For most people, passions come and go, changing and growing over time. For Matt Woebcke though, he knew his goal was to work in real estate even back in high school.
“I have a people person background where even in high school I was working in customer service jobs,” said Woebcke.
During his days at Sonoma High, he got to know many of the locals and their realtors through various jobs, adding to his desire to pursue real estate. Woebcke also loved architecture and admired homes that inspired his architectural interests, inspiring him look even further into a potential real estate career. When he put together his two passions - working with others and impressive architecture - he realized he had found gold.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping people so I thought between helping people find and sell their house and then working with beautiful homes, it was kind of the perfect match for me,” said Woebcke.
Despite this realization and the determination that followed, Woebcke was discouraged by a high school teacher. He was told he was too young to pursue real estate right after high school, so when he graduated in 1998, he headed to San Francisco State University to pursue a degree in speech communications, and became the first person in his family to graduate from college. He then used his degree to go into banking and finance. While this wasn’t exactly what he wanted to do, looking back, he sees how his experiences post-college contributed to his current career and his drive to pursue his real estate goals.
“Through banking and finance I learned a lot about the behind-the-scenes of how to buy a house,” said Woebcke. “And the creativity in buying and selling houses is what really got me going.”
That was eight years ago. Since then, Woebcke has earned his real estate license and now lives in the Mission District in San Francisco with his partner and two French bulldogs. He works for Paragon Real Estate Group, one of the top locally owned real estate companies in the city.
One of his favorite aspects to his career is the diverse group of people he gets to meet. From clients working with Facebook and Apple, to artists and baseball players, Woebcke’s clients make his experience even more rewarding.
While real estate is known for being busy and tough, Woebcke feels that he was made for the industry.
“I’ve always been a workaholic, which is why I think I’m good at real estate,” he said. “I basically work seven days a week.”
Woebcke grew up in a house near Maxwell Village and he attended Prestwoood and Altimira. He still visits frequently to see friends and his parents, Jeff and Gayle, and younger brother Scott. He ultimately hopes to split his time between living in both San Francisco and Sonoma while working towards doing luxury real estate in wine country.
“I love Sonoma in the summer and fall, but I like San Francisco better in the winter,” said Woebcke. “So the ultimate goal would be to live in both places.”
When he isn’t busy with his dream job, he spends time traveling to places such as Australia and Europe, and hopes to continue doing so in the future.
If he were to give advice to people still looking for and pursuing careers after high school and college, Woebcke would encourage them to do pursue their interests.
Matt Woebcke, SVHS ‘98, grew up in a house near Maxwell Village and he attended Prestwoood and Altimira. He still visits frequently to see friends and his parents, Jeff and Gayle, and younger brother Scott.