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. Diana and Jim chose not to join a large franchise operation, but instead, to create a small and independent office. Part of this decision was a desire to create a more personalized standard of care for their clients. In addition, they'd have the flexibility to forge contracts without being limited to any restructured franchise obligation. They've included a bit of their background below as a brief introduction. But, of course, they're hopeful for a chance to meet you in person one day soon.

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 Jim Pruitt

Jim was born in the city of Tonasket, in Okanogan County, (west) of Ferry County. His grandparents owned property in Ferry County and the families visited often. In 1984, Jim purchased his grandparents home, continued to develop the property and raised his family there. Jim was a mechanic for 30 years and became licensed in real estate in 2003. After a brief stint at Windermere, he moved to Brown Bear Real Estate where he has practiced since 2004.

Among Jim’s many talents is his ability to “witch for water,” a talent he learned from his father-in-law and has developed for over 40 years. Jim loves the outdoors and is an avid hunter with firearms and bows. He knows the area better than most. In fact, there’s rarely a property that comes to market where he doesn't already know all its details and history. He's always willing to extend a hand and is a considered a valued resource in the greater real estate community. He works with both land transactions and residential properties. Jim is married and has a grown son and daughter.


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.





Meet David "Doc" Watson

In 2003 Doc emigrated from Clallam County [Sequim] to the East Washington area, bought acreage in Wauconda and now has a small, secluded home in the woods. Doc and his spouse Dianna enjoy camping, exploring ghost towns and western American history. Doc has traveled many side roads and knows the value of living in a quiet, remote setting. He has been selling real estate in the area since 2004. The east side of Okanogan and the west side of Ferry counties are his areas of expertise. Over the years, he has developed a wealth of knowledge on how best to transform a recreational property into a nice home, cabin or camp site. If you have property to sell or want to find a special property, Doc is your "go to" guy.





Meet Arleen Tolliver

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new broker to our staff.

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.