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Why should I use a Realtor?

January 10th, 2014 by Cristin Smith

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR “®” logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe […]

Mistakes to avoid when you’re buying a home

October 28th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

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Montana Board of Housing May Be Able to Help You

September 16th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

What We Offer First-Time Homebuyers If your income has kept you out of the housing market, the Montana Board of Housing may be able to help you. The Montana Board of Housing encourages all potential homebuyers to take a First-Time Homebuyer class to help determine if it is the right time, personally, for you to buy a home. If […]

Top 7 Ways to Enhance Home Curb Appeal

May 29th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

  The outside of the home is the first thing potential buyers see, so a great first impression is a must. HGTV’s FrontDoor.com identifies the top 7 ways to boost curb appeal and lure buyers. #7 Restore the Roof: repair missing and broken shingles to improve the home’s look and to avoid water damage. #6: […]

15-year mortgage rate hits record low

April 26th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

By Les Christie  @CNNMoneyApril 25, 2013: 11:48 AM ET The 15-year fixed rate fell to 2.61% this week from 2.64%, The previous record low of 2.63% was set the week of Nov. 21, 2012. An adjustable-rate mortgage, the 5/1 ARM, also bottomed out at 2.58%. The most popular mortgage, the 30-year fixed-rate, came in at […]

Understanding the Buyer

April 9th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

As the seller, you can control three factors that will affect the sale of your home: The home’s condition Asking price Marketing strategy However, it’s important to note that there are numerous other factors that influence a buyer, and you need to understand these consumer trends when you enter the sellers’ market. The more your […]

Best Places to Retire in 2013 (Forbes)

March 12th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

Billings, Montana Fast fact: Named for a railroad president. Pros:  Low cost of living, median home price $138,000, good state tax climate, abundant doctors, above average air quality, high Milken Institute aging rank, low crime. Con: Cold winters. For the full article, click here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampbarrett/2013/02/25/the-best-places-to-retire-in-2013/

Pending home sales highest since April 2010

February 28th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in January from December to the highest level in more than 2 ½ years. The increase suggests sales of previously occupied homes will continue rising in the coming months. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its […]

Increasing your home’s appeal

February 27th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal. Exterior * Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter. * Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds. * Apply fresh paint to wooden fences. […]

8 Steps to Buying your Home

February 16th, 2013 by Cristin Smith

Eight steps to buying your home 1. Decide to buy. Although there are many good reasons for you to buy a home, wealth building ranks among the top of the list. We call home ownership the best “accidental investment” most people ever make. But, we believe when it is done right, home ownership becomes an […]

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Western Skies Real Estate

960 S. 24th St. W, Suite A1 Billings, MT 59102

As a Real Estate Specialist in the Billings area, I'm here to assist in making your real estate experience a good one. With a strong management and customer service background, rest assured you are in good hands. Whether buying or selling, I'll utilize my resources to make sure you have all the facts necessary to make the best decisions for you. After all, it's all about you, your home, your experience!!!

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