Breihan Malecek Peterson and James Team

Steve Breihan and Carolyn Malecek specialize in helping people buy and sell homes/condos in the St. Louis metro area. They are with Berkshire Hathaway Alliance out of their Clayton/Ladue office located in the Maryland Walk building at 8077 Maryland Avenue in Clayton. They joined Berkshire Hathaway Alliance (formerly Prudential Alliance, Realtors) in 2009 and in 2016 were ranked #2 in the Berkshire Hathaway Alliance Clayton/Ladue Office with a sales volume of over $26 million. Steve and Carolyn are also ranked in the top 1% of all agents in the St. Louis real estate market. They are also members of the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chairman's Circle Platinum Club, Berkshire Hathaway's highest ranking, which is only awarded to the top 1% of all Berkshire Hathaway agents nationwide according to sales volume and production.

Steve and Carolyn started their real estate careers with Gundaker Better Homes & Gardens back in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Steve was the 1995 Rookie of the Year Runner-Up for Better Homes & Gardens nationwide and was awarded the Better Homes & Gardens International President's Council Award. The pair have been close friends for the past 30 years and have worked side by side in the same office since 1997, winning every award their company ever offered for production and customer service. After long careers at Gundaker Better Homes & Gardens (which became Coldwell Banker Gundaker in 2002), Steve and Carolyn decided to partner their business. They made the move to Prudential Alliance (now Berkshire Hathaway) and brought over 31+ years, at that time, of combined real estate experience to their clients while being able to offer even better service and even more availability to both buyers and sellers.


Recommendations (45)

Jan 29, 2019

Jason Hand, MD, MBA recommends Erik Petersen

Chair--Deparment of Adult Primary Care, Mercy Clinic--St. Louis

Erik did a great job assisting Steve and the team with the preparation and subsequent sale of my house. I could not be more appreciative.

He is professional, friendly, reliable, and prompt. I will definitely work with Erik and Team again.

-Jason Hand, MD, MBA
Dec 7, 2018

Sagy Purev and Aaron Kelley recommend Erik Petersen

VP, New Leaf Symbiotics

Eric helped us to buy a house this Summer. We were moving from out of town, but he was happy to put in the extra effort to explain the different neighborhoods, schools and other things we might find attractive. He is extremely responsive to every little request.
We were also very impressed how much present Erik was throughout the transition period when we needed help in things beyond new house purchase. Even after sale went through Erik was still responsive to our inquiries which tells us who he is as a person - caring, helpful and excellent professional!
We couldn't recommend him more highly!

Sagy and Aaron
Aug 31, 2018

Priscilla Merriweather recommends Erik Petersen

Priscilla Merriweather, Executive Director

Erik did an awesome job working with us to get our old home prepared to sell, which sold very fast (1 day) and has been involved with making sure our new home is everything we dreamed it to be. He is very professional but personable and has your best interest in mind. I would recommend Erik to all my friends and family who are looking to sell or buy a new home.
Aug 30, 2018

Mike Cisar recommends Erik Petersen

Director of Customer Success

Erik always made time to help us find a home. Solid agent. Would recommend him and anyone else on the Breihan/Malecek team. They're simply fantastic.
May 21, 2018

Julie Fink recommends Erik Petersen

Financial Controls Senior Consultant

Erik made the home buying process very easy and stress free. He was always available to answer any questions I had. I highly recommend using Erik in your home search.
May 15, 2018

Andrew Hahn recommends Erik Petersen

Erik was a fantastic realtor. He responded to all of our questions very quickly. Kept us in the loop throughout the entire process and did what he could to make our first home-buying experience a pleasant one. Always made sure he made time to get us out to see a house or set something up with one of his partners right away if he was unavailable. But the biggest quality that we admired was, he was forth coming about things, he didn't pressure us to make a sale but was honest with us when it we decided to dig in where we were at. We would recommend Erik to anyone and use him again in the future.
Mar 27, 2018

Anonymous recommends Erik Petersen

Erik was absolutely fantastic. He made me feel like I was his only client. He found the perfect house for me and was extremely responsive to me during the whole process. It was my first house and I felt comfortable and confident throughout process because of him.
Mar 27, 2018

Marie Casey recommends Erik Petersen

In working with a first-time homebuyer, Erik Petersen exemplified the listening skills, service commitment and responsiveness that will earn him a lifetime business relationship. He exhibited outstanding market knowledge, was willing to explore all options, never tired of questions and ideas, and thoughtfully negotiated an advantageous contract. The timeliness of his efforts was consistently outstanding. I highly recommend Erik
Mar 27, 2018

keaton m jones recommends Erik Petersen

Erik was great for us, even as first-time home buyers. He was extremely organized as well as helpful/knowledgeable with all the questions we had. We were buying in a pretty strong sellers market, but Erik found a great place that was in the area we wanted and checked all our boxes. We got a great deal within our budget as well. Signing contracts, negotiation, closing, etc. were all quick and painless from our end. Highly recommend.
Mar 27, 2018

Kaitlyn Covington recommends Erik Petersen

Erik was/is a great realtor! We couldn't have asked for a better person to help us buy our first home. He was completely honest with us, didn't want us to over pay for a home. Wanted to make sure we were paying the right price and would be able to get it all back when he sold later on.!
Mar 27, 2018

David Maislin recommends Erik Petersen

Principal Sales Engineer

I am typically a skeptic when it comes to realtors and always had the impression that I could do it better myself until I met Erik Petersen. Erik managed every aspect of the selling process, and without a doubt, he is the hardest working agent I have ever met.

Erik's creative ideas for selling our home went above and beyond excellence. Each time we saw him he gave us new insights about the buying and selling process. We were provided with market analytics, information about his team meetings and our listing was not only featured on the front page of a luxury magazine, but also was the #1 home listed under Zillow for several weeks in our market. Erik even had a special photographer come out to take drone footage of our property and beautiful interior photos as well. Erik raises the game as a consummate professional, selling our home in only fifty three days when the average home sale in our neighborhood typically took well over six months.

We were so pleased with Erik that we used his services to purchase a townhome and a villa while we were selling our home. Erik is an absolute pleasure to work with and if I could, I would rate him higher than five stars.
Sep 27, 2017

Tim Hercules recommends Breihan Malecek Petersen & James

Steve and his team were extremely responsive during every part of my purchasing process. Steve always made himself available. His attention to detail was excellent. He truly cared about me and wanted to make sure I found the best home. He was open and honest and always gave me great insight. I would certainly refer Steve to others, and I will be certain to use him in the future.

Jul 21, 2017

Kaitlyn Covington recommends Erik Petersen

Great experience!

Jul 11, 2017

Ethan Brewer recommends Carolyn Malecek

Carolyn really know the area. Even if we were not repeat customers, I would have used her.

The whole team has been great to work with. Organized and able to decifer realtor talk to us normal folk. I also appreciated the lists of things they needed from us and manageable timelines.

Jun 14, 2017

Loren Marshall recommends Carolyn Malecek

ABSOLUTELY! She was excellent in every part of the process.

May 30, 2017

Stephen Murray recommends Carolyn Malecek

What a great team! Couldn't have had a better experience.

Apr 13, 2017

Sheila Hansen recommends Carolyn Malecek

Carolyn was excellent on all fronts. This was a relo move, and what should have easy was full of time consuming annoyances. While we were very frustrated, Carolyn had every answer and support staff to ease the situation. We would heartily recommend Carolyn Malecek to all buyers/sellers! We are grateful for her help.

Mar 31, 2017

Jen Meyer recommends Carolyn Malecek

I cannot say enough about Carolyn. She's uber-responsive, easy and a delight to work with, totally got what I wanted and went above the call of duty. I am privileged to have worked with her.

I mean, the most responsive person ever.

Again, totally impressive.

She's funny, clear, so smart, easy with email, phone, text, whatever.

She guided me through this really complicated process with patience and good humor and I always felt she was my advocate.

I can't imagine a better partner -- things got dramatic there for a while and she was patient with all of my nervousness

OMG totally.

I adore Carolyn and Steve. I am going to miss daily interactions with Carolyn! Can't wait to have her over for a glass of wine at my new place. What a great human being -- really, she saved me!

Mar 6, 2017

Heidi Currie recommends Carolyn Malecek

This was the easiest real estate transaction that I've ever made. Carolyn was so so so wonderful and helpful. She made it effortless.

Jan 30, 2017

Amanda DeBord recommends Breihan Malecek Petersen & James

We were first time home buyers, and Steve took the time to prepare us for the process ahead of time. He and his office seemed like they were always anticipating what was coming up next.

Steve was always very quick to respond to our texts and to keep us updated on developments.

I felt like Steve was very easy to communicate with. He was great at advising us while allowing space for us to make decisions. He took the time to get to know us and what we were looking for in a home.

We didn't really have many issues, but the few minor things that came up were taken care of very quickly.

Steve and Carolyn and their office made the process of buying our first home as stress-free as possible. I appreciate their attention to detail and felt like nothing was going to slip through the cracks with them.

Dec 16, 2016

Alicia Yerxa recommends Carolyn Malecek

Carolyn was absolutely wonderful. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needed an agent. My husband and I were extremely pleased and had no complaints. She went above and beyond.

Oct 7, 2016

Barbara Snell recommends Lizz James

Lizz was thorough and detail oriented. She handled every issue that arose in the sales process. Excellent agent and very professional.

Very timely. Great liaison between us and the buyer. Handled every issue that came up and kept us informed throughout the process.

Knowledgeable and had a good understanding of the nuances of the local market.

Calm, thorough, timely communication. The other agent was difficult and non-responsive, but Lizz was able to manage the negotiations and sales process in spite of this obstacle.

Very thorough in the entire process. From the day we listed till the day we closed.

Professionally handled every issue that came up.

Without question and already have to several friends.

We've bought and sold many pieces of property and our experience with Lizz James was outstanding. The quality of the agent is the key factor when buying or selling property and Lizz made this sale a success.

Oct 6, 2016

James Schumacker recommends Breihan Malecek Petersen & James

All in all, every phase of the experience was professional, and friendly. Could not ask for a better experience. A 10 in every way.

Sep 9, 2016

Syed Safdar recommends Breihan Malecek Petersen & James

Steve game me a lot of information that I didn't know.

I was kept in the loop during the whole process.

Aug 5, 2016

Christine Hanford recommends Lizz James

We had issues very close to closing and Lizz helped to bring get them resolved. She was extremely helpful managing multiple bids on the property resulting in a very favorable final price. She was very good and easy to work with throughout.

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