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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 has over 4 years experience in the real estate industry. He 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.
With 20 years of experience in retail sales and management, Denise brings a solid commitment in customer service to Soldiers of Real Estate. Her previous leadership roles play a key part in serving customers and going the extra mile to ensure that each client has a satisfying experience in reaching real estate goals. As graduate from Belton High School and a current member of Temple College’s Associates in Business program, she uses her experience, business knowledge, and customer service mentality to provide Central Texas with a Realtor that is focused on “serving customers” and giving them a place to call home.
Married to her husband of 18 years and with three teenagers at home, Denise knows the importance of family and strives to be an inspiration to each of them. She believes in the principles of hard work, commitment, and dedication to one’s self which have driven her to be successful in the business world. Denise provides assistance with buying and selling your home by being knowledgeable, professional, reliable and committed.
Evelyn Guzman is one of the newest members of the Soldiers of Real Estate family. Evelyn was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Because her father served in the military, she is completely familiar with the military environment. Evelyn received a BA in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico. She has worked in Property Management for over 4 years, and this experience has given her a deep appreciation of how real estate leasing improves a person’s quality of life. It is Evelyn’s great joy to help our tenants find their dream home!
Evelyn is known to bring abundant energy, dedication, creativity, experience and personal knowledge to her work. With her ability to fluently speak both English and Spanish, you can be assured that she will stay on top of all details and provide you with an exceptional customer service experience. Evelyn will be happy to assist you in coordinating property showings, completing residential lease applications, scheduling service repairs and answering any questions regarding your client account(s).
Real estate agent, Nina Asbury, is a native of Ohio. She has called Texas her home for the last 13 years. Coming to us with an Associates degree in Architectural Design and Construction Technology, as well as, a BA in English. Nina is ready to tackle the world of real estate.
As a mother of two, Nina understands the importance of juggling family and career. She is always looking for better, more efficient ways of reaching goals. She's ready to help you find your perfect retreat, whether temporary or lifelong.