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.
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.
Our clients love us because of our proven performance, high level of
professionalism, and our connection with them on a personal level.
Ruth and Tom Bowes were a pleasure to work with on the sale of our home. They were very knowledgeable and used all their resources very well to sell our home quickly and with fantastic results. They made the process extremely simple and worry-free and we would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone selling or buying a home. Thanks again Ruth and Tom!!
Ruth & Tom are by far the best agents we’ve had the pleasure of working with. A very professional, creative, thorough & friendly team. Our questions & concerns were always answered promptly. They sure helped take the stress out of moving. Thank you Ruth & Tom.
Working with Ruth and Tom to purchase our first home in Guelph was a wonderful experience! It felt like they were with us through every step of the process and answered all our questions in a timely manner. They were both very knowledgeable about the area and the true value of the homes we were interested in. Ruth and Tom managed to make the often fast-moving house hunting process enjoyable, without pressuring or rushing us into any rash decisions. We felt like the whole process went smoothly; from the first meeting, through the bidding process all the way to the closing date. They gave us ample preparation and guidance so we could purchase a house and make it our home!