Curbing the Winter Blues!

It’s that time of year when the winter blues can set in.  The Scandinavians have less light in the winter-time than Americans.  They’ve learned a few things that help keep the warmth and light in their hearts and homes.  Here are some tips from the frozen north that may help curb those winter blues!

“10 Scandinavian Design Lessons To Help Beat The Winter Blues” from Freshome.com.



Posted on February 9, 2017 at 4:43 PM
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We’ve “Mooo”ved!

Windermere Bozeman

We’ve “Mooo”ved!

We’ve “Mooo”ved! Windermere Bozeman is now located at 714 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 2!


Posted on January 27, 2017 at 6:22 PM
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Farewell Richard Reid

We’re sending a loving farewell to our fearless leader, Richard Reid. Thank you to all of those who have supported Richard and Kate this last year. “Semper Fidelis Marines!”


Posted on January 27, 2017 at 5:38 PM
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Winter Farmer’s Markets in Montana!

Winter Farmer's Markets in Montana

Winter Farmer’s Markets in Montana!


Enjoy Farmer’s Markets all year long!

It’s a wonderful thing when you can drive to a local farmer’s market during the summer season and pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, eclectic arts and crafts, and eat something new from a local vendor.  In Montana, you’d think the farmer’s markets would wind down due to the cold weather and snow.  There are a couple of markets that remain throughout the season!

To view a list of all the seasonal Farmer’s Markets in Montana, click Montana Farmer’s Markets through the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Here are two Winter Farmer’s Markets in Montana that you might enjoy!


Posted on October 14, 2016 at 3:51 PM
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Celebrating the Largest Golden Eagle Migration Known – The Bridger Raptor Festival

Bridger Raptor Festival


The Bridger Raptor Festival highlights one of the largest Golden Eagle migrations known in the United States, over the Bridger flyway.  This event is celebrated every year at one of Bozeman’s popular ski hills – Bridger Bowl.

The Bridger Raptor Festival brings a host of activities, events, and awareness about the long migrations of these powerful raptors.  Activities and events include: nature walks, lectures, raptor spotting, journaling, sketching, and more.  It’s for everyone and it’s free!  To view the list of events, go to Bridger Raptor Festival’s events page and click on the orange date/time for details!  Mark your calendars October 7-9 for the Bridger Raptor Festival‘s activities!

 

 


Posted on October 5, 2016 at 3:24 PM
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Autumn Inside the Home – Maintenance Tips!

Autumn Inside the Home - Maintenance Tips

Autumn Inside the Home – Maintenance Tips


Spring cleaning is over, but it’s never too late to go through a fall checklist of things to prepare before the winter!  Here are some “Autumn Inside the Home – Maintenance Tips” to consider.

  • Furnace: Change your furnace filter according to the guidelines of your particular furnace and have it checked if needed, by a professional.
  • Smoke Alarms: Add smoke alarms to the rooms in your home if you don’t already have them. Change the batteries in the smoke alarms that you do have.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors:  Change your CO2 Detector batteries.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Buy fire extinguishers and put them in good access areas in your home.  Learn how to use them.
  • Paint: Update walls with fresh paint.
  • Clocks: Replace old batteries with new.
  • Floors & Carpets: Refresh your floors & carpets with a thorough cleaning.
  • Doggie Doors: Ensure doggie doors are fastened well and working properly.  Make sure they’re insulated for the cold weather.
  • Winter Tools: Check and/or fix, replace, or buy: shovels, ice chippers, ice scrapers & brushes for cars, salt for sidewalks.
  • Chimneys: Get rid of creosote buildup and have a chimney sweep come and clean your pipe!
  • Use Weather Strips: Check and repair any leaks in doors and windows that will allow the cold winter air or moisture inside.
  • Washer & Dryer: Check your washer and dryer hoses and vents to ensure they’re clean and in good shape.
  • Hot Water Heaters:  Get rid of dirt and sediment in your water heater.  Houselogic has a good article for instructions.

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 3:39 PM
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Real Estate Statistics for August 2016 from the Gallatin Association of Realtors!

Gallatin Association of Realtors - Statistics

Gallatin Association of Realtors report for September 2016


 GAR Connection
September 22, 2016
Gallatin Association of REALTORS® Releases Real Estate Statistics for August 2016
The Gallatin area real estate market experienced growth throughout August 2016 with 245 units sold, an increase of 23 units over the previous month and an increase of 21 units, or nine percent, over August of 2015.

The average sale price in August 2016 was $358,997, a five percent increase from the August 2015 average sale price of $343,239. Total sales volume was $87,949,404 during August 2016, up fourteen percent compared to $76,885,664 in August 2015.

“With overall sales up nine percent in August 2015 and the average sales price up five percent, we see the Gallatin area real estate market continuing to thrive,” said 2016 GAR President Tyler Garrison. “Our local REALTORS® continue to support this growth by helping both buyers and sellers navigate the market successfully.”

August 2016 statistics are as follows: 

Gallatin County Year-to-Year comparison for Residential Sales including Single Family Homes, Condominiums, Townhomes and Mobile/ Manufactured 

Residential Sales – Units

  • August 2015: 224

  • August 2016: 245

Residential Sales – Average Sales Price

  • August 2015: $343,239

  • August 2016: $358,977

Residential Sales – Total Sales Volume

  • August 2015: $76,885,664

  • August 2016: $87,949,404

Bozeman

  • Units Sold: 159

  • Average Sale Price: $368,339

  • Total Sales: $58,565.879

Belgrade

  • Units Sold: 51

  • Average Sale Price: $251,993

  • Total Sales: $12,851,625

Greater Manhattan

  • Units Sold: 7

  • Average Sale Price: $295,571

  • Total Sales: $2,069,000

Greater Three Forks

  • Units Sold: 4

  • Average Sale Price: $501,475

  • Total Sales: $2,005,900

Big Sky

  • Units Sold: 24

  • Average Sale Price: $519,042

  • Total Sales: $12,457,000

Park County

  • Units Sold: 31

  • Average Sale Price: $288,119

  • Total Sales Volume: $8,931,675

Madison County

  • Units Sold: 18

  • Average Sale Price: $246,967

  • Total Sales Volume: $4,445,400

Beaverhead County

  • Units Sold: 10

  • Average Sale Price: $201,540

  • Total Sales Volume: $2,015,400

Jefferson County

  • Units Sold: 5

  • Average Sale Price: $76,700

  • Total Sales Volume: $383,500

Sweet Grass County

  • Units Sold: 7

  • Average Sale Price: $156,071

  • Total Sales Volume: $1,092,500


Posted on September 28, 2016 at 3:57 PM
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Bozeman Public Library – Events

Bozeman Public Library Events

Bozeman Public Library Events


The Bozeman Public Library, located on East Main Street is a fantastic place to find a great read, but also a fantastic stopping place to view local art and photography in their gallery.  Their’s plenty of parking for walkers and bikers who take advantage of the Gallagator Trail and Lindley Park next to the library.  A plethora of events and classes are continuously offered at the Bozeman Public Library.  Visit the Library Calendar of Events for details of upcoming classes!


Posted on September 21, 2016 at 3:40 PM
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Autumn Around the Home Maintenance Tips!

 

Fall Maintenance

It’s a wrap-up of summer heat!  With autumn comes the changing of colors and temperature.  To make life easier in preparation for the winter around your home, and to reduce stress before the snow begins to fall, here’s a brief list of autumn around the Home Maintenance tips.

  •  Home Repair List: Create a list of anything around your home that needs repair
  •  Landscaping Tips: Visit a local landscape maintenance company for tips on trimming your shrubs, foliage & trees
  •  Trim: Trim the shrubs and trees
  •  Rake: Rake leaves and pine-cones
  •  Gutters: Clean the gutters of debris
  •  Chimney: Have your chimney inspected and/or cleaned
  •  Roof: Visually inspect the roof for damage (if needed, have a professional inspect and/or repair the roof)
  •  Painting: Finish painting any outside siding that may be vulnerable to the winter weather
  •  Planting: If you’re a garlic lover, plant garlic for next years’ harvest – see MontGuide
  •  Garden Hoses: Unscrew all garden hoses, get rid of the water in the hoses, and put them away before the temperature freezes 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees Celsius
  •  Mow the Lawn: Mow the lawn before winter sets in to keep rodents from making it their home
  •  Mower: Get the mower ready for winter storage.  Store your mower in a dry place or cover it to protect it from moisture after you do the following: remove the battery (negative terminal first), clean under the deck, sharpen the blade, unplug the spark plug lead, replace the spark plug if necessary, replace the air filter, change the oil, either get rid of the fuel or add a fuel stabilizer to your fuel prior to storage.  Then, at storage time, make sure that it’s 95% full with the added stabilizer – see https://www.goldeagle.com/tips-tools/lawn-mower-storage-why-draining-fuel-tank-mistake
  •  Tools: Inspect and repair or replace your tools: rakes, shovels, mower, sprinklers, hoses, wheel barrels, saws, clippers, etc.
  •  List: Create a list of things you’ll need for winter maintenance – such as shovels and salt for sidewalks
  •  And finally, start a cozy fire on the hearth and enjoy your peace of mind!

 


Posted on September 15, 2016 at 5:15 PM
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Museums in Montana

Montana Museums

Museum of the Rockies

 

Visiting a museum is an enjoyable way to learn more about an area.  Here's a list of museums around Yellowstone Country!


Bozeman hosts 3 museums, each quite unique.  The Museum of the Rockies, the Gallatin History Museum, and the American Computer and Robotics Museum.

Big Sky lays claim to the Historic Crail Ranch Museum.

Big Timber boasts the Crazy Mountain Museum and the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center.

Columbus' pride is the Museum of the Beartooths.

Gallatin Gateway's hidden gem is the Little Bear School House.

Livingston's treasure is the Yellowstone Gateway Museum.

Manhattan's jewel is the Manhattan Area Museum.

Red Lodge entrusts the Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust, Inc., the Carbon County Arts Guild and Historic Depot Gallery, and the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum.

Three Forks's find is the Headwaters Heritage Museum.

and last, but not least, West Yellowstone's catch is the Yellowstone Historic Center.


Posted on September 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM
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