The Five Star Team

Five Star Rentals & Property Management was founded by Jill Zignego in 1995 and incorporated in 2000 as Montana Z Inc.  After twenty-five years of her vision buidling, management and ownership of her thriving business, and her enduring dedication, she turned over of the reins of ownership to Suzy Schweikert as of January 1, 2020.

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Suzy Schweikert, Owner and Montana Licensed   property manager through the Montana Board of Regulation and Realty, and she brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy to Five Star Rentals of Montana. 

As a member of Whitefish Chamber of Commerce, Whitefish Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce, NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers), and VRMA (Vacation Rental Management Association) she enthusically stays informed of the long term rental and vacation rental market in our Flathead Valley.

Suzy is a Fifth Generation Montanan and grew up in the Flathead Valley. She is a graduate of Idaho State University in the field of Health and Physical Education. Suzy lives in Columbia Falls, Montana with her husband, Jackson, and their four fabulous  children. When Suzy is not working, she and her family are involved in recreational activities including football, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, mountain biking, fishing and hiking with her dogs.

Suzy and her family have experienced many wonderful places in Idaho, Arizona, and Washington, over the years and finally came home to settle in Montana. Moving is exciting and adventurous. Having done it numerous times, Suzy can help make the transition easier for you.


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After a 20 year hospitality career with Hyatt Hotels and Ritz-Carlton, LLC, Joyce Walkup joined Five Star Rentals of Montana in 2009 having moved to
her favorite state - Montana! Her past homes have been in Hawaii, Washington, Arizona, Virginia, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia and California.
Her event planning skills, love of photography and nature, and understanding of the moving and rental experience, make her a vital asset to the Five Star team. Living in a number of places across the nation have brought much learning and joy, and has cemented her knowing that Whitefish, Montana is the Last Best Place!

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Your Five Star Rentals Team understand moving (and vacationing!)
We promise to bring that understanding to your experience
of renting or booking with us.

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Five Star Rentals of Montana manages Vacation Homes as well as Long Term Rentals. If you are interested in our services:

What Five Star Rentals Can Do for You:

  • Give you an informed estimate of the market value for your home.
  • Make best efforts to keep your home rented to desirable tenants through advertising and careful screening of applicants.
  • Handle all complaints and questions from tenants.
  • Provide on the spot resources for repairs and maintenance.
  • Render a monthly or quarterly statement depending on your needs.
  • Collect monthly or vacation rental rents and make deposits directly into your bank account or send checks to you.
  • Additional management services such as bill paying are available upon request.  

What Five Star Asks From You:

  • A management fee on all collected rent:
    • Call Five Star Rentals of Montana at (406) 862-5994 to discuss our fees.
  • Interest collected on security deposits held in Five Star's account.
  • Insurance policy indemnifying Five Star from liability on your property.
  • $100.00 in your account to cover small repairs and maintenance.
  • $200.00 monthly fee if our Five Star staff provides weekly check-ins on vacant property (or $50. weekly).
  • Installation of keyless entry (preferred) or two sets of keys.
Most importantly, we value your input, suggestions and concerns on the management of your home.

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