Stephen Schwartz was raised in East Texas, where he graduated from White Oak High School. Most of his childhood was spent hunting and fishing in the woods of East Texas, where he learned at a very young age to respect the outdoors. Following his interests, he graduated from Texas A&M University in the spring of 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Management with an emphasis on rangeland and wetland management. After he graduated he began working in the engineering department at the TXU Martin Lake Mines.
He then worked for over a decade in the mining industry. For the first 7 years he worked in engineering as a surveyor and long-range planner, where he designed and led the construction of various projects ranging from initial clearing and mining activities, to permanent reclamation. Along with that he developed a special interest in land reclamation where he had hands on experience with many extensive watershed management projects. He also had a hand in developing many of the ponds, wetlands and reforested acres that are now enjoyed by many. He then spent the next 4 years as an operations supervisor learning the big picture of the entire mining process, further developing his leadership skills in managing people, money and machines.
Overall he has gained a unique perspective in the importance of sound land stewardship and how vital it is to a successful ranching operation. His unique skill set enables him to clearly visualize a property’s potential and effectively communicate that to potential buyers. He is dedicated to use that knowledge to better understand the needs of each client and will go the extra mile to ensure they are met. Stephen is a committed steward of the land which shows through continuing his education through the Quality Deer Management Association as a level 2 Deer Steward, which specifically focuses on intensive management for white-tailed deer. He has also been an active member of several conservation organizations such as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, Quality Deer Management Association, Trout Unlimited, and National Wild Turkey Federation.
Stephen is a committed husband to his wife, Lacie of 6 years, and new father to his son, West. He is a deacon at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview and enjoys spending as much time as he can in the outdoors with both his wife and son.
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We feel extremely fortunate to have engaged Casey Berley and Stephen Schwartz of Hortenstine Ranch Company in the sale of our country property. Throughout the entire process both worked diligently providing expert assistance and guidance. In particular, Stephen took amazing photography of our property which attracted many potential buyers throughout the entire region. In addition, his ability to showcase the property and answer inquiries far exceeded our expectations in every respect. We would strongly recommend him to anyone who may be looking to sell or purchase a ranch property. He has our heartfelt thanks for a job well done.
— Tony and Marsha Watts
Our experience with Stephen could not have been better. From our initial meeting, through the closing process, Stephen went above and beyond to ensure we had a pleasant experience. This was our first major land purchase and the transaction was not straight forward, given the seller was a company and not an individual owner. There were expected and unexpected delays, but Stephen always communicated in a timely and transparent manner, to help us understand and digest each step of the process. He worked extremely well as a liaison between us, the seller and Texas Farm Credit, and it was clear he’s established strong relationships on all fronts that were crucial to the success of the transaction. We certainly did not walk away from the purchase with just a great broker, but a friendship was formed. We highly recommend Stephen.
— Kendra Garroutte
Stephen showed us the first property and really asked important questions to gain insight on what was important to us. We both had different wants in a Ranch he wanted a lake and fishing in close proximity to Dallas. I wanted dense hardwoods and wildlife! We both could agree on a nice size house and a property size easily maintainable. Stephen listened, took the information we gave him that day and ran with it. The very next Ranch he presented was “The One”! Because of Stephen’s company and connections we were the first to see the property and able to make an offer and get the property before it ever truly hit the open market! We will enjoy and make long lasting memories at our new ranch thanks to Stephen!
— Amy K.
Stephen really allowed me to gain insight and perspective on the ranch market. He took my calls day and night and showed true dedication. Through it all he found me the ideal ranch that included everything we had discussed.
— M Kelly
Thank you so much for all you did to sell our ranch. I have been in the real estate and construction industry for 40 years and am rarely surprised by Brokers and Agents. However, I am totally surprised by you and Hortenstine Ranch Company. Your persistence in soliciting my business was remarkable. I recall telling you that I finally decided to engage your services just to get you to quit calling me. All joking aside, the attention you gave to me and Kerry before and after listing our property was second to none.
Selling our ranch was a very conflicted and emotional decision. You understood and empathized with our difficulties. Never pushy and at all times respectful of our feelings, you helped navigate us through the entire process. Your detailed property research assured we understood the market and convinced us to list our ranch at a price higher than we had planned. You exceeded our expectations at every turn and we will both be forever grateful. Rest assured, we will call on you first for all future ranch acquisitions.
Thank you again for your great service and for bringing results beyond our expectations.
— Jeff & Kerry Avery
Buffalo Flats Ranch, LLC