Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses … swapped back and forth and over again.

Michelle Obama

Dear Friends and Clients,

March is Women’s History Month, a month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women throughout history. We are leaders, pioneers, founders and activists. In fact, women should be celebrated for not just one month but each day for their contributions to medicine, technology, science, politics, education and more. In real estate, I have found that it is the female influence that often times makes the decisions to buy or sell.

Think about the women in your lives who have made a difference, who have shown strength and courage and tell their stories to your children and grandchildren. You know that my grandmother was a positive influence in my life. Her wisdom, her love of education, her cooking and mostly her strength and perseverance taught me the right thing to do. She did it with love and courage and she is with me each day. My hat is off to you, Gran, this month and always! For some famous women in history, click here

Currently, we are hoping for better interest rates that may encourage both sellers and buyers. In addition, we are coming out of the winter doldrums. As history shows, early spring is statistically one of the slower months but as we move forward to April and May, I do expect more movement based on the data provided here. Please click here to see the most current data for our area comparing 2023 to January and February of 2024.

With spring around the corner, I hope you will 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 places to put their money. This is a time for bold thinking.

When you list your property with me, it would be included in our widely distributed LIVE MONTANA Magazine along with our Glacier Sotheby's Digital Listing Catalog. To ensure your property appears in these July publications, we would need photos and signed listing agreement by April 15 even if you want to wait until July 1 to actively show your home.

To be included call, text or email. 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. 

I welcome spring and the return of our clients, residents and visitors. See you soon!


Activities Around the  Flathead
What's Happening in Bigfork

FEATURED BUSINESS - SakeTome--named in the Top 10 of Montana's Seafood Spots

Saketome Sushi, in Missoula and their spot in Bigfork, is a great spot for a date, business meeting or family fun. If you enjoy super fresh and varied high-quality seafood dishes in a dynamic atmosphere, plan a trip to SakeTome in Bigfork village or downtown Missoula.

Montana is a landlocked state so granted when people think of restaurants in Montana, seafood is probably not one of the cuisines that come to mind. Most folks think of pizza, burgers, or other classic American fare,. SakeTome flies in fresh seafood daily and artfully creates delicious sushi dishes. Click here for the SakeTome mouthwatering menu!

Local Reads

Senator Tester urged the Biden Admin to release funds to replace the Bigfork village unsafe steel bridge (sooner than later!!)

Glacier Park Airport announced the completion of the first phase of the $150 million terminal expansion. It opened to passengers this month.

 Gardeners! See frost dates for Bigfork this year based on the nearest weather station and the length of our growing season.

Be careful when taking that first spring walk in the woods. The mild winter is causing bears to come out of hibernation a month early.

Newsy Reads

Rates have come down to to 6.94% for the week ending Feb. 29. The® 2024 forecast predicts they might dip to 6.5% by year’s end.

From cereal to transportation to soap to real estate, the new shopping habits of millennials may surprise you but they are worth noting.

Grab your floaties and sunhat, these are the best U.S. lake towns to visit this year. You guessed it-Bigfork made the list!

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.


As a transplant from California, I want to take a moment to thank you for always treating me with kindness and respect. Your graciousness and professionalism was always at the forefront of my dealings with you. I also want to thank you finding me this amazing piece of property in the most wonderful neighborhood. When I think about the other places I looked at, and thought I wanted, I am so grateful I ended up here. I have made lifelong friends here, I love my home, my property, and my new life in Bigfork. I can't help but think that there was some divine intervention involved that put me in the exact right spot for me. Thank you again and best of luck to you always. Leslie O.



175 Eagle Bend Drive Unit A, Bigfork

#30019133 $599,900

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

Health Advice from CERI... Corgi Eyes

Our eyes are gorgeous and expressive but we are prone to blindness. What can you do?

Our breed is at risk of developing a degenerative eye condition called progressive retinal atrophy, or PRA. This disease affects the photoreceptors of our beautiful Bette Davis eyes. As a result, sadly, our vision will degrade, and we can eventually turn blind.


What are the early symptoms that you should keep an eye on? Night blindness is the most apparent symptom of PRA. If your dog keeps bumping into things when it is dark or is reluctant to go out at night, he or she might be night-blind, and PRA could be the cause of it.


What Can You Do?

  • Get us regular eye exams
  • Never let us roam free, especially at night
  • Do not turn off the lights when you go to sleep
  • Keep a consistent routine
  • Talk to us as often as you can
  • Keep water and food always in the same place
  • Let other people know if our eyesight is poor or we are blind.

For more information, click here.

DENISE'S COOKING CORNER - Simple Chicken Enchiladas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees



2 leftover roasted chicken breasts, pulled

2 T olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

½ t salt 


2 T olive oil, mild

2 T all-purpose flour

1 28 oz can red enchilada sauce

2 c chicken broth

½ t salt

½ t pepper



canola oil

14 corn tortillas

2 4oz cans green chiles, diced

1 c green onions, chopped

½ c canned black olives, sliced

3 c sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Cilantro, chopped

Avocado, chopped


  1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat combine the canola oil and flour. Whisk together and allow to simmer for one minute. Add the red sauce, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook while you prepare the other steps. Once thickened, remove from heat.
  2. Heat the oil and add the onions over medium heat until onion has softened. Add the chicken breasts until heated through. Then add the salt and pepper, chiles, green onions, and black olives and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat source.
  3. Heat canola oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Lightly fry the tortillas until soft but not crispy and drain on paper towel, layered between each tortilla.
  4. Spread ½ c of sauce in the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Dip each tortilla into the sauce. Using a flat plate to set the dipped tortilla, add some of the meat mixture. Top with some cheese. Roll tortilla and place seam-side down in baking pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas. When all the tortillas have been placed in the pan, pour the remaining sauce over the top. End with a generous topping of cheese and any remaining filling that remains on the plate or leftover filling.
  5. Bake, the enchiladas on the center rack for 20 minutes until bubbly. 
  6. Sprinkle with cilantro and avocado before serving.

DENISE'S READING CORNER - Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

She watched from her terrazzo as the three American women carried their luggage into the stone villa down the hill. Who are they, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, she can’t help but question: will they find what they came for?

Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography about her close friend who seems to be a complicated woman continuing to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women—Julia, Camille, and Susan—all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives.


Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of retirement by taking a lease on a villa in Tuscany. Though novices in a foreign culture, their new found friendship has launched them to spontaneously uproot each of them completely and redirect their lives. Their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. But how? With Kit’s friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten with drastic and unforeseeable results.

Is the novel true? In Mayes’ words, “My characters are fiction but are made of many fragments of my friends.”

I seem to be drawn to books about women and Italy. Someday I would love to write a book based on the places I love and characteristics of my friends!


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