What should I look for when I select a Home Inspector?

What a great and timely question! As of January 1, 2020, all Home Inspectors must be registered with the State of Montana and they must conform to industry standards. Previously, there were no requirements and anyone who believed they knew the scope of the job could label themselves “Home Inspector.” The new registration program protects…

2019 Ruby Valley Market Report

In 2018 there were 43 reported residential sales in the Ruby Valley from all brokerages with an average sales price of $244,277 and an average days on market of 119 days.**  In 2019, there were 44 reported residential sales in the Ruby Valley from all brokerages with an average sales price of $300,889 and an…

Ranching in Montana

Ranching is defined as “an establishment maintained for raising livestock under range conditions; a large farm used primarily to raise one kind of crop or animal; a tract of land, usually with a house, barn, silo, etc., on which crops and often livestock are raised for livelihood.” (Dictionary.com, 2020) Ranching, one of Montana’s first industries,…

34th Annual Hunter’s Feed

Join hunters, family & friends of the Ennis community for the 34th Annual Hunter’s Feed on Friday, October 25th @ 3 PM! The event is held down main street…local chefs cook up their most creative dishes including chili, stews and more! Awards are available for best non-chili, best chili, most unique, and people’s choice!   Food…

Why Look For A Real Estate Broker With An ALC Designation?

When you’re buying, selling or exchanging land, you have many significant issues to consider. That’s because each land transaction is unique, and considerably more complex than residential real estate. Whether you’re interested in purchasing a ranch, a recreational property or doing a 1031 Exchange, you’ll get the best results if you engage a land specialist…

Pre-Approval Vs. Pre-Qualification

What’s The Difference?  When purchasing a home, obtaining a letter of pre-approval and pre-qualification from your lender is an important step to take.  A mortgage pre-qualification means your lender has looked into your credit and has made the decision that you are eligible for a loan up to a certain amount (they will give you…

14th Annual Fly Fishing And Outdoor Festival

Join the Ennis community for the 14th Annual Fly Fishing and Outdoor Festival on August 30th & 31st, 2019 in Downtown Ennis to celebrate all things fly fishing and outdoor. Enjoy activities such as fly tying clinics, fly casting clinics, tacklet manufacturers, food, raffles, family fun, live music, guided fishing trips, and more!  I’m sure…

The Case for Late Spring/Early Summer Calving

As a native-born Montanan raised in the ranching country of Stillwater County, I grew up working various cattle and horse operations.  As some may know, I left Montana for 40 plus years to make a living and returned in August of 2003 to begin a third career in Real Estate.  My love and interest in…