Advice from Montanans

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

New neighbors were up for coffee a few days ago, and we were talking about all sorts of things. The condition of our road, the highway department, life in general, and then the subject of neighbors came up. And we were given the "rules of the road" for neighboring. Apparently, there are two rules, and they are...

 

  1. If you ask a neighbor for help, they will be there. All you have to do is ask. And....
  2. If you don't ask, you'll be left alone.

 

Only time will tell if these rules are indeed true, but I have to say I love the concept(s).

 

Taking these in reverse order, here's what they say to me. In general, people leave people alone to live their lives the way they want to live them. As long as you're not bothering or hurting anyone, go for it. Your life is your business, experience it. You want to try your hand at a new skill? Do it. You want to start a new project at your home? Have at it. Whatever. It's your life to live.

 

I think this also feeds into something else I've noticed. For the most part, Montanans aren't complainers. If something happens, they deal with it. Later on, they'll tell someone what happened and that person will say, "why didn't you call me? I would have helped!" Because most people just handle whatever life throws at them.

 

Advice from MontanansSo if you do ask for help, obviously you need it. You wouldn't ask if you didn't. And if you need help, your neighbors will be there for you. Having that security blanket wrapped around you is such a wonderful thing. Different neighbors were explaining about getting stuck on a specific icy hill near our home. And they shared how another neighbor heard about the issue, immediately went to get their tractor and chains, and went down to pull that car back to safety. Another neighbor told me that someone had asked him to bring them to their house which was up on a mountain, and the neighbor dropped everything, put chains on the truck, and got that person home. We've had people offer their tools and equipment to us ("if you need it, just come get it.") Talk about the real meaning of being a neighbor. The reverse is true of course. If someone needed our help, they just have to ask. We'll be there.

 

But that's not the only advice I've received. I learned I should leave a pair of shoes in the car with some sort of cleats or studs in case I need to walk somewhere on ice. And I should keep an eye out for wild animals in my area. I learned the best places in the area for picking huckleberries. I also had someone in my home recently to give me an estimate on a particular product. And he provided his thoughts. He said, "If you love it when you move here, it'll only get better." Apparently, people move to Montana and do NOT love it. Those people may eventually grow to like the area and people, or not. But if you move in and love it right off the bat, he said life here will only get better and better. Well, I guess we're in good shape then!

 

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Originally published at thehousekat.com.

 

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

eXp Realty - New York

 

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Laura Filip
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Beautiful article, love the fact that you love your community. One can be happy where ever they are at. Bloom where you are planted. Have a blessed day. 

Jan 13, 2020 09:44 AM #45
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What a great welcome your neighbors gave you! I think you are going to love living there. 

Jan 13, 2020 11:41 AM #50
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I noticed several spam type emails in Activerain the last few days. Has anyone else? This post has 4 spams I see.....

Jan 13, 2020 01:27 PM #53
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Kat Palmiotti
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I agree, Nina Hollander - such a bonus to the beauty that exists in nature here.

Michael J. Perry - I agree, giving without expecting anything in return.

Thank you Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® 

 

Jan 13, 2020 01:29 PM #54
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Laura Filip - Bloom where you are planted! I love that concept. Thank you.

Diana Zaccaro - I already do!

Sharon Kowitz - Yes, this post got 6 of those spam things (2 removed already) plus I got about 3 emails with the same nonsense on it.

Jan 13, 2020 01:30 PM #55
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Tom Bailey
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Kat, you live in a beautiful place, and a nice place to visit in the SUMMER! Too cold for me any other time

Jan 13, 2020 10:13 PM #60
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Kat, that sounds like a good place to live. I really need to get out to Montana and Wyoming to see the big sky states.  In my mind I am fascinated with that area.

Jan 14, 2020 04:11 AM #61
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Tom Bailey - most visitors do come in the summer. Right now there are hardly any RVs on the road. In a few months there will be a ton.

Dana Basiliere -- Wyoming is beautiful also..  Time for a trip!

Jan 14, 2020 04:49 AM #62
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Montana is a beautiful state to live and enjoy nature not yet ruined by human.

Jan 14, 2020 06:44 AM #63
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Sam Shueh - It really is beautiful here. Thank you!

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I am so glad that you are sending us dispatches from Montana!  It is a place that I would love to visit! 

Jan 14, 2020 07:15 AM #67
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Kat ~ Those are two rules that I could live with anywhere... but you probably have a better view where you are in Montana.

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We just moved to Townsend, MT this summer and I love it! We bought 20 acres and can’t wait to build in the spring! Haven’t met a grumpy person since we moved here!💜

 

Jan 14, 2020 01:51 PM #71
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Lise Howe - Come on over!!!!

AJ Heidmann ~ CRS - The view really is amazing!

Christine Wade - Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Oh, that's great! If I'm ever down in the Townsend area, I'll have to reach out to you. We came here in August and I have to agree about the lack of grumpiness.

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I have never been to that part of the US but would like to visit!  I imaging the residents are friendly and hard working.  

Jan 14, 2020 02:37 PM #75
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - So far everyone I've met has been friendly!

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How exciting for you.    I got the same open reception and similar advice when I moved to the Santa Cruz mountains fifteen years ago, except we rarely have snow.    I hope you love your new home too!

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Hi Kat:

That's just the way it should be with neighbors. Sounds like you have settled in well, be welcomed in many ways, and are enjoyinh your new home! Bravo!

Jeff

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Kat, having good neighbors means a lot to most people. We live in a great neighborhood. When it snowed last week, a neighbor plowed every driveway in the neighborhood. It was such a welcome to come home to a clean driveway and especially liked that we did not have to get out and shovel the snow.

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M.C. Dwyer - I do love my new home! Thank you so much for your comment.

Jeff Dowler, CRS - Yesterday we walked down the street to hand out homemade invitations to a little get together we're having. What fun!

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® - That's wonderful about the plowing of the driveways. What a nice person!

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