The supply of homes within the Bozeman city limits declined 26% December 2009 from inventory levels in December 2008. This adjustment continues to be a step in the right direction and has been a positive trend for the past 3 months. The supply of homes in Belgrade decreased 29% December 2009 as compared to December 2008 indicating progress toward a general balance between buyers and sellers. As inventory levels tighten, buyers have fewer choices in the marketplace which can increase their urgency to buy.
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.
If Bozeman residents were at one time hoping for their 15 minutes of fame and then falling back into obscurity, they will once again be disappointed. Recently, our area was featured and congratulated as a fine place to live in the October 2009 editions of both Entrepreneur Magazine and National Geographic Adventure magazine.
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.
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.
published on Friday, October 23, 2009 10:32 PM MDT
Greg Mortenson, the Bozeman man who raises pennies from American schoolchildren to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, was named Friday by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of “America’s best leaders” for 2009.
published on Monday, September 28, 2009 9:37 PM MDT
Anne Keith, a math teacher at Bozeman’s Chief Joseph Middle School, has been named Montana’s teacher of the year.
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:
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.
In its October issue, which hit newsstands this week, the magazine cites Bozeman’s hiking and biking trails, its proximity to ski resorts and Yellowstone National Park, highly ranked public school system and university culture as reasons why it makes a good backyard for kids and parents.