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Steve Darden has over 26 years of real estate experience. Between 1990 and 1997, while still serving on active duty, Steve became a landlord by acquiring 5 rental home properties. He retired from the military as an 1SG/E8 (First Sergeant) in 1997. In 2000, he began working with the late Joe Buford of Joe Buford Real Estate. At the same time, Steve owned two small businesses – a home repair business called “Hammer and Nail” and a windshield repair business called Windshield Wizards. Steve excelled in real estate very quickly. In his first year with Joe Buford, he became the 2nd bestselling agent in the firm. In his second year, he became the #1 bestselling agent, outselling all other agents in the firm by both dollar amount and volume sold. It was during this time that Steve became known as the “Soldier of Real Estate”.
With aspirations of owning his own real estate firm, Steve took night classes in Austin, Texas in order to obtain his broker license. In 2003, he founded Soldiers of Real Estate. Though Steve started as an owner operated small business, in 2004 he added two staff members and six realtors – two of which have since started their own real estate firms. The number of realtors on staff has increased and decreased over the years, but the reputation and success of Soldiers of Real Estate has remained steady. As of October 2015, the number of properties managed by Soldiers of Real Estate has increased from 7 to 378 units. All the while, Steve has been the heart and soul of the company. He’s a respected business owner, an excellent broker and a trusted property manager.
Realtor Shawn Darden is the son of owner and broker Steve Darden. Shawn is a graduate of Copperas Cove High School. After graduating, he pursued his passion to become a chef by attending the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas. Shawn graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with honors. Though Shawn continued to live and work in Austin, deep down he always had an interest in real estate. He soon attended the Allied Business School for Real Estate and where he also graduated with honors. Shawn has been our Austin representative for the last 3 years. He provides a vital service as many transitioning military personnel move to this growing city which is only about an hour's drive from Fort Hood. Shawn is known to be dedicated, professional and reliable.
Realtor Assistant Angela Lynch is the newest member of the Soldiers of Real Estate Family. Her parents met in the military (Army) in Germany and moved to Fort Hood. Angela was born and raised in Central Texas, graduated from Copperas Cove High School and, upon graduation, joined the Air Force. After 3 years in the Air Force, Angela took time off to focus on personal growth and her business degree. After realizing that she could combine her love of business and passion for personal interactions with a growing love for real estate and real property, Angela began working towards attaining her real estate license. Angela is known to be intelligent, a trusted confidant, a great communicator and a fantastic person. She is both personal and professional with everyone she encounters. Angela spends most of her time enjoying family and friends, music, traveling and growing through her journeys in life.
Tiffanie Locke has served for just over a year as our Office Manager. She moved to the Central Texas Area in 1995 and hails from Tennessee. Her educational background and business management experience has made her a strong asset to the company. She runs the day-to-day property management operations and does much of the behind the scenes accounting and back-office functions. Tiffanie is able to help you with your financial accounts, owner statements, web access, and security deposit refunds. With her strong spiritual foundation and the support of her family, Tiffanie is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Business at Central Texas College. She's married to a retired servicemember and is the proud, loving mommy of 5 amazing kids. Having grown up in a military family, Tiffanie is familiar with the needs of transitioning military families. She has extensive knowledge of the various programs available to assist families in need. She provides superior customer service. Our clients benefit from her military background, patience and understanding. Always willing to listen and express her genuine concern for you and your family, Mrs. Locke is here to serve you.