In the past, I have covered the topic of Baby Boomers and how their home buying decisions and trends greatly affect the real estate market. Another noteworthy demographic group to take a look at is college graduates on the move. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors, recently brought up some interesting points about this sector of the population.
Clyde Park, Mont.: View from the vault – Ranked #10
Using asphalt shingles, metal siding, recycled lumber and oak flooring, Berkeley–based architecture firm Fernau & Hartman converted an old branch bank into a two-story residence in Clyde Park, Mont.
Built in 1910, the 20- by 50-foot building features an open floor plan with two separate lofts for the bedroom and office areas, a wood-burning stove and a recreation space.
Agents Show Houses by Bike, Pointing Out
Paths, Racks, ‘Tuck-Under’ Garage
High gas prices and growing environmental concerns are making more home buyers interested in bicycle-friendly neighborhoods. Seeing a market, some real-estate agents have traded their suits for spandex and are leading clients from house to house on two wheels instead of four.
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Paddler Magazine ranks Bozeman as # 11th best "Paddling" destination.
Read the article here.
"There are a lot of young people here living the good life," says Chad Johnson, co-owner of the club Highsides Brews & Tunes (103 N. Main St., 406/222-5400, highsides.com).
America may be a metropolitan nation, but most of us don’t seem very happy about it.
A total of 252 million people — 83.5 percent of all Americans — live in metropolitan areas. That includes 164 million in the 51 biggest metros, the ones with populations above 1 million.
Yet a substantial number of these residents of big cities and inner-ring suburbs don’t have their hearts in it. They would prefer to live on the suburban fringe or in small-town America, as repeatedly shown by surveys during the past decade:
On July 30, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (aka The Housing Stimulus Bill) which is intended to stimulate the housing market, help prevent foreclosures across the nation, and strengthen the nation’s economy as a whole. The National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of REALTORS® have been top advocates of this legislation and its proposed effects of ending the cyclical downturn in the housing industry, as well as creating jobs.
ERA Landmark Real Estate is continuing its dedication in giving back to the community through a charitable organization. The ERA/MDA annual golf tournament will be held on September 5, 2008 with the proceeds benefiting the Montana Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Published in the Bozeman Chronicle, August, 2008. In real estate, as in most areas of life, it’s generally a good idea to try to see the silver lining without allowing blind optimism to cloud the real picture. But in this industry particularly, it is certainly refreshing to read anything from the media that portrays the positive side of the market conditions.
Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate is pleased to announce that commercial sales associate Steve Olson has joined ERA Landmark Commercial.
Published in the Bozeman Chronicle, July, 2008. As recently reported in the Chronicle, the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (best known and easily identified as “the aluminum airstream campers”) are in to town for their annual rally. Bozeman is fortunate enough to be the only destination to host this international rally on five different occasions. The club is estimated to bring 2,000 people and $3 to $5 million to our area in a one week period.
Denise Andres has received recognition from global real estate leader ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. for ranking in the 90+ Club for exemplifying the spirit of outstanding customer service and superior performance that make ERA 1st In Service®. The prestigious club honors those sales associates who have received higher than 90% overall customer satisfaction rating in 2007. As one of only 73 sales associates to be inducted into this club in 2007 this achievement clearly demonstrates Denise’s professionalism and commitment to her customer’s success.
Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate is pleased to announce that Sue Frye has received recognition from global real estate leader ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. for ranking in the 90+ Club for exemplifying the spirit of outstanding customer service and superior performance that make ERA 1st In Service®.
Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate is pleased to announce that Sue Frye is ranked #2 in production by global residential real estate leader ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. for Total Closed Production Volume for 2006. Sue closed in excess of $84 million in volume, among more than 38,700 ERA Franchise Systems associates worldwide. This world-wide achievement continues her top status in addition to being ranked #1 in the nation for ERA for the past 5 years.
Published in the Bozeman Chronicle, June, 2008. The 5th annual State of the Rockies Report Card prepared by Colorado College was recently released, and as always provides some interesting insight into our changing and vibrant region. The eight-state Rockies region offers breathtaking scenery, intact ecosystems, and a growing amenities-based economy. From 2000 to 2006, the Rockies region experienced a population growth rate 4.5 times the national average.
Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate is pleased to announce that Leslie Ridenour has received her Broker License from the Board of Realty of the State of Montana.
Ridenour received her real estate license in 2001 and started working at ERA Landmark in November 2002. Ridenour specializes in residential real estate, new construction, and land sales and also has the Certified Residential Specialist, Graduate Realtor Institute, Accredited Buyers Representative, and Senior Real Estate Specialist designations.
Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate is pleased to announce that Jim Woodley has received the Paul Dudley Award from the Gallatin Association of Realtors. The award was presented to Woodley to honor his professionalism, integrity and dedication to the real estate industry in Gallatin County.
By Stephanie Simon, Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2008 My travels have taken me to many striking U.S. landscapes: the tangled marshes of South Carolina’s barrier islands, the red-rock canyons of southwest Utah, a bare expanse of Nevada desert framed by a purple sunset. But nowhere have I had such a strong impulse to capture the scenery — to take it home with me — as I did on a recent trip to southern Montana.
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?
Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate is pleased to announce that commercial sales agent Christopher Pope has received the national Certified Commercial Investment Member designation. By obtaining the CCIM designation, Chris has demonstrated competence in the four core areas expected of commercial investment managers, including financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis and investment analysis of commercial real estate.