Meet Libby, our Assistant Extraordinaire!
Our assistant, Libby Ristau, is an invaluable member of the team as she supports us in providing the best possible service for our clients. She has the uncanny ability to create order amidst the whirlwind of details and information involved in guiding our clients through buying and selling their home. In fact, she would say she enjoys the variety each day brings and thrives in the dynamic, ever-changing world of real estate.
We benefit from not only Libby’s formal studies in Industrial Organizational Psychology, but also from her variety of experience in the real estate field. She served as office manager of the Federal Way Windermere Real Estate Office prior to joining our team. Also, because Libby is a licensed Realtor®, she has the training and expertise to attend to details and paperwork throughout a transaction. By taking those things off our plate, Cathy and I have more time to serve the needs of our clients.
Beyond being organized and knowledgeable, Libby is flexible, open minded and an impressive multitasker. She is sensitive to the unique needs of each person or situation, and has the capacity to thoughtfully adjust her approach to find solutions that fit best.
When not at work, Libby enjoys spending time with her husband and their two-year-old son. Most weekends in the fall and summer, you’ll find them camping or tailgating at WSU football games. (Don’t hold that against her Husky fans!)
We feel truly lucky to have Libby handling the details behind the scenes.
Our Extended Team of Professionals
We come equipped with a whole team of professionals working hard for you. We are proud of the long standing, loyal relationships we’ve created with our title company team, processors, lender, home inspectors and appraisers. We are flattered when bring their personal business to us and choose us when they need a realtor.
Because we value building quality relationships and love connecting people, we have developed a strong network of professionals with proven skill and integrity. If you’re looking for a referral for a product or service, chances are we know someone you can trust to help you. We’re happy to point you in the right direction, so feel free to reach out to ask for our help. Please consider us a resource, even if it’s outside real estate.
Certifications and Special Skills
Certified Residential Specialist Designation (CRS)
Our dedication to be the best in the business inspired both Cathy/Vickie and me to earn our Certified Residential Specialist Designation (CRS), an elite certification held by only 3% of all realtors nationwide. It requires extensive educational and professional requirements be met to be awarded this designation. It is the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in Real Estate.
One of the benefits of this certification is it gives us privileges outside our local area and allows us to serve your friends and family across the country too. We’re proud to hold this certification as it signals our clients and other Realtors our commitment to excellence is amongst the best of the best.
Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
Carrying this certification makes us specially qualified to address the real estate needs of seniors. We recognize that a home often is the largest and most precious asset that baby boomers possess. When considering a lifestyle change or downsizing, seniors especially need a trusted advisor to provide honest care that puts their need first. We bring a unique approach to each transaction and interaction with all our clients. This designation goes even further to not only offer a deep knowledge of real estate and the local and economic issues shaping market trends, but also to be educated on issues of concern when making important financial decisions about selling your home that could affect your ability to enjoy retirement as you dreamed.
VA Military Real Estate Specialist (VAMRES)
This certification prepares us with specific training in helping veterans and active duty military personnel buy and sell homes. The needs of those serving our nation are much different than typical households – frequent moves, moving across country far from friends and family, the strains of deployment and difficult schedules and access to VA financing. Finding housing near our local military bases may also be important for your family. This designation equips us to both understand the technicalities of the VA loan with ease, and have our fingers on the pulse of the housing market near JBLM.
Certified International Property Specialist for the Asia/Pacific Region (CIPS)
International real estate opportunities are everywhere. Whether you have relocated to the U.S. from another country or are an American interested in investing in property overseas, this designation provides the knowledge, research, network and tools handle the complexities of international transactions. From currency issues and financing to visa and tax laws, this extensive training equips me to handle these differences can make or break the purchase or sale of your home. Plus, I have access to a tight-knit network of 2,800 international property professionals in over 50 countries around the world to ensure that you will receive the same level of service no matter where your next home is located.