Black Hills Real Estate | Valerie Koop Johnson | VIP Properties


Guess who has a new career?!

I am so excited you guys! I’m a REALTOR for VIP Properties in Rapid City, SD.

I’m mentoring under Lori Barnett and TJ Wojtanowicz which makes me:

  1. Lucky
  2. Knowledgeable
  3. Completely Dangerous as I’m ready to take over the world! Or maybe just the Black Hills.

I love referrals and promise to take such good care of you guys that you’ll wonder how you ever bought or sold with anyone else ever before!


If you know of anyone who could use an amazing agent (ahem …) tell them to call me. Or text me. Or email me. Or Facebook me.

I’m here to make buying and selling property more fun and as easy as possible.

Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! I love homes!!

Pretty pictures will still of the kiddos … but also of homes and interiors and details and yards … and of families that are settling in.


More soon.


(my very official information is below)

Valerie Johnson

Broker Associate with VIP Properties

605-four one five-1095

valjohnson823 at gmail .com



a little bit too much sun

the water a little bit too cold

the sun a little bit too bright

inside this picture

a little bit of me





A girl without freckles is like a night without stars.


cookies. for breakfast.

and every day


I discovered that my favorite way to print blogs into books went out of business, and now I am not sure how to pull these bazillion pictures and posts offline and into books.

So I haven’t been posting because I don’t know how to get them off, because I don’t read blogs anymore and I am sure most people don’t, either. We all Instagram and Facebook instead. But where does a person write family moments?

Here I am. Writing moments. haha

I have been taking Real Estate classes and hanging out at my new agency learning as much as I can.

And then I am awake all night worrying about what to do with three/four children all summer while I try and work.

And I miss photography a lot.

And I miss Avery (so, so much) when he is at daycare.

And I am jealous of mom and dad who do all sorts of fun things with c2 while I am either studying, working (ish), or taking care of the baby.

I went through Claire’s backpack of end of the year school homework this morning. In all of her stories that she writes about, there is something about how I don’t play enough with her because I am taking care of her brother. Ugh.

So no one gets enough of me, and to top it off, I don’t get enough of them (or me!) either.

Do all of us feel this way or am I the only one who doesn’t know what to do/what is going on in my life/head/heart half the time? It is exhausting to be this confused all the time! Goodness.

Yesterday the kids and I played all day. I didn’t check my phone, I didn’t open my pile of text books, I didn’t do any chores.

I sat on Caeden’s bed while the older kids explained how to play Roblox to me and then triaged “Look Mommy!” for a few hours while they played.

And we played outside every moment it wasn’t raining.

And when I needed to make dinner, I kicked them outside to play some more.

Everyone went to bed pretty tired last night. Me, too.

And today we all have been busy sorting clothes, toys, picking up the yard, building Lego stuff, and taking pictures. Pictures. Oh how this makes me happy to see these kids on the other side of the camera.

No technology today except right now as they build a fort and I throw this online to say hi.

My once a month posting is a bit silly, but if only to keep storytelling, I’ll do it.