When you are passionate about your job, it shows. After her first year in the business, Ruthie Shugarman has achieved ‘Elite Status’ at Dexter Real Estate. Shortly after beginning her career she was recognized as Dexter’s third highest producer for individual sales. In 2011, she received the honor of being the fifth highest individual producer for the prestigious company.

Ruthie brings a unique blend of education and experience to the doorstep. With a degree in Fine Arts and studies in Landscape Architecture at UBC, she ran a successful Event Management company for a decade before turning her enthusiasm for real estate into a career.

“Ruthie’s professionalism and expertise were a huge help in selling our home and buying our new one. Right from the beginning, we could tell that we had found a great realtor that was enthusiastic, well-organized and ready to help us with all the details that we may possibly overlook as first time sellers,” said Bryan McCready and Beryl Chen.

An entrepreneur from the tender age of twelve, when she sold earrings out of her school locker, Ruthie has an unparalleled eye for style and creative vision. Combine this with her attention to detail, and you have a realtor that is both innovative and interesting to work with “Negotiations surrounding your home can be serious and important, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun,” she says.

When the real estate industry took a nasty downward turn in 2007, Ruthie rolled up her sleeves and decided it would be a good time to introduce charitable clothing swaps to her clients and friends. The result has been a huge hit, a biannual night out that causes you to both purge your closet and augment your wardrobe.

In fact, she is a charitable force to be reckoned with. Ruthie was a big part of Dexter’s Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2010 and 2011, and was the 2012 Chair for Love Her, an Ovarian Cancer fundraiser. A born and raised Vancouverite, she believes it is important to give back to her community.

A strong commitment to both ethics and excellence has propelled Ruthie to the top of the real estate business. As a testament to her hard work and unsurpassed client service, referrals provide the backbone for her success. With a realtor like Ruthie on your side, you are guaranteed to find your way home.