As a little girl growing up in rural New Jersey, Jennifer 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. Whenever her dad returned from his trips to the Rocky 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 they flew into the valley, Jennifer just knew this was going to be her home, with the unmatched beauty of Flathead Lake and surrounding Rocky Mountains. Jennifer recalls turning to her dad as they stepped off the plane and saying, ‘This is it.’ “I knew I had found my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow... 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 in 2009, 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, including cleaning the office for $50 per week in order to have gas in her vehicle to show property! All this while raising her four children and becoming the Montana Women’s Sporting Clays Champion (2010, 2011 & 2016).
When Jennifer Shelley joined the ownership team at PureWest Christie’s International Real Estate in 2018, she brought with her 10 years’ experience partnering with buyers and sellers in the Flathead Valley. And as a top producer, Jennifer knew that the exclusive affiliation PureWest has with Christie’s International Real Estate and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World would allow her to continue building lasting relationships with her clients, friends, and business associates. Jennifer searches tirelessly for new ways to provide her clients with the best possible service, marketing opportunities, and support. As Jennifer always says, “My philosophy is to create genuine, lasting partnerships with my clients so the PureWest Christie’s motto—Relationships for Life—is an excellent fit!” Recently, Jennifer was inducted into Christie’s Master Circle Progam, placing her among the top-performing luxury real estate specialists globally.
Two years ago, the PureWest office building in Bigfork underwent an extensive remodel. The charming historic cabin on Electric Avenue was transformed into a beautiful mountain modern style building that currently houses 14 agents, and Jennifer is extremely proud of the new look and feel of the building!
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.
According to Jennifer, “I consider it a privilege to walk these beautiful parcels of property and help clients find exactly what they are looking for. I don’t just sell real estate; I sell a lifestyle, and I’m committed to helping my clients realize their dreams in the Flathead Valley!"
Jennifer Shelley was the realtor representing us in our purchase of a home in Montana. We have used various agents over the years, and she was undoubtedly the best we’ve ever engaged. Jennifer was tireless in helping us and was responsive to all our questions at every step in the process. She was informative, extremely hard working and diligent. We are most thankful to her hard work and help as she was absolutely terrific. Jennifer has a great personality and made helpful suggestions as we negotiated the purchase agreement and worked through the issues that came up on the inspection report. If you are purchasing Montana real estate we highly recommend her.
When we first met Jennifer, she spent at least an hour asking questions and taking careful notes to get to know us personally. We felt confident after our meeting that Jennifer was the real estate agent we wanted to help us find our retirement home. With Jennifer's help and assistance we found our home.From the time we made our offer to the time escrow closed , Jennifer was with us throughout the entire process. Any question that would arrise, Jennifer had the answer or would find out and get back to us usually within 24 hours. We cannot say enough about her help, professionalism, and friendship. With this we highly recommend Jennfier.
Having bought and sold many homes in my lifetime I knew Jennifer was the perfect agent for us this time around. She is personable, professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to her clients. Jennifer's marketing skills and contacts are second to none. Her experience and confidence in her chosen profession are clearly outstanding. Jennifer listens to her clients, offers her professional advice and helps clients make the necessary informed decisions on a day to day basis throughout the home selling process. We know and have dealt with several local and national real estate agents but none equal the level that Jennifer works at. We highly recommend Jennifer to anyone in the market to buy or sell a home.