western montana: 40 Ways Business Owners Can Use Twitter To Build Their Business - 01/31/10 05:47 AM
 
As many of your know, we're big fans of Twitter, and here's 40 reasons why from Mickey O'Brien.
 
Posted on 23. Jan, 2010 by Mickey O'Brien in Business Tips
This week on Facebook I asked “Who should I follow on Twitter” and surprisingly only a few people responded, one in which is an amazing photographer that you may want to follow twitter.com/@steffoush By asking for who should I follow I was opening up opportunities for businesses to connect with me and my large network. I have many biz owners say “What can Twitter do for me?” so I’m laying … (0 comments)

western montana: Real Estate Auction: Beautiful Montana Cabin on 12+ Acres - 1 Hour from Missoula in Hamilton - 01/27/10 03:00 AM
Montana Real Estate Auction
To Be Auctioned: Beautiful Montana Cabin on 12+ Acres - 1 Hour from Missoula in Hamilton
This Very private mountain home is scheduled to be auctioned on February 15, 2010

Starting Bid: $100,000
Located in Hamilton Montana, this home features:
12.15+/- acres Spacious rooms Beautiful, rustic log staircase, and a Stone fireplace Detailed woodwork throughout the home. 5,742+/- sf. Lots of trees with great mountain views and a Detached shop. We will be working as a Buyer's Broker at this event.
Note: A Buyer’s Premium will apply for this property. Please see Terms of Sale … (2 comments)

western montana: 8 Myths of Staging to Sell Your Missoula Montana Home - Busted. - 11/10/09 07:23 AM
Some great myths of home staging, although I do think that smell is very important on a home, and a welcoming aroma is appealing to buyers.

Home staging (or property styling as it's commonly known as on the Australian property scene) is really an art, not a science. One of the many things a professional home stager understands is that it's the house that's up for sale, not the home owner's bread baking ability or taste in music. So, from the sublime to the rediculous - here's 8 myths of staging to sell - busted!
1. Buyers can see past my … (4 comments)

western montana: Missoula Offers a High Quality of Life - And Missoulians Like It! - 11/03/09 01:41 AM
Missoula Offers a High Quality of Life - And Missoulians Like It!
A study was just released by Missoula ADAPT, Area Development And Preservation Team, showing 94% of Missoulians are satisfied with the overall high quality of life in Missoula.
Some of the study's other findings:
88% are happy with Missoula's public parks and open spaces 81% are happy with Missoula's city government Respondents were also asked about their areas of concern, for respondents growth and development, schools and education, affordable housing, and traffic congestion were the top four.
Results come from telephone interviews with 253 voters in Missoula County with approximately … (1 comments)

western montana: Speechless Sunday: Sunrise From a Montana Mountain Top - 09/27/09 03:23 AM




Fall is in the air in beautiful Western Montana, you can feel it in the crisp morning air and see it in the leaves that are starting to change colors. It is also bow hunting season, a perfect reason to climb to the top of of a mountain and watch the sun rise.
Kevin has been spending all the mornings he can on top of this mountain in the Lolo National Forest. He's seen a lot of wildlife and had a conversation with an elk using his bugle, no luck hunting yet, but with these views, he … (13 comments)

western montana: Attn: Montana Builders and New Home Buyers - Are You Ready to Comply with House Bill 451 on October 1, 2009? - 09/25/09 04:39 AM
Attn: Montana Builders and New Home BuyersAre You Ready to Comply with House Bill 451 on October 1, 2009?
I attended a course for Supervising Real Estate Brokers yesterday with one of the state's top real estate attorneys, Zane Sullivan. We work a lot with local builders and new home construction so I was especially interested in the information he provided on HB 451 that goes into effect on October 1, 2009.
The law was designed to require builders to provide certain disclosures on new homes, and also a written warranty.
Builders are now required to provide the following in writing:
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western montana: Missoula Home Buyers - OMG Watch Out for Lurking APR Predators - 09/22/09 02:51 AM
This is a great explanation of Annual Percentage Rate from Bill Ladewig for Missoula or Western Montana Home Buyers.

APR Predators and APR Demystified
First, lets demystify Annual Percentage Rate (APR).

APR was designed to allow consumers to use one standardized number to compare the real cost of each lender's interest rate and it works like this.
If I lend you, $10,000  and, I charge a $500 Bump-ta-Bump Fee, you will actually receive $9,500, however you must still repay me $10,000.  APR is my real yield and your real cost on this loan.
We agreed that you will repay the loan at 8% interest on $10,000, HOWEVER you only received $9,500 therefore … (1 comments)

western montana: Speechless Sunday: Fishing the Flathead River - 09/20/09 06:26 AM
 


I wrote a blog post earlier this week about our fishing trip with one of our friends /clients on the Flathead River near Paradise, Montana. While he was out, he took the following photos of Bear prints along the river - apparently we weren't the only one fishing on the Flathead River!
A Day Spent Fishing on the Flathead River
 
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western montana: 2009 Sanders County Fair & Rodeo Parade Highlights - 09/18/09 10:15 PM
The Sanders County Fair and Rodeo is held during the last week of August or the first week of September every year in Plains Montana. It's small town living at its best. Plains, MT is located approximately two hours northwest of Missoula. The parade is the kick-off to the Fair which features rides and games, a rodeo, a demolition derby, vendors, and live music. It's a great event for the entire family.
 





Photos by Kelsey Ray.
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western montana: A Day Spent Fishing on the Flathead River Near Plains & Paradise, Montana - 09/18/09 09:48 PM
One of our friends and clients recently took an afternoon to go fishing on the Flathead River between Paradise and Perma, Montana. It was an amazing early fall Montana day and the weather was perfect. They caught a few fish and enjoyed being on the river.




 
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western montana: A Relaxing Afternoon Fly Fishing and Floating the Clark Fork River in Western Montana - 09/07/09 02:28 PM
A Relaxing Afternoon Fly Fishing and Floating the Clark Fork River in Western Montana
A couple of weeks ago Kevin and Kelsey spent the afternoon fly fishing and floating the Clark Fork River with a friend of ours, Roger. Here's some photos from the outing:

Spending time on the river is a favorite Montana past time and a great way to cool off in the summer. They only caught a few fish on this outing but they had such a great time that they didn't mind.



 
Photos by Kelsey Ray.
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western montana: Montana Bull Riding at the Bull-a-Rama Event - Mineral County Fair & Rodeo, Superior, MT - 09/06/09 12:43 AM
Montana Bull Riding at the Bull-a-Rama Event - Mineral County Fair & Rodeo, Superior, MT
A long-time Montana tradition is Bull Riding and it continues at rodeos across the West. Mineral County Montana has an annual Fair and Rodeo the First Weekend in August every year.
This year the Fair Board had a Bull-a-Rama - a rodeo dedicated entirely to Bull Riding.

"It's bulls and blood, it's dust and mud, it's the roar of the Sunday crowd."

"It's the white in his knuckles, The gold in the buckle He'll win the next go 'round"

"It's boots and chaps, … (5 comments)

western montana: Montana Bull Riding Video from the Mineral County Fair & Rodeo Bull-a-Rama - Superior MT - 09/06/09 12:38 AM
Montana Bull Riding Video from the Mineral County Fair & Rodeo Bull-a-Rama - Superior MT
The Mineral County Fair and Rodeo is the First Weekend in August every year, and this year was no exception. The Mineral County Lion's Club sponsored a Bull-a-Rama event on Thursday night of the fair this year.
 

 
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How Bull Riding Is Scored from the Professional Bull Riders Association (PBR):  "A qualified ride is 8 seconds. The clock starts when the bull's shoulder or flank breaks the plane of the gate. It … (0 comments)

western montana: Real Estate Auction: Montana Dream Property on Flathead Lake to Be Auctioned to the Highest Bidder - 08/02/09 10:20 AM
Montana Dream Property on Flathead Lake to Be Auctioned to the Highest BidderThursday, August 6, 2009
If you live in Western Montana, chances are that you spend a lot of time at the amazingly beautiful Flathead Lake in the summer time. Out-of-staters also enjoy second homes and vacation homes on the lake.
Unfortunately, the Flathead Valley has been one of the harder hit areas of Montana by the recession and lake front home sales have been slow to say the least. One seller who is tired of waiting for his lake front property to sell through traditional channels has decided to … (2 comments)

western montana: Speechless Sunday: Montana Beauty - The Mission Mountains - 07/26/09 11:16 AM

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western montana: Wordless Wednesday - I Can Make Faces Too! - 07/14/09 10:56 PM

Photo by Kelsey Ray
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western montana: A Day at The National Bison Range in Moiese Montana - 07/12/09 05:38 AM
A Day at The National Bison Range in Moiese Montana
One of the best day trips in Western Montana is a visit to the National Bison Range in Moiese, Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Bison Range has a nice visitor's center and a self-guided driving tour you can take for some of the best scenery in Montana and lots of wildlife.
The National Bison Range is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It was established in 1908 and is one of the oldest Wildlife Refuges in the nation. As its … (0 comments)

western montana: Speechless Sunday: WHY ARE YOU INTERRUPTING MY DINNER? - 07/12/09 02:13 AM

Photo by Kelsey Ray
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western montana: Montana Twitter Users Gathered at the Missoula Tweetup - 07/09/09 01:13 PM
Missoula had one if its first "Tweetups" in June at The Broadway. The Tweetup was sponsored and organized by Access Realty, Energy 107.5, and Real Estate Client Referrals.
The Tweetup was a great opportunity for people who knew each other on Twitter to meet face to face.
The event was featured on the evening news at KPAX. Jill Valley, the evening news anchor from KPAX, attended the event has been using Twitter since January when she attended the Obama Inauguration in Washington, DC and tweeted the event highlights to viewers.
For Video Highlights of the event, to find out about future events, or for … (0 comments)

western montana: Kayak in Downtown Missoula at Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork River - 07/09/09 11:54 AM
Kayak in Downtown Missoula at Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork River
A great place to visit in Missoula is Brennan's Wave which is located downtown, next to Caras Park on the Clark Fork River.
We spent some time at Brennan's Wave last weekend, after visiting the local farmer's markets, and had a great time watching the action.
Brennan's Wave was developed in 2006 and was named for Brennan Guth, a local kayaking legend. It's level two rapids are great for local kayakers to practice their sport, and are also used to help train search and rescue personnel.
Brennan's Wave replaced an … (0 comments)