Don’t believe everything you see on T.V.
Television portrays the real estate business as a beach-front, McMansion, GQ dressed kind of business. Maybe that’s the way of things in the Hamptons, but in Montana it can get a little closer to mother nature.
When we moved here almost a couple of years ago Kat gave up a growing real estate business in New York. It took her a long time to get established in New York. Real estate is not the kind of business you can just pick-up and move. Its all about contacts, relationships and a circle of friends/family/past customers. When you move to a new place, 2,500 miles away, you don’t bring any of those with you. Its starting from scratch.
Starting at the beginning means being willing to do things that other agents won’t. To go the extra mile and a half. There’s plenty of ‘in town’ business for established agents and some who just work the waterfront business. Yes, we have water here. Flathead Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. It’s also ringed with multi-million-dollar homes.
However, if you’re starting your new business in an area with plenty of established competition, you better be willing to do more, go further, hike higher. Because there’s another type of customer here. The off-grid, far back in the back-country person who is looking for a place not just beyond the black top, but way past where the electric lines end.
“It’s OK, we have solar panels.” "No, we don’t mind bears.”
How do you show this kind of property in a Montana winter? With gloves, boots and a side by side that can go through 12-inches of snow and up a 40% grade.
Being the warm and wonderful guy I am, I volunteered to drive. Can a 63 year-old man have fun driving off-road like an 18 year old? Yes.