Vintage Sotheby’s International Realty Acquires Century 21 Exclusive Broker and Agents
The strategic acquisition follows the firm’s official name change from Gates Estates Sotheby’s International Realty
YOUNTVILLE, CA – November 2, 2020
Vintage Sotheby’s International Realty, formerly known as Gates Estates Sotheby’s International Realty, announces its acquisition of Century 21 Exclusive based out of Napa, CA. The acquisition further solidifies the firm’s position as a local leader in residential real estate sales.
Mark Tate, owner of Century 21 Exclusive, explains why he and his team of 10 agents approached Vintage Sotheby’s International Realty to join their firm. “We’ve always wanted to be part of a premium brand like Vintage Sotheby’s, but it’s their culture that really inspired us to join them. The agents are collaborative instead of competitive, and the owners are always accessible – which is a real win for our clients because now we can be so much more flexible and responsive to their needs.”
“We’re thrilled to bring Mark and his team on board,” says Mike Bertolucci, one of Vintage Sotheby’s Realty’s four co-owners. “They’re local just like us, so they know our service area intimately, and the acquisition is a testament to our continued growth in the Napa Valley community.”
The acquisition of Century 21 Exclusive is one of several recent transformations undergone by Vintage Sotheby’s Realty. Founded as Gates Estates in 2009, the firm came under new ownership earlier this year after original owner Cyndi Gates passed the reins to her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Lisa Bertolucci, as well as the couple’s business partners, Kelly and Debbi Norris. Later, on September 8, the new owners officially changed the name of their business to Vintage Sotheby’s International Realty.
“Rebranding is a natural evolution for any business after it’s changed hands,” says Lisa Bertolucci. “We selected the name “Vintage” for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it honors the legacy Cyndi Gates began more than a decade ago with the establishment of our firm. It also evokes a strong connotation with the local wine industry. Finally, it describes the unparalleled service we are known for providing to our clients as well as our community.”
Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brand, but Vintage Sotheby’s International Realty sells at all price points. The firm currently employs a base of 45 local agents and is the only locally owned and operated Sotheby’s brokerage in the Napa Valley area. Mark Tate and his team from Century 21 Exclusive will begin working out of the firm’s Yountville office effective immediately.
“The pandemic hasn’t slowed our business down,” says co-owner Kelly Norris. “In fact, we’re growing. In addition to Mark and his team, we have added 26 agents since March 1, 2020 and are in the process of adding several more. We are more than prepared to help both buyers and sellers during this unprecedented time in the market.”
As announced on September 8, 2020, the new name at Vintage Sotheby’s International Realty will be implemented across the company’s website, marketing collateral, and services through the remainder of the year and beyond.
About Vintage Sotheby’s International Realty
Located in Yountville, California, Vintage Sotheby’s International Realty was first established as Gates Estates in 2009 and today services the entire Napa Valley. The owners and agents at the firm live within the region and are experts in the local community, allowing them to deliver a personalized experience and better results for clients in the marketing and selection of properties. For more information, please visit VintageSothebysRealty.com.