in Lake Forest, CA
800-707-3136 Ext 7099 | CA BRE No. 00823355 | 00983637 | 01296653 | 01228669

about The Zakhar Team:

Jim is a Real Estate Broker, licensed by the State of California Department of Real Estate, and a founding co-owner of Regency Real Estate Brokers, where he served as Chairman of the Board in 2005. Jim sets the standard and direction of the Zakhar Team. Since moving to California from Chicago, Jim has built a solid reputation as a marketing expert and strong negotiator. A constant stream of referrals from satisfied clients has kept Jim at the top 1% of successful agents nationwide.

Cheryl is a licensed Real Estate Agent and a founding co-owner of Regency Real Estate Brokers. In addition to representing buyers and sellers, Cheryl manages income properties, designs the long-term marketing plans, and maintains the budgets and financial functions.

Jim Zakhar III began his career in real estate after he graduated from the University of Arizona. Jim III’s dedication and desire to succeed has been unmatched by many in the industry. He has a strong background in business finance, management, marketing, and knowledge of the Southern Orange County real estate communities.

With years of real estate experience and a background in technology, Jake brings to the table skills not often found in the real estate profession. Driven by customer service, coupled with cutting edge technology tools, both buyers and sellers receive the highest level of service while accomplishing their goals in the most effective, efficient manner when working with Jake.



We have used Jim Zakhar, Sr., three times now — twice to buy (1994 & 2016) and once to sell (2017). Each time we could see that it was important to Jim to do right by us. He made sure that we found the right house for us — he didn’t let us settle for the right house in the wrong location. He  knows the market so well that he knew we could find the right fit. Jim made sure that when we did find the right home that we didn’t overpay in our excitement. When it came time to sell, Jim had “a Rolodex full of” referrals in his phone of good quality, good priced workers/contractors that could step right in and help move along the job of fixing up our old home. His recommendations were spot on! When we put the house for sale it looked the best it had in 22 years — definitely better than when we bought it. The updates went quickly and smoothly. Jim marketed the house well, and we received multiple offers after just one open house! We closed escrow in only 25 days above asking price at $30,000 more than we originally thought. We wholeheartedly recommend Jim Zakhar, Sr., for all of your residential real estate needs!

Review Source: zillow.com
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Lake Forest, CA.


We chose the Zakhar team because of their knowledge of the tract we lived in for over 25 years. When we first moved in, their signs were everywhere in the neighborhood and seemed to sell quickly. So decades later, when we eventually sold, the Zakhar team was our first choice. We obtained  excellent advice on how to price the home, when to reduce the price and how much, what to fix or improve (and not improve) so we could maximize the chance of getting a good offer without spending unnecessary money. As a result our house attracted a good offer within 2 weeks of listing, and we were painlessly guided though the sale process from the date of the offer through close of escrow

Review Source: zillow.com
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Coto De Caza


Jim and his team have bought or sold 9 homes for our family over the past 20 years. He is the most professional residential broker I have ever met. I am a commercial real estate broker and deal with other brokers all the time. His expertise in the market and negotiative skills are exceptional.   He is extremely honest and is very attentive. You never wonder what is going with showings, offers, etc. Reports regularly. Always felt we got the best price when buying and selling. A really good guy with a great family.

Review Source: zillow.com
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Coto De Caza, CA.


High quality professionals with a solid team behind them. This was a complex sale of an older home with water damage. They navigated us through the process, got the house back on the market and sold.

Review Source: zillow.com
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Lake Forest, CA.


Jim is very friendly and has a lot of knowledge and experience with the homes in the area. However, when there was disagreement on the terms of sale, Jim tended to suggest giving into buyer’s demands, and communication with us was minimized

Review Source: zillow.com
Sold a home in 2016 in Lake Forest, CA.


Jim Zakhar III was an incredible help to us in both the sale of our condo and buying our new home. We don’t hesitate for one second to recommend him and his team to anyone! Jim’s professionalism, knowledge of the regional real estate market, marketing expertise, energy and attentiveness to our  unique needs & situation were immeasurable assets in both the sale of our condo and the purchase of our new home. Our condo tenant’s lease was expiring which left us about a 4 month window to either sell the condo or renew our tenants lease (we couldn’t afford to pay for a vacant condo and didn’t want to go through the process of finding another tenant). We initially had another realtor begin the sale process but after a couple months with virtually no marketing and very few showings we were desperate and had our backs to the wall as we were running out of time to sell. Jim III was recommended by a friend and we quickly recognized his experience, energy, drive and marketing prowess would be a huge benefit if we had any chance to sell in the remaining 2 months of our timeframe window. Within hours Jim had a professional photographer booked to come take gorgeous pictures of our condo and within a couple days he had our condo listed on Facebook and in all the major real estate websites and we had literally hundreds of views from potential buyers! Jim also had flyers professionally printed and distributed to many local agents … his marketing machine was in full gear! We sold our condo in our timeframe and Jim was instrumental in making it happen. After our condo closed we were on the search for a new home for our family. While my wife and I consider ourselves to be a little more internet and real estate savvy than some once again Jim went out of his way to make time for us by answering the many questions we had and making himself available on our schedule to show us properties we were interested in. His knowledge, honest insight and recommendations were once again invaluable to us in our search. Jim’s (and Regency Real Estate Brokers) many years of experience in our local market have earned him a well deserved reputation with his peers in the local market which helped open doors. His many connections (from financing professionals to lawn care & home repair people) made a huge difference for us as we found and bought the home of our dreams in the neighborhood where we only fantasized we could ever live in. Thank you Jim Zakhar III (and your team) for making our dream become a reality and becoming a friend in the process!

Review Source: zillow.com
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Trabuco Canyon, CA.


Jim has deep knowledge of South Orange County neighborhoods and properties. He was always professional, punctual, and straightforward. We are new homeowners so the process was a little overwhelming to say the least. With great sensitivity and experience, Jim walked my wife and I through this  process. Responses to phone calls, texts, and e-mails were typically in minutes. Bottomline, Jim was on “our” side. Having my family in a house we could afford and love was his primary goal. I imagine walking the fine line between “closing a deal” and looking out for clients can be tough. I NEVER felt Jim saw my wife and I as dollar signs. He’s a family man looking out for other families and I’m grateful for our experience with him and his family!

Review Source: zillow.com
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Lake Forest, CA.