Reuben  Stence

Reuben Stence

Managing Broker / Owner

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Meet The Team

Reuben Stence


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After graduation from Newton Community High School in 2007, Reuben pursued a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. Reuben took his first teaching job in 2010 in a small school by Mt. Vernon and transferred back to Oblong to teach in 2011. After moving several times for school and work, Reuben decided to obtain his real estate license after several negative transactions with realtors. The driving force was to treat the customer with the utmost respect and always be fair and honest in any deal. These values still hold true in the transactions he completes today.

Reuben married Erica (Thompson) Stence in 2010 and started the process of moving back to Marshall and Clark County to teach and be closer to family.  In 2013, the property of their dreams came available and they bought it in hopes of reestablishing the family farm. The pastures of Oval Ridge Farm are now filled with registered Angus cattle with genetics being marketed all across the country.

In November of 2021, Reuben and Erica decided it was time to begin their own team focused around the traits they believe should be in a realty office. The office of Stence Realty Team is now a client focused/family focused realtor office located in the heart of Marshall and serving all of East Central Illinois and West Central Indiana. 

In the Stences' spare time, they love spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with family. Reuben cherishes the time he gets to spend with his beautiful wife and two children Lucas and Natalie.

Hard work, honesty, dedication, and determination have shaped Reuben’s personal and professional life and he looks forward to putting those traits to work for you in buying or selling your home.

Wes Smith


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Wes graduated from West Richland High School in Noble, IL in May of 2007. After graduation, Wes pursued a degree in Business Management by way of Olney Central College and Eastern Illinois University. 

After graduating, he married Madison (Stence) Smith in 2011 and accepted a position for Cabela's World Headquarters in Sidney, Nebraska. The move away from home and family was tough, but it is something that he says to this day did nothing but make them stronger together.

After working for Cabela's for 5 years and earning multiple promotions, Wes accepted a new position back closer to home and family. Shortly after the move back, a property that couldn't be passed up became available and that is where Wes's love for homes and helping people all started. The Smiths have been happily planted now for over 5 years in Lawrence County, Illinois. Recently a new addition came into Wes and Madison's life by the way of a baby boy! Wryland Bryant joined the Smith crew and turned the happy couple into a happy family!

When the Smith's have some spare time, you can find them enjoying time together. Some things they enjoy are spending time with other family members, fishing, hunting, and eating somewhere new! Wes's love for bass fishing has translated into fishing competitively regionally and you will find Madison and Wryland right by his side!

Wes was inspired to get his real estate license because of his love for helping people. Throughout his life he has been an extremely dedicated and hard worker and will not stop until the job is completed. The traits of hard work, ethics, and communication are what he is looking forward to putting to work for you whether you are looking to buy or sell your next home.

Carol Rice


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Carol was born and raised in the Wabash Valley.  She attended Ivy Tech in Terre Haute and studied Business Management.  She moved to Marshall, IL in 1991 where she later married her husband Roy.  From there she received her Real Estate license in both Indiana and Illinois.  She and Roy moved several times in Illinois to pursue his career and Carol continued working in sales, marketing and advertising while selling Real Estate part time.  

During the last 9 years Roy and Carol have lived in Marshall, IL as she worked as a full time Real Estate agent for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group and Troy Helman in Indiana.  Carol began working at Stence Realty Team in early 2022.    

In the Rices' spare time they love spending time with their wonderful children, a daughter Ashley and 2 sons Cole and Cody, and 6 beautiful grandchildren.

She is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to her clients and customers.  Her success in Real Estate is built on client referrals and repeat business.  Carol is a hardworking, focused professional who has built a reputation based on honesty, integrity, and commitment.  She is constantly researching the latest technologies, tools, and services so that her clients benefit with the sale or purchase of their home. 

As a full time Real Estate Broker at Stence Realty Team, she can meet all your needs, whether you are buying or selling a property.  

Chelsea Nye


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Chelsea was born and raised in Oblong, Illinois, and still resides there today with her husband, Mitchell, and their three daughters.  They live on a small farmstead where they spend most of their time and love the outdoors.  She particularly loves to bake, read, and garden in her spare time.  Working in the public since High School, she has gained immense knowledge over the years such as: client relations, service, sales and resourcing.  Homeschooling their three children has also taught her so much about listening, patience, and perseverance. When asked what she loves about real estate, Chelsea's reply is,  "A home is such a tool for people's lives, I appreciate everything about making a home your own. It's a place to gather, share meals, a place of comfort and so much more. I enjoy helping people find that for themselves." 


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