Our Story



The foundation of Funkhouser Real Estate Group is built upon the core principles of Honesty, Integrity, and Professionalism. We firmly grasp the significance of real estate investments as major financial decisions for our clients. Consequently, we place great emphasis on providing our associates with cutting-edge real estate tools, advanced technology, and top-notch education. Our objective is to empower our clients to make well-informed decisions and offer them professional guidance throughout every stage of the transaction process. With our extensive expertise, we are fully committed to assisting you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and successful experience.


In 1972, Joe Funkhouser embarked on his real estate journey, recognizing the increasing demand for a comprehensive real estate firm. With this vision in mind, he established a company designed to meet those evolving needs. Initially, the firm consisted of just two associates located in Downtown Harrisonburg. However, it has since thrived and expanded, currently boasting over seventy associates spread across offices in Harrisonburg, Elkton, Luray, and Woodstock. Throughout its growth, the company has remained steadfast in upholding its founding principles, playing a crucial role in advancing the real estate market of the Shenandoah Valley.

At the core of the company's success lies its exceptional team of real estate professionals, consistently prioritizing the best interests of their clients. In the 1990s, Joe's children, Elizabeth Kistler and Kemper Funkhouser, joined the company, solidifying its status as a family-run business. Elizabeth focused her efforts within the property management department, while Kemper dedicated his expertise to residential brokerage.

Today, as a family-run firm, Elizabeth assumes the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), overseeing financial matters, while Kemper serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO), ensuring smooth operations within the company. Their unwavering commitment and expertise contribute significantly to the ongoing success of the organization.

The Funkhouser Real Estate Group boasts a rich history deeply rooted in the Shenandoah Valley, with the ancestors of Joe and Sallie Funkhouser being original settlers of the region. Over the years, the Funkhouser family actively assumed leadership positions within the community and made substantial contributions to the development of the Valley. Today, this tradition continues as the Funkhouser family, alongside the dedicated associates of Funkhouser Real Estate Group, strive to create an exceptional environment for residents to work, live, and partake in recreational activities, fostering a vibrant and thriving community.