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At Patterson-Schwartz We’re True to Our Word

Patterson-Schwartz is the area's leading real estate company. Since our founding in 1961, we have been committed to providing superior guidance and service to our customers. Patterson-Schwartz sales associates offer you exceptional knowledge of market conditions and a commitment to represent you honestly and professionally.

We are Delaware's largest independent REALTOR® with nine offices and over 450 full-time Sales Associates. We offer a full range of services including residential home sales, purchase and rental; relocation services and property management.


When you buy or sell your home with Patterson-Schwartz, you benefit from the expertise we have gained over more than 50 years. We have been through many market cycles and know how to work in all conditions. We have developed the tools necessary to stay apprised of current market trends and can alter our strategies to suit the situation, no matter how quickly conditions change. Each Patterson-Schwartz sales associate draws on the company's collective experience to provide you with the highest level of quality service.


Patterson-Schwartz offers you substantial value, whether you are buying or selling a home. If you are selling a house, our coordinated marketing program and large market share enables us to show your house to more prospective buyers quickly. If you are shopping for a home, you have ready access to the largest inventory of homes. You also benefit from competitive rates, fast pre-qualification and convenience offered through our in-house Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Loan Officers.


The Patterson-Schwartz Foundation lends support to numerous local charitable organizations, ranging from social services and health care research to youth programs and garden clubs. Chief among these are the Delaware Marathon Running Festival, the Delaware Housing Opportunity Fund, and the American Warrior Initiative. We are committed to making our service area a better place to live and work.

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William D. Patterson & Charles E. Schwart

“The Company has always been a family; it’s just larger today.” – Charlie Schwartz, II

Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate opened for business on December 1, 1961, when William D. Patterson, Charles E. Schwartz and a small group of associates left the firm of Hanby, Patterson-Schwartz, Inc., Realtors to form their own company. The fledgling group began business in a semi-detached house at 1013 Washington Street in Wilmington, Delaware, with a staff of just 10 people. Today Patterson-Schwartz has grown to a sales team and corporate staff of over 400 strong and has expanded to nine locations that stretch from Brandywine Hundred to the Delaware Beaches.

“The founders of the company believed that the people you’re helping today will build your business tomorrow, and that reputation is everything,” says Charlie Schwartz, II, who’s been following his father’s example since 1974, when he joined the company roster. “The company has always been a family; it’s just larger today.”

Our locally owned company is proud to claim both a long history and a majority of the local market share in what is considered an increasingly challenging business. We attribute our success to adhering to the high standards of integrity and service that were established over 50 years ago while making strides to stay ahead of the curve with the demands of the industry.

Join the Patterson-Schwartz family and legacy of exceptional service: visit our Careers page.

Photo: from left, Co-Founders Charles E. Schwartz and William D. Patterson; Patterson-Schwartz Archives ©1986

Patterson-Schwartz Team

Life at Patterson-Schwartz

The people of our company are our greatest asset and we recognize that working together as a team produces the best results. Through strong leadership, local management and dedicated support staff, Patterson-Schwartz ensures our agents always have the assistance they need and direct access to the resources they require to provide the best service. In addition, we provide on-going career development and education opportunities, the latest technological enhancements and competitive industry tools that help everyone in our company succeed. Our collaborative spirit paired with our shared commitment to our customers and the communities we serve, fosters a team culture we are proud to celebrate.

At Patterson-Schwartz you’re part of a team that feels like family, where people genuinely support each other’s success and go out of their way to help each other every day.

Join our winning team: visit our Careers page.

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Our Leadership Team

Committed to Helping Our Agents Succeed

Collectively bringing over 220 years of experience and strong ties to the community, the Patterson-Schwartz leadership team is committed to helping our agents succeed. They are local real estate experts who have experienced all types of market conditions. They are experienced professionals eager to gather and share knowledge. They are good neighbors looking for ways to improve the communities we serve and the services we provide. And as trusted leaders of the company, they maintain the legacy of integrity, innovation and superior service for which Patterson-Schwartz is known.

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Top Workplaces Award

Patterson-Schwartz Named Top Workplace in Delaware

Regional Top Workplaces programs recognize companies that are creating great workplaces. Since first nominated for Delaware’s Top Workplace in 2010, Patterson-Schwartz has consistently appeared in the top ten among similar-sized Delaware organizations. These annual rankings are based on employee surveys conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLC and recognized in a special publication by The News Journal, Delaware's local media group.

“We are honored to be a Top Workplace in Delaware,” says Joseph Pluscht, Jr., President and CEO, of Patterson-Schwartz, “especially considering the award is based on the opinions of the people of our company”.

The surveys assess the feelings of employees towards the company in areas of direction, execution, connection, training, management, pay, work/life balance and engagement. Year after year, the survey participants cite the work environment, the company's dedication to the community, technological enhancements, and the direction and support of the management team as pivotal reasons Patterson-Schwartz is a top workplace.

“There is always room for improvement, but being named a top workplace has given us confidence that we are continuing to provide the right tools and a pleasant workplace where our people can succeed,” Pluscht said.

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TOP WORKPLACE 2017: Employees thrive at Patterson-Schwartz

Despite being part of a workforce totaling over 400 across the state, employees of Patterson-Schwartz & Associates Inc. say they still think of themselves as a tight-knit family.

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The Patterson-Schwartz Foundation: Making a Difference in Our Community

At Patterson-Schwartz, we embrace the philosophy that being a good neighbor is more than just giving money to a worthy cause – it’s about developing and investing in the community in which we live and do business. That’s why our sales associates and employees give countless hours of their time in support of various organizations and events. From keeping our streets clean by picking up roadside litter and helping to build homes for disadvantaged families, to serving on various charitable boards and committees, members of the Patterson-Schwartz family have an extensive history of individual involvement and personal commitment.

In addition to lending a helping hand, Patterson-Schwartz donates a portion of the proceeds from every real estate transaction to the Patterson-Schwartz Foundation which provides support to numerous local charitable organizations, ranging from social services and health care research to youth programs and garden clubs. Since its inception in 2001, the Patterson-Schwartz Foundation has donated over $1,200,000 to local organizations such as Delaware Marathon Running Festival, Delaware Housing Opportunity Fund, American Warrior Initiative, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Mary Campbell Center Foundation, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Nature Society, NAMI Delaware, Faithful Friends Animal Society, St. Patrick’s Center and many more.

Together we are helping to make the community a better place to live and work.

Get to know a few of the organizations with which the Patterson-Schwartz Family is actively partnering, donating, and volunteering.

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