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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recent Montana Land Sales

View the recent Land Sales Statistics from the Southwest Montana Multiple Listing Service.

The sales data is listed by county/area and divided into two categories, Building Lots Under 1 Acre and Vacant Land 1 Acre and Larger.
Click on the links to view the Land Sales Market Statistics from January 1 thru September 15, 2014:

Contact on of Ranch & Recreational Group Brokers for more details.

~Leah Olson, Broker, ALC, Prudential Montana Real Estate, Ranch & Recreational Group

Monday, June 2, 2014

Gallatin County History of Reese Creek

Reese Creek

John Reese and family were among some of the first people to permanently settle in the area now known as Reese Creek.  Originally from Wales, the family migrated to the Untied states in 1840, starting in Pennsylvania and then heading toward Utah following their congregation as part of the Mormon church.  Differences developed between the church creed and the Reese family, they decided to leave the area.  General Conner of Fort Douglas near what is now Salt Lake City offered to escort the family to the Montana territory.  It was an offer the family couldn’t refuse. 

The family followed the gold rush and temporarily set up in Virginia City where Mrs. Reese set up a successful washing business, they continued on to the Gallatin Valley and settled near what is now known as Resse Creek.   The men of the family set up a homestead and Mrs. Resse used the money she made in Virginia City to purchase cows.  They built a church and established a community called Courts. 

Throughout his life, John Reese was a staunch member of the Reorganized Latter Day Saints Church, where he served as a leader.  They became prominent pioneer citizens of Gallatin County.  John died in 1900 (just sixteen months after his wife) and they are both buried in the Reese Creek Cemetery.   Many of the decedents of John and Mary Reese still call Gallatin County home.


Make your own history in Reese Creek and enjoy country living from this exquisite 40 acres in Springhill area. Large and private building site enjoys top of the hill views with the Bridger Mtns to the east, Gallatin Range to the south, Spanish Peaks to the southwest, and the Tobacco Root Mtns. to the west. Private access along Elk Springs Rd from paved Springhill Road. Land is within the Reese Creek Zoning District. See additional information here.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Flooding in Montana

‘Tis the Season for Flooding

waterfront home in Montana
Crystal Lake above Sheridan, MT
I think every realtor gets a call once a week from someone who wants to purchase properties on a stream or river. Even though this may seem like the dream property, you need be aware that flood insurance and flood prone areas may cause your client a significant expense or heart acre if they are not prepared.  Insuring your home in a flood plain can double or triple your insurance premiums. With the new technology of google maps and mapping programs related to water ways, lenders will immediately question the need for flood insurance if they see streams or even ditches close to a property.   

 Do your homework with the county sanitarian and make sure that a home you are listing or selling is not in a flood prone area. If a client is planning on building in a subdivision, be aware of the subdivision regulations for streamside setbacks and if it is not in a subdivision it is governed by the Department of Environmental Quality and the county sanitary regulations. Your best source is your County Sanitarian if in question.

Twin Bridges Montana photos
The Jefferson River, Silver Star, MT
If you are shopping for a home near water, ask if the current homeowner has ever required flood insurance, what is the history of flooding in the area, and talk with neighbors who have lived in the area for generations.

Reservoirs in Montana
The Ruby Reservoir, Alder MT
Snowpack in Montana in general is high and with the prediction of warmer temperatures, plan for the worst but hope for the best. For a more comprehensive report from the NWS on snowpack and flood risk click here.

Interested in property on the water in Montana? Here is a list of them. 


photo of the boulder river
The Boulder River, Mammoth, MT


Monday, May 26, 2014

Growing up in Rural Montana

Recently I read a ranching blog that really hit home. Its was titled, 25 Things I want my ranch kids to Know"   Reading through the list, you discover the many opportunities you take for granted by living the rural lifestyle. Reliability, honesty, and work ethic are the basic structure of our MT Rural society. The kids growing up in this environment will carry on these traditions for the future of our great state.

Check out our list of current inventory if you are interested in the Rural MT lifestyle. One of our reliable, honest and hard working Brokers would be happy to help you find your next MT property.
things to do for rural kids

 Rachel Lohof Larsen .
25 Things I Want My Ranch Kids to Know by,
1. You have chores, because we love you.
They seem tedious, but they are the building blocks for your future.  Responsibility, accountability, and basic life skills begin with sweeping the floor, scrubbing the toilet, and feeding pets and livestock.  We love you, we want you to find success in life.  Success comes from preparation, so we give you chores.

2. Boredom is a choice.
Don’t let me hear you say you are bored.  Boredom is a choice, when your backyard is the whole outdoors, there are chores to be done, and books to be read.  If you can’t entertain yourself with a stick and a bucket full of calf nuts, we’re doing something wrong.

3. There is magic in watching the sunrise.
Early mornings are hard,  we don’t rise as early and as easily as Dad.  Do it anyway.  The beauty you will witness with the awakening of the world is worth sleepy eyes and cold fingers.

4. A pet is more than a companion.
Your cats, dogs, calves, and ponies are more than friends and playmates.  They are lessons in empathy, responsibility, love, and letting go.

5. Grow your own food.
Our world is increasingly rife with poor food choices, the easiest response to unhealthy options is to grow your own food.  I don’t care it’s a single tomato plant or a garden large enough to feed 10 families, cultivate an appreciation for fresh, whole food.

6. Be open to learning.
In horsemanship and life, you will never know it all, never assume that you do.  A humble open, attitude towards learning will lead to new skills and experiences.

7. Dress appropriately for the occasion.
A cowboy’s uniform, hat, long-sleeved shirt, jeans, and boots, evolved out of necessity.  Protect yourself from the sun, wind and weather with the proper clothing.  I nag and question your clothing choices, because you are precious to me.

8. There is a time and a place for bad language.
Sometimes you just need to cuss; spew anger and frustration in one grand verbal barrage.  Smash your thumb with your shoeing hammer/fencing pliers, massive runback at the gate, ringy heifer won’t take her calf?  Yes.  At the dinner table,  the classroom, in front of your grandmother?  No.

9. Feed your help.
Neighbors, friends, or hired men?  It doesn’t matter, sometimes the best way to show your gratitude for a long day of hard work is a lovingly prepared hot meal and cold drink.

10.  Don’t judge, but if you do, judge them by their abilities, attitudes, actions not appearances.
Buckaroo or cowboy, flat or taco, slick or rubber? In some circles these comparisons can lead to heated debates, more often than not based strongly in personal opinion, rather than rooted in truth.  This is true outside of  the ranching world, as well.  Words have power to create divisiveness, do not use them to speak against yourself or gossip about others.

11. Stewardship.
Dad and I choose to be responsible for landscapes and livestock, this lifestyle defines who we are.  Sometimes that means ballgames are trumped by pasture rotations and dinner time is delayed by cesarean sections, it does not mean we love you any less.  I hope you approach the world with a sense of respect and connectedness.

12. Fake it till you make it.
You don’t have to be confident in everything you do, but taking a deep breath and acting like you are helps you get through it.  This can be applied in the arena, the sorting alley, to horses or people, and life as a whole.  Stand up straight and look the challenge in the eye, as you gain experience confidence will catch up with you.

13.  That said, don’t mistake arrogance for confidence.
No one likes a swaggering braggart, even if he is a competent swaggering braggart.  There is honor in being unheralded, if you enjoy your work.

14. Low-stress is best. . .
. . .for you and for livestock.   Don’t let it defeat your spirit and energy.  Don’t let it impact your livestock health.

15. The only dumb question is the unasked question.
Where is  the gate?  Which calf? Can you help me?  Ask questions, no one will think less of you.  Clear communication helps prevent misunderstandings.

16. Always do your best.
There are days when your best is better than others, recognize that.  Avoid self-judgement, abuse, and regret and enjoy the process.

17.    “There comes a time when you’re gonna get bucked and you’re gonna need to know what to do so you don’t get stepped on.”  -Betsy Swain, 1875
  Do not let fear of pain or disappointment stand in the way of new experiences.  What I regret most in my life are opportunities missed out of fear.  Pain and disappointment are a part of living, learn to take them in stride and keep moving forward.

18. Be polite and kind.
Enough said.

19.  But, don’t be a pushover.
Stand up for yourself.

20. Develop a sense of place.
Wherever you may live, learn the names of plants, rocks, and animals, visit old homesteads (or neighborhoods) and educate yourself about Indigenous cultures.  In doing so, you gain roots, a sense of belonging that will lend you stability in all that you do.

21. Break a sweat everyday.
Pound a steel post or take a jog, whatever you do, break a sweat daily.  Your mind and body will thank you for it.

22. Be present.
If you are mindful of the moment, it is easier to catch a mistake before it happens, redirect a broncy horse before wreck, and have better relationships.  It might surprise you, what you observe and what you achieve when you are fully in the moment.

23. Unplug.
Go to cow camp.  Leave the computer screen, TV, and cell phones behind.  Watch the chipmunks and rock dogs, read a book, or share a conversation with your family.

24. Sometimes the hard decisions are the right ones.
We cannot rationalize suffering and pain to animals.  Sometimes the best decision is the hardest one to make, know when to let them go.
25. You do not have to maintain this lifestyle, but please appreciate it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Antler Hunting

Early spring is when the elk start dropping their antlers. They can grow above 4 feet over their heads and are used for sparing with other males over cow elk. 

It is like Easter egg hunting in the mountains. They start growing them back in early May or late April . 

Good Hunting,