Does Anything Ever Stay the Same?

Just when I thought that I had changed everything that should be changed, another big change has occurred in my life.  I am now a REALTOR affiliated with Better Homes and Gardens – Mason-McDuffie.  Now that is a mouthful!  How did this come about?  Mason-McDuffie is the brokerage that I joined when I moved to Prudential CA Realty some 4 years ago.  The company owns 35 offices (of which Sebastopol is one) with 1900 agents throughout Northern California and the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada.  


So what does all of this mean to my clients and me?  My funny, flippant answer is that I have always wanted to be with a company that has a green (or non-blue) logo.  It goes so much better with my coloring.  The serious answer is that for right now – it means nothing.  A lot of hoopla was made at the announcement meeting in San Francisco about improved tools, expanded marketing and better name recognition.   Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, a global leader in real estate and relocation services.  Meredith Corporation is the licensor of the Better Homes and Gardens brand and publishes the magazine, Better Homes and Gardens.  

I have spent my last 36 hours contacting the sellers of my listings and giving the heads up on the sign changing in front of their homes.  I am selecting new business cards – yes, my beautiful new business cards that Jen designed are now obsolete.  I am doing the business that needs to be done.  This seems like an excellent time to post my listings here.  

1623 Gamay Street, Santa Rosa

 Today the home on 1623 Gamay Street in Santa Rosa went active in the MLS.  Asking price is $348,000 which is a short sale.  This is a lovely home in West Santa Rosa off of Guerneville Road.  With only one loan, the approval time from the bank should not be very long.  


One of 3 Residences at Sully's

The nostalgic community of Monte Rio is along the Russian River and hosts the Bohemian Grove.  Sully’s was the playground of San Franciscans escaping the summer fog.  Today this property  is 1.75 acres of walkways and redwoods with three  residences.   This historic property offered at $650,000. 

417 N Main Street, Sebastopol

Sebastopol is known for gravenstein apples and vintage charm.  This four bedroom, two bath home was built in 1903 and is true Sebastopol.  Hardwood floors, gas fireplace, spacious porch – all add up to a convenient, livable home in downtown.

8190 Knoll Drive, Forestville

I used to live in Forestville so there is a special place in my heart for this wonderful little town.  Up in the warmth of Mirabel Heights is 8190 Knoll Drive.  This 2 bedroom cabin is on a double lot which means it has some gardening room.  The interior is knotty pine and totally Russian River in style. 

Call me if you would like more information on any of these listings.  My phone number remains the same:  707 486-3119. 

5 Responses to “Does Anything Ever Stay the Same?”

  1. 1 Deb Habr October 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Congratulations on the change! That is exciting. I worked for Meredith Corporation in the Real Estate Relocation Division several years ago. A great company headquartered here in Des Moines. You have some nice listings, too!

  2. 2 Sherry Chris October 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    Yes, the one thing we know will always appen is change! I amlooking forward to working with you under this new brand… I hope you are able to provide your clients with the unique tools the brand has to offer, let me know if I can help in any way… all the best for a successful balance of the year!

    Sherry Chris
    President and CEO
    Better HOmes and Gardens Real Estate

  3. 4 Wendy Forsythe October 4, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Hi Barbara

    It’s great to see you embrace change and even blog about it. An open mind and willingness to learn are two qualities I’ve always found successful people I’ve met have in common.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC brand tools. I do think you will find them helpful to you and your clients as we move forward.

    All the best.

    Wendy Forsythe
    VP Network Services
    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

  4. 5 timothy hedges October 4, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Well written Barbara…thanks for taking the journey with me…TH

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