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James and Stephanie Makishima

About James and Stephanie Makishima

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We are a husband and wife team with United Realty Group, serving the South Bay area of California. Our primary focus is the complete satisfaction of our clients. Our team will take care of each and every detail of your real estate transaction. Whether it is to find your dream home, find investment properties, or finding tenants for your investment properties, we will assist you every step of the way. We also focus on education and conduct a “First Time Buyer Home Buyer” seminar to give our clients a better understanding of buying and owning real estate.

About James:
I am a fourth generation Japanese-American and am English and Japanese bilingual/bicultural. I have lived in Japan for a long time and have been living in the South Bay area since 1988.

My experience is a bit different from other real estate agents as I spent the first 20 years of my working life in large corporations (Fortune Global 50 Corporations) as well as some smaller technology start-ups in an engineering and sales/marketing capacity.

My segue into real estate was as a real estate investor where my wife and I bought properties and rented them out to tenants. I got my real estate sales agent license to understand real estate investing better, but people around me started asking me to help with their real estate transaction. To understand real estate better, I studied more and got a real estate broker license.

With my education and experience, you can be assured that I have a thorough understanding of real estate, marketing, market analysis, finance, and economics and I will provide you with answers and solutions to your satisfaction.

About Stephanie:
I am also bilingual/bicultural in English and Japanese and have been living in the South Bay since 1993. My previous career experiences come from a non-profit event planning organization, a major luxury cruise line and a global health and nutrition company—all in positions helping and taking care of customers.

I have been investing in real estate for over 20 years and we now own and manage properties in several different states. We have experience in short sales and foreclosures too.

We pride ourselves in taking great care of our customers from beginning to end and even after escrow closes. There are so many different steps and skills necessary to negotiate the complex real estate buying and selling process—but between James and me, we have it all completely covered! We hope you’ll give Team Maxima the opportunity to serve you!

Contact Me

address609 Deep Valley Drive Ste 200
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
state license #CA DRE License #: 01835496 & 01894548

Company Info

United Realty Group



I recently purchased my first home with the help of both James & Stephanie and while I cannnot say that I know many real estate agents, I can confidently say that they were both a pleasure to work with from beginning to end.

When I first met James at his… (more)


We were very impressed with their service. They did so much more than just the role of a real estate agent – they truly cared and looked out for our best interest. The extra work they did was so helpful because it was something that could have easily been… (more)


I was a first condo buyer and they have educated/explained me in detail before I made any actions. When it comes to the offer, there were a couple people made offers to the condo when I made an offer, but I could buy the condo fairly quickly without any… (more)

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