Perry Donop brings over 19 years of Farm and Ranch Real Estate experience and ranch operation background to West & Swope Ranches. He joined West & Swope in 2018; and in addition to bringing years of industry experience, he also has a vast knowledge of the Texas Hill Country.
Where do you live?
I live on my family ranch in Kendalia, Texas. Kendall County is in the heart of the hill country with a rich German history and ranching heritage. I enjoy being away from the city.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. My family has been in the Bexar County area since the 1940’s.
What drew you to ranch real estate?
My father is in the real estate business and my family has been ranching in Texas since the 1850’s. Farm and Ranch real estate was a natural fit.
What are the three most important things to look for when looking for an agent to represent you?
The three things I would look for in an agent are knowledge, of the land and of the area that the property is in, availability or accessibility because the last thing you want is an agent you can’t get ahold of, and someone who is personable and at the end of the day, cares about building a relationship with you and is easy to get along with.
What is the most profound lesson you have learned from spending time on ranches?
The most profound lesson I have learned is that things are constantly changing. New challenges face landowners every day and you need to be ready and willing to adapt to those changes in order to be profitable. “This is the way we have always done it” no longer works.
If you could give in one sentence, a piece of advice about how to live life, what would that be?
The older I get the more I realize that nothing lasts forever; family and friends are extremely important so make sure to take the time to be with them.
Describe your perfect workday.
The perfect work day is being on a ranch, anywhere. It’s not really work!
What is your most memorable deal to date?
The most memorable would have to be my first one with West & Swope Ranches. I had a listing that two of my friends owned together. From that listing, it ultimately turned into five deals. While the deal presented numerous challenges, it was a great experience and my friends walked away happy.
When looking for a brokerage, what drew you to West & Swope Ranches?
My father ran into Mitch West and told me he and Louie Swope had just opened a new Ranch Brokerage and that I should go talk to them. I knew of Mitch’s reputation as a successful Broker, and my father had done some deals over the years with Louie’s father in Law, so I had a pretty good understanding of what to expect. Mitch is the real deal. What you see is what you get. He’s humble in a business that seems to be getting more braggadocious. Ranching runs deep in his blood and not too many brokers have his kind of Texas roots. Louie is a hustler and puts deals together. He’s up early and is at the office late. He understands the new marketing technology and techniques and is building a great business. I’m really fortunate to work with them.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
Without a doubt marrying my wife, Traci.
When you aren’t working your business, where can you be found?
Usually at the Ranch. While my wife and I enjoy the coast and Colorado, we really like waking up in the hill country.
Who is someone who has had a profound impact in your life or in your business?
My grandfather has had the biggest impact in my life by far. He’s the reason my father and I ranch. I live in the ranch house he built in the 1950’s and I think about him everyday. As far as business goes, I would have to say my friends. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be able to do what I love for a living.
What, or where, would be your dream ranch?
I am biased, but the one my wife and I operate in the Hill Country. While not the most profitable, it is very pretty.