It’s a 30-year bucket list item – getting my real estate license, that is. My fascination with real estate started over 30 years ago, when I worked as a paralegal in a law firm. Title searches, working with buyers, and holding settlements grabbed my interest and has never let go.
Over the years, I’ve gained a multitude of experience in real estate through renovating four houses into homes from the ground up: An 1868 stone one-room schoolhouse (that was haunted), to an 1885 three-story farmhouse. Here, in Montana, a log home, and just for fun, an old Amish cabin, which has been renovated into a guest cabin, known as the Bullet Hole Cabin. (And yes, there’s a story behind the name, as well.) I’ve also been hands’ on in my husband’s business in home construction, remodeling, and custom cabinetry as well as running three successful businesses myself.
On a personal note, I divide my time between doing fun things with my family, as well as boating, hiking, snowmobiling, gardening, and reading. An important part of my life is my position as Local Program Coordinator of the local adult Special Olympics team, Eureka Magic. I’m also known as “Coach” for snowshoeing, bowling, and athletics, helping athletes with “differing abilities” be the best that they can be. An extreme honor came to our family in 2017, when we were nominated and received the Special Olympics Montana “Family of the Year” Award for our family’s volunteerism and dedication to Special Olympics.
I’m an extremely detailed, organized paperwork person, making sure every I is dotted and T is crossed, but more importantly, are the personal relationships with people. Communication is key. All those items work hand-in-hand to create a team working together to help you to make your dream come true. As a natural curiosity seeker, whether it’s questions you have about buying, selling, or the area in general, I’m with you, step-by-step, throughout your experience, and beyond.
Carolyn and her husband first visited Montana in 1987 and fell in love with the state. They vowed, at that time, to live here one day. Life intervened, children came, and it wasn’t until 2007, 20 years later, Carolyn and her family returned for a visit. With that visit, they couldn’t stay away. Montana was calling. A family vote was taken to move from their home in Maryland, 2,600 miles away, to begin a new life in Montana. Family and friends thought they were crazy. Some called it a midlife crisis, but Carolyn and her family knew they were making a dream come true.
Fast forward 10+ years, and they still love Montana. Living in the West Kootenai, every day they stop, look, and gaze at the beauty surrounding them.
In the words of John Steinbeck:
“I’m in love with Montana. For other states, I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana, it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”