Holiday Cheer, 10 Weeks Until Christmas is Here!

The holiday season can be an expensive time of year, especially since we are coming off vacation season and getting our kids ready for school. We still have Count Your Buttons Day, National Mincement Day, Halloween in October. November brings with it, National Election Day, Homemade Bread Day, Clean Your Refrigerator Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and ends the month with Stay At Home Because You are Well Day. This brings us to December; it is full of special days like, National Roof Over Your Head Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and pretty much chocolate anything with two dedicated days to chocolate. All this is followed by the end of the year taxes and if you are trying to buy or sell a home during this hectic time of year your finances may feel like they are being stretched pretty thin. With all the potential “dough” going out the door during the Holiday Season I am sharing my favorite dough recipe this week.


Holiday Cheer, 11 Weeks Until Christmas is Here!

This week almost got away from me!! The season is so busy with students going back to school. Winterizing your home, yard and car; and in addition to your daily life routines you have to find time to plan and decorate for 4 holidays!
So here are a couple of recipes that are easy to make and both make great left-overs. (Obviously one is healthier than the other) 


Gallatin Valley Halloween Home Decorating Contest 2014

The winning home will earn a $200.00 prize, be shot by our own in-house professional photographer and featured on our blog. Nominate yourself, your friends, your family or your neighbor. Enjoy!


Why List Your Home This Fall/Winter?

Many people think the real estate market freezes over as the weather gets colder. Truth is, the fall and winter months provide unique advantages that can actually assist in the selling of your home! Listen to learn more…


Holiday Cheer, 12 Weeks Until Christmas is Here!

“The holidays are right around the corner”, she said! This was the craft store clerk’s reply to my lamenting about the time consuming, navigation through the abundance of Christmas “cheer” littering the store. My immediate mission…to find the perfect Halloween candy bowl. Her next statement put it all in perspective, “Christmas is only 12 weekends away”! It made me think of how busy the last week before Christmas (or almost any holiday) gets and I realized, there aren’t as many “stay at home” moms as there used to be. Mother’s in the workforce now means leaving the bulk of holiday preparations for the weekends for more and more families. So keeping with that string of lights, I thought I would start spreading some of my own holiday cheer in hopes of making your weekend holiday preparations a little easier! Maybe I’ll call it “The 12 WEEKS before Christmas”…hope you enjoy!


3 Rules for Turning Stress into Success

I recently read an article on that I thought was really good and wanted to share. It was called 3 Rules for Turning Stress into Success. I have summarized Denis Waitley ideas and suggestions to becoming a more successful person below.


Branding Promise :HOMES: Your Dream. Our Passion.

Buying and selling a home is a life altering event. Many people think about it and dream about it for more than a passing moment prior to committing. Representing those who are buying and selling a home entails a checklist of processes that need to happen to ensure a clean transaction. With our new promise, Bozeman Montana Real is expressing that our agents do not want to merely check each step off for you. Real estate is our agent’s PASSION. They want to navigate, negotiate, communicate and incorporate your dream into the reality of the market so it can become your reality.


Bozeman is about history.

Bozeman is also about new life.

Both aspects are being revealed in Bozeman’s Willson School. The large, historic building is being re-purposed to help solve an ongoing Bozeman dilemma, a lack of housing. The school has already started its metamorphosis into 18 loft-style and traditional condo spaces. READ MORE

Bozeman’s housing problems have been a regular, nagging issue if you live here. It is getting out of hand. In 2012, a study was conducted with the purpose of assessing the housing needs of Bozeman. The study looked at Bozeman specific economic trends and past patterns to see what was needed to meet Bozeman’s needs in the future. Some of the largest take-aways from the study include but are not limited to:

  • Bozeman experienced exceptionally rapid growth in employment, households and its housing stock during the first decade of the 2000s, even considering a serious economic decline that began in 2007. The number of Bozeman residents at work declined from 2007-2010 but stabilized in 2011, although the local unemployment rate, at 6.1%, is near its 10 year peak.
  • The number of households in Bozeman grew faster than the population in the 2000s, from 10,877 to 15,775[an exceptionally high45% rate of growth [adding nearly 5,000 households. The disparity between population and household growth is somewhat due to a shrinking of household sizes. The average size of an owner-occupied household went from 2.43 to 2.32, while the average size of renter households shrunk from 2.13 to 2.06.
  • Bozeman has a lower median household income than Gallatin County, Montana or the nation (as measured by the Census, not HUD). Yet the median home value as measured by the 2010 Census was higher than the median home values nationwide, statewide in Montana, and in the comparison cities of Billings and Missoula.


Although the 2012 study was a snapshot of the market at that specific moment in time, may of the patterns they saw still persist today. A headline in the Chronicle only yesterday reads “Survey finds Bozeman’s rental vacancy rate is ‘effectively zero’” This more recent survey of 44 properties with 2,554 total rental units in the city limits shows a vacancy rate of 0%. The number of applicants looking for rentals surpasses the amount of space available. If you have every sought affordable rental living in town, you know how much you have to hustle and grind to get a place.


We make it our personal and professional mission here at Bozeman Montana Real to educate and inform young adults about the marketing conditions here in Bozeman. We encourage them to look into investing in the purchase of a home because of the horrid experience Bozeman offers for renters. We attend MSU’s freshman family orientation (CATAPALOOZA) for that purpose alone. Renting does make sense for many people, but if you plan to be in the Gallatin Valley for an extended period of time, buying makes the most since. Bozeman is stunning. People will keep moving here because of the sheer gravitational pull the valley has on.

Heck, maybe you will even buy one of the new, historic condos within the old Willson School. 


You've Bought Your Home, Now What? Know Your Neighbors

Moving is a public spectacle. You pull a large moving truck into a driveway and spend the next hours, days, weeks grunting, maneuvering and hauling your material objects into your new house that is soon to become your home.