The Bernard Gibbons Team

Bernard Gibbons

Living In Blackhawk is brought to you by Bernard Gibbons of J Rockcliff Realtors, the San Francisco East Bay’s Premier Real Estate Company.

This website is provided as a service to potential home buyers and sellers and to anybody interested in learning more about Blackhawk and the real estate market in this great community.

Born and raised in England, Bernard has been helping people to buy and sell home here since 2001 following a career covering international recruitment and relocation, sales and marketing in technology related businesses.

His philosophy is based on providing the highest possible level of service to his clients, whether they are buying or selling. Unlike many real estate agents, he takes a consultative approach in his relationship with his clients. His sole objective is to do whatever he can to help them achieve their objectives.

Our Team

Bernard Gibbons & Michelle Hensley

Bernard and his daughter, Michelle Hensley have over 40 years combined experience of helping home buyers and sellers in the East Bay. Both have been recognized as among the top 10% of Rockcliff agents for many years.

We both work with buyers and sellers, sometimes individually and sometimes as a team. Regardless, we are always familiar with each others business and as a result we are able to cover for each other whenever the need arises.

Bernard’s wife, Michelle’s mom, Sylvia, is also a licensed Realtor and she wears a multitude of hats, providing them with much-needed support in their transactions. The sale and purchase of Real Estate in California is now such that it is virtually impossible for a sole practitioner to provide the advice, support and service needed to ensure buyers and sellers have a minimum amount of stress and that transactions close on time.

Originally from England all three have lived in the East Bay for many years. Michelle moved here after working as a nurse in the Royal Air Force, while Bernard and Sylvia followed a number of years later, when Bernard was offered the opportunity to take up a leadership position in an international IT consulting firm.

The fourth member of our team is Denise Lema, our transaction manager. Denise liaises closely with our clients from the point at which a sale or purchase is agreed right up until the successful close of escrow and recording of the transfer of ownership. She ensures that every one of the myriad documents required in today’s real estate transactions is completed in a timely fashion and that nothing is missed.

The Home Buying Experience

When we are working with you as a buyer, we take a good deal of time and effort to discover exactly what you are looking for in a home. It is always so much more than square feet and number of bedrooms and baths. By getting to know you and appreciating your interests and lifestyle, we will make sure you don’t miss a home that could be perfect.

Then having found the right home, we will advise you on crafting an offer that is likely to be accepted by the sellers and we will guide you all the way through the purchase process while the home is in escrow right up to the closing of the transaction.

Helping You To Sell Your Home

Selling a home is not so much a sales process as a marketing one. As your listing agents, our primary objective is to present your home in the best possible light and to expose it to the greatest number of potential buyers and agents who represent them. This approach has enabled us to achieve record prices for homes in the East Bay time and time again.

We work equally with buyers and sellers and our philosophy is based on the concept of always putting our clients’ interests above our own. Much of our business comes from past client referrals and if you decide that you would like us to help you in finding a new home or in selling an existing one, we will do everything in our power to help you.

You can contact us by email at or or phone or text Bernard at (925) 997-1585.

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