Clark Fork Realty was founded as a boutique firm in 1977.
After 30 years in the business, Matt Rosbarsky knows real estate.
It started in the 1970's when Matt's mother, Vickie Amundson, began to pave the path, to the 1990's when Matt got his own real estate license, all the way to today.
"After graduating from the University of Montana with a double major in psychology and communications, it made sense to get my own license," says Matt. "Growing up we had front row seats to my mom's work. Over the years, her drive paid off as she went from working as an employee, really learning real estate enterprise, to eventually owning the business outright."
Today, as co-owner and managing broker of that same family business, Clark Fork Realty, Matt has negotiated more than 3 decades worth of transactions.
"We hold a lot of pride as being one of the oldest, family owned, and truly boutique real estate and property management firms in Missoula," he says. "Our longevity is a reflection of relationships we've built; they are connections we care about."
Today, with Missoula's continued growth (there's over 800 licensed agents in the area), that longevity translates to a unique set of skills and experience that sets Matt apart.
"Some times, an agent can get the deal done smoothly without problems," he says. "When it's not working, though, that's when you really need experience to negotiate complex transactions. After so many years, I have learned how to keep deals moving forward smothly when they start to run off the tracks. That's what matter to my clients: Getting their dream home purchased or getting their current home sold so they can move on to their next adventure."
Mix in economic recessions, housing crunches, and staying on top of the dynamic change that comes with the industry, its clear brokering real estate is not for the faint of heart.
"You are the advocate in a process that is a significant investment for each family," Matt says. "It's a duty I understand intimately-it's our family's name on the front door of this business. By doing this work well, I am also making an investment for my family's future. We have roots here. My wife Colleen has taught ballet in Missoula for over 25 years, my brother owns a Tae Kwon Do dojang and teaches as a master instructor, and my father taught music in our public schools for 35 years. Colleen and I have raised 3 kids here."
Whether covering the landscape by foot (Matt is a runner, too), or watching the scenery with the wind at his back (he also likes to ride motorcycles), Matt says he knows he is right where he is supposed to be.
"This is exactly what I should be doing. It's not just multi-million dollar deals that keep you spry, but for me, it's the deals where I have the privilege to help a single mother of two, first time home buyer, step into their new home"
And it is all pretty darn good!