Montana Real Estate Blog

In the ever changing world of real estate, it is important for buyers and sellers to stay informed on what is going on. Our blog is here just for that. Learn about issues impacting the local real estate market and check out some of our new listings. Be sure to bookmark this page to stay connected.

Step it up and SELL your home!

Posted: Feb 24, 2016 by BHHSMT

It's time to sell your home, are you ready? There are a few things you should immediately do before trying to market your home for sale.  These tips will help you to stage your home properly, show your home successfully and also to price it accurately for your market.

First, check out other real estate listings that are in your desired price range and are for sale in your area.  This is the best way to accurately price your home…

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Tiny Homes in Cold Climates?

Posted: Nov 5, 2015 by BHHSMT

Do you think you could live in a "tiny" home?  The thought of living in a space that is a fraction of what one may be used to is a bit like a fantasy, in which it seems it wouldn't work!  Ahh, alas, it works for many, and below is a guide to building and maintaining a tiny home in cold/very cold climates.

The cold months are upon us, a time when many of us are more aware of our…

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Winterize Your Home and Reap the Benefits

Posted: Sep 2, 2015 by BHHSMT

Living in an older home, as in 1960's older, I realize how important it is to winterize this year after we had a prior winter of $400 per month power bills!  I know what you are thinking, how could that be possible?  Well, I'll tell you, my arch enemy has been gaps and cracks around our windows and doors.  After a bit of research as to just HOW much manual labor I would have to partake in, I have compiled…

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10 Great Things To Do in Bozeman During the Summer

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Thinking about purchasing a new home in Bozeman, Montana? Bozeman is a can’t-miss location for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are just a few of the great things to do in Bozeman and the surrounding area during the summer months:

1. Bogert Farmers Market - This summer market features local growers, artisans, crafters, musicians, small businesses and culinary artists. There’s nothing better than fresh, locally grown produce to fill your table with delicious goodness all summer long.

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7 Most Popular New-Home Amenities in 2015

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

What are the top amenities 2015 homebuyers want in their new home? If you’re like most people searching for a home in Montana, you want your new home to have these key elements:

1.Master Room Walk-In Closet — Large, his-and-hers walk-in closets are a top priority for home shoppers in the current market. They also want ample storage space in bathrooms and in the laundry room.

2.Luxurious Laundry Room — Buyers are wanting more than just a place to…

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Join the 2015 Green Homes Tour!

Posted: Jun 3, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Join Refuge for the Green Homes Tour this Saturday June 6th!

What's the Green Homes Tour? Refuge + three stellar Green Homes in Bozeman + a bus + plus interesting talks and education + a great Saturday afternoon + a barbecue!! Mackenzie River Pizza and Yellowstone Grassfed Beef will provide the food, all of this is sponsored by Onsite Energy = A great event! 

$10 adults, $5 students, free for kids under…

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8 Advantages of Geothermal Energy Systems

Posted: May 29, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Montana residents typically experience a wide range of weather conditions throughout the seasons, from down-right freezing to sunny and hot. Imagine a heating and cooling system that would keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer while cutting your utility bills by 25 to 50 percent, and helping to save our planet. Install a GeoExchange Heating and Cooling System in your home and realize these benefits:

Lowers Utility Bills - Homeowners with GeoExchange systems see…

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10 Things to Do Before Moving into Your New House

Posted: May 18, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Are you getting ready to move into your new home in Montana? Moving into a new house is exciting, but the list of “to do’s” can be overwhelming. Here are 10 tasks that are often overlooked when moving into a new home. If you accomplish these, you’ll be way ahead of the game on moving day.

Before Moving Out:

1.Find a Reputable Mover and Reserve Your Date - Spring/summer is peak moving season in Montana, so don’t…

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Montana - Home to the “Rich and Famous”

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Montana is the kind of place that attracts people from all over the world. Well, why wouldn’t it? With its magnificent mountains, rivers and forests offering solitude, as well as outstanding hiking/climbing, world-class fly fishing, hunting and camping opportunities to its small Western towns with unique shops, fine dining, and cultural events, Montana is hard to beat. No wonder many of the “Rich and Famous” (born here, or not) are drawn to Montana.


Montana is the…

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The 10 Most Common Home Inspection Items

Posted: Mar 30, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

The home inspection is a critical element of every home purchase and buyers are well advised to hire a professional for the task. The inspection findings can make or break the transaction. Is it onward to a smooth closing or back to the drawing board for all concerned?

Whether you're selling or buying, here are the most common code violations that home inspectors run into on the job:

1. Faulty Roofing - Roof damage or defects caused by aging…

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Formaldehyde In Your Flooring?

Posted: Mar 9, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

CBS EVENING NEWS | MARCH 4, 2015, 6:30 PM| A “60 Minutes” report has become a national concern after it found high levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators. John Blackstone reports on what homeowners can do if they're concerned about their wood floors...

Watch the full report here

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5 Simple DIY Green Projects For Your Home

Posted: Mar 4, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

If you’re like the majority of Montanans, you live here for the beauty of the wilderness, and you want to protect it. There are a number of simple things you can do at home to help protect the Earth and save money at the same time. Check out these 5 green projects for your home:

1.Replace Your Faucet Aerators and Showerheads - Purchase high efficiency faucet aerators and showerheads, and install them in your home. Both…

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5 Home Selling Strategies That Work

Posted: Feb 18, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Are you getting ready to put your house on the market and don’t know where to begin? Starting this process can be overwhelming! Most homeowners have a tendency to become so comfortable in their house that they overlook items in need of repairs, deep cleaning and accumulation of clutter. These tips will help you prepare your house for the selling process:

1.Make Needed Repairs - Make sure that everything is in working order (appliances, heating/cooling system, electrical, plumbing,…

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How To Do a Final Walkthrough - Steps For Success

Posted: Feb 5, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

You are about to close on the perfect Montana home; how exciting! But, wait! Before you get caught up in the excitement, keep a clear, objective mind for the final walkthrough (your ecoREsource agent can definitely be very helpful here). The final walkthrough allows the prospective buyer to make sure that the house is in the condition that they expect, including all agreed upon repairs being taken care of, before they close on the house. Here…

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Top 10 Green Building Materials For Your Home

Posted: Jan 28, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

With Montana’s harsh winters, building an energy-efficient home is a top priority for many home owners. If you can build an energy-efficient home while using renewable, recycled material, that’s even better. Here are 10 green building products that will help you accomplish this:

1.Recycled Steel - After looking at recycled steel, you might want to skip wood beams when building your next house. At least 65 tons of scrap steel are recycled every year; recycling scrap…

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Escape to Big Sky, Montana!

Posted: Jan 22, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Plan a winter weekend in Big Sky. Fresh powder and no lift lines are two reasons to check out this Montana mountain town!

Read more in this list written by Sunset Magazine Contributor, Caroline Patterson. 

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Passive House Alliance Presents: Passive House Case Studies:  What Worked & What Didn’t

Posted: Jan 13, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Achieving the world's most ambitious building-energy standard presents more than a few challenges. Join Passive House Alliance for a nuts-n-bolts discussion with long-time CPHC Dylan Lamar who will provide an overview of lessons learned from a number of Passive House projects, including single-family, multifamily and commercial.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

5:30 - 7:00 PM PACIFIC

Attend live at Earth Advantage in Portland or attend Online via - link provided upon registration.

REGISTER NOW for online attendance!
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Moving to Bozeman, Montana?

Posted: Jan 12, 2015 by ecoREsource Properties

Are you considering a move to Bozeman, Montana? Here’s everything you need to know about this outdoor enthusiast lovers’ town.

Demographics & Geography - With close to 40,000 people, Bozeman is the 4th most populated city in the state of Montana. The median age for Bozeman residents is 27.1 years old, and the median household income is $44,818. Located in the southeastern part of the state in Big Sky Country, Bozeman is surrounded by five mountain ranges.…

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20 Ways to Live a Greener Life

Posted: Dec 26, 2014 by ecoREsource Properties

Homeowners can benefit greatly by practicing these green tips; they can save money, live in a healthier environment, and reduce their carbon footprint — helping to make this planet a better place.


Buy Energy Efficient Appliances - The more energy efficient an appliance is the less it costs to run. See Energy Star ratings when you buy your next appliance.

Try to Limit Your Laundry Washing - Instead of doing lots of…

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Bozeman, Montana Tops “The Best Place” Lists

Posted: Dec 9, 2014 by ecoREsource Properties

Each time Bozeman is named “Best Place” in the national media, locals aren’t surprised. They already know what the rest of the world keeps hearing; Bozeman, Montana is the best place to live. Many express their hope that it will remain a “best kept” secret. After all, part of the allure of Bozeman is its small population and vast opportunities for solitude. If you haven’t already, you are bound to fall in love with this unpretentious town after…

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Putting Your Best Offer Forward

Posted: Nov 25, 2014 by ecoREsource Properties

Bozeman is quickly turning into a Seller’s market with multiple buyers competing for the same property. We recommend that buyers consider putting their best offer in…the first time around.

When you make an offer on a property, the seller can accept, reject or counter offer your offer. That being said, you want to make your offer as appealing as possible. Try to see your offer from the seller’s perspective. Here are 5 ways to be the ideal buyer…

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Top 10 Benefits of Going Solar

Posted: Nov 12, 2014 by ecoREsource Properties

As conventional energy costs continue to rise, more and more Montanans are seeking to convert to solar energy. If you are considering living off the energy grid, now is the perfect time; solar costs have decreased 25% in the last few years alone. Homeowners who go solar will see these benefits:

1.Solar Energy is Renewable - Using the sun for power does not reduce the amount available; it’s an unlimited resource.

2.It Will Save the Homeowner Money - Adding…

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Montana | Most Definitely “The Treasure State”

Posted: Nov 10, 2014 by ecoREsource Properties

The Montana Department of Tourism recently released this amazing video of our beautiful state. Sit back, relax and enjoy the unparalleled scenery of "The Treasure State."

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What Is Your Water Footprint?

Posted: Oct 29, 2014 by ecoREsource Properties


Most of us don’t think twice about the availability of water; we turn on our faucet, and there it is. Did you know that only about 1% of the earth’s water is readily available to consume? You can save money and help the environment simply by reducing your water usage and eliminating water waste. The average household spends $500 per year on their water/sewer bill. By installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances, homeowners can…

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Decoding the green movement

Posted: Nov 14, 2012 by Gary Foster

The latest version of the green movement can be confusing.  You hear all the catchphrases about climate change and doing your part for the environment.  As usual, this is a reinvention of the last movement from the 70's which is almost identical.  That puts me in the age group who has seen this movie before.  Don't get me wrong.  We all need to do our part.  However, as usual, if you follow the money you will see a lot of the…

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Bozeman city water

Posted: Nov 9, 2012 by Mary Ackermann

Where does your water come from? Bozeman's delicious water comes from the watershed south of town and the south end of the Bridger Mountains. This includes Hyalite Creek which flows into Hyalite Reservoir, and Sourdough Creek which is drawn from the creek at the canyon. Both are considered surface water and the two are mixed and tested at the Sourdough water plant.  Lyman Creek is spring water which is considered a groundwater source and comes from the Bridger Range. You can access more information…

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Great Resources

Posted: Nov 8, 2012 by Mary Ackermann

For all who are interested in low-cost, low tech, energy efficient housing, there's a terrific website

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Posted: Jul 26, 2012 by Mary Ackermann

Just fyi: All dogs and cats over 6 months of age, living inside the city limits are required to be licensed. Proof of rabies vaccination and  spay or neutering certificate required. Call 406-582-2327(Bozeman) and 406-222-2005(Livingston) for more information.

When you move from another state you have 90 days to get a Montana driver's license. A driver must be 16 years of age or have taken the driver's education class to be licensed at 15 years of age. Call 406-587-0461(Bozeman) and 406-222-4610(Livingston)..


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