Hamilton Zanze & Co.

Hamilton Zanze is a private San Francisco-based real estate company. With friends and family, high-net-worth investors, and institutional partners, we acquire, reposition, and manage apartment communities. We always seek opportunities where we can improve performance, generate distributable cash flow, and earn appreciation. The Hamilton Zanze acquisition strategy focuses on identifying and repositioning under appreciated multifamily properties to: 1) improve operating performance, 2) generate distributable cash flow, and 3) earn appreciation over a holding period. Our value-add investment strategy includes targeting garden-style Class B apartments that are 1980s vintage or newer in infill locations. We generally invest in markets that demonstrate economic diversification, identifiable job growth and job creators, barriers to entry, and quality of life, among other factors. Our extensive experience and track record in all areas of acquisition, construction management, and asset management allow us to effectively capitalize on inefficiencies in the apartment market. Broker Submissions 415.539.0079 acquisitions@hamiltonzanze.com

Real Estate Specialization
Investment Type
JV partnership
Acquisition/Fee Simple
Investment Style
Typical Deal Size
$5,000,000 - $10,000,000
CEO and Founder

Mark Hamilton

Prior to co-founding Hamilton Zanze in 2001, Mark Hamilton sponsored the acquisition, ownership, and development of nearly 40 properties in the Bay Area. Mark’s main focus has always been locating value-add properties in changing urban neighborhoods and then re-working them into higher-quality buildings with higher incomes, improved tenant profiles, and higher resale values. Mark has considerable experience in partnership formations and operations, project planning and implementation, asset management and management oversight, landlord-tenant and rent-control issues, risk management, and zoning and building department matters. Before forming his own commercial brokerage and investment business in 1994, Mark worked in the San Francisco office of Marcus & Millichap, subsequently co-founding Property Resource Group (real estate brokerage) and Quantum Land Company (development). Mark earned a B.A. with High Honors in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, which he attended as a University Scholar and Fellow.

Chief Investment Officer

Kurt Houtkooper

Chief Investment Officer Kurt Houtkooper joined Hamilton Zanze in 2003 and has over 16 years of real estate experience in asset management, property management, leasing, acquisition, and disposition of income-producing properties. As HZ’s CIO, Kurt oversees the acquisition, disposition, and capital markets activity at the company, including developing the acquisition and disposition strategy and building relationships with institutional partners. Kurt was previously with Tishman Speyer Properties, where he was involved in marketing, leasing, negotiating contracts, forecasting, budgeting, managing personnel and third-party vendors, and establishing asset direction of over seven million square feet of Class A and Class B office space . Prior to Tishman Speyer, Kurt was Vice President of Investment Sales at Grubb & Ellis Company, where he represented clients in the leasing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial property. Kurt graduated with B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a senior member of the philanthropic organization The Guardsmen of San Francisco and resides in Marin, CA with his wife and three daughters.

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

Tony Zanze

Prior to co-founding Hamilton Zanze in 2001, Tony Zanze’s experience in real estate included capital markets, asset management, leasing, development, and investment and brokerage of multifamily and commercial properties. Before HZ, Tony was with RREEF Real Estate Investment Managers overseeing asset disposition. Before joining RREEF, he was manager of the San Francisco office of GE Capital Real Estate, where he handled the production of mortgage-backed securities, structured finance, and equity investments. From 1986 to 1997, Tony was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he originated long-term fixed-rate loans and joint ventures. Tony began his career as a sales investment broker with Cushman & Wakefield and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin.

Acquisitions Director

David Nelson


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Key Focus Areas
Acquisitions Asset Management Construction Property Management Individual Investors Institutional Investors
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