History of Country Home Real Estate
Country Home Real Estate was founded in 1989 by Lawrence William “Bill” Vance, Jr. His daughter Tracy Vance Snyder was his first agent. Bill rented a small office space, and he and Tracy sat on the floor with two phones... a humble beginning, making for a great, true, American success story.
In 1990, Bill purchased a national franchise. At the time, the franchisor was a large independent company, and provided excellent customer service to the brokers, through their customer service representatives. The franchisor saw the brokers as their clients; the brokers were in turn to see the agents as their clients, and the agents of course were to see the public – the buyers and sellers – as their clients, so that everyone received the best attention. By the mid-90's, however, that franchisor joined a huge international conglomerate, and that great customer service went away. Bill Vance left the franchise and Country Home Real Estate was independent once again.
In 1998, Bill Vance took his knowledge of franchises and created the current Country Home logo and system, with the help of his daughter Mindy Vance Bouman. Now Bill Vance would be the franchisor; but to make it more streamlined, the independent owners would purchase a license agreement rather than a true franchise, to use the Country Home Real Estate name, logo, and system. The current Country Home Brand was born.
In 2009, the great housing bubble, wich had been building for twenty years, finally burst. Through innovation and counter-intuitive thinking, Country Home Real Estate was able to weather that storm, and thrive, becoming the authority on distressed property sales, which was a large portion of the market. Consequently, Country Home Real Estate was now the only independently-owned real estate firm of its size in York County, Pennsylvania.
In 2015, Mindy Vance Bouman became the owner of Country Home Real Estate, Inc. Over the years that followed, agents were given opportunites to expand their practice in many areas such as property management; working for banks (REO's); navigating short sales; and working with investors; as well as, of course, listing and selling real estate with traditional seller and buyer clients.
In 2018, Dr. Jason Hubler and four of his assoicates purchased the York office of Country Home Real Estate, as well as interest in the Country Home Brand, now called Country Home Real Estate Systems, LLC. Jason has positioned Country Home to greatly expand, equipping new independently-owned offices with cutting edge technology, and true to its roots, Mindy assures us that they will get the best customer service in the industry.