About Brown Bear Real Estate

Since 2001, Brown Bear Real Estate has helped folks find the perfect home or acreage in North Central Washington State. The small and independent office offers personalized attention and a wealth of local knowlege. We invite you to stop by and say "Hi."

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Meet Gina Romero - Owner of Brown Bear Real Estate

Gina purchased Brown Bear Real Estate in February of 2020. Gina was born and raised in King County, Washington, and moved to Kitsap County with her husband after they married. She served the greater Puget Sound Area as a real estate agent before moving to Republic in 2019 to start a farm with her family and to further her real estate career. Some of Gina’s hobbies when she isn’t showing and selling homes is gardening, horseback riding with her kids, beekeeping, hiking, and hunting with her husband.



Meet Diana Brown

Diana’s professional career started in banking. She then became a licensed real estate agent in 1991 and is currently licensed in both Washington State and California.

Diana first purchased property in Ferry County in 1998. She was drawn to the area by friends who lived on the Kettle River. The attraction to the area began as a place where she could go to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with little regulation and few people. It later grew into an appreciation of a small community that was dedicated to what some may call “old-fashioned values.” Values that say a person’s word is as good as gold.

The Ferry County community is focused on its most important asset; its schools and children. The community literally revolves around its “junior” citizens. Whether it’s a 4-H show, an annual county fair or an ongoing school program, these activities are well attended and the kid’s achievements are enthusiastically celebrated.

One of the most delightful aspects of Ferry County is that you know your neighbors. And, while you may not always agree, you can always count on them to be there for you; no matter what.

So, this combination of a small-town community, loads of fresh air, clean water, and abundant wildlife is why Diana is a truly “at home” in Ferry County. She resides in a home on the Kettle River with her Sweetheart Ron, dogs Buddy and Sweet Pea and a crazy feline named Bonita (aka Chez-Whiz).


Meet Christie Romero

After raising her family and working as a loan officer and a volunteer in the Hispanic community, Christie became a real estate broker in 2018 and has served the Greater Puget Sound Area. She has recently started working in the Ferry County community as well. She is passionate about helping her clients find and attain their perfect real estate solutions! In her free time, Christie likes to crochet, bake, garden, read, and spend time with her many grandchildren.


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Meet Tristan Romero
Tristan is an overachiever in all he sets out to accomplish. Tristan volunteers with the City Council in his free time and really enjoys helping out in community related activities. He is the Office Manager at Brown Bear Real Estate as well as Gina Romero's business partner and son. Whether he is traipsing through remote vacant land or answering phones, he always has a smile and is ready to help serve his clients' real estate needs.

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Meet Arleen Tolliver

Arleen was born and raised in Ferry County and her roots run deep with family homesteads in the area. The Tollivers owned property close to the Canadian border by Laurier and the Eslick family farmed a 300 acre ranch above Orient. After graduating out of Civil Engineering Technology in Spokane, WA in 1981, Arleen was recruited by Valley Title Guarantee and began a career in the title industry that lasted over 37 years. And, many of you will know Arleen from Columbia Title & Escrow or from the Stevens County Assessor's office. Arleen absolutely loves living and working in Ferry County. Her knowledge of the title and escrow side of real estate will prove to be a real asset to her new clients at Brown Bear Real Estate.


Meet Ron Piekaar

Ron has lived in Ferry County since 1999. After retiring as a licensed general contractor and a certified pre-purchase building inspector for the real estate industry in southern California, Ron bought a little cabin on the Kettle River in Curlew. He remodeled it into a beautiful home. Ron likes to keep active and enjoys helping people so he got his real estate license and went back to work! Ron is happily married and has two miniature Dachshunds. Off hours are spent golfing, and RV camping with family and friends. He enjoys helping people find the property of their dreams and has a special knack for structuring offers that get accepted. Stop by the office and make a new friend.