We use our combined decades of experience in the luxury real estate market along with our extensive knowledge of the nuances of Corona del Mar to offer our clients an unparalleled experience and service. We understand the market, the demographics, and even the retailers and merchants of Corona del Mar in a way that only longtime residents can. We are able to leverage our relationships with local businesses to market and promote homes in cutting-edge ways, from facilitating luxury home stagings to high-end open house parties. And effective marketing equals quicker, more profitable home sales for our clients.
Both members of our leading real estate team, Janelle File and Brandon Goethals, specialize in luxury home transactions in Corona del Mar. But Corona del Mar isn’t just where we work; it is also where we live. This is our community, this is where we raise our children, and the clients we help are our neighbors. That’s why we are willing to go the extra mile to make sure we are constantly exceeding all expectations. We are leading the way in delivering excellent customer service and building a long list of repeat clientele along the way who will not only seek out The File Group for their next transaction, but will recommend our team to their friends and family.
Along with being active in the local school system, we are also both members of the Newport Beach Country Club. We remain deeply entwined in our city and believe in giving back to the community we love in any way we can. We are constantly volunteering and helping to raise funds for organizations in need through organizing events like the HVE Par 3 Shootout, which raises money for Harbor View Elementary School. Together we work to elevate the standards of the luxury real estate market in Corona del Mar by offering stellar and successful transactions to each of our clients.
In addition to being a constant fixture in her home community of Corona del Mar for over 20 years, Janelle File has also been an active figure in the high-end business world of Orange County for decades. As a respected employee of the Irvine Company, she was continually promoted to more prestigious positions with widely expanded responsibilities. In her role as the Director of Special Events at Fashion Island, Janelle was responsible for organizing staple events, including the Fashion Island Concert Series, the Taste of Newport, fashion shows, and numerous charitable events. She was later promoted to the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Irvine Spectrum Center, where she used her marketing expertise to increase center-wide sales over 150% over two years. She then moved to in-house marketing at the Irvine Company, where she was the Director of Partnership Development for all of the Irvine Company properties and partnered with mega corporations like Coca Cola, Jaguar, and Aston Martin to facilitate cross-promotional events to help subsidize marketing budgets and build brand awareness.
Janelle switched to real estate 15 years ago and developed her own real estate appraisal firm, where she employed 15 appraisers that serviced all of Southern California from Los Angeles to San Diego. She worked for major lending corporations such as Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, and many private brokerages around the country. Janelle’s primary focus was on the luxury coastal properties up and down the Southern California coast.
Janelle is an agent with Surterre, a top luxury residential real estate brokerage known for its teamwork and integrity. Surterre is one of the only brokerages with an in-house team of 15 marketing experts to deliver innovative marketing to its agents and clients not only in Orange County, but all over the world.
Brandon Goethals had a long and impressive career in the sales industry before making the switch to luxury real estate. After traveling the world playing professional golf for four years, he transferred into the business and tech sector, where he was the COO of a startup in San Francisco in the 90s. But Brandon missed his first love, golf, and when he finally went back to the sport, it was as a successful and highly sought-after coach. Later, Brandon was hired as a salesperson for the PGA TOUR, and in 2015, he was awarded salesperson of the year after bringing in over $3 million in revenue in just under two years.
After turning his attention to the luxury real estate market in Orange County, Brandon has become the driving force behind the emergence of The File Group. As a professional athlete and coach, Brandon learned the importance of diligence and following through in everything he does. He also learned to hold both himself and his team up to the highest standards. Brandon’s perseverance and knack for providing a seamless transaction process while buying and selling homes has quickly earned him the reputation as one of the most sought-after realtors in Corona del Mar.
Brandon is an agent with Surterre, a top luxury residential real estate brokerage known for its teamwork and integrity. Surterre is one of the only brokerages with an in-house team of 15 marketing experts to deliver innovative marketing to its agents and clients not only in Orange County, but all over the world.
Melody Bahu received her Master's in Leadership and Organizational Development from Chapman University as well as her Bachelor's in Public Relations and Advertising/Marketing, minoring in Business and Communications. She received her Real Estate license in May 2009 and works with The File Group at Surterre Properties® as the Director of Operations. Melody created this particular role to support REALTORS® and to focus on developing and maintaining the infrastructure of every internal, external, and administrative aspect of the business. She implements her high-caliber customer service and extensive knowledge to assist the agents and service clients in ensuring efficiency, quality, and education.
Ambitious, intelligent, and determined are just a few words that describe Melody and her incredible work ethic. Her diverse experience in many other different industries include working closely with C-level executives in NYC with their Software and IT support as well as within the Entertainment, Insurance, Retail, and Restaurant/Service Industries, contributes to a variety of talents and expertise she's acquired, which she applies to all facets of the Real Estate sector. Having live in New York and traveled abroad to Europe, she possesses the complementing ability to have a better understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity as well as vision and creativity beyond her current environment.
Melody currently resides in Newport Beach and is active in the Orthodox Christian Community. Her greatest influences have been her family, her faith, her education, and many respected and influential leaders both past and present. She has a deep passion for helping others, which not only carries over into her professional career but also in her philanthropic activities. Melody also volunteers with Project Mexico assisting with building homes for those in need and hosting events as the Fundraising Chairwoman of the Orange County International Orthodox Christian Charities organization.
Exceptional managerial and communication skills make Melody Bahu a valuable asset to The File Group at Surterre Properties®, a top luxury residential real estate brokerage known for its teamwork and integrity. Surterre is one of the only brokerages with an in-house ad agency with a team of 15 experts delivering innovative marketing to its agent and clients not only in Orange County, but all over the world.
Edison Cook is an entrepreneur and real estate professional who is part of The File Group at Surterre Properties®. He attended college at Chapman University where he obtained his Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management and currently resides in Newport Beach where he has lived for the last eight years.
Before joining The File Group, Edison started multiple restaurant franchises in Orange County, which he still owns today. Being an entrepreneur and running a successful enterprise, his experience in finding locations and negotiating lease agreements is what propelled his interest in joining the real estate industry.
Edison is passionate about residential real estate, development, architecture, and investments. His business background in restaurants has helped him understand the unique and different neighborhoods throughout Orange County and has provided him extensive knowledge in sales, customer service, and management. Edison approaches real estate with a business/investment lens. He carefully analyzes the information he has gathered on properties and then presents them to the client to help them better understand the property's potential. His focus is to assist each client in making the right purchasing decision for their future, putting their needs first, and working tirelessly to deliver high-caliber service with his in-depth knowledge of the local market, resulting in the best outcome for those he works beside.
Edison is a member of the Newport Beach REALTOR® Association and is an agent with Surterre Properties®, a top luxury residential real estate brokerage known for its teamwork and integrity. Surterre is one of the only brokerages with an in-house ad agency with a team of 15 experts delivering innovative marketing to its agents and clients not only in Orange County, but all over the world.