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John Hathorn

Founding Partner

CalBRE# 00960182

John Hathorn Realtor

As a guitar, motorcycle, and surf enthusiast, John Hathorn is no stranger to blazing his own path and leading an adventurous, independent reality. Having grown up in Venice CA, long before its glory days, and traversed throughout Los Angeles his entire life, John knows the city better than most locals and offers a no-nonsense, instinctual, and hands-on approach to selling real estate, earning the reputation of “Westside Closer.” Co-Founder of Pence Hathorn Silver (PHS) and Founding Partner of Partners Trust Santa Monica, John consistently ranks in the top 1% of agents nationwide and brings over three decades of experience to his top-producing real estate firm, one that has represented over 3,000 transactions in excess of $3 Billion to date.

 Along with his partners Charles Pence, Loraine Silver, and Brett Silver, John leads a talented team within Partners Trust, a brokerage comprised of 240 associates with local and global reach and established as #1 in Santa Monica sales in 2016. The unparalleled experience and market knowledge of Pence Hathorn Silver combined with the start-up spirit of Partners Trust, brought about a formidable partnership in 2010 wherein John facilitated the opening of the brokerage’s flagship office on Montana Avenue. Over the years, he has personally owned, bought, sold, renovated, and remodeled properties throughout the Westside and focuses on the neighborhoods of Santa Monica, Brentwood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, and his hometown of Venice. With respect to all aspects of his life, John strives for clarity and understanding, crediting his success to continuing advanced education and training, listening carefully to what his clients and colleagues say, and following his instincts.

“Show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and don’t be attached to the outcome.”

John attended Santa Monica College as a music major before transferring to and graduating from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Though the guitar is still his muse, John has been happily devoted to his wife Nancy (another Venice High School Graduate) for 32 years and, together, they have raised three terrific sons. Currently, John supports various programs and charities including the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, The Boys and Girls Club, LA Family Housing, One Voice and The Salvation Army. Additionally, he has served as director of the L.A. Board of Realtors, served on the board of directors for the Santa Monica Orchestra, and studied business management at USC.  

I was really nervous because I had already found my dream home, but I could only get it by selling my current home FAST. Our closest comp had been on the market with no movement for 45 days, so the prospects looked grim. John worked his magic (which was a combination of knowing the neighborhood like the back of his hand, a great marketing plan, and knowing what we needed to get the place ready to get top dollar) and we had it sold in three weeks. I'm writing this from my new dream home.

— Jeannie Roshar

John and his team laid out a pricing and marketing plan that we understood and proved to be effective. Everything came together according to the plan and schedule he created and we were sold and closed in less than 30 days.

— Charles and Angie Farrell

Your knowledge of the marketplace, your follow-through and your professionalism are the very reasons we've used you several times now. We wouldn't think of buying or selling with anyone else.

— Steve & Marcy Morris

We were fortunate to have John represent us in the purchase of our home in Malibu. He was there for us every step of the way and patiently guided us through the tangled real estate world. We couldn't be happier with our home, the price we negotiated & ease of the whole process. We are very grateful to John & appreciate all his hard work.

— Marcia and Merlin Clarke

Moving can be very stressful but I appreciate the support from John Hathorn and his team during the entire process of selling my home. He gave me great advice to prepare my home for the market and referred various trades people that helped me stage the property for success. John truly went above and beyond the call of duty. I will refer him to all my friends, family and acquaintances without hesitation.

— Georgette Sussman

Thanks to John I was able to get my house sold while being on the other side of the country for most of the transaction. He is a great negotiator, strategic marketer, and savvy business professional. I am very pleased with the service and results that John Hathorn and his company was able to deliver.

— Jeff Sussman

After working with John Hathorn it is no surprise that he is one of the top agents in Santa Monica. My home was on the market for only 3 DAYS before I got a full priced offer. From listing to closing, I received great service making the escrow period seem effortless. The staff is well equipped and can handle any last minute changes, needs or questions. John’s familiarity of the neighborhood and expertise with high end clientele provided both me and the buyer with outstanding results!

— Tracey Andrews

John Hathorn just sold our house in Santa Monica. He made the process easy. I would highly recommend him and his entire team!

— Amanda Daniels Lebowitz

I appreciate your personal availability to answer my questions, and your personal involvement in resolving a number of issues as they came up. You could always be reached easily, you handled all the details and you were responsive and detail-oriented. I was very impressed with you. Dealing with you has been a pleasure and I would strongly recommend any one selling a home or property in this area to list it with you.

— Tom Hicks

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