Charles J. Jacobus received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston in 1970 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1973. He is board certified by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both residential and commercial real estate law. He is a member of the American College of Lawyers and the Houston Real Estate Lawyer's Council, and has served as president of the Real Estate Educators' Association, chairman of the Real Estate Section of the Houston Bar Association, and chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Real Estate Brokers and Brokerage. He has served on the Board of Editors for the American Bar Association Committee on Books and Publications, was Mayor of his hometown, Bellaire, Texas, and currently serves on the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Council of the State Bar of Texas, and is chairman of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Title Insurance.
Stephens is licensed as a real estate broker in Texas, Georgia and Massachusetts and holds a mortgage broker license in Texas where he is the mortgage broker for www.CelebrationLending.com. He also servesfrom 1979 through the present, as the President and Broker of Record of deRaat Stephens, Inc. The firm acquired an ERA? franchise in 1995 and is now doing business as ERA? Stephens Properties. He was appointed by the Texas Real Estate Commission for a six-year term to the Texas Real Estate Broker-Lawyer Committee in 1993 and to the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending's Mortgage Brokerage Advisory Committee for a three-year term in 2005. The consumer resource column, Ask George & Chuck," (co-authored with Charles J. Jacobus) appears in the Houston Chronicle, RealtyTimes.com, and TexasRealEstate.com. Its web address is www.AskGeorge.net."