Hoven Real Estate is a full-service brokerage specializing in residential, commercial and investment properties. We were founded on the principles of vision and perseverance. Inspired by the story of Ernest Kouwen-Hoven, the founder of our hometown, we believe that — with imagination, positivity and integrity — anything is possible. We started with a true love of real estate and the desire to help others. As real estate investors with a deep understanding of the business, we go above and beyond simply completing transactions. We’ve made it our mission to provide exemplary service, at every touch point.
Scott always had a fascination with business and the manner in which a business impact customers. He began his professional career as a Business Analyst, spending 15 years at a Fortune 200 bank. There Scott learned that applying information based analysis and harnessing technology can yield dramatic results very quickly. In 2004 he became interested in real estate investing, buying property for his portfolio, ‘flipping’ houses, getting real estate certifications and starting to sell real estate. The busier he became in real estate the more he loved it and left his corporate career of analysis in 2012 to pursue real estate full time. He quickly succeeded as an agent by creating and developing relationships and using an information based approach while focusing on offering exceptional service.
After several successful years as an agent and hundreds of transactions, both as an investor and representing clients, Scott realized that he could impact a greater audience opening a real estate brokerage, he partnered with Michael Gray and Hoven was born. Scott finds happiness in helping people realize their dreams and truly loves to see people succeed.
Michael Gray brings over 15 years of experience in business development and operational management with an exemplary record for increasing sales revenues for both large and small corporations. Michael graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Management. He began his career in Sales and Marketing with several notable Fortune 100 companies such as Merrill Lynch, General Motors, and Allegis Group (Top 100 Private). He later served as Business Development Manager for several small businesses where he took on the challenge of streamlining their sales and marketing programs resulting in efficiency and growth. While working in a Business Development capacity, Michael also fostered his interest in real estate by investing in his local real estate market.
After a few years of investing in real estate part time and having experienced tremendous success, Michael felt it was time to focus on his passion and start his own company. In 2014, he began investing in real estate full time. Michael continued to grow his investment portfolio and later sought to further diversify and expand his foothold in his local real estate market, so he partnered with Scott Schuetz and together the two investors launched Hoven Real Estate. Michael’s passion for life and compassion for people make him an excellent leader for the Hoven Team.
About Ernest Kouwen-Hoven
It all began in 1916, when Ernest Kouwen-Hoven purchased one square mile of beachside land lying between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. Envisioning an exclusive seaside resort community, he subdivided the land into residential lots, streets, areas designated for hotels, ferry slips, a golf course, and a public beachfront. Indialantic-by-the-Sea was born. But, the property was slow to sell, since the closest bridge from the mainland was almost 20 miles to the north.
The solution was to build a bridge! From 1917 to 1921, Kouwen-Hoven sold 8% bonds for $100 to finance a toll bridge from Melbourne. For an extra $20, bondholders received a 50-foot lot. The wooden drawbridge was dubbed “Kouwen-Hoven’s Folly” because of predictions that it wouldn’t be completed. But, despite World War I, scarcities and financial problems, the bridge opened on May 26, 1921. A stable community of homeowners was established in Indialantic during the early 1920s Florida real estate boom. The bridge was used for years, and the land sold for many times its previous value.