Janelle File is revered among Orange County homeowners and her professional colleagues for her industry expertise, client dedication, and valuable networking skills. Her bold, inquisitive, and fun-loving nature combined with her commitment to providing superior customer service to every client has made her a constant fixture in her hometown of Corona Del Mar.
Growing up in a real estate family (both of her parents were Fresno appraisers) nurtured Janelle’s passion from a young age. She regularly attended appointments alongside her mother and even worked in the family business after school and on weekends.
After graduating from the University of California Irvine, Janelle started working as an appraiser herself at the esteemed Irvine Company. She remained there for ten years before leaving to open an appraisal office in SoCal. Working alongside 13 other appraisers she personally hired, Janelle and her team assisted clients from Los Angeles to San Diego and San Bernardino County.
In 2008, Janelle’s priorities changed after the housing market crash and having kids. Desiring more flexibility, she got her realtor license completing her transition from appraisal to sales. From there, Janelle collaborated with her husband, former PGA Tour sales representative Brandon Goethals, to form a new team that would optimize both of their talents. Seven years later, The File Group ranks among Orange County’s top real estate groups, and they just closed in on a record $100 million in sales year to date!
The File Group has become a constant fixture along the OC coast because they offer a level of client service that is second to none. While Janelle and Brandon specialize in new construction, they’re happy to help any client, whether you are buying, selling, or investing. Janelle loves the entire process and goes above and beyond to ensure her clients’ needs are met. That means answering the phones at any time of day, remaining in constant communication, networking, creating intuitive marketing strategies, and employing aggressive negotiation tactics.
Outside of work, Janelle’s three children, nine-year-old twins Gannon and Tatum, and ten-year-old Cash keep her plenty busy! As a mother, Janelle stays involved with her kids by volunteering at their schools and taking them to cheer, dance, guitar, and football. She is also a passionate advocate for the Alzheimer’s Foundation, having lost her father to the disease at the age of 70.