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As a town immersed in rapid growth, keeping up with the housing demands is challenging. Many lots in Bozeman are large enough for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), and homeowners utilize the space. An ADU is a structure added to the principal residence on the property. It can be attached or detached, but there must be a separate entrance from the primary dwelling if attached.

Homeowners can use an ADU as an office or guest space, but they are often used as either a long-term or short-term rental unit. The rental market continues to be tight and building an ADU as a rental can be a worthwhile investment. However, there are several things to consider before jumping in.

Things to Consider When Building an ADU

Do your homework. The City of Bozeman…

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Entering the housing market as a buyer can be intimidating, especially if you’re searching in a seller’s market, where there’s little stock and many interested parties. Between choosing your REALTOR®, financing, actually looking at houses, and the bidding process, there are many factors to consider and learn about as you begin your house hunting journey.

This journey begins with partnering with a realty company to help you navigate the entire process. Having an expert in real estate by your side can help you to narrow down the listings that are right for you. Plus, professionals can help buyers better understand the legal aspects and necessities of buying a home. Some reasons why you should work with Heart of Montana Realty include our experience…

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Sam has 40 years of experience in real estate and over 21 at Heart of Montana Realty specifically. He is incredibly smart about market trends, contract knowledge, negotiating, collaborating, and doing the right thing. Sam takes pride in his personal touch when he works with clients making him one of Heart of Montana Realty’s greatest assets.

Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: Seamus, our dog, gets me out of bed every morning. The first light is his favorite light.

Q: If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring?
A: Bonnie (my wife), Seamus (our dog), and a radio with three stations (news, Sinatra, and Motown.)

Q: What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
A: Whatever role I play in my family of…

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The greater area of Manhattan, Montana, just 20.5 miles from Bozeman, is drawing much attention from those looking to live in a smaller town or a rural area. It's a nice balance of a tight-knit community with plenty of room to roam and yet close to all the outdoor recreation Bozeman enjoys. In addition, it's a haven of quiet, just a short jaunt from the amenities provided by a larger city. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions, but don't hesitate to give us a call; we would love to chat more!

Is Manhattan, Montana, a good place to live?

Yes, Manhattan, MT is a great place to live for those who prefer a small, community-oriented town. You'll find full bleachers at school sports games, and the whole town shows up for events such as…

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Heart of Montana Realty is known for its longevity. This team of hardworking professionals knows Bozeman inside and out. They've raised families, built careers, and volunteered their time to help community members in need. They love Bozeman, and it shows. "The OG's have been here for a long time," says owner Joe Coombs, "they have longevity. Some of our agents have been with Heart of Montana Realty for over a dozen years."

Finding the right fit for your lifestyle is important to HMR, and you can be guaranteed our agents will roll up their sleeves and give it their all.

This month, meet Erin Gaasch!

Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: A latte made by my husband.

Q: What three things would you bring if you were stuck on an island?
A: Espresso, my…

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Bozeman is home to a significant number of non-profit organizations, an indicator of how strongly residents feel about taking care of their community. Heart of Montana Realty certainly does. We're proud of the hard work and generosity put forth by these organizations and commend them for the difference they make in our everyday lives. We are happy to contribute to the following organizations and the causes they support.

Family Promise of Gallatin Valley

With the mission to empower homeless families with children to achieve self-sufficiency, Family Promise of Gallatin Valley offers static shelters, extended stay options for families in crisis, and other services to help families get back on their feet. In 2022, a new two-story facility is slated…

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The first phase of the 58-acre Billings Clinic campus is underway at E Valley Center Road and N 27th Avenue in Bozeman. Slated to open spring or early summer of 2022, the clinic will serve the greater Gallatin Valley and provide a multi-specialty physician group practice, urgent care, and outpatient surgical services. The campus includes 125,000 square feet of Destination Ambulatory Care and an Ambulatory Surgical Center.

Patients will also receive outreach services from Billings Clinic and access to Mayo Clinic Specialists through Billings Clinic’s Mayo Clinic Care Network affiliation.

Billings Clinic OB/GYN and Billings Clinic Bozeman Pediatrics, which have been serving the area since 1976, will relocate to a portion of the new facility.…

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For the past several years, Bozeman, Montana, was named the country’s fastest-growing micropolitan area. The 2020 Census officially pushed the population into a metropolitan, with 53,293 residents. Thirty years ago, that number was around 23,000. Today, what was once a small, agricultural college town is now one of the most sought-after cities in the nation.

It’s easy to understand why. Surrounded by four mountain ranges and just 90 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, the outdoor recreation is mind-boggling. Bridger Bowl Ski Area and Crosscut Mountain Sports Centers are less than a half-hour drive up the beautiful Bridger Canyon. Big Sky Resort is an hour’s drive through Gallatin Canyon, where A River Runs Through It was filmed. The Gallatin,…

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Visitation to the Bozeman area and Yellowstone National Park set records in September. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport saw passenger traffic up 47.5% from the record level set in September 2019. Nationally, passenger traffic in September was down 23.7% from 2019 numbers. The airport has handled more passengers over the past 12 months, (1,699,646) than any previous 12-month period. The airport has continued to set month-over-month records for the past six consecutive months.

Tower operations and business jet landings are also up. Tower operations totaled 11, 928 an all-time record, and business jet landings over 12,500 pounds set a record of 582, 9.2% over September 2020, and 81.9% over September 2019.

Yellowstone National Park also saw…

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Livingston, Montana, is known for its eclectic population. Cowboys, artists, chefs, writers, outdoor enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs all call this little town "home."  What was once a railroad town and a gateway town to Yellowstone National Park is now a hip mix of food, shopping, and entertainment tucked at the base of what is aptly called Paradise Valley.

If you are planning to shop, allocate more time than you think you will need. The retail scene is incredible, with new stores popping up all the time. Livingston is known for having many artists and writers as residents, so galleries and bookstores have always been plentiful. Now, niche stores like The Kitchen Shop, with all kinds of kitchen necessities (or not), draw you back more than once in…

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