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Leading Ladies in Montana Real Estate

Leading Ladies in Montana Real Estate

By Leading Ladies in Montana Real Estate

Leading Ladies in Montana Real Estate is a show about buying and selling homes in Montana and the power sellers and power lenders that make that happen.


Each week hosts, power lender, Colleen Wood and Real Estate power agent, Alicia Rutz, will discuss the housing market, how to navigate it and what questions you need to be asking yourself along the way. BUT… that’ not all. They will also dive into how to navigate the ins and outs of being leaders in business, how to build a robust and dynamic team within that business, and navigating the world as a career-driven professional.
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Episode 25: Why Are Realtors So Important?

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Episode 85: The Importance of Self-Care
Episode 85: The Importance of Self-Care
Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss why self-care is so important, why it can be so challenging to make the time to do it, and tips on how to make it a priority. 
13:01
December 08, 2022
Episode 84: Surviving In This Tough Market
Episode 84: Surviving In This Tough Market
 With inflation high and mortgage rates climbing, this market has been a real challenge to navigate. The real estate market is not what it was a year ago, and it's probably not going to get much better anytime in the near future, so how will the industry handle it? In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how to survive the real estate market and what you should be doing today to better prepare yourself for the future. 
17:53
December 01, 2022
Episode 83: Guest Host - eXp Real Estate Agent Heidi Lane
Episode 83: Guest Host - eXp Real Estate Agent Heidi Lane
Throwback Thursday to an interview with the Leading Ladies when they attended the eXp Montana Summit in September at Fairmont Hot Springs. Guest host Heidi Lane with the Kalispell eXp office sits down to speak to Colleen and Alicia about her background, being a native Montanian, and where she thinks the market is headed next. 
25:54
November 17, 2022
Episode 82: Making Moves
Episode 82: Making Moves
Sometimes it's all about timing. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss the big moves that Colleen has recently made. Sometimes making a move is what you need to reimagine the possibilities in your life. 
15:56
November 10, 2022
Episode 81: Guest Host - Karen Ward
Episode 81: Guest Host - Karen Ward
Working with family can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. In today's episode, the Leading Ladies get to sit down with Karen Ward, the backbone and support that Alicia turns to every day; Karen also happens to be Alicia's mom.  Today they discuss what it's like being a mother-and-daughter duo and how they handle the pressure at the office and home. 
31:58
November 03, 2022
Episode 80: Guest Host- eXp State Broker Damian Forrester
Episode 80: Guest Host- eXp State Broker Damian Forrester
Stop The Presses - The Leading Ladies interview their first male guest host from the real estate industry. This episode was recorded live at the eXp Montana Summit in late September 2022.  Colleen and Alicia sit down with eXp State Broker Damian Forrester.  Not only is Damian one of the top agents in Montana for eXp, but he is also the first black agent ever in the state. This is an amazing episode, and the ladies discover Damian's secret to success. Don't miss it! 
42:58
October 27, 2022
Episode 79: Leads In The Palm Of Your Hand
Episode 79: Leads In The Palm Of Your Hand
Did you know you have hundreds of leads in the palm of your hand? In today's episode, Colleen shares with Alicia a little-known app that can help build your lists and referrals faster than you knew was possible. Listen in for the ultimate time-saving tip. 
08:04
October 20, 2022
Episode 78: Starting Your Career In A Tough Market - Advice For New Agents
Episode 78: Starting Your Career In A Tough Market - Advice For New Agents
We all know it's a tough time for housing professionals, whether you're a real estate agent or a mortgage lender. Now isn't the ideal time to be getting started in this industry, but in today's episode, the leading ladies discuss how they managed to get through the hard times early in their careers and share what worked and what didn't. This one's a do not miss if you're just starting to get your name out their in the world of real estate. 
18:45
October 13, 2022
Episode 77: It's Still A Great Time To Buy - GET SHOPPING!
Episode 77: It's Still A Great Time To Buy - GET SHOPPING!
We're all well aware that interest rates have gone up. It's all that people can talk about when it comes to real estate BUT keep in mind that rates are still near historic lows. This means it's still a great time to get into a home. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss why you should definitely still try to get into a new home. 
13:53
October 06, 2022
Episode 76: eXp Montana Real Estate Summit - Guest Host Elizabeth Riley
Episode 76: eXp Montana Real Estate Summit - Guest Host Elizabeth Riley
The Leading Ladies recorded live from the eXp Montana Annual Summit on September 23 at Fairmont Hot Springs in Anaconda, Montana. Colleen and Alicia kicked off the evening with super agent rockstar and super mom Elizabeth Riley. Elizabeth shares her 17 years of real estate knowledge in this incredible interview.  
59:31
September 29, 2022
Episode 75: A Look Back At The Last 18 Months of Podcasting
Episode 75: A Look Back At The Last 18 Months of Podcasting
How has it been 75 episodes already?! The Leading Ladies have been sharing advice for over 18 months now and today they look back at all of their favorite guests and most interesting topics.
25:43
September 23, 2022
Episode 74: What To Do When There Is A Slow Down
Episode 74: What To Do When There Is A Slow Down
Real Estate and Mortgage Lending are cyclical businesses. There will always be slower seasons and even slower years.  But the question is, how do you handle it? In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how you can make sure you stay business and continue to push through the slow times. They've got some great ideas! 
16:08
September 15, 2022
Episode 73: The Dirty Word - Recession
Episode 73: The Dirty Word - Recession
We're hearing all sorts of things in the media about the recession. Are we in one, are we not? There have been layoffs in certain industries, and others are struggling to find workers. It's such a confusing time across the board, and today the leading ladies discuss all the confusion. Colleen and Alicia take a look at what's happening in the real estate market and why it's SO confusing. 
10:18
September 08, 2022
Episode 72 - Getting Social: How To Feel Comfortable With Self Promotion - Guest Host - Pam McCutcheon of Small Dog Realty
Episode 72 - Getting Social: How To Feel Comfortable With Self Promotion - Guest Host - Pam McCutcheon of Small Dog Realty
Self-promotion can be hard for those that aren't used to talking about themselves, but in the real estate market, it's just part of the job. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia, along with Guest host real estate broker, Pam McCutcheon, discuss how they self-promote and how it's an individual journey. 
31:22
September 01, 2022
Episode 71: Let's Talk Interest Rates!
Episode 71: Let's Talk Interest Rates!
Borrowing costs have surged over the past several months, impacting the bottom lines of homeowners and borrowers alike. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss all things concerning interest rates and share their expert opinions about what to expect next. 
14:49
August 25, 2022
Episode 70: Can Real Estate Professionals Be 100% Remote and Still Be Effective - Guest Host Pam McCutcheon
Episode 70: Can Real Estate Professionals Be 100% Remote and Still Be Effective - Guest Host Pam McCutcheon
While real estate has always been a highly mobile industry, it was customary for most agents to work in physical brokerage locations before Covid-19. But times they are a changing. Today Colleen, Alicia, and guest host Pam McCutcheon discuss the pros and cons of working remotely. 
27:40
August 18, 2022
Episode 69: Turning Past Customers Into Repeat Business
Episode 69: Turning Past Customers Into Repeat Business
Too many agents close on the house, send a closing gift (sometimes), and then disappear from their clients’ lives. The easiest way to turn your clients into future business is to stay in their lives. Today Colleen and Alicia discuss tactics to stay connected with your previous clients and what kind of impact those tactics can have on your business. 
23:05
August 11, 2022
Episode 68: Guest Host - Pam McCutcheon - Owner & Broker Small Dog Realty
Episode 68: Guest Host - Pam McCutcheon - Owner & Broker Small Dog Realty
Today the ladies sit down and talk all things realty with Small Dog Realty owner and broker Pam McCutcheon. 
32:25
August 04, 2022
Episode 67: Buying Your First Home - How To Get Started
Episode 67: Buying Your First Home - How To Get Started
We often hear from first-time homebuyers, "How do I even get started with the process of buying a new home?". If you've never done it before, it can be a daunting process. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss tips and tricks when looking for your very first home. 
22:35
July 28, 2022
Episode 66: Dealing With Rejection
Episode 66: Dealing With Rejection
Rejection is something all salespeople deal with every day. Whether it’s losing a long-term client or getting stood up for a meeting, it will rejection will inevitably happen during your career. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they deal with rejection in business and give you some tips and tricks so that you don't dwell on it. 
18:26
July 21, 2022
Episode 65: What It's Like To Have A Powerhouse Mom - Guest Host Roden Wood
Episode 65: What It's Like To Have A Powerhouse Mom - Guest Host Roden Wood
As successful business women we often find that we primarily only talk with our peers during the day about our jobs and careers, but today we get a special treat when the leading ladies interview Roden Wood, Colleen's teenage son. We get to hear his perspective on the work-life balance of having a powerhouse mama. 
14:03
July 14, 2022
Episode 64: Guest Host - Chelsea Stewart - ERA Landmark Real Estate Agent
Episode 64: Guest Host - Chelsea Stewart - ERA Landmark Real Estate Agent
Today the leading ladies invite Chelsea Stewart, ERA Landmark Real Estate Agent, to join them to discuss all things real estate in Bozeman and all of Montana.
26:04
July 07, 2022
Episode 63: The Grass Is Not Always Greener - Not All Companies Are Created Equal
Episode 63: The Grass Is Not Always Greener - Not All Companies Are Created Equal
Times are changing. We're seeing lots of people moving agencies and companies but is it really the best time to be trying something new. Today Colleen and Alicia discuss how it's important to remember during turbulent times that the grass is not always greener. 
17:22
June 30, 2022
Episode 62: The "R" Word - Are We Headed Into A Recession?
Episode 62: The "R" Word - Are We Headed Into A Recession?
According to the Federal Reserve, “A recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.” In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how a recession could affect the housing market and what we should be doing in the meantime. 
27:28
June 23, 2022
Episode 61: The Art of Negotiation
Episode 61: The Art of Negotiation
Negotiation is one of the oldest tools of business. While the art of negotiation has evolved dramatically over the years the concept is still the same; get the best deal. If you're a real estate agent or a mortgage lender this is why you were hired. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they handle negotiations with clients and what are some of their best tricks and tips for getting exactly what their clients want and need. 
14:10
June 09, 2022
Episode 60: The Mid Year Review - Are Our 2022 Predictions Coming True?
Episode 60: The Mid Year Review - Are Our 2022 Predictions Coming True?
We're already in the middle of the year and it's time to review if the leading ladies were correct about their predictions back in January. Colleen and Alicia discuss what has come true, what has yet to happen, and what we can expect for the rest of 2022. 
15:45
June 02, 2022
Episode 59: Guest Host - Tracy Miller - Broker/Owner Butte Real Estate Group
Episode 59: Guest Host - Tracy Miller - Broker/Owner Butte Real Estate Group
Having a diverse background can make all the difference in business. The variations in perspectives and experiences can make businesses stronger in work performance, collaboration, and innovation. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia welcome guest host Tracy Miller Owner/Broker of Butte Real Estate Group to discuss her incredibly diverse background and how that diversity has helped her success in real estate. 
51:50
May 26, 2022
Episode 58: Crisis Management - Dealing With The Business Roller Coaster
Episode 58: Crisis Management - Dealing With The Business Roller Coaster
Being a business leader can be like riding a roller coaster: The ups and downs are endless.  No matter how smoothly things run the majority of the time, the occasional problem is inevitable, and when one pops up, your team will turn to you for guidance. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they navigate crises with employees, clients, and their businesses. 
23:47
May 19, 2022
Episode 57: Let's Talk HELOCs - Everything You Need To Know
Episode 57: Let's Talk HELOCs - Everything You Need To Know
Everything you need to know about your Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss what a HELOC is and when it's a good time to use it and when it's not a great time to use it. If you have a HELOC this is a great episode to tune into and learn from the experts. 
11:03
May 12, 2022
Episode 56: Supporting Other Women
Episode 56: Supporting Other Women
For years, women have been making massive strides in the realm of business, striving higher than ever before—and the support of other female entrepreneurs is a great way to boost that growth even further. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss the importance of supporting other women and promoting their successes. 
19:17
May 05, 2022
Episode 55: Building A Team - The Ups & Downs
Episode 55: Building A Team - The Ups & Downs
Building the best team you can is always important and is not only a financial investment but it is also an emotional investment.  In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they handle new hires and how hard it can be on the business and team when someone leaves. 
17:12
April 28, 2022
Episode 54: What Is Your Mortgage Lender Doing For You?
Episode 54: What Is Your Mortgage Lender Doing For You?
Mortgage lenders aren't interchangeable. They don't all do the same amount of work or advocate for their clients. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss what makes a good mortgage lender and what makes a GREAT lender. There is a difference in what they can get done for you. 
20:37
April 21, 2022
Episode 53: Alternative Products For Mortgage Lending
Episode 53: Alternative Products For Mortgage Lending
There is no doubt that real estate and mortgage lending are having a moment. With interest rates rising and inventory low, getting into a new home can be challenging. Today the Leading Ladies discuss alternative lending products that can help buyers get the funding they need to get into their dream home. The experts once again have lots of great advice. 
19:56
April 15, 2022
Episode 52: Mortgage Lending - How To Get Referrals
Episode 52: Mortgage Lending - How To Get Referrals
One of the best ways to get referrals is to partner with real estate agents who want to work with a trusted lender— someone dependable and willing to go the extra mile to help them close the deal. Today, Colleen and Alicia discuss strategies to help get more referrals from real estate agents and existing clients. 
14:35
April 07, 2022
Episode 51: How Do Realtors Get More Listings
Episode 51: How Do Realtors Get More Listings
In this tough real estate market getting a listing as a real estate agent is the holy grail. Today, Colleen and Alicia discuss how the real estate market has changed and give advice on how to get more client listings.  
10:47
March 31, 2022
Episode 50: Guest Host - Mom, Entrepreneur, and Influencer - Hillary Folkvord
Episode 50: Guest Host - Mom, Entrepreneur, and Influencer - Hillary Folkvord
Most of us wear many hats daily, boss, mom, teachers, mentor. Today, Colleen and Alicia talk with a total BA that wears many many hats,  Hillary Folkvord. The leading ladies discuss Hillary's success in business, building a brand, and being a mom of two young children. 
21:04
March 24, 2022
Episode 49: Dealing With Grief - What It Teaches Us
Episode 49: Dealing With Grief - What It Teaches Us
Whatever type of loss you’ve suffered, there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. But by understanding the stages and types of grief, you can find healthier ways to cope. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia are joined by guest host Sari Feenstra as they discuss the seven stages of grief and how it's a process that doesn't always have an end. 
17:56
March 17, 2022
Episode 48: News of The Weird - Wild Stories from the World of Real Estate
Episode 48: News of The Weird - Wild Stories from the World of Real Estate
Think you've got a crazy job?  From naked sellers to kissing plants goodbye to renters who can't bother to clean, the real estate market has some of the craziest cast of characters. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss some of the craziest and wildest experiences that they have had in real estate. Get ready to feel normal! 
14:11
March 10, 2022
Episode 47: New Reality - Resetting Your Expectations
Episode 47: New Reality - Resetting Your Expectations
After the past two years, no one knows what to expect next. Real estate is like the Wild Wild West these days. Today the Leading Ladies discuss resetting your real estate expectations and not fearing what's next. 
15:57
March 03, 2022
Episode 46: Momming Your Own Way - Guest Host Tara Bowman
Episode 46: Momming Your Own Way - Guest Host Tara Bowman
Momming is hard, and we often second guess ourselves. Being a mom can give you constant anxiety about how much we're messing them up or being a bad mom. Today Colleen and Alicia talk with mother of eight kids and real estate agent, Tara Bowman, about how we all feel like we're not doing enough or how we're barely making it...and how that's part of being a parent. 
32:43
February 24, 2022
Episode 45: Guest Host Tara Bowman - Engel & Volkers Western Montana Agent
Episode 45: Guest Host Tara Bowman - Engel & Volkers Western Montana Agent
Real Estate is one of the most competitive careers that a person can pursue, especially in today's market. Today Colleen and Alicia talk with new(ish) agent Tara Bowman of Engel and Volkers Western Frontier about her first year as an agent, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how changing careers paths can be the best thing to happen to you...no matter how old you are. 
44:05
February 18, 2022
Episode 44: Is Perception Really Reality?
Episode 44: Is Perception Really Reality?
Perception is not reality, but, admittedly, perception can become a person’s reality (there is a difference) because perception has a potent influence on how we look at reality. Have you ever gotten a text that you took as meaning one thing but when you got down to it the person texting meant something very different than what you interpreted? In todays episode Colleen and Alicia discuss how what perceptions they have had to overcome. 
21:32
February 10, 2022
Episode 43: Parenting Today vs "Old School" Parenting
Episode 43: Parenting Today vs "Old School" Parenting
Do you ever stop and think about how different the world that we live in today is, compared to when we were kids? You know, “the good old days?” In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss navigating the challenges of parenting in our new connected world. 
27:37
February 03, 2022
Episode 42: Guest Host PollyAnna Snyder - Engel & Volkers Broker - 2022 Predictions
Episode 42: Guest Host PollyAnna Snyder - Engel & Volkers Broker - 2022 Predictions
What will 2022 hold for us? Will interest rates go up? Will the housing market crash? In today's episode, the leading ladies discuss with guest host PollyAnna Snyder what 2022 might hold for us in the Gallatin Valley market. 
12:18
January 27, 2022
Episode 41: Guest Host PollyAnna Snyder - Engel & Volkers
Episode 41: Guest Host PollyAnna Snyder - Engel & Volkers
In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia are joined by guest host power broker, PollyAnna Snyder of Engel & Volkers. With four shops across Montana PollyAnna has a lot to share about how she landed in Montana and what she's done since she's been here. 
43:28
January 20, 2022
Episode 40: Prepping Your Home To Sell - Guest Host - Zane Wood
Episode 40: Prepping Your Home To Sell - Guest Host - Zane Wood
We all want to sell our homes fast and for top dollar. Properly prepping your home before listing it is critical. Zane Wood is back to share what home sellers need to know about preparing your home to sell. What to do and what may be good to leave for the new homeowners.
14:53
January 13, 2022
Episode 39: Alcohol & The Work Place - Guest Host Trecie Wheat Hughes
Episode 39: Alcohol & The Work Place - Guest Host Trecie Wheat Hughes
A little alcohol can boost creativity and strengthen social ties and help calm nerves in social situations. But when alcohol in the workplace becomes so prevalent it can lead to unforeseen consequences. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia, talk with guest hose Trecie Wheat Hughes of Yellowstone Brokers about the prevalence of alcohol in real estate, her battles as a young agent, and how she overcame those challenges. 
37:22
January 06, 2022
Episode 36: Strong Independent Woman and The Men That Love Them - Guest Hosts Tyler Rutz and Zane Wood
Episode 36: Strong Independent Woman and The Men That Love Them - Guest Hosts Tyler Rutz and Zane Wood
Today the Leading Ladies are joined by their significant others, Tyler Rutz and Zane Wood. In this episode, they dive into what it's like being married to strong, career-driven women and how they navigate the good, the challenging, and the things they couldn't live without.
42:37
December 30, 2021
Episode 38: That's a Wrap! 2021 Wrap Up & Predictions for 2022
Episode 38: That's a Wrap! 2021 Wrap Up & Predictions for 2022
Wow! 2021 flew by and it's time to reflect on what happened in the real estate and mortgage lending market over the past 12 months. Colleen and Alicia also discuss what they think will happen in 2022. Get ready for the experts to share what they predict for the next 12 months! 
21:19
December 30, 2021
Episode 37: Guest Hosts Trecie Wheat Hughes & Jackie Wickens - Yellowstone Brokers
Episode 37: Guest Hosts Trecie Wheat Hughes & Jackie Wickens - Yellowstone Brokers
Friends are in the studio today joining the Leading Ladies in Montana Real Estate!  Yellowstone Brokers owners Trecie Wheat Hughes and Jackie Wickens join Colleen and Alicia in the studio to discuss Montana Real Estate and their path to success.  
34:41
December 23, 2021
Episode 35: Why Is Failure Important For Success
Episode 35: Why Is Failure Important For Success
Failing is something we often try to avoid but failing is the key to learning what not to do. It can teach us valuable lessons about what not to do moving forward. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss what it means to fail, what we can learn from failure, and why failing doesn't mean you're a failure. 
11:47
December 09, 2021
Episode 34: Trusting Your Intuition - Special Guest Charlotte Durham
Episode 34: Trusting Your Intuition - Special Guest Charlotte Durham
Intuition can be hard to explain. We live in a data-driven world where information does just that; it informs. Sometimes that unexplainable feeling in your gut can veer you in a direction that data wasn't directing you towards. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia, along with special guest, Charlotte Durham, discuss when to trust your gut instincts and how, sometimes, trusting that instinct can be the best business move you can make. 
32:30
December 02, 2021
Episode 33: Happy Thanksgiving - Giving Thanks
Episode 33: Happy Thanksgiving - Giving Thanks
It's Turkey Day and it's the time of year to reflect on what we're thankful for. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia take a look back at the past 11 months how much this year has taught them, and all the things they are thankful for over this past epic year. 
10:08
November 25, 2021
Episode 32: What Happened to Zillow & What Does It Mean For You?
Episode 32: What Happened to Zillow & What Does It Mean For You?
If you're in the business of real estate, you may have heard a lot of news about Zillow and you may be asking yourself: What the heck is happening at Zillow? Today our experts, Colleen and Alicia,  discuss what the demise of Zillow means, why it's  happening, and what it means for everyone else. 
12:26
November 18, 2021
Episode 31: Special Guest - Charlotte Durham - Montana Luxury Real Estate Expert
Episode 31: Special Guest - Charlotte Durham - Montana Luxury Real Estate Expert
Today Colleen and Alicia get to talk shop with one of Montana's top producing real estate agents, Charlotte Durham. With almost a decade's worth of luxury deals in the real estate industry, Charlotte Durham has taken the Montana luxury real estate market by storm. Today we get to learn more about how she built her brand, how she balances work and life, and how becoming a mother has changed her perspectives. 
36:46
November 11, 2021
Episode 30: Wisdom is Sexy and It Comes with Age and (dare we say) Failure
Episode 30: Wisdom is Sexy and It Comes with Age and (dare we say) Failure
We as a society gravitate towards physical beauty but knowledge also plays a very important role in how attractive a person can be. In today's episode Colleen and Alicia with guest host, Louise Rainone, discuss how wisdom is sexy and it comes with life experience and, oftentimes, failure. 
33:18
November 04, 2021
Episode 29: Haters Gonna Hate
Episode 29: Haters Gonna Hate
Once you reach a certain level of success, there will inevitably be haters that you have to deal with. These are typically people that either do not share in your values or, more likely, are jealous of your accomplishments. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how to deal with the haters and what they have learned through the process of dealing with negativity. 
24:41
October 28, 2021
Episode 28: Transitions - Why Are They So Hard Even When It's Positive
Episode 28: Transitions - Why Are They So Hard Even When It's Positive
What makes transitions so hard, even if they are for the better? Why are we hardwired to resist change? In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss new changes for Colleen and how it's been hard even though it's been a goal since she was little. 
21:12
October 21, 2021
Episode 27: Special Guest Missy O'Malley - Front And Center - How To Navigate Being In The Public Eye
Episode 27: Special Guest Missy O'Malley - Front And Center - How To Navigate Being In The Public Eye
Special guest host, Missy O'Malley joins Colleen and Alicia to discuss how she handles being a person about town. How does being in the public eye constantly affect your personal life? How do you create a balance? All that and SO much more in this fun and truly entertaining episode.  
31:41
October 14, 2021
Episode 26: In Lending News - What's Going On In Mortgage Lending
Episode 26: In Lending News - What's Going On In Mortgage Lending
It's a wild world we're living in these days. In early 2021 we saw historically low mortgage interest rates and we've seen the rates bounce around since then. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss what is going on with mortgage lending, how it affects you and what you need to know moving forward. 
23:03
October 07, 2021
Episode 25: Why Are Realtors So Important?
Episode 25: Why Are Realtors So Important?
Sometimes there are things we can’t do ourselves because it requires skills, experience, and knowledge. Can you sell your house on your own? Perhaps. But is it a good idea? Probably not. Today Colleen and Alicia discuss why having a real estate agent is key to a successful sale and what can go wrong if you try to go at it alone. 
17:25
September 30, 2021
Episode 24: What Keeps You Up At Night?
Episode 24: What Keeps You Up At Night?
This world that we live in seems to be getting stranger every day. From Pandemics to the economy we seem to be living in a constant world of unknowns. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss what keeps them awake at night and how to cope with the things that you can't control. 
27:14
September 23, 2021
Episode 23: Are We In A Housing Bubble? Is this 2008 - 2.0?
Episode 23: Are We In A Housing Bubble? Is this 2008 - 2.0?
The housing market has been nuts, we all know that. But is a bubble that will burst like it did in 2008? In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss the housing market, what their expert eyes and ears are seeing and how it compares to 2008. 
19:59
September 16, 2021
Episode 22: Appraisals - What Is Happening?! - Guest Host Leland Reed
Episode 22: Appraisals - What Is Happening?! - Guest Host Leland Reed
We all know the housing market has been a bit nuts lately With offers coming in tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price how are appraisals stacking up. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia, along with power lender, Leland Reed discuss how to navigate situations when appraisals are coming in below the offer.
26:12
September 09, 2021
Episode 21: To Buy or Not To Buy Internet Leads - That is the Question
Episode 21: To Buy or Not To Buy Internet Leads - That is the Question
The 64,000 dollar question... are paid leads really worth it?  We all know we need lead generation, that's a given but how much should we invest, and what are the challenges. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss what has worked for them what hasn't and where they go from here. 
21:21
September 02, 2021
Episode 20: How to Keep Your Marriage Alive... & Thriving
Episode 20: How to Keep Your Marriage Alive... & Thriving
Relationships are continually evolving, and both parties are responsible for maintaining and investing in. Anyone who's in a relationship wants to know the secret recipe to making their love last. Every relationship is different, but there is something to be learned from couples who have managed to keep the spark alive for years or even decades.  In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they have navigated the transitions and the evolution in their relationships with their husbands and what they learned along the way. 
28:06
August 26, 2021
Episode 19: Being Grateful And The Practice of Gratitude
Episode 19: Being Grateful And The Practice of Gratitude
 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Bueller Sometimes it's hard to look and round and show your application for what you do have. In today's episode, Colleen, Alicia, and guest, Leland Reed, discuss how they stay grounded and stay thankful for all opportunities that have come their way. 
25:03
August 19, 2021
Episode 18: Learning To Delegate - It's Hard!
Episode 18: Learning To Delegate - It's Hard!
As business owners delegating tasks can be one of the hardest things to do. It's even hard for those that AREN'T control freaks so how do we navigate passing the torch on to your team? In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they handle delegating responsibilities and the lessons learned along the way. 
27:42
August 12, 2021
Episode 17: Special Guest - Leland Reed of Engels & Volkers Talks Montana Real Estate
Episode 17: Special Guest - Leland Reed of Engels & Volkers Talks Montana Real Estate
Let's Talk Real Estate! In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia talk with guest Leland Reed of Engel & Volkers Western Frontier out of Missoula, Montana. The Leading Ladies of Montana discuss everything from starting in your real estate career to client support to juggle the home and work. This is a do not miss episode! 
33:44
August 05, 2021
Episode 16: 2021 - Second Half of 2021 Housing and Financing Predictions
Episode 16: 2021 - Second Half of 2021 Housing and Financing Predictions
It's been a hell of a year for the housing market. Now that we are halfway through the year Colleen and Alicia make their predictions for what will happen for the remainder of 2021. If you're wondering what the experts are hearing and seeing this is THE Episode. 
24:07
July 29, 2021
Episode 15: Mom Guilt - It's real and it's toxic
Episode 15: Mom Guilt - It's real and it's toxic
What is mom guilt? It simply means that as a mom you feel like you're never doing enough, not doing things right, or making decisions that may “mess up” your kids in the long run. It's real and it can plague you. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they deal with mom guilt and why being gentle with yourself matters. 
26:39
July 22, 2021
Episode 14: Asking for THE opportunity
Episode 14: Asking for THE opportunity
Whether you are asking for a job, for an interview, for an investment, or for a personal loan, you are the one asking for the opportunity, which means the other person has something you want, and that person also has all the power not to give it to you. How do you navigate the ask? In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how to ask for the opportunity and navigate the positives and negatives of the ask. 
26:13
July 15, 2021
Episode 13: Woman in Business - Guest Suzi Berget White Prospera Business Network, Business Development Director
Episode 13: Woman in Business - Guest Suzi Berget White Prospera Business Network, Business Development Director
The number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. continues to grow each year, but many still need help getting started. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia talk with guest Suzi Berget White, Business Development Director at Prospera Women's Business Network. Suzi shares how her non-profit organization can help small businesses and entrepreneurs launch and maintain their dreams of being business owners. 
24:38
July 08, 2021
Episode 12: The Evolution of Passion Throughout Your Career
Episode 12: The Evolution of Passion Throughout Your Career
Our dreams are like seeds that grow and evolve over time and experience. Passion and drive will more than likely change, evolve, and morph over the decades and lifetime of your career. In today's episode, Colleen and Alica discuss how their passion and drive have evolved from the beginning of their careers to today and what they envision for the future. 
17:13
July 01, 2021
Episode 11: How To Sell Without Being "Salesy"
Episode 11: How To Sell Without Being "Salesy"
Everyone hates to be sold to. The images that are conjured up are of used car salesmen in cheap suits but in reality, every business owner is selling ALL THE TIME. How do you sell without coming across as that used car salesman? The techniques that often make customers uncomfortable are often simply poor sales skills. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss their approach to bring in new clients and how sales should be an act of service enjoyed by both customer and provider. 
29:46
June 24, 2021
Episode 10: Staying Motivated In Business
Episode 10: Staying Motivated In Business
Effective self-motivation is one of the main things that distinguishes high-achieving professionals from others. So how can you keep pushing onward, even when you don’t feel like it? In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they keep their passion, drive and teams motivated even when they don't always feel like it. 
18:43
June 17, 2021
Episode 09: "Love Letters"
Episode 09: "Love Letters"
More and more often buyers are writing "love letters" to entice a seller to choose their offer. These love letters often share information about why a buyer should be chosen and why they would love the house if picked by the seller. These practices are coming under more and more scrutiny. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how to navigate the love letter practice and why more listing agents are shying away from the practice. 
20:24
June 10, 2021
Episode 08: Dealing With Uncertainty
Episode 08: Dealing With Uncertainty
Life is full of uncertainty about the future. While many things may be out of your control, your mindset is key to coping with difficult circumstances and confidently facing the unknown. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia talk about how they navigate the uncertainty in the constantly changing world of real estate and mortgage lending. 
18:16
June 03, 2021
Episode 07: Prequalified vs. Preapproved - What you need to know
Episode 07: Prequalified vs. Preapproved - What you need to know
Pre-qualified and preapproved are often used interchangeably in casual conversation BUT they are actually VERY different. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia talk about what you must know about these two terms and how they can greatly affect your entire home buying experience. 
25:40
May 27, 2021
Episode 06: Creating Boundaries In Business
Episode 06: Creating Boundaries In Business
Setting boundaries with clients can cause a lot of angst, especially if you’re not clear where your boundaries lie. When client's requests go above and beyond the scope of work, how comfortable are you addressing these requests or saying no?  As a business owner, it’s up to you to protect your time, energy, and emotional health. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss how they set boundaries and stick to them with their clients, partners, and employees. 
19:23
May 20, 2021
Episode 05: Finding The Perfect Business Coach and Mentor
Episode 05: Finding The Perfect Business Coach and Mentor
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” – Bob Proctor  In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia discuss the value and importance of finding a good business coach and mentor, what it can do for your business, your mindset, and your ability to achieve your goals. 
21:41
May 13, 2021
Episode 04: First Time Home Buying - What You Need To Know
Episode 04: First Time Home Buying - What You Need To Know
Like any major project, a wonderful homebuying experience is all about understanding the details from start to finish. Buying a home can be challenging and anxiety-ridden for a first-time homebuyer. There are so many steps, tasks, and requirements, which can make anyone nervous about making a mistake. Today Colleen and Alica give you all the insider tips to make your first-time home buying process easy and stress-free. Take notes from the pros as they walk you through every aspect of your first home purchase. 
25:08
May 06, 2021
Episode 03: How To Build An Effective and Successful Team
Episode 03: How To Build An Effective and Successful Team
Building a successful team is about more than finding a group of people with the right mix of professional skills. In today's episode, Colleen and Alicia will discuss how they pick the right teams and how they navigate the complexity of personalities, compensation, and work ethic. 
27:36
April 29, 2021
Episode 02: The Work-Life Balance Challenge
Episode 02: The Work-Life Balance Challenge
Mom, Parent, Boss, Leader, Wife, Partner, Mentor, Sister, Friend....we have to juggle so much these days. How do we navigate it all? The question is: Is it possible to create a satisfying work-life balance and still maintain your sanity? Colleen and Alicia discuss the challenges and complex nature of finding the right mix of career and family. 
28:58
April 23, 2021
Episode 01: Manifestation - Speak what you want into existence
Episode 01: Manifestation - Speak what you want into existence
THE BIRTH OF A PODCAST - Colleen Wood and Alicia Rutz have worked in real estate for over 15 years.  They have worked through some of the most challenging times in real estate and lived to tell about it. Now they are sharing their adventures in Montana real estate, motherhood, and business leadership with the world. In this episode, you will be introduced to the dynamic duo and learn about where they are going to take you on this podcast today and into the future.  Enjoy the ride! 
28:34
April 15, 2021