Derrick Ruiz

Apartment Broker & Expert


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Yes I am a rare creature–a native Angeleno! I was born in the small L.A. suburb of Montebello and could not imagine living anywhere but Southern California. LA is truly home for me.

I am a second generation American born Latino. My grandparents came here from Mexico to give their kids a better life. They were salt-of-the-earth people who worked hard to attain the American dream. My Grandfather Frank also served in World War II and I’m very proud of him. My parents continued their efforts in order to give my brother and I a better life.

I love the Southern California outdoor lifestyle. I love biking the Venice bike path and skiing our local mountains. I also grew up surfing and spent over thirty years enjoying that quintessential California sport. You can catch me at Malibu 1st point whenever a south swell is pumping!

I also enjoy the rich cultural and entertainment opportunities here. The Getty, LACMA, MOCA, the spectacular Disney Concert Hall, and all the other fine institutions make LA an exciting place. I also love music and concerts. I’ve seen shows at the Greek, Staples, Ford theater, Hollywood Bowl, Santa Monica Civic, the Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, and a ton of other L.A venues. From cruising PCH, catching a Lakers game at Staples Center, or catching some waves, there is always something to do here!

I started in real estate in 1986 at the tender age of 24. Believe me, it was no cakewalk. I started out with no contacts and my friends weren’t buying or selling real estate. But I stuck with it and learned the business. Real estate was really my first and only career choice. I’m fortunate to have found something.