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Vol.1, No. 5 | June 1, 2021

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112 43rd Ave SW #203 | Puyallup, WA 98373 |   9A- 5P M-F

Featured Provider

William Martin

Executive Director, Deer Ridge Memory Care

William was born and raised in Anderson SC. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the US Army and served as a calvary scout assigned to an Air Calvary unit based at Schofield Barracks HI. After finishing a 3 year commitment, he returned to SC for a brief period of time before enlisting in the United States Marine Corp as
a communications specialist. This assignment took him back to HI where he was stationed at MCAS Kaneohe Bay. He spent 3 more years in service and decided to get out and pursue other things in life. In 1987, William Moved to the state of WA. After working a variety of jobs, He decided to return to school. He went to Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood WA, where he studied practical nursing. It was during preclinical training that William found his calling in life which was serving elders, especially those suffering from Dementia and the issues associated with caring for the people diagnosed with it. This calling has spanned more than 3 decades and continues to drive his passion to help others to understand the dynamics of aging and care delivery. William currently lives in Puyallup WA with his wife Lesya and two sons, Konstantine 14, and David, 13. He loves travel, reading, and physical exercise, especially racquetball. In addition to being a Licensed Practical Nurse, William is also certified as an Assisted Living Administrator, Holds a WA state Real Estate Brokers license and is a member of the Puyallup South Hill Rotary, NWMLS and Boy Scouts of America.

Deer Ridge Memory Care (253) 446-7892 Click Here to visit Deer Ridge

What Does a Service-First Mindset Mean?

I normally don’t post about our business experience and what we do at 55+ Real Estate Services, but I thought it would be helpful to those who are experiencing what I am about to write about and how we helped our seniors who needed immediate help.
Last week I received a phone call from one of Senior Living Communities that we work with. A couple needed to move into assisted living as soon as possible. They have no children, and no family near by. They both are in their late 80’s, both on oxygen, neither one can drive now and one also has beginning stages of dementia. After meeting with them at their home and seeing 40 years of stuff and a huge acre of land – we needed to move quickly.
With such short notice and Memorial weekend coming, after calling 4 of my movers I work with their schedule was full. I continued to call my move managers that we work with asking who they may know – bingo – I got a great referral to movers who could move them into assisted living in 2 days! My assistant and I went to the home the day of the move to coordinate – not what we usually do our move managers would coordinate. The movers were excellent, kind and patient. After finding cases of oxygen tanks that the movers could not move we had to call the senior living community and they would take care of it. We also found that the neighbors came over and packed most of their items they would be taking with them – what a blessing that was. Once their items were on the moving truck – the senior living director came and took the couple to their new residence. The neighbors who helped with packing also came to unpack and set up their new place. Our job was not complete – what was to happen with all the stuff left behind? Our move managers will come out and pack up, donate and a trip to the dump if needed. Once the house is empty our house cleaner will come in to clean – professional photos taken – and home on the market soon. It’s a process, but a great feeling that this couple has been taken care of and they are so appreciative. Love what we do! Know someone that needs our help – or maybe it’s you – check us out at  www.55RES.com Thanks for reading – have a great day!

Will the Housing Market Crash Again?

The housing market for the past few years has been really, really good. Home values keep increasing and interest rates are hitting record lows. Many of us who saw this same pattern leading up to the 2008 Great Recession are wondering- When will this bubble burst? Especially when the economy has been less than stable, it’s a significant question that can lead to lack of trust in the current market.

On that front, we have encouraging news. Read the Full Article Here >

Unbelievable! Can Home Prices Keep Growing?

Home prices in the area just keep growing, with the average home in Pierce county selling for over $570,000 in May. Is this sustainable? What does the future hold? Will the market crash again? While no one can know the future, economists have great news for homeowners. Click Here to learn more >

June Events

3 Downsizing presentation hosted by GenCare Lifestyle Point Ruston 2PM

Saturday Cruz-Ins Sunrise Village 5PM

9 Advance Care Planning: A Medical Perspective Pierce County ADRC 6:30PM

17 Senior Providers Networking Group Zoom Meeting, 1pm

19 Juneteenth

20 Father’s Day

20-26 13th Annual Dog-A-Thon 5k Humane Society of Tacoma-Pierce County

22 Downsizing presentation hosted by Multicare Celebrate Seniority 2PM

26 Fort From Home Victorian Cooking Metro Parks Tacoma 11AM

Normally we do not complete customer reviews or surveys.

This is the first time that we used Debbie Ruvo, who was referred to us by somebody else in the business.

We have been in real estate investing for over 50 years and have seen all kinds of unprofessional behaviors, very few true professionals.

This selling transaction with Debbie Ruvo was an experience that was off the charts in all areas of the transaction. We felt that she gave excellent “Coaching” and posturing as to what to do and not to do. (This alone saved us thousands of dollars). She assisted with excellent communications and thorough documentation, which yielded excellent results. We had a timely closing. She has excellent follow-up, and pays attention to the details.

Also, we accepted and closed on an offer that was full price (Which was higher than we were expecting to see). She is a true and rare professional that we would highly recommend to any serious seller. (And I repeat, we do not normally give endorsements)

We are looking forward to using Debbie’s services again in the near future.

Bob and Cathy M.

I am proud to let everyone know that Debbie has helped me so much in buying and selling two homes over the past two decades, and especially at this specific time of uncertainty. Her vast and intricate knowledge of real estate transactions made me feel confident in selecting my home when I was buying, and selecting offers when selling. And she guided me through the do’s and dont’s and I continued to rely on her experience. She made me feel important. I can’t say enough about her attention to detail, keeping in touch throughout the on market process and keeping my vision focussed on the deal. That’s where her experience pays off. Thanks Debbie, and I will remember your standards and integrity in my future real estate dealings. Thanks Debbie.

Norman I.

To Whom it May Concern,

I am happy to recommend Debbie Ruvo to anyone dealing with real estate purchase or sale.

I found Ms. Ruvo to be Very helpful in handling our home sale. She is very knowledgeable and caring in her work. She was very kind in considering our needs.

Vincent T.

Fantastic experience! The professionalism and dedication of Debbie was second to none. She was on top of all of my needs. She was always available to answerr my many questions. Will recommend Debbie to all my friends looking at selling a home.

April C.

Debbie Ruvo has been an incredible support to me as I have sold various family properties. She has represented our interests very well and the whole process has been very timely and efficient. Debbie has made sure that I have met every deadline, supplied all the necessary documentation, etc. I will absolutely use her services again and recommend her to anyone looking for an agent- either to buy or sell. Thank you, Debbie!

LaWanda C.M.

Rick and I first met Debbie a little over 21 years ago. We then were attempting to sell our home and duplex and purchase another home. Debbie made it happen! So when we decided to downsize to a smaller home, who did we call, Debbie Ruvo of course!! She helped us with so much more then the selling and buying of current our home. We really appreciate all her hard work and would recommend Debbie for any real estate needs.

Rick and Norma C.

To Whom it May Concern:

We want to take a moment to bring your attention to the outstanding job that Ms. Debbie Ruvo did in supporting us and representing us in our recent home purchase. We had been looking for some time for a house or condo in the Puyallup South Hill area that would allow us to significantly simplify our life. We first met Debbie as she showed us a condo listing she had. After viewing this property it occurred to us that we still wanted a single family home so we kept on looking. However, fortunate for us, Debbie continued to send us ideas and suggestions as homes appeared on the market. In addition, since Debbie specialized in the senior and retirees sector of the market, she had many other interesting and thought provoking ideas.

We had not thought about or even understood how many options and choices there were out there that were available to us. As we continued to look, visit open houses and slowly become overwhelmed with the diversity and enormity of the market, we came close to deciding that the choice that fit us the best was an over 55 community with stand alone homes, ie: no common walls and then we found a community we liked. Fairly small with sixty stand alone homes, we looked at four homes that came on the market in about a three month period and really felt one would be the best for us and we asked Debbie to represent us in the purchase.

Now Debbie has been a fountain of knowledge and information before this time, but she was a quiet, calm and collected real estate dynamo in handling this purchase. She has so much experience and knowledge that she steered us flawlessly all the way through a potential minefield of multiple bidders to a successful conclusion of being the buyer on the home we wanted. Debbie was always a step ahead of everyone, she held our hands and led us forward without us even being aware that all real estate transactions are usually filled with much more drama that we experienced.

We highly recommend Debbie Ruvo. She will take good care of you, steer you to the right direction and get you the home you want with as little muss and fuss as possible.

Larry and Gail R.

Debbie was always there to take care of any issues that came up- She was always positive. If we were to buy or sell again we would use her services again. If anybody I know is going to buy or sell I will recommend Debbie.

Ted and Sherri M.

To Whom It May Concern:

Just a few comments in regard to one of the finest realtors in Perce County.

Debbie Ruvo did a wonderful job for myself selling our home near Eatonville, WA.

She is an upmost professional; she does a fine job with gathering comp data; very good in advising the seller of current strategies for marketing their home; and, also upbeat/positive.

Too, Ms. Ruvo is an excellent listener. She constantly asks questions and gives information which helps the seller to be relaxed- not stressed.

I would highly recommend you make an appointment with Ms. Ruvo, not only in wishing to sell a home, but also, in choosing a new residence.

Rick B.

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