CRB, Qualifying Broker/Owner
Taos Top Producer for 32 years
Discover Taos Real Estate: Land of Enchantment Style
Joel has walked most of Taos County with many a story to tell as a young land surveyor. Knowing how to read a plat, find corners and deal with property owners, real estate became a natural progression. In 1987 Joel opened his own company as Realty World-the Schantz Co. with a land listing of $5000. Today, Prudential Taos Real Estate represents Joel and his team of their many accomplishments in helping sellers and buyers achieve their real estate needs.
Of German descent, Joel comes from Pennsylvania Deutch country. He graduated from Juniata College in music & literature and took off to Taos in his 1960 Keiser Willis Jeep 4WD. Arrival in Taos to ski: circa 1970. The Hondo Lodge, now the Snakedance Condos and Spa, gave him his first job as ski bum, Ken Winslow taught him to survey and La Cocina (no longer on the Plaza) showed him the many lives of Taos as a bartender.
Today as a family man, he skis, he shakes a mean marguarita. His wife, Marny works as manager of the office and his girls still keep him young and guessing.
But, real estate is what he does because it is still exciting to get excited with a buyer finding their dream home and the challenge in negotiating the sale.
- Licensed as Realtor in 1981.
- Land surveyor since 1978.
- CRB (Certified Residential Broker) designation.
- Prudential Award Winner since 1994.
- Prudential Fine Homes Specialist designation.
- Qualifying Broker of #1 Real Estate Company in Taos.
- Among Top Five Agents According to TCAR ranking for last 10 years.
- Prudential Legend Award Winner Designating the Top 1% Prudential Agents Worldwide
"As an assistant to a Top Producer, one of my primary functions is to help transactions run as smoothly as possible. This is accomplished while providing a high level of customer service with a strong focus towards attention to detail. I consistently strive to work diligently on each project while keeping client’s information secure and confidential.
I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful place! I moved to Taos after accepting a job offer to work at a small Architecture and Engineering design firm in the summer of 2002. While I had never been to New Mexico before I was ready for a change from the Midwest. Taos offers endless opportunities to play amongst the mountains, rivers and forests – hiking, biking, paddling, fishing – not to mention the fun to be had in the snow during winter!"
Yep, and still married after all these years. As owners of Prudential Taos Real Estate, Joel and Marny share the responsibilities. Because Joel is a producing Qualifying Broker, easing the burden of the everyday operations of the business is necessary. As a one man human resource department, Marny manages the finances, the advertising, public relations, agent working concerns as well as all franchise communications and programs. This enables Joel to work servicing his personal clients.