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Red Oak is now the East Bay’s largest independent brokerage

Berkeley, CA | August 6, 2019 - Red Oak Realty, the East Bay’s innovative independent brokerage with over 100 local agents and staff, is acquiring fellow East Bay independent brokerage Marvin Gardens Real Estate. 

With the addition of Marvin Gardens’ 60 agents, Red Oak will serve more East Bay real estate consumers as the region’s largest independent real estate brokerage*. It will also become the largest brokerage overall in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, and Kensington.

Not all brokerages have local roots or local brands like Red Oak Realty and Marvin Gardens. Increasingly, real estate is becoming a national business with ownership far from operations. As an independent brokerage, Red Oak has local ownership, which gives it the unique, high-quality, East Bay-tailored structure that we as locals know makes the East Bay special.

With this acquisition, Red Oak will grow by over 50 percent and have six East Bay locations. In total, 160 agents will generate over $1.2 billion in annual sales volume and over 1,200 annual transactions. 

The company will continue to exclusively focus on the East Bay and grow an independent, locally-owned brokerage focused on providing outstanding professional service to the local community.

“Ultimately, Marvin Gardens is changing its name, not its philosophy,” said Red Oak Realty Owner Vanessa Bergmark. “The company has built something that the agents and staff can be proud of, and it is important to preserve that success.”

Marvin Gardens Owners Todd Hodson and Marion Henan are joining Red Oak as sales managers. Bergmark will continue to serve as CEO.

“This was truly a decision from the heart,” Henan said. “Both companies have shared the same values for decades, and rather than work as separate factions or submit to a giant corporate takeover, we’ll be stronger together with this decision.”

About Red Oak Realty

Red Oak Realty, was founded in a garage in Berkeley in 1976. It is now the East Bay’s largest independent residential real estate brokerage. The company is known for its strong culture, local focus, a candid approach to helping clients, and the ongoing work of its nonprofit, the Red Oak Opportunity Foundation (ROOF), which gives back to the local community. Learn more at

* Transaction sides, Jan-Jun 2019. Single unit dwellings, 2-4 unit dwellings and lots/land in Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San Leandro.


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Vanessa Bergmark, CEO, Red Oak Realty, 510-710-1777 or [email protected].

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