"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."
William James
Hello dear friends and clients,

As "the kids" and were I sitting by the fire, I was delighted that Heidi and Ceri were "sharing" a doggie bed. My thoughts wandered to how I share, how we share as a community and why. I believe that we are hard-wired for generosity and the holidays seem to make us more eager than usual to give. As I close out 2021, I wanted to share with you the organizations to whom I give and encourage you to find joy in opening your hearts and wallets by giving to your favorite organization.

My giving is to the following. I feel that they work hard each day of the year to enrich our community and our lives.

Flathead Valley College Foundation
(As a board member, I also give my time).
Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts                                          
Bigfork Chamber
Bigfork Steering Committee
Swan Lakers
Rotary Backpack for Kids
Mission Valley Animal Shelter
Bigfork Village Market

From our home to yours, we wish you the merriest Christmas, the happiest holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year! Remember, if you are considering a move, let me know. Our market is strong and our inventory is low. My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price. The Lang Team is here to make your real estate dreams come true whatever they are, wherever you are. Another perk for you, as the seller, is our exclusive membership in Forbes Global Properties. What does this mean? When you list your luxury, high end property, your home will be opened up to the international market. Click here to view Bigfork properties on the Forbes website providing access to the entire Forbes network. Here's another advantage. Maybe you have always wanted to have a home in Florida, France, Hawaii or the place of your dreams. I can use my Forbes Global Properties referral network to connect you with an expert and knowledgeable Realtor in many national and international markets. Let's talk!

Warm wishes,
Mike and I chose Denise Lang to sell our home because we appreciate her absolute honesty and drive to get homes sold! We knew she has been one of the top agents in Montana for years and she lived up to her reputation. Our home sold quickly, she provided a step by step detail of the transaction and it closed exactly as expected. We would highly recommend Denise, for excellent customer service and drive to meet the closing date!
Karin and Mike Henion
Northwest Montana By The Numbers
according the NW Montana Multiple Listing Service for November 2021
Flathead County
New Listings - 134
Sold Properties - 225
Median Sales Price - $525,000
Lake County
New Listings - 22
Sold Properties - 32
Median Sales Price - $423,100
Lincoln County
New Listings - 20
Sold Properties - 47
Median Sales Price - $375,000
New Year Predictions!
Here's what to expect in home prices for 2022.
For those with the urge to travel, here are the top destinations for 2022 from Conde Nast Traveller. Norway is at the top of my list!
According to a Stanford University study, residential real estate has historically been an “investment safe-haven” during inflation times.
Our community is getting together with county and state entities to best utilize recreation around Bigfork. Exciting projects on the horizon!
There's no end to the holiday fun around Bigfork. How about taking in "Elf, the Musical," dinner around a warm fire or brunch with Santa?
New, Contingent and Sold Properties
MLS #22116886 $339,000
MLS #22116902 $599,000
Under Contract Taking Back-Up Offers
MLS #22113582
Under Contract Taking Back-Up Offers
MLS #22116583
Under Contract Taking Back-Up Offers
MLS #22117996
Under Contract Taking Back-Up Offers
MLS #22117781
MLS #22115423
MLS #22115804
MLS #22114992
Ceri (our lop-eared Corgi) says...

I am a lucky dog to have so many toys. My people are very generous. Some of my toys aren't really dog toys, they're just things I've picked up around the house that look fun. (I hope my people aren't too angry with me). If you have a 4-legged fuzzy friend, I thought I would share a link to some really cool dog toys. Click here. I already talked to Santa so I'm keeping my paws crossed that there will be something more than coal in my stocking on Christmas morning!
Where to Play Around the Flathead Valley
Winter sports is all around the Flathead. From sledding to skiing and a snowshoe experience in Glacier, you can't be the winter experience here in the Flathead Valley. The links below will give you some good ideas.
Your guide to trip ideas and national parks
Statistics and government information

Attractions, accommodations and business networks

Places to golf in NW Montana

Recently, USA Today named some of America’s most charming mountain towns, and I wasn't surprised to see that Kalispell made the list. While it isn’t as well-known of a tourist destination as some of our other mountain towns, the locals are well aware that this little city is underrated. It's close to Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park, and many of western Montana's other gems. History buffs tend to love Kalispell -- there's a lot to learn about the local past. Also, downtown Kalispell is pretty lively with plenty of locally owned shops, restaurants, breweries, bars, and all kinds of family events summer and winter! Click here to read the article.
Denise's Cooking Corner - Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Clementine Vinaigrette
This bright and colorful salad is packed with flavor, color, and nutrition. I add avocado and brown the almonds in butter.

Ingredients for the Salad
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 green onions, sliced

Ingredients for the Clementine Vinaigrette
Zest and juice of 2 clementines
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a bowl, combine all the salad ingredients. Set aside.
To make the dressing, combing all the vinaigrette ingredients into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Close lid, and then shake to combine. Pour dressing over the salad and serve.

To make a salad in a jar: layer two tablespoons of the vinaigrette followed by the pomegranate arils, feta cheese, green onions, almonds, and then fill the jar with the baby spinach.
Denise's Book Corner - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
If you are into historical fiction as I am, you will love this book. To me, one of the most interesting and disturbing events in history was the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. This novel takes on a new perspective from that era. It's about the Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who lives in a luxurious suite at Metropol Hotel (across from the Kremlin). Following the Revolution, he was condemned for writing a poem, sentenced to house arrest and moved to cramped quarters in the same hotel. Despite limitations and 3 decades of incarceration, he made the most of his life. His antics are funny, charming, romantic and touching. The story has a little bit of everything--romance, politics, espionage, parenthood, and poetry. Very un-Russian-like, the book is a fun and clever with a surprisingly upbeat look at Russian history through the eyes of one man.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Rostov discovers that there is a wine list at the hotel (a vestige of past noble privilege). The 100,000 bottles in the Metropol’s cellar have had their labels removed, supposedly rendering them all equal. Rostov is determined to find the best vintage, and by feeling the embossed ridges on the bottle, discovers a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I think you will really enjoy this book. I know I did!
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