mark strüb broker + owner

Bio

In 2000, I moved from Phoenix to Austin, and in 2004, I purchased my first home. That experience was an epiphany: I connected to the process in a profound way. It’s no exaggeration to say the experience changed my life. I realized I could enjoy a truly fulfilled life helping others buy and sell little pieces of this beautiful city.

Since that time, I have helped hundreds of clients buy and sell properties—from five-figure investments to seven-figure dream homes—throughout the Austin Metro area. I’ve personally owned several rental properties, including vacation/Short Term Rentals (STRs), and I’ve renovated and remodeled many homes. That extensive familiarity with the intricacies of real estate has given me a deep level of empathy for my clients, resulting in a rare level of concierge-style service. I’ve consequently earned Yelp.com’s #1 rating and the Austin Business Journal’s top 10 ranking (out of over 11,000) of the most successful REALTORS in Austin.

But real estate isn’t my only passion. I sincerely believe that loving your community means giving back to it, and my regular practice is to give when asked. I was honored to be a finalist for an Austin Under 40 Award in recognition of both my business accomplishments and charitable impact.  I support many Austin charities, and I am especially involved with the Austin Children’s Shelter. I’m proud to have been both witness to and participant in their expansive growth over the years.

Of all my accomplishments, however, nothing gives me more pride than the starring role I play in the lives of my family: my stüpendous sons, Jack and Maxim, my precious daughter, Rhône, and my überWIFE and business partner, Christy. Truly, every day is better than the last at chezSTRÜB on Balcones Drive in beautiful West Austin.

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Testimonials

“…relentless in making sure he put me in a great house…”

Phenomenal realtor, friend and advocate.  Will go the extra mile.....took my calls at all hours of the day/night, relentless in making sure he put me in a great house both from a personal standpoint and a resale standpoint.  He is the very best there is.  -Rafael L.

“…he is also a kind and enjoyable human to be around.”

Mark Strub is not only knowledgeable and experienced in real estate, he is also a kind and enjoyable human to be around. All the friends and family I have sent his way were more than pleased, but left feeling as if they scored the best house as well as a friend. Want to buy or sell a house in Austin? Mark is your guy! -Hannah R.

“Mark made sure that all deadlines were met, and tirelessly stayed on top of the process…”

Mark is a very competent real estate broker and relocation specialist.  I am a recent transplant from California. After much individual searching for homes online, my husband and I met Mark at his office in Austin. We spent a good deal of time talking about what we were looking for both in property characteristics and neighborhood amenities, Mark read us like a book and gave a list of neighborhoods that fit our narrative. As a native to the area, Mark is very familiar to the Austin area that we were interested in. He showed us around, and pointed us to areas that would be good fits for our needs and wants. We quickly (our first day looking) found a home that fit the bill. He researched comps, and we made an offer which was eventually accepted.  From the beginning and throughout the closing process, Mark was always on top of it, and he was quickly available when I had questions. He patiently and knowledgeably walked us through any questions we had, no matter how big or small. During the closing period he was even helpful with recommendations of vendors for upgrades and maintenance.  Mark made sure that all deadlines were met, and tirelessly stayed on top of the process, even while we were traveling back and forth from California.  I appreciated his market knowledge, intuitive read of our wants, and dedication to get the job done from start to finish.  I would highly recommend Mark Strüb to anyone looking for a new home in the Austin area and beyond!  Thanks again!!!  - Jessica D.

“I would not work with anyone else…”

Mark and his team are beyond professional. He is a long term established agent in the Austin area. He will go above and beyond for his clients. I would not work with anyone else for my buying and selling needs! -Kyle B.

“…I NEVER felt ignored or left hanging”

It was my first sell of my first home. I gutted my 1949 bungalow and gave it quite the face-lift. There were a lot of emotions connected to this sell, so I wanted to be sure that I had the best person on the case. I actually wound up letting my first realtor go after reaching out to Mark Strüb of Strüb Residential. He was confident and familiar with the area, and he saw the potential in my home that I saw. He didn't bat an eye when we wanted to list for over $100k of what I purchased for two and a half years prior. The experience of working with Mark and his team was like none other. They made it so simple, and were available for every question that I had, no matter how big or small. They add extra-special touches like putting together an informational binder full of fun details for potential buyers to look at during showings. He also brought in a professional home stager, to advise on how to prep and de-clutter the home before the photos and the listing. I know that this made a significant impact on the sale! The first offer that we received was your typical low-ball offer and I probably would have written it off, but Mark helped advise me on how to proceed, and held-my-hand through the entire negotiation process. Long story short, they wound up being THE buyer, and came up with a much better final number. I know that I would not have made the profit on this house that I did, without Mark and his team's assistance. I can only assume that between his family, running a business, and additional clients, that his calendar is quite full, but I NEVER felt ignored or left hanging. I felt like I was his only client, and top priority. It was so impressive. If I hadn't moved out of Austin, TX, I would use Mark and Strüb Residential again and again. I cannot recommend them enough!             - Meghan J.

“It is very apparent that Mark and his entire team care so much about their clients.”

My husband and I first worked with Mark when he helped us sell our house in Avery Ranch. Not only did Mark help us get a great offer on our house within 2 days of listing, but he also helped us get the buyer to buy all of our furniture as well! This helped a lot since we were moving to a small high-rise apartment downtown. Mark negotiated really well and helped us get an offer that was above what other realtors thought we could get for the house in our area. Since then, Mark helped us put an offer on a house in central Austin and helped us through a painful process with our lender. Mark and his team were excellent in keeping my husband and I sane as our lender (who my husband and I chose) kept messing up our loan and pushing out the closing date. Mark was able to help us successfully negotiate with the seller (Greater Austin Builders) so we could ensure we didn't lose the house due to the lender issue. Mark always has great recommendations and so far he has been right both times we have used his services. He is definitely a really great guy and both my husband and I are so thankful for him and his team. It is very apparent that Mark and his entire team care so much about their clients. We kept Mark busy with emails and he always made us a priority and we always felt like we were his only client even if he had a million others at the time. Mark definitely goes above and beyond and stands out from any other realtor we have encountered. From the quick responses to the tiniest details, he has been awesome. I will always recommend Mark Strub and his team when someone is looking for a top notch realty team. Thanks Mark!!   -Megan + Keith L.

“…since 2012 I have purchased six units…under his guidance.”

I have invested in real estate for decades and first contacted Mark in 2012 because I wanted to purchase a condo on Town Lake. I quickly learned that  the high rise units were beyond my budget, but Mark told me about several mid-rise and low-rise complexes in my price range that occasionally came on the market. Those were few and far between and were often the object of over-bidding battles, but Mark sent me word on every listing as soon as he heard about it - often before it went on MLS - along with his honest opinion on its value as an addition to my investment portfolio.  I passed on many because I wanted a lake view, I lost a few others in the bidding wars, but since 2012 I have purchased six units, from a single family home in South Austin to condos downtown and Northwest Hills under his guidance. All were bought "site - unseen" by me (the only way to be in the game if you are not a local) after Mark personally checked them out and all have turned out to be solid investments.  Mark and his team handled every step of the purchase process and provided me with names for inspectors  painters, electricians,  flooring, plumbing, etc. for all the post-acquisition needs that go with a purchase  - and those service providers were reasonable and did good work. Mark also leased out the units for me - some several times over, again taking care of all the details, and represented me in selling property as well. I have referred several  of my out-of-town and out-of-state friends to Mark and his team and all have been pleased with his attention to their special needs as "absentee clients".  He is my Go-To Realtor in Austin.  - Judith S.

“I couldn’t believe it was possible…”

Mark is someone who truly cares about his clients and wants to ensure you have the best possible home buying experience. Being first time home buyers, my wife and I had struggled to find a realtor that we liked based on recommendations of friends and family. On a whim, I thought I'd see who Yelp thought was a good realtor and stumbled upon Mark. I couldn't believe it was possible for anyone or anything to have this many 5 star reviews on Yelp (this is the internet after all), but after my experience, I can verify that these reviews are very deserved by Mark and his team. Mark was very patient in both answering all the questions that two first time home buyers might have as well as showing us far more houses than is typical. He was great at providing all sorts of useful information regarding issues to look for in the house, items that might need to be fixed, things that might make the house more difficult to sell in the future, and any information he knew about the neighborhood. After we were under contract, Mark was extremely helpful in navigating the process as well as dealing with a difficult seller. There are two examples I think stand out from the numerous ways in which Mark helped us through the buying process. One example of Mark's dedication is during a tight timeline to get a signed form submitted, I had several questions as well as a few modifications to be made to the contract. Mark had been very responsive, but suddenly I was having difficulty reaching him. In attempting to reach him, I contacted someone at his office who let me know that his wife had gone into labor earlier in the day and he was at the hospital. Mark still managed to give me a call back an hour later, answer all my questions, and get the form submitted on time which just seems crazy to me. Another example is that we had been worried about a few issues with the A/C and our option period had already expired. The seller had 'fixed' the problem which meant he didn't fix anything and denied part of the problem actually even existed (it did). Mark wanted to ensure our first house was as we wanted and offered to handle fixing the issue after we moved in out of his own pocket (and he did follow through on this). It is Mark's dedication to ensuring you are completely satisfied and his commitment to customer service that I find is extremely rare today and is part of what makes working with Mark and his team so great.   -Steven R.

Mark is not just our realtor; he’s now our friend as well.”

My fiance and I had a fantastic experience working with Mark Strub during the process of selling our home in South Austin and buying a home in Cedar Park. As first time sellers (and my first time buying a home), we were needing someone truly experienced, thoughtful, and driven. We found Mark through Yelp and we are so glad we did. Mark is all of those things and more. He was with us every step of the way, making sure we understood everything going on and keeping us in the loop when things didn't go as planned. We had many "bumps" in the process but in NO WAY were they Mark's fault nor anyone at Strub Residential. They were all other-party issues and issues that could not have been foreseen. Mark was extremely helpful when each came up, explaining our options and scenarios. We had our complete trust in Mark and his team and we never felt in the dark. So despite the bumps, we still came out feeling great about the process and in a home we love. All thanks to Mark and his team. Mark is not just our realtor; he's now our friend as well. Even though the process is over for now, we know that we will keep in contact. And, in the future, we'll definitely ask for his advice when it comes to remodeling/home improvements! Thank you again to Mark and his team!   -Leah B.

“…exceeded all of my expectations!”

Talk about easy! Mark made this whole process easy peasy on me. This was my first home buying experience, so I'm likely spoiled. Mark and his team went above and beyond, making this truly a memorable experience. Strüb Residential is highly recommended by me, not only for ease, but knowledge of this crazy Austin market. They're office is on-point as well. All correspondence was lightning fast and communication was a breeze. Strüb Residential exceeded all of my expectations! 10/10 would buy again. - Joshua R.

“…continued to show us other homes on the market, even though we were under contract….”

Mark helped us purchase our first home earlier this year. He met with us immediately after I reached out so we could talk neighborhoods. He's super knowledgeable about neighborhoods in central Austin- I.e. style, pricing trends, walkability, overall vibe. You can tell he's passionate about his job. It didn't take long to find a house we loved, but sadly there were multiple offers on the table. Mark helped us take all the necessary steps to get an offer in quickly and feel good about it. And we got the house! Mark then helped us coordinate various inspectors (it is an older home, so we were very thorough about the inspections) and negotiated with the seller to meet ALL of our requests. He continued to show us other homes on the market, even though we were under contract, so we could feel confident about our choice. How's that for due diligence! Overall I appreciated how responsive Mark was. We bombarded him with texts and emails on a daily basis and always received a prompt response. Thank you for making the process so easy despite all the horror stories we've heard about buying a home in Austin :) - Ashely D.

“…an outstanding communicator and educated me frequently…”

Don't be fooled by his boy band looks, Mark is THE Professional.  Mark was referred to me personally by a friend who is in the Austin real estate industry as the expert for central Austin.  He knows the city, the business, and the flow of the process well.  I trust him from his assessment of the home, to the layout of the land, to the strategy of the buying/bidding process.  He's an outstanding communicator and educated me frequently on topics far beyond my knowledge and expertise. He found me a home off the market through a connection, made a bid under the potential asking price, and had it accepted within 24H.  I am quite pleased with the home, location, and the process was relatively painless. I'm looking forward to referring friends to Mark personally cause they'll come back and thank me that I did. - Scott T.

“…appreciated his mix of casual, friendly professionalism…”

Mark and his team provided a very supportive and professional service in the purchase of our new home. He was always there with the answers to our many questions and along with the honesty and experience that he brought he was able to guide us through the difficult process of buying the home we had chosen. We really appreciated his mix of casual, friendly professionalism which made for easy communication and a very pleasant experience overall.

“We couldn’t have asked for a smoother process!”

My wife and I worked with Mark Strüb to find the perfect home in Round Rock. We had worked with a few realtors in another state before moving to TX a few years ago and expected it to be painful, time consuming, and expected a lot of dead air in communication. NONE of that happened! Mark was incredibly responsive, made great recommendations every step of the way, and we were under contract within two weeks of our first showing, and settled a month later! We couldn't have asked for a smoother process! We felt like his only and most important client the whole time, though we're sure he's super busy. We highly recommend Mark, and would definitely go straight back to him if we ever need to buy or sell. - Eric S.

“Talk about an awesome experience!”

Mark made selling our first house a dream come true! Not only did he make it seem easy, he was able to get our house an offer in a few days for more than any other realtor quoted us and negotiated effortlessly with an all cash buyer who ended up buying all of our furniture as well!! Talk about an awesome experience! He was able to get our house sold so quickly that we were out in less than a month after it went on the market with money in our wallets and off to our next big adventure. Thank you Mark for you and your wonderful team! I look forward to working with you again in the future! - Megan L.

“Mark eliminated all the hassle…”

Mark has been an awesome realtor for me and my family. When we moved to Austin 4 years ago our friends told us to use Mark because he was the best and they were right. We bought our house with minimal time to house hunt and Mark accommodated our very tight schedule and got us into the house we still love today. Mark eliminated all the hassle of buying a house while we were actually in another state. Since then, we have bought several investment properties and Mark has been instrumental in the process from finding the house to knowing the right people that do quality work to improve the properties. We are definitely using Mark and his team for our next move in real estate. -Kelly B.

“I really learned the value of a great real estate agent.”

I tried to sell my very cool but unique home on my own. I even got some offers, but nothing was easy and nothing actually came through in the end. After a couple of months of frustration I asked Mark for his help. He helped get it staged and poised for sale in no time. After one week he had three asking price offers. He knew which was the best and it sold on the original closing date. I really learned the value of a great real estate agent. Thanks again Mark! -Sam W.

“Mark is an amazing asset…”

Mark is an amazing asset for selling your home and a great advocate when purchasing. He has great advice and insight and we couldn't have done it without him. He helped to get our house ready to sell and hired a photographer and designer that I am certain made all the difference. He also did a great job pricing the house, it sold quickly but without leaving any money on the table. He then was a huge help purchasing our new house and has continued to be a resource throughout the building process. It is a great feeling to know we have someone so proactive and knowledgeable in our corner. -Andy M.

“…helped us find the perfect home.”

Mark helped us find the perfect home. He not only listened to what we wanted but convinced us to keep an open mind and look at a some neighborhoods we would have not considered. Sure enough, we ended up in the neighborhood we would have never looked at on our own, absolutely love everything about the house/neighborhood and are more central than we thought was possible. Thanks Mark!!! -Kellie W.

“Mark works with all of our friends and family.”

Mark is great! We were first time homebuyers, but he made the process fun. The Austin market was crazy, but Mark partnered with us to find the right area. He was patient, never pressured us, and in the end, Mark's network and knowledge of Austin landed us in our perfect home. We're almost a year in and we still keep in touch. Mark's customer service doesn't end after closing. He's our go-to for any and all recommendations. Mark works with all of our friends and family. He sold my mom's house in one day! In short, Mark is the best. -Jessica J.

“We are so thankful to have worked with him…”

In the Spring, we learned that our family of 4 would be moving to Austin from the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband's company. We interviewed a few realtors in the area, and "clicked" the most with Mark Strub. He's very well versed in all areas of Austin and genuinely seemed interested in learning about us to know more about what neighborhoods would be a good fit for our family. We had one long weekend to explore homes (Memorial Day weekend) and with just 3 weeks notice, Mark cleared his schedule on that holiday weekend to spend the bulk of it with us. He made sure we got a chance see all of the areas of Austin we were interested in and all of the homes we liked online - and we had a great time with him as well! After our visit, an unforeseen change in plans occurred when one of our kids finally got a spot in our favorite school and we had to do a 180 with our home search. Mark never got frustrated and just rolled with it, setting up more homes to show us in the new area close to the school (even on facetime!) and spending more time with my husband to see homes when he flew down for just a day. At the end of the day, we ended up putting an offer on a home that I had never seen in person (my husband had) but I trusted both of them immensely, including Mark, as by then he knew us and our style and needs quite well (now that is saying a LOT!) He helped us put in a competitive offer and land our dream home. Even when closing got dicey due to some inspections that weren't being completed in a timely manner from the seller's side, he was on top of it, making the right calls and getting the right people aware of what was needed to close on time. He was always responsive via phone/email/text to any questions we had along the way and was just all around great to work with. He specializes in relocations and was able to work along side our relocation company (which requires a whole other set of paperwork and nuances) without any issues. We are so thankful to have worked with him and would recommend him and his team! When I walked through the house for the first time (after closing), I just kept thinking "they nailed it". Well done, Strub Residential. We are so thankful for you! -Angela B.

“…continuously helping us even now, after the closing.”

My wife and I needed suggestions on selecting a new home. We found our ideal spot and made an appointment to meet with the builder in a Saturday afternoon. And guess what? Our agent was not answering our phone calls since the Friday before. So we called Mark in the Saturday morning, and he just showed up at the meeting in the afternoon. Yes he just showed up from nowhere, just like that :D After we signed the contract, he answered tons of questions from us, because we are first home buyers. And he has been continuously helping us even now, after the closing! So, no more words, hands down to Mark!!! Do want to mention one more thing here: Mark has a strong artistic taste, you will know when you see his badass business-card. A strong artistic taste is a superior skill for a real estate agent when comes to picking a home for his/her clients :D -Alex K.

“My confidence in him meant I was able to enjoy the house hunting process…”

Mark helped me buy my current home and sell my previous house. Having worked with a variety of realtors, this experience was solid. He was a genuine pleasure to work with. Seeing a listing you want to check out before it is snatched up can make you feel anxious, especially when you are looking to buy with your house on the market. However, Mark proved to be consistently reachable and enthusiastic about promptly seeing my properties of interest, and actively worked to ensure that my other house was sold quickly and for a great price. He provided well informed advice that reassured me about the processes of both transactions, and the results really speak for themselves. My confidence in him meant I was able to enjoy the house hunting process much more and he helped me find the perfect house for my family! My son is still rocking his 'Too Big For The Crib' shirt; a funny and nice gesture from a funny and nice guy. Thanks, Mark! -Mallory F.

“…takes the time and effort to go the extra mile…”

Mark assisted me with the sale and purchase of my home and his commitment to his client's satisfaction and success is unparalleled. He takes the time and effort to go the extra mile and ensure that your personal and financial objectives related to the purchase or sale of a property are met. Mark exceeded my expectations every step of the way. -Dave W.

“Forget the rest. Use the best!”

Well, we have now sold 1 and bought 2 properties with Mark's help and could not be more satisfied. You really can not do better then Mark Strub when it comes to Austin real estate. He will get at least 1 more out of us and hopefully more. Forget the rest. Use the best! Mark Strub. -Kelly J.

“He will work tirelessly to ensure you are 100%, and more, satisfied…”

There are not sufficient stars allowed by Yelp to truly capture how great Mark's services have been for us. The guy is the best Realtor in Austin, hands down! Our relationship with Mark began when he helped us sell a condo that another realtor had listed for over 12 months. Mark listed it and sold it within 30 days. Amazing! Mark knows exactly how to stage and list houses. He has connections with Realtors with buyers always looking for investments. Mark's amazing work was the key to us selling a place that had become stagnate in what is Austin's seller's market. That sale opened up the opportunity for us to move forward with a house purchase, a purchase Mark undertook and navigated for us. His skills in this difficult market was the key to ensuring we had the "jump" on other buyers. We moved quickly, he worked the other realtor, and we had a signed contract within days of seeing the property. Our house has been a magnificent purchase! It gave us a great place, in a great area, and at a great price. Forward two years later, we are actively investing in real estate around Austin. All thanks to Mark! Mark came to us with an investment idea three months ago and now we are under contract on another GREAT property! Mark has moved way beyond just being our realtor, he truly is a friend and confidant. Whether you are having trouble selling your home, just want to list your place, looking to purchase your forever home, or looking for investment opportunities... Mark is your guy! He will work tirelessly to ensure you are 100%, and more, satisfied with his services. -Sergio T.

“…he found a mistake in the loan documents and saved us an extra $1k”

Mark is THE MAN. While living in Orange County CA we had a bad experience with our first realtor who had us put in an offer on a house for $15k more than what it was appraised for and still couldn't make the deal happen. Mark got us the same house for us UNDER appraised value even with another offer on the table. He worked days, nights and weekends ensuring we were kept in the loop while being so far away. Our first day in Austin was the day we signed for the house. Mark went that morning to check the house and ensure it was in good shape after the previous owners had moved out. Then at signing, he found a mistake in the loan documents and saved us an extra $1k! If it wasn't for Mark, I honestly don't know where we would be. Thank you Mark for your honestly and dedication to looking out for our best interest. -Janice B.

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