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Working with Bruce Swinney on a recent home purchase in Helena has been one of the most positive experiences of my life.  Over the years I have worked with many real estate agents and I found Bruce to be ethical and professionally dedicated in serving his clients.  The respect that Bruce demonstrates to his clients is unequaled.  Upon learning of my budget and preferred location, he did not attempt to “sell-up” or introduce neighborhoods in which I had expressed no interest.  Because he limited the properties he showed me to those within my stated budget and location of interest, he found the perfect property for me in less than two hours.

I cannot sing Bruce Swinney’s praises highly enough.  His attention to the needs of his clients, the manner in which he educated himself about the details of the properties he showed, and his follow through are unequaled.  Truly, my needs have never been better served.

Dan & Sharon – Helena

My wife and I spent ten years traveling the mountains of the northwest looking for mountain property to buy for a second home. Washington state, Idaho, Wyoming, and the Bitterroot Valley were all part of our annual trips. On one such trip we were in Helena for the first time and walked into Bruce’s office after recognizing his “Swinney Sells” sign from a web search we had done before we left home. Bruce sat with us that afternoon finding out what our interests were in property. Over the next 2-3 days, Bruce showed us numerous properties. Ultimately, we found 20 forested  acres we would build a small cabin on. Bruce and Kathy also helped us with a referral to a local bank for a small loan to complete our purchase. Our experience was made so easy with the friendly service, dedication  and knowledge that Bruce Swinney provides to the Helena area

Lisa and David

It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has elapsed since Kat & Darrell Schroeder listed our home and also represented us in the purchase of a larger home in East Helena. Kat & Darrell got us everything we wanted and then some! Our home sold in a very short time; then the owner of the home we were buying passed away during escrow. These facts could have made for a very harrowing real estate experience. However, Kat & Darrell anticipated problems before they came up and resolved them in a timely manner.

We will continue to tell anyone who is thinking of selling or buying that if they want the best service and the smoothest transaction GO WITH THE SCHROEDERS at Bruce Swinney & Associates.

Monica and Chick

After some half-hearted attempts at house hunting during the previous two years, Chick and I “happened” on to Kat and Darrell Schroeder at an open house one Sunday, and immediately knew that these were the people that could help us find a house quickly. They knew the area intimately, and were able to winnow out from us what we were looking for. Thanks to their tireless work and professionalism, we were able to find a house that suited our needs in a relatively short period of time, and we are very happy there. Thanks to them, too, the inspection, details of the house and its relevant permits, and the closing all went very smoothly. The use of the Swinney truck was a real winner, and saved us quite a bit of money in our move. All in all, we would highly recommend Kat and Darrell to anyone looking for real estate in the Helena area.

Scott and Laura

We’ve waited to write this until our house at 5230 Peaks View closed escrow. Now that it’s official, we want to extend our sincerest “Thank You” and appreciation for all the efforts Kat & Darrell Schroeder extended to sell our home. We should have hired the Schroeders in the very beginning! We were very impressed with the great service they provided. We will recommend Kat & Darrell to ANYONE looking to buy or sell a home in the Helena area!

Cindy & Don

We can’t say enough about the quality of service and professionalism rendered by Kat and Darrell before, during, and after our recent purchase of land at Lakeview Ranch! They were so accommodating in meeting with us and answering our questions, always getting back to us promptly with any needed follow-ups. In both manner and actions Kat & Darrell demonstrated an integrity that merited our trust, which meant a great deal to us.


“Living in Eastern Canada and selling a house in Helena was going to be difficult… I hadn’t seen the house in years. I was going to have to coordinate minor contracting bids, cleaners, movers, etc . Where do I start, what do I do? Thankfully I was introduced to Sarah Irvin. Sarah took care of everything! She never panicked and always had a plan B… just in case. She was always on the lookout on how best we could get my house sold for the price I needed. Her staff at Bruce Swinney and Assoc. were always available to provide when they were needed. They were honest in their assessment of my house and what it needed to get ready for sale. They provided the most professional price comparison and geographical information I had ever seen. My house sale was handled professionally, quickly, and with care. Sarah calmed my nerves from start to finish… with a price that satisfied me fully. Thank you Sarah Irvin!

The Hyyppa Family

“As a newly retired military family moving back home, we wanted a REALTOR® who would take the time to help us find our forever home. Bill took into consideration all our needs and wants and found us the perfect house. He was always available, friendly, and went out of his way to help answer all of our questions and concerns. If you are buying or selling, we would highly recommend Bill Rice as your REALTOR®.”

Jeremy and Alicia

“Bill Rice became our REALTOR® this summer while we were wanting to find a little house in town. We successfully found one in a short matter of time. We were amazed at the team work that the REALTORS® have for each other. Bill was out of town for a little bit during that time and Debbie Jones filled in for him, taking care of us until he got back. The effort Bill puts forth for us is wonderful. We had also wanted to find some private property. Bill took us literally everywhere to help find what we wanted, only to have us change our game plan. He cheerfully found us a lot to buy in the valley, which we are currently building on as a spec. In using other REALTORS® in the past, we appreciate how easy Bill is to get a hold of. He is very thorough in all the research he provides for us. Thank you for your dependability and hard work. We look forward to a sale soon, and more to follow!!”

Maria T. Roberts Senior Law Clerk Montana Supreme Court

“I have worked with Jim O’Connor on three separate property transactions: the purchase of my home in 1996, the sale of that home in 2005, and the purchase of my condo in 2006. Working with Jim in 1996 on the purchase of my house was such a pleasant experience that I made sure to call him to act for me in selling that house in 2005 and again in assisting with my search for a condo. Each time I have worked with Jim I have found him to be professional, knowledgeable and courteous. He was always willing to spend extra time and effort to find properties that fit within my criteria and to arrange his schedule to suit mine when showing me properties. He sold my house in 2005 for an amount far greater than I had expected and within a short amount of time. I highly recommend Jim to anyone seeking a real estate agent.”