First and foremost, Stefan & Bea Bolsen love to help people. Making the right lifestyle choices; analyzing real estate investments; solving complicated problems; finding easy solutions for customers to improve their lives.
As a young law student at the University of Hamburg Stefan couldn’t wait to become a licensed attorney to finally put his passion to action. After he passed the Bar Exam at age 28 on a Friday afternoon he didn’t waste any time and started practicing law the following Monday.
Real Estate, construction and design is Stefan & Bea Bolsen’s second passion besides their adult daughters. When Stefan was a little boy he worked on his father’s construction sites when his friends went to the beach. Looking back, he is grateful and blessed to have had such a great teacher. His father taught him work ethic, perfection and ignited his love for real estate. Before the Bolsen’s moved to the US they constructed, remodeled, bought and sold homes and condos in the Hamburg and the Baltic Sea areas. When they visited Marco Island in 1999 they fell in love with SW Florida and bought their first condo in the US that they sold 6 months later with a 40% profit.
They say success comes automatically when you love what you do. Boy where they right. Stefan became a full time real estate broker and convinced his wife to quit her Banking job to join him in real estate. Over the last 18 years they closed over $100M in real estate transactions and helped many families fulfill their dreams. Clients became friends.
Success breeds success and their hunger for advancing their skills and knowledge led to new opportunities. As a Master Franchise Partner at Engel & Volkers Florida and Head of Real Estate Stefan learned exclusive Marketing, Branding, Franchising and International Networking.
7 years later Stefan & Bea went a step further into complete independence when they founded 5th Ave Real Estate, with two boutique offices in downtown Naples and Marco Island. Ownership is a deeply rooted tradition in their family.
Timing was right. They put everything they had learned into action and assembled a team of International Real Estate Consultants. In only 4 years Coldwell Banker wanted to buy their company when they reached $50M in yearly sales. The largest Real Estate Company in the world got their attention and Stefan endeavored on a new journey as the Managing Broker of their Marco Island office. What an opportunity to learn from the best. 50 agents needed a new consultant, leader and mentor and Stefan was very grateful for such an amazing opportunity. He experienced the Corporate America World with all it’s pros and cons, but always valued the relationships to his agents and customers most. He must have done something right when he noticed that he developed an outstanding reputation in the Naples and Marco Island arena amongst agents and customers.
In his previous live as a real estate attorney he learned to analyze complicated problems, structure and simplify them to find practical solutions for his customers.
Outside of Real Estate a healthy Work-Life-Balance is very important for the Bolsen family. The Naples-Marco Island area makes it really easy for them with the best lifestyle you can get in the US. Golfing, Boating, Beaching, Biking, …. and the best air and water quality you can imagine, offers endless possibilities. Not for nothing Naples has made it into the top 10 for longevity in the US.
Giving Back to the community is very important for Stefan & Bea. Stefan co-founded an online Charity Platform called www.donationplanet.org to support other charities and help people in need with Real Estate Donations. The concept of ownership is not for everyone and they offer land, home or condo owners to donate their real estate to Donation Planet in exchange of a tax deductible certificate. Donation Planet is a 501 c (3) IRS registered Charity. The IRS categorizes the donation of Real Estate as Non-Cash-Charitable-Contribution with strict rules and regulations. Life concepts constantly change and the vacant lot purchased in Naples 30 years ago to build a vacation home costs Real Estate Taxes every year and lot maintenance on top of it. Some donors paid more in upkeep and taxes than the market value of the property.