John Zahina-Ramos
Office: (815) 385-6990
Mobile: (815) 404-1017
Fax: (815) 385-7016
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814B N Front Street, McHenry, IL 60050

Call Dr. Z for your next property!




Choosing a real estate agent is an important decision that should be the first step to buying or selling your property. I have a unique and unequalled set of skills and experience that will be a true asset to your real estate transaction. First, I am a highly educated professional who has had a long career in private industry, government and academia. I have lived in several parts of the United States, which gives me insight into how things differ regionally and the challenges faced by those relocating to another area. Furthermore, I have lived in townhomes, single-family homes, condos and rentals...I am keenly aware of the unique advantages that each has to offer. Lastly, I have experience doing home renovations, including drywall installation, painting, wallpapering, tile installation, electrical work, plumbing, insulation installation, and landscape design and installation. Working with a realtor who understands the reality of property ownership, maintenance and renovation is a real advantage that most buyers and sellers prefer to have.


My interests and hobbies include teaching, sustainable food gardening, writing (books, articles and music), creating art and hiking. I do occasional public speaking engagements on the topic of sustainability and sustainable living, something that I firmly believe in. My Ph.D. was focused on sustainable agriculture, something that I also promote. I would enjoy hearing about your interests as well.


  • Home renovation
  • Negotiating “win-win” agreements among stakeholders
  • Data analysis, which is important to proper pricing
  • Sustainable living
  • Teaching and mentoring

Community Involvement

  • Member, Government Affairs Committee, Heartland REALTOR® Organization
  • Member, Water and Natural Resources Protection Committee, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
  • Founder of the Palm Beach County Community Garden and Urban Farm Association

Credentials and Memberships:

  • Working with the #1 Coldwell Banker franchise in the State of Illinois  
  • Working with the #1 Coldwell Banker franchise in the Northern Region
  • Working with the #1 Coldwell Banker franchise in the Nation  
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors®
  • Member of the State Association of Realtors®


Specialties: First Time Buyers, Residential, Land, Relocation, Historic Home, Retirement, Investment, Country Property, Acreage, New Home, Farm And Ranch