Slope side, riverside, lakeside, in the valley, or up in the mountains, it is undeniable people are drawn to the Flathead Valley for the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities that exist here. "Folks come for the outdoor recreation, but are pleasantly surprised to find that intermingled with all the great outdoor activities, there's also a fabulous arts and culture scene to be enjoyed here as well. What really makes people fall in love with Montana and desire a slice of paradise for one's self, is the great community feel and friendliness of folks who are lucky enough to call this Jewel of the Crown of the Continent home," Hilary says with great pride. Hilary started working as a realtor in 2003 and earned her broker's license in 2009. When you choose Hilary as your agent, whether is buying or selling, rest assured you'll be getting top notch local knowledge. Growing up in the Flathead & Swan Valley, she knows every trail, fishing access, hunting spot and eatery from Eureka to Polson and Swan Lake to Whitefish. As s a seller's agent Hilary offers a strong background in marketing. She conducts a realistic market analysis for a seller; researching what a property is worth, and analyzing where it fits in the market and who the buyer is. She has a knack for thinking outside the box and extends an innovative sales approaches. She believes a property needs to come on the market with its' best foot forward with high quality imagery and verbiage that paints a picture of the quintessential Montana lifestyle. As a buyer's agent, Hilary feels educating buyers on the area, the market, and the intricacies of purchasing land, home, or a business is one of the most important parts of her job. "There are so many uncertainties in buying property," Hilary said her job is to take those uncertainties out of the process. With property seekers the first step is assessing their needs and their wants!. "Buying a home, business or land is one of the biggest investments a person will make. Looking out for their interests, helping connect them with their Montana dream and then seeing them find that dream are what I love about this job." Hilary said. Hilary is an avid skier, rafter and hiker herself. With her passion for the great outdoors she saw an opportunity to provide a service that was not available in the Bigfork area and opened The Bigfork Mountaineer Outdoor Store in 2012. One of her greatest joy is to know she is helping the local economy by providing year round employment. She has great insight into helping entrepreneurs like herself, navigate the waters of starting or buying a business in the area. Hilary Shepard serves on the Northwest Montana Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service Board and has her Graduated Realtor Institute designation. She's also active in her community, working with the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork, as Board President of The ACES After School Program, and as an organizer for several local community events and fundraisers including Bigfork's Annual Whitewater Festival, the Bigfork Brewfest, and the Whitefish Mountain Film Festival.