Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Reliance Partners is a full service real estate brokerage.

The office is between Safeway and Ace Hardware at 3923 Grand Ave. Before that it was at 3320 Grand Ave. Oakland CA 94610 for the 30 years. (Maybe more.) It was first Mason McDuffie, then Prudential, then Better Homes and Gardens. (Most realtors and clients refer to us as Better Homes and Gardens. Not to be confused with Better Homes, which is another real estate company all together.)

3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA 94610 | Office: 510-834-2010, Mobile: 510-418-9443 m/text




My understanding is that Mason-McDuffie Real Estate was originally founded in 1887. 

I became a realtor and joined the office in 2002. At that time Amberson McCulloch was the office manager for a couple of decades. Now, the manager is June McDaniels, who is responsible for the Berkeley office too.

The office is modern, spacious, and clean. It accommodates 40 realtors.

So what is a full service real estate office? One that does everything from marketing, negotiating, inspecting, documenting, following up and closing the sale. It's an ideal for service for busy and not so experienced clients. Most clients just want us to sell their house or to buy them one.

Languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Cambodian, Lao, Thai. We're a diverse lot.

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Realtor: Ernest Villafranca, Lic #01330018
Cell Phone: 510.418.9443 call/text
Email: [email protected]

Specialties: Probate, Hispanic Market

Areas: Berkeley, Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Hayward, and Castro Valley...but really the entire East Bay.