John Cain, President & Founder of CAIN Group and Broker Associate at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach, California, launched his storied career in real estate in 2004 and has since become one of Southern California’s most successful real estate agents. He has received top real estate industry accolades, been involved with some of the region’s most significant sales and contributes regularly to media outlets for his analysis of the residential real estate landscape.

Cain Group is proud to be recognized as the #1 small team in Orange County per Real Trends, as advertised in the Wall Street Journal. Trusted by discerning clients, ranging from celebrities and professional athletes to premier homebuilders and captains of industry, Cain is renowned as the agent of choice in the luxury real estate market throughout coastal Orange County. In addition to his ability to create innovative marketing strategies, Cain is also known for his exceptional negotiation skills, best-in-class service, systematized processes and trademarked 3P approach. Backed by a vertically-integrated team of the most talented industry professionals, Cain continues to set new records for sales and standards of service along the California Riviera. CAIN and his team proudly tout over $3.14 billion in collective team sales.

John Cain is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pepperdine University, earning his degree in Economics, and resides in Newport Beach with his wife and three children.

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Led by the region’s foremost luxury real estate expert, John Cain, the members of the CAIN Group serve as the most trusted real estate advisers for discerning buyers and sellers throughout Orange County. This is a distinction that John and his team have earned from 20 years of delivering the market’s best client service, marketing, and results – every day, to every client, on every transaction.

While John Cain personally drives and directs each transaction, the CAIN Group’s innovative, vertically integrated team structure ensures that a highly skilled real estate specialist is overseeing each aspect of the sales preparation and marketing process. In addition, the Group’s advanced reporting system is designed to provide each client with robust and precise information about their home and the market, keeping clients engaged and informed at all times.

The power of this approach is proven in many ways. By John’s current standing as the Principal of the #1 team in all of Orange County*. By the shortened marketing times the Group achieves for its listings. By the esteemed position in which John and CAIN Group are held among colleagues and clients. And, by CAIN Group’s impressive number of repeat and referral clients.


John Cain, Founder and Principal of CAIN Group and Broker Associate at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach, California, launched his storied career in real estate in 2004 and has since become one of Southern California’s most successful real estate agents. He has received top real estate industry accolades including being named “Top Real Estate Agent” by Orange Coast Magazine, “Agent of the Month” by Executive Agent Magazine, and recognition on Realtor Magazine’s prestigious “30 Under 30” list in 2010. Additionally, Cain has been named to Real Trends 1,000 list of top real estate producers in the country, each year from 2014 to present, and has appeared on several television shows on Bravo and HGTV. Trusted by discerning clients, ranging from celebrities and professional athletes to premier homebuilders and captains of industry, Cain is renowned as the agent of choice in the luxury real estate market throughout coastal Orange County.

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Mobile: 714.655.8940

Office: 949.478.7772


Managing Director, Broker Associate

Russ Evans

As Managing Director of CAIN Group, Russ leads the group’s operations and sales processes while working alongside John Cain to provide concierge-level service to his clients. Russ is a native of Southern California and brings an extensive background in business management and real estate to the practice. His energy and optimism work exceptionally well within the culture of CAIN Group, where every team member is unwaveringly committed to providing the industry’s best real estate representation to CAIN Group’s sophisticated and discerning clientele.

Prior to joining CAIN Group, Russ served as a senior broker associate for another local brokerage. He began his career in Denver, Colorado, earning a Master’s degree in Business and Real Estate from the University of Denver, then working as a  custom home builder and real estate broker before moving back to Orange County. His impressive real estate background allows him to expertly navigate the complex deal structures and demanding expectations of the coastal luxury market while maintaining strong and trusted relationships where discretion and integrity are vital to success.

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Sales Associate

Griffin Saunders

A second generation real estate agent, and beach city native of Oahu, Hawaii, Griffin has been exposed to the business of real estate for most of his life. Griffin recently graduated from Chapman University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Real Estate. After graduation Griffin found himself called back to real estate, where he works today with CAIN Group at Pacific Sotheby’s.  Coupled with his long time residency in coastal areas, Griffin is able to provide his clients with extensive knowledge of the Orange County area, with a variety of resources at his disposal: movers, mortgage brokers, interior designers, attorneys and more, making transactions seamless. Spectacular results, superior customer service, and unmatched expertise are guaranteed.


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Sales Associate & Client Services Coordinator

Jillian Wills

As CAIN Group’s Client Services Coordinator, Jillian Wills delivers the exceptional communication, responsiveness and transparency for which the practice is renowned. Working with the team’s top professionals, Jillian ensures that clients are informed and comfortable at every step in the journey of buying or selling a home.  

A licensed real estate agent, Jillian brings a strong background in real estate marketing and sales to her role at CAIN Group. Prior to joining the team, the Palm Desert native established her own successful practice at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in the Greater Palm Springs Coachella Valley, where she also served as chair of the Desert Young Professionals Network (YPN) of the California Desert Association of Realtors and was nominated as one of Locale Magazine’s “Favorite Female Influencer” in Greater Palm Springs.

A native of Southern California, Jillian is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University.


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Sales Associate & Field Coordinator

Blake Finnila

Born and raised in Orange County and a resident of San Clemente for more than 20 years, Blake Finnila is a favorite choice among clients who value his extensive knowledge of the area and its neighborhoods. Add to this Blake’s innovative thinking, focused work ethic, and proactive, service-driven approach to every transaction and it is easy to see why he is highly respected by his clients and peers alike.
Blake’s natural warmth, friendly attitude, and relentless drive to provide only the best possible service helps buyers and sellers feel comfortable during even then most complex of real estate transactions. As a proud recipient of a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Concordia University, Blake has honed his real estate sales skills, marketing prowess and enviable negotiation strategies as a top producer in multiple luxury sales categories prior to and during his time in real estate and joining CAIN Group.
Married and a father of two, Blake enjoys family time and a wide array of sporting and outdoor activities, including surfing, riding dirt bikes, ice hockey, golf, mountain biking, and travel. He is dedicated to serving his community, and has spent many years working as a Reserve Firefighter in Laguna Beach, an EMT and an ocean Lifeguard at various beaches in South Orange County.


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Sales Associate

Yolanda Liu

Yolanda Liu is a smart and enthusiastic real estate agent with CAIN Group, bringing years of industry experience to her clients, which she gleaned from her many years of international real estate experience. Now living in Orange County and focusing on the cities of Newport Beach and Irvine, her expertise extends beyond traditional real estate services, with a history of building new homes, flipping properties, and assisting international investors seeking opportunities. Born and raised in China, Yolanda is fluent in the Mandarin language and has earned her master’s degree in marketing from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her multicultural and bilingual background enables her to deliver exceptional results and provide a superb customer experience in an effective and professional manner to her local and international clientele.



Marketing Coordinator

Cameron Jesperson

As Marketing Coordinator for CAIN Group, Cameron coordinates content creation, ad campaigns, email campaigns, and social media. Prior to joining Cain Group, Cameron was a creative director for numerous real estate companies and also ran his own video advertising and social media content firm. Cameron is a native of Southern California, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from California State University in Fullerton, excelling in the analysis of market trends and statistical response analysis. Although analytical by nature, his creativity allows for expert navigation of the ever-changing social media landscape and advertising tactics of the luxury real estate market. His precision and passion is a perfect fit with the culture of CAIN Group, which prides itself on providing the industry’s best real estate representation. In his spare time, Cameron enjoys golfing, photography, building computers, car racing, watching football, Formula One, and going to Anaheim Ducks games.

Social Media Strategist

Lizzie Kardon

Lizzie Kardon joined the Cain Group team to lead our social media efforts. She has an extensive background in digital marketing, with a focus on the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, and marketing real estate in luxury housing markets across the United States. Lizzie has a deep understanding of what drives attention towards luxury real estate listings online, and how to gain momentum marketing a listing to the largest audience possible. Lizzie’s efforts are focused on selling listings quickly, for a high trading value, to the right buyer. Through a mix of local and global marketing strategies and engagement tactics, Lizzie’s work maximizes the attention our listings receive right out of the launch gate.


President and founder, John Cain is also an active supporter of Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire, a nonprofit organization that believes together, we can create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. John is truly passionate about putting a smile on the faces of critically ill children and, because of this, sponsors multiple wishes each year that bring joy, strength, and hope to children in need and their families. He is also involved with the foundation’s marketing initiatives and actively supports different events throughout the year that benefit and support families as they face the unthinkable. If you are interested in learning more about Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire and how you can support its mission alongside CAIN Group, we can help you get involved.

Trusted by Discerning Clients

John Cain and his team are amazing! John has deep market knowledge, employs first-class marketing efforts and has a high-energy sales focus. A lot of realtors promise a great marketing effort, but John delivers! His team members are great and they provide a high level of service to their principals - they try hard to make a transaction smooth. I recommend him highly!

Zillow User

My family just completed another real estate purchase with John (one of several!). He is the absolute best realtor I have ever worked with, and I’ve worked with many! He is extremely efficient, patient and personable, which is a winning combination. I cannot recommend him highly enough!

Kate S.

I have worked with a lot of real estate brokers and John is at the top of his game! He has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and his responsiveness and attention to detail are outstanding. John also has a refined sense of architecture and design and does a great job of explaining the virtues of a property, and he has the negotiating skills to bring parties together.

Mark and Holly K.

I have rented my house in Crystal Cove three times, and listed my house to sell with John Cain in the past 10 years. He is the most knowledgeable broker in Crystal Cove and he and his team make sure they cover every detail in the transaction. I highly recommend him.


My wife and I would strongly endorse John and his team for outstanding service and results. We recently sold our home in Crystal Cove at a price very close to our aggressive asking price. John provided excellent advice and assistance in preparing our home to be optimally presented. We could not have been more pleased with the process and outcome. John is a great guy and is highly trustworthy.

Jim B.

On our first meeting and exchange of thoughts, John listened and paired our experience to what we imagined. Throughout the entire process, we were never disappointed or doubtful. John always did what he said he would do, and we always trusted him.

Tom and Kathy B.

* Rankings are from the WSJ/RealTrends "The Thousands" 2022 for Small Teams (2-5).

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