Bob Bower: Closer to Home
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SARATOGA — Having grown weary of the constant travel required by his job, Bob Bower decided to switch to a career that was closer to home. “Back in the ’80s, I owned a produce business that had me traveling between three states each year,” he remembers. “I eventually got tired of traveling all the time, so I decided to look into a new livelihood. One option that came to mind was to become a real estate agent. As a homeowner, I’d been through the process of purchasing a house a couple of times, and it seemed like a way I could both make a living and help people.”
After getting his real estate license and selling his produce business, Bob moved from Arizona to San Jose in 1990, where he and his wife, Berta, partnered to form a real estate team. In 2014, they expanded their enterprise by joining forces with Kevin Cole and Jeff Cole. Today, as a real estate agent with Bower & Cole Group, Bob says his favorite part of his job is the impact he’s able to make on his clients’ lives. “I enjoy helping people who are making major lifestyle changes, whether that involves buying their first house, upgrading to a larger one or selling their house and moving out of the area.”
A longtime resident of San Jose, Bob expresses his appreciation for life and work in the Bay Area. “Besides the great weather, we have such an amazing variety of things to do and see within a short distance, from San Francisco to Monterey and Big Sur,” he says. “As a Realtor, I also appreciate the fact that homes have such a high value here. Most of our clients have equity in their homes, so they can afford to have a full marketing campaign, which makes our jobs more fun.”
Outside of work, Bob makes it a point to relax and recuperate from his fast-paced career. “Since joining forces with Kevin and Jeff, Berta and I have had more opportunities to take time off and travel,” he says. “When you’re a Realtor, it’s easy to work seven days a week, but we’ve found it’s important to recharge our batteries every so often so we can be fresh for our clients.” In addition to traveling internationally (they recently visited Germany), Bob and Berta take regular trips to visit family. “Berta and I each have children from previous marriages, and both of us are now grandparents, so we like visiting our kids and grandkids, all of whom live out of state.”
In his life and career, Bob espouses the importance of honesty. “We try to be honest and forthright with our clients, and we make sure they understand everything up front,” he affirms. “We don’t want there to be any surprises, so we don’t hold anything back. Even if there’s bad news, we find it’s better to get it out right away than let it simmer on the backburner.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Bob says he’d hit the open road. “I’d buy a motorhome and just travel around the United States for a year or so. These days, we’re doing a lot of international travel, but after retirement, we might do some more domestic exploration.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Coffee or tea?
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Fontana’s Italian Restaurant in Cupertino.
Q: How do you like your eggs?
A: Over easy.
Q: Do you collect anything?
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A: I collected antique furniture for a long time, but now that my house is full of it, I’ve stopped.