MONTANA’S WILD PLACES

CENTENNIAL VALLEY According to The Nature Conservancy, “The Centennial looks very much as it did more than a century ago.” This broad east-west valley is home to extensive wetlands, in fact, it is the largest wetland in the entire Yellowstone Ecosystem. Two large lakes, the Upper and Lower Red Rock Lakes dominate much of the…

Hidden Jewels

When most visitors consider visiting Montana or other western states, there are certain recreational magnets that attract the most attention – national parks such as Yellowstone or Glacier, or large Wilderness areas such as the Bob Marshall, Absaroka-Beartooth, Great Bear or the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. However tucked away across Montana are a…

Rules of the Road When Passing Horseback Parties and Livestock

An issue that is important for all drivers of any vehicle on Montana roads, particularly on more private county roads that connect ranches and pastures in this great state, is how to safely and with courtesy, approach horse-back riders and livestock sharing these same roads.    I ride our roads periodically and am often astonished…

One of America’s Safest Homes Provides Escape and Security People Want Now

For the first time, Montana luxury homeowners open secure space and home Today’s events have shown us what is possible.  No longer is the thought of a major worldwide pandemic a conspiracy theory.  It is happening in real time and making people seek out safe places to ride it out.  Montana has become a beacon…

Popular Agent Designations…What Do They Mean?

Popular Real Estate Agent Designations Real estate designations are credentials for REALTORS®. Real estate designations acknowledge experience and expertise in various real estate sectors.  Broker  A licensed real estate broker generally has more training and subject-matter education than an agent, but not always. A real estate broker can work independently or hire real estate salespersons to work under…

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,…