What my clients are saying


Wow, What a whirlwind!!  Jim Ripple helped us all along the way with the utmost professionalism and calm demeanor.  We contacted Jim on a Sunday morning by voicemail on our way to church.  Upon leaving Church Jim had responded and met us to show us 4 homes, one of which we purchased.  Jim worked with us tirelessly and we were pretty high maintenance.  Thank you Jim for being exactly who we needed.  We would recommend Jim Ripple without hesitation.
Greg and Betty Atwell

I want to thank you for making my experience in buying the house so easy. You were always so great at getting back to me in a timely manner and never seemed tired of answering my questions (even when I asked the same one several times).  No insult to your age but it was like having my Dad go with me to look at houses and that was comforting since I was doing this process alone.  I am thankful I received your name from a family member and that I got to become friends with you and your wife during the process of buying a house. You guys need to come to supper soon. 



In the world of Real Estate, it is hard to know who to trust. Jim made our recent home buying experience a breeze. On numerous occasions, Jim went above and beyond our expectations. From meeting at times that would fit our schedule, guiding us with his expert knowledge, to hauling off trash from the property after the sale...Jim earned our trust and respect. 
Clover Carroll



Fantastic! That is how I would rate Jim Ripple as a Realtor. My mother passed away last year and my husband and I listed the property with Jim on a “word of mouth” recommendation. I am so glad that we used him as our Realtor because he went above and beyond. There were several issues that came up during the sale that Jim navigated us though that would have been difficult or maybe impossible without him. I would recommend him to anyone I know looking to sell or buy in Brenham or any area Jim may cover. I cannot say enough about how hard Jim worked for us with the sale of our property.
Thanks again for everything! 
Brandy Scott


Realtors, we have learned, are not all the same.  Our first realtor spent more time traveling on vacation than he did showing our house.  Our second realtor just didn’t bring qualified buyers and wasted over a year of our time.  So, after almost 2 years and 2 realtors, we signed on with Jim Ripple and our house was sold within months!  We first met Jim when he represented a buyer for another house we were selling.  He impressed us with his sincere concern for his client and the way he catered to his needs.  His soft-spoken, easy going personality made us want to do business with him again.   Jim is a very approachable, knowledgeable realtor with patience, logic, and smooth sales ability unmatched by other realtors.  He answered all our questions and made a beautiful sales brochure for prospective buyers.  He promptly answered our text messages, emails and phone calls.  We never felt rushed or pushed aside and he made us feel like we were his most important client.  He was able to bring in the highest offers and most qualified buyers.  We felt we obtained the best price on our house and not undersold.  For that reason, we plan to use him as the listing agent for the next house we are putting on the market this year.  We highly recommend Jim Ripple for all your Washington County real estate needs and will be going to him for all of ours.
Antonio & Anita


Jim, I have nothing but good things to say about your help in selling our property.  You are the first realtor that consistently tried to sell the property.  You kept us informed every step of the way and we could not have been happier with how everything was handled.  Thank you.
Carolyn and Jerry Cox


Jim recently handled the sale of our home.  He is a man of his word and did exactly what he said he would do.  He took care of meeting the appraiser, repair people, and surveyor.  He followed up on everything.  As a retired Realtor myself, I can assure you that Jim is a man of integrity, very knowledgeable, and professional.  I will use him again and refer him to my friends.  Thank you Jim!
Donna and Joe Jordan


Jim represented us in selling our property.  He told us it would sell quickly and he was right on the money.  He told us what we needed to do to sell it.  His son took some excellent pictures of the property, which helped tremendously.  It sold in a month and he took care of everything, making it so easy, we wish we had another property to sell.  He went above and beyond in taking care of us as the seller.  We recommend him to our friends when they are looking for a realtor with complete confidence that he will take care of them.  Not only is he a great realtor, but we consider him a friend also.



I have recently worked with Jim Ripple, realtor with Hodde Real Estate, and I am very pleased with his performance.  He submitted contracts on three different houses for me which ended in a happy sale on the last house.  He is a very professional yet personable realtor to work with.  His excellent advice and negotiating skills are very appreciated.  He is very dependable reminding me of deadlines and always showed up for inspections whether I could attend or not.  He is also very prompt with communication through text messages or phone calls.  You couldn’t ask for a better realtor and I highly recommend Jim.

Susie Rigler


JIM RIPPLE: On turning dreams into reality. From my first phone conversation with Jim Ripple I knew I had found an agent who could understand my dream and would welcome the challenges my vision posed to a real estate professional.  When I explained to Jim that I was looking for enough land to have my own runway he just listened.  Then he began asking questions so he would be clear on exactly what he needed to look for as he searched for this property.  These traits Jim has of truly listening and being willing to take on difficult and unusual challenges has made all the difference between dreams and reality for me: the customer! I now own my “dream property with plenty of land and will begin construction on the airstrip next month.  Thanks to Jim Ripple


The Holder family would like to thank Mr. Jim Ripple for all the great help he gave us selling our property in Washington County.   Jim is a very experience realtor and did a great job.  He keeps you updated on all activity going on with the property.  Anyone looking for a real estate company I highly recommend Hodde Real Estate Co. for selling or buying a property.  All the people that work at Hodde are very knowledgeable and are very friendly and helpful.  Thanks for everything you did for us Jim.
Ronnie and Bobby Holder


We just recently purchased a house through Jim Ripple, Realtor with Hodde Real Estate in Brenham, Texas.  Jim was such a pleasure to work with and was very helpful in every way.  As a retired Realtor myself, it was very unexpected to find such a professional, dependable, knowledgeable Realtor on our first attempt at buying in his area.  We were looking for a week-end place and Jim showed us exactly what we were looking for.  Even though our purchase price was low, he treated our transaction like it was a million dollar deal.  There is no doubt in my mind that he handles every customer with the same enthusiasm he showed us.  I have every confidence in Jim that if he tells you that he will handle something, then he will.  Hodde Real Estate is very lucky to have Jim.  We feel that we have made a good friend.
Joseph and Donna Jordan


This testimonial is from the Buyer that I didn’t represent in the sale and it is really for my son Josh.  Josh shoots all of the photography for my listings:


Maureen and I wanted to let you know the first thing that caught our eye on this listing was the pond photo.  It got us to look at the listing.  Great photos like these make a big difference when searching listings.  We have seen so many really bad photos on other listings.
Regards, Rich



“Jim Ripple was an incredible asset to our family in selling our home.  We no longer live in the area, and Jim could not have been more helpful in the sales process.  Several times he went above and beyond what is standard sales agent work, from mowing the lawn, to repairing machinery on property, to checking on the house during a big storm.  Whenever something needed to be done, Jim was always there, with a smile on his face and a can do attitude.  I wish all my real estate transactions were conducted with people like Jim Ripple.  Jim makes what can be a stressful process as smooth as possible.  I heartily endorse Jim.”
Joe Januszewski
Dallas, TX


Of all the realtors we have met over the years, Jim was by far the most professional and the most helpful.  It was a pleasure working with him on our latest house venture.
Ilse and Michael Farrell


Jim has been great to work with, looking forward to working with him again in the future! He helped us with a property in the Burton area and we have an unusual list of requirements and he remained professional and friendly all the way through to the end.



I can't recommend Jim highly enough.  My family inherited a home in Bellville, Texas.  After working unsuccessfully with another realtor, we listed the property with Jim.  He gave us great, practical advice as to when and how to list the property.  We also needed to have the interior painted and carpets cleaned and Jim took care of finding recommended contractors, getting bids, letting the contractors in and out and monitoring the work.  Jim and his wife also took care of mowing the lawn and sprucing up the yard.  All of my family live out of town, so this was invaluable help to us.  We got a good offer on the house within one month of the house being available to show.  All in all, Jim made the process incredibly easy for us, for which we are very grateful.  A five star experience!

Ann Grandich


Jim was a pleasure to work with while bringing a depth of knowledge about Washington County and real estate to our transaction. We were impressed by his timely response to our many inquiries.  Really appreciate Jim's help in our finding and purchasing a wonderful property.
David and Noemy


My wife and I moved to Brenham from Abilene, and Jim was recommended to us by our mortgage company representative.  We developed a great relationship with Jim, and found him to be extremely professional.  We loved that he was very easy to talk to, and very responsive to any questions or requests we had.  If we had to leave a message or text, he always got back with us nearly immediately.  After showing us over 15 houses, we finally found the house we wanted, and we felt like Jim gave us superior service regarding the contract negotiation and paperwork, as well as assistance with all the follow-up inspections, amendments, and other tasks leading up to the closing.  Honest, friendly, and attentive...just the kind of Realtor we needed!
Mack and Debbie Skinner


Mr. Ripple was an amazing help in finding our home!  He stuck with us patiently through the entire process even though it was the purchase of a foreclosure.  I'll recommend him to anyone I know buying or selling a home!
Bret Higginbotham


My wife and I live in Houston, but we always dreamed of having a great piece of property in the country that we could develop over the coming years and enjoy as our family grew.  Neither of us had ever owned any property like this, and at times the thought of it seemed like too big of an unknown.  After reaching out to Jim and explaining our situation and our vision, he was more than willing and happy to spend the time necessary to move forward. Over the following 6 months or so, Jim showed us numerous properties in several counties until we found exactly what we had pictured in our mind's eye.  During this time, Jim also educated us on many of the necessary things that we would need to know about owning the kind of property we were looking for.  If there was ever a question Jim didn't immediately know the answer to, he would always take the time to do the research for us.  In the end, we both felt confident and educated on everything we needed to move forward. Jim is a true professional that treats you like a family member.  I couldn't recommend him any higher.
Brett, Kate, and Finley Rutledge


My wife and I had sent in a request to look at a house on the market and we ended up getting a call from Mr. Jim Ripple.  We did not know Jim at all but we got to know him over the next couple of months during our search for a home.  We asked a lot of Jim in that, we lived over 30 miles away and would try and fit in as many showings as we could each time we set appointments to meet with Jim.  I am also a very picky buyer and we looked at a lot of homes.  Jim was very diligent and went above and beyond for us to make sure we were able to fit in all of the showings we needed.  He was there for us when ever we needed to talk with him.  Thank You Jim Ripple for all that you did for us.
Dana & Patricia Weidemann


I just want to thank you for the excellent service from you when I bought my house by Lake Somerville.  It was a long distant buying and closing transaction, but you where there for me all the way.  It's obvious you love your job. I  would give you my business anytime.
Terry A. Jones


Both Chris and I enjoyed working with you when we purchased our new Brenham home.  You are professional, knowledgeable, and provided a relaxing experience.  We truly appreciate your help and friendship.
Thank You
Chris & Jarl Molander


We have reviewed the wonderful photo layout of the Sander Ranch and are so impressed with your work.  Your talent is very evident in your work.
Ralph and Jeanette Poehlmann


Jim Ripple went out of his way to make sure that my home looked its best. He listened to my concerns and was able to address them. The fact that my home closed within 60 days was evidence of his hard work. He uses awesome photography and does an excellent job marketing on the web. I highly recommend Jim.

Mariette Burt

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Since our closing, I have not had a chance to tell you how pleased we were that we chose you for our realtor.  You so willingly gave up practically an entire Saturday to take us around to all of the places we had found on the internet and wanted to see.  After finding out our preferences and financial information, you added a couple of houses that you thought we might like to look at.  You were very patient and not judgemental and gave us your expert opinion when we asked for it.  We are very happy with the house that we ended up choosing, and if we decided to look around again we would definitely call you.  We would also recommend you to anyone that is looking for a new place.
Thank you so much.
Robert & Pat Castillo 

Impressed Yet Again!

Jim Ripple did it again!  He put our 2nd house on the market and it sold within weeks! After three real estate deals with Jim Ripple, we think we know why he is able to close the deals.  He’s a fair, honest realtor you can trust and people can feel that when they meet him.  Again, he had professional photos taken of the house and made a beautiful brochure to show prospective buyers. He appraised it fairly, which drew buyers to our property.  The first person who looked at it, bought it at asking price within a few weeks.  We couldn’t have been happier.  We’ve moved out of the Washington County area, so sadly, we had to say goodbye to our favorite realtor.  I highly recommend Jim Ripple for all your real estate needs.
Antonio & Anita


Jim was a pleasure to work with. He is always available and goes out of his way to help smooth over the ruff patches that occur during any real estate deal. Things would come up and before I could get upset Jim would already have a solution. If I ever sell or buy again I will be tracking Mr. Ripple down.
Carol Picard


I was very satisfied with Jim’s selling of my property.  He is professional, competent, and honest.  I would not hesitate to use Jim again.

Tom Slatter


You made the buying process very easy and quick. You were open to my opinions on negotiation, but gave me advice when needed. You were there when the inspection took place because I couldn’t be, and were truly my representative on the whole deal. I greatly appreciate your help throughout the entire process.
Kevin Brown