Top Agent Viktoria Ringhausen, of RE/MAX ONE in Prince Frederick, Maryland, has spent the past seven years building a solid reputation as a trustworthy agent who can be counted on to take care of her many buyers and sellers. Her wealth of industry knowledge, along with an authentic, personable approach have endeared her to all who are lucky enough to work with her. Viktoria’s stellar work ethic and integrity-based approach have been the foundation of an exceptional career that shows no sign of slowing down.
Viktoria came to the United States from Russia in 2002, speaking little English. Yet, her drive and intelligence earned her a BS and MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern Technical Institute. In 2009, a friend suggested that real estate might be a good career fit for her, and she accepted the challenge and obtained her license. At first, she worked for free, an almost unheard-of choice that allowed her to establish a strong knowledge base. “A lot of people start in the business thinking the business is just going to come to them,” explains Viktoria. “But the truth is that you have to be hungry for it, and you have to hustle and work a lot of hours.” Still, many people she knew suggested it would be an uphill battle to succeed in the industry. “A lot of people told me that if I wanted to be successful I’d have to lose my accent,” she says. “I proved that I could succeed anyway, and that anything is possible.” Succeed she did, and today she is one of the most respected Realtors in Southern Maryland.
Viktoria, who focuses primarily on new construction sales, can boast of a business that is based more than 90% on referrals from satisfied clients. This client loyalty is based on a number of factors, chief among them her true desire to make the often-convoluted transaction process as smooth as possible for them. This is made evident by the sheer number of five-star reviews on Zillow.com. Among them is this glowing testimonial: “Our experiences working with Viktoria have been nothing less than amazing. She is very responsive to emails and phone calls, and I feel like she went out of her way multiple times for us. I can tell that she’s very passionate about her job and loves helping others…I also liked how she kept us informed of every step of the selling/buying process.”
Viktoria’s intelligent marketing of her properties is yet another reason for her continued success, and she is particularly adept at utilizing the social media platform Facebook to make sure her listings are seen by as many potential buyers as possible.
When asked what she enjoys most about she does, Viktoria’s passion for the real estate industry is made clear. “When I first came to real estate,” she muses, “I was searching for my purpose in life, and trying to figure out what I was good at. I decided my purpose was to use my creativity and inspiration to help others achieve their dreams. That makes me very happy.”
Giving back to her community is of vital importance to Viktoria, and to that end she sits on the board of a local business women’s group. Her philanthropic efforts include donating a portion of every commission to the Save the Children organization.
When she’s not working, Viktoria enjoys spending time with her family. She is also an avid runner. “I have a crazy dream of running a hundred miles,” she laughs. Reading, writing and the education and coaching of up-and-coming agents are other endeavors that she finds rewarding. Viktoria also has a soon-to-be-published motivational book on the way, called Will to Win, a collaborative effort.
Viktoria’s plans for the future are simple: to continue growing her business by providing the exceptional level of client service that has become her hallmark. “My main goal is to just be happy with what I do,” she says. “I want to enjoy it and help as many people as I can.”