Designations & Certifications:
“Five Star Real Estate Broker/Agent of the Year” award recipient for the 10th year (2010-2015, 2017-2020) as a Top Real Estate Broker/Agent in Orange County, honored for his “exceptional service and overall customer satisfaction” and currently ranked in the Top 1% of REALTORS® throughout Orange County. Only 14 out of 30,000 Orange County real estate agents have been awarded for 10 or more years. James, a Southern California native, is also a licensed California Architect (CAB Lic #C29405) and the CEO/Broker of PreviewOC (DRE Lic #02115250). He graduated from Woodbury University and holds a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) professional 5-year degree. James also has an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. Beginning his professional real estate career with Coldwell Banker Beachside Realtors (CBBR) in 2003, CBBR presented James the “Outstanding and Top First Year Salesperson Award” in real estate sales and production in 2004. In 2005, James was honored the “Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society Award” for top sales production. This award is given to the Top 7% of CB agents worldwide. Throughout their years with CB, James and his wife Margret were the recipients of numerous top production awards for closed sales transactions and listings taken. Margret, originally from Egypt speaks fluent Arabic. Like her husband James, Margret is also a Broker-Owner of Costera Luxury Properties. Margret brings her relentless negotiation skills to the table and ultimately, gets her real estate clients what they want. Both James and Margret were trained and certified as CB Previews Luxury Property Specialists. James was also trained and certified with the CB Referral and Relocation Division as a Corporate Relocation Specialist. Additionally, James was the only architect and 1 of just 90 members certified as an Architectural Specialist with the CB Architectural Division throughout the entire Southern California Region. This elite group of professionals focused exclusively on the distinctive advertising and marketing strategies needed to sell luxury architectural properties in architect-designed estates. Additionally, James is also certified by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as a Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) agent and as an Internet Marketing Professional (e-PRO®). In December 2010, James and Margret established Hoppe Realty. Since then, they have been ranked as the #1 real estate owned, husband-and-wife company in Orange County. In 2020, the Hoppe's incorporated their real estate brokerage and changed their company name to PreviewOC Real Estate. In 2021, the founded Costera Luxury Properties. Currently, Costera Luxury Properites continues to maintain their high level of real estate sales expertise and knowledge with their agents focused on Coastal Southern California as the local area experts.