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    Friday, April 28, 2017   /   by Olivia Martin

    5 Easy Steps to an Energy-Efficient Home

    The simplest things can make a big difference in the efficiency of your home. Many homes waste a lot of energy that could have easily been saved—not yours though, because you found this article. 

    Here’s a few easy ways to save a ton of money on your home energy bills:

    #1. Choose the Right Windows 
    Windows are the biggest source of heat loss/gain in a home.
     If you own an old home that still has single-pane windows, replace them with newer, energy-efficient windows and you’ll probably see an immediate difference in your energy bills.
    A choice as simple as the type of windows you buy can make all the difference. You should always consider frame materials and designs when buying new windows. Hinged windows are more efficient than sliding windows because they allow less air leakage between seams. As for the materials, avoid metal frames because they conduct heat, and choose insulated fiberglass window frames for the best efficiency.
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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017   /   by Olivia Martin

    Black-Olive Proposal Denied By Bozeman City Commissioners

    The long, drawn out debate over the Black-Olive proposal has finally ended. On April 11th, about 7 months after it was proposed in Sep. 2016, city commissioners decided to nix the proposal after concerns were raised about insufficient parking and blocked views of the surrounding countryside.
     Bozeman residents seem to agree with this decision too. A recent poll conducted by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle showed that 65.2 percent of its readers approved of the city’s choice to deny the project.

    Bozeman Daily Chronicle: “Did Bozeman city leaders make the right choice to deny Black-Olive”  
    The project’s design was to feature 56 apartments in five stories and a commercial business space on the ground-floor, along with 37 on-site parking spaces.
    With the proposed project site located so close to Bozeman’s cherished historic neighborhood south of Main Street, neighboring residents were concerned that the building would ruin “Boz ...

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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017   /   by Olivia Martin

    To Buy Before Or After Selling Your Home?

    One of the biggest frustrations in the real estate market is timing. Having another property lined-up after selling a home is not always easy. The ideal scenario for sellers is to close on their current home just as they purchase a new one, allowing a seamless move.
    Unfortunately, as in most markets, it’s difficult to accurately predict timing between sale and purchase, causing frustrating conflicts in the transition process. The time-frame for getting a home under contract can range anywhere from days (not uncommon in here in Bozeman, Montana) to months or even years (typically for higher priced homes). This is why hiring a Realtor® is worth the investment to gain market insights about local inventory, months of supply, and other market conditions not entirely available to the public.        
    In short, there’s no concrete answer about whether it’s better to buy before or after selling your current home. There are pros and cons to either deci ...

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    Wednesday, April 05, 2017   /   by Olivia Martin

    Bozeman Ranks Second as the Fastest Growing Small Town in America

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau population estimates from 2014 to 2016, Bozeman, Montana was the second fastest growing micropolitan area in the country for the second year in a row, with a population growth rate of 3.6 percent.
    While a micropolitan area is categorized by the Census Bureau as a county that “contains a core urban area with less than 50,000 people” (half of what is estimated for the Bozeman area), it also includes adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration with the core urban area. By definition, this means that the following estimates may include outlying areas where a large portion of residents commute from. 
    From 2014 to 2015, the population in the Bozeman area increased from 97,276 to 100,739 residents—a change of 3,463 residents. Over the same period, Williston, North Dakota far outpaced other areas in population growth, at 9.9 percent. 
    From 2015 to 2016, Bozeman grew at a slightly higher rate of ...

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    Thursday, March 30, 2017   /   by Olivia Martin

    Bozeman Invests Millions in More Parks and Trails

    As Bozeman has grown, The Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department has been taking steps to maintain and enhance our beloved parks and trails. The department currently manages more than 40 parks and 60+ miles of trails in and around Bozeman.
    The one thing that the city of Bozeman, Montana takes pride in, above all, is its parks and trails. People come here for the freedom to get lost in the bliss of Montana’s beautiful countryside, while also being just minutes from the heart of a bustling city.
    Since the $15 million park bond was approved by voters in 2012, the city spent about $14 million of its funding on projects such as stream remodeling, trail extensions and three new parks that will add 150 acres to the city’s current 500 acres of parks.
    Six major park projects are currently underway in Bozeman.
    The Story Mill Community Park Project is working on transforming 55 acres adjoining the historic Story Mill on the northeast ...

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