More About Me


A long time resident of Houghton Lake, since 1978 as a resort owner, and a licensed Real Estate Broker since 1986. Ruth believes the formula for success is honesty, professionalism and commitment. 

Ruth has been in the same office location since the beginning of her career.  From 1991 through 2011 Ruth was the Broker/Owner of ERA Houghton, Inc.  In 2011 Ruth merged with Coldwell Banker SCHMIDT Realtors, based in Traverse City, which was according to Ruth, "the best business decision of her career".  

Ruth specializes in high-end residential and commercial real estate brokerage. 

Ruth, a member of the Michigan Commercial Board of Realtors, is very knowledgeable in negotiating commercial transactions and markets her listings extensively on the most prominent commercial websites.  Additionally, Ruth is a member of the Coldwell Banker Worldwide Commercial Network.

Ruth's prides herself in her ability to bring value to the table on behalf of both her buyer clients and seller clients.  Value with knowledge acquired through years of training, education, experience and commitment. 

Professional Background

  • 30+ years of experience in Real Estate Brokerage
  • Member of National Association of Realtors
  • Member of Michigan Association of Realtors.
  • Member of Michigan Commercial Board of Realtors.
  • Member of Coldwell Banker World Wide Commercial Network.
  • Member the Water Wonderland Board of Realtors and the Northeastern Board of Realtors.
  • Member of FLEX and NGLR Multi-Listing Services.
  • Premium Member of ~ #1 Commercial Site
  • Member of ~ Commercial Marketing Site
  • Member of CREXi ~ Commercial Marketing Site 
  • Member of Brevitas ~ Commercial Marketing Site
  • Prior Paul Bunyan Board of Realtors ~ Roscommon County Director.
  • Prior Paul Bunyan Board of Realtors ~ Professional Standards Chairperson.
  • 2002 Paul Bunyan Board of Realtors ~ Realtor of the Year.

Personal Interests/Background

Originally from Breckenridge, Michigan.  Ruth moved to Houghton Lake in 1978 and was co-owner of Tradewinds Resort and Party Store.  Ruth worked in the legal field prior to beginning her career in real estate in 1985.  Ruth has a son Nicholas J. Poindexter of Houghton Lake, Michigan.  She has two beautiful grandchildren Nayla and Creedon, who are the 'light' of Ruth's life! Ruth loves her family, friends, work and the great outdoors.  For recreation Ruth loves to be on or in the water.  Ruth also loves the beautiful Northern Michigan forests. For relaxation Ruth enjoys reading.  Her favorite vacation destination is St. John, USVI, and basically loves any location with water, sun and sand.

Community Involvement

  • Positions Held:
  • Roscommon County Economical Development Corporation, Board of Directors.
  • Roscommon County Economical Development Corporation, Marketing Committee.
  • Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors.
  • M-55 Beautification and Improvement Committee.
  • Member of Denton Township Planning Commission.