It seems that four franchised brokerage owners of Better Home & Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) companies in Northern California all got something early for Christmas this year. "A Christmas present you paid for," quipped manager-turned-franchise-owner at BHGRE Wine Country, Gerrett Snedaker. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Mason McDuffie, one of the largest brokerages in Northern California, has been sold off to four (new) owners of existing BHGRE brokerages as long-time owner Ed Krafchow retires from the business. The brokerage has been divided up into four areas: The East Bay, including Berkeley, Oakland and Fremont San Francisco and San Jose The Wine Country Pleasanton The history behind Mason McDuffie Ed Krafchow At one time, Krafchow was among the largest broker-owners in the United States and ranked in the top 20 brokers in the country, according to Real Trends. A graduate of UCLA, Krafchow was 39 when he became an agent at Mason McDuffie. In 19...
- Long-time owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Mason McDuffie, Ed Krafchow, is retiring.
- The brokerage has been sold to four new owners of existing BHGRE brokerages.
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