The associates of ERA Landmark have been giving back to the community during our Season of Giving for 32 years. But like all things 2020, this year has been a little different. The need is greater, our hearts are bigger, and even the smallest gift seems to mean a bit more.
As dedicated Big Sky agents with decades of experience, we have seen quiet times and crazy periods. We have not always had solid numbers to compare inventory levels, absorption rates and days on the market. 2006 saw more companies participating in the Southwest Montana MLS and more consistent sales data. Based on this information, we can better analyze the current market.
Following the lead of this month’s Business to Business progress theme, I will focus on three area businesses that exemplify impressive and innovative growth techniques. Plonk, the 320 Guest Ranch, and High Country Rental shared their individual approaches to staying successful. These entrepreneurs and countless other businesses are rolling up their sleeves every day to remain viable and growth oriented. Many companies in our area are expanding or differentiating themselves in order to keep up with the changing consumer and market demands.
As the new year takes off, residential inventory levels in Big Sky tighten for the first time in years. The supply of homes in Big Sky decreased 15% December 2009 as compared to December 2008. The number of Big Sky condominiums on the market declined by 5% for the same time period. ERA-Big Sky agents indicate that this effect is the positive result of properties selling.
Their results come from a comparison of two data sets of happiness levels in each state, one that relied on participants' self-reported well-being and the other an objective measure that took into account a state's weather, home prices and other factors that are known reasons to frown (or smile).
As part of its plan to stimulate the U.S. housing market and address the economic challenges facing our nation, Congress has passed new legislation that:
As we constantly monitor and follow trends in the real estate industry, an interesting movement is emerging. There has been increased consideration given to smaller homes nationwide for a number of reasons. Not to say that “bigger is better” is a thing of the past. But for many, consideration is being given to the simple concept that “smaller is preferred”.
Continuing the ERA Landmark Christmas Fund tradition, we gave over $4000 to charitable organizations in Bozeman and Big Sky this year. Recipients of this year's funding include Thrive, Ophir school, Bozeman Optimist Coat Project and Family Promise. The ERA Landmark Christmas Fund was established in 1984 when we originally cut Montana Christmas trees and sold them at our office parking lot. We also collected new and used toys to distribute.
After waiting with bated breath for what seemed like a considerable amount of time, the Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension/ Expansion was recently passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. So what does that mean to our local market and the economy overall? Ideally, the plan will transform the dream of homeownership into reality for many more credit-worthy homebuyers and will increase consumer confidence nationwide.
Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate is pleased to announce that Sue Frye is ranked #1 in Montana and #13 in the Nation for Total Closed Production Volume through September 2009 by global real estate leader ERA Franchise Systems, Inc.
Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate was recently recognized as one of the Top Fifty ERA® brokers by global real estate company, ERA Franchise Systems LLC. As a top broker, Erlenbush was invited to attend the annual ERA President’s Circle Business Conference held July 26-28 in Florham Park, N.J. The President’s Circle Business Conference is an exclusive event for the Top 200 brokers in the ERA network.