Billings MT Real Estate Blog

 

While the market is beginning to show signs of stabilizing, the overheated sellers market of last spring is still a stinging memory to many homebuyers in Billings. In October, for instance, homes remained on the market for a quick six days. If a buyer didn’t act quickly, he or she was beat to the best houses that came on the market.

It’s frustrating to fall in love with a home only to find out that someone else has already submitted an offer, but there may just be a solution. While they don’t always win the home, backup offers are often a good idea when you have found the perfect home.

Make a backup offer

 Basically a backup offer is second in line to the seller’s current offer. If anything happens to end that transaction (and we’ll get into

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Looking to shake that cabin fever? We’ve rounded up the details on a few ways to get you out of the house and having fun.

Tonight

Red Lodge Mountain Town Series

If you’re a fan of ski/snowboard racing, this is the event for you. Held on Bobcat, the fun continues today, with Race 3 and the after-party and awards ceremony (Pollard Pub in downtown Red Lodge). The latter events take place at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Get the details online at redlodgemountain.com.

Billings Bulls Hockey 

Get out and cheer on our Billings Bulls as they take on the Great Falls Americans at Centennial Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Chili Cook-Off

There is nothing better to warm you up on a frigid winter day than a steaming hot

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Sure, Valentine’s Day is just a week away but why not do something different this year and not wait until the last minute to make plans (and reservations!)? We’ve come up with a couple of ideas for you so all you have to do is pick up the phone or go online and secure your spot.

Russian National Ballet Theatre

Is there a more romantic story for little girls than Sleeping Beauty? How can any man compete with THAT kind of romance? How about taking your sleeping beauty to watch the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s presentation of the classic tale?

From her birth to the kiss from her prince, backed by Tchaikovsky’s score, she’ll be delighted by the fabulous stage effects and “courtly splendor.”  Buy your tickets online, now. Showtime is 7:30

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We’re heading for a high temperature of 39 degrees today – only 33 tomorrow – so whatever you do this weekend, keep warm!

Today/Tonight

Red Lodge Mountain Town Series

If you’re a fan of ski/snowboard racing, this is the event for you. Held on Bobcat, the fun continues today, with Race 2 and the after-party and awards ceremony (Snag Bar at Downtown Red Lodge). The latter events take place at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Get the details online at redlodgemountain.com.

Great Rockies Sport Show

MetrPark is the place to be for the Great Rockies Sport Show, happening today, tomorrow and Sunday. Check out this annual fishing, hunting and outdoor adventure show. . .and bring the family! The show is open today from noon until 8 p.m.,

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I wish I had a dollar for every Billings homeowner who has told me they’ll be selling their home in spring or summer of 2017. I understand why – don’t get me wrong – it’s just amazing to me how spring represents this magical time to so many real estate consumers.

If you’ve followed the news lately you know that interest rates have risen, are rising and will rise again throughout 2017. These hikes and potential hikes have created a sense of urgency among homebuyers. If you’ll be buying another home after selling your current home, you, too, should be feeling some urgency. After all, you’ll be a buyer when your house sells.

Of course we have no way of knowing when the next interest rate increase will come, which is why I’m urging my clients that

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It may be Friday the 13th, but today is your lucky day. Just look at all the fun stuff going on in Billings this weekend!

Tonight

Red Lodge Mountain Town Series

If you’re a fan of ski/snowboard racing, this is the event for you. Held on Bobcat, enjoy the first race of the series and the after party and awards ceremony (Red Lodge at the Blue Ribbon Bar). The latter events take place at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Get the details online at redlodgemountain.com.

Crosstown Classic

Skyview, Billings West and Billings Senior participate in six boys and girls basketball games at Rimrock Auto Arena during the classic. They’re hoping you’ll come out and cheer them on. Today’s games include Senior at West, boys junior varsity, at 3 p.m. The

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I don’t know about you, but I’m one of the millions of Americans whose thoughts turn to tax season as soon as the new year rolls around. Sure, you won’t receive those W-2 or 1099 forms for a few weeks to a month, but it’s never too soon to figure out where you’ll stand as a Billings homeowner come April 15.

I’m not a tax professional so if you have questions about tax breaks for homeowners, contact your accountant. In the meantime, here are just a few of the many tax deductions homeowners can take on their 2016 taxes.

The best thing about private mortgage insurance

If you paid less than 20 percent of the loan amount for a down payment on your Billings home you got stuck with private mortgage insurance or a mortgage insurance premium if you

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Sick of talking about the weather? I figured you’d need a break as much as I do, so I put together the following list of things to do this weekend in Billings that will take you out of the cold.

Tonight

First Friday

Wise Wonders Children’s Museum presents FREE First Fridays. Get the kids out of the house and into a world of wonder where they can get creative in the augmented reality sandbox, visit the earthquake shake table, get rowdy on the soft play area, visit the animal rescue center and more. The museum is located in downtown Billings at 110 N. 29th St. and admission is free this evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Contradance Billings

Cedar Hall at MetraPark is the place to be if you’re a contradance aficionado. Sassafras Stomp will

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As I write this, it’s a not-so-balmy 2 degrees in Billings this morning. The National Weather Service warns us that “Winds chills today and night are going to be cold. Avoid prolonged outdoor activity, and dress warmly, making sure to cover any exposed skin. Hypothermia can set in quickly with the wind chills. With kids return to school, limit time waiting outside at bus stops. Don’t forget about pets and livestock.”

Ok, so the weather is challenging – especially when you’re trying to sell a home in Billings. Not only is it harder to keep a home clean in the winter but it’s harder to make it look attractive. Most significant for homeowners with homes for sale is keeping visitors safe. Let’s take a look at some things you should consider when

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It’s the last weekend of 2016, a year in which we’ve seen a real estate market booming (for home sellers, at least), way too many celebrity deaths and an election that blew just about everyone’s minds.

I’d like to wish you a prosperous and peaceful 2017 and to offer up a few ideas on things to do to help usher in the new year here in Billings.

Saturday, December 31

Zoo Year

It’s a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, happening at the zoo. The little ones can enjoy crafts and visits with the animals and then the ball will drop at noon and they can toast the new year with apple juice. Bring the sled if it’s snowing so you can take to the hills in Bison Field. Get the details online at ZooMontana’s website.

Catch a Billings Bulls Game

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