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We are your Western Montana Real Estate specialists.  With office locations in Missoula, Hamilton, Polson, Kalispell, Meadow Lake, Libby, Deer Lodge and the Southgate Mall in Missoula.

Lambros Real Estate ERA
Phone: 406-532-9200
Toll Free: 888.735.sold
Fax: 406-532-9330
www.lambrosera.com
 
September 9, 2014 · by Gabrielle · Uncategorized

ERA Lambros would like to congratulate Tory Dailey, Julie Gardner, Terry Burback, Tillie Marshall, Chery Smith and Cora Gilmore Nelson on earning Top Producer for the month of August! Visit any of our offices in western Montana for the most professional and knowledgeable real estate agents in the business.

August 2014 Top Producer

September 3, 2014 · by eraw5330 · Commercial Real Estate, Community, Real Estate

September 3, 2014 · by Gabrielle · Real Estate, Uncategorized

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The current market in Montana and across much of the United States is experiencing a shortage of inventory – or homes for sale.  This shortage is driving up home prices and increasing competition between buyers, making it much more difficult to purchase a home that fits your needs and budget.

Purchasing a vacant land and building a new home is one answer to this dilemma. Not only does building your own house allow you to have a home that meets all your specifications, it is also unlikely to need any immediate maintenance in the first few years.

Buying vacant land on which to build is an important and complex decision that can include a myriad of issues and obstacles that you wouldn’t normally face when purchasing a preexisting house.  Your real estate agent can help guide you through this process and ensure that you have foreknowledge of the costs involved, help you hire a trustworthy builder, and help you understand the laws and regulations governing the property.  Here are a few items you should discuss with your agent:

  • Practice due diligence and make sure you have information on taxes, zoning, covenants, and easements pertaining to the property.  Zoning and easements can have a huge impact on whether or not you can build your home and where it can be built.
  • Obtain site surveys, utility plans, and soil reports.  If the owner has not already done so and you are serious about purchasing a particular property, do spend the money and get a survey and soil report done.  This can save you a serious headache down the line.
  • Research the costs involved.  There are many costs involved with purchasing vacant land and building a new home.  Determine ahead of time if you will need to drill a well, install a septic tank, have utilities run to the property, and the cost of making an access road or driveway.  Most people underestimate these costs, so leave yourself a financial cushion.

Contact any of our offices in Montana for exceptional, professional agents who are ready to represent and help you succeed in making your dreams a reality.

Lambros ERA Real Estate
3011 American Way | Missoula, MT 59808
406.532.9200 | 888.735.SOLD (7653)

Website: www.eralambros.com

August 18, 2014 · by eraw5330 · Commercial Real Estate, Community, Real Estate

August 14, 2014 · by eraw5330 · Community, Life Styles, Real Estate

Downtown Missoula Real Estate

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2014

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 2014

KEEP MISSOULA WEIRD, reads a popular bumper sticker in this western Montana college town (pop. 68,394). By red-state standards, Missoula is anomalous; a liberal outpost, it’s Montana’s biggest cultural center, yet it maintains a small-town feel. “It’s a really open, diverse community,” says Mike Wolfe, a lawyer and professional ultra-runner. “You can be whoever you want to be here.”

The University of Montana, the town’s largest employer, cultivates youthful brio, but most activity revolves around the downtown stretch of the Clark Fork River. Brennan’s Wave attracts paddleboarders, kayakers, and the odd surfer, and every Wednesday in summer the city hosts bands, food vendors, and kids’ activities in riverside Caras Park. Nearby, Draught Works Brewery slings locally brewed ales, and Big Dipper Ice Cream makes flavors like strawberry peppercorn from scratch. “You’ll go there at seven at night and there’ll be 150 people in line,” says Wolfe. “People show up just to hang out.”

Of course, residents love this town best for what lies just beyond. “Trail access here is ridiculous,” says Wolfe. “I live downtown, and I can run out my front door, be on singletrack in two minutes, and go six hours without crossing a road.” Wolfe’s favorites include the 1.8-mile Mount Sentinel Trail, which climbs 2,000 vertical feet to views of the valley, and, for mountain biking, the buffed trails in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area.

One downside: “The winters can be long and gray,” says Wolfe. But skiing and snowboarding at the Montana Snowbowl is just 20 minutes away, Whitefish Mountain Resort is a couple of hours, and Big Sky Resort is under four.
Kate Siber

Make the Move
The Upper Rattlesnake Valley has houses listed for around $599,000 (citywide median: $238,300); it feels rural, but you’re a ten-minute ride from downtown. The university is the largest employer, but there’s also a growing biotech industry (median household income: $39,076).

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August 13, 2014 · by Gabrielle · Real Estate, Uncategorized

Here’s a little infographic for those who are just starting to think about purchasing their first home – knowing what type of loans you qualify for, how much you will have to save for a down payment, and what your estimated closing costs will be play an important role in preparing your finances properly so you don’t end up draining your bank account with unexpected costs.

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August 4, 2014 · by Gabrielle · Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate, Uncategorized

ERA Lambros would like to congratulate Chris and Vickie Honzel, Julie Gardner, Mark Nelson, Sandra Brown and Irene Marchello on earning Top Producer for the month of July! Visit any of our offices in western Montana for the most professional and knowledgeable real estate agents in the business.

Western Montana Real Estate offices located in Missoula, Missoula Southgate Mall, Hamilton, Kalispell, Libby, Polson and Deer Lodge © 2014 Lambros ERA