Ruta-Leo Associates represents a team partnership between Sandy Ruta and Marina Leo. Together they operate their marketing and business plan as independent contractors within the Higgins Group. They agreed to develop their business partnership after working together within the Higgins Group organization for several years assisting each other with various clients and transactions. They came to realize that they shared the same work ethic which convinced them that working together as a team they could cover a larger client base and market area.
Their approach is simple - be an advocate for the client. They work with buyers, sellers, builders, and investors in Fairfield County. They take pride in providing a full service approach to their clients that is more than just 'marketing' for sellers and 'showings' for buyers. They address such areas as staging, repairs, and networking, to name a few, that allows them to 'partner' with their clients and develop a personal relationship that continues after the transaction is complete. Ruta-Leo Associates is proud to report that 75% of their business today comes from referral and their current client base is 70 families strong. This is a good business model for success in real estate.
Sandy Ruta grew up in Westport. After college he worked for an international consumer products company for 30 years and held a variety of management positions in marketing, sales, finance, and operations. His father was a homebuilder in lower Fairfield County and owned and operated his own real estate company. His sister also worked in real estate as a sales manager and his brother is a home builder and remodeler. Sandy has worked in real estate for 10 years at the Higgins Group and also has his Brokers license. He lives in Bethel with his wife and has one daughter.
Marina Leo was born in the US and grew up in Germany. After completing high school and a two year correspondence school in Germany, she returned to the US to gain work and language experience and then attended college. She worked in office management and financial research before starting her real estate career. Marina has been with the Higgins Group for 12 years and is one of their Founding Partners. She lives in Westport with her husband and has one daughter and one son.
Together Sandy and Marina have 17 years combined real estate experience covering Fairfield County as Ruta-Leo Associates.
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