In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camu

Dear Friends and Clients,

We made it through one of the coldest spells I ever remember in my over 2 decades of living here. Now with the days getting longer, my spirits are looking forward to beautiful days ahead. February is a month of love and another gift that February 2024 gives us is a leap day. Yup, this year will bring us the 29th! Here are some fun facts and traditions related to a leap year with an extra day in it. read here.

And for some real estate facts that might interest you-- According to one of our Title Companies, Insured Title, we learned the following:

  • January 2023 produced 198 sold properties in Flathead County with 56 of the buyers coming from out of state. Last year, the highest number of sales closed in April.

  • January 2024 produced 132 sold properties in Flathead County with 36 out of state buyers, mostly coming from Arizona and California.

Currently, we are hoping for better interest rates that may encourage both sellers and buyers

Give me a text or call and let me know your needs and wants. Whatever your real estate goals, I can help. I'll listen to you, and together, we'll set expectations based on current market conditions. Remember, not every buyer is looking for a mortgage and many buyers are looking for a safe and stable place to put their money. This is a time for bold thinking.

I am known for walking all the way with my clients, giving them the benefit of my knowledge and experience and I never let them slip. Times may have changed in real estate, but my experience and knowledge will guide you in the right direction. I will help you meet your needs and we'll have some fun, too! We can and will do it--together. Call me, we'll make it happen. 

As you can see from the photo of Camp Lang, there is nothing more peaceful than a Montana winter. Best wishes for a happy new year and hoping all your dreams come true!


Activities Around the  Flathead
What's Happening in Bigfork

FEATURED BUSINESS - Sheiner and Friends Pet Grooming

There is a new groomer in town. Sheiner & Friends is


We are not a chain or franchise so our approach to caring for and grooming your pet is different than the "big box stores." We work exclusively with your pup from start to finish, and all work is completed by hand.

We are located on the ground floor of the Branding Iron Station building at 7935 MT Hwy 35 in Bigfork and we carry pet odor eliminating candles and apparel for all sizes of dogs.

Book a grooming appointment here. and be sure to follow our Facebook page for your daily dose of doggy cuteness!

We 'll get your pup looking (and smelling) fantastic!

Stats and listings for Flathead County

Stats for January 2024

What's currently on the market?

Local Reads

Bigfork Brewery Golden Triangle owners Brandon and Stacia are excited to get ingredients from local farmers for craft beers.

Look back through a selection of Flathead Valley photos from 2023 by Daily Inter Lake photographer Casey Kreider.

The U.S. is home to dozens of world-class courses. Here’s a list of the best public golf courses in each state. Montana made the list!

Join us for the 15th Annual Bigfork Brewfest, March 2nd from 1-5pm on Electric Avenue in the Village. Click here for more information. 

Newsy Reads

The complexities of real estate transactions make engaging a real estate agent crucial when selling your home.

Signs of recovery? Is the housing market bouncing back in 2024—or just bouncing back and forth?

Mortgage rates--real estate experts expect rates will stay in the 6% range this year. Some believe they could even drop to the 5% range.

8 ways to update wooden kitchen cabinets without breaking the bank. I repainted and changed hardware and it worked well. Love it!



2330 Kismet Court, Kalispell

MLS #30018818


137 Sunrise Terrace, Bigfork

MLS #3450094768


I have worked with Denise Lang on two separate occasions and I have been thoroughly impressed with her professionalism and expertise. Real estate transactions are stressful and Denise has a lovely way of reaching out with a calming and encouraging presence. She offers keen insight, years of experience, and is highly accommodating when situations arise that are unexpected. She is extremely well connected to services around the valley which made my life considerably easier. I would not hesitate to recommend her for all your real estate needs!!!! Kathy L


JUST LISTED - Price Reduced

175 Eagle Bend Drive Unit A, Bigfork

#30019133 $599,900

This exceptional 3 bedroom, 4 bath Tamarack townhome on Eagle Bend Drivee is located on the quiet 5th fairway. Golf from your door! 

A Winter Poem from CERI... Do Corgis like cold weather?

Why Corgis Get Cold Easily

Corgis get cold easily despite having thick double-coats. We very much enjoy playing in cold and snowy weather, but caution still needs to be taken as we don’t retain body heat very well.

Our relatively thick double-coat is made up of an insulating undercoat and a protective top-coat often referred to as “guard hairs.” The undercoat does a good job of retaining body heat, and the topcoat is slightly waterproof meaning it will be able to withstand light rain and snow. However, since we are very close to the ground, (note our incredibly short and adorable legs), that is perhaps the biggest disadvantage to our breed because the cold surfaces draw out body heat better than we can retain it. This means it’s never long before we get cold.

Also, once we get wet, it will be virtually impossible for us to remain warm, instantly feeling the cold. That is true of other breeds as well. Since we had such cold winter days last month and I was stuck inside, I found this poem to share with you!

For more info on Corgis and cold weather, click here

DENISE'S COOKING CORNER - Scallops Provencal


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serves 4



1 pound fresh bay or sea scallops

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

All-purpose flour, for dredging

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided

1/2 cup chopped shallots (2 large)

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/3 cup dry white wine

1 lemon, cut in ½



If you're using bay scallops, keep them whole. If you're using sea scallops, cut each 1 in half horizontally. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss with flour, and shake off the excess.


In a very large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over high heat until sizzling and add the scallops in 1 layer. Lower the heat to medium and allow the scallops to brown lightly on 1 side without moving them, then turn and brown lightly on the other side. This should take 3 to 4 minutes, total. Melt the rest of the butter in the pan with the scallops, then add the shallots, garlic, and parsley and sauté for 2 more minutes, tossing the seasonings with the scallops. Add the wine, cook for 1 minute, and taste for seasoning. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Note: I serve as a main dish with with Lemony Orzo, Asparagus and Crusty Garlic Bread and pair with Chablis or unoaked Sauvignon Blanc.

DENISE'S READING CORNER - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Cyril Conroy, a hard-up but ambitious property developer, acquires the opulent Dutch House after the war in 1946 Philadelphia when the owners, the Van Hoebeeks, go bankrupt.

He takes possession of the building, complete with servants and sumptuous contents and installs his wife and two children, Maeve and Danny, into this ready-made rags to riches existence. Unfortunately, the Dutch House with its treasures and lifestyle marks the end of the marriage. Insisting that she has “no business in a place like that,” Elna, his wife, leaves to help the destitute in India.

From then on, the children are left to the ministrations of the cook and housekeeper, a pair of warm-hearted sisters with their own colorful backstory.Danny survives the loss of his mother with the help of his sister. The loving and resourceful Maeve (the heroine of the novel), is there to care for him.

The story takes a recognizable turn to the famous Grimms fairytale when Cyril introduces a young widow and her two daughters to the Dutch House. The fragile balance is shattered when the new wife systematically pushes out Danny and Maeve. A story about rejection, hope and looking for home makes the novel a page turner.

“There are a few times in life when you leap up and the past that you'd been standing on falls away behind you, and the future you mean to land on is not yet in place, and for a moment you're suspended knowing nothing and no one, not even yourself.”


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