The History of

The Raines Group

Hit The Ground Running

As founder and leader of The Raines Group, Sandy Raines began her real estate career in a top real estate company owned by her mother in Lansing, Michigan. Within a short time Sandy was named Rookie of the Year and became the top-producing agent, a status she sustained for 14 years. 

In 1998, after marrying Ron Cadieux, Sandy relocated to Columbus determined to rebuild her successful real estate business from the ground up. 

Together with Stephanie Masterson,Partner & Real Estate Consultant at The Raines Group, and Ron, Sandy developed The Raines Group into the dynamic team it is today; known for results, and trusted to help clients throughout the entire real estate process. 

In 2022 Karla Ballenger, veteran Real Estate Consultant on our team for 18 years joined the leadership team as a partner. Her leadership, supportive mindset, and knowledge of the real estate industry will make a huge impact today and in the future.

Next-Level Excellence

In 1998, determined to duplicate her success and rebuild her business, Sandy and her daughter, Laura, moved to Central Ohio with Sandy's new husband, Ron Cadieux. He helped take operational excellence to another level. Sandy and her new assistant Stephanie Masterson, now the General Manager, hand-picked and developed a team of professionals to deliver superior service and results. With a clear vision, strategic business plan, and a systematic approach, The Raines Group's business quadrupled and was well on its way to even more extraordinary achievements.

Cementing A Legacy

Consistently closing between 350-450 real estate transactions each year, The Raines Group sets themselves apart by spending over one million dollars a year in marketing. As an additional bonus clients have access to a market preparation department for all their staging needs. The sales team is also supported by a full-time operations team of highly skilled professionals.  As a plus over 60 percent of their business comes from repeat clientele and referrals from satisfied customers. 

Leading the Central Ohio Real Estate Market

Since joining HER Realtors in November 1998, Sandy Raines and The Raines Group have consistently ranked as the top listing and sales leaders in the central Ohio market. Since 2003 The Raines Group has helped over 4,000 families find or sell a home, Sandy Raines and The Raines Group believe that our results are all about our clients. For over two decades, we have been recognized with local, regional, and national awards, which has allowed us to provide even greater success and service for our clients.

Our selection of awards, distinctions, and designations includes:

Ranked #1 in sales volume for HER Realtors out of 1,100 agents in 90+ offices, 2002 - 2018, 2020, 2021

#1 Team in Central Ohio for sales volume by the Columbus Board of Realtors 2009-2021

#50 Team Nationally for Sales Volume Ranked By Real Trends The Thousand List 2020

The Raines Group was awarded the “Best Overall Marketing” award by the Luxury Home Marketing Institute sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, in 2002 as one of the Top 12 Agents in the United States, Howard Brinton selected Ron and Sandy to Star Power, an organization that honors elite agents with a creative and top business.

The Raines Group: Where Teamwork Is Crucial

Sandy believes that “a team is so important because no one person can do it all. You need the encouragement and support of others to succeed.” Being a part of The Raines Group means working closely together to ensure everyone’s needs are met and expectations are exceeded including our clients. Realizing that there’s more to business than just buying or selling a home, The Raines Group understands the importance of listening and understanding the needs and wants of our clients. You deserve an entire team working for you.

The Raines Group is fueled by one simple philosophy: find a way for everyone to win in a transaction and you’ll develop a client for life. Sandy Raines has coached numerous real estate agents to top-producing status. The encouragement, coaching and integrity instilled by Sandy has led to The Raines Group being one of the most successful real estate teams in the nation. 

At The Raines Group, we work as one cohesive team to ensure that you receive the personalized, expert service you deserve. That is why we have structured our team to do exactly that – our full-time operations staff handles every detail, so our agents can focus on doing what they do best: guiding you to your real estate goals! 

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In Memoriam

Ron Cadieux joined The Raines Group Leadership team in 2001 and was instrumental in our growth and development. He guided hundreds of families in Ohio through the real estate process. Ron touched the lives of everyone he encountered and he will be deeply missed by his family, friends, clients, and community. Learn more about his legacy.

Remembering Ron

Meet Your Central Ohio Real Estate Goals with Confidence

Whether buying a home or selling your current property, you want the Raines Group on your side. With our experiences and in depth knowledge of the real estate industry, mixed with our team's passion for real estate and motivation to assist our clients, we can help you achieve your goals. Contact a member of the Raines Group today to get started! In the meantime, please take advantage of our free resources.

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