Absaroka Mountain Range / Testimonials


"Canyon Real Estate made selling our house and buying another a smooth process. Lances connections and experience really enhanced our ability to sell our house and get into one that fit our growing familys needs. He was patient, answered all of our questions, and got to know us as a family to get us into the perfect house in this competitive market. The team at Canyon Real Estate works flawlessly to get things done quickly and done the right way. I would highly recommend Canyon to anyone looking to buy/sell. These guys arent just looking to make commission, but truly want to get you into the right property to meet your needs and get you the best value for your current house. Thank you so much for all your hard work!

Thank you sincerely Lance for all that you did for our family. We greatly appreciate it!


Allie W.

Cody, WY

"Lance it was a pleasure in working with you and your team. I appreciate the extra effort that you gave us. We had challenges with hit list items and your knowledge of qualified contractors in the area helped us get over those challenges.
I would recommend Canyon Real Estate to anyone in the North Big Horn Basin that need Realtor services.
Chuck Watts"

Chuck Watts

"We had the privilege of working with Lance Bower and the Canyon Realty team when we sold our house in Cody in June. Lance did an outstanding job getting the best price for our home, far more than we thought possible! We loved the warm, welcoming atmosphere from the moment we entered the office. Teresa greeted us like old friends and helped with the stream of paperwork needed for a smooth sale. With an excellent team working on our behalf, there were multiple showings the first day and we had a solid offer in 54 hours after listing. The process was pleasant, smooth and efficient. We closed on time with zero stress! Thank you so much for your expert help! We would recommend Lance and the Canyon team for your home sale without any hesitation."

Greg and Linda Vandersnick

"Our family has quite a bit of experience in real estate personally and professionally. Weve moved a lot.

We met Lance when he showed us one of his listings. Although we passed on that one, we were impressed with his demeanor, humor, professionalism and flexibility. He seemed to know every square inch of the Big Horn Basin. When we found a spectacular and complicated property we really wanted, we didnt hesitate to call Lance to represent us.

His local knowledge and network helped us complete a great transaction. He anticipated potential road blocks with plenty of time and direction, kept things on schedule and never pressured us. He did exactly what we asked, and offered solid advice when we needed to hear it.

Its a sellers market out there. Buyers need all the help they can get, and were very grateful we had Lance on our side."

Gregg and Maurine Renke

"We want to thank Rita Lovell for all her help in selling our ranch. She sold it in 2 1/2 weeks and was so easy to work with. Always available to answer numerous questions and just made the entire transition so smooth and worry free. We had to contact her after hours and she always responded right away. Her knowledge of the entire area goes way beyond the knowledge of others we have had contact with. We would highly recommend her if you are selling or purchasing a home in northwest Wyoming. Thanks again Rita and the Canyon Real Estate team!
Sue Goldberg & Mike Hernandez"

Sue and Mike

"Thank you so much for showing us some potential homes in Cody. You are an awesome ambassador for Cody. Thank you for your time and professionalism. We loved it there."

Chris and Linda

"We thank you, Lance, for all of your assistance in finding John and I the perfect home in Cody.

On a suggestion, we contacted you to see what homes you had available. You called us back immediately, inviting us to stop by Canyon Real Estate. When we described our wish list to you, you didn't hesitate to show us a home you knew checked off all of our boxes.

Through your expertise and guidance, we purchased our dream home. We appreciate your knowledge and no nonsense approach. Your advice was key in making this dream a reality."

Gail Sizer

"So glad we were able to work with you to acquire our new home in Powell, Wyoming.  We appreciated your patience and professionalism. You were always well prepared for appointments and prompt about getting us in to see homes, when we told you what we were looking for. We felt as though you always had our backs as you guided us through the whole house buying process from start to finish. We especially appreciated your expertise in the negotiation, inspection and closing phase of the purchase. Every detail was engaged and made us feel at ease. Your easy going personality and personal integrity made the whole experience a good one. We both feel very fortunate that we had you as our realtor and would recommend you to anyone."

Paul and Lisa Kethley

"We are writing this to express our heartfelt thanks to Rita for selling our home.  We have bought and sold many homes in the past and we have found that no realtor compares to Rita when it comes to her knowledge, expertise, honesty and integrity.  Even though we were a thousand miles away, Rita kept us apprised of showings, offer and inspections that took place.  The communication between us was always prompt and courteous.  Rita went way above and beyond when it came to rectifying issues that came up along the way. She was very patient and reassuring with answering the many questions we had.  Rita made the whole process very smooth and seamless for us.  Rita is truly a one of a kind realtor and we highly recommend her for all your home buying and selling needs."

Greg and Patti Mikolajczak

"As you know I have been a customer of Canyon Real Estate for several years.  I had contact with Lance Bower previously, while he worked at the bank.  Through that experience I learned that Lance was a dedicated Banker and had a deep knowledge of the real estate business, impeccable integrity, a vast knowledge of the community and a commitment to hard work.  At the time I came to Canyon Real Estate in May of 2016,  I was the owner, through an LLC, of 9 lots in the Ram’s Horn Subdivision about half way between Cody and Powell.  I had been trying to sell lots in the subdivision since the 2009 crash with no success.  I asked Lance who had moved from the bank to Canyon Real Estate  to help me market those lots and he agreed to be my agent.  Over the next 3 years Lance managed the sale of the 9 lots with the highest professionalism providing excellent advice, great recruitment of prospective buyers, dedicated loyalty, highly effective communication with buyer agents and myself and meticulous attention to detail in preparing the contracts and documenting the transaction.  Yesterday we closed on the last of the 9 lots.  Lance sold them all. It is, of course, an occasion for excitement and celebration. Canyon Real Estate can and should be very proud of the outstanding image Lance portrays for your agency.  Lance is truly a remarkable role model for other real estate agents to emulate in this community.  Needless to say, it has been a real pleasure to work with Lance and he deserves a Big Congratulations from me and a hearty hand shake of appreciation from your Agency!"

Steve  Simonton

"Thank you for you wonderful service in purchasing our new home in Cody. Your office was highly recommended and you met our every expectations… and more!

We appreciate your willingness to meet our time line - even on a busy weekend. The communication, the knowledge, expertise, planning and follow though made the search a pleasure. The arduous paperwork (on our side) and final completion are a success because you and your whole office truly care - we were successful."

Dave & Bebe Barton

"What are some qualities you look for in a realtor? Trust, honesty, accessibility, forthrightness, someone who will take the time to get to know and understand you and your ideas and dreams so that they can find you your dream home. Lance Bower is all of those things! We live in Maryland and are looking forward to becoming Wyomingites. I started talking with Lance by phone. After much searching and many discussions over about three months, we narrowed our search to around 20 homes and flew to Cody for five days to look them over. Lance spent several days driving us around the Cody/Powell area. When we found our "dream home" he didn't stop there. He negotiated a fair price for the property and also gave us referrals for a lender and an inspection officer. Even after we went back to Maryland, Lance helped us through the inspection and settlement process via phone calls and emails. He worked with the seller and the seller's realtor to get things done prior to and even after settlement. If you want a realtor who has your back, you want Lance Bower. We are way excited to move to our dream home!"

Wendy Perkins

Nottingham, MD

"I can’t thank you enough for all of your help in making my move to Cody seem so effortless. I have felt so well taken care of by you – way more than I would have expected from a realtor. You have been a big part of part of this monumental change that I have made in my life – and I will be forever grateful."


"Lance went far beyond what any other realtor would do to sell my house. The house is a very remote mountain cabin so I expected it to take forever to sell but Lance used his marketing skills to find buyers in no time at all. He even used his previous banking experience to help the buyers secure a loan and insurance. I can't thanks Lance enough for his efforts and I will personally recommend Lance for any real estate transactions.""

Tom Kaness

"We just wanted to thank you for all you did in helping us purchase our home in Cody. Despite a few hiccups, the entire transaction went very smooth thanks in large part to your professionalism and consideration. As of today, we are pretty much settled and loving our new home! If in the future we decide to move to a bigger house perhaps out of town, you will be the first on our list to call."

Jack, Lindsey Marko

"I recently had Lance sell my building. He has great knowledge and expertise in the process. There are always some ups and downs but he made it fun. I highly recommend Lance."

Jim Landers

"Purchasing a new home can be very stressful unless you have someone representing your best interests and definitely in your corner! That person for us was Lance Bower in Cody, Wyoming!! He was there anytime we needed him, if he did not know the answer to a question we had, he soon found out the answer. We would highly recommend Lance for your real estate needs. He is an outstanding benefit to his profession. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication."

Rod Gleason and Kara Bates

"My wife and I would like to thank you for all you work in our recent purchase of the house in Clark, Wyoming. In so many ways you have gone above and beyond what is expected of a realtor. You made things so easy, you responded so quickly to all of our questions, and you spent quality time with us both in WY and on the phone. Even though it was many times off hours. I very rarely called when you didn't answer the phone, and if you weren't available you called back quickly when you saw that we had called. It's nice to work we someone who so obviously loves her work and loves the area.

Thank you again. We hope to get together with you when we come out in September. We would like to take you to dinner."

Scott & Shelley Treverton

"I wanted to sincerely thank you for all the time you spent working with Emily and I in a search for a home in Cody. You were professional, timely, and never put any pressure of any sort on us in our decision-making. Your knowledge of the area and personality made our home-buying a great experience."

Michael and Emily Burrell

"We are extremely pleased with our recent experience purchasing a home in Clark WY. Rita and her associates at Canyon Real Estate provided us with professional top notch service!

Rita is extremely knowledgeable, honest and reliable. I believe communication between buyer and agent is of utmost importance. All communication with Rita during our 8 month search was easy and stress free. We appreciated the fact that Rita actually answered her phone, (which is becoming quite rare it seams these days) and all emails were returned promptly.

Rita is patient and helpful. We never felt rushed while viewing a home. Lastly, we appreciate the level of dedication Rita showed us. She will truly go the extra mile when it's asked of her.

We give Rita and Canyon Real Estate 5 Stars!"

Amy and Corey Bozell

"Our experience withLance at Canyon Real Estatewas such a great one! We have absolutely no complaints with how the entire process went. Lance was extremely kind and helpful in listening to both our needs and our wants. He never made us feel pressured to buy something we couldn't afford or weren't interested in. He was very proactive in searching out listings for us and always giving us a heads up if something new came on the market. The house we ended up purchasing was one Lance found for us and we couldn't be happier with how everything went. He was extremely professional, very knowledgeable, and very available to answer all of our questions and to spend time taking us to look at different properties. We felt like we were family and we would highly recommend Lance to anyone interested in buying or selling a home."

Noah, Karis, Andra, and Baby Smith #2 :)

"Imagine living in a home where the views from every window are towering snowcapped peaks in all directions, as inspiring as any cathedral. Imagine living in a place where your neighbors are mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep and the occasional grizzly bear. Those were the dreams my wife and I imagined and now have realized as a reality, thanks to the efforts and professionalism of Rita Lovell. We were not certain that we could find the perfect location, and one that would fit within our budget, but Rita was determined to find it for us and we are so thankful that she was able to do so.

Consistent follow up, no pressure, knowledge and professionalism are earmarks of Rita's business practices, along with complete honesty and concern for her clients. We recommend her highly and consider to be more than merely a passing business acquaintance. If you are in the market for real estate in the Cody area, look no further than Canyon Real Estate. And we would be remiss if we did not also mention the fine work done on our behalf by Rita's assistant, Theresa."

Jim and Gail B.

"We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our dream of owning property in Wyoming a reality. The first time we visited Yellowstone and the Cody area was in August 2005. And each year after we would return to Yellowstone and the Cody area. We saw affordable land in other parts of Wyoming, however, our hearts were set on Park County. We planned another visit to the Cody area in October 2014. And we were determined that this year we are going to become Wyoming land owners. We contacted a few agents well in advance of our Wyoming arrival in hopes to have some properties scheduled to look at. It seems that our budget was not quite large enough for those agents to spend their time helping us. We decided to look for property on our own. One of the properties had a Canyon Real Estate Sign. We contacted Rita about the property. Rita told us about a different property that she just received the information on. She told us the acreage, told us the price and said she could meet us there in an hour and half. How is that for service. We met Rita at the property on a Friday evening, we made an offer on Saturday, and closed on the property 4 weeks later. The process was very smooth. Rita was very knowledgeable of the property and even though the property was not a million dollar property, Rita still treated us as if it was. She answered every phone call, every email and every question as if we were her most important customer. We are very grateful for Rita making this a smooth transaction with us residing in West Virginia. We highly recommend Rita and her staff at Canyon Real Estate."

Scott & Paula

"Wanted to thank you for finding the home / property of our dreams. We are extremely happy with the property. Rita worked tirelessly at being the middle person in the transaction we can't thank you enough."

Tony and Jerri Sansone


"You had asked if I would like to gather a few thoughts pertaining to our (Frances and I) impressions as we interfaced with you during the listing and the ultimate selling of our house.

My first impression was the professional package you brought us showing the features of our house; you included photos of the interior rooms, all views of the exterior log structure, the views of the Beartooth Mountains, the large acreage, even the log entry. This you did before there was a contract.

You counseled us as we consummated the appropriate asking price in view of the current economic retail market. Throughout the thirty-six months of showings, you excelled in patience, and wisdom. Not once did you exhibit a negative stance as other realtors would show "your house"

You successfully walked us through the many obstacles of escrow closure without loosing your buyers or your sellers! Apparently all participating parties were happy as they concluded the three year epic of real estate finesse. Congratulations!!!

May the wind stay at your back."

Scott Brazil

"My wife and I just wanted to take a few minutes to get you a short e-mail about our house hunting experience and move to Cody. Please feel free to use this as a reference for your office performance.

Your experience and expertise as a realtor in Cody and the surrounding was very evident and invaluable to us. You quickly recognized the types of property we were interested in and saved us a lot of time by narrowing our search. The whole experience from looking for property, through making an offer and closing was very smooth, thanks to you.

In addition, the information and recommendations for local services (everything from insurance to physicians) provided by you and Teresa made whole move very smooth. Our thanks again and best wishes."

Dave & Bendene Engelhardt

"Thank you so much for all you did to make our dream home a reality!

Your professional skills and kind personality were a blessing. The good advice and referrals to quality people made a big difference in our home buying experience. We now know why everyone who knows you, speaks so highly of you."

Al and Patti Raya

"Thank you for opening your home to us and treating us like neighbors.  This wonderful memory that we shared with you just brings us one step closer(and quicker) to our move to Clark."

Joe and Roxanne W.

"Thanks so much for your hard work and professionalism in the selling of my house.  You were tenacious and it finally paid off.  Thanks again for all of your hard work."

Harry B.

"Why We Like Canyon

Rita doesn't just sell property, she sells Community. Patiently answering a 'million' questions about places, people, & 'how things work' in the area, she advised us based on real knowledge & experience, so we could make good decisions.

Canyon Real Estate (Rita) pays attention to details, so negotiations & transactions went VERY smoothly, even from 1500 miles away!  The bottom line is: their (her) word is good."

Suzi and Marsall


"We listed our home with Rita and it sold in two weeks! It also sold at a higher price than her peers had recommended during the home tour. Rita selected a higher price based on features and comparable sales and that turned out to be the right price. The closing was effortless and Rita was a pleasure to deal with. We also purchased a beautiful home that Rita listed and that transaction was a pleasure too. We highly recommend her!"

Mike & Margie Johnson

Wapiti, WY

"We cannot say enough good things about our experience working with Rita of Canyon Real Estate. She was knowledgeable, professional and extremely helpful, but even more importantly, she was trustworthy. We are proud to say Rita has become our friend."

Kim and Charlie

New Jersey, 2008

"As I sit here writing this, looking out at the Beartooth Mountains, I can't thank Rita Lovell (and Theresa) at Canyon Real Estate LLC in Cody, Wyoming for helping make my dream of owning a cabin in the mountains in NW Wyoming come true!

I had been window shopping for years, but had not pursued my dream until I saw a cabin Rita had listed on line. Being from the Midwest, and knowing how tough/stressful a real estate transaction can be (even when it is local), I was hesitant to make a call, not knowing the area, or exactly how I would manage the whole process remotely.

I took the chance, called Rita and we talked. From that phone call, the ball started rolling. Rita's expertise of not only the Real Estate industry and the market in Park County, WY, but her vast knowledge of the area, it’s history, and her network of personal and professional people that can help is second to none. She knows her stuff and her can do attitude make her easy to work with!! While I was in town, Rita spent as much time as I needed looking at properties, discussing options and just letting it all sink in. We looked at many, found my cabin (turned out not to be the one I originally called on), and wrote the contract while I was there. The rest was handled through e-mails, faxes and telephone conversations. There were stumbling blocks along the way that Rita just took in stride and we kept moving forward. If she was unavailable, Theresa took the call(s), and either knew the answer or where to get it. Amazing as it was, my next trip in was for settlement!

If anyone looking for property in NW Wyoming ever asks me whom to contact I will send them right to Rita – she is the best!"

Catherine Pentescu

"We sincerely appreciate your efforts over the last couple of years both buying and regrettably selling. You have been fair, honest and diligent and we truly appreciate your professionalism."

Jeni & Matt Elliott