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John Norheim

(510) 527-3400 ext. 10  |  jn@noryost.com
CalBRE #00770171

John Norheim is the managing partner of Norheim & Yost, the premier commercial real estate brokerage working in West Berkeley. He co-founded the company in 1982 and since then has come to know virtually every property and development site in this area- its history and it’s potential. Norheim & Yost has sold or leased properties on virtually every block in West Berkeley. He started the company with his long-time partner, Don Yost who has since retired. They would meet for coffee at the French Hotel on Shattuck Avenue, opposite Chez Panisse, then they would head out to West Berkeley looking for deals. In the 35 years since then, Norheim & Yost has completed more than 3,000 transactions, representing landlords, tenants, developers and investors, primarily in Berkeley.

John specializes in the selling and leasing of office buildings, industrial properties, retail, and leased investments. He works all through Berkeley, Emeryville and surrounding areas but his particular strength is in West Berkeley, where he has also been involved in the development and management of commercial real estate since 1982. Norheim & Yost is respected and trusted and because their clients tend to stay with them, they have sold and leased many properties two, three and four times, over the years.

John is known for his straightforward, honest style and has worked with many clients for 30 years plus. He understands the sometimes-quirky workings of Berkeley’s real estate regulations, and has learned the most efficient ways to get things done at City Hall. He has spent long evenings at the Zoning Adjustment Board and City Council meetings making his case, or advocating for clients. For more than 10 years, he worked on the West Berkeley Area Planning Committee, rezoning all of West Berkeley.

John has had a long-standing commitment to the community. He served on the board of directors of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, West Berkeley Area Plan Committee, and the Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay.

Before he got into commercial real estate, John was the General Manager for 8 years for the John Beery Company. It was the largest yacht sales organization in California including retail stores, wholesale distribution, plus a boatyard and sailing schools.

John is a bay area native, having grown up in Oakland. He graduated from the California Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Nautical Science, was licensed by the US Coast Guard as a Second Mate, and was a Lieutenant in the US Navy. As a young man he was world class sailor, winning the North American Championship in the International 505. He most recently raced in the Pac Cup in 2016, sailing from S.F. to Hawaii.



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Steve Smith

(510) 527-3400 ext. 12  |  ss@noryost.com
CalBRE #01330154

Steve Smith joined Norheim & Yost in 2001 and is one of the firm's partners. He has worked and lived in West Berkeley since 1991. His background is in construction, metal fabrication, furniture prototyping and production, project management, and structural engineering. He holds a bachelors degree in architecture from UC Berkeley and the College of Environmental Design. Steve has represented landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers alike. His real estate leasing and sales experience covers a broad range of commercial property types including industrial, retail, office, and investment. His knowledge and understanding of the idiosyncrasies of East Bay cities and their politics and zoning ordinances is a critical asset to his clients. His diligence, ethics, and loyalty to his clients is evidenced by a solid reputation. Steve serves as a board member of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.






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Colby Katz

(510) 527-3400 ext. 15  |  ck@noryost.com
CalBRE #01949015

Colby Katz works with both Landlords and Tenants in the sale and leasing of retail, office, and industrial properties. His geographic areas of focus include Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito and Richmond. A native of Santa Cruz and resident of Berkeley, Colby has been involved with a range of aspects in the commercial real estate business. Prior to spending the last few years in brokerage, Colby worked for an investment group where his responsibilities included managing a retail shopping center and professional office building, performing research and financial analysis on prospective investment acquisitions, and project coordinating building renovations and developments. Colby is a dual degree graduate of The George Washington University in Washington DC. where he studied English with Creative Writing and Dramatic Literature. He is an award winning playwright, a Bay Area sports fanatic, and an avid outdoor adventurer.




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Don Yost

(510) 527-3400 ext. 11
CalBRE #00364108

Don has retired after a 40+ year career as a real estate broker in the Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland commercial markets. In addition to brokerage, Don was active in formulating zoning and planning issues in Berkeley, served for 13 years on the West Berkeley Plan, on the Mayor's planning and zoning task force, and on the City of Berkeley Planning Commission. He successfully represented many clients before the Zoning Adjustments Board and the Berkeley City Council.