Payton Stiewe

Payton Stiewe

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An art collector and former VP of business development for three successful Internet startups, Payton Stiewe revels in packaging homes so that they communicate to a particular buyer. For sellers, that often means a pre-sale home makeover—and must-see open houses.
Whether it’s throwing a barbecue for brokers or folding a listing into an architect association’s tour of the city, Payton is known for presenting homes in unique and sometimes unexpected ways. He partners with the best—from interior decorators to painters and florists—and will even knock down a few walls to get a house ready for sale. “I’m a big believer that if you package something well, you’ll get a higher price for it,” he says.
As a result, Payton + Binnings' open houses have a reputation among brokers as not-to-be-missed events. For Payton, packaging a house—prepping it, staging it, and creatively getting the word out about it—is as much about understanding people as it is about understanding the market. “One of the critical steps in packaging a house is communicating to a particular buyer’s profile,” explains Payton. “Buyers have to feel enticed to come to the house, spend time at the house, and envision themselves living in the house.”
Payton, who was raised in Germany before relocating to the U.S., started his career as a Real Estate Agent representing Sotheby’s International Real Estate in 2002 after helping launch three successful high-tech startups. As a business development strategist and general manager for,, and Expertcity (, Payton sharpened his innate sales, marketing, and negotiation skills.
Payton Stiewe and his family. Today, Payton and his wife, Bettina, are active members of the Headlands Center for the Arts, and Payton is on the American Institute of Architects committee for selecting homes for its annual AIA tour of San Francisco and Marin. Passionate about improving education in the U.S., Payton is also a Marin Montessori Trustee. “I know what it’s like to be young and single, then married, and then married with kids, so I can personally relate to my clients’ real estate needs from experience—no matter what their demographic.”

Arrian is my guy and there is no other realtor I would trust with such important/consequential personal transactions. I cannot underscore this point enough... Arrian, Sejal, Payton, Jennifer, Lorelei - you work with this group and you are truly getting a full team behind you, each with core expertise. SF is a complicated real estate market with knowledge, process, and value traps everywhere. Arrian and P...

— Tarun K.


In 2021 I sold my house in San Francisco where I had lived for 30 years. My SF realtor recommended Payton and Binnings to help me find a new home in Marin County. During my first meeting with Sejal Binnings and Payton Stiewe I was impressed by how well they listened and understood as I explained what factors were important to me in buying a new home. During many months of searching in a difficult buyers'...

— Kathleen H.


Thank you to the whole Artemis team for helping us to sell our old home for top dollar and to buy our dream home! The team seamlessly guided us through the complexities of buying and selling with so much patience and kindness. In addition, they developed statistical models to guide our buying and selling expectations, so we felt fully informed and empowered with market data. We appreciated their willingn...

— Shilpa + Blake


My wife and I are very happy that we chose Payton Stiewe and his agency Artemis Real Estate to sell our Marin County house. Payton and his team were wonderful from start to finish. They quickly completed many smart upgrades that made our house shine. They staged it beautifully, photographed and videoed it with artistry, designed a stunning website just for the sale, and had buyers streaming in day and ni...

— Michael + Burr


Artemis exceeded all of our expectations. They have the highest professional standards, communication was superb and their judgement proved to be spot on. I've purchased and sold a lot of real estate. Team Artemis has, by far, provided the best experience and result. I recommend them to anyone especially that person transacting the top dollar deal.

— Jack H.


We had an amazing experience working with Payton and the entire Artemis Team as we moved from Brooklyn NY to Kentfield. Not knowing much about the Marin market, Payton was a masterful guide and got us to a fantastic home that is perfect for our family. The Artemis Group is the Nordstrom of the Real Estate world. Their focus on customer service from start to finish was truly exceptional. They even arrang...

— Gary S.


There is no question that Payton + Binnings is the best real estate group you can find. There is a whole team working for the client. They took care of every detail imaginable. Since real estate services have a pegged fee I can't imagine why every seller or buyer wouldn't use P + B. Simply the smartest, nicest, most diligent, and professional services company I have ever had the pleasure of employing/wor...

— Robert F.


We worked with Sejal, Arrian, Payton, and team both to buy and sell our home in San Francisco. We bought and sold during difficult times (purchased in the crazy competitive 2012-2013 market and sold mid-Pandemic in 2021). They were incredibly patient and supportive throughout both processes! They are helpful in assessing a property's condition and value and are careful to ensure you don't "overspend". An...

— Alexandra S.


The absolute best. We've worked with them across three moments - purchase of our old home, sale of our old home and purchase of our new home. They are not just the smartest when it comes to actionable advice on the market and how to position your sale or offer but they also truly empathize with their clients, sharing thoughts anchored in what matters most to you. We have had a remarkable streak of sellin...

— Haley + Aneesh


Working with the Payton+Binnings team was refreshing and inspiring. Their level of professionalism is top-notch; they are incredibly responsive, proactive in their approach, and detail-oriented. They are using the latest and greatest technology and media to ensure your listing targets the ideal audience and that ultimately that your listing sells for the best possible price. We were thrilled with our exp...

— Megan + Michael


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