Home Buying in Bozeman – Options to Help you Win the Home

Bozeman’s real estate market is a tough market for buyers right now. With so many buyers, properties are getting multiple offers and buyers are having to get creative and take a more aggressive approach in their offers. We’ve put together some options that are helping buyers “seal the deal” on properties.

Pay Cash

Paying cash instead of getting a loan is a good option to help your offer look more appealing. Getting a loan means there is a financing contingency and the possibility that a buyer could lose their financing. Especially now with COVID-19, job security is a little low right now. If you can pay cash and can show proof of funds, this could help you win if you’re competing against other offers for a home.

Remove the Inspection Contingency

We’re by no means recommending not having an inspection or even removing the contingency, but depending on your comfort level, this may be an option to help you get the home. This may be more comfortable on newer homes than older homes. Keep in mind, we’ve seen deals where the inspection contingency was removed only to find mold in the crawl space. As long as you’re comfortable with making any repairs that come up on an inspection, removing the contingency in your offer may help you get it.

Pay Above Asking

With so many competing offers, a lot of homes are selling for well above asking. We’ve seen some homes sell for 10% or more over the list price. To keep your offer in the running, offering above asking price might be necessary.

Write a Letter

Some sellers like to know a little bit about who is buying their home. It holds sentimental value for them and sending a heart felt letter and family photo might help to get your offer chosen.

Waive the Appraisal

If you’re paying cash or are putting enough down for a loan, you could waive the appraisal. With the market pushing up prices so quickly, you might find that the property doesn’t appraise and you’d have to bring the difference in cash to closing. Usually a buyer will have an appraisal contingency, but in order to win in this market, waiving that contingency is an option.


$750,000 // Pending Sale TBD  Summit Drive, Gallatin Gateway TBD Summit Drive
Gallatin Gateway, Montana
20 Acres

Exceptional In All Phases

My wife and I used Jody Savage for the sale of our home in Gallatin Gateway, MT. Jody was exceptional in all phases of our sale. We had multiple offers over asking price and sold our home in two days! Jody uses up to date modern marketing, was extremely professional and knowledgeable regarding our market and addressing our needs. She was great to work with and very responsive to any questions we had. Jody is the best in the business and we highly recommend her services!

G & B

Knowledgeable, Trustworthy and Tireless

Jody Savage is knowledgeable, trustworthy and tireless. I purchased a property this spring (2017) near Bozeman; Jody represented me as well as the seller in the transaction. Jody led me through the entire process because this was the first property I had ever purchased. HOA complications and other details made the purchase more difficult. Jody undertook a boat-load of legwork to make the transaction go smoothly. I hope to work with Jody again.


Recommend To Anyone

Jody was awesome to work with. We were new to the area and she was helpful and knowledgeable about not only the housing market, but schools, and lenders. She worked with my work schedule for showings. Jody also stayed late to write an offer to meet our schedule. I would recommend Jody to anyone needing a realtor.


Jody Is Amazing

Jody is amazing. She knows the market and was able to advise us on all our many concerns. We so appreciated how responsive she was; within minutes of submitting an online request for realtor contact on a house, she had called us. All our communications with her were like that; we never had to wait long to hear back from her. She was patient and always willing to sit down and meet with us. When we found the house we wanted, she worked tirelessly to secure it for us, and she was extremely patient with us. She was easy to communicate with, understand, and a pleasure to work with – I highly recommend Jody!


Jody Is Fantastic

Jody is FANTASTIC!! We were first time home buyers and she was with us ever step of the way! She never made us feel silly for being new to the process. She definitely knows the area, always kept us up to date on new listings and was just a delight to work with. I would have absolutely zero hesitation recommending her to anyone. Thanks for all the hard-work Jody! We love our house!


Selling Machine

We chose to talk to Jody about representing us in selling our home for one primary reason… her website. I researched realtor websites in Bozeman and reached the conclusion that I liked hers the best – clean, simple to use, great photography, and the virtual tours really appealed to me.   When we met with her, it was obvious that she offered so much more than just a great website.  She was very knowledgeable of our specific area and homes that have sold and those currently on the market.  She had realistic ideas on pricing and great recommendations on staging our house. And everything was done so quickly… our house was on the market within 36 hours complete with photography and the virtual tour.

Shortly after it was listed, another realtor was showing the home next door.  He came over to ask a quick question, saw Jody’s sign out front, and said “I see you hired the selling machine”.  Well, I took that as confirmation that we had made the right choice… I have nothing but positives to report about how she handled negotiations and the advice that she gave us along the way.  She responds immediately (I like early risers).  I love her energy.  We were pleased with the outcome.  We highly recommend her.

S & D - 9/2019