Being born and raised in Bangor, Maine, Tim grew up loving the outdoors. His best friend who was living in Alaska sent Tim a photo of two huge king salmon, tails dragging on the ground they were so big. That photo tugged on Tim’s shirtsleeve, a pull so strong Tim packed his bags, strapped his custom-made canoe to the roof of his Suburu and drove 4,995 miles northwest to his new home, Anchorage. Since 1978 Tim’s lived the lifestyle he envisioned back then…fishing the emerald green waters of the Kenai River, shushing down the slopes of Mt. Alyeska, flying over the Chugach Mountains bathed in alpenglow.
“When I arrived in Anchorage, the oil pipeline had just been completed. I knew I was in the right place when I walked into an office unemployed and walked out with a job on the North Slope. I was to be a pipe inspector. Never had inspected a pipe before."
Anchorage was a bustling, growing town in the late ‘70s. Since then it has settled down into a world-class city. And Tim hasn’t looked back since.
After working in the Prudhoe Bay "oil patch" for a few years, Tim knew he wanted to do more with his life than stand in the freezing cold checking pipe. "It was a great job for a young man starting out...the money was good but the lifestyle wasn't working for me. Six months away from home every year was beginning to take its toll." With a degree from UM-Orono in business and an aptitude for working with people, real estate was a natural.
After thirty years in the business, Tim is now referring buyers and sellers to qualified real estate professionals he knows to take care of his clients and those referred to him. He has set up a network of people with whom he would work if he were selling his own home. Whether it's in Anchorage, in Alaska, around the Lower 49 states, or across the globe, Tim can help you find the right sales associate to give you top-notch service.
Because of this network, Tim and Ann are able to spend time doing what they love. Tim still fishes the pristine waters throughout the state, hunts, hikes and skis. Ann has completed a half-marathon, continues to thrive outdoors, and has begun teaching quilting classes. And they are both working on becoming better people providing an extraordinary service while leading a life Alaska offers.
“They are a marvelous team. We valued their advice and creative strategies they used to help sell our home. They are fantastic!”
~Sig & Mary Murphy
“The Tim Rittal team is a fine-tuned machine with a heart. We were lucky to
have them working for us.”
~Larry & Henrietta Burton