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Steve Darden has over 25 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.
Annette Mills is a Texas Native, born and raised in Temple, Texas. She has been a Texas Realtor for over 10 years serving the Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple & surrounding areas with residential and commercial experience. She graduated from college with a business and teaching degree which has lead to the fulfillment of her dream to help families with children. She is an entrepreneur and has owned a successful child care business for over 20 years. Annette comes from a military family background in which both her father served and retired after 40 years of service and her husband retired after 20 years of service. Her greatest and proudest achievement is being a mother that raised 5 children who became successful and independent adults. Two of her children are nurses, two are in the child care field, and one has served in the military over the last 8 years.
Annette’s clients describe her as honest, fair, patient, friendly and a pleasure to work with. She's informative and takes the time out to assure her military and civilian families that with her on their side, they will receive service from a professional, caring, and reliable Realtor who has their personal needs in mind.
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 2 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.
Asst. Property Manager Jeslyann Charriez-Tirado (we call her “Jay”) hails from Bayamon, Puerto Rico but was raised right here in the Great State of Texas. Jay is a member of a military family with her father having been stationed in Texas back in 1998. Though she’s left Texas several times over the years, Jay admits to always coming back to the place she likes to call home. She has particularly strong family ties to the military community of Killeen, Texas. She spends much of her time with family and friends and also attends night classes at Central Texas College. Jay is a crucial member of the Soldiers of Real Estate family and is preparing to obtain her real estate license. As a native Spanish speaker (ella habla Español) and experienced San Antonio Property Manager, Jay provides an invaluable service to numerous Soldiers of Real Estate clients. She is hardworking, sincere and always has a positive attitude. Like a true Soldier of Real Estate, Jay makes our clients feel welcomed and wanted.
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.