A rich Heritage

Ruhl&Ruhl History

Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors has been locally owned and operated since our first corner store in 1862. We are built on integrity, honesty and family.

Our goal for over 155 years is to help guide you through your home buying and selling journey, but it’s not just about a house for us. We found when you care about others, behave with integrity and offer outstanding service, then you leave the people and communities you touch with a little more than they had before. To us, this is the definition of a true midwestern family legacy – leaving the world a bit better because you helped others.

Iowa becomes the 29th state.

Entrepreneur established sole proprietorship

What started as a small midwest firm of four men has grown into a company with over 300 agents and 55 employees dedicated to helping you move from the life you have to the life you dream about.

John H. Ruhl acquires insurance agency

John Ruhl’s son Edward joins company with focus on real estate

John Ruhl’s son C. Arthur joins company with focus on insurance

During the 1941, State of the Union address US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his Four Freedoms speech; proposing four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy.

C. Arthur’s son joins, John G. Ruhl

Charles A. Ruhl Sr. joins

Insurance and real estate entities split

Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance and Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors decide to split and become individual companies.

Caroline Ruhl acquires residential side

During a reorganization in January 1998, Caroline Ruhl acquired the residential side while the commercial side became a separately owned and operated company.

Ranked Iowa’s largest privately-owned real estate company

From 2010 to today, Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors has been ranked as the largest privately-owned real estate company in Iowa by RISMedia’s Power Broker Report. We are proud to receive this award for last 9 straight years.

Dubuque office relocates to Port of Dubuque

The Dubuque Office moved into the third floor of the Star Brewery building on the Port of Dubuque.

Commercial and residential join together

In December 2013, residential and commercial operations joined forces again. Caroline Ruhl and John G. Ruhl launched a new company - NAI Ruhl Commercial Company

John G. Ruhl acquires commercial section


Chris Beason, Caroline’s son, becomes president

Nearly a century later, this legacy continues with fourth and fifth generation of Ruhls managing the company, Caroline Ruhl and her son Chris Beason.