Foster Ratliff REALTOR®
- 600 N Hurstbourne Pkwy Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40222
Foster Ratliff REALTOR®
In what year did you begin working in the real estate industry?
“2018. That’s also when I affiliated my business with Semonin.”
Why do you like working in the real estate industry?
“I love meeting new people and helping them achieve their real estate dreams! Whether they're first time home buyers, looking to meet the needs of a growing household, downsizing or investing, I enjoy providing clear, strategic direction and guidance as I move my clients through each real estate transaction.”
Why do you choose to affiliate your business with Semonin?
“Semonin has that special ‘FAMILY’ atmosphere that allows everyone to contribute and feel they are truly part of something BIG!”
What sets you apart from other REALTORS®?
“Similar to the importance of ‘Location, Location, Location’ when buying a home, my personal motto is ‘Communication, Communication, Communication.’ I have always taken great pride in keeping an active channel of communication open between myself and the people I serve. I am also highly organized, which enables me to stay current with every step of the real estate transaction.”
What do you do to stay up-to-date/knowledgeable about the real estate industry?
“Semonin provides countless resources to keep me current with market trends in our area and surrounding communities. I also subscribe to several on-line resources, such as Realtor.com and HouseLogic, to gain a broader perspective with seller and buyer wants and needs within the housing industry.”
What did you do before you began working in real estate?
“Before joining Semonin, I spent 27 years in the Retail Management Services industry with Kroger. Over my Kroger career, I held 14 different roles at the store, regional and division level. Every role allowed me to hone my skills in the service arena. One of my primary objectives as a leader at Kroger was to provide clear, strategic guidance and direction through complex issues, all while working toward common goals.
Those experiences have proven very beneficial since joining Semonin. While working closely with each of my clients, it is easy to see the similarities between my previous roles and my current role as a real estate professional.”
Who is your immediate family (per 2019):
“I enjoy spending time with my wife, Stephanie, and our family of five children and four grandkids (there’s nothing better in life!). When our kids were younger, they were very involved with sports, and now my wife and I enjoy attending the sporting events of our grandkids.”
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
“I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors—from canoeing and hiking with our five dogs, to just spending the afternoon around the yard, we love anything outdoors! I also love to follow and support my alma mater, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, in both football and basketball.
Most people don’t know this about me, but I …
“ … am a die-hard heavy metal fan. I frequently attend metal concerts with my youngest son, Keegan, and greatly enjoy this common interest we share!”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“At a very young age, I learned the phrase, ‘This too shall pass’ from my grandmother. This has been with me throughout my entire life. It keeps me grounded and keenly aware that every circumstance in life is only temporary, and tomorrow often brings a better perspective!”
What is your favorite book/type of book?
“My go-to book genre is self-improvement/development. I love learning new skills, tools and resources to improve my contribution in life. A couple of my favorites are ‘Getting Things Done’ (or ‘GTD’) by David Allen and ‘The 5AM Miracle’ by Jeff Sanders. Both have provided me with some excellent structure and organizational tools.”
What is your favorite movie/type of movie?
“I enjoy lots of different genres of movies, but my favorites are comedy and science fiction. My all-time favorite comedy film is ‘RV’ with Robin Williams. It's a great story about family and the importance of balancing work with family.”
What is your favorite song/type of music?
“Again, huge heavy metal fan! Helps me get ‘in the zone’ when I need to get work done or just want to unwind from a stressful day.”
If you could wave a magic wand, what one thing would you most like to change in the world?
“I know it's so cliché, but end world hunger. When you consider just how blessed we are to live in the United States and enjoy the abundance in our daily lives, it's sad to realize just how many people struggle to survive one more day!”
What are two or three items on your Bucket List?
“My Bucket List contains a lot of ‘destinations,’ but my two greatest wishes are to visit the outback in Australia and to Safari in Africa. I think it's because I so enjoy the outdoors and these destinations provide unbelievable opportunities to explore nature. Another BIG ticket on my list is to meet my ‘need for speed’ by driving the Autobahn in Germany. I have a love for the world’s great sports cars and can think of no better way to show appreciation for them than to ‘open one up’ and let it loose!”
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be?
“This may be a bit outside the parameters of the question, but I'd love to have the opportunity to have dinner with the 18-year-old Foster Ratliff. I could certainly provide him some valuable direction and maybe even save him a few heartaches. At the end of the day, he (and the current version of me) would certainly be better for it!”
What’s a handy tip or trick you can share?
“One of my favorite tricks in life is to associate a music album with a vacation destination. I always try to pick ONE album per vacation and listen to that music exclusively while there. I find this very helpful when I want to ‘visit my happy place’ in my mind. If I'm having a bad day or just need a pick-me-up in life, I simply fire up that musical album, close my eyes for a few minutes and let the music take me back to those memories!”
What is your favorite word?
“’NEXT.’ While this is a recent development, it certainly streamlines/aligns with the advice I mentioned earlier that I received as a child from my grandmother: ‘This too shall pass.’”
What is your least favorite word?
“’CHANGE.’ As a creature of habit, change is often one of my own personal barriers. I suppose change itself is not all that bad, when coupled with progress or improvement with a current situation, but I am a strong subscriber to the belief that while ‘CHANGE is inevitable, PROGRESS is not guaranteed!’"
Do you have a motto/words to live by?
"’Give HAPPY, get HAPPY.’ Always look for the good in everyone you meet. It may not be immediate, but they will eventually find the good in you.”
Do you have a favorite quote?
"’I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work.’ (Thomas Edison) Again, this helps me to focus on moving forward and learning new solutions to everyday issues.”