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Hello - Thanks for stopping by my website.

Please watch the short video above for an introduction.

My name is Ruth Bates and I have been a top Real Estate producer in Santa Cruz County since 2009. 

I came to Thunderbird Real Estate with 20+ years of experience in the fields of high-tech Marketing and Finance. I hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

I lived and worked in Silicon Valley until 1998 when I decided to retire from the industry and move to Aptos to focus on my family and to enjoy the amazing quality of life. I have loved every minute of it!

As soon as my kids were grown, I jumped back into the Business world, focusing on Real Estate. I have been going full force ever since. 

I work with BUYERS and SELLERS and have closed sales ranging from $87,000 (for a one-bedroom condo in Watsonville) to $1,629,000 (for a 4000 square foot estate in Aptos) to $3,335,000 for a prime piece of land in Santa Cruz and everything in between.

I love working with BUYERS!

My first-time home buyers know that I am with them every single step of the way. My investor clients know that I help them do their financial homework in terms of achieving their ROI and cash-flow objectives and I am very familiar with 1031 exchanges. I work with buyers to purchase short sales, REOs (bank-owned), and flip properties as well as “normal” sales, and I explain the nuances of each of those types of transactions in this market. I have buyer clients with whom I have worked with for over two years to find their perfect home; I am loyal and I want all my buyers to have their happy ending.

I love working with SELLERS too!

Strong negotiations and bringing a project through to a successful conclusion is what drives me. I provide the highest level of service and expertise to each of my clients.


Please call or email me anytime at 831-359-2212 or  ruth_bates56@yahoo.com
 and let’s see how you too can

“Get Results With Ruth!”


You can find a comprehensive list of my Past Sales (Sold By Ruth) and Testimonials from Happy Clients on my Home Page or on the Side bar of each and every page.