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The Home Co. awarded "Best of Houzz 2016"

The Home Co. Realtors of Oakland, California

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016


Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 Oakland, California, January 12, 2016 – The Home Co. Realtors of Oakland, CA has won “Best Of Customer Service” Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The real estate renovation and sales firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign oftheir commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are so thankful that our clients have continued to recognize our unique capabilities as a specialized real estate brokerage not only offering property listing and selling services, but also in-house staging, design and renovation services” said Jennifer Montague Clark, owner/broker of The Home Co. “As a ‘one-stop-shop’ we truly simplify the process for our extremely busy clientele.”

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize The Home Co., voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow The Home Co. on Houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/thehomeco

About The Home Co.

The Home Co. is a boutique real estate firm in the San Francisco East Bay Area that specializes in residential real estate sales and renovation and design consulting for property resale since 2007.

 About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Houzz Feature, October 2015

Bienvenido a casa: Ideas para decorar un recibidor. Read full story here: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/53879078/list/bienvenido-a-casa-ideas-para-decorar-un-recibidor

HGTV Casting Video

This video was commissioned by HGTV and produced by Lusid Media. The show concept and working title was "Radical Renovations" to showcase some of the more unique properties purchased, renovated and "flipped" by husband and wife team, Jennifer Montague Clark (Founder, The Home Co. Realtors) and Steve Clark (Founder, RFC Renovations & Design) in the San Francisco Bay Area. https://vimeo.com/109721798

ABC News Nightline, November 2014

Real estate experts and married couple, Jennifer Montague Clark (Founder, The Home Co.) and Stephen Clark (Founder, RFC Renovation and Design) are featured in this national news story about how to spot a good or bad real estate flip. Produced by Eric Noll and reported on by Rebecca Jarvis. https://vimeo.com/109737347

This Old House Magazine, October 2015

The Home Co. Founder, Jennifer Montague Clark, awarded in This Old House Magazine's "Fat Wallet Awards" for her ingenious money-saving (free!) renovation tip. Read more at This Old House Magazine: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20949624_30388800,00.html

National News Takes Notice! July 2014

Bay Area renovation and real estate experts, Steve Clark and Jennifer Montague Clark, will appear tonight on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) July 21, 2014- ABC World News discovered the married couple while searching for real estate flipping experts in one of the nation’s trending residential markets, Oakland, California. The segment will focus on pro-tips for overwhelmed home buyers who may be considering a flipped home—especially in this competitive market.

Both Steve and Jennifer are third generation Bay Area natives who come from property pioneering families.  Despite growing up on separate sides of the Bay Bridge, the couple has teamed to renovate over 30 properties in the past five years, while raising three young boys in the East Bay. Jen finds the properties, then designs, stages and sells them. Steve partners as builder and investor.

Jennifer is owner of The Home Co. Realtors, http://www.TheHomeCoInc.com and Steve is owner of RFC Renovations and Design, http://www.RFCSF.com. Together, the couple’s mission is to bring quality and sustainable renovations to Oakland that complement the area’s diverse residential real estate market needs. “As Bay Area natives, we are proud to represent the resurgence of Oakland in the national media,” the couple said.

The Home Co. is a boutique real estate firm that specializes in residential real estate sales and renovation and design consulting. RFC Renovations and Design is a licensed general contracting company specializing in high quality residential renovations.

Oakland Tribune, July 2013

Marni Jameson: The couple that remodels together

By Marni Jameson


Posted:   07/25/2013 10:00:00 AM PDT | Updated:  7 months ago

Some married couples, Lord knows how, work together in business. Some couples, heaven help them, remodel together. Jennifer and Steve Clark, of Lafayette, somehow do both.

The Clarks, who have been married seven years and have three kids, not only team up to renovate other people's properties; they also regularly update their own living space.

I'm all for couples collaborating on home improvements. I personally have built, or rebuilt, three homes with my spouse over the years. But many couples who have survived a remodel would rather sleep on a bed of glass shards than renovate with their mates again.

This is because we humans like -- no, rely on -- stability, consistency and routine. Remodeling upends all that. Suddenly you're doing dishes in the bathtub and brushing your teeth with the garden hose.

But sometimes it works out, as the Clarks will attest. After talking with them, I can tell you their success isn't because one is meek as a daffodil while the other's a steamroller. On the contrary, the Clarks both have formidable personalities and run their own companies.

Steve, a general contractor, owns RFC, a residential construction company. Jennifer, a real estate agent, owns The Home Co., a realty, design and staging firm. Four years ago, they began collaborating on each other's projects.

"Honestly, a lot of times I would butt in when I heard him talking about paint color," says Jennifer. "I couldn't let him paint a house a horrible color, so I would dive in."

Steve agrees that his construction clients can benefit from his wife's design and home-staging advice, while Jennifer's real estate clients often need renovation work that Steve can do. So far, they have collaborated on 15 residential renovations for others and a few at their own home. Though clashes happen even for this well-oiled machine, they share advice on how they resolve conflicts.

Money. "We'll set a budget," says Steve, "and we always go 25 to 30 percent over." While that's pretty standard in most remodels, Steve would like to bring costs closer to estimates. But if Jennifer feels strongly about installing a $1,400 vanity that puts the project over budget, they look for other places to cut. "If we were talking about a vacation to Hawaii, we may decide to go to Lake Tahoe instead," says Steve. "If we're going to splurge somewhere, we have to recapture somewhere else."

Masculine or feminine? Couples often clash over design that's female (colorful) vs. male (industrial). The Clarks are no exception. On "wallpaper, for instance, guys tend to think it is over-the-top feminine," says Jennifer. "So we compromise, and just do one accent wall, which makes a statement."

Timing. "Nobody wants to live in a renovation, so the key to keeping conflict down on the home front is to minimize the under-construction period by good planning," says Jennifer. "Have everything selected before you start." Use Pinterest. Pin your vision there, pulling together images of inspirational rooms, tiles, light fixtures, paint colors and fabric swatches.

Give options, negotiate. Whoever leads the design decisions should give his or her partner choices. "I need to give Steve options," says Jennifer, "because it's his home, too." So when it's time to pick a chandelier, Jennifer will select four she likes, and ask Steve to pick one. However, if Jennifer must have a light fixture he isn't crazy about, they negotiate. "I say, if we go with your chandelier, can we upgrade the TV from a 48-inch to a 52-inch?" adds Steve.

Know what your partner does better. In the Clarks' case, Steve appreciates Jennifer's decisiveness: "She can look at three colors, pick one and go." Jennifer likes Steve's leadership skills. He served in the Army, so "he really can whip his crews into shape," she says. On a home project, her decisiveness and his ability to keep the crew moving make for efficient teamwork.

Use professional courtesy. Treat each other as pros. Steve says, "I sometimes speak to Jennifer as if she were one of my soldiers or employees. She has to remind me that she has her own company and is a professional. She's right. We should treat each other better than our employees and better than our clients."

When tempers flare ... Jennifer says, "We definitely have our moments and exchange looks that say 'I can't stand you right now.' " To restore peace, they hear each other out. They also know when to step away and cool off and when to agree to disagree.

"Eventually we both know that, when we consider our family and future together, nothing is worth fighting over," Jennifer says. "Plus, we love doing this and know that together we can create something even bigger and better."


After collaborating on 15 residential renovations, plus their own house, Jennifer and Steve Clark, of Lafayette, have learned how to remodel and stay happily married. Here they are seen during the transformation of an Oakland church into a home. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Clark). See article and photo at http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_23718428/marni-jameson-couple-that-remodels-together?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com

Marni Jameson is the author of "House of Havoc" and "The House Always Wins" (Da Capo Press). Contact her through www.marnijameson.com.