Ruth Boyer O’Dea is a strong force in the Metropolitan D.C. region’s real estate market, where she has served hundreds of clients and assumed significant brokerage responsibilities since 2003. Prior to joining Douglas Elliman as principal broker, Ruth was an integral member of the leadership team at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. There, she had the title of senior vice president, and responsibilities as Director of Professional Development & Operations, and Director of Engagement.Read more
As the primary architect of TTR Sotheby’s touted professional development program, Ruth is passionate about nurturing others, and shares both knowledge and strategies for success with agents. Ruth is committed to ensuring agents incorporate best real estate practices and has created curated classes to achieve this aim.
Ruth is also an ICF-certified leadership coach, through the Institute of Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. She combines an emphasis on personal growth and self-discovery with real estate systems and strategy, thereby propelling agents to meet both their personal and professional goals.
Throughout her two decades as a real estate professional, Ruth has earned consistent praise from clients and colleagues alike. Whether advising a client, negotiating a residential transaction, or attending to corporate relations, Ruth is consistently lauded as “patient,” “knowledgeable,” “attentive,” and “invested,” among many other impressive descriptors. She is valued by clients and colleagues alike for her unsurpassed in-depth knowledge of the local housing market, real estate contracts, and today’s innovative marketing strategies. While highly respected for her superlative research, analytical and negotiating skills, she considers her approachability and ability to ascertain clients’ needs and goals a hallmark of the outstanding reputation she has earned. It is a reputation for consistently exceeding her clients’ expectations.
Ruth graduated from Georgetown with an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in Public Policy. She subsequently held the position of Registrar of the Georgetown University Law Center. Although courted by Harvard and Stanford Law Schools, she transitioned to the corporate world and began volunteering in the non-profit sector with Lift-Me-Up, a therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities. Currently, she sits on the Board of Bridle Paths, which serves persons with physical, psychological and emotional challenges through meaningful partnership with horses.
With their daughter attending Virginia Tech, she and her husband can now answer the question, ‘What’s a Hokie?’ When not working, they enjoy entertaining in their Clarendon area home and traveling to see friends and family in the states and abroad. Ruth makes meaningful connections with those she meets, and establishes relationships with her Elliman and Knight Frank colleagues - where their travels take them.