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Home Buyer Testimonial for Tim Hart - October 2015

by Tim Hart

Finding a house in Bozeman from Temple, TX, appeared complicated.  My possibilities for being on the ground in Bozeman (with my wife) would be limited.  I needed more than just help.  I needed someone who would listen to my needs, be respectful of my budget, and who cared more about the best fit for us than the best deal for him.  I needed someone I could trust, someone who was willing to do (more than) a little extra.

When I met Tim Hart I sensed that I had found my man, and my experience with him over the past year have proved him to be the best agent I could have possibly had.  My first encounter with Tim was through his website, one of the most most user-friendly sites I had found in my frantic searching.  The website led to phone conversations.  I finally got to meet him personally and felt completely at peace with his style.  He is extremely knowledgeable of the market in this area and knows each neighborhood's distinct characteristics.  After a couple of viewings he had an uncanny sense of what we were looking for.  If we insisted on viewing a property that he was not optimistic about our satisfaction, his instincts proved true every time.  And yet he was patient and NEVER pushy.  He gave us the time we needed to make decisions that pleased us.  We love our new place!

However, finding the house we wanted was only the beginning.  Perhaps people relocating across town have a much simpler time of transition and need little extra assistance.  We were 1500 miles away and totally handicapped when imagining how to put everything together.  Tim made it happen.  First, we had trouble with our mortgage broker.  We had been approved through underwriting for a mortgage amount above what we were going to need.  It seemed simple.  But then the broker hit us with the news that they couldn't finance the home because it was a part of a condominium complex that was only 63% complete.  The home is actually part of a duplex in a neighborhood with a broad Home Owners Association that functions as a condo. The final project will be the addition of more quality homes like ours.  It didn't matter.  We were stuck.  Tim to the rescue!  He got us in contact with a local bank's mortgage broker and everything eventually came together.  He also managed the local connections for inspector, appraiser, blind contractors, and cabinet contractor (we had requested additional cabinets as a condition of sale).  He even introduced us to managers of a couple of furniture stores and gave us a tour of The Ridge Athletic Center!  An issue I would have never thought of for the inspector was a Radon gas test.  Tim insisted on it.  Good thing!  Our basement had levels above the recommended level and Tim had us include a Radon gas exhaust system as a condition of sale.  Now we are safe as well.

Tim is a professional, but also a great human being.  He cares about people and he works hard easing their load during the stressful times of transition.  I have worked with good agents several times in Texas and Saskatchewan, but Tim Hart has been the one with whom I have felt the most comfortable. I feel like I am more than just a client.  I not only have a new home in Bozeman, I have a new friend! 

~Bill Fowler

Three new hotels are sprouting up in downtown Bozeman.  The first hotel, named the ‘Etha’ will be an eight story, 102 room hotel above the historic National Guard Armory at 24 W. Mendenhall.  It will be viewed as much a community gathering place as a hotel with a 10,000 square foot ballroom to attract bigger groups than the hotel itself can fit.  One key to the success of the Etha will be professional management by LaTour Hotels and Resorts, a San Diego based company that specializes in operating ‘boutique’ hotels.  Most of the boutique hotels operated by LaTour are in major markets such as Salt Lake City, Seattle and Washington, DC.  Bozeman, being a small town, is unique among small markets for this concept.  But as CEO Thomas LaTour quoted  ‘Bozeman does not act or react like other small markets. There's something unique going on there. Just look at the airport. The airport activity given the size of that town is really out of whack.  When those doors swing open, it's for Bozeman.’ he said

The Etha is expected to open in the early fall, 2015.  Next month will focus on the ‘other’ big downtown hotel project.

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