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September 2, 2011 > New ownership of Realty World Neighbors

New ownership of Realty World Neighbors

By Simon Wong, Photo by Simon Wong

Hayward and San Leandro Chambers of Commerce held ribbon-cutting ceremonies to mark the new ownership of boutique real estate brokerage Realty World Neighbors, located at 22470 Foothill Boulevard, Suite C, Hayward. More than 100 people attended the reception hosted by new owners Anna May and Greg Jones on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

Owner/broker Anna May is a former Hayward City Council member and the 2011 President-elect of the Women's Council of REALTORS Tri-Cities Chapter. She specializes in residential real estate and, with her background in retail leasing and franchise sales as a former owner of several restaurants in the Rickshaw Express chain, works with Jones on retail leasing transactions. During her tenure as an Alameda County Housing Authority Commissioner until 2010, she introduced the first landlord commissioner to the Housing Authority in many years. She is a long-time Rotarian, having served as the 2003-05 President of Hayward South Rotary Club, and is an Ambassador for Hayward and San Leandro Chambers of Commerce. She understands the inter-relation of business, community and government.

Owner/REALTOR Greg Jones, who served as City Manager of Hayward and of Chico, specializes in commercial/retail real estate and is a land use/entitlements consultant. He and May advise clients on residential investment transactions. While Hayward City Manager, he was instrumental in initiating the Mission Corridor Specific Plan which will decide the future of commercial, retail and residential land use along Mission Boulevard in Hayward. Additionally, Jones initiated the Retail Attraction Study which aids retailers' and brokers' efforts to locate in Hayward. He is a founding member of the Asian Business Alliance and Board member of both the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and the Hayward Rotary Club. A former US Air Force navigator, Jones has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from CalState University, Hayward.

May and Jones purchased the real estate brokerage on July 1, 2011, from long-time Realty World Neighbors broker Lyman Menger who remains as a Broker-Associate with the company. May and Jones are passionate about keeping Hayward vibrant and alive, which led to their decision to continue with the office in its present Downtown Hayward location.

"Owning our own brokerage means independence," stated May. "Our office has an excellent team which always puts the client first and tailors services according to his/her needs. Thank you to past and present clients. We look forward to everyone's continued interest and support."

"After many years of owning Realty World Neighbors in Hayward, I decided to concentrate on my passion for assisting clients to buy and sell real estate. To accomplish this, I have handed over the operations to Anna and Greg who have been agents with the company. I wish them every success and am pleased to be part of their team as Realty World Neighbors continues as the premier real estate brokerage in Hayward and in the East Bay," stated Menger.

For more information, contact Anna May at (510) 886-2662, Greg Jones at (510) 886-4734 and Lyman Menger at (510) 881-1234.

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