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Our History

Located a few blocks from Petaluma’s historic downtown, CENTURY 21 Bundesen has provided our customers with quality real estate services since 1963.

CENTURY 21 Bundesen is a corporation owned by Karl Bundesen, Rick Burg, and Thomas Gehring. Founded by Karl’s father Herbert Bundesen and his uncle Paul Bundesen, our firm was originally known as Bundesen Real Estate Investments.

In 1973 after 10 successful years, we joined one of the world’s largest real estate organizations, the CENTURY 21® network. CENTURY 21 Bundesen was the second office in northern California to join this innovative, global system. That decision has proven to be a wise one. Today it provides our salespeople and our clients with the “best of two worlds”: a local family-run business supported by worldwide brand recognition.


The CENTURY 21® System was founded in 1971 in southern California. The founding principle was simple: to enable small independent brokers to operate under a common identity, sharing in the resources of collective advertising, training, and marketing. This concept enables brokers, like CENTURY 21 Bundesen, to remain responsive to the needs of our local marketplace while favorably positioning ourselves against the competition.

The CENTURY21® network grew rapidly over the next two decades to become one of the largest real estate sales organizations in the world. While independent polls show the CENTURY 21® name to be the most recognized name in real estate*, we recognize the need for change to lead the industry in the decades ahead.

A central objective of the CENTURY 21® system in the new millennium is to provide exemplary customer service. At CENTURY 21 Bundesen, we are committed to making the goal of exceptional service a reality for all our customers.

*Source: 2011 Ad Tracking Study. The survey results are based on 1200 online interviews with a national random sample of adults (ages 18+) who are equal decision makers and who have bought or sold a home within the past two years or plan to purchase or sell a home within the next two years. Brand awareness questions are based on a sample of 1200 respondents at a 90% confidence level with a margin of error of +/-2.4%. The study was conducted between September 12 – November 20, 2011 by Millward Brown, a leading global market research organization.