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Rica Ruiz

Rica Ruiz

Founder / Realtor®

We are committed to helping you achieve your goals. As a leading real estate brand in the Bay Area, we advocate for our clients by utilizing our intimate knowledge of the local market coupled with our extensive experience in the industry. We continue to successfully lead our clients through complex real estate transactions from helping sell and purchase condos, townhouses, single-family homes to multi-family homes, investment properties, 1031 exchanges and more!

Although focused in the Bay Area, our services don’t stop here. 

We’ve helped our clients relocate and invest nationwide and our incredible network of agents are available wherever life takes you.

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Surrender = Freedom

Rica Ruiz  |  June 15, 2024

We are midway through 2024

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Antigua: A Trip of Unexpected Lessons

Rica Ruiz  |  May 16, 2024

Finding Grace in the Unexpected: Reflections from Antigua

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Anniversary Trip to Remember

Rica Ruiz  |  April 16, 2024

Rob and I set off for Antigua last month, celebrating our 20th anniversary

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I Surrender | March 2024

Rica Ruiz  |  March 22, 2024

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What's Your Love Language | February 2024

Rica Ruiz  |  February 22, 2024

Unlocking your love language

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Ruiz Review | January 2024

Rica Ruiz  |  January 16, 2024

Dear Friends, I’m excited to share with you this year’s edition of the “Ruiz Review.” I started writing these on behalf of my family 19 years ago. Now, my 16-year-… Read more

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Cinderella Complex | November 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  November 16, 2023

I have a confession to make. Some of you aren’t going to like it. In fact, some of you may think this is coming out of left field. You’re going to think this is comple… Read more

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My Community | December 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  December 15, 2023

The past few months I have been thinking about what it means to be in community. Even the Bible says that God created us to be in community - that we are created to li… Read more

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Attracting Butterflies | October 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  October 19, 2023

If you spend your time chasing butterflies, they’ll fly away. But if you spend your time making a beautiful garden, the butterflies will come. Don’t chase, attract.

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Dreams Change Our World | September 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  September 18, 2023

Our team recently had a vision board making party. We spent time sifting through magazines and surfing the Internet for images, words & phrases to complete our board… Read more

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Fragility in Strength | August 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  August 15, 2023

For as long as I can remember I have been characterized as someone who is “strong.” When I was younger, I held that characterization with pride. Now as I have circled … Read more

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Know Your Value | June 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  June 25, 2023

This month I’d like to share a story with you about knowing your worth. Before he died, a father said to his son, “Here is a watch that your Grandfather gave me. It i… Read more

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The Power of Fun | July 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  July 24, 2023

Recently I’ve been reading a book entitled “The Power of Fun,” by Catherine Price who also happens to be the author of “How to Break up with Your Phone.” You can guess… Read more

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Life's Transitions | October 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  October 30, 2022

I recently hosted my first seminar since before the pandemic. The topic was on Rightsizing. While downsizing is often accompanied by the idea of getting rid of things,… Read more

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The Four Seasons Of Life | November 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  November 30, 2022

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, to each go and look at a pear tree tha… Read more

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Returning to Yourself | August 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  August 10, 2022

Dear Friends, I recently came across this quote that I felt compelled to share with all of you. “Finding yourself is not really how it works. You’re not a lost ten-dol… Read more

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Seek & Find | December 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  December 20, 2022

As we near the end of 2022 I have been reflecting on my word for this year… Seek. I made a commitment to keep my word at the forefront of my thoughts and, the reality … Read more

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Ruiz Review 2022 | January 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  January 18, 2023

Every year my family and I reflect on the previous year and share our highlights, insights and lessons we’ve learned, and those that have made the greatest impact on o… Read more

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Balloons & Happiness | February 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  February 23, 2023

This month I’m sharing a story about happiness. Enjoy!

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Gentle | March 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  April 4, 2023

Each year I pray for a “word of the year” and my word for 2023 is “Gentle.” I actually thought it was going to be a different word, however, over the course of the pa… Read more

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Life Wouldn't be the Same Without 6 Strings | April 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  April 24, 2023

Lately I’ve been thinking about a quote that I’m sure we’ve all heard before, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!”

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Stop Cutting off the Ends of the Ham | May 2023

Rica Ruiz  |  May 15, 2023

This month’s letter begins with a story about baking a ham from Zig Ziglar that I heard many years ago and has recently come to mind again for me...

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Potato Chips & Goals | January 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  January 1, 2022

Dear Friends, As we embark on the New Year ahead it has been my family’s tradition to review the past year. Below are some highlights from each of us. For my son Samue… Read more

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One Word That Will Change Your Life | February 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  February 1, 2022

Dear Friends, For the past 6 years I have prayed for a word for the year to focus on. A word that will help me achieve the goals I set out for myself. A word that will… Read more

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What If You Knew That This Was Your Last Time? | March 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  March 1, 2022

Dear Friends, My son recently went on a week-long field trip to Washington, DC. He begged me NOT to chaperone. It was the first time he’s been that far away from us fo… Read more

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Work Hard, Fight Easy | April 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  April 1, 2022

Dear Friends, I recently watched Tiger Woods’ acceptance speech into the PGA Hall of Fame. I enjoyed hearing about his humble beginnings and so much of what he shared … Read more

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Progress Not Perfection | May 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  May 1, 2022

Hello Friends, Have you ever felt like God or the universe was trying to tell you something? For the past few weeks, I’ve been getting the same message in varying form… Read more

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It’s Okay to Rest | June 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  June 1, 2022

I remember writing in the midst of the pandemic how I enjoyed the slower pace of life. Undoubtedly, it was a tough season, yet the one thing I appreciated was how many… Read more

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Can You Relate? | July 2022

Rica Ruiz  |  July 1, 2022

Dear Friends, Have you ever heard a song on the radio repeatedly and, one day, all of a sudden, you actually hear the lyrics and it completely resonates with you? That… Read more

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A Good Laugh Heals A Lot Of Hurts | October 2020

November 1, 2020

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Grateful for Groundhogs | November 2020

November 1, 2020

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Faith Over Fear | December 2020

December 1, 2020

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Unmet Expectations | January 2021

February 1, 2021

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What Will Tomorrow Bring? | February 2021

February 1, 2021

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Ruiz Review 2020 | March 2021

March 1, 2021

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Hawaiian Island Blues | April 2021

April 1, 2021

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Live Like a Champion | September 2021

Rica Ruiz  |  September 1, 2021

Dear Friends, Have you ever felt like giving up? In my real estate career, I knocked on over 2,000 doors for nearly 2 years. For the first 4 or 5 months I, literally, … Read more

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GO M.A.D. | August 2021

Rica Ruiz  |  August 1, 2021

Dear Friends, A few months ago I shared about making a difference in other people’s lives and I encouraged us to share experiences in our own lives that have made a di… Read more

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Work to Live or Live to Work? | October 2021

Rica Ruiz  |  October 1, 2021

Dear Friends, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the “Great Resignation,” a term coined by Texas A&M psychologist Anthony Klotz, who credits “pandemic epiphanies” w… Read more

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Change Your Seat | November 2021

Rica Ruiz  |  November 1, 2021

Hello Friends, I recently attended a weekend retreat and the subject of “savor” was discussed. Savoring is the use of thoughts and actions to increase the intensity, d… Read more

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Tired of Making Decisions? | December 2021

Rica Ruiz  |  December 1, 2021

Dear Friends, 2021 is almost over and I can’t wait! Truth be told, this past year has been so much harder for me than 2020 ever was. I feel like I haven’t been able to… Read more

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Fair Oaks Matters | February 2019

September 1, 2017

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More Margin | March 2019

September 1, 2017

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Together Through Transitions | April 2019

September 1, 2017

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Blessed Beyond Measure | May 2019

September 1, 2017

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The Heart of Meraki | June 2019

September 1, 2017

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Why Choose Us? | December 2018

September 1, 2016

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Field of Dreams | July 2019

September 1, 2017

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Finding Community | August 2019

October 1, 2019

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The Hardest Question | September 2019

October 1, 2019

  • Sean G.M.
    "My wife and I just completed the purchase of our first home together and Rica really made the experience easy and delightful. This was the second time my wife has worked with Rica, but was my first experience with her. It was immediately evident to me that Rica is a skilled Realtor® with a deep knowledge of the region. She has her finger on the ..."
    "My wife and I just completed the purchase of our first home together and Rica really made the experience easy and delightful. This was the second time my wife has worked with Rica, but was my first experience with her. It was immediately evident to me that Rica is a skilled Realtor® with a deep knowledge of the region. She has her finger on the pulse of the market and was able to share insights with us in preparing our offer. Unlike other Realtors® I have come across, it didn’t feel like Rica was coin-operated and solely driven by the money she would make on the deal. She was truly invested in our success and in forging a strong, lasting relationship with us. She took the time to understand what was important to us and did an outstanding job of representing us. She would occasionally question or nudge us during our decision-making process, but it was always in the spirit of partnership. She was genuinely enthusiastic and excited for us when we closed the deal. She has shared this journey with us and continues to be a part of this even after the sale closed. Rica is extremely professional, a skilled negotiator, and is an incredibly positive personality that makes the process enjoyable. We would highly recommend working with Rica and will work with her again on any future real estate we look to purchase."
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    — Sean G.M.

  • Alyssa S.
    "My husband and I could not have asked for a better experience with selling our house with Rica. We recently moved out of state and were apprehensive about attempting to sell from so far away. However, working with Rica made the process simple and effortless. She was on top of everything from the get go. She kept us well informed at each stage of..."
    "My husband and I could not have asked for a better experience with selling our house with Rica. We recently moved out of state and were apprehensive about attempting to sell from so far away. However, working with Rica made the process simple and effortless. She was on top of everything from the get go. She kept us well informed at each stage of the selling process. She took care of scheduling handymen, plumbers, painters etc.. She considered how to save us some money, while making sure the quality of the work being done was above standard. She explained her process with us thoroughly and answered all our questions expertly. She knows the market, she knows the buyer and when it was all said and done, she got us well over asking!! Would happily work with Rica again in the future!"
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    — Alyssa S.

  • Darbi J.
    "Rica is amazing! I have bought and sold multiple homes with her, and am so thankful to have had her help and advice! For the sale of this last home, I was living on the other side of the country. As such, it’s hard to put into words how invaluable and tremendously helpful she was! Rica did things such as negotiate with renters, ensured their mov..."
    "Rica is amazing! I have bought and sold multiple homes with her, and am so thankful to have had her help and advice! For the sale of this last home, I was living on the other side of the country. As such, it’s hard to put into words how invaluable and tremendously helpful she was! Rica did things such as negotiate with renters, ensured their moving out and inspections went smoothly. She also facilitated the staging and videotaping /photograph of my place – which was so beautiful I barely recognized it! Rica’s recommendation on pricing and being “ahead of the market,” was spot-on! I ended up getting much more than I hoped! Rica has demonstrated over and over that she is dependable, trustworthy, a good negotiator, and understands the market! Overall, Rica is a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home! Thank you so much, Rica!"
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    — Darbi J.

  • Luke H.
    "My wife and I had a rollercoaster of an experience in buying our first home. We went from feeling on top of the world after our offer was accepted on our dream home to feeling completely defeated after finding out our bank couldn’t lend us the amount we asked for. And yet, somehow we made it through to close the deal. It was all thanks to Rica. ..."
    "My wife and I had a rollercoaster of an experience in buying our first home. We went from feeling on top of the world after our offer was accepted on our dream home to feeling completely defeated after finding out our bank couldn’t lend us the amount we asked for. And yet, somehow we made it through to close the deal. It was all thanks to Rica. First, a bit of backstory. We were first time home buyers, and as such we were initially quite intimidated by the home buying process. We had vague ideas of what we wanted – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a single family lot – but we had no idea what to expect of the market. We started off by going to open houses, seeing what was available in a price range we believed our budget to be – but we realized we would need help. That’s when we first met Rica. It didn’t take us long to see just how much knowledge she brought to the table. Contingencies? City permitting? The need for full underwriting approval? Making sure our lender could move quickly? Finally we were moving in the right direction. After that we began to seek pre-approval so we knew exactly how much budget we could work with. Rica gave us a list of lenders she had personally worked with and vouched for, but we were a little uncomfortable to go with private mortgage lenders right away, so we decided to stick with the big banks. This would prove to be a mistake – more on that later – but at least we finally had the ability to make offers. My wife and I continued to go to open houses, and Rica and her assistant Autumn continued to provide advice on what neighborhoods to check out in what price ranges. Rica let us know that the second we were seriously interested in a place, she would move heaven and earth to fight for us and to “win” – her catchphrase. Little did we know how serious she was! Eventually we found a newly listed property that was perfect for us. We called our banker to put things in motion, and Rica went over what qualities would constitute a competitive offer. She made sure to speak with the banker personally to figure out the length of time they needed for clearing our loan and appraisal contingencies, and to make sure they could close escrow quickly. With the go ahead from the lender, we sent it off and hoped for the best. The sellers accepted our offer! We were going to be homeowners! We spent the next few days in nervous excitement waiting for the bankers to submit all of our documentation to the underwriters for final approval. Unfortunately, this is the part of the story when things took a turn for the worse. The banker backed out. They could not give us a loan for the amount we offered to the sellers. Despite their continued assurances and confidence they came back and told us they could not lend the amount we asked for. Suddenly we found ourselves in a very difficult situation. With only one more day until we had to remove the loan contingency and send off the good-faith deposit to escrow, we called Rica in desperate need of advice. Her recommendation was this: if we still really wanted the house (we did) she was committed to continuing her fight for us as hard as she could. So, she immediately contacted one of the lenders she had worked with before that she knew personally and passed along our information. She then contacted the sellers and managed to negotiate an extension on both the loan and appraisal contingencies by another week. Luckily she had worked with the listing agent before, so they trusted her when Rica told them that we could still make the deal work. With the new lender lined up we sent in a barrage of documents in the course of only a few days. By the end of the week, our new lenders had 90% confidence that they could get the loan worked out. But we still needed more time, and the loan contingency was about to expire again. So Rica yet again went back to the sellers as negotiated a final extension. We still can’t believe she managed to convince them we were serious about the property, but she did! From that moment we finally started to get a little hope back after it had been crushed by our previous bank. With all of the final pieces in place, the lender spent a few more days working things out and we were finally approved for the loan amount that we wanted. Pretty soon the paperwork was signed, final inspections were completed, and keys were in hand! It was a rollercoaster of emotions, but Rica was there for us throughout, always reassuring us that things would be okay. We can’t thank her enough for all of her hard work and perseverance. When we first met Rica, she told us she would fight hard for us and do her best to help us win. She delivered on that promise above and beyond. Her knowledge, expertise, and drive was what won us our dream home. We couldn’t have done it without her. She turned what would have been a crushing disappointment into a dream come true. Thank you Rica!"
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    — Luke H.

  • Sallie B.
    "This review is long overdue but when selling and buying a home “things” get hectic! However, if we had been dealing with anyone besides Rica and team we are sure it would have been much more hectic. Rica helped us buy our very first home back in 2013 and she was our first go-to person when we decided to sell and relocate back to the coast. She k..."
    "This review is long overdue but when selling and buying a home “things” get hectic! However, if we had been dealing with anyone besides Rica and team we are sure it would have been much more hectic. Rica helped us buy our very first home back in 2013 and she was our first go-to person when we decided to sell and relocate back to the coast. She knew what price to list our house and her follow through went above and beyond. She schooled some other agents in the process which really impressed us. She knows the law regarding real estate and if she has any doubt she will not second guess, she will find out. Meanwhile she was helping us purchase our forever home and held our hands through that process as well. She makes it clear that she is on the side of her clients and will not let anyone pull the wool over your eyes. It is so clear that she knows this business as well as loving what she does and loving her clients. How do you grade that kind of integrity especially when it is so rare? OH, and she has great contacts for any of your home improvements. Those people love and admire her as well. Even though our transaction is over she regularly checks in with us. It is so important that her clients are happy which again is rare. If you want a professional partner rather than just a “sales” person you will want to work with Rica."
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    — Sallie B.

  • Debbie L.
    "There are not enough stars here to portray how beyond excellent Rica and her team are. Our journey with Rica actually began at least two years ago. (If not more) We first connected with her through another agent. Rica was patient and understanding. At the begining we were not quite ready financially. We wanted to get a sense of what we ‘wanted’ ..."
    "There are not enough stars here to portray how beyond excellent Rica and her team are. Our journey with Rica actually began at least two years ago. (If not more) We first connected with her through another agent. Rica was patient and understanding. At the begining we were not quite ready financially. We wanted to get a sense of what we ‘wanted’ vs. what we really needed. She initally suggested a condo, but we had our minds set on a SFR. Well, in our price range, that was not happening in the peninsula. Few existed, but they did not work for us; too run down/too much work. A year had gone by and now we were expecting our first child. So finding a new home was put on the back burner. We put our heads down for a bit, adjusted to family life, and now had a larger down payment. Within the next 6-8 months of really looking and going to open houses, Rica and her team helped us to obtain a 2br condo here in the peninsula! We could not believe it. Her knowledge and strategy helped us to outshine the competition. As first time home buyers she made the process understandable, she was on top of everything, and she guided us through every step. I was a nervous wreck and she assured me all was well. To this day, she still checks in on us. I cannot express how that warms my heart to know someone with so much dedication to her work. (Which she so ROCKS at!) Thank you Rica Ruiz and team!!!!"
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    — Debbie L.