My Experience

It might seem that I have taken an unusual path to becoming a REALTOR®. As a graduate of John Abbott College in Pure and Applied Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Concordia University in Montreal, my career predictably started in corporate Canada, specifically in Sales and Marketing at IBM Canada. In that time, I learned a lot about professionalism and personal service. After 14 years of corporate life though, I felt compelled to start my own company. For the following 14 years as a corporate refugee, my company (InCourage) worked with organizations to build more effective teams and inspirational leaders. My favorite role at InCourage was coaching individuals to achieve their professional goals.

After developing my business acumen and entrepreneurial moxie in this time, I joined my talented wife Ruth in building her already-established real estate business in 2010, using my expertise as a strategic marketer, negotiator and coach to serve our clientele. So you see, it just took 28 years of very relevant experience to become the REALTOR® I am.

When I’m not serving you as your REALTOR®, I’m an active member of the Eden Mills community where Ruth and I live, by being President of the Eden Mills Community Club, an active volunteer for the Eden Mills Writers Festival and the Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral Committee. I’m also an enthusiastic world traveller, wilderness tripper, photographer, bad tennis player and worse golfer.

My Approach

PERSONAL. People/companies/brands you typically do business with are those that you can connect with at some level. We believe, in the end, people do business with people whose values align. A real estate transaction can be an emotional experience, it helps when you have someone in your corner that can empathize.

PROFESSIONAL. We keep it real. Our clients like doing business with us because we set realistic expectations from the beginning and throughout the process of selling or buying your home. We promise: To deliver all the information you need to make wise choices; to give you the necessary time to make decisions, without pressure; to have your back from the beginning to beyond closing; when you contact us, we’ll get back to you promptly. Try it!

PERFORMANCE. It’s not enough to be likeable and to be honest - we need to know what we’re doing! Our clients who are selling want comfort knowing we actually have the ability to sell their homes expediently and at market value. Our buyers want us to listen closely to their needs so we are showing the most relevant homes that match those needs. Since starting her real estate career, Ruth has been recognized starting in 2006 Ruth achieved a Sales Achievement Award. Since then and every year since Ruth has excelled with determined consistency and dedication to a business she loves. After her first year, she has always been in the top 10% within in the marketplace.

My Difference

We are both active volunteers in our community and make a point in giving back. We shop locally. We eat local produce. We care about the community you live in.

Even though we are Independent Sales Representatives it serves you if we have good working relationships with other agents. We believe in helping others help their clients. It all comes around.

Ruth and I are passionate about the environment. As a Certified Green REALTOR®, Ruth and Tom can talk to our clients about how to lower the emissions of any home you consider. We also walk our talk by printing on FSC paper; driving hybrid cars and living in an uber-efficient straw-bale home. We owe it to our three daughters, and our wee little granddaughter.

Tom Bowes REALTOR®

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