Bradley Real Estate has grown by leaps and bounds since 1997, when Melissa Bradley founded the company in her garage in San Anselmo. Today, less than 20 years later, the company boasts 13 offices throughout the North Bay and more than 400 agents. While this is exceptional growth, the firm prides itself on still being locally and independently owned and operated, unlike most of its national or international competitors.
“We’re kind of a rare thing—a local real estate company,” says Robert Bradley, president and CEO of Bradley Real Estate. “Most of the other real estate companies of any size have been merged or converted into a national or international brand. We’ve maintained our local and family-owned roots even though we’re competing with those companies and, in many cases, we’re larger than those companies in terms of our sales.”
What this really means for the North Bay is that the firm is vested in its local community and plays a significant role in the betterment of our local neighborhoods. Today, a large part of Melissa Bradley’s time is spent on this type of outreach, and much of the firm’s marketing dollars are spent on sponsoring little leagues, schools and local nonprofits. The list of more than 200 organizations it supports through sponsorships and events spans from the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa to Zero Breast Cancer.
“We have a full-time person who works for Melissa, and that’s all they do,” says Robert. “That person, Dana Ducharme, works on sponsoring various events which does two things. First, it’s good for the community because we’re putting money behind these events. But there are also volunteer opportunities associated with sponsorships, which our agents really like, because they’re getting out into the community and meeting people. They feel good about the work they do and supporting the community.”
Over the past few years, the company has broadened the type of real estate it offers from focusing primarily on residential real estate to include apartment buildings as well as establishing a commercial real estate division. This benefits clients by covering all of their possible real estate needs.
Through all of the economic highs and lows of the past 20 years, especially in the real estate industry, Bradley has managed to not only maintain its business but grow it substantially, earning many awards along the way, such as being named the Best Real Estate Company in Marin County by Pacific Sun five years in a row, a Best Place to Work in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for the past eight consecutive years and by the North Bay Business Journal for the past seven consecutive years. The company has also been awarded Largest Residential Real Estate Brokerage, Largest Woman Owned Business, Largest Family Owned Business, and Largest Private Sector Employer by the San Francisco Business Times. In addition, Melissa Bradley has won several awards in recent years including North Bay Business Journal’s “40 under 40” award, Women’s Initiative Pace Setter Award and the Most Influential Women in Business Award.
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