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For over 30 years, Lawton Associates has been the leading real estate firm in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood and surrounding East Bay communities. Our team of passionate, knowledgeable agents provides exceptional service to buyers and sellers in all types of real estate transactions.

Founded in 1989 by Ron Kriss, Lawton Associates brings together traditional marketing methods with cutting-edge technology and a commitment to outstanding customer service. We help clients with residential home sales and purchases, investment properties, distressed and foreclosed properties, land acquisition, and senior transitions.

Our agents have their fingers on the pulse of the local market. With in-depth understanding of the East Bay and unwavering dedication, we have set the standard for real estate excellence in this dynamic region for decades.

The Lawton Associates Team

Behind our success is an incredible team of real estate professionals. Get to know the agents who have the experience, knowledge and drive to help you achieve your real estate dreams.

Our dedicated agents live and work throughout the East Bay. They have established deep neighborhood connections and leverage extensive networks to identify the perfect opportunities for buyers and maximize value for sellers. Clients can count on receiving round-the-clock support from our agents throughout the entire real estate process.

Below, you can view profiles for each agent on our team and find the ideal partner for your next real estate transaction. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, invest or need specialized guidance, our agents have the expertise to exceed your expectations.

Contact Lawton Associates today to learn more about how we can help you meet your real estate goals!

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Mary Smartt

As an experienced real estate professional in the East Bay for more than 20 years, Mary Smartt is dedicated to providing the finest service available while breaking new ground. Through the years, she has worked with many different kinds of clients, from first time homebuyers to real estate investors, and from commercial and non-profit clients to bankruptcy court transactions. She is also a member of the nationwide Buffini & Company professional real estate coaching and referral network, giving her access to top Realtors across the country.



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Ron Kriss

Ron Kriss is the Owner/Broker of Lawton Associates. He has been making a living in the real estate business for over 30 years. Since opening Lawton Associates in 1989, he has redeveloped more than 150 properties in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. This redevelopment history truly sets Ron apart from other brokers in the area. Ron has likely sold more of his redeveloped homes than most other agents have sold for their clients. Ron often says he has a “PhD in mistakes,” which he has accumulated over the years in the real estate and development business. This knowledge of what to avoid, helps Ron deftly guide and advise his real estate clients, including helping them avoid costly mistakes in their transactions. Ron is very adept at navigating complex real estate transactions for both buyers and sellers. In any given year Ron and his team spend many hours assisting sellers in preparing, marketing, and listing their homes for sale. Most of Ron’s clients are referrals from past clients and neighbors.


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Jim Duffy

A professional with decades of experience listing and selling homes, as well as representing buyers. Focusing on Rockridge, Elmwood, and Montclair, Jim has helped hundreds of clients throughout the years to navigate the complex process of real estate, offering expert guidance and superb negotiation skills. Please call or email with any questions.