We’re excited to announce that Tom Stender-Custer is joining CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate in Urbandale. He will serve the Des Moines metro and surrounding areas. To welcome Tom to C21®, we asked him to answer 21 questions about himself so we can all get to know him. Check out his video below! 

21 Questions with Tom Stender-Custer:

What did you do before real estate?

I worked as an account director in advertising and marketing.

Where are you from?

I grew up on the East coast outside of Philadelphia. I spent the last 30 years in San Diego, California.

Where do you live?

In Des Moines, right near the Governor’s mansion.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are museums, cultural activities, travel, and gardening and yard work.

Any fun facts about you?

I’ve run a marathon and a half marathon.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Telling the future.

What is your dream vacation?

Next on the list is traveling to Germany!

If you weren’t in real estate, what would your dream job be?

I would be a developer of mixed-use projects.

What is your Starbucks order?

Triple venti cappuccino with two raw sugars.

What do you like to drink?

I like red wine and vodka and soda. But not together!

Cats or dogs?


What show are you binge watching right now?

I’ve been watching ‘The Sopranos’ and I’m watching ‘Succession’ on Netflix.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I like a wide range of music, everything from classical to pop. The only ones I don’t like are heavy metal, rap and country.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?


What is the last book you read?

It was probably a John Grisham novel.

What is your favorite dessert?

Vanilla ice cream with hot caramel.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Fun, creative, outgoing.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

It all depends. I like to get up early but ease into my day and I definitely enjoy a late night drinking wine and binge watching TV.

What’s your favorite neighborhood in Des Moines?

Probably the East Village.

Why real estate?

I worked for the last 17 years with home builders and community developers. I really loved everything about home and places and helping people find a new home that fits their changing lifestyles, needs and desires.


I looked around at different real estate brokerages and really liked CENTURY 21 and what they had to offer for both the home buyer and the agents.

Welcome to C21SRE, Tom!