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Jodie did a tremendous job in finding the right property for us in an unfamiliar market. She represented our interests when approached by a competing buyer for the same property, and provided excellent guidance in negotiating the purchase with the seller’s agent. Jodie is a true professional and I highly recommend her to anybody looking to buy real estate in the Missoula area.
January 2016 – Conard
With Jodies patience and unflagging good humor we finally found a home that fits our needs, wants and budget! She has been such a great resource thru every aspect of our long search.
We first learned of Jodie through her high rating on a real estate website. We phoned her and asked if we could call some clients for reviews. Well always remember the man who told us, œ I hate real estate agents. I hate dealing with them…,except Jody. If I need to buy a home in Missoula again, shes the first person Ill call.
Jodie is authentic, honest, very knowledgeable, and highly regarded by her customers and other folks working in the housing sector. She is a broker who has invested time and money into continuing her education and certifications for her clients benefit . However, her shining quality is her easy-going manner that makes home-buying understandable and possible!
As always, Jodie was looking out for our interests, even ones that are a little uncomfortable. I was a little surprised, but saw the wisdom of one of her questions to us: œHow easy is it going to be for your heirs to sell this home? We are in our 60s, but I love that she asked this question! What is the resale value of this house going to be, for us or for our kids, because, œsomeday, somebody will have to sell it. This was just another dimension of Jodies experience coming through, thank goodness!
January 2016 – Fry
I called Jodie while I was traveling to let her know I was looking for a home in Missoula & didn’t have a lot of time. She arranged for me to see all the properties that fit within my parameters over a few days. She was so honest & never pushed anything on me. I relied on her completely because I was new to the area. I found my dream home & made an offer within a 2 week period. Negotiations went smoothly & Jodie not only handled the close since I couldn’t be there; she did the final walk through for me & even let the carpet cleaners in & out. Jodie has become my first friend in Missoula, I feel really fortunate she helped me out so much & continues to if I have any questions. Her follow up is amazing! Thanks Jodie!
December 2015 – Bennett
Buying your first home can be an overwhelming process. Jodie was the perfect person to work with and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a home in the Missoula area. She completely put us at ease from the very beginning-she is extremely personable, knowledgeable, and really takes the time to explain the process. You instantly know she is in it with you. She gives you her 100%, never rushes you, has amazing recommendations for lenders and inspectors, and her communication with us and the other parties involved was outstanding. Jodie really gives you the time you need, gives you valuable advice, and she really focuses on the buyers needs and wants. She gives you her full attention and support. We can’t imagine working with anyone else-it was the best experience we could have hoped for. We cannot rave about Jodie enough!
September 2015 – Bruce
We highly recommend Jodie Hooker and Zootown Real Estate to anyone buying a home in the greater Missoula area. As first time home buyers, Jodie was very patient with us and took the time to answer all of our questions. She was able to work around our schedule and helped us stay within our budget. She is really looking out for the best interest of the buyer. Jodie is an expert at negotiating with the seller and kept in communication with us throughout the entire process. She referred us to a wonderful home inspector and loan officer. You can tell that Jodie knows her stuff and is only willing to work with other professionals who will treat clients just as well as she does.
June 2015 – Marshall-Cox
Jodie was great to work with. This was my first home and I didn’t know anything about buying a home. She answered all my questions and made the whole process very simple. She is always straight forward and never tries to sell you anything you don’t want or would regret buying. She gives the facts and offers her advice but the decision is yours to make. I would highly recommend working with Jodie as I had a great experience!
June 2015 – Parks
Jodie is an incredible buyer’s agent. During our search for the perfect home, she has answered every question, returned every email, and been there through many, many house visits. She is extremely efficient and thorough at finding answers to your questions. However, she has such a relaxed and friendly attitude that it makes the stressful process of home buying seamless and achievable. If Jodie recommends a service provider, they will be professional, helpful and responsive. She is patient, and knows all facets of her business extremely well. You can trust her judgement and I can’t count the times she pointed out a questionable roof or quirky detail we completely overlooked. When Jodie is your agent, you have a solid advocate in your corner who is looking out for your best interest. She never pressures, in fact, she recommends taking the time you need to be sure the house you buy is the house you want. We can’t say enough positive things about her, and are so proud that she considers us friends. Do yourself a huge favor and call Jodie when buying in the Missoula area!
May 2015 – Fry
My wife and I really enjoyed our experience of working with Jodie. She was easy to communicate with and knew the local area/market quite well. When we had questions she was quick to respond and patiently worked through any problems we encountered. I highly recommend Jodie to anyone looking to buy in the local area, she knows her stuff!
May 2015 – Booth
Jodie’s diligence and hard work allowed my wife and I to purchase our Montana dream home. I doubt you will find another broker in Western Montana that will walk through each step of the buying process and leave you feeling very comfortable like Jodie will. I highly recommend her for all of your home purchasing needs. She is awesome at what she does….bottom line!
March 2015 – Liddle
My husband and I were first-time home buyers and we had an excellent experience working with Jodie Hooker. Jodie was always helpful, never pushy, and so on-the-ball throughout the entire process. She was patient as we learned the ropes, and so kind. We highly recommend Zootown Real Estate!
March 2015 – Olsen – (Zillow)
Jodie supplied me with several listings that fit my wants and needs. She was very responsive and supplied excellent information.
I did not purchase a home through her, as I found nothing in my price range that I liked. Had I found a property, in her area, I would have liked to have worked with her.
January 2015 – Anonymous – (Zillow)
I initially found Jodie Hooker online while living in Washington state and planning a move to Missoula. She spent a large amount of time educating me on The area. She sent me a welcome package, assisted with finding a lender, and kept me up to date on not only every MLS listing that she had, but also took the time to pick out specific properties that she felt I would appreciate based on my needs and wants. I was extremely confused where to live and whether or not I want to buy or build-Jodie held my hand and took charge the entire time.
I ran into quite a few problems along the way, and Jodi was fantastic and helping me work those out. She was very helpful in my final decision on which home I wanted to purchase, and even consulted me to take a few days to make sure this is the route I wanted to go rather than swiftly close the deal. She followed up with me on every last detail and made herself available every time I called, emailed or texted her. I was very surprised to see how involved she was throughout the process, and I definitely feel that she went above and beyond her duties as a real estate agent. As a sidenote I had contacted several other real estate agents when I had found her and not one of them took even 5% of the time that she did; she made me feel very important even though I was un-decisive, had not spent much time in Missoula, already owned a home and lived in another state.
Every individual has unique issues, and I was not the exception. Jodie was very professional, friendly, and nonjudgmental throughout the entire process. I am now living in a home I absolutely love and my family couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend Jodie to anyone looking for real estate in the Missoula area. She truly works for the individual, not simply the bottom line. I will definitely be using her again in the future.
December 2014 – Crossland – (Office website)
I’m not a fan of real estate agents in general but Zootown changed that opinion. Jodies business model and approach are exactly what I wanted when we bought our Montana home. She was great AND authentic. The fact that she doesn’t take listings and only gets paid when her buyer’s deals are successful speaks to her integrity. My wife and I could not have been better taken care of!
October 2014 “ Ragan – (BBB)
Jodie was really a dream-come-true for us as first-time home buyers. The fact that she works exclusively for buyers was very attractive to us as opposed to someone who’s busy working with both sides. She was very attentive to our needs and wants and she used her expertise of the real estate market and the Missoula area to help us find exactly what we were looking for! I very much appreciated that she was always available for phone calls, emails, and questions. This whole home-buying process seemed overwhelming when we started, but Jodie held our hands and guided us all the way through closing with hardly any difficulties. We LOVE our new house! All thanks to Jodie!
October 2014 “ Metcalf “ (BBB)
“I was a first time home buyer when I met Jodie. She was extremely helpful in guiding me through the process. She recommended getting pre-approved for a loan and walked me through what to expect once I found a house. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted in a house. Jodie was very patient in showing me whatever I was interested in. Once she had a better idea of what I wanted she made good suggestions of places to look at. The house I ended up buying was one Jodie suggested that we look at. I never felt pressured to buy anything or to explain why I wasn’t interested in something. I learned a lot of what to look at in houses from her observations of the places we saw. Once I found a house I wanted to make an offer on, Jodie gave excellent advice about what to offer and then what needed to be done in what time frame. Jodie made the process if not stress free then certainly manageable. She was very supportive from start to finish. I couldÂ recommendÂ her services to anyone looking to buy a house in Missoula.”
Septemeber 2014 -Bliese – (Zillow)
After several bad experiences with realtors in other cities (due to ineptitude and lack of professionalism), my wife and I were pleasantly surprised and wholly satisfied with the services provided by Zootown Real Estate. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Jodie and Brianna of Zootown restored our faith in the industry.
Because of past experiences, we were very thorough in selecting a realtor in Missoula. We sent an introductory email with a trick question of sorts to see which realtors would thoroughly read our correspondence. Of the 6+ area realtors we emailed, Zootown was only one of only two to thoroughly read our message and respond accordingly. We decided to use their services after interviewing both of those realtors and noticing how honest Zootown was in their assessments of our thoughts on neighborhoods to look at.
We worked mostly with Brianna, although her and Jodie make such a good team and communicate so well with other that we could call and talk to either without concern. Brianna can be described as professional, organized, and attentive to clients’ needs. She is relatively new to the position; however, the more experienced Jodie is able to fully compensate for that slight deficiency because they are such a close team. I wholeheartedly recommend Zootown to any prospective buyers in the area.
August 2014 – Van Cleave – (Zillow)
“We were under a time crunch to look for a home before our lease was up in another state. What normally would have been a very stressful time because of that, was made bright and fun and SUCCESSFUL because of Brianna Cooper. Her flexibility with our last minute trips and professionalism made it possible to find our dream home. And she’s fun. That is a bonus.”
June 2014 – Heaton – (Dex)
“I’ve been looking for a house to buy in Missoula for over a year. I was pretty picky in what I was looking for and ended up looking at quite a lot of properties with Jodie. Came close to buying some a few times with accepted Purchase and Sale Agreements. After the inspections I got cold feet and backed out of the deals. Jodie stuck with me throughout the whole process when at times I felt I was high maintenance. I really appreciated this about her, I never felt pressured to buy something. She offered her professional advice but ultimately wanted me to feel great about my purchase. I did finally find a home that met my needs at a price I’m happy with. Jodie will work hard for you to find exactly what you are looking for and all the while in friendly company. She was excellent at her job and flexible to work with. I trust her and highly recommend her.”
June 2014 – Johnson – (BBB)
“We want to thank you for working with us to find a great home that we bought for our daughter and her family while they get established in Missoula.
Since the time we first checked out your web site when we headed for Montana last August to the purchase of the South Street house in mid-October, we were treated to great professionalism.
You helped us through the process of first finding a suitable property (not an easy task in our case with ourselves, our daughter and son-in-law all having a say so) but also applied your local knowledge and expertise in working though the problems encountered with the first property we made an offer on and later withdrew. Your representation as a buyer’s agent in that case was especially appreciated.
You kept all of us up to date though out the process and handled all the paperwork and contacts with the selling agents and others involved in the purchasing process in a timely and efficient manner. Your referrals to the banker that handled the financing and other professionals were very helpful. We could not have made this happen without your help!
Please feel free to use this letter and us as referrals. We are enthusiastic supporters!”
P & K Boyce, October 2013 – (Google)
“Jodie helped us find our home a few years ago. We were moving to MT from out of state and she dedicated all the time that we needed during our short trip to look for houses. She provided us with a fantastic experience and if/when we buy another house, there is no doubt that she’ll be our Realtor again.”
November 2013 – Kolb – (BBB)
“My husband and I just bought our first home. Jodie was wonderful to work with. She was knowledgeable, professional, flexible and available. We recommend her and Zootown Real Estate to everyone.”
November 2013 – Clark – (BBB)
“I moved to Missoula, Montana about 1 month ago. I searched for a good real estate agent on website and met Jodie. She was much better realtor than I expected. I could easily know why she is the top realtor in Missoula. She was very knowledgeable, responsive, patient, and helpful throughout the entire process. For example, whenever I sent an e-mail, she responded within several minutes. She was always willing to help me. She is extremely active, positive, and professional. Thanks to her, I could purchase my house within 1 month. I strongly recommend her to anybody who is searching for a sincere, honest, reliable real estate agent:”
November 2013 – BK – (BBB)
“A realtor with expertise that worked tirelessly in an effort to find our ‘perfect’ home.”
If you are looking for “The BEST of the best”, you need not look any further ! Zootown Real Estate will fulfill your every expectation and more. I had never discovered the majesty of the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, yet I knew I wanted to own a vacation home in the area. Jodie contacted me immediately after an internet search for realtors. Little did I know then that I had “hit the jackpot” as she is the premiere realtor in the entire area. Her professional, yet personable experience and knowledge in this area found me the perfect home.”
M. Vaughn, September 2013 – (Angies List)
“We were out of town buyers, and relied on Jodie to represent us in numerous issues. She handled all of them via email and kept the process moving for us. When we were able to be in Missoula, Jodie devoted extra time to making sure we found exactly what we were looking for. It was a pleasure to working with Jodie; she was pleasant, direct, and pragmatic in her approach. We’d strongly recommend her to any out-of-town buyers.”
M. Wittle, August 2013 – (Zillow)
“If you want an agent who returns your emails and calls promptly, is concerned with helping her clients find the best property for their individual needs, and is at the table to represent you, the buyer, then Jodie at Zootown Real Estate is definitely the person you want working for you. If I’m ever in the market to buy again, she will be my first call.”
R. Zimmerman, August 2013 – (Dex)
“Our transaction was not traditional and required extensive communication with the seller’s agent and attention to detail in the buy/sell agreement. There were multiple times when we required her expertise in coming up with solutions to make the transaction move forward. She always had our best interest in mind and even responded to our requests on a holiday! You will not be disappointed if you choose to work with her.”
T & I – Seib, July 2013 – (Zillow)
“We listed our house as a FSBO through a flat fee MLS agent. Jodie was prompt, courteous, and professional throughout the transaction and even helped me out as the seller when I forgot to submit a required disclosure and had a question about the closing process. I liked working with a buyer’s agent who didn’t try to get my listing as a dual agent. With Jodie, there was no such pressure–or any pressure for that matter. I would definitely recommend her. Thanks Jodie!”
For Sale By Owner, June 2013 – (Zillow)
“We didn’t intend to use an agent. But, after working with Jodie I couldn’t imagine doing this any other way. She knows what she is doing. Her laid back style is appreciated, but she certainly gets the job done quickly and efficiently. We are from out of town and had to do everything at a distance–not a problem. Jodie knew exactly what to do and walked us through the process. Her follow up was great. GREAT EXPERIENCE!”
M & K Blair, June 2013 – (Zillow)
“I first purchased a house with Jodie helping me out in 2005. When I was moving back to the area, I was glad that Jodie would again be helping me find a home. Her communication skills are great and she is always available, which is good for higher maintenance clients like myself. Initially she helped us work through a short sale, (which fell though due to the seller’s bank) and then helped us purchase a different home. So we received two transactions for the price of one. Thanks Jodie! I would definitely recommend her.”
J & M Kalmbach, May 2013 – (Zillow)
“My wife and I listed our home in the Slant Street neighborhood for sale by owner. Jodie contacted us as an agent for an interested buyer. Throughout the process we could tell that Jodie was doing everything she could to provide exceptional service and advice to her buyers. We also noticed that she kept our interests in mind as the sellers and was always responsive and forthright in discussions. We were impressed with her straightforward attitude and constant attention to both parties engagement. If I had another home to sell or was looking for myself I would more than welcome Jodie’s involvement.”
For Sale By Owner, May 2013 – (Zillow)
“Jodi assisted in a search for a new home. When nothing fit the requirements and price she recommended building a new home in a subdivision. Jodi worked together with the builder’s representative and us to ensure that all details were as we wanted. She did a fabulous job, going above and beyond what was required. We would recommend her to anyone in the market for real estate.”
R. Gibson, May 2013 – (Angies List)
“We contacted Jodie after reading that she was a buyers-only agent, and she didn’t disappoint! We were conducting our search from out of state, and Jodie spent a lot of time answering our questions and listening to our thoughts/requests on the phone. When we found possibilities, she went to check out the houses and took great photos for us, then she walked us through the photos and gave us actual opinions–which we really wanted and were invaluable, especially considering we couldn’t go to see every house that intrigued us in person. We just closed on our house thanks to Jodie’s efforts after we went to see the house in person–it was just as she had described it (not that we ever doubted her) and perfect for our family. Jodie was patient and great through every step in the process, answering countless questions and guiding us on the way toward our new home. Can’t recommend her enough!”
S. Siegel, April 2013 – (Zillow)
“I had been looking for a house to call home for approximately 8 months with Jodie at Zootown. Jodie was very helpful and showed a lot of patience for my pickiness. Jodie is very knowledgeable and very honest which is nice. I NEVER felt like she was trying to close a deal. She met with me whenever it was convenient for me. She emailed me on a regular basis realtor postings of houses that I may be interested in. Purchasing a house can be very scary but Jodie made sure that she led me through the whole process. She even gave me a check list and timeline of items that needed to be done which was very helpful. I recommend working with Jodie!”
J. Devlin, March 2013 – (Angies List)
“We only started this whole process a few months ago and knew we did not want it to be a long process. We had called a couple other agency and not a one of them (to this day) returned my call. I found Jodie in the phone book and was intrigued by the fact she was a buyers only agent. I called and she immediately returned my call. I told her of a couple properties we were interested in and the next day we went and looked at them. She worked for us with the same speed and energy the entire time. Jodie always returned our calls right away and answered all our questions and if she didn’t know the answer she found it. She went above and beyond the entire time even up to the very last minute when there was a problem at closing. I would recommend Jodie and Zootown RE to anyone. She is fun and knowledgeable and will get the best possible price for you. Can’t wait to see her at our house warming party. Would absolutely work with Jodie again.”
J. Pigman, February 2013 – (Angies List)
“While looking for a house my wife and I contacted Jodie to assist us. During the time we were looking, she did her best to keep us informed of houses that met our specifications. She is hard working, pleasant to work with and puts her client’s wishes foremost.”
L Tallier, February 2013 – (Dex West)
“I was very happy to find Jodie. She is the first and only “buyers broker” that I have had the pleasure of meeting. I found her knowledge of real estate very thorough and her personality and professionalism excellent. It’s a great idea to have a buyers only broker working for you to protect your interests since buying a home can involve a myriad of complex issues. I would highly recommend Jodi for anyone seeking to purchase a home or apartment.”
D. O’Leary, February 2013 – (Zillow)
“We were looking for a house and found Jodie two years ago. She has stuck with us until just this January we bought our house. We had been let down so many times in this process and she was right there and never left our side. She worked so hard for us and did anything that was needed. She drove all over the place looking at houses with us. She even played with our three small kids when we were looking at houses. She became like family to us. I would never go to anyone else to buy a house.”
J. Zimmerman, January 2013 – (Dex West)
“Jodie was super easy to work with, she puts no pressure on you. She is very efficient, no running back and forth to her office for signatures or printing and scannig. She gets prompt responses from the sellers and/or can give you time frames of when to expect information. She will walk you through the processes, calming your nerves the whole time. It is under control with Jodie. Call her.”
S. Wells, July 2012 – (Zillow)
“Jody was exceptional is all of our dealings. She was on top of everything that was going on and since we were first time home buyers she explained everything that had to be done to us. We feel very fortunate to have had such an informed and knowledgeable person working with us. We trusted her with everything that had to be done and we can not praise her enough for all of the support she gave us.”
B. Talbert, July 2012 – (Zillow)
“Jodie helped me buy a home in Missoula at a time when I was not yet living there. Moving from out of state was quite a challenge but she made it easy and efficient to complete the entire process. We started with a phone call where she gave me references and outlined her services. After making the decision to work with Jodie she utilized online resources that allowed me to select a number of potential homes that fit my criteria before I even set foot in town. Jodies personal knowledge of the area allowed for her to show me an impressive number of homes and narrow my search down to my eventual purchase. I would recommend Jodie to any one of my friends and if I ever need to move I will be asking for her help to find a new home.”
V. Porden, July 2012 – (Angies List)
“We would recommend Jodie without any hesitation whatsoever. She is fantastic to work with and went above and beyond for my wife and I in our search for the perfect home. Anyone we know looking for a home will get her number from us!”
M. Tucker, July 2012 – (Zillow)
“I listed my home through an FSBO site. The prospective buyers engaged Jodie’s services, but I was also the beneficiary as she helped ensure that both parties moved through the process efficiently and appropriately. Highly responsive and willing to consider the seller’s well-being in the process too. Much appreciated.”
For Sale By Owner, July 2012 – (Zillow)
“Without Jodie, there is no way we would own our dream home right now! Our home closed last month and we owe it all to Jodie… We traveled a long way to look for our new home in Montana, Jodie met us the very next morning and spent the entire weekend driving us from property to property and town to town. We covered many miles over three days and saw multiple properties. Jodie did her homework found our home literally the day before we left and had our offer in hours later. By the time we arrived home the following day we had our answer! Because Jodie does not list homes for sellers, her loyalty is to the buyer, never trying to sell us something. She is very honest and made us feel like we were her only clients from start to finish.”
P. Thorton, June 2012 – (Zillow)
“Jodie was a great asset for me! As a first time home-buyer I had a lot of question and she was able to answer them. She provided great references for home inspectors, and other people that were needed throughout the process. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home in the Missoula area.”
T. Larson, May 2012 – (Zillow)
“I can’t say enough positive things about Jodie!! She showed us a lot of houses and never ran out of enthusiasm, has a thorough knowledge of local houses and neighborhoods, offered very useful comments on all houses – often mentioning things that had not occurred to us about future resale and pros and cons of each house, is an excellent communicator, follows through on details with her clients as well as with other realtors. We found an awesome house we love!”
D. Winter & J Garvin, March 2012 – (Zillow)
“This is a unique and valuable real estate company; Zootown RE is a buyers ONLY Company. This is a beneficial asset to people looking to purchase property in the Missoula area. Clients are assured that a professional is solely working for them and NOT the SELLER. I do not believe people understand that the selling agent is working for the sellers best interest, no matter what they may say, there is a conflict of interest in being a dual agent. Jodie Hooker has an outstanding professional and hardworking ethic and an ability to negotiate for her clients the best possible price. Jodie is a real pleasure to work with and has excellent communication skills!”
B. Damson, December 2011 – (Dex West)