Small Business Profile: Zia Realty Group Invests In Community

Zia Realty Group owner/broker James Chrobocinski in his newly purchased office suite Monday afternoon on the top floor of the New Mexico Bank and Trust Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • Homeowners who visit owner/broker James Chrobocinski today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Zia Realty Group, 15th and Central, can have their home listed for just 4.5 percent.

James Chrobocinski is a local business owner, county councilor and community volunteer.

He moved back to Los Alamos in 2012 with his wife Jacqueline and their son JJ after spending 26 years living in Corpus Christi, Texas. He had moved there from Los Alamos with his father Tom Chrobocinski after junior high school.

It was the death of his mother and grandmother that motivated him to return home to be near his grandfather and namesake James Bramble, 95, and the rest of his extended family.

“It became really important for me to live near my family and share in their lives,” Chrobocinski said

It also was important to him to get involved in the community, he said, and that meant opening a business, volunteering and public service. He serves as president of the Los Alamos County Little League as well as volunteers his time to other organizations.

Chrobocinski opened Zia Realty Group in 2012 in a leased space at 15th Street and Trinity Drive.

He went on to purchase larger quarters on the ground level of the New Mexico Bank and Trust Building at 15th and Central Avenue and recently purchased additional space on the top floor of the building where he has his personal office suite.

Chrobocinski has grown Zia Realty Group in the last three years to include 26 brokers serving clients in Los Alamos, Espanola Valley, Santa Fe, Jemez Springs and the surrounding areas.

“It’s is not just about selling real estate, he said, it’s about investing in our community … we are taking part in its growth and beautification.”

As an example, Chrobocinski has been buying up dilapidated houses across the community, fixing them up and leasing them to families.

Chrobocinski can be reached at or 505.662.8899.