Family brokerage joins ERA® Network and expand brand presence in Idaho

MADISON, NJ, (June 6, 2022) – ERA® Real Estate, a global franchise leader within the Realogy family of brands, today announced the affiliation of ERA Shelman Realty. The market-leading company is based in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and has been serving the community since 1963.

Owners Mark and Loralee Carey purchased the business in 2018 from Mark’s brother, Steve Carey, who purchased the business in 1991 from the Shelman family.

A native of Bonners Ferry, Mark Carey left his hometown after graduating from high school in 1981 to find work due to the downturn in the economy. He met his wife Loralee Carey in Oregon in 1982 and got his real estate license there in 1984. The couple moved back to northern Idaho in 1993 where Mark continued his career in real estate. In 2017, Loralee got her real estate license when the couple purchased the family brokerage. Mark and Loralee’s son, Isaac, is also a real estate agent with the local brokerage Bonner Ferry, as well as a number of knowledgeable and experienced agents who live in the area.

Bonners Ferry is located in the Kootenai River Valley, approximately 30 miles south of the Canadian border and 20 miles west of the Montana border. The city serves as an official gateway city for travelers from Canada. The area is surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges, providing residents and visitors with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. With a lower than average cost of living, Bonners Ferry and surrounding towns are popular with families and retirees. Major employers are in health care, retail, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and forestry. Additionally, many employees in the region are working remotely due to the availability of high-speed internet.


  • Mark and Loralee Carey will fuel growth by recruiting new agents to the firm. Agents will be drawn to ERA’s business building resources, lead generation tools and the brand’s industry-leading technology suite, including MoxiWorks’ powerful customer relationship management system.

  • ERA’s consumer-focused marketing programs, such as TextERA, which turns yard signs into interactive real estate marketing, will position agents to deliver unique offers to their customers.

  • The ERA University team will support growth through increased productivity as agents tap into the extensive professional development resources of the brand’s proven learning and training platform.

  • The distinctive properties of ERASMmarketing program for high-end luxury homes will enable the company to offer an enhanced level of service and expertise to a discerning customer segment.

  • The brokerage is heavily involved in a variety of community efforts and donates thousands of dollars annually to organizations such as the local orchestra, 4-H, Future Farmers of America, Alzheimer’s Association, the Bonners Ferry Senior Center, a major sponsor of the Badger Boost Club Discount Coupon Booklet, fundraisers for Friends of the Restorium, as well as sponsorship of the Kootenai River Run Scholarship.

  • According to the National Association of Realtors®the median listing price for a home in Bonners Ferry is $487,000.


“Mark and Loralee’s years of experience in everything from homes, farms and ranches to investment properties have made them an invaluable asset to Bonners Ferry. Now, as an affiliate of ERA, they will be well positioned for continued success in the next phase of the company’s growth. Their partnership with the ERA brand is a testament to their dedication to their agents, customers and community. We look forward to supporting the bright future of the company within the ERA family.

Sherry Chris, President and CEO of ERA®Immovable

“Our affiliation with ERA Real Estate will be a game-changer for us. As we seek to bring more agents into the business, we will be able to offer them access to the brand’s comprehensive learning resources and professional development support. We also now have a distinctive market advantage with an extensive national and international referral network and the introduction of ERA’s powerful suite of tools, easy-to-use technology and professional marketing materials. Again, our enhanced value proposition as an ERA Affiliate will allow us to have an even greater impact on our community, even more than we have as an independent business.”

Mark Carey, Broker/Co-Owner, ERA Shelman Realty

“Over the years, we’ve taken a holistic approach to strengthening our community outreach efforts and activities, which go hand in hand. We’ve seen tremendous growth in our city over the past few years. We want to make sure we could continue our commitment to our growing community by providing our agents with access to powerful tools and systems that will enable them to serve our clients at the highest level. Our affiliation with ERA Real Estate significantly enhances our business, not only for our company, but also for our customers and our community.”

Loralee Carey, Co-Owner, ERA Shelman Realty

About ERA ImmobilierERA ®Real Estate knows that real estate is as local as possible. We believe our core business values ​​of collaboration, innovation, diversity and growth are needed more than ever. As a global leader in the residential real estate industry for nearly 50 years, ERA has a powerful network of like-minded entrepreneurs backed by the brand’s breakthrough technology, products and powerful lead generation. .

The ERA Real Estate network includes more than 40,000 affiliated brokers and independent salespeople and approximately 2,390 offices across the United States and 33 other countries and territories.

ERA Franchise Systems LLC (, which operates the ERA Real Estate system, is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global provider of real estate services. Information about ERA real estate is available at

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