The Grubb Company

Local leadership. A world of experience

Donald J. Grubb founded The Grubb Company in 1967. Many things have changed since then. But some – those important things that define us as a company – have endured.

Our community has certainly changed. It has grown, evolved and seen its share of real estate ups and downs. The business of transacting real estate is different, too. More complexity, more agents and fewer independent real estate companies deeply connected to our community characterize today’s market.

What hasn’t changed is more fundamental. Buyers and sellers in our community want expert real estate advice, skilled representation and support from a trusted local brand.

We still deliver that.

Our foundation of discipline, accountability, and teamwork is as strong as ever. Our market leadership and unmatched local knowledge are being put to work for a new generation of families in Piedmont, Berkeley, Oakland and Kensington.

The best agents, a higher level of service

Real estate is important. Who you work with matters. That’s why we retain only the best, most productive agents at The Grubb Company. In fact, Grubb Company agents have a higher sales volume than agents at any other independent real estate company in our community.

That means more experience and more local knowledge behind every transaction.

We also recognize that real estate is more than pricing, rates and getting to the closing table. It’s about service too. Full service. The sort of support too few offer these days, but anyone buying or selling something as precious as a home deserves.

Unlike other residential Realtors, our offices in Oakland and Berkeley are staffed with highly trained transaction coordinators, a full marketing team and 14 operational staff members. They are there to make sure your real estate experience is smooth, professional and successful.

Resources and reach

“I love your website”

We hear that a lot, even from agents at companies that compete with us. That’s because delivers complete access to properties for sale in a simple, elegant design that reflects our attention to the needs of buyers and sellers in our community.

We also offer mortgage services through our affiliate, LaSalle Financial. Our ability to offer clients mortgage services that are in full coordination with our real estate brokerage company results in faster, less stressful transactions.

And while we are intensely local in our sensibilities, we also understand that marketing real estate today must be a global endeavor. The Grubb Company has established strategic relationships to make that happen.

When our clients look beyond the Oakland/Bay Area for home, we can assist in connecting them with a quality Realtor in a new community, nationally or internationally, through our membership in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of select independent residential real estate firms that meet high standards of quality service. As a part of this affiliation, The Grubb Company was proud to be invited to become a member of Luxury Portfolio, the “Flagship Luxury Program” of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. This extends our global reach and showcases Grubb Company listings worldwide through their advertising affiliates and website,

Recently, we took the unique step of opening an office affiliated with Mayfair International Realty in London. This office acts as a gateway for buyers in United Kingdom and mainland European real estate markets.

At your service

Our boutique nature makes us more accessible than most real estate companies today. Our principals, DJ Grubb and John Karnay, work every day with clients in our two local offices.

Feel free to stop in and talk with us about your real estate needs. You’ll find that when you walk into The Grubb Company, you are treated exactly the same whether you are spending $400,000 or $4 million.

That’s something that will never change.