James Chrobocinski. Courtesy/Don Taylor’s Photography
Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group of Los Alamos has purchased Jemez Mountain Properties from Bob Bootzin who is retiring after 53 years.
Bootzin owned and developed Sierra Los Pinos and has essentially dominated the real estate market in the Jemez Mountains, Chrobocinski said during an interview Wednesday with the Los Alamos Daily Post.
“With the Jemez Mountain Properties acquisition, we’ve taken over approximately 40 listings from Sierra Los Pinos all the way to Rio Rancho,” Chrobocinski said.
As a result of this latest acquisition, Zia Realty Group has joined the Albuquerque MLS (Multiple Listing Services), which Chrobocinski said now affords all of Zia’s clients a much farther reach in the marketing of their homes.
Chrobocinski founded Zia Realty Group in 2012 and has since purchased REA Realty Company and Los Alamos Properties. Last November, he purchased a suite of offices at the corner of Central Avenue and 15th Street in the Community Bank Building in downtown Los Alamos to house his corporate headquarters.
Zia Realty Group has nearly 200 residential and commercial listings and to further Chrobocinski’s goal to become the largest real estate organization in New Mexico by 2019, over the last several months he has opened locations in Santa Fe and the Espanola Valley.
“I anticipate the purchase of Jemez Mountain Properties to be a good segue into opening a Rio Rancho office within the next year,” Chrobocinski said. “We are real excited about all the new clients we have gained and are in the process of actively recruiting new brokers to ensure we continue providing the best customer service possible.”
Chrobocinski, 42, spent 26 years living in Corpus Christi, Texas. He moved there from Los Alamos with his father Tom Chrobocinski after junior high school. He has deep ties to Los Alamos. His grandfather and namesake James Bramble, 94, has lived in Los Alamos since the Manhattan Project era of the 1940s. His grandmother Pat Bramble died in March of 2010.
“I decided it was time to come home after losing my grandmother in 2010 and my mother in February 2012,” he said.
Chrobocinski’s stepfather John Foster works at Los Alamos National Laboratory and his brother Randy Chrobocinski Foster is a Santa Fe sheriff married to local veterinarian Shayna Whitaker. His sister Jennifer Foster King is the physician market manager for Los Alamos Medical Center. Chrobocinski’s younger brother Joe Foster works in IT at LANL.
Both Chrobocinski’s mother and uncle Bill Bramble graduated from Los Alamos High School. His mom worked many years as a registered nurse in Los Alamos and was a real estate agent for well-known local broker Pat Rogers.
Chrobocinski earned his nursing license and went on to work in healthcare management for 15 years. He met his wife Jacqueline while working in a large hospital in Corpus Christi. They married 10 years ago and have a son JJ, 7, who attends Mountain Elementary School. Jacqueline is the manager of Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout’s Northern New Mexico Women’s Health Center at LAMC.
To keep his hand in healthcare, Chrobocinski works a couple of days a month as a house supervisor at LAMC where he oversees the clinical side of the hospital during his shift.
Chrobocinski is running for one of four seats coming available on the Los Alamos County Council. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Housing Partnership and serves as president of Los Alamos Little League. He can be reached at James@ZiaRealtyGroup.com or 505.662.8899.