Your Story is Our Story: Robert & Jane | Our Own Fixer Upper

When Robert and Jane called Windermere, they reached Agent Jeff Swingley to help make their move from Townsend back into Helena.  They both immediately liked Jeff and knew they could trust him and his judgement.

“Our house is important to us” Jane said.  With both Robert and Jane working from home, they spend a lot of time there and want their house to be a place they enjoy spending time.

After a new listing came on the market, Jeff called and said he thought he had found them their home.  “It was the perfect location for them and although it needed some work I knew it was the house for them.”

Not new to tackling remodel projects, Robert and Jane weren’t afraid of another remodel project.

Jeff showed them the house and with the confidence of their general contractor they put in an offer.  After purchasing the home they began remodeling.  This wasn’t a small remodel project they virtually gutted the entire house, new plumbing, new electrical, new flooring, new kitchen, new bathroom; very little was untouched.

The house is now exactly what they wanted in their prime location and they love spending their days working in their home offices.

Jeff also helped Robert and Jane sell their house and additional land in Townsend.

“All in all, it was a great success thanks to Jeff” said Jane.

Buying is Better

Do you think you can’t afford a home right now?  Think again…7 Reasons Owning is Better (and Smarter) than Renting.

  1. Rental prices continue to rise
  2. Homeownership builds wealth
  3. Owning a home gives a sense of security
  4. Homeowners get many tax benefits
  5. Homes can be decorated and customized to your tastes
  6. A mortgage is like a forced savings plan
  7. Owning is cheaper than renting in the long run

Bottom line: You have to live somewhere, so instead of paying off someone else’s home, why not pay off your own!

Your Story is Our Story: Payton & Kassidee | Our First Home

Buying your first home can be an intimidating and daunting journey.  For Payton and Kassidee Blood, they felt the gravity of this huge life changing step.  They were making a choice of going from renter to homeowner.  At first, it was a little scary for them but they went into the homebuying process with eyes wide open.  It’s impressive that they carefully interviewed a total of 3 agents using a list of questions found with a simple Google search.  It’s impressive that they had already spoken with a lender to get pre-approved before sitting down with an agent.  It’s impressive that they were willing to ask questions when they didn’t understand a housing industry concept or term.

Ultimately, they chose to work with Josh Ahmann with Windermere Real Estate, who was honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of helping the young couple find their first home.  Josh takes the role of educating buyers seriously and has a passion for finding buyers just the right match.  In Josh’s words, “Buying your first home can be scary but it doesn’t have to be.  Find an agent who will work with you.  They should work with your schedule, ask a lot of questions to figure out what you’re looking for, and coach you along so you have an understanding of the process.  After all, you may only buy or sell a home a few times in your life time.  Your agent should gather the necessary facts, be a good listener, and make the home buying process as simple as possible.”  Cheers to Payton and Kassidee in finding a great home and thank you Josh for mentoring them through the process.  Here’s to years of happiness and memories and thank you for making your story our story!

Your Story is Our Story: Zach & Sam | Tucker Gulch

Newly married Zach and Sam weren’t looking for the typical three bedroom, two bathroom, open floor plan home, their list was a little different.  What was important to them?  A claw foot bathtub, a wood burning fireplace, acreage close to town and aspen trees.  Realtor, Mary Ahmann Hibbard took to task to find them the perfect home.  After having one house fall through, the ‘one’ came on the market.  Mary knew before they walked the property that they would love it.  In Sam’s words “It was an instantaneous love for the house”.

Today Zach and Sam have turned the 3.44 acres into their own little country farm, including a yurt where Sam operates her Mountain Bluebird preschool.

As Sam affectionately mentioned, “Mary has a way with matching her clients up with the perfect home. I didn’t think we were going to find the perfect home, but Mary did it!  She found us not only a home, but our forever home.”