John Zeiter: From Properties to People
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
GREENBRAE — When John Zeiter first got into real estate, his concentration was on finding profitable properties, but as his involvement in the industry progressed, his focus became less about properties and more about people. “I got into real estate after a friend asked me to partner with him to buy foreclosed properties at auctions,” he explains. “As I became more involved, I decided it would be worthwhile to get my real estate license. Not long after, a friend asked if I’d sell a condo for a client of his, and a little while later, I helped another friend buy a house. Eventually, one thing led to another and I went from flipping investment properties to representing clients full-time.”
Today, as a broker associate with Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, John says his professional shift of emphasis has been a rewarding one. “As someone who likes educating and helping people, I get a lot of fulfillment from working with buyers, guiding them through the process and helping them achieve their dreams of home ownership. That’s what really drives me, because I’m very service-oriented toward my clients.”
A lifetime resident of Marin County (where he lives with his wife, Stephanie), John says having deep roots in the area where he works gives him an uncommon professional edge. “Having grown up in Marin County, I’m familiar with some of the unique features and subtle differences between towns and neighborhoods. I also incorporate some of the county’s history over the last 50 years to explain the current state of the market. Overall, my clients really benefit from my local expertise.”
Outside of work, John engages in a variety of active pastimes. “My number one passion is soccer, which I’ve both played and coached in the past,” he says. “I also like to play golf, and I’m a big fan of local sports teams like the Warriors, Raiders, and Giants.” John also enjoys playing games like backgammon and Sudoku, as well as taking the occasional drive out to the coast to watch the sunset. In addition to leisure activities, John makes a point of keeping up with his three grown children: Kyle, Gabrielle and Camille.
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, John says he’d do some traveling. “I haven’t even thought about retiring—I feel like I’ll probably never stop doing real estate. However, if I did retire, I would probably plan a big trip. I’ve always wanted to hike the Himalayas, so maybe I’d start there.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Puentez Taqueria in San Rafael.
Q: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
A: When I was nine years old, my parents got me a yellow GTO skateboard, which was the hot item at that time.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: An apple.
Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
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A: I think I would travel back to the 1950s. It seems like it was a simpler, more family-oriented and less stressful time—plus, they had some great cars.