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Ruth Ann on the Radio! 11/6/2019
Ruth Ann Bowe, Broker associate at Village Properties joins Guy Rivera on his radio show Mortgage Matters. In this episode Guy and Ruth Ann discuss what they have been experiencing in our market, current... Read More
Ruth Ann on the Radio! 9/26/19
Ruth Ann Bowe, Broker Associate at Village Properties Santa Barbara, once again joins Guy Rivera on his radio show Mortgage Matters on Guy Rivera KZSB 1290. This latest edition features a lively discussion of... Read More
Pre-Marketing 101 Most people who have prepared a home for sale will tell you there’s a lot involved in getting it ready to hit the market. Depending on the situation, sellers may (or may not) take... Read More
How to Deal with Competing Offers
Scenario: You find your dream home. In a perfect world, you’re the only buyer putting in an offer on it– no suspense, no competition, just a happy ending! All too often though, it doesn’t work... Read More
Staging for Success!
Staging for Success! Buying or selling a home is often an emotional process, but at the end of the day the bottom line is just that. While you are packing up your belongings, your Realtor will be carefully analyzing... Read More
Can I Really Buy That House?
A Classic Real Estate Love Story: John and Marie fell in love with the little white picket fenced home built in 1929! They could see themselves sipping coffee on the front porch on Sunday mornings,... Read More
3 Reasons Why You Should ABSOLUTELY Write That Backup Offer!
3 Reasons Why You Should ABSOLUTELY Write That Backup Offer! Seeing your perfect home go from active to pending before you could write your perfect offer can be seriously disappointing! Writing a backup offer in... Read More
Home Design Shifts for 2018!
Home Design Shifts for 2018! If your DVR is full of HGTV programming, you are not alone! Home design can be more than a weekend hobby, it can be a downright obsession! Whether you’re an investor... Read More
Wildfires & Santa Barbara Real Estate
Wildfires & Santa Barbara Real Estate Even in a place as accustomed to wildfires as Southern California, this latest Thomas Fire has been exceptional… Our thoughts go out to those directly affected by it. Even if not directly affected,... Read More
Buyers Rejoice: Down Payment Assistance has LANDED!
Buyers Rejoice: Down Payment Assistance has LANDED! One of the biggest barriers to home ownership is saving up a down payment. We hear about it all the time here in Santa Barbara. Not just in... Read More
Ruth Ann on the Radio! 9/5/17
Ruth Ann Bowe, Broker Associate at Village Properties Santa Barbara guest stars on Mortgage Matters radio show on Guy Rivera KZSB 1290. This edition features a lively discussion of the Santa Barbara real estate... Read More
Guest Spotlight: Austin Lampson on the Fed, Rates and the Economy
Real Estate is DEFINITELY a team sport… Having knowledgeable teammates help with each facet of any real estate transaction is critical to its success. Austin Lampson of OnQ Financial is someone who really knows her... Read More
Rent vs Buy: Pay Your OWN Mortgage Instead of Someone Else’s!
Whenever I hear someone is paying a small fortune in rent – an everyday occurrence in this town – it strikes me how many people don’t realize how easy and affordable it can be to... Read More
WOW! Second units allowed on Single Family residences!!
WOW! Second units allowed on Single Family residences!! Yep! It’s a STATE law that is now allowing single family homes to have secondary units (also referred to as accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or in-law/granny suites).... Read More
Crafty and Scary! Scams in the Real Estate Industry
Crafty and Scary! Scams in the Real Estate Industry It’s been years since I’ve heard about someone impersonating someone else in order to sell a property. My sister was falsely accused of that once, because... Read More
3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent WANTS You to Bother Them
3 Reasons Your Real Estate Agent WANTS You to Bother Them Real estate agents hear this all the time… “I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I... Read More
Legal Update: California Real Estate Laws that may affect you!
Stay in the Know! Six new Real Estate Laws: California law now requires that water conserving plumbing fixtures be installed by the end of 2017 for single family homes built before 1994. For other properties,... Read More
Buy Now or Wait a Year?
Buy Now or Wait a Year? Buy now or wait a year? That’s a common question to Realtors, so let’s take a look at the difference. The primary reason people think it is best to... Read More
Mortgage Minute Radio Show!
Check out Ruth Ann Bowe, Realtor at Keller Williams Santa Barbara on Guy Rivera’s KZSB 1290 radio show, Mortgage Minute. This edition featured a lively discussion of the Santa Barbara real estate market. Also,... Read More
All About Santa Barbara with Ruth Ann Bowe- Cruise Ships
Ever curious about those big boats sitting serenely in the harbor? The cruise ships which frequent the beautiful Santa Barbara waterfront bring fresh, friendly faces. They also bring other benefits to the... Read More
Realtor = Solution Finder: Sellers
As Realtors, we do a lot more than sell homes. Often, we are dream makers, therapists, reality checkers, personal advisors, house cleaners, a shoulder to cry on, architectural consultants, problem solvers, handywomen and, my favorite,... Read More
Ruth Ann is YOUR certified Ambassador to Santa Barbara!
Ruth Ann Bowe is proud to announce that she is officially a certified Ambassador to Santa Barbara! I AM Santa Barbara is an interactive program designed to inform, encourage, and empower you to learn about everything... Read More
Radio Show with Guy Rivera
August 2, 2016 I was honored to have been invited by Guy Rivera of Guarantee Mortgage to appear on his radio show on KZSB 1290 AM. It was such a great pleasure to have the opportunity... Read More