As a self-motivated, conscientious real estate agent with a strong work ethic, my underlying philosophy of “service first” means that my clients’ needs are paramount. I work diligently to understand each client’s goals and to always exemplify trust, transparency, and integrity. I work closely with buyers and sellers to educate and inform them at every step of a transaction. I help people to buy and sell homes while keeping in mind both their immediate and long-term goals. My reputation for honest communication and active listening has made me a trusted advisor for the people with whom I work. As a dedicated, personable, and approachable real estate agent, I give clients highly personalized attention and work around their schedules.


License and Qualifications


  • Real Estate Broker License, California Bureau of Real Estate, 1986
  • Real Estate Salesperson License, California Bureau of Real Estate, 1982
  • Over 33 years of real estate sales experience, with more than 1,000 completed transactions
  • Detailed familiarity with Contra Costa County, Alameda County, and the surrounding area
  • Excellent interpersonal ability: good listener, clear communicator, strong negotiator


Professional Experience



Broker Associate, RE/MAX C.C. Connection, Inc.—Walnut Creek, CA 1995 – Present

  • Responsible for guiding buyers, sellers, and investors through the escrow process. Consistently communicate transaction status to buyers and sellers through their preferred method of contact. Recipient of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards.


Broker, Realty Council—Walnut Creek, CA 1986 – 1995

REALTOR®, NorCal Realty—Pleasant Hill, CA 1984 – 1986

REALTOR®, Brand Brokers—Pleasant Hill, CA 1982 – 1984

  • Assisted clients with the purchase and sale of residential real estate. Negotiated contracts, ensured document accuracy, guided and educated clients through the transaction process.


Memberships and Designations


  • Member, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Member, California Association of REALTORS®
  • Member, Contra Costa Association of REALTORS®
  • Accredited Buyer’s Representative® (ABR)
  • Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE)
  • Certified in Real Estate Finance (CRF)
  • Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI)
Contact Info
John D. Vander Meulen
DRE#: 00842213
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RE/MAX Accord
800 S. Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
DRE#: 01491373