Smart phones. Smart televisions. And now smart houses? Your home is most likely your greatest investment. When you are there, you want it to be comfortable and efficient. When you are not there, you want it to be safe and protected. As with many areas in modern-day life, technology has made meaningful strides in all […]
The concept of Do It Yourself (DIY), while certainly not new, has become increasingly prevalent in the real estate industry. The early pioneers of DIY projects that were geared toward homeowners included names such as Bob Vila of This Old House and Martha Stewart. These personalities and many more paved the way for the modern-day […]
Have you been searching for your Gallatin Valley dream home without having any luck? Your best option might be to buy a beautiful piece of land and build. There is no hiding that the residential inventory is so low it is causing a surge in builders and owners to purchase land. Sales associate, Sue Frye, […]
On December 21, 2017 Tom Gierhan closed on a very unique listing; a small home made out of recycled products and two shipping containers welded together. This one of a kind shipping container home was constructed by the extremely talented architect, Ty Kelly. After the deal closed, the buyer moved their new home to the […]
First impressions are powerful in a way that the mere concept of them elicits the internal reaction of sitting up a little taller and smiling a bit wider. Homes that are on the market for sale are under the same scrutiny of putting their best features forward to prospective buyers. Marketing strategies such as high […]
What more could you ask for? The ease of one level living, surrounded by the charm of Livingston, Montana. This home offers two bedrooms and one bathroom on one side; master suite with large shower and tub on the other side. Enjoy the over-sized garage, fenced back yard with rock terrace, two large covered concrete […]
Working in real estate creates many opportunities to interact with other professionals in related industries. Not long ago, I coordinated a client meeting with Brandi Visser; owner of Centre Staging. I attended the initial consult and was very impressed with her home staging knowledge. The client took Brandi’s advice and the home looked incredibly different once the staging was complete. Brandi has some great advice for anyone selling a home.
Saul: How do you define Home Staging?
The road to home ownership is exciting and full of decisions. Viewing available houses to find the one that best meets a buyer’s personal tastes, needs, and budget can be time consuming and sometimes results in not finding a home that is “just right.” For people with a bit more inspiration and the luxury of time, the option to buy a vacant building lot or acreage on which to build a brand new home might be a viable alternative.
Our very own Jon Ellen Snyder, Broker at ERA Landmark Western Land in Livingston, was recently quoted in an article by MarketWatch.com about tech gadgets for the home. As reported in the article:
A big reason smart home technology is becoming more mainstream: “They’re making things so user friendly, so it’s easy for people to adopt the technology,” said Jon Ellen Snyder, a Montana real-estate broker with ERA Landmark in the Bozeman/Livingston area. It is also becoming more affordable, which helps in bringing it to the masses, she said.
Robyn Erlenbush was recently featured on Inman News highlighting ERA Landmark’s unique approach to photography.
Quality photography is worth its weight in gold. We shoot high-quality interior and exterior photos on our weekly tours to use in all print and internet advertising, virtual tours, company brochures and office display. We also take advantage of the many talented professional photographers in southwest Montana to enhance listings as well as our website and downtown showcase office. It’s about selling the Montana lifestyle.
Denise Andres, Sales Associate at ERA Landmark Real Estate, recently attended the International Builders’ Show presented by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Las Vegas. Thousands of building and real estate professionals attended more than 100 education sessions on topics that included 50+ housing, sales and marketing and high-performance building. Andres, who represents builders such as Norton Ranch Homes, got a first-hand look at the latest in cutting-edge efficiency, technology and sustainability.
Spring is officially upon us and is traditionally the time when homeowners spruce up their homes either for their personal enjoyment or to ready them for sale. While projects for your own enjoyment vary in size and budget, those who are planning to put their homes “on the market” want to get the most “bang” for their buck and ideally a reasonable return on investment.
March Greetings from Sharon and Brian,
Spring is almost here! The bluebirds are back, days are getting longer, and everyone is thinking about sprucing up, cleaning, redecorating and, for some of us, preparing our homes for sale. Most of our clients are first a seller and then a buyer, so the following comments will be informational for everyone. First-time buyers, too!
On March 14th, nearly one year after assuming the role, Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer of ERA Franchise Systems LLC, addressed over 2,000 of his network’s members at their annual convention to reveal the first of several planned phases to reveal the brand’s new direction. Mr. Young had ascended to the top post under less than ideal circumstances; his predecessor, Brenda Casserly, had passed away only two months after he was brought aboard ERA as its chief operating officer.
Remodeling magazine, in conjunction with REALTOR® magazine, recently released its 2009-10 annual report on the relationship between the cost of remodeling projects and the value that it brings at the time of resale. This is the 22nd year of analyzing national and regional data for 33 of the most popular remodeling endeavors. The projects ranged from a 48.1% return on investment to a 128.9% return. Overall, the Pacific region still retains the position of best return in most categories. San Francisco, CA, Honolulu, HI, Anchorage, AK and El Paso, TX are all high on the list.
Bozeman, MT (Grassroots Newswire) September 28, 2009– People considering the purchase of their first home may be missing a valuable opportunity if they delay much longer, according to Robyn Erlenbush, local ERA® representative. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included an enhanced First-Time Homebuyer Federal Tax Credit, a housing stimulus that provides a maximum tax credit of $8,000 for first-time home purchases.
Now more than ever, the old adage “you only get one chance to make a good first impression” rings especially true for real estate. With a larger than normal inventory available for buyers to chose from, sellers need to present their homes in the best possible light at all times. Of course the selling process begins with pricing the home properly based on its location, size, and condition. The next phase is to critically assess and evaluate a home’s “showability” to get it into showing condition and ready for potential buyers.
Lunch and Learn with ERA Landmark and Bank of America
Join us for these Brown Bag Sessions! Bring your lunch and learn with us!
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
ERA Landmark’s Downtown Office
8 East Main Street, Bozeman
September 16th – First Time Home Buyer’s $8000 Tax Credit
Real Estate Today, a new national radio show produced by NAR, debuted on February 14, 2009.
The show will air online at www.RETRadio.com – visit the site any time to listen to current or past programs.
Real Estate Today covers the benefits and challenges of homeownership, from expert advice on buying and selling, to remodeling and landscaping, to the state of the current market and home financing issues.
Published in the Bozeman Chronicle, May, 2008. Aging gracefully is at the forefront of many people’s minds. So how does that have any tie-in with a real estate article?