You may not think that master's degrees in education and counseling psychology would pertain to a career in real estate, but those specialties have given Kathy Ripps an edge in her industry.
Ripps spent 31 years working in the San Antonio school system, first as a teacher and then as a counselor. This extensive background gave her the ability to understand and relate to people’s needs and allows her to recognize the significant impact that buying or selling a home has on her clients.
Her honed people skills are coupled with a keen business and marketing sense, which she built through work in real estate investment, property management, and years of helping her husband with his personal investment business. She has since been named a winner of Platinum Top 50 Realtors from 2016-2019, and the San Antonio Business Journal has recognized her as a top agent for the past three years. In 2018, she was ranked No. 3 in residential real estate.
San Antonio is a diverse community, and Ripps has stayed active and immersed in the city's growth. She is a member of the Alamo Heights Chamber and on the board of SABOR Community Outreach, and also exhibits entrepreneurial leadership through TREPAC and NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Ripps supports such organizations and charities as SA2020, Impact SA, Breast Cancer Awareness, Los Amigos Ski Club, Fisher House, the Battered Women and Children's Shelter, and her church. Ripps and her husband are founding members of the San Antonio Opera, as well as members at the San Antonio Museum of Art and Witte Museum.
With an active military family, Ripps takes pride in working with past and current soldiers. She has maintained strong ties to the military community after working as a counselor at Fort Sam Houston.
We chatted with Ripps to find out more about her work and what drives her.
CultureMap: What inspires you to do what you do?
Kathy Ripps: The daily interactions with my clients. I get to meet new and interesting people from all over the world.
CM: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to people looking for their dream home?
KR: Focus on what will enhance your lifestyle and make you comfortable when you come home every day: a gourmet kitchen, a heated pool, acreage, traditional elements, or modern design.
CM: And advice to those who are selling?
KR: The most important thing is to depersonalize your home so it appeals to all buyers and not just a niche market. The neutral, clean, bright, and clutter-free homes will attract more buyers. It's also a great way to prepare for the move. Start packing early.
CM: What do you consider your "special skill"?
KR: My access to talent. Whatever a client needs, I have someone in my sphere to get the job done.
CM: What's one thing people might not know about you?
KR: My husband and I have 60 years of combined real estate-related expertise. This gives me a huge advantage by being on a first-name basis with representatives in all industries: maintenance, legal, title, survey, inspection, and mortgage.
See Kathy Ripps' latest listings here, or contact her at 210-240-4464 or Kathy.Ripps@sothebysrealty.com.