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Ricky & Ivy Eilerman: Here for Veterans

Ricky & Ivy Eilerman: Here for Veterans

Serving his country—and serving fellow veterans—is Ricky Eilerman’s passion and calling. After his service in the U.S. Army and as a first responder, Ricky chose a career in real estate, helping families buy and sell homes with integrity and honesty. Currently a realtor with Sherman & Hemstreet, Ricky was recently named to the Top 20 Under 40 list for Effingham County.

Ricky is a Certified Military Relocation Specialist and utilizes his military experiences and real estate expertise to help others achieve their home ownership dreams. He understands where veterans are coming from and what they have been through. He says not all jobs are easy and not all jobs fall into the stereotype of the movies when it comes to the military. “I was in the 3rd ID, SGT in the 293rd MP Co. We went to the Pentagon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. We supported Stryker and the 2nd ID.,” says Ricky. He says he saw families and close friends stressed and torn apart because serving and returning home are not easy or simple transitions.

Upon leaving military service, veterans can be inundated with offers from ‘big box’ companies. Locally owned real estate companies and mortgage offices can do more for veterans than those big brand name companies who don’t see the client as an individual. The VA loan process need not be intimidating when you have an experienced local realtor and mortgage broker working with you. Ricky says it’s really a myth that VA loans are difficult. If you are in a multiple offer situation, he will fight for the veteran because most VA buyers are given more leniency in underwriting and the default rate is lower when it comes to veterans repaying their mortgage. Even when it comes to a tough underwriting situation, VA will usually side with the veteran in order to make the loan work.


Once a client chooses a home, Ricky works to achieve the best deal possible for the client because he doesn’t accept no as an answer. Together with his wife Ivy Eilerman, Branch Manager and Licensed Mortgage Advisor at Angel Oak Home Loans, they are able to help many clients close on a home when they have been told no elsewhere. Ivy, from a multi-generational Savannah family, has 20 years lending experience. Ivy says her team works with VA, FHA, USDA, Conventional, Jumbo, and even has in-house loan programs.

They reside in Guyton with their children Caden, Grace and Cody. Ivy is an accomplished singer and songwriter and they both enjoy entertaining, gathering with friends, and playing guitar around a fire.

Being there for veterans is more than real estate to Ricky. “I would like to say that even if it’s not real estate related, I am here to help any veteran,” He says, “PTSD is real, and if you are suffering or have questions about help, I can help steer you in the right direction as others have helped me do the same. Reach out because I am here to help. “

Ivy Eilerman, Angel Oak Home Loans
Branch Manager & Licensed Mortgage Advisor
Office: 912.348.9481 
Cell: 912.656.3524
[email protected]    

Ricky Eilerman
Office: 912-754-0786
Cell: 912-657-2957
[email protected]