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Jim Bremner

Born and raised in Northern California, Jim graduated from Stanford University in 1983 with an undergraduate degree in Economics. Jim began his professional career with Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco as a bank auditor and was later admitted to the Bank’s prestigious loan officer training program. After completion of the training program, Jim moved south in 1986 and took a position with the bank in Los Angeles as an asset-based lender to middle market private import/export companies including such notable companies as Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Lamps Plus ultimately achieving the title of Vice President.

Jim started his real estate career in the early 1990’s with the Jon Douglas company. Utilizing his superior business and marketing skills, Jim quickly became one of the top producers in the company’s flagship Brentwood office. Jim was later promoted to associate manager for the office, a position he carried with him during the several mergers and ultimate purchase of the company by Coldwell Banker.

Jim joined Gibson International as a charter member in 2009 and assumed the role of associate manager for their Brentwood office. Jim continued his stellar track record to become one of the highest and most consistent top producers in the company. Jim carried forward his Associate Manager title with Compass and had continuous success as part of the ultimate California real estate company. In 2018, Pacific Union joined forces with Compass where Jim will continue to focus his business on representing high-end buyers and sellers across the Westside with a particular specialty in the Westwood and Brentwood neighborhoods. Jim is known for his professional demeanor by both clients and agents alike. His professional accomplishments include:

  • Member of both National Association of Realtors and Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles
  • Associate Manager at Jon Douglas, Coldwell Banker, Gibson International and Compass, International President’s Elite award (top 2%) 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • International President’s Premier award (top 1%) 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Top 10 in sales production Gibson International 2010, 2011
  • #2 in sale production Gibson International 2012, 2013
  • #3 in sales production Gibson International 2014
  • #4 in sale production Gibson International 2015
  • #1 in sales production Gibson International 2016
  • Top 5% in Sales Compass 2017

In addition to his professional achievements, Jim has been a Westside resident since 1986. He and his wife Anne are supporters of the educational and community outreach programs of the Center Theatre Group, LACMA, Lupus LA, and all of their children’s schools and universities.


Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons“Aptitude” is defined as having “talent, capability, ability, and special skills” and Michael Simmons has an extraordinary aptitude for real estate.

An experienced and well-connected millennial agent who performs at the highest levels, Michael embodies the next generation of real estate services. He is a strategic, out-of-the-box thinker who represents buyers and sellers of luxury properties throughout Los Angeles. The prote?ge? of top-producing agents in Beverly Hills, Malibu and now Brentwood, Michael is well-respected and has the contacts, expertise and demeanor to handle the most discerning clients.

Michael produces success with a modern approach from Beverly Hills to Malibu – and everywhere near and in-between. “I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing luxury real estate since 2013,” he says. Michael’s areas of expertise include LA’s most sophisticated pockets — from the palm lined streets of the Beverly Hills’ flats, to celebrity architect pedigree homes in Hancock Park, to CEO compounds in Brentwood Park, to estates with expansive Zuma Beach views in exclusive Malibu Park. Now working in association with Jim Bremner, Michael is taking his business to the net level of service

New York born and raised, Michael keeps strong ties to the New York real estate market and understands the bicoastal lifestyle. He holds real estate licenses in California and New York.

Michael graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government and a minor in Communications, He completed his four-year degree program in two years.

Wherever or whatever your real estate needs may be, connect with Michael.

Ken Swan

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Ken Swan is a native Angeleno with over 13 years of Real Estate experience. He studied Business
Administration at the University of Southern California. After spending years interning and learning the
residential real estate business he launch his own Transaction Coordination service ultimately handling
over 350 transactions a year and working with some of LA’s top Real Estate Brokers.

Ken joined James Bremner homes in early 2020 with the goal of helping to expand his real estate
experience and grow in a new business endeavor. Ken oversees all of the day to day operations
of James Bremner homes including marketing, advertisings, transaction management and client
support. His job is to guide the team and their clients through each step of the real estate sales
process with meticulous attention to detail. Through his unique blend of professionalism and
personable approach, Ken provides a superior level of service with winning results that
consistently exceed expectations. Ken’s compassion is apparent and often appreciated by both
clients and colleagues. He takes great pride in his dedication to the purchase or sale of a home by
maintaining honesty and simply being available to clients throughout the process, and even long
after. Between his vast market knowledge, unshakeable attention to detail, and collaborative
management style, Ken keeps the day to day engines running smoothly as a member of James
Bremner Homes.

When he’s not working, Ken enjoys leisure time with family and friends throughout the seasons by hiking,
swimming and snowboarding. He also volunteers at local community organizations. Ken especially loves
road trips and to travel the world whenever his schedule allows.