Visalia real estate company, Schuil and Associates, is celebrating 30 years in business this month.
The company, run by three brothers, started in Dinuba in 1983 and over the years opened three other offices in Kingsburg, Reedley and Visalia. Back then, the business handled residential, commercial and agricultural property sales. Each brother — twins Mike and Marc and younger brother Rick — managed an office.
Then in 2007, the brothers decided it was time to consolidate locations. The company built a nearly 4,000-square-foot building on Mineral King Avenue and Akers Street in Visalia six years ago where the brothers and all employees reunited under the same roof.
What’s it like to work with family all these years?
“Obviously family businesses always offer challenges,” Rick Schuil said. “The fact that we consolidated rather than moving farther away (from each other) is a testament that we get along pretty darn well.”
The company made its name specializing in agricultural and dairy sales. It shed the residential portion of the business just before the economic downturn to concentrate on agricultural and commercial property.
“The economic downturn really affected residential sales,” Rick Schuil said. “We were proactive before that happened.”
While the residential market suffered, farmland prospered allowing the Schuils to remain stable in recent years.
“Agricultural sales and values have dramatically increased in the last five years so our timing was very good.”