For Stacey Mathers and Sari Cobb, starting a real estate firm together is about more than serving customers and selling houses.
To them, it's about honoring a friend and former co-worker.
Mathers and Cobb have decided to break away from American Northwest Realty, where they have worked for two and seven years, respectively, to start Cornerstone Realty at 529 Yampa Ave. Kim Cox, who is also leaving American Northwest, will be an agent for them.
In July, American Northwest owner and broker Georgina McAnally died. The partners said their decision to leave had nothing to do with her passing, but they hope to someday live up to her standard of customer service.
"If anything, we're taking a little bit of her with us, and we hope to emulate her brokerage style. ... We have big shoes to fill," Cobb said.
The women agreed that they were ready for an opportunity to run their own business, and that the timing was right.
Cobb and Mathers signed the lease for the building at the former Dollar Craze store on Nov. 5 and have been bustling ever since.
On Nov. 6, 7 and 8, the women took their broker administration class to become broker-owners. In the meantime, their husbands, Tom Mathers and Chuck Cobb, built walls in the office for the women to paint. Now, they are bringing in furniture and working to meet their Dec. 1 opening date. In addition, they are compiling the three policy manuals necessary to open their own office.
"We're having a lot of fun," Cobb said. "We're having a ball."
Mathers said their decision to go into business together is a sign of their friendship.
"We feel like sisters," she said. "We're on the same wavelength."
Cobb said she was happy to be in a partnership with someone whom she can trust.
"We both have strengths," Cobb said, "and they complement each other well."