– Judith Ratcliffe –

Put the Teamwork of Two to Work for You!

The GRUBB Co.
3070 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705


Tel: 510-652-2133 x429
Fax: 510-652-0114

Markets Served: Berkeley, California; Albany, California; Kensington, California; Piedmont, California; El Cerrito, California;

Specialties: Buyers Specialist; Executive Relocation; Historic; Residential Lots; Trustee Sales;

What do Clients Say?

Having moved many times for business, we have bought and sold numerous homes, and have worked with a number of Realtors; working with you was a unique experience. Throughout the entire process, we always felt as though you were our partners and that you had OUR best interest in mind, not your own. In a commission-driven industry, this orientation is a rarity. You also demonstrated tremendous knowledge of the area and of the listing brokers. Lastly, your reputation as honest business people representing serious buyers seemed to carry a lot of weight in the local brokerage community.

Matt J. & Alison G.

The Ratcliffes are consummate professionals, with a disciplined approach that results in the highest price for sellers and the best opportunities for buyers. They are gracious and patient, coaching their clients through the inevitable stresses and surprises of real estate transactions. Their integrity is unimpeachable. Honesty, fair play, and the interests of their clients are more important to the Ratcliffes than personal financial gain.The Ratcliffes advised me exactly how to improve the property for maximum return. In some cases, they suggested improvements I had not considered; in others, they advised against investments that would not provide a good return. When the house was ready for sale, they executed a very disciplined sales strategy, resulting in seven offers. After some negotiation, we accepted an offer well above my target price, with a two-week escrow and no contingencies.

Paul W.

It was apparent from my first conversation with Judith that you approach the real estate business on a deeper and more personal level than as a way to make a living. When we met you in person, we knew we could trust you to guide us through the process with integrity and understanding. Above all, you were sensitive to my father's feelings as he said a final good-bye to his home. I recall John saying that you saw your role as one of helping us through one of life's transitions, and that is exactly what you accomplished.

Leslie J.

We highly recommend our agents, John and Judith Ratcliffe. We have bought two houses and sold one with them. They are extremely knowledgeable, professional, organized, great negotiators, experienced (since 1986), very attentive to our needs, and they have an excellent reputation among other agents. To us, what sets them apart from other agents is, in addition to their knowledge and success in real estate, they are just really nice people and you will enjoy working with them.

Alyson W. & Richard L.

John & Judith are a great team - both with years of expert knowledge of the local market, housing stock and marketing trends. Their organizational skills are stunning; I am a detail-obsessed control freak myself and was able to relax and trust that Judith and John were on top of every step of the complicated process. Most valuable in our mind was how deeply ethical they both are, and how very well respected they are by other agents in the area.Their diligence and great working relationships with other agents really paid off for us when it came time to hear offers on our house. Because we were working with an East Coast relocation company for our move, we had a complicated sale process, which meant reams of additional paperwork for John & Judith to deal with. They handled the whole thing with remarkable good cheer and excellent attention to detail that spared us many headaches and netted us many extra thousands of dollars.

Katie W.

About Judith

Introducing John & Judith Ratcliffe

Who we are: We provide real estate services to those who wish to sell or buy homes in Berkeley, Kensington, Albany, El Cerrito, Oakland and Piedmont. We work as a Broker team. We call our approach the “Teamwork of Two.” We have taken teamwork to a whole new level by multiplying our talents (including negotiating, financial, marketing and counseling skills) and bringing two experienced perspectives to the table. We can—and do—devote more time, thought and effective effort to providing personalized service than any single agent or Broker possibly can. Our teamwork approach provides our clients with the most efficient, highest quality services, resulting in successful sales and purchases.

Our professional goals are to: (1) fully represent our clients’ interests at all times; (2) always take the time to listen in order to understand, in depth, our clients’ real estate goals; (3) implement strategies we’ve developed over the years to attain those goals; (4) be as personal in our service as we are professional in our performance; and (5) ensure total client satisfaction—we won't settle for anything less.

We are skilled at what we do: Proven results—high production—are a solid indicator of a Realtor’s skill and expertise. We have been Top Producers among our real estate colleagues for the past fifteen years. Our success is due largely to the fact that our clients are very pleased with the services we've provided them, and hence recommend us to their colleagues, family and friends. We are both licensed Real Estate Brokers, which is equivalent to having advanced degrees in real estate. We have the additional training, education and experience that allow us to serve you better.

What we did before real estate: We were both educators. Judith taught at U.C., Berkeley; John taught at Harvard, the University of Pittsburgh and U.C., Berkeley. We both have been professional consultants for a variety of domestic and international organizations, including the Peace Corps, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the Ford Foundation. And we have lived and worked overseas (Judith in Spain and Peru; John in India and Bangladesh).

What we do in our leisure time: We were raised in small, rural towns (Judith in Red Bluff, California; John in Iowa and Sebastopol, California). We enjoy simple pleasures: spending quiet time in nature; working out; volunteering in our community; reading and learning; and spending time with family.

What all this means to you: Because we work as a team, we offer you the unique opportunity of having two highly qualified, full-time real estate professionals working for you instead of just one. Let us show you a whole new world of real estate possibilities—you’ll see how the Teamwork of Two will work for you.