Bozeman Real Estate Blog

1. Accepting the highest offer without regard to the other contractual terms

2. Not properly handling multiple offer situations with multiple Buyers

3. Not properly handling back-up offers

4. Entering into an agreement/contract with little or no earnest money from the Buyer

5. Entering into an agreement/contract without verifying the Buyer’s financial ability to close the escrow/contract

6. Not disclosing known material facts affecting the value or desirability of the property

7. Not providing the Buyer with legally required disclosures

8. Not obtaining the Buyer’s written acknowledgement of disclosures

9. Not considering whether and when to require the Buyer to remove contingencies

10. Not excluding items from the sale that

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When you start to think (and act?) on buying a new home, maybe something like this has happened to you.  Here’s a bit of a graphed “look” at what buying a new home for our clients may feel like.  100 is elation and 0 being despair.  

A)      Dare to dream – this is the fanatical joy of dreaming and hoping.  The idea and ream are borne, it’s just perfect and new.  You can’t wait to start shopping. 

B)      Reality hits as you start thinking “home loan” – this is where your Realtor (who you’ve called to share your hope with) coaches you to consult a lender and see how much house you can afford.  Thoughts of monthly check writing and mortgages payments creep in.


C)      The pause of reality happens – you find out you can actually afford a new

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We’ve had many people tell us how good we are at this “real estate thing” lately – thank you and we are definitely humbled and grateful for the props. 

Montana 406 Real Estate also seems to take on some new project almost every week – we feel we get towards doing something well that serves our home buyers and home sellers here in Bozeman and then we tweak to add something new that we feel will make our service even better – so when it's Bozeman 406 real estate and homes for sale in Bozeman, if we are good at this thing, why do more?

Because it’s personal – a personal bent to deliver the best to our clients.

Because the work and outcomes belong to us, by choice…and we cannot relax if we intend to always be living and working into our purpose and

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One of the reasons Montana 406 exists to broker real estate in Bozeman is that every home sale and real estate transaction is a little different – that’s one of the things that attracted me, as the Founder, to first jump into this great business back in 1999.

What I’ve found out over the years is that we get the opportunity to learn more and something new on each transaction and our combined experience is more than 300 transaction sides at this point.

The other BIG factor to point out for any and all home buyers, in any trending market (up or down) is that Mr. Right may not exist.  We always coach our clients to look at where they want to be versus the house they choose – you can always remodel a house and you cannot move its location.

We’ve had

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I waffle a bit on this “totally, 100% professional” look quite a bit.  I grew up along the east coast, went to college in Virginia, and then after graduation I worked as a lobbyist in Washington, DC.  I was always “dressed up” for work and I truly enjoyed it.

As I moved out west, have grown older and am a mother of two, I also started to see the fun in being a bit more casual in my dress and manner.

The bottom line is whether we dress it up or down, if we are not ourselves yet think we can sell ourselves through our dress or manner, we are not staying true and human.

At Montana 406 Real Estate one of my goals is to allow you to know me and to truly humanize your experience of what good and professional real estate representation is like.  That

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When I was a young girl I used to love going over to my grandparents’ house.  Everything was fun and I was treated so special as the only granddaughter.

I was always in awe as to how much my grandmother knew – to me she was the most connected and informed woman on the planet.  She had an answer for everything and it was really amazing how she knew, and frequently referred to “Them”.  They were doing this to give us a better life, or They were going about something in a way my grandmother didn’t approve of, or They were saying this or that.  Do you have similar memories of people in your life with those connections?

I always used to keep quiet about Them and the fact that my grandmother knew who They were – I did not want to give away her secrets

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OK – it’s official.  We are back into multiple offers when it comes to homes for sale in Bozeman at certain price points.  Along with multiple offer situations, come bidding wars, stress, and some emotions you may not have visited for a while.

Usually, when we hit this stage, our home sellers take the “talk to the hand” approach because it is all about the dollars.  This is not an unexpected, unreasonable or ill-advised approach – and it can be a natural reaction.  It is then our job to help gain the highest dollar for our clients, with the fewest hassles, in the most desirable amount of time.

When we represent a buyer in this situation, there is then the “write a letter” approach that we advise and have great success with.  What if, all offers being

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…good money for brokerage services – and with a good and professional Realtor, you’ll get more than you pay for.

This is a point of conversation for many savvy home sellers…as it should be.  It is not one a good Realtor will shy away from either.  While brokerage fees are not cast in stone (nor is it legal to do so), there are customary amounts/percentages a home seller pays for the services rendered from a broker. The hard part is delivering more than you expect - and that is what we expect of ourselves at Montana 406 and other professional Realtors.

There are clients who would happily pay more for what we do, if they only believed that in fact, our dealings would turn out to be a bargain and worth more than the cost.  One reason people “price

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It’s official – this is a busy industry, and if one is proficient at it, it’s even busier today.  The Bozeman real estate market has turned for the better this past year and professional Realtors are searching for inventory to meet demand.

When decided to jump back into the residential and developer real estate sales business in Bozeman, I thought I would activate my license, hit the office a few days each week, and ease back in – well, think again PollyAnna.

Last Tuesday I had a schedule that included:

  • Office meeting
  • New listings tour
  • Meet potential Seller and hear about his goals
  • Show potential Buyer 5-6 homes, based on her goals
  • Buyer home inspection
  • Meet potential Buyer at a listing

It is all well and good, and yes

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It can be difficult to discuss this with people sometimes, and I consider myself a person with a relatively good degree of confront willing to talk about most subjects in a candid manner.  However, in the current market condition of real estate, especially with homes for sale in Bozeman and the surrounding area, talking about when to buy or sell a home can be tricky. 

If I go to the end of the report here and give you the answer, you may have to put your thinking cap on and put some pencils to paper.  The answer about when to buy or sell a home always lies in the goals of the potential home Buyer or Seller.  Why would you, need to, or have to move?

Today’s real estate market is far different than the environement/market of my parents and

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