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2013 

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Breathe Easy - 5/24/2013  The benefits of regularly changing the heating and air-conditioning filters are obvious to homeowners; the real challenge is creating a system to make sure it gets done.  A reasonable schedule would be to replace it with a new one-inch pleated filter every 60-90 days. Ho...
05/24/2013
Don’t be afraid of those two words-expert advice. Remember: An expert doesn’t mean you’re going to give perfect advice. An expert means you’re going to give excellent advice. Here’s the difference: If you go to a doctor with a serious illness, she can’t tell you how it’s all going to wind up in t...
05/17/2013
Yesterday afternoon a new listing hit the MLS that raised my eyebrow.  It's a new listing in my own neighborhood so I naturally take even closer looks at those ones to measure up how they are against my own personal house.  This one caught my attention quickly as it was priced at least $50,000 hi...
05/15/2013
Whose Commission Is It? - 5/13/2013  One of the most common reasons buyers want to deal directly with the seller is because they feel they can save the commission. It’s a valid consideration but interestingly, it’s the same reason the seller isn’t employing an agent. Both parties cannot save the ...
05/14/2013
I've been keeping an eye on sales volume and trends in the Missoula MLS and I wanted to quickly share some numbers that have stood out to me.  In particular April, which was a huge month for our area.  This is not just sales in the Missoula valley but within our entire MLS.  What we're seeing so ...
05/09/2013
The "Right Size" Home - 5/9/2013 Work hard, buy a home, start a family and continue to upgrade your home until everyone has enough room. This has been the blueprint for lots of homeowners for the last fifty years but there is certainly a shift in thinking that could change all of that. Interestin...
05/09/2013
It’s interesting that the housing climate has changed so quickly. Some buyers, who think they’re still in the driver’s seat, find the market is now going up and they’re losing the home that they really want. Multiple offers are increasingly more common and buyers are frustrated because even full-...
05/06/2013
It's a beautiful Sunday morning, I've got a group of friends on their way over to my house for brunch, and life is good.  Spring in Missoula has been cold and snowy up until this weekend when we've finally had some warm weather and clear skies.   This weekend as an alumnus member of the local Sig...
05/05/2013
Cut Refinancing Expenses - 4/29/2013  Every single day, homeowners who are excited about lowering their rate have a tendency to ignore the refinancing costs because they’re being rolled back into the new mortgage. If the payment is lower than what they’re currently paying and there’s no money out...
05/01/2013
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