The Cowboy Broker Team

Christopher Fontenot
Owner / Agent

Phone: (219) 230-6105

I was born and raised in south east Texas about an hour and a half east of Houston. I am 100% Texan and Creole. Raised on cajun cookin, sweet tea and the golden rule. I am what you would expect from a Texan. I drive a big diesel truck, respect others, love my dogs and wife, if it broke I can fix it and if I could I would hunt and fish all day.

Attribute my customer care and relationship building to the ethics and manners instilled in me and I still behave as such. You will constantly here me thanking others and saying sir and ma’am

What brought me up here, I hear this all the time. I simply grew tired of the hurricanes and the heat. In 2005 Katrina wiped me out. When I came home I found my house got about 2.5 ft of water which was now gone and replaced with black mold. Appliances, beds, dressers, everything was trashed. Needing a fresh start and just a place to re group a friend at the University of Chicago invited me to stay with him for a bit, so I grabbed the 2 suitcases I evacuated with since that was all I had left and caught the first thing smoking. Once I got my barring’s I enrolled in school and started working 3 jobs to rebuild.

After receiving my associates in business and my bachelors in business management I start playing poker for a living and do so for about 4 years. Making a decent living at that I knew I always wanted to get in to real estate so I enrolled in the course and officially started in January of 2014. After hustling non stop for about 2.5 years I had build up enough business that I needed help. And thus the cowboy team was created.

Side note, how did that all get started….

When I first started in real estate I was told I needed to dress nice. Dressing nice to me meant your good jeans, clean boots and of course my hat. I didn’t think anything of it but it quickly became a thing. Clients and agents would call asking for the cowboy. Buyers would show up to open houses asking where they could find the cowboy. So The Cowboy of Real Estate was born and quickly became a brand I could hang my hat on.

To date I have 11 agents working with me and an amazing company that helps and handles build my brand, websites and marketing to ensure my clients get the best services and exposure for their listings. And this is only the beginning for me. I have plans in motion to continue to grow and expand and will always work to help better this business and others around me.

Stefen Hutchins

Phone: (219) 448-0128

My mission is to assist homeowners in selling their homes and home buyers in buying their homes with professional personalized assistance, keeping my clients best interests as a top priority and respecting the interests and goals of each party. I have lived in Northwest Indiana my entire life and know the area. I can help you find the right home in the right area. If you're a seller, I can help you get top dollar for your home so you can move on to that next dream home.

Ralph Vargas

Phone: (708) 717-7170

Realtor broker, cigar smoker

A friendly, funny and highly experienced Realtor is just what you want when purchasing or selling your home! Hundreds of transactions completed throughout NW IN and Chicago area. Growing up in Gary in Miller Beach, many people remember me as a drycleaning plant owner. Or maybe I helped you before in buying from Hammond to Valparaiso to Dyer and all Chicago South Suburbs. Hire someone that answers his phone, replies promptly, skilled at negotiation and listens to what home and area you are looking for. Someone that makes you feel comfortable in making a big purchase for you and your family. Making that big move out of Illinois? You can depend on me to sell and find the right home for you! And of course -- there is always time for a cigar

Jen Hepinstall-Batson

Phone: (219) 378-6245

Originally from Massachusetts, I spent a good part of my early adult life moving from state to state, unsure of where to plant my roots. This brought joy and happiness for several years, that is until suddenly a young man caught my attention and whisked me away to NWI. A few more years and a couple of kids later, the experience of buying our first home changed my life. I no longer wanted to remain in my 9-5 office job and I just wanted to assist people with having that same amazing experience of owning their own home. The excitement of being a part of such a joyous occasion is magical. So let’s make your own dreams come true!

Brittany Dickens

Phone: (708) 743.8636

I am originally from south Florida, but I planted my roots here in the mid-west about 15 years ago and I am here to stay! I am a licensed professional full-service REALTOR® and I'm highly knowledgeable in the northwest Indiana market. I take pride in providing high quality service when partnering with my clients on the journey of placing them in their perfect home or selling their home quickly and for top dollar. I give 110% to every client by educating and giving them support during and after the home buying process. I look forward to becoming your partner for all your real estate endeavors!

Krysten Amelse

Phone: (219) 230-6105

Max Hoppenrath

Phone: (219) 242-9797

Born from a hard-working, charitable family, I've learned one extremely important lesson. Success doesn't come from chance. Success comes from working your tail off every day and making those around you happy! My goal is to help as many people as possible that want to buy or sell their homes or commercial properties with both sides leaving with a smile! If you're looking for an honest realtor that works with a sincere and authentic dedication to help you find or sell a home, then you came to the right person! I will pursue my client's interests to my utmost abilities regardless of the challenges. I also know American Sign Language and can assist the deaf community in finding their dream home!

Feel free to get in contact with me at any time, from questions about the market to your own home's worth.

Blair Mitchell

Phone: (219) 512-5316

Whether you are looking for your first home, a new beginning, a larger space, a smaller space, or a new adventure, Blair is committed to finding your perfect home for any need or want.

After twenty years in the sales industry, Blair pursued his passion for real estate. Working in several different industries along the way, from Account Manager at Coca Cola and Anheuser Busch to Service Manager at NTB to Store Manager at Levin Tire, to Regional Director of Sales at a nationally recognized water treatment equipment company, Blair has furthered his knowledge and experience. The opportunity arose to finally pursue his true passion for real estate. The love for family, community, and helping others are traits Blair possesses and feels are a necessity when looking for the perfect place to call home.

Born and raised in Crown Point, Indiana, Blair Mitchell continues to call the region his home and resides locally with his family. Blair is happily married to his long-lost high school sweetheart and has three wonderful teenagers and expecting a new edition in May. Family is an integral part of Blair’s life. He enjoys coaching his son’s basketball team, having family game and movie nights, participating in community activities, and spending time with each other. Being a native of Northwest Indiana, Blair has an extensive passion for the local community, culture, and history the region has to offer.

Dennis Ahrens

Phone: (219) 680-9871

Business Philosophy
Dennis Ahrens is a Broker Associate with Listing Leaders, with over 11 years’ experience. Dennis serves all of Northwest Indiana, so if you are looking to buy or sell you can count on his expertise to help you through the process. His customer service is second to none and is always willing to go the extra mile. The best compliment he can receive is a referral from a past client.

Education and Designations
Dennis received his training as a Real Estate Salesperson in 2007 and his Broker training in 2010. He is also an Accredited Home Staging Specialist (AHS), Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Transnational Referral Certification (TRC), At Home With Diversity Certification (AHWD), Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR) Certification, and Certified Staging Agent (CSA), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) Certification

Areas of Expertise
Dennis has the expertise to help everyone from the first-time buyers to investors.

Community Involvement
Dennis is a member of Saint Mathias Catholic Church and he is involved with community service events at his church.

Personal Background
Dennis has been a resident of Northwest Indiana for all his life. He has been married since 1994 and has one daughter. His off time is spent with his family and his 2 dogs. His hobbies include photography and music.

Communities Serviced
Dennis serves all of Northwest Indiana but also has the training to help you find a qualified agent to assist you with a move to anywhere in the world.

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