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Jim Van ZantenJim Van Zanten is a seasoned real estate professional located in Manhattan Beach, with over 30 years of experience and well over $1,000,000,000 in personal sales. Jim has been fortunate to operate several prominent real estate companies in the South Bay Area including Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, Marine View Management, E-Escrows, and The Van Zanten Group. Jim also runs a development company and typically operates 2-3 new construction projects each year predominately in Manhattan Beach.

Jim is co-CEO at Vista Sotheby’s International Realty a full service real estate firm with over 200 sales agents. Operating in the beach cities and Palos Verdes, the company has successfully expanded through multiple offices in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes and Redondo Beach. The company closes over $1,200,000,000 in residential home sales annually.

Jim is the major shareholder for Marine View Management (property management) and e-escrows incorporated (escrow).

Professionally, he has served as a South Bay Association of Realtors Board President and the Regional Vice President of the California Association of Realtors.

The Van Zanten Group is Jim’s latest venture as his business continues to grow. Founded in early 2013 with associate agent Rob Depaoli, The Van Zanten group closes $70,000,000+ sales annually. In 2016, the group added development partner Walt Spadone and Omega Valente as a buyer’s agent.

The team specializes in buyer and seller representation, luxury home development and investment properties primarily in the South Bay area.

Rob Depaoli

Rob Depaoli has been a partner with The Van Zanten Group since 2013 with CEO and co-broker of Vista Sotheby’s, Jim Van Zanten, closing over $200,000,000 in real property transactions. In 2016, the group added development partner Walt Spadone, and partner agent Omega Valente. The team specializes in buyer and seller representation, luxury home development and investment properties primarily in the South Bay area. Rob earned Rookie of the Year honors in his first full year as an agent in 2013, has closed over $75,000,000 in personal transactions, and been recognized as a top producer in 2015 and 2016. Rob is actively investing in the South Bay area and began purchasing investment property at the age of 26. He holds a Business Administration major with an emphasis in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Clientele: Rob has over 40 active clients and has provided representation for attorneys, talent agents, portfolio managers, film executives, business owners, real estate investors, doctors, commercial and residential developers, CPAs, tech executives, and professional athletes from the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Giving back: Rob is an active donor for Loyola Marymount University, De La Salle High School and the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation.

Areas of expertise: High End Residential Development, Luxury Homes, Income Property & Investments, General Buyer & Seller Representation

Walt SpadoneWalt Spadone has lived in the Manhattan Beach area his entire life, which allows him to bring a unique perspective and understanding to the local residential communities. Whether you want to know the current market value of your property or want to find the best home for your first time or next purchase, he will help you to accomplish your goal.Most of his real estate experience is in Investment, Income and Residential Properties. Growing up in the local area of the South Bay, he has gained business experience and knowledge, as well as a vast social network integrated into the Real Estate business. If you are looking to buy, sell, invest or are searching for an ideal location to develop a new property, Walt will help you realize your goal.

He is a graduate of Fresno State University with a Bachelors Degree in Communications, a licensed Real Estate agentand a licensed General Contractor.

In 2011 he founded Beach Homes Development which focuses on Single Family Residential Custom Homes in the South Bay area of Los Angeles including: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and others.

Innovative design with Architectural partners and an emphasis on Sustainable, Quality & Luxury Building sets us apart from the ordinary. Allow us to create your Real Estate dreams and make them a reality as we have for other clients, or purchase one of our quality built custom homes in development.

Recently in 2016, he joined the established Van Zanten Group at Vista Sotheby’s as a Development Partner where he is instrumental in developing new custom home projects for the team.

Buying or selling real estate is a process that requires the right resources to help you make informed decisions toward a successful real estate transaction. You should have the right team to help you through the process and be successful.

Omega ValenteA native of South Africa and a traveler of the US, Omega Valente brings a hospitable and straight forward approach to the world of Real Estate. Omega became a licensed Realtor® with only two things on her mind; excellence and exceptional customer service.

Since joining The Van Zanten Group in 2016, Omega has prided herself in her passionate and heartfelt drive to serve her clients’ best interests. She is dedicated, knowledgeable, and committed to finding the perfect fit, whether condominium or home, for her clientele. Her devotion and unparalleled customer service has resulted in a continuously expanding network of loyal clients and referrals. Passionate to her craft, Omega continuously seeks to stay ahead of the game when it comes to market education and trends.

Whether rooting for the New England Patriots or playing in local beach activities, in her free time, you can find Omega engaging in community events. Being an avid explorer of the city, she loves to try new restaurants, check out local music and neighborhood festivals.