"Three years ago, my husband and I
started looking for a new retreat location in North Idaho
as we knew our current home, while good and fortified, would
not last if TEOTWAWKI came. I did some research and found
Revolutionary Realty through a prepper blog that I frequent.
After checking out Chris Walsh's website, I felt that he
knew a thing or two about solar power and windmills as he
had detailed out his own experiences. Other agents when
I inquired on properties acted like I was crazy when I started
asking questions or better yet, ignored my questions and
just wanted to show me the property. Not only did he have
a very easy to navigate property search, he quickly made
contact with me on the phone to ask questions on what our
goals were and to get a better understanding of where we
were and what we needed. Chris was so patient with me as
I would send him dozens of listings while I was trying to
narrow down what to see when we came to visit. He was open
and very honest about each property. It's so tough to tell
or learn a area from 1100 miles away but with his help,
I learned the area before I even got there. His knowledge
of the outlying areas was incredible. From what parts had
bad sun exposure, water issues, too easily accessible or
not defensible, he was able to explain almost every properties
pros and cons so we could better utilize our time when we
got there. Out of the five we ended up narrowing it down
too, we ended up writing a offer on the perfect location
that was more property and a better value than I expected
to find. Even when we were in escrow, we needed a new easement
deeded to us and he helped us lay it out so it looks like
the road just dead ended. No one knows, except for a few
neighbors now, that we live in that enchanted forest! Chris
is still there for us three years later and is a wealth
of knowledge for us to learn from. I send all of our Prepper
friends to him as he is the real deal and a huge asset to
the Idaho prepping community." - M.H.
"I was first introduced to Chris Walsh
through a friend who was considering a move to Idaho. He
came highly recommended.
If you are looking for a nice home in a suburban neighborhood
then I'm sure Chris could be of help to you but that is
not where Chris stands out from other professionals. If
you are looking for a home with strategic relocation in
mind than you will find an invaluable resource in Chris.
Chris is a walking encyclopedia on ideal location, terrain,
security, and prepping in general. In him you will find
a strong ally in your transaction even when dealing with
difficult personalities. His negotiation on my behalf saved
me countless hours of frustration. He also prevented me
from considering several properties I was interested in
by pointing out their less than desirable locations from
a strategic standpoint. I was saved many hours of research
and found many valuable answers on his website and in speaking
with him in person. This is THE realtor I recommend to friends
and family. And I might add that I should be charging you
for this information, his counsel is that valuable."
"In 2013, we began looking for property
that we could use as a retreat. We have become awakened
to the many different ways that could cause us to be unsafe
in our home in the city. My husband found Chris Walsh's
website and sent me the link. I thought "this is the
guy we need!" My husband spoke to him once or twice
and then I spoke to him. We met with Chris and he sent us
some properties to look at on line, and I sent him some
properties I found. He is very knowledgeable about the area,
the homes we should look at, those we should not consider
and was very specific about why. Eventually we settled on
a few properties and he took us around to look at them.
It was an entertaining and educational experience. Chris
is one-of-a-kind. He has an in-depth knowledge about prepping
and loves to share it.
Chris was invaluable to us. We were new to prepping, a
little panicky about making sure we did it right and neither
my husband nor I possess skills in most areas necessary
to be prepared for an emergency. He helped us find a place
that was well below our budget, but it left us with enough
money to do more to be prepared. He took us to his home
and showed us what he has done. He gave us tremendous ideas
about what we needed to do. He gave us hours and hours of
advice on how to set up a "legitimate" (as he
calls it) solar system that now powers our cabin completely.
He helped us to figure out the best place to do it on our
property, and even taught me a little about electricity
which I thought was impossible. We got tips and advice about
storing food and gasoline, how to best defend ourselves,
how best to fish out of the local lake and he even came
up once or twice to check on us and answer some questions.
We spent the summer putting in our solar system and we followed
his careful instructions and it worked out really well.
I suspect we saved tens of thousands of dollars by following
his well-researched advice. Honestly, I don't know what
we would have done without him.
In the end, we became friends. Chris is much more than
a Realtor. He truly cares about the people he finds properties
for and has a heart of gold." - .
"Our search for property with Chris
Walsh and Revolutionary Realty was a total success. His
vast knowledge of the area, preparedness principles, and
the microclimate were crucial in wading through hundreds
of potential properties. Our criteria was strict and demanding
based on our philosophical approach. We are preparedness-minded,
seek self-sufficiency, grow most of our own food, and are
starting multiple businesses as serial entrepreneurs. His
unconventional approach and unique perspective as a preparedness-minded
realtor were invaluable in finding a property that met all
of our parameters. His work exceeded our expectations in
terms of time saved, communication expected, and the speed
with which we accomplished our goal.
What we appreciated most about working with Chris and his
team (from 7000 miles away) was his ability to cut through
the plethora of available properties by providing us ground
truth and telling us flat out when a property would not
work for us. We highly recommend Chris Walsh and Revolutionary
Realty for any individual who is preparedness-minded, interested
in sustainable living, or just wants a straight shooter
who will work tirelessly for his client. The proof is in
the pudding: we are extremely satisfied with our property."
"We were searching for remote property
and received a recommendation from trusted friends that
Revolutionary Reality and Chris Walsh were the "go
to" regional trusted resource for honesty, knowledge,
responsiveness and information.
We contacted Chris and he took the time to both engage
in learning what we were looking for and working to understand
how to meet our expectations. He and his real estate business
are unique in that remote properties can be many miles distant
and challenging to evaluate suitability. Chris and his associated
resources, identified several suitable properties literally
in a 100 mile radius of his location. He drove miles to
meet us and personally led and toured the properties. He
was as critical of each property as we were through out
the process. Chris is a resource for Prepper based information,
is willing to share his expertise and when requested, his
opinion. Expect him to care that you are protected, that
the area and property have the resources suitable for your
particular wish list and that your expectations are both
reasonable and attainable.
For us, we purchased exactly what we needed and desired.
Chris worked through our extensive list of questions and
concerns by securing the data from both Federal, State and
the local jurisdictions to clearly answer each requirement.
We felt that Chris was looking out for us and our best interest,
every step of the way. Ultimately, Chris walked us through
the entire purchasing process and secured highly skilled
firms to complete our acquisition in literally a 10 day
period. Since our purchase, Chris has continued his service
after the sale through information, contacts and recommendations.
He continues to offer cost savings ideas and direction as
his after the purchase client relationship, with us, meets
the same high degree of service commitment.
Revolutionary Reality and Chris Walsh are expert in listening
to his clients, questioning to understand what is critical,
and then applying that information to the property search.
Each clients needs are unique and we are proud to give Chris
our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for a job very well
done!" - S. & P.
"We had a wonderful experience with
Chris Walsh as a realtor to find us a property well-suited
for prepping. His insight into knowing the needs of a prepper
was excellent. Chris' knowledge of the area and available
properties was superior and he was able to direct us to
the perfect piece of property within our budget. His understanding
of alternative power and water sources, security, location
and other needs of a prepper is excellent and a rare find.
Chris is very personable and easy to work with as well as
very professional and thorough. We highly recommend Chris
to anyone looking to purchase and develop a prepper homestead."
"When we decided it was time to trade
our hectic big-city life for one of sustainability and self
sufficiency, Idaho was on our short list. After making some
contacts on a relocation forum, we were directed to Chris
Walsh and Revolutionary Reality.
Chris was full of information and always happy to answer
any of our questions or concerns. We planned a vacation
to Northern Idaho to meet Chris and look at areas and properties.
Upon our first meeting over breakfast, Chris mapped out
areas for us to check out. He had plenty of information
about each area, what to look for, and what to avoid. Every
property we were interested in, Chris would look them over
from a self sufficiency and sustainable perspective.
Revolutionary Realty and Chris were great to work with,
and even long after the sale, Chris is rarely more than
a phone away should we have questions on how things work
here in Idaho, whether about real estate or self sufficiency."
- C. & F.
"We heard about Chris Walsh on the
John Jacob Schmidt show on Radio Free Redoubt. Immediately
after listing our previous house (in another state) we gave
Chris a call. It took much longer to sell our home than
we had hoped, but Chris faithfully kept us updated on properties
available. He was even an encouragement to us when things
fell through with one potential buyer. When the time came,
he was up early to show us properties. Although we had spent
numerous hours researching, Chris knew the areas well and
was able to inform us of many details that we might not
have otherwise known. He gave us suggestions on ways of
becoming more energy efficient on our new off-grid home.
When it came to signing paperwork he was helpful in answering
our questions so that it was all done correctly.
We are thrilled to be moved (okay, we still have some unpacked
boxes), excited to begin this new adventure, and comforted
knowing that we are right in the place and on the property
that God has just for our family. We would most definitely
recommend Chris Walsh to anyone looking for a prepper type
property." - D. F.
"We first learned about Chris from
a friend of ours in Oklahoma. Our friend recommended that
we check out Chris' website about the American Redoubt.
My husband, Steve, and I were very impressed with the amount
of information we received from the site and called Chris
to help us with finding a property in Northern Idaho. We
were doubly impressed with Chris after talking with him
on the phone and then meeting him in CDA. Chris gave us
valuable information on the properties and locations to
consider for purchase.
I checked real estate listings daily for over a year, calling
Chris many times for his expertise. Chris was always honest
about the properties and why they were or were not what
we should purchase. Bless his heart, he went out many times,
in the snow, to check places for us.
We finally found our perfect home, on Chris' website, and
love our home in Idaho. Chris was with us all through the
process and beyond. We are so grateful for all his help
and encouragement in finding a home with like minded neighbors
in a place that is still America." -S. & R. S.
"My husband and I have had numerous
opportunities to work with a variety of real estate companies,
both buying and selling properties. These were not always
positive interactions. When we decided to make Northern
Idaho our final destination in life, we started our search
on the internet. Our search led us to Chris Walsh at Revolutionary
Realty. Best real estate decision we have ever made. Chris
encouraged us to familiarize ourselves with Northern Idaho.
While this didn't get us right into the down and dirty,
Dream home search, it did open our eyes to where our Dream
home should be! When we finally began our search, Chris
was invaluable as a Buyer's Agent. Most Agents work for
the seller, and have no loyalty to the Buyer. Chris made
sure we were knowledgeable buyers about all the homes we
looked at, giving us the necessary information to make an
informed decision. Once we located the home for us, Chris
continued to be there and provide advice, as well as support.
We, like most buyers, started our search by prequalifying
through our lender. After our offer had been accepted, we
had a month of jumping through hoops, sending the same information
over and over again, to the bank, when they notified us
that they were unable to follow through on their end of
the bargain. Needless to say, the deal almost didn't go
through. Again, while we were ready to throw in the towel
and just walk away, it was because of Chris that we were
able to close the deal. He orchestrated things flawlessly,
allowing two different homes to close, collaborating with
the bank, two other real estate agents, the home inspector,
the well people, the title company and only God knows who
else. We were in awe with how everything went. We now have
the rest of our lives to live in paradise! Now that the
home is ours, Chris continues to provide guidance and help
us get settled. He has made us feel like family and welcomed
us Home! If anyone asks us, who we would recommend to guide
them through this rigorous and tedious journey, our response
will be Chris Walsh and Revolutionary Realty! Thanks Chris!"
- P. M.
"I was living in a metropolitan area
of 2 million+ on a typical city lot longing for years to
build a life that was "positively" reflective
of the times we all find ourselves. As well as building
a more rewarding lifestyle that was robust and resilient
to the multitude of forces undermining a sensible, sustainable
and ethical existence, I desired a multigenerational homestead
that would ensure the basic needs/income for my loved ones
over a time horizon of decades or (hopefully) longer.
Knowing one of the most vital decisions and actions would
be the choice of land and its surrounding area I began my
search. My solo attempts and those attempts with "traditional"
realtors whom seemed locked in a price per square foot paradigm
as well as an innocent lack and/or depth of knowledge of
how a piece of land can be harnessed to meet MY individual
goals were an epic failure and tremendous time drain.
It became clear that the "unknown unknowns" can
and will deform even the best intentions. Compound that
with limitations inherent to time restrictions and distance
considerations it was imperative I enlist the expertise
of a professional that would act a a force multiplier for
my vision. The purchase of land would be a definitive choice
and one that would have the most impact on nearly everything
else in my plan. Enter Chris Walsh. My experience with Mr.
Walsh exceeded my most pressing expectations. The months
of "work" searching to no avail seemed to be distilled
down in our first couple phone calls. His actual judgement
and his comprehensive coherence is first rate and paired
with his seemingly natural active listening habits I soon
discovered I had a valuable new member on my team. Chris
gave freely of his time and knowledge and pulled no punches
as far as I can tell. Chris WAS my eyes and ears and carried
my sensibilities well when viewing properties I asked him
to. Chris provided informational material and added his
"mental texture" and accurate context, which,
when combined with his expertise and clear understanding
of my goals, created a foundation from where I was able
to make a proper, wise and prudent decision.
It has been about four months since I purchased the piece
of property that Chris played a pivotal role in bringing
to my attention. I now call it home and the phrase "Home
Sweet Home" finally rings true for me. The homestead
is progressing at an astounding rate in large part because
of the lands innate characteristics that Chris identified
and analyzed at the onset. His analysis has assisted greatly
in my land management plan. Not to mention the breathtaking
beauty I am fully immersed in everyday. Nearly everyday
my gratitude for Chris's valuable assistance grows. I've
been "Counting Coup" every day I've been on the
homestead. I highly recommend his services to anyone who
is ready to not only just take action but to do it with
focus, clarity, purpose, integrity and a vision. No fear."
"My wife and I had been searching
for property for a number of years all over Idaho.
We finally settled on n.idaho as the majority of our family
is there. I came across Chris' contact info from a property
I looked at. I gave him my perimeters ( you know, 100 acres
with running water, surrounded by forest, amazing views,
not too far from town and with decent roads for about 150k!!
You know like everyone is looking for.) He was very professional
and didn't physically laugh out loud, instead he gathered
my information and set about compiling about a half a dozen
properties for me to look at. I told him that I would self
tour and I would let him know what I thought. He gave me
a synopsis of each of the areas I was going to look at,
he was spot on With his assessment of the areas. I must
confess, I view agents in about the same light as car salesmen
say whatever you need to sign the deal and caveat emptor
if YOU didn't find out about the issues running with the
property tough luck. Chris was incredibly honest, to the
point I thought" dude you're scaring me off this one".
Chris was an amazing wealth of knowledge and was very generous
with his personal experiences good and bad. I can give a
wholehearted endorsement to Chris and Revolutionary Realty
based on our experience." - E. V.
"How can we thank you for all the
help, advice, guidance, mentoring, etc. that you have provided
both during our search for property and every step of the
way since? We fell head over heels in love with North Idaho
from our first trip and quickly narrowed our search for
the perfect retirement haven/hunting property to the panhandle.
You understood what we wanted better than we did ourselves
and although the property we purchased didn't meet what
we thought our criteria should be, you understood what we
couldn't articulate and found us the perfect spot!
While we don't consider ourselves "preppers"
necessarily; and weren't originally looking for "off-the-grid"
many of the qualities of our land search dove-tailed with
those philosophies and without your guidance and sharing
of your knowledge and confidence, we probably would've skipped
right over our "perfect place" as the thought
of being off-grid would have been overwhelming.
Not only did we find the perfect realtor to help us realize
our dreams, we have found a friend.
Thank you." - R. & J. S.
"In 2013 our family was disappointed
with the state of our government and economy and discussed
moving toward a state that offered more freedom and individual
liberty. North Idaho was on our short list so we decided
a road trip was in order to search and explore beyond what
we could read and see online. As we were planning the trip
we found the website for Revolutionary Realty which led
us to believe Chris Walsh's values were aligned with ours
and he might be a good person to assist with our search.
Before calling Chris we spent hours doing our research by
looking at properties online and thought we had an area
narrowed down and some MLS numbers we wanted to view. We
contacted Chris and discussed our list while describing
what we wanted: a country setting with water, pasture for
animals, wooded area, improvements, one or two houses, a
reasonable distance from town, the ability to shoot/hunt
on our property, and a defensible layout.
With a quick email back the following morning Chris was
able to help us disqualify many of the properties we wanted
to view because he had already evaluated them and explained
the disadvantages of each. One was too far out, one had
a steep driveway that would have been difficult in the winter,
one was near to a rock quarry, another did not have any
defensible space, etc. We were shocked at Chris' immediate
depth of knowledge about each property - turns out he had
inspected and evaluated them already! He sent us a list
based on our criteria and recommended we view them online
and check them during our trip. In addition he steered us
clear of an area that looked good, but in the long run he
thought another area would be better suited for us. We made
the trip, met up with Chris and he showed us the perfect
property very quickly - naturally it was on his list. We
decided very quickly to sell everything and move.
But that was not the end of the story. As we made the offer
we were informed the seller had another buyer so they asked
for the best offer from both parties. Discussing strategy
with Chris we let him know that we found exactly what we
wanted and knew it from the first time we looked at it.
He asked what we liked and what our plans were going to
be. He helped us compare value to other properties for sale
and our family decided to increase our offer. Chris then
asked if we would allow him to write a letter to the seller
to be submitted with our offer and we agreed. Chris described
who we were, how much we loved the property, and tried to
comfort the seller that the new buyers were good people
and described our future plans for their property. The offers
from both parties were very similar, but it was Chris' letter
that that impressed the seller so much that our offer was
accepted! Thanks to Chris we now have a wonderful family
property in the perfect setting and we could not be happier.
I highly recommend Chris Walsh to anyone looking for a property
in North Idaho. Chris' knowledge of the market and properties
offered for sale is top notch. He answered all of our questions
and gave us some very insightful and useful information
specific to North Idaho that has made our transition more
comfortable and enjoyable." -F. L.
"I want to once again thank you for
all you did to assist us in finding and purchasing our mountain
property. As a business man who has bought and sold numerous
commercial, residential, and investment properties over
the last two and a half decades, I had lost sight of the
importance of having the right representative when purchasing
real estate. Most real estate professionals' focus on listing
properties and have a "let the buyer beware attitude".
As my representative, I appreciated the fact that you listened
to and understood first and foremost our needs in acquiring
a self-sustaining or survival property.
Your process did an excellent job of keeping us focused
on that which was important in securing a property that
has the natural resources necessary given our unique family
circumstances. There were many properties listed online
in Northern Idaho that claimed to have what we needed or
what we were looking for in a survival property. They all
looked good on paper but as an out-of-state buyer we had
no way of knowing or verifying if a property was right for
us. As such, I especially appreciated your ability to survey
the properties to quickly assess/verify a properties ability
to meet our specific needs. Your process kept us focused
and helped us stay on track in finding the RIGHT property
vs. any property that was listed within our "price-range"
as a so-called survival property. Lastly and most importantly
you went above and beyond the call of duty to see to it
that once an offer was presented and accepted, that we would
not lose the property during the escrow process.
Again, being from out-of-state we were not versed on the
rules or ways of going from offer to close and I'm confident
that without your representation/guidance, we would have
lost the property that we now own. Therefore, I would highly
recommend Revolutionary Realty to anyone that is considering
the purchase of a self-sustaining property or homestead
in Northern Idaho. " - S.T.
"A few years ago we sat down to map
out some goals. Near the top was to plan our 'escape' from
Colorado since the state is rapidly following California
in the race to the bottom. During the next couple of years
we scoured the southeast quadrant of Wyoming looking for
an ideal property to carry out our plan. Talk about an educational
experience - we were pretty much on our own trying to sort
out all the local quirks and gotchas. Finding a realtor
that would return our calls was rare; getting any useful
information was even more difficult. Gradually we came to
the conclusion that Wyoming was not the right place so we
widened the search to include Montana and Idaho. Chris had
come to my attention via a podcast so I reached out to him
prior to an exploratory trip to Idaho.
After our prior experience with realtors, Chris was a real
breath of fresh air. His approach was unconventional but
he was very responsive to our many questions and very knowledgeable
about the area. We met for breakfast and after some discussion
Chris gave us a map and some suggestions for checking out
the area. He took the time to understand our goals and objectives
plus he wanted to make sure we understood the area and culture.
He was very focused on making sure we made a wise purchase
decision from the start. It was clear he wanted to make
the right sale for us, not just make a sale. We spent a
lot of time driving around the area to check out potential
properties and then sent our list to Chris for feedback.
He spent a lot of time explaining the pros and cons of each
piece of property. He was aware of issues like access to
water, the character of each community, proximity to trains
and actual buildable / useable area. Chris had explained
that buying a home on property was a much better value than
buying bare land and we quickly found that to be true.
Once we decided to make an offer Chris provided the necessary
guidance to close the deal. He bent over backwards to get
a quality contractor on site to obtain an estimate for some
repairs discovered by the inspector. As a result we were
able to work with the seller to get the issues resolved
without delaying the closing. Chris has also been available
for questions about the area after our closing and has continued
to provide wise counsel as we prepare to move to Idaho.
We found Chris to be trustworthy, knowledgeable and diligent.
He put our best interests above his own. We would highly
recommend you contact Chris if you are looking for property
in Northern Idaho." - M.R.
A Couples Experience:
Chris Walsh is not just a fantastic realtor with exceptional
knowledge and experience in many things but also a highly
valuable buyers and/or sellers agent and worthy personal
representative who goes far beyond the usual call of duty.
He has taken the shirt off his back to help us find a home
in Northern Idaho and successfully negotiate the purchase
in record time.
I learned of Chris after reading valuable information from
his well designed web site and ventured a call to solicit
his help in searching for a property. I did not give him
much notice when I let him know that we planned our first
trip to Northern Idaho and were arriving in one week. He
went right to work and lost sleep searching the MLS for
property matching our criterion. I knew he was a serious
player when I learned he had spent the entire night after
we called him searching the MLS for us. He sent us back
89 listings that we then narrowed to 10 to see on the next
Saturday. He did not promise us anything he could not deliver
but was hopeful we would make the day productive. We met
Chris early that Saturday morning and began a world class
tour of the area as we followed him in our car with him
narrating our drive and openly sharing with us the ins and
outs of the area. We had just visited three properties,
when we felt very good about one in particular that he had
not yet visited personally but was offered by another realtor.
He did not baulk at the suggestion of our making an offer
on that property so quickly despite the fact that it was
not his listing and knowing full well he was to split the
commission with the other realtor. We finished the day seeing
all 10 homes without taking a break to be sure we toured
them all and were satisfied with our choice.
There was no pressure from Chris whatsoever but we were
allowed to make our decision independently. In the rush
of it all we had neglected to make hotel reservations and
Chris went far out of his way to be sure we were well accommodated
before our trip back home the next day. The escrow experience
was streamlined by Chris and his associates who made sure
we closed on time and he has not ceased to be very supportive
in being sure we were comfortably settled in at our new
place. I cannot say enough good about Chris Walsh not only
as a valuable real estate professional but now as an amazing
friend in our new home town.
I called Chris Walsh on very short notice before my first
trip to northern Idaho. First, he went through the MLS and
scoured 100 homes to match my needs through the night. He
narrowed them down to 10 homes. We began our search from
early in the morning until dinner time. I did not want to
take a break, so we both missed lunch. But he was fine with
that. I looked at each of the 10 homes and realized the
3rd one already met my expectations and more. He recommended
a loan group who could push things through rather rapidly.
He was instrumental in making sure the loan company kept
things moving smoothly. I closed escrow in 30 days. He was
also thorough in explaining what tax discounts I could receive
after I finished signing the paperwork with the Title company.
When I retired that evening, he made sure I had accommodation
recommendations and even set up a reservation at an amazing
restaurant in town. He continues to be helpful in answering
my questions after my home purchase and assists me with
any additional things to make my home better. He has been
excellent in giving me the tour of Northern Idaho, plus
he has great referrals for local merchants and suppliers.
Chris makes good things happen. I highly recommend Chris
Walsh at Revolutionary Realty without reservation.
- L. & S.