Meet Our Team
Dan Gottesman and Sam Chapin are a team dedicated to delivering the highest quality of customer service, market knowledge, and negotiating skills to the Mercer Island, Seattle, and Eastside real estate markets.
Dan and Sam grew up here. Live here. Know here.
Let their knowledge work for you.
Dan Gottesman has spent the last 25 years as both a real estate broker and a developer. He has successfully worked with buyers and sellers in hundreds of high-end luxury property transactions.
After forming the Gottesman Chapin Team with Sam Chapin in 2015, Dan & Sam have sold over $150 million in luxury real estate, making them one of the region’s top-producing teams. In 2017, they had the highest waterfront sale on Mercer Island for the prior two years ($9,950,000). They also sold the highest single lot, non-waterfront sale in Mercer Island history ($4,550,000).
Since the age of 19, Dan has been an avid real estate investor and developer in Seattle’s University of Washington district. He currently owns and manages a large portfolio of residential and multi-family buildings there. Dan's extensive background in residential and multi-family properties gives his customers extreme confidence when purchasing their next home. Growing up in the Seattle/Mercer Island area and later attending the University of Washington has made Dan a market specialist in the high-end luxury market.
Dan has two daughters and, occasionally, a Pug named Gigi.
Sam has a passion for real estate.
Since forming the Gottesman Chapin Team with Dan Gottesman in 2015, Sam & Dan have sold over $150 million in luxury real estate, making them one of the region’s top-producing teams. In 2017, they had the highest waterfront sale on Mercer Island for the prior two years ($9,950,000). They also sold the highest single lot, non-waterfront sale in Mercer Island history ($4,550,000).
Over the past 25 years, Sam has bought, sold, and managed mixed-use commercial and residential buildings in Seattle (Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, and West Seattle) and Mercer Island. Sam currently owns several buildings and has spear-headed the remodeling, redevelopment, and rebranding of these properties to great success. His experience as a commercial owner and manager is a key benefit to his services as a broker.
Sam Chapin has also practiced law for 25 years. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of North Carolina. Sam’s legal career focused entirely on litigation: first as a civil trial attorney for a Seattle law firm, then as a King County criminal prosecutor. More recently, Sam has been a law professor at the UW School of Law and has served as a pro tem judge in King County. Sam’s law practice regularly involved complex negotiations aimed at resolving high-risk disputes.
Sam and his wife, Loretta, have two girls, a boy, and a Labradoodle named Dory.
Fatema (“Tema”) joined the Gottesman Chapin Group in November 2019.
Tema is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and Washington and is thrilled to apply her professional education and experience in her role as a Real Estate Advisor with Engel & Völkers.
Originally from Philadelphia, Tema graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics in 1998. Tema moved to New York City after college and worked for two years as Assistant to the Chief Publishing Officer for Marcel Dekker, a medical publishing firm. Tema then attended Washington University School of Law, focusing on international law and human rights, and served on the Editorial Board for The Washington University Law Quarterly. After graduating from law school in 2003, Tema returned to the Philadelphia area, and joined Chimicles & Tikellis, a complex litigation firm. In 2015, Tema relocated with her family to Seattle and joined Mercer Island Law Group, a boutique employment law firm.
Tema is President of The Mary E. Groff Charitable Trust, a private foundation funding medical science, research, and education. In addition, Tema volunteers with several local nonprofit boards, including The Mercer Island Schools Foundation, The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, and TheFilmSchool of Seattle. She also serves on the Alumni Admissions Committee for Georgetown University’s Seattle chapter.
Tema speaks French fluently and enjoys food, travel, yoga, tennis, and hiking.
Sarah joined the Gottesman Chapin Group in 2019.
As a 6th generation Seattlite who has lived most of her life on Mercer Island, Sarah knows our communities well. Sarah worked as a sales representative for kitchen and home furnishings, and she has also worked with her family-owned, interior design showroom in Seattle (J.Garner Home). Sarah is actively involved in the community with local charitable organizations. Currently, she serves as President of the Mercer Island Lacrosse program. In addition, she has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer Island, Youth and Family Services board, and other community organizations.
Sarah’s focus on "home” is unwavering, and she is excited to advise clients on their most important real estate decisions as a broker at Engel & Volkers in the Gottesman Chapin Group.
Sarah lives on Mercer Island with her husband, Kent, and their three boys. She enjoys golf, skiing, travel, and gardening.