First and foremost, Steve Gothelf defines personal success in terms of his clients achieving their real estate objectives. The foundation of Steve’s “successes” for his clients over the past 38 years is based on his passionate belief in, and delivery of, extraordinary personal service to buyers and sellers. This is supported by his energetic and focused work ethic, deep and continuously updated market knowledge, well-honed listening and negotiating skills, and the ability to think critically and execute strategically, a key ingredient in all aspects of the business.
Steve is a Senior Broker Associate with Pacific Union International Real Estate representing buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of luxury homes, condominiums, cooperatives, and small apartment buildings throughout San Francisco. He is consistently one of San Francisco’s highest producing agents and has a 4-year average ranking by sales volume within the upper 15% of the top 1000 individual agents nationwide, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Without fanfare, Steve represents sellers and buyers of some of San Francisco’s most iconic residences. Steve is humbled by having such wonderful clients and is dedicated to upholding the trust and confidence they place in him, as well as exceeding their expectations.
Steve’s team consists of Adam Gothelf, whom he has worked with since 2010 and his assistant, Carol Avila who manages office operations. There is an additional team of talented professionals who provide the highest quality support services to Steve in the areas of photography and video, website design, printed marketing collateral, and all aspects of property preparation.
Steve’s education and non-profit work experience prior to real estate prepared him well for meeting diverse client needs. This includes an undergraduate degree in marketing and finance from University of Toledo, a graduate degree in public management from City University of New York, and doctoral studies in social welfare policy at University of California, Berkeley. His experience included developing and managing community-based drug-prevention programs, consulting with programs serving at-risk youth and families, and conducting program evaluation analysis on the city, state, and federal level. Through these experiences Steve developed an eclectic skill-set, including how to listen, communicate and negotiate well, leadership and management, marketing, financial analysis, budgeting, and counseling.
Steve has renovated and sold properties in Massachusetts and San Francisco and has managed small apartment buildings in San Francisco since 1983. These activities have instilled an understanding of the renovation process, building and planning department procedures, and rights of tenants and property owners in San Francisco.
Steve was the founding chairperson of the Pacific Union Community Fund in 1993 (a broker-driven fund supporting approximately 20 non-profit grantees annually) and continues to serve on the board. He also served on the board of directors of Huckleberry Youth Programs from 1999 to 2007, including 3 years as vice-president. Steve and his wife, Donna, are still current supporters of the agency, as well as a number of other non-profits.