Choosing your real estate professional is, perhaps, the most important decision you will make when buying property. I believe the more you look around, the more you will see the value of working with me.

However, no matter whom you choose, these simple tips will help you find and purchase the home of your dreams more quickly and efficiently. If you're a first-time buyer you can find more information here.

Looking to invest in land? Educate yourself: How to Buy Country Property for Investment Profit.

BUYERS: Looking for Montana Property?

Montana Ranches:  Productive Ag land is today's Gold! If you've begun to search for ranch property, you already know that the process is daunting. Sifting through magazines and ads can be very cumbersome. As your Buyer's Broker, I inform you of properties that fit your specific needs in areas of Montana that are of interest to you. I recieve new property updates from my regional network of brokers and contacts before it may hit print advertising. I'm your guide from the initial ranch tours all the way to the process of making informed decisions to a successful transaction and beyond.

Sporting Property:  Montana is known best for its clean air, majestic mountains, crystal clear rivers and lakes, open prairies and diverse wildlife. Sporting property in Montana may be a combination of ranching and recreation or a beautiful custom home right on a ski slope or above a mountain lake. I can help you find the most suitable property for your needs. Fishing, wildlife, scenery, horses, skiing,'s all here in Montana

Montana Land:  Now is a great opportunity to own land in our beautiful Big Sky Country. If your needs are for grazing, a building lot, sporting or investment, I'll find you the perfect spot. Land makes a great investment. I help sort through the research, access, availability to utilities, covenants, water issues, etc...Most vacant land properties sell before the public is ever aware. Let me help you become informed of properties before they hit the public market.

Investment Opportunities:  Southwest Montana offers many types of smart investment quality real estate.  Most investment opportunities in our area are not of public knowledge. Let me introduce you to some excellent opportunities of multi-million dollar investment land, commercial buidlings and rental properties. I have a team of professionals that is ready to work for you.

"My Home's in Montana", finding your home: I am happy to assist you in finding your dream home in the Southwest Montana region. First time home buyers, I can help you team up with excellent lenders to help you accomplish what was once an unattainable dream. Animal owners, I can find you that great little spot in the country, still close to schools and shopping. Custom Home owners, we have an excellent inventory of prestigious fine homes from Downtown executive lofts, to the timber frame lodges overlooking the valley.

This site is designed to help you make the important decisions needed to purchase or sell property. Bookmark it for future reference and feel free to call or e-mail me for all of your real estate needs.

Use links below to search SW MT Multiple Listing Database and sign up for automatic property updates. This system works well for a home search.

If you are looking for land, ranch or commercial property, please contact Leah directly. You will need an agent to inform you of these properties.

Before you shop:

Be a smart consumer.  Learn the financing basics. Know how to shop for a home loan that's right for you.

Get pre-approved.  This takes very little time and lets you know the price range that fits your lifestyle.

Know what you want. The last thing you need is to close a deal and realize you bought a house you don't want. Ask yourself what you're looking for in a home, before you shop. Think about size, commute time and necessary repairs.

Keep your debt load to a minimum.  Don't make major purchases or incur any additional debt until after your purchase. Pay down credit cards and don't apply for new ones. Remember, financial institutions evaluate your financial situation on your gross monthly income. Your total monthly house costs should not exceed 28 percent of your gross monthly income.

Be prepared to view new properties quickly.   Sometimes homes sell quickly, so be ready to make fast decisions. Be accessible to change the terms.  

Have instant access to your agent.   Instant communication can mean the difference in purchasing the property of your choice.

Before you buy:

Submit a strong competitive offer.
Include a substantial earnest money deposit.   Sometimes offers are accepted based on the amount of the deposit.

Try to minimize the number of contingencies.   Fewer contingencies mean a stronger offer.

Hire an inspector.   A professional building inspector or appraiser will make sure the house of your choice is in satisfactory condition.

Check zoning regulations and covenants.   Good residential neighborhoods will be zoned to keep out commercial and industrial users. Read any restrictive covenants and make sure they fit your lifestyle.

Request an updated property survey.  Be sure it clearly marks boundaries. Check for problems.

Make sure you know what stays or goes.
Your contract should be very specific about which items (appliances, etc) are included in the sale.

Get agreements in writing.   Make certain verbal agreements are written into the final contract to avoid any stressful and expensive issues later.