Top Ranked Compass Team Joins Sereno, San Francisco Bay Area’s Largest Independent Brokerage

Philip Watson

“We are excited and proud to announce our partnership with Sereno and look forward to our continued relationship with our clients.” Phillip Watson

Sereno is pleased to announce that The Watson Marshall Group, led by Philip Watson and Stephan Marshall, has joined forces with the company. The Watson Marshall Group includes 15 agents who will work from a newly renovated space in downtown Burlingame.

This expansion reflects Sereno’s commitment to preserving the spirit of the independent brokerage to better serve agents, clients, and communities. This latest move follows the firm’s advancement into the East Bay area through its acquisition of J. Rockcliff Realtors (now branded as Sereno,) the Lake Tahoe region with the Granger Group, and the Sierra Foothills with the Margaretich Group. Sereno is now Northern California’s largest, locally owned and operated independently branded residential real estate company.

“The spirit of independence is alive and well in the hearts and minds of leading agents. We believe there is no stopping the move away from larger, impersonal organizations to powerful independents,” expressed Chris Trapani, Co-founder and CEO of Sereno.

With over 40 years of combined experience in the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market, The Watson Marshall Group has over one billion dollars in combined sales and consistently ranks in the top 100 in California sales. The company is known for its hands-on client services, outside-the-box marketing strategies, and dedication to the communities it serves.

“As a local business themselves, Sereno understands and respects the importance of serving locally as well. From their charitable foundation to their highly respected group of agents, Sereno is and will continue to be immersed in the fabric of our neighborhoods and communities for years to come,” said Phillip Watson.

“Client satisfaction is our ultimate goal and transparency our top priority. We make certain that each and every client is thoroughly informed throughout every stage of their transaction. Sereno has proven to provide this same individualized service to each of their clients and it feels natural that they should be home for WMG,” commented Stephan Marshall.

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About Sereno

Founded in 2006, Sereno is the largest, locally owned and operated, independent real estate company in Northern California with 13 offices and 520 agents in Silicon Valley, the SF peninsula, Santa Cruz, the East Bay, Lake Tahoe, and Sierra Foothills producing nearly $5 Billion in annual sales volume. Sereno is ranked among the top 5 in the nation for both per agent productivity and highest average sales price. The company offers a highly curated support platform and provides agents with concierge services to strengthen client relationships, as well as world-class technology for well-executed transactions. Its agent-driven Sereno 1% For Good Charitable Foundation is changing lives in local communities, and to date, generated over $3.5 million in charitable donations given to 246 local organizations.

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