On January 1, 2013, former New Agent Training Director, Pat McCandless stepped into the role of Broker and Co-Owner, along with Chris Earl also Broker and Co-Owner of Stephens Real Estate. Together, Pat and Chris have been a part of Stephens Real Estate for 21 years and members of the Stephens Real Estate management team since 2009 working closely with Doug & Bob Stephens to learn and grow the business. With Pat and Chris at the helm, Stephens Real Estate, will continue to be what is has always been, an independent, full service, community oriented company with a full support staff to assist its agents with a team approach to serving its customers and clients. Stephens’ reputation for honesty and community service is widely acknowledged and continues to be the foundation of the company.
Stephens Real Estate was founded on May 1, 1978. The original office was located in the old Douglas County Bank building on Kentucky Street with 28 sales associates, a receptionist, secretary, bookkeeper and its founder and broker, Bob Stephens.
Bob and his family came to Lawrence in 1963 when he was working as assistant sales manager for the Manor Baking Company and later as sales manager for the old Meyer’s Dairy in Lawrence, a time when milk was delivered door-to-door. During that time he got to know many Lawrence residents and eventually made friends with a local real estate agent, Warren Mitchell. The two of them started the Mitchell Agency in March, 1970, which became the Mitchell-Stephens Agency, Inc. in March of 1972. The partners split in 1978, resulting in Bob starting Stephens Real Estate, Inc. in 1978. In 1983 Bob's son, Doug Stephens, joined the company as a salesperson, later becoming President in 1997. Continuing to expand, Stephens opened a Baldwin branch located at 703 High St., in Baldwin City.
Over the years, Bob developed a deep love for the people of Lawrence and the University of Kansas and founded the company to be the most honest, reputable company in the city, with no pressure on clients to buy or sell.
To Bob, it is always important for the company to give the same levels of service and care regardless of the price of the property involved, as well as to give back to the Lawrence community through service and volunteerism. Unlike its competition, Stephens Real Estate has always, and continues to be, an independent community oriented company. With a full support staff to assist agents, Stephens defines its team approach serving its customers and clients.
In 2013 Stephens Real Estate began a new chapter in its history, with the ownership changing hands for the first time since its inception. Former owner Bob Stephens spoke happily of the transition, “I’m glad the agency is going to two of our own.” With new owners, Pat McCandless and Chris Earl carrying on the legacy, Stephens Real Estate will be a part of the community for many years to come.