Seattle Washington Real Estate Company
Joe KlarmanDesignated Broker and Partner536 Broadway EastSeattleWA 98102 US
Joe Klarman joined Russell Jones Real Estate (RJRE) in 2001. This unique firm is one of the oldest independent real estate firms in Seattle and the oldest one on Broadway in Capitol Hill. He became designated broker (the first in over 30 years and only the 3rd in Russell Jones Real Estate’s history) in 2008. This was after following the founder, Russell Jones, and his son Allan Jones. After being a top producer in his firm several years, Joe moved through partnership quickly, and it was clear to the four partners, with a combined over 100 years of experience, that he was the clear choice to take leadership in this collaborative family based business.
Before taking on the role as Designated Broker, Joe grew up in the real estate business in California; he has tracked several markets and learned an eclectic negotiating style throughout his career. Joe works almost exclusively on a referral basis through clients, friends and associates He graduated from San Diego State University where he studied business and received a degree in Liberal Studies followed by a Teaching Credential.
In college, he managed apartment buildings and upon graduation began purchasing real estate property. He owned apartments while working as a teacher in the San Diego School District. Having been a teacher, he acquired the skills to translate information into an easily understood form. This ability still helps him to manage and set into place all of the moving pieces necessary for your transaction to be successful. Further it has enabled him to educate you on every step in the home ownership process and clearly prepare you for each step and set proper expectations. Joe’s goal has always been to make sure you are not going through the process unaware or uninformed. He credits this technique of "teaching" about home ownership as to why he has been so effective with first time and repeating home buyers and sellers.
Through representing buyers and sellers on their home and investment purchase and sales, he gained vast experience in his craft, fully spotting and negotiating developable properties for some of Seattle’s best known single family, townhome and multi family home developers and builders. He has also developed several townhomes and single family homes in Seattle and was the Principal of a small Seattle Based Development Company. He partnered and invested with Seattle Developers and built single family and multi family homes throughout the King County area. He is skilled on zoning and development potential.
When Joe is not in the office and working with clients, he enjoys interacting with the business community and supporting his local non profit organizations. He has been a board member at Hillel UW for the last eight years and along with his wife, was a founding member for a resource library celebrating culture through books and media related to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and hard of hearing communities. He considers himself an ally of the LGBT community and he and his firm are active in the Pride Festival every year. His passion is facilitating new relationships and believes in a unique cooperative team model among his clients, partners, and associates.
Erik ZauggBroker and Partner536 Broadway EastSeattleWA 98102 US
Erik was raised in Seattle on Capitol Hill and grew up in the real estate industry learning from his father Mike. Joining RJRE in 2004, Erik, now a part owner, continues the model of success that has guided this boutique family oriented business since 1946: working tirelessly to represent clients buy or sell homes, condos, multiplexes and commercial properties.
In his free time Erik enjoys playing soccer, hiking and skiing and is an avid supporter of the Sounders, Seahawks, Huskies and future Sonics. He has sat on the board of directors of America Scores Seattle, an afterschool literacy and soccer program, and also enjoys coaching his daughters.
Jayn GoldsenBroker536 Broadway EastSeattleWA 98102 US
Technology has transformed the real estate industry. Most anyone with a computer has the ability to search for homes, find comparable properties, and learn about neighborhoods that meet their needs. But an experienced real estate agent helps interpret these results – the information found on the internet is just the beginning of your real estate adventure. Whether you are buying or selling or both, whether it is your first home or you’re a veteran homeowner, whether it’s a vacation home or an investment property I work for you and for your best interests. I work with buyers and sellers in the greater Seattle area and when I am working with you I represent only you – I will not be a dual agent as this is a conflict of interest. I pay great attention to detail, am an experienced negotiator, and I am always ethical in my transactions. I am also well versed in the unique needs of LGBT families in regards to buying and selling real estate. I am backed by the Russell Jones Real Estate Team, who has been selling Seattle since 1946.
John FoxBroker536 Broadway EastSeattleWA 98102 US
Born in Southern California John has been a thirty year resident of Capitol Hill where he specializes in historic houses, condos and co op apartments mainly in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. John has also sold multi family properties throughout the city. A strong background in hospitality adds greatly to John's ability to list and sell houses to always satisfied clients. John currently owns one of Seattle's leading bed and breakfast inns and has helped many cients with their relocation to the city and obtaining housing that was just right for them. John really enjoys working for Russell Jones Real Estate on Capitol Hill which has remained a small family owned business since 1946.
Jennifer "Benni" Sack536 Broadway EastSeattleWA 98102 US
Benni Sack was born in rural Illinois and spent the first 19 years of her life living in a small, rural village 2.5 hours south of Chicago in the center of the state. She attended high school in both Roanoke, IL, and Peoria, IL. After graduation, Benni attended two years of school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, majoring in Plant and Soil Sciences. She left school to move to the Pacific Northwest in 1994, first arriving in Olympia, and lived there for two years before moving to Seattle in 1996. She finished her college there, attending the University of Washington, studying Russian Language and Literature. During the course of her study Benni traveled abroad and lived in St. Petersburg, RF for a year while studying language and literature and teaching English at St. Petersburg State University. Benni graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the UW in 1999.
Benni began her real estate career in 2007 with Russell Jones Real Estate. She has sold many homes of all different types and price ranges, from Tacoma to Shoreline and east to Issaquah. She prides herself on helping first time home buyers and has experience in short sales and distressed and bank-owned properties. Benni has extensive experience in helping first time home buyers, and she excels at friendly, professional service, combined with personal attention. She loves helping people achieve their property-related dreams with great customer service and a tenacious spirit.
Benni now resides in Burien, WA, with her husband, three daughters and two German Shepherds. She is, in addition to being a broker, a business owner of Green Wagon Cleaning, LLC. She is also a Girl Scout leader and is heavily involved in the artist community of South Park and Georgetown, volunteering with many organizations associated with the Burning Man community (www.burningman.com), and is deeply involved with her spiritual community.