Howard - Burton Realty

Real Estate Consulting Services

San Francisco CA Bay Area


We specialize in residential, commercial, and investment properties. The firm has a detailed understanding of local real estate and economic trends, demographics, public policy, environmental matters, entitlements and other key issues affecting real estate investment decisions. We work throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

We work hard to respond to our client’s needs. We listen, we understand, we evaluate and we deliver. We go beyond the customers’ expectations with proven resources, extensive experience, feedback, and results.



Real Estate Brokerage & Consulting Services

Bill Ward, Broker/Owner

Licensed Broker since 1996             

California BRE #00926896   

(510) 205-5474           

Realtor since 1986

Member: California Association of  Realtors, National Association of  Realtors

Bachelor of Architecture 
Master of City Planning, UC Berkeley, CA

Local Community Experience:   Former Planning Commissioner  and  Elected City Councilmember (20+ years)

Our Representative Seller and Buyer Transactions:

    Single Family Homes,  Condominiums, Vacant Land, Contaminated Property, Entitlements

Interests: Providing great customer service and helping client's optimize return on investments; historic architecture, sustainable environmental design and buildings, travel, photography, public policy.

We give back to the local community by granting high school scholarships, contributing to early childhood education programs, supporting senior services, family emergency shelter facilities, the arts and volunteering to serve on numerous boards and commissions.


Our services are based on many years of experience as a Realtor, economist, urban planner,  environmental consultant and more than 20 years as an elected official and Planning Commissioner. We are thoroughly familiar with real estate markets in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We provide client services for residential purchases and sales, commercial and industrial acquisitions, including environmentally challenged properties (asbestos, lead based paint, soil and groundwater contamination).

What we do (residential):

Work with you to develop a pricing strategy and marketing plan.

We actively market your property on search engines, social media, industry and consumer web sites and through our specialized  business network.  At HBR we develop a marketing plan specific to your property to ensure a sale that optimizes your proceeds.  Our extensive database and recognized leadership in the local area ensures the best possible exposure regionally  among the 9 county bay areas more than 7 million people and buyers’ agents as well.


Call your entire neighborhood to see who they know that wants to move to the area.

    • Knock on doors around your neighborhood for the same reason we call them.
    • Market your home to our 30+ year database of people who have expressed an interest in real estate.

We market your listing throughout the greater bay area, nationally and internationally through the following online communities:

1. Search Engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, others)

2. Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)

3. Industry Sites (,,,Yahoo Real Estate, Google Base Real Estate)

4. Consumer Sites (Craigslist, Backpage, Oodle, HotPads, FrontDoor, Overstock and others)

Howard Burton Realty, unlike some large firms, is a small company which pays personal attention to each client's needs.

Our services are comprehensive and our fees are very competitive.