work out room and outdoor pool and hot tub. Easy access to cross country ski and walking trails right out the front door.

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134 L & M Ranch, Ennis
$399,500 | MLS 207662

Dramatic property with huge rocks, outstanding views & privacy. Comfortable home works great for full time or vacation living. This 4 BR/4BA home is good for 2 families to share or entertaining lots of company. Has large back deck with hot tub. Close to town, but in the country. 4 wheel track to top of the rocky point where you can have cocktails & see the whole valley. Furniture, 4-wheeler & boat negotiable. New 30-year roof in 2015. Septic pumped & inspected, in 2015.

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Bozeman, MT 59715

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Bozeman, MT 59715
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LIVINGSTON OFFICE
215 South Main
Livingston, MT 59047

406-222-8700
BIG SKY OFFICE
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Big Sky, MT 59716

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Carissa Paulson - ERA Landmark Market Watch - Vacation Season

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Vacation Season

As we move toward what will ideally be another stellar tourist season, those who are heading to Southwest Montana may still be firming up their travel plans, including where they will stay while on vacation. The old days of motel versus hotel or perhaps a bed and breakfast are gone. The newer model of accommodations still includes those choices, but adds in the addition of vacation rentals.

It is both well-known and documented that tourism plays a vital role in our state's economy. The preliminary data for year-end 2016, provided by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research via the University of Montana, credits nonresident visitors spending an estimated $3.49 billion in the state. Of that total, 14% - approximately $488 million- is spent on lodging. This number exemplifies why "where to stay" is big business.  You can further add to those figures the in-state spending as we Montanans travel and experience our own vast state.

Yellowstone National Park is of particular consequence in our own backyard. Visitation numbers for 2016 once again broke records, weighing in at 4,257,177 visits. The out-of-area guests chose to either camp in the park, stay at lodging within the park, or find accommodations in the gateway cities. This year is anticipated to be another record year, so making reservations right away is highly recommended.

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Intermountain Opera
Presents Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

May 12th at 7pm and May 14th at 3pm
The Willson Auditorium

A journey of ill-suited and ill-fated lovers through the dark and secretive halls and edges of cathedrals, palaces and prisons, through Puccini's both vibrant and mournful lyrical score. Director Linda Brovsky and Conductor Dean Williamson will carry the audience to the hauntingly beautiful hidden corners of Rome, where infatuation and devotion twist and twine in contention. Featuring Baritone Corey Crider as the iniquitous Baron Scarpia, Tenor John Pickle as the doomed Cavaradossi, and Soprano Kara Shay Thomson as the heart-rending, alluring Tosca, this story of an agonizing and devoted love loss will shatter the hearts of romantics and their cynics.

Bass-Baritone Thomas Hammons joins the cast as Sacristan, along with Tenor Torrance Blaisdell as Spoletta, and returning Intermountain Opera favorite Bass Branch Fields as Angelotti and Sciarrone. With a chorus of local singers that includes a children's choir (appearing for the first time on the Intermountain Opera stage in nearly two decades), the company of Tosca will
hold the audience into a breathtaking embrace they will
feel no desire to struggle to be released.

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ERA Landmark Featured Properties
212 Dana Lane, Belgrade
$1,399,900 | MLS 219588

End of Cul-de-Sac privacy in 5 lot Minor Sub on this rare offering of exceptional construction detail! 6400+ sq. ft in the main home with private guest suite included. Full finished basement AND finished room over garage for hobby room/office. Main level Master, Formal dining, well appointed kitchen with breakfast nook to enjoy the Bridger Mtn views. Enclosed Sun room with wood burning fireplace. Beautiful shop with its own caretaker/guest quarters, garden area, garage. 2.04 acres of lush landscaping!

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212 Pine Creek, Livingston
$1,295,000 | MLS 218608

Experience "The Phoenix" a custom post & beam home w/ straw bale insulation designed w/ elegance & simplicity. The design, scale & integration with its surroundings work in harmony to create an ambiance of comfort & serenity. Set upon 8+ acres in the forested Pine Creek area of Livingston's Paradise Valley. Seasonal creek, dramatic mountain views, & abundant wildlife. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, gourmet kitchen, large south facing windows, radiant floor heat, mature landscaping, detached barn, garden area & shed.

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2230 Spotted Elk Road, Big Sky
$785,000 | MLS 219374

Located on a much coveted, cul-de-sac street in Big Sky's Meadow Village, this custom home is tucked into the willows along the 2nd fairway of the golf course. Private outdoor living area beautifully landscaped with a built-in barbeque, fire pit and hot tub. Cross country ski trails, community park and Meadow Village restaurants and amenities are located nearby. The home features separate living areas for accommodating a variety of individual lifestyles. This home has many upgrades and is move in ready.

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213 Shining Mountains Loop, Ennis
$329,000 | MLS 219668

Perfect home for vacations, retirement or full-time living. Well-maintained, low maintenance home with wood-burning river rock fireplace dominating the great room, spectacular views of the valley & mountains beyond. All new appliances. Garage has a 3/4 bath & serves as "bunk house." Could be converted back to garage. Nice greenhouse & storage. Close to Varney Bridge access to the Madison River. Property owners have exclusive use of the stocked Haypress Lakes & easy access to BLM & Natl Forest lands.

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1805 W. Dickerson #1
Bozeman, MT 59715

406-586-1321
VISTORS CENTER
8 E. Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
406-556-5001
LIVINGSTON OFFICE
215 South Main
Livingston, MT 59047

406-222-8700
BIG SKY OFFICE
36 Center Lane in the Meadow Village Center
Big Sky, MT 59716

406-995-3444
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Ennis, MT 59729

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Carrisa Paulson - ERA Landmark Market Watch - New Construction Crunch

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New Construction Crunch

At a recent National Association of REALTORS® conference that I attended, there was good discussion about the tracking of home ownership rates.  Though still near a 50 year low, there was a small upsurge in the last quarter of 2016. Many anticipate that the number would continue to increase if only inventory levels could as well.

The supply of available single family homes is still too low to keep up with current buyer demand, most notably in the West and the Midwest. This has led to a slowdown in pending sales in January for the first time in about a year. Buyers are essentially lining up for homes to purchase when they reach the market, while keeping rising prices and mortgage rates in consideration. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, "interest in buying a home is the highest it has been since the Great Recession."

Finding a better balance between this desire to find a home and the availability of a property which meets both criteria and budget is the key to a truly successful 2017.  To quote Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, "We can expect the multifamily sector to continue to stabilize and single-family production to move forward at a gradual but consistent pace in 2017." Construction permits nationwide increased 4.6% in January overall; however, the breakdown was due to a large increase in multifamily permits and a small drop in single family permits.

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Keller Collection

Stop by our Downtown Visitors Center to see our current display; The Keller Collection.

Jeff Keller, the owner of the Paint Factory in Bozeman, has put together quite an impressive collection of colors from nature; such as rocks, flowers, plants, leaves, and soils; and is working with Benjamin Moore, the paint manufacturer, to translate those colors to paint.

Keller has used several different modes to display the color samples. For example, he has pressed and framed the flowers and leaves; collected soil and rock samples in open containers; and has cataloged over 100 different plant and flower species and has bound them in beautiful, leather books. He plans to make prints eventually from the framed pieces, in order to make the works available to the public. Already, several people have stopped in to ask if the framed pieces are for sale, but Keller is not ready to part with his originals just yet.

Keller calls his work the "Keller Collection" and hopes to have the actual paint from his nature collection available in his store soon.

 
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161 McGee Drive | Bozeman
$743,900 | MLS 218839

Revel in the views from this 4,343 SF custom home in Painted Hills. Soaring ceilings greet you in the living room, gas fireplace, spacious kitchen with breakfast area, formal dining plus an extra room for an office or TV room. Inviting master suite located on the main level with soaking tub, separate shower and large walk-in closet. Two bedrooms and a large family room upstairs. The unfinished basement provides extra space to add more bedrooms and another family room. Fenced back yard. 1.127 acres.

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7 Wineglass Loop E. | Livingston
$540,000 | MLS 219075

Totally renovated in 1995 with new addition completed in 2007. Wonderful old classic charm with upgrades where you want them, views from this home are stunning. Double attached garage has guest quarters above. Includes excercise room, hot tub and 21' X 15' pole barn. The quarter acre pond is perfect for swimming and paddle boarding. Only 4.5 miles from downtown Livingston and schools.

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99 Limber Pine | Big Sky
$725,000 | MLS 218749

Ready to move into one of Big Sky's favorite neighborhoods? This contemporary 3 bed/3.5 bath residence features an open floor plan with lots of light. Bedrooms and laundry are upstairs and each bedroom has its own bathroom. Stainless appliances in kitchen including a Jenn-Air range. Efficient wood stove in living room; built-ins throughout. Main level office could be converted into a fourth bedroom. 300 square foot insulated shop attached to oversized garage.

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1 N. Salmonfly | Ennis
$349,000 | MLS 218873

Great views from this top-quality, custom-built home in excellent condition. Has 2,080 SF, 3 BR, 2.5 BA, extra storage, wood stove, jacuzzi tub, covered deck & porch, 3-car garage/shop, mature landscsaping & gardens with irrigation ditch. High efficiency, low cost of living. Right off Hwy 287 N approx. 7 miles north of Ennis & near Ennis Lake. Taxes are based upon "low income" status and would not necessarily be the same for another owner.

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1805 W. Dickerson #1
Bozeman, MT 59715

406-586-1321
VISTORS CENTER
8 E. Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
406-556-5001
LIVINGSTON OFFICE
215 South Main
Livingston, MT 59047

406-222-8700
BIG SKY OFFICE
36 Center Lane in the Meadow Village Center
Big Sky, MT 59716

406-995-3444
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Ennis, MT 59729

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