Sterling CRE Advisors offers this region’s most innovative team for all your commercial real estate needs. Whether the next move for your business involves buying, selling or leasing, Sterling CRE Advisors is your one-stop resource. Likewise, when it comes to commercial investment and development, you’ll get reliable, data-driven advice and committed customer service.

Through independent research, Sterling CRE Advisors has compiled data on the local commercial real estate market that other companies don’t have.

At our first annual Missoula Market Watch event, we provided attendees with a snapshot of the local market data we’ve collected. If you didn’t make it, request a free presentation summary. Empower your business with data-driven decision management.

Commitment to a client’s needs always comes first. You and your business will get the responsiveness you need. Professionalism and unbiased, market-tested advice will empower you to make critical business decisions with confidence.

There are no salespeople at Sterling CRE Advisors.  We are a team of fiduciaries dedicated to your interests in commercial real estate above our own.  We advise and counsel our clients how to maximize their return on commercial space, whether as owner-occupiers, tenants or investors. For this reason, Sterling CRE Advisors do not practice dual agency (one agent “representing” both parties to a real estate transaction.). We represent you only.


Responsive.  Results.  The Sterling CRE advantage.


Matt Mellott, CCIM – Commercial Real Estate Advisor

As a Marine Corps leader proven in the high-stress world of tactical aviation, Matt brings military speed, discipline and mission focus – fused with an entrepreneur’s eye for opportunity – to commercial real estate sales and investments.

For all your commercial real estate needs, call Matt direct at (406) 203-3950 to make your profit his mission.

Matt graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and dove right away into office and multi-family sales, management and investments. After working in the Atlanta, GA and Harrisburg, PA real estate markets, he signed up with the military and lived a dream by flying F/A-18s for the Marine Corps.  All the while, Matt maintained his real estate license in the states where he was stationed and accumulated multi-family investment properties throughout the country.

Although he no longer flies Hornets, Matt does bring the same intensity of thought and action to his approach to commercial real estate sales and investments. His areas of expertise include property income and expense analysis, cash flow valuations and lease structuring for office and multi-family investments.

Matt is happily married with five beautiful children and works hard so that he can enjoy time with them. During his free time, you’ll find him hiking, digging in the garden or chasing kids!

Sara Townsley – Transaction Coordinator

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Sara is grateful to have called Montana home for the past decade. With Treasure State roots that go back five generations, it’s only makes sense that she’s discovered a deep connection to the land and people here. Before jumping onboard with Sterling CRE Advisors, Sara spent five years based in Lakeside, Montana with a non-profit organization that enabled her to travel internationally, including stops in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Taiwan.

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Through her in-depth research on the local market, Sara provides the Sterling CRE team with crucial data to guide your business and investment decisions. Sara loves people and the opportunities that the real estate business provides for building relationships and serving client needs. She’s a regular at the Farmers’ Market, where she finds inspiration for her latest culinary creations.

Kody Kidd – Commercial Real Estate Advisor

Kody’s skills lie in the ability to connect people. Whether you are a buyer looking to expand your investment portfolio or a lease tenant needing a larger space, Kody possesses the critical information necessary to meet the individual needs of his clientele in this growing market.

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Kody grew up in Montana and graduated from the University of Montana. After spending the last few years in the Pacific Northwest working in the hospitality industry, Kody returned to Missoula and is thrilled to be back. It wasn’t until he moved away he realized how lucky he is to be from such a wonderful area.

Claire Matten – Commercial Real Estate Advisor

Claire is a licensed associate with Sterling CRE Advisors and a graduate of the University of Montana, where she received a BA in Information Technology.  You may recognize her as the captain of the Women’s Volleyball Team for the Grizzlies from 2000 – 2004.

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After beginning her career in real estate in Missoula in 2006, Claire joined Cushman & Wakefield in Phoenix from 2011 – 2018.  While there, Claire specialized in Industrial Capital Markets and gained valuable deal underwriting and transaction management experience.  During that time, Claire also led the efforts of her team in collecting and synthesizing data on the self-storage and industrial markets in Phoenix, turning it into high-value market intelligence for her clients.

Claire has a long record of successfully guiding local, national, and multi-national clients with their commercial real estate acquisitions, lease obligations, asset reposition and dispositions.  Along with her team, she has assisted clients with over $295 million in transactions. She specializes in industrial investment, commercial office, and self-storage properties and consistently exceeds the investment goals of her clients.

Claire lives in Missoula and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, hiking, snowboarding, and cooking.

Julie Hilley – Marketing Director

For the past 5 years, Julie has made it her mission to learn as much about marketing in the niche real estate industry as possible. This, combined with many years spent as a small business owner, a competent and knowledgable approach to print and digital media and marketing, and a decades-long commitment to learning and understanding the business landscape of Montana, has led Julie back to Missoula and particularly to Sterling Commercial Real Estate Advisors. Julie is thrilled to hone her skills in the commercial real estate and investment world.

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A graduate of the University of Montana School of Business Administration and a many-generations native Montanan, Julie puts new meaning to the “6th degrees of separation” theory. She considers the entire state ‘home’ and has family, friends and colleagues in every corner. Julie is also a licensed real estate agent in the state of Montana.

Sterling Commercial Real Estate derives its name from a man named, Major Sterling “Stranger” Norton, USMC.  A tragic aircraft accident took Sterling’s life while he had much left to give, but the name of this company serves as a small memorial to his life and legacy. Read the full story of Sterling here.