RISMEDIA, June 9, 2011–The Wine Country Group by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, a division of Better Homes & Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, has hired Lynda Jensen into a regional leadership position. Ms. Jensen recently held the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager of Heritage Sotheby’s International Realty in the Napa Valley. Ms. Jensen will be responsible for developing a strategy to expand the region into contiguous Wine Country markets.
“Lynda will provide the company with key leadership and guidance in our efforts to grow our footprint into other Sonoma and Napa County market areas,” says Ed Krafchow, chairman of the board of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie. “Lynda has a long-term track record of success in the real estate industry and is well respected in the Napa Valley. Our commitment to successfully serving our client base will be strengthened with her as part of our team.”
In 1979, Ms. Jensen began her career in real estate management. Having developed and managed top offices in the United States, she moved to the Napa Valley in 1992. She was the General Manager for Prudential California Realty Napa County from 1992-1994, and subsequently was the Executive Vice President/General Manager of RE/MAX Napa Valley, which became Heritage Sotheby’s International Realty, from 1994-2010. She also served as President of the Napa Chapter of North Bay Association of Realtors®, in 2003 and 2004.
Mason-McDuffie is a well regarded real estate company that has served Northern California for more than 120 years. The affiliation between Mason-McDuffie and Better Homes & Gardens last October was the largest single real estate company affiliation in the Realogy Franchise Group’s history.
“This company offers a very strong value proposition to agents and clients through its technological strength, its business leadership, and the legacy of the Mason-McDuffie Company,” says Jensen. “The Wine Country Group is poised to become a top competitor in the wine country marketplace.”
The Better Homes & Gardens Magazine has a customer base of more than 7 million paid subscribers throughout the world, and has been a name familiar to consumers since it was founded in 1924.
Ms. Jensen will be based in Napa. The Wine Country Group’s offices are in Napa, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Cloverdale, Bodega Bay, Glen Ellen, and St. Helena. In total, the company has 40 offices and more than 2,000 agents.
For more information, go to www.winecountrygroup.com
About Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate
Our heritage began with the founding of Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in 1887. In 2010, the company was named the 17th largest real estate services firm in the nation (RIS Media), and Number One in the San Francisco East Bay (SF Business Times). The company provides comprehensive solutions to home buyers and sellers, and handled more than 7,300 transactions in 2010, generating $2.9 billion in sales. Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate is independently owned and operated and includes joint ventures with partners J F Finnegan Realtors, Highland Partners in Piedmont, Wine Country Group Realtors in the North Bay, and Tri-Valley Realty in Pleasanton-Hopyard and Ruby Hill. The organization is comprised of more than 2,000 sales professionals in 40 offices. For more information, go to www.bhghome.com.