There’s no place like Montana, according to Jennifer. In any season, you’ll be drawn into her enthusiasm for the Flathead Valley. Summer to winter, Jennifer steals time away from her busy real estate career to swim, hike, boat, snowshoe, hunt upland game birds, and compete in Sporting Clay shooting.
As a little girl growing up in rural New Jersey, she dreamed of living in the Rocky Mountains. Always the tomboy, Jennifer started her outdoor life early... dirt biking at 6, exploring in the woods, blazing trails, building forts, and learning to drive the WW2 Willys Jeep at 10 years old. When her dad returned from his trips to the Mountains, Jennifer would pore over his photos knowing it was just a matter of time until she came west.
Finding Bigfork was a predestined accident. A planned float trip on the Smith River ended up being canceled, so Jennifer and her dad came to Bigfork to visit friends. “When I flew over Flathead Lake, I knew I had found my pot of gold... my OZ!” Two months later, she packed up her VW Rabbit and drove cross-country to Bigfork.
For many years, Jennifer worked in the software development and technology industry, but about 10 years ago, she finally acknowledged that real estate was her professional calling. Starting a real estate career in the midst of a major real estate recession is not a task that most people would take on, but that is exactly what Jennifer did! While agents and brokers were exiting the industry in mass numbers, Jennifer jumped in with both feet. It wasn’t easy, sales were hard to come by, and Jennifer worked multiple jobs to support her family while getting her new career off the ground.
After a few tough years, Jennifer Shelley proved that persistence pays off! By 2013, Jennifer was ranked as one of the top 5% of all agents in the Flathead Valley. By 2015, Jennifer had climbed into the Top 1% of all agents in the Flathead Valley—a position that she has maintained since! In addition, Jennifer was recently recognized by REAL TRENDS as one of the top Real Estate Agents in all of Montana! All this while raising her four children and becoming Montana Women’s Sporting Clays Champion (2010, 2011 & 2016).
Becoming the best takes commitment. Whether it’s in sports, real estate, or life! And for someone who was pulled so strongly to the West—who found her home in the Flathead Valley and never looked back—it makes sense that she’s driven to help others find their home or their special retreat in the place she loves. Jennifer is committed to helping her clients find exactly what they are looking for in a home, investment, and most importantly, a lifestyle.
“I consider it a privilege to walk these beautiful parcels of property and help clients find exactly what they are looking for. I am committed to helping my clients realize their dreams in the Flathead Valley!”