ERA Landmark is proud to host the annual Sweet Pea Festival’s Juried Art Show again this year! Stop by to see the 30+ art entries showing at our downtown location from July 9th - August 9th.
On the afternoon of Friday, September 4th, a column of smoke suddenly appeared on the west side of the Bridger Mountains just north of the iconic “M”. With the hot, dry and windy conditions, the fire spread quickly...With every hardship that has occurred this year, what remains true is the strength and resiliency of our community.
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.
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 we move through November each year, many people make an effort to slow down, regroup and take the opportunity to count their blessings. At ERA Landmark, the agents and staff feel there is so much for which to be thankful. Some have been in Montana their whole lives and never left. (“Why mess with a good thing?”) Others were raised here, wandered elsewhere for a wide variety of reasons, and returned back to their original home. (“The grass may not have been greener.”) Still more stumbled across our great state or waited for the right transition point in their lives to relocate. (“Saving the best for last.”)
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:
In support of the Bridger Foothills Fire Relief effort, ERA Landmark’s Stronger Together t-shirt campaign is in full swing. Our associates have made donations, supporters have placed orders and the first round of shirts have been printed! It’s been heartwarming to see everyone come together for a great cause.
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.