Trails West Real Estate and West Venture Real Estate Merge and Rename to PureWest Real Estate


FLATHEAD VALLEY, MT – Leading brokerage and premier real estate office Trails West Real Estate announces its merger with leading brokerage West Venture Real Estate and PureWest Christie’s Real Estate, located in Bozeman, MT.

West Venture Real Estate’s owner Dale Crosby-Newman and Sean Averill’s two other real estate brokerages, Trails West Real Estate and PureWest Real Estate in Bozeman, are now merging into one and all the companies will be rebranded and renamed PureWest Real Estate. Sean also bought out his longtime partner Ellie Stimpson, who will remain acting as a key manager and managing broker in the Lakeside office.

This creates the largest locally owned and independent brokerages in the state of Montana. This includes 18 office locations throughout the state with further expansion plans into new markets.

“When I first investigated merging, I found West Venture and Trails West both had similar values and leadership.   Both companies strive to have a family feel that only local owner operators can provide. We are excited to have one dominate office and brand throughout the valley and beyond to provide the best possible service to our clients and hard working agents,” says Sean Averill, co-owner of Pure Real Estate Group, the parent company to all three brokerages.

“This partnership signifies a bright future,” says Dale Crosby-Newman, co-owner of Pure Real Estate Group. “With an eye on ever-changing technology, consumer demands and giving our clients and agents the best tools available in the Flathead Valley makes this business move very exciting for us. We’re looking at the future and know that this partnership makes sense. I love the new look and direction.”

This group has assigned a top-producing broker, Scott Strellnauer, to the team as president, appointed Laura O’Connor as Chief Operation and Financial Officer and all marketing and design to be retained with Flathead Beacon Productions.

In a big move in the Flathead Valley and statewide, this group also welcomes long-time real estate team Deaton & Company located in Bigfork, led by Doug and Amy Deaton to PureWest Real Estate as the managing brokers in Bigfork.

“Deaton & Company leading the talented group of brokers and agents in Bigfork makes perfect sense for us. We need like-minded business people and an anchor in that ever-important market for us. We welcome them with open arms and trust in their expertise to help us pave way for the future. Deaton & Company comes backed with an incredible reputation, work ethics and standards that fit perfectly with the mantra of where we’re all heading,” says Sean Averill, co-owner of Pure Real Estate Group.

This merger also signifies a new name for West Venture and Trails West Real Estate. West Venture and Trails West will be transitioning into a different name and taking on the Bozeman flag/logo and name of PureWest Real Estate, effective immediately.

“We know the names West Venture and Trails West carry incredible brand recognition and clout in this valley, but with this new merger and plans for future growth, it makes sense to make a complete transition immediately. And that means changing a name to a company that my Dad started! We’re excited, but want to stress that the same level of customer serviced we’ve delivered for 42 years won’t waiver and never will,” says Sean Averill.

Interviews with Sean Averill and Dale Crosby-Newman are welcomed. For more information about this merger, future plans and current branding please contact Sammi Johnson, 406.890.1201 or (at) gmail (dot) comto set up a time.

About Trails West Real Estate

Trails West Real Estate began in 1973, founded by Dan Averill in a log cabin in downtown Bigfork. Trails West Real Estate has grown tremendously and is the largest producing real estate company in northwest Montana with international affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate. Striving to be great, not great big, Trails West Real Estate works to maintain the small-town feel, high level of customer services and consistently delivers on the commitment to build relationships for life.

About West Venture Real Estate

West Venture Real Estate was established by broker-owners Dale Crosby-Newman and Fred Ricketts. The company started in 2004 with five agents and quickly grew. The brokerage expanded its size and location in 2005, moving to downtown Kalispell. Since then this company has grown to 40+ agents and acquired the commercial branch and opened an office in Lakeside, MT.


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