|It’s hard to believe that in just 12 “short” years we’ve gone from the humble beginnings of building one, or two, homes a month to becoming the largest locally owned and operated homebuilder in Snohomish County. During that time we’ve seen unprecedented changes in the real estate market from the “boom” that peaked early in 2006 and the “bust” that has rippled throughout the entire economy in the years since. The downturn was especially devastating for small-medium sized homebuilders in our area with 70% of them going out of business. Thankfully, housing in the Seattle-Everett area is now clearly on the rebound which, is not only good for us as homebuilders but also, more importantly, for real estate overall.
We are all extremely grateful for our success and the opportunity to serve the community we were born & raised in. In light of recent recognition we’ve been receiving, I would like thank all of those who have helped us along the way – our employees, realtors, lendors, subcontractors, suppliers, and most especially, the 1000′s of customers who’ve continued to support us over the years.
Here at Pacific Ridge, we’ve always tried hard to give back to our local communities whenever possible. We’re as much a part of our local neighborhoods as the people who buy our homes – and we’re happy about that.
Rampathon is an annual one-day event held by the Master Builders Care Foundation where local volunteer construction companies build free wheelchair ramps for deserving, local families. Since 1993, this event has lead to the donation of over 275 ramps valued at more than $1,700,000 worth of in-kind contributions to those who need it most.
For the seventh year in a row, Pacific Ridge Homes has built another ramp as part of this event for the very deserving Kratz family. Caryn Kratz was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis while pregnant with her first child and she has been confined to a wheelchair for the past 14 years. Her husband, Barry, built Caryn a ramp so she could get out to her garden in her wheelchair, but over time, the ramp has deteriorated and has no railings. Barry now carries Caryn when she needs to get up and down the ramp.
I love talking with the families and seeing their faces light up as they get to use their new ramps. Rampathon is great way for us to make a “hands-on” contribution by doing what we do best.
You can view this year’s Rampathon photos on our Facebook page.