RAMUS Realty Group

RAMUS Realty Group

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Best of 2022
9 employees
15 years in business

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Serving Schuylkill, Berks & Beyond - Pennsylvania Real Estate

Local Market Leadership
Superior Personal Service

Ramus Realty Group is a full service real estate brokerage bringing you savvy marketing and expert client representation. Our firm is known for innovation and creativity. We embrace technology and provide our clients with professional, exceptional results. We are experts in the greater Schuylkill / Berks market, and balance professionalism with a ‘kitchen table’ level of care.

Our agents pride themselves on knowing the region, the school systems and the community. We give our time, talent and treasures to the communities we love. Northeast Pennsylvania is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family – and we are among the region’s most vocal cheerleaders.

Our company is a Premier Member of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, and our team continually stands out for its marketing and responsiveness. Our Commercial Division can handle all your business and industry needs. We offer full service sales and marketing solutions for buyers, sellers, investors and developers.

Ramus Realty Group fosters a culture of partnership and collaboration. We are passionate about real estate, committed to our team, and dedicated to our clients’ needs.

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Pottsville, PA 17901
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

If you are buying or selling, we are here to serve your best interests and guide you through the process from start to finish. We have buyer's guides and seller's guides that we can send you to help you learn about how it all works. 

Our team of local experts is ready to guide you through the home-buying process. We are committed to fast, professional and courteous service to help you understand and feel at ease throughout the home buying process. Our trained and licensed agents specialize in the Schuylkill & Berks Counties area real estate market and are prepared to find the right home and get the best price.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Erica Ramus is a Schuylkill County native and a graduate of St. Clair Area High School. She earned degrees at Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (I.B.), University of Delaware Honors Program and Kutztown University (B.A.). She holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate (MRE) and in 2013 was one of only 10 real estate brokers in the first class to complete this program. She sits on committees at both the state and national level (PAR and NAR).

Erica started Schuylkill Living Magazine in 1997. She opened her real estate brokerage in Pottsville in 2007. She is extremely active in the community, especially in the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce (Past President) and Rotary Club of Pottsville (Past President). She is in the Schuylkill United Way’s Pacesetters Club. She lives in Wayne Township with her husband and two sons. The Ramus family frequently hosts exchange students and has had students live with them from France, Russia, Germany, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Mexico and Ecuador.

Besides listing and marketing properties for sale, she also handles commercial transactions and real estate consulting services. Many area firms call her to help in recruiting executives to the area.

MRE Degree (Master’s of Real Estate)
Instructor at Penn State Schuylkill, Real Estate Licensing & Continuing Ed
National Association of Realtors – Professional Development Committee 2015-2016
National Association of Realtors – Housing Opportunity Committee 2017
National Association of Realtors – Realtor University, Scholarship Committee
National Association of Realtors – Realtor University, Alumni Committee Chair
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors – Strategic Plan Committee 2015
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors – Association Services Coordinating Committee
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors – Member Services Task Force Chair 2017
Women’s Council of Realtors, Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter – Education Chair
Women’s Council of Realtors, Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter – VP Membership
Schuylkill Businesswoman of the Year 2000
Top 20 Under 40 in Northeast Pennsylvania
Kutztown University Young Alumni Award 2002
Northeast PA Top 25 Women in Business 2008
Past President Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce
Past President Rotary Club of Pottsville
Penna. Association of Realtors/PAR Excellence Club 2007
Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) training
Accredited Consultant in Real Estate (ACRE)
Internet Marketing Specialist (IMSD) training
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
RES.NET REO Certified
WCR’s PMN Designation for negotiating
NAR “At Home With Diversity” (AHWD)
NAR Green Designation (GREEN) training
NAR SRS Designation (Seniors Specialist)
NAR MRP Designation (Military Relocation Pro)


What types of customers have you worked with?

Ramus Realty Group's Real Estate Agents Selling your home can be easy. Let our experienced staff help you make it happen. 

Ramus Realty Group is comprised of a team of local real estate professionals committed to selling properties in Schuylkill & Berks Counties. Our mission is to provide an extraordinary level of personal service, putting our clients' needs before our own. We provide the highest level of professionalism and expertise for our clients - before, during and after each transaction. 

Let us know what you're looking for. Please take advantage of the helpful tools on this website, including our exclusive Schuylkill & Berks Counties Real Estate search, but also feel free to contact us personally.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Whether you’ve sold a home before or you’re going to be a first time home seller, there are things that you need to know before listing your home for sale.  Any friend, family member or Realtor who says selling a home is a fun filled experience is not being honest. The truth is that selling a home can be an inconvenience, create stress and anxiety, and lead to thoughts of uncertainty. The process is not that easy, but it can be better with a little preparation.

Hiring A Great Realtor Is Extremely Important

Often the most overlooked step when selling a home is the importance of hiring a great real estate agent.  All real estate agents are not the same!  When selling a home, you should have high expectations of the person who you hire to sell your home.  Agents possess different qualities and have different skill sets and levels of experience. While there is no guarantee that the top producing Realtor you hire will be the right one for you, you can make a better, more educated choice if you ask the right questions.

Gather Information, Paperwork, and Documents

A great Realtor knows what information should be included in the information of the house they’re selling.  Having information on the major mechanics of the home and also any updates that have been done to the home will be extremely helpful.  A great Realtor is not going to just place a sign in the front of your home and wait for it to sell.  They should know how to write compelling information about your home to attract potential buyers in addition to creatively marketing it online and offline.

Here are some examples of the kind of information, paperwork, and documents you should gather before selling a home.

  • Roof age & any warranty paperwork, if applicable
  • Furnace age & any instruction manuals
  • Central air conditioning age & any instruction manuals
  • Hot water heater age & any instruction manuals
  • Any included appliance ages & any instruction manuals
  • Dates of any home improvement projects, such as, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, window installation, carpet installation, etc
  • Any certificate of compliance (permits) that apply such as deck permits, shed permits, fence permits, etc…
  • Outstanding mortgage balance (if applicable) & pay-off balance
  • Survey if available

Before putting your home on the market, it can be a good idea to have a professional home inspector perform an inspection on your home.  Whether a buyer is purchasing their first home or their fifth, it’s likely they will make their offer contingent on an acceptable home inspection.  A home inspector should find at least some issues with the home they are inspecting, even in new construction.  If they don’t find at least some small issues, they maybe inexperienced.

By completing this pre-listing inspection, you can address the issues that the home inspector may note during his inspection.  The home inspector will provide you with a detailed report and also pictures relating to anything they note in their report.

There are other inspections to consider before selling a home as well.  Here are several other inspections that a buyer could possibly make their offer contingent upon and to consider performing prior to selling a home.

  • Radon
  • Pest/Termite
  • Septic
  • Well Water

There are several things that should be examined before selling a home.  A Realtor should be able to point out during a walk-through items that should be corrected or repaired.  Painting, a thorough cleaning, and decluttering are just a handful of low cost preparations that should be done prior to selling a home. The first impression is crucial.  By not preparing your home for sale, this can often lead to a poor first impression and also can cost you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Which Items Should You Fix?

Now that you may have had a few inspections prior to listing, which items should you fix and which should you let the buyer handle?

If you know of issues – you the seller should fix:

  • Any simple, easy items that you can handle inexpensively and those that would be considered regular maintenance – such as doors not hanging right, broken cabinets, light fixtures not working correctly, hardware updates
  • Regular maintenance issues – furnace repair/inspection, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, etc.
  • Electrical issues
  • Radon (if found to be high)
  • Safety / environmental issues such as broken steps, loose or missing handrails, buried or abandoned underground tanks

Do not worry about cosmetic issues that appeal to a buyer’s specific taste, such as new carpeting or paint. If these items need repair you can offer the buyer a credit at closing for them. Get a quote on new flooring or on fresh paint to show the buyer. Then the buyer can pick the carpet and paint they’d like.

Pricing The Home Right From The Beginning Can Be The Difference

The most important factor to whether a home sells or not relates to pricing.  If you price your home too high from the start, it can actually cost you money in the future.  The price a home enters the market at will do the majority of the marketing of the home.  It’s important to understand today’s buyers have tons of information at their fingertips. Buyers often know a home is overpriced and will choose not to even look at it.

Sellers make the same pricing mistakes over and over again, and it’s important that you know what they are before selling a home.  Don’t hire a Realtor simply because they suggest the highest listing price. Hire the Realtor who gives you a solid, detailed market analysis showing you why they think your house should be priced in a certain range. Price it based on data, not what you want or need to get out of the sale, or how much you have invested over the years in the house. None of that matters to the buyer and won’t help you sell.

Decide Whether Or Not To Offer A Home Warranty

Home warranties can be a great idea for some when selling a home and will make no difference for others when selling a home.  Sellers commonly ask and wonder if offering a home warranty to a buyer is worth it. In most cases, home warranties are a nice bonus to offer to a potential buyer and also a nice marketing tool.

Staging Can Help Sell Your Home But Not The Only Reason It Sells

Staging is not the only reason a home sells, period.  There are real estate agents who say their listings sell faster and for more money because they stage them but fail to mention the fact that price, location, condition, and several other things play a huge part in the sale.

Homes that are staged will normally show better, which can lead to a quicker sale.  There are simple tips that you can follow to help get the home sold quicker.  Many of these tips do not require a real estate agent with a certification for www.  An experienced real estate agent, certification or not, can suggest many tips that will help your home show better and sell faster.

Preparing Your Home For Showings

When selling a home, you want to make your home appealing for potential buyers.  What do you think the a potential buyer who walks through a home that has piles of dirty clothes on the bedroom floor or  dirty pots and pans in the sink would think?  Most buyers would be either distracted or disgusted, possibly leading to them not being interest in that home.

Preparing your home for showings can be a job in itself and an inconvenience.  Making sure the clutter is minimized, pet odors are eliminated, and that the curb appeal is attractive are just a few tips that can help prepare your home for showings.  It’s possible that a home that is well prepared for showings will sell before an unprepared home just because the image that it portrays to potential buyers walking through the door.

Evaluate Whether Open Houses Are Worth It Or Not

This is a controversial topic in the real estate industry.  Some real estate agents swear that open houses are worth it and others will swear they are a huge waste of time.  Ultimately, the decision whether they are worth it or not is the home owner’s.

There are potentially some major drawbacks of open houses.  While there is a small possibility that a home will sell as a result from an open house, you should determine whether you would like your home to be open.

The above things need to be known before selling.  Selling a home is likely to bring added stress, anxiety, and uncertainty.  These feelings though will be greatly reduced if the proper preparation is taken before selling your home.  Understanding the importance of these things and how to make the proper decisions can make the difference of your home selling experience being a disaster or a success.


What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
Starting to Look for a Home? What You WANT vs. What You NEED
In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your Schuylkill County or Berks County home search.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale with rose-colored glasses.

Do you really need that farm sink in the kitchen in order to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the man cave of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make or break now?

The first step in your home buying process should be to get pre-approved for your mortgage. This allows you to know your budget before you fall in love with a home that is way outside of it.

The next step is to list all the features of a home that you would like, and to qualify them as follows:

  • ‘Must Haves’ – if this property does not have these items, then it shouldn’t even be considered. (ex: distance from work or family, number of bedrooms/bathrooms)
  • ‘Should Haves’ – if the property hits all of the must haves and some of the should haves, it stays in contention, but does not need to have all of these features.
  • ‘Absolute Wish List’ – if we find a property in our budget that has all of the ‘must haves,’ most of the ‘should haves,’ and ANY of these, it’s the winner!

Having this list flushed out before starting your search will save you time and frustration, while also letting your agent know what features are most important to you before starting to show you houses in your desired area. If you’re working with one of our buyer’s agents in the office, take a few minutes to sit down with that person and go over this list with them. The more information your agent has about what you want vs. what you need, the easier the search process with be.


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