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Jim Van Zanten

Jim Van Zanten is co-CEO of Vista Sotheby's and team leader of the Van Zanten Depaoli Group in Manhattan Beach. Jim has over 40 years of experience selling real estate in the South Bay area and has closed over $1.3 billion in personal residential sales. Jim is particularly known for his straightforward approach to the business and world-class representation of each and every one of his clients and friends.  His specialties include high-end buyer and seller representation, residential development, and income property investment.

Personal Development/Construction Experience: Jim has a breadth of experience working with developers, contractors, commercial lenders, and investors over the past 38 years. He has a stellar reputation for negotiating and securing highest and best offers with developers while mitigating risk for his clients prior to entering escrow. This is a result of over three decades of experience personally building and working with developers on numerous land transactions. Jim has dealt with virtually all types of developer financing and has developed over 200 new homes, townhomes and apartment units.   Many of these projects have been complex townhome projects with 4 to 12 units in the South Bay area.  Jim has also built six apartment projects, totaling 32 units along with 150 homes in the Manhattan Beach & Hermosa Beach area with an individual market value of 2 million to 6 million. Jim recently finished an eight-unit townhouse apartment project in El Segundo valued at $6 million.

Giving Back: As for community service, he has served as a South Bay Association of Realtors Board President and the Regional Vice President of the California Association of Realtors. Jim served three years as President of the Mira Costa Band Boosters (2008-2011). The Grammy award-winning (only 3 nationally per year) high school has an amazing music program. Throughout the school year, the bands participate in numerous community events.

Affiliated Businesses: Jim is the major shareholder for Marine View Management (property management) and e-escrows inc. (escrow).  As a result, Jim is quite knowledgeable in these areas.