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“We weren’t born on The Island, but we got here as soon as we could,” say Mike and Joyce Stemmer, husband and wife Realty team specializing in Galveston’s West End properties. Along the way, they each gathered over 25 years of experience in real estate sales, marketing and customer satisfaction, in good markets and not-so-good. Together they’ve helped nearly 1,000 families achieve the American dream of home ownership. It all started in 1966 in the cafeteria at Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas.

“Our eyes met across the room over bowls of beef stew,” recalls Joyce Stemmer. “Little did we know that this dish would become the staple of our early married life just a few years later.” Married in 1969, Mike and Joyce attended the University of Houston their senior year, working various part-time positions for tuition and living expenses. One of Mike’s jobs was stock boy in a bakery thrift store.

“One of the perks was getting all the old bread and pastries that were about ready for the dumpster. To this day, we cannot look at honey buns without grimacing,” he laughs.

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