By Jillian Chandler
“We appreciate your trust in handling your real estate transactions.” - C.J. Tuma, Owner/Broker, Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty
If you’re looking for the best in service, commitment and experience when it comes to finding a full-service real estate brokerage, look no further than Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty in Bonners Ferry.
Housed in one of the first homes on Bonners Ferry’s South Hill (built in 1899), Coldwell Banker opened its doors in 2006. It was purchased by C.J. Tuma several years later and renamed Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty. It has been named number one brokerage in Boundary County for both units sold and total sales volume for three consecutive years—2019, 2020 and 2021. “We have been fortunate again for the third year in a row to be the number one selling brokerage in the county,” C.J. smiles.
Each agent at the company has been hand selected by C.J. to ensure that clients are working with true professionals who care about making the experience of buying or selling as pleasant and positive as possible. In addition, an owner and designated Broker, C.J. is always available to his Realtors to answer any questions that may arise.
“All of the work we do could not be possible without our great team of loyal agents,” affirms C.J.
He credits the success of his business over the past 16 years to faith, first and foremost, his agents, and the trust of the incredible community in allowing Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty to handle such major decisions in life—such as their real estate transactions—with confidence.
“Our marketing strategies give us the ability to reach nationwide as well as worldwide for advertising purposes,” he adds.
When it comes to what is most rewarding to C.J. about the work he does, it’s “seeing the transformations of sellers moving on to the next stage of life and watching purchasing clients making the ‘house’ they purchased a ‘home.’” This is what has inspired him from the beginning: The wonderful feeling of seeing a seller being able to sell and move on to the next adventure, while matching them with a buyer who is looking to purchase. “It’s a win-win for both parties involved.”
C.J. has called Bonners Ferry home for many years; long enough to know the following: “Don’t try and make a left turn on Main Street around 4pm with or without the stoplight. To let newcomers know, Tamaracks lose needles in the winter; you didn’t get lucky and find a standing dead forest to cut for firewood. Don’t plant your garden until the snow is off Clifty. And here, in Bonners Ferry, when someone needs help, help them—don’t judge them.”
It is important to C.J. and the rest of his team at Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty to give back to the community in which they work, live and play, donating anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000 to the community annually as a way to say “Thank you” through donations, silent auction purchases, cake raffles, sponsoring a variety of events throughout the year such as free community concerts, barbecues, demolition derbies, motocross events, tractor pulls and more. In addition to donations, you will also find the agents volunteering their time. The Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty team is made up of FFA and FFA alumni, Badger Boosters, mentors for leadership groups at the high school, 4-H leaders, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, co-chairs for Kootenai River Days and 9B Ladies event annually, and so much more. The next time you find yourself in the market to buy or sell, you can trust the team at Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty. And as C.J. reminds, “Keeping your business local means that the dollars earned with our agents get spent locally, which in turn helps other locals. That is important. You can list locally and get the same—if not more—exposure and coverage than listing out of the area.”
Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty 6606 Lincoln Street Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805 208.267.8575 CBBonnersFerry.com