Western Montana Real Estate


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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
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



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.


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.

July 21, 2014 · by Gabrielle · Uncategorized

Lambros ERA would like to congratulate Jeremy Schultz, Ed Coffman, Mark Nelson, Catherine Taylor and Kerry Munro Mann on earning Top Producer for the month of June! Visit any of our offices in western Montana for the most professional and knowledgeable real estate agents in the business.

July 2, 2014 · by Gabrielle · Real Estate, Uncategorized

So you’ve decided it is time to sell your house.  Here are a few things you can do prior to listing your house that will help you sell your home faster:

  • Walkthrough your home and ask yourself, “What would I notice if I were buying this house?”  This seems like a simple step but it is often overlooked.  We live in our homes for many years and often become accostumed to a number of things that will throw off potential buyers.
  • Keep an eye out for any repairs that need to be made. Fixing small surface problems will eliminate things that may distract or concern buyers.
  • Declutter your home.  This is so important because a cluttered home is hard to sell.  Take the time to pack up at least half your belongings – whatever you don’t need to live should be packed for the time being.  Not only will your listing photos look better but the house will show better too.  You may also want to consider renting a small storage unit during this time – a garage full of boxes will not help your home sell.
  • Don’t forget to declutter your closets too.  Buyers will be looking at how much storage space your house has and it can be hard to imagine how much room is in a closet that is stuffed to the gills.  Pack up at least half of the items in every closet.
  • Keep it clean.  A large part of this is encompassed in #2 above but make sure that you keep your house clean during the listing period.  You never know when a buyer may want to see the place and this will take a lot of the stress out of the situation if they want to come over in an hour and you’re at work.
  • Consider updating the home with paint and other small fixes.  A new coat of paint can go a long way toward making your home look well-maintained and fresh.  Also consider replacing dated light fixtures or cabinet hardware. These little fixes are inexpensive and fast but can really change the entire feel of your house.

Hopefully this will help you get started – Remember that your listing agent should be able to give you additional advice on what you need to do to sell your home faster.  Please consider their advice carefully.  If they think that it would be beneficial to spend $1000 repainting your house, they’re probably right.  Sometimes it is the small investments that will pay off in a big way – namely getting more money for your property and getting it sold faster.

Lambros ERA Real Estate
3011 American Way | Missoula, MT 59808
406.532.9200 | 888.735.SOLD (7653)
Fax: 406.532.9330

Website: www.lambrosera.com

June 11, 2014 · by Gabrielle · Uncategorized

From NewsMax

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders jumped more than anticipated in May, reaching a five-year high that signals an improving outlook for construction.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index of builder confidence rose to 29, the highest since May 2007, a report from the Washington-based group showed. The gauge exceeded the highest projection in a Bloomberg News survey in which the median estimate was 26. Readings below 50 mean more respondents said conditions were poor.

Companies such as building products maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. are benefiting as cheaper homes and mortgage rates at a record low combine boost demand. At the same time, foreclosures remain a hurdle for new construction and property values, one reason a rebound in real estate is taking time to develop three years after the end of the recession.

“We have resumed the gradual upward trend in confidence that started at the beginning of this year,” Barry Rutenberg, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders and a builder from Gainesville, Florida, said in a statement. This comes “as stabilizing prices and excellent affordability encourage more people to pursue a new-home purchase.”

The report showed gains in measures of current single-family home sales, the outlook for the next six months and buyer traffic.

Estimates of 47 economists in the Bloomberg survey ranged from 23 to 27. The group revised April’s reading to 24, from a previously estimated 25. The gauge, which was first published in January 1985, averaged 54 in the five years leading to the recession in December 2007. It reached a record low of 8 in January 2009.

More Sales and Traffic

The builders group’s index of current single-family home sales climbed to 30 this month, from a revised 25 in April. A measure of sales expectations for the next six months rose to 34 from a revised 31, and the gauge of buyer traffic increased to 23, the highest since April 2007, from 18.

The confidence survey asks builders to characterize current sales as “good,” “fair” or “poor” and to gauge prospective buyers’ traffic. It also asks participants to gauge the outlook for the next six months.

Confidence improved among builders in three of the four U.S. regions, led by the Northeast, where it rose to 32 from 26. The Midwest showed an increase to 27 from 22, and the South had a gain to 28 from 23. Confidence dropped in the West to 29 from 31 the prior month.

Ply Gem, a maker of exterior building products such as vinyl siding, fencing and stone veneer, reported a 20 percent increase in sales in the first quarter, in which it also had an operating profit compared with a loss a year earlier.

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Lambros ERA Real Estate
3011 American Way | Missoula, MT 59808
406.532.9200 | 888.735.SOLD (7653)
Fax: 406.532.9330

Website: www.lambrosera.com

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