Russ Ravary Realtor, Dad, Husband, Friend
When you buy or sell a piece of metro Detroit real estate you enter into a relationship with that Metro Detroit realtor. You spend time with him or her. You put your trust in them. After buying and selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you make in your life. Most people when it is later in life that home will be one of their financial assets. So picking a Metro Detroit realtor that has solid values, is honest, looks out for you, and is a local expert is important. Read about who I am and my past, if you like it give me a call on my cell (313) 310-9855.
I grew up downriver in Allen Park. Worked to pay my way through college I worked at a variety of jobs to pay the bills. Some of them were pouring basement walls (lots of digging), instructor at Vic Tanny's, landscaping (more digging), working at General Motors Ypsilanti Hydromatic Transmission Plant, and as a copy machine salesperson at Royal Business Machines.
After going to Michigan State University for two years I decided to enjoy life and backpacked around Europe with some friends (back then it was Europe on $10 a day). In order to finish paying for college on my own, I joined the military and served as a parachute packer for the Special Forces and earned my sargeant stripes with the 82nd Airborne for 4 years. While in the military I took night classes and graduated with a BA in Business from a small southern college. I met a Southern gal while in the military. We married and for a few years we lived in a hundred year old home on her fathers tobacco farm. I learned how raise tobacco, raised a couple crops of watermelons and hogs on my own. Just think I could have been a gentlemen farmer raising tobacco but things turned out differently.
Fortunately my life took a great turn when I met my wife Marianne twenty-one years ago. She slowed me down, settled me down, and gave me a purpose in life. She was just diagnosed with breast cancer at the time. We went through the battles of cancer and life together trying to put a positive light on what is handed to us while enjoying life with family and friends. Sadly Marianne lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010. She was a great Italian lady, who loved to cook, and take care of people. She touched everybody with her kindness and her sweet likable personality. I was lucky to have shared my life with her for twenty one years. We raised Ryan to be a good young man. Like most parents we have tried to give Ryan more than we had. We sent him to Catholic Central, watching him play football and then to MSU. Now he is living in Chicago and working at Sears as an analyst.
God has been very good to me. I am blessed in many ways. I have met another great lady named Lisa. She is sweet an kind. She treats Ryan like one of her own. I now life in White Lake Township Michigan. I have always lived on the water. We live on Tull Lake and have a cottage on White Lake. So when I am not working I am pontooning, skiing, or taking friend's kids out tubing. Nothing like having friends over on the lake for a cookout. Selling lakefront homes has become a minor speciality for me. As they say do what you love.
What matters most to you is that I have fourteen years of experience in the real estate and mortgage field. I have worked with Chase Manhattan Bank helping mortgage brokers structure loans and submit them the right way. I have closed over $150,000,000 of loans and real estate in that period and helped many people into homes. I have negotiated some good prices for homes and helped quite a few first time home buyers get their first home. But I am also proud that I have stopped some Metro home sales by getting a good inspector, and helped people take a step back when the house they wanted to buy was overpriced. I am the one that will give you the information, the comparables that you can make a sound decision. I want you to benefit from our transaction. I want you if you are buying a house to buy a house that will increase in value and not be a money pit. If you are selling your metro Detroit home I want to get you the most money possible and get the deal closed. Those are my goals.
My philosophy is be honest to people, give people good service, to charge a little less than your competitor because you will get more referrals and loyal customers. It all comes around to you. Over the years quite a few of my clients have become more than clients, they have become friends. I hope that I can earn your trust and friendship.
What I promise you is that I will work hard for you, Your interests will be my interest. I will utilize all my expertise and negotiating skills to get the best deal for you and get your Metro Detroit home to the closing table. I want your next real estate transaction to be a profitable one. I am going to provide you with the information to make a sound decision
Russ Ravary is a licensed real estate agent in the State of Michigan and a Realtor.