Integrity.Service.Community. These values are what drove realtors Catherine Fisher and Lisa Marie Warren to become the current owners of Town & Country Realty. Between them, the duo have over 25 years of real estate experience. They purchased the business from Pete Sekermestrovich upon his retirement in December 2016.
Pete led the business with a commitment to supporting community and a team approach to helping customers. He oversaw Town & Country Realty from 1999-2016, maintaining the top position in mid-Willamette Valley real estate. “It was really important to Pete that the next stewards of Town & Country came organically from within the company,” said Lisa Marie. Both women were brokers under Pete’s leadership.
“Pete is known for saying ‘We do what is right, not what is easy.’” says Catherine. “For us, Town & Country Realty is a legacy. It’s not just a real estate company, it’s part of the community.”
The legacy of Town & Country Realty dates back over 65 years, to 1951, when it was opened by Fred Hoyer in a small building on the corner of 6th and Monroe. In 1954, Hoyer also founded the Corvallis Multiple List Exchange, a property listing service that markets homes for sale to this day as the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service.
Jim McEldowney, a local real estate agent, purchased the company from Fred Hoyer in 1958. Jim McEldowney had “an abundance of confidence in the future growth of the Corvallis area” and that year, and every year since, Town & Country Realty outsold all other local real estate brokerages. “We treat our customers like we would want to be treated,” Jim McEldowney said. “The major reason for our success is new customers who have been referred by others who felt they were treated right.”
The company thrived, and continued growth required a new office space in 1976. Jim McEldowney oversaw the construction of the current headquarters at 455 NW Tyler, hiring local architect CyStadsvold to design the award-winning office building.
When Jim McEldowney retired in 1982, he sold the business to Tom Ahlers, who had been an agent with Town & Country Realty for 10 years. Tom Ahler’s contributions to the community through business and volunteering left a powerful imprint on the culture of Town & Country. “My philosophy has always been to take care of the needs of the customer, and the business will take care of itself,” he said. In June of 1999, Tom Ahlers retired and sold the company to Pete Sekermestrovich, who had been a broker with Town & Country for almost ten years.
Call us today to experience this legacy of integrity, customer service, and community involvement. You will be glad you did!
Town & Country Realty, providing the place you love to come home to since 1951.