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Effingham Magazine



Realtor Ricky Eilerman has been serving others since he was a teenager. As an Army Sergeant he was stationed at Ft. Stewart, Ga, and served at the Pentagon only days after 9/11. He continued to serve his country while deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

After military service Ricky became an EMT, Paramedic and Firefighter for Palm Coast Fire Department in Florida before being recruited to the Savannah Fire Department.

Still striving to serve families, in 2016 Ricky became a licensed realtor. But two demanding careers meant sacrificing time spent with his family, so in 2018 he became a fulltime realtor. It was the right choice for him because, as he says, “Real estate is really about helping people”. And it has clearly been a great fit because he has consistently been recognized as being in the Top 5 % of Realtors in the county.

Doing What’s Best for his Clients

Ricky says, “My job is to achieve what’s best for the client. It is their life, their money, their future. I will always work to get you the best deal because I don’t just accept no as an answer. Whether I am representing the buyer or the seller,“no” is not the end all be all. I will always work to get you more, from closing cost to add-ons.”

“Transparency. Honesty. Speed,” says Ricky. “These are the three traits I am known for and these are the qualities I use to my clients advantage.” In addition to experienced buyers and sellers, Ricky says, “I genuinely enjoy working with first time home buyers, especially families. In the end I want to see all my clients safelyplanted in their new homes.”

As a Certified Military Relocation Specialist, Ricky uses his military experience and expertise with VA loans to help his clients. He is also an active member of the Home Builders Association and the Disabled American Veterans Network and has won several awards and recognition for Volume and Customer Service, including Best of Google and Best of the Coastal Empire.

Recently, Ricky joined the team at Sherman & Hemstreet. He says, “They are one of the region’s leading real estate firms and are also a hometown realty company that cares about each sale. I love their presence and what they are doing in downtown Springfield. Being part of Sherman and Hemstreet means I have the freedom to help more people.”


Ricky says it was his wife Ivy, who is the Branch Manager and Licensed Mortgage Advisor at Angel Oak Home Loans, who got him into real estate. They reside in Guyton with their children Caden, Grace and Cody. They enjoy entertaining, gathering with friends, and playing guitar around a fire. He says, “Effingham is great for that lifestyle. I want my clients to have the home and the life they want, and I will work hard every day to help you achieve your dreams.”