High noon in August! Over all the land, the very air is palpitant with heat. While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat, unrippled, lie as plains of yellow sand.
Henry Sylvester Cornwell


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Hello dear friends and clients,

I hope this finds you all well. What a crazy month it has been since my July newsletter! With more demand than supply, we continue to see a market that is bringing high prices and a fast-paced selling process. Buyers are inventing new ways to rise to the top of the offers. This can be dangerous for both buyers and sellers because there are legal ramifications for just about every decision that a buyer will make. This article cautions both buyers and sellers to avoid shortcuts. It's worth a read. Click here.

Some of you may have heard about the fire around Finley Point on the East Shore that broke out on August 7th. Dubbed the Boulder 2700 Fire, it descended the mountainside near Finley Point and headed toward Flathead Lake, growing to more than 1,000 acres and burning 15 to 20 homes. An evacuation order was issued on Sunday from mile-markers 6 to 13 on Highway 35 and all of Finley Point. The Red Cross opened a shelter for evacuees at the Linderman Gymnasium in Polson and volunteers rallied at Murdoch’s in Polson to take care of displaced livestock. People in the area opened their homes to anyone who was evacuated and my heart goes out to those of you who lost property. Unfortunately, fires have become a fact of life with our clear, warm August days and breezy nights. Please be careful if you are camping. A fire can start so easily. As I write this newsletter, blessed rain is falling in the Flathead and clearing our skies that will soon be big, bright, and blue. We look forward to fall and the market just keeps on humming.

If you are considering a move, let me know. My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price. With that said, I welcome your calls, texts or emails. The Lang Team is here to make your real estate dreams come true whatever they are, wherever you are. Another perk for you as a 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 via the forbesglobalproperties.com website as well as access to the entire Forbes marketing platform. 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.

I welcome your calls, texts and emails or come by the office and say hello. Stay safe and let's make 2021 your best year ever. See you soon.
Northwest Montana By The Numbers
according the NW Montana Multiple Listing Service for July, 2021
Flathead County
New Listings - 372
Sold Properties - 268
Median Sales Price - $522, 500
Lake County
New Listings - 89
Sold Properties - 53
Median Sales Price - $475,000
New Listings - 29
Sold Properties - 13
Median Sales Price - $580,000
New Listings - 71
Sold Properties - 43
Median Sales Price - $565,000
Where to Play Around the Flathead Valley
Fall is coming and that's the best season of all. If clear blue skies, puffy clouds, cool breezes and unending recreation please you, here are some activities that will give you a true and memorable Flathead experience.

Your guide to trip ideas and national parks
Statistics and government information

Attractions, accommodations and business networks

Places to golf in NW Montana

What's the story of Bigfork? Who were the first people here and where did the name come from? Enjoy this wonderful article by Kyle Stetler.
Flathead County District Court Judge rules in the ongoing litigation over operation of the bottling plant - remanded back to state agencies.
What's fueling the red-hot demand and surge in prices? What’s in store for the future? Here's the scoop.
Are your cupboards a jumbled mess? Here are 31 ways to maximize your storage space.
15 best cities revealed. I just noticed many of those city people are moving here. Flathead--ahead of the curve.
MLS #22112783$2,100,000
This one-of-a-kind triplex home sits on 1.27 acres of manicured landscape overlooking lovely fields and Flathead Lake, and is within walking distance to Bigfork Village. The top floor features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, library, kitchen with serving/prep pantry, entertainment area, office/suite and gym/artist studio. The other two separate units offer 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, laundry, an open floor plan with kitchen, living room, and dining area. Each unit has a private deck, fireplace, separate entrance, and garage/parking area. Nearby are Eagle Bend Golf Course, the Marina at Harbor Village, and Flathead Lake.
MLS #22111090
MLS #22108218
MLS #22104756
MLS #22108007
Introducing Ceri's Corner
About a month ago, John and I brought Ceri, a lop-eared Corgi, into our home. We have had all sorts of doggies in our life, but we were not prepared for Ceri! She's one of a kind and her antics are classic. So funny on a daily basis, I want to share her with you all. So...Ceri's Corner is born. I hope you enjoy Ceri's shenanigans. We sure do!
Ceri’s near encounter with a grizzly while taking an evening poop walk with John. Eek!
It is 5:00 at Camp Lang and Ceri is enjoying a vodka with grapefruit juice. Cheers!
 Ceri, the lop eared Corgi, attended the Bigfork Art Festival and came home with a wine barrel fire pit!
Denise's Cooking Corner - Arugula Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese and Basil
(from the NYT by Libby Hueck)
This simple, quintessential summer salad is a reminder that seasonal ingredients are at their very best and don’t need much fussing (or cooking).

¼ cup pine nuts
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 to 5 ounces baby arugula
2 ripe peaches, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 10 ounces)
½ cup julienned fresh basil leaves
2 ounces creamy goat cheese, crumbled (about ½ cup), plus more to taste
In a small sauté pan, toast the pine nuts over medium heat, tossing often, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. In a small liquid measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

Place the arugula in a large salad bowl. Pour just enough dressing over the greens to moisten, and toss to coat. Add the peaches, basil, goat cheese and toasted pine nuts and toss to coat. Add more goat cheese and dressing if desired. Toss gently and serve immediately.
Denise's Book Corner - Educated by Tara Westover
“Part of me will always believe that my father’s words ought to be my own,” Westover writes. If her book is an act of defiance, a way to set the record of her own life straight, it’s also an attempt to understand, even to respect, those whom she had to break away from in order to get free.

The author's circumstances may be extreme, yet her words hold a universal theme that speaks to all of us. Educated is Tara’s memoir of her journey from an unschooled girlhood, believing all her father taught her, to a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University.

Westover was born sometime in September, 1986—no birth certificate was issued. She came from a remote mountain location in Idaho, the seventh child of Mormon survivalist parents who subscribed to a paranoid patchwork of beliefs well outside the mandates of their religion...the government was always about to invade, the End of Days was always at hand.

Westover’s mother worked as a midwife and an herbal healer. Her father, who claimed prophetic powers, owned a scrap yard, where his children labored without the benefit of protective equipment. (Westover recounts hideous and frequent accidents).

Lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge eventually took her to Harvard and Cambridge. Her story is an account of her struggle for self-invention, fierce and gripping family loyalty and the grief that comes with severing family ties.

My wish to all heading to school this fall amid the current challenges, I hope this year is full of the joy of learning.
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