Domenic Ruccio

After many years of city living in Boston I finally figured out that that little voice in the back of my head was the ocean telling me to come closer.  Seven years ago I moved to Belfast on Maine’s mid-coast and I have never looked back.   If you are looking to relocate to the Mid-Coast you are likely hearing that same little voice.  I would encourage you to listen to it because life in Mid-coast Maine is a wonderful experience.   After a while you can almost feel your nerve endings [...]

After many years of city living in Boston I finally figured out that that little voice in the back of my head was the ocean telling me to come closer.  Seven years ago I moved to Belfast on Maine’s mid-coast and I have never looked back.   If you are looking to relocate to the Mid-Coast you are likely hearing that same little voice.  I would encourage you to listen to it because life in Mid-coast Maine is a wonderful experience.   After a while you can almost feel your nerve endings calming down, your gait relaxing, and a very pleasant calm creeping into your life.   I am passionate about life in Mid-Coast Maine.  Yes, even in winter, which is absolutely beautiful and nowhere near as terrible as most people think.    I genuinely enjoy introducing newcomers to the Mid-Coast and helping them settle in.   It is, simply stated, a fabulous place to live.

Like many people, I went to Boston to go to graduate school and somehow forgot to leave.  I moved from Connecticut to Boston to attend law school where I graduated from Suffolk University School of Law too many years ago to wish to recall.  After a time in my own practice outside of Boston, I eventually went to work for Massachusetts General Hospital as part of the team overseeing the legal and financial side of the hospital’s intellectual property, generally cutting-edge biomedical inventions coming out of the research arm of the hospital.   Subsequent to that, I joined a start-up aimed at facilitating the legal transfer of biomedical inventions from the academic research community to the for-profit sector, specifically large pharmaceutical and biotech companies.  

After several years in the corporate world I decided that large-scale business was not were my heart truly was.  I was brought up in small business and appreciated both the control over one’s professional life, as well as a unique sense of fulfillment in one’s work.  So I bought a Laundromat.  An all-too-typical down at the heels Laundromat, mandatory sad house plants and all.   I remodeled it into a pleasant, lively, and comfortable place to do the chore consistently cited as themost disliked domestic duty.  We provided superior service to our customers in a friendly manner. It worked.   

One of my favorite customers – a molecular biologist by day and stand-up comic by night – suggested that the Laundromat would be “perfect” for comedy shows. Skeptical but game to create some buzz in the neighborhood, I agreed.  So after closing we set up chairs between the triple-loads and the single-loaders; we set the stage in front of driers #1 and #2.  Lights, camera, action . . . we had packed houses!  Needless to say, all concerned had an awful lot of fun and I learned that the world would flock to your door if you put on free comedy shows in a Laundromat.

The Laundromat soon became a de facto community center for the neighborhood and the business thrived.  But for that little voice my head, I would still be there . . . still wishing I was on the water somewhere.   

I see my job as a real estate professional as putting buyers and sellers together and keeping them together until the deal is done.   A real estate purchase and sale is a complex logistical exercise with many moving parts that can sometimes take place in an emotionally charged interpersonal dynamic. There are many opportunities for things to go sideways and for people to either lose a home they really wanted to live in or not sell a home that it was time to leave.  I see my function as managing and overseeing that complex process to make certain that doesn’t happen.  My job is to ensure that my clients have all the information they need to make sound decisions and then to insure that everything gets where it needs to get within deadline. 

Every real estate transaction needs a quarterback, a person who makes sure that nothing falls through the cracks or is otherwise mishandled to derail a sale that should have happened.  I do that by being very organized, very communicative, and, occasionally, very persistent on my clients’ behalves.  My role is best characterized as advocating for and protecting my clients’ best interests in a respectful and affable manner that gets us all to the closing table feeling good about the process that got us there.     

When not involved in real estate brokerage I enjoy time on the water in pretty much anything that floats, although sailing is my favorite pastime.   I love most music and spend a good deal of time listening to classical, jazz and blues.  Also, I am trying to learn to play the guitar, but attempts thus far have produced little more than a realization that I may be more of a listener than a maker of music.  Evidence to date appears to confirm that I am spectacularly untalented musically.  

I look forward to working with you.

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