“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.
“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.
“After living in Milago for 5 years deciding to sell our condominium wasn’t an easy decision and neither was finding the right realtor to represent it; until my wife and I met Mark. We luckily came across his business card and asked him to meet with us at our home to get an idea of his selling style and feedback about the property. My wife and I couldn’t have been happier after that first meeting-Mark’s approach was personable, detail oriented, well organized and above all else he had exceptional marketing strategies to get the property the exposure it needed to find the right buyer. The offers started rolling in just four days after we listed and Mark made the transaction easy and seamless. He’s very dedicated to his work and his clients and was great about keeping us informed throughout the entire process.
In addition Mark helped us find our new home which wasn’t an easy task since we had specific needs and a short time frame
to do so. His flexibility for short notice showings, honest advice and endless patience were paramount, and he provides his clients with essential resources most realtors don’t commonly share. We were fortunate to find and work with Mark Strub and have referred him to our friends in the community as a stellar real estate agent in Austin, TX.”
“My wife and I hired Mark to assist us in purchasing our first home. After looking for several weeks we found a foreclosure that we loved in the Bouldin Creek area. There was over 20 bids on the house but with Mark’s expertise and suggestions we were the winning bid!
After months of lender issues and bank issues due to the foreclosure we finally closed on the house. Through it all Mark stuck by our side and was always positive and reassuring even when we wanted to give up. He went above and beyond what a normal Realtor does in a transaction and was continually calling the bank and lenders and doing everything in his power to ensure we closed.
If you are looking for a professional and knowledgeable Realtor Mark Strub is it!”
“What everyone else has said about Mark is true- he is AMAZING.
Here’s the short version:
Within hours of listing my house I had a full price offer. Within 48 hours, I had multiple offers to choose from and ended up getting about $13k over asking. Going with any other realtor is simply foolish. Really.
Here’s the long version:
I knew it was time to sell my house. I was pretty much not even living in Austin and had been renting the place out to a friend and I knew it was finally time to let it go. I had another place to live so I wasn’t in a huge rush to get rid of it, I mostly was interested in getting the highest price possible (duh, who isn’t?). I had another realtor tell me that I would be “wasting his time” at a certain price which I didn’t appreciate. Mark, however, was more than willing to list it at the supposed time wasting price. Mark and I knew that I would need to fix some things up in order to get the highest price and I was willing to make that investment but honestly didn’t want to be all that involved. Who wants to spend time making phone calls and scheduling and waiting on workers to show up? Not this girl! No problem there, Mark handled EVERYTHING. He checked with me before he finalized anything to make sure I was cool with the price (which I always was. This man is connected; all the prices to do the work were super reasonable!). I never had to be there for anything though which was a HUGE weight off my shoulders. Mark even put me in touch with a stager he knows to come in and stage the place and let me tell you, it looked amazing. Mark also hires a professional photographer to take pictures for the listing and they were just beautiful. My friends and family could hardly believe it was the same house!
Fast forward to the day it hits the market – the place is freshly painted, the floors are refinished, the staging looks great. All of that work PAID OFF. I had a full price offer from the first person to even walk through the door (take THAT other realtor who told me that price would be a waste of time!). Within a day I had another offer. By working his magic, Mark ended up getting me nearly $13k over the asking price! I can’t even tell you how excited I was.
So, obviously, Mark is an amazing realtor. But, more than that, he’s just a great guy. He’s funny and kind and charming and working with him was just a dream all around. He’s prompt with returning phone calls and texts and emails and I completely trusted him every step of the way. Selling a house is a very mentally and emotionally taxing process and not only does Mark get that but he makes it as painless for the seller as humanly possible. Seriously, this is the man you want selling your home. Seriously.”
“Our experience with Mark at Strüb Residential was absolutely wonderful! We found Mark via Yelp and the many excellent reviews he had received. And all of the reviews rang true! Mark was incredible to work with, and helped us in buying our first home. The process was relatively stress-free in a very competitive market. Mark is very professional but down to earth, easy to talk to, completely approachable, patient, informative, and knowledgeable about the Austin market. At every home viewing, Mark would walk us through the pros and cons of each property, providing us a balanced view to help in our decision-making process. We were all over the place with where and what we wanted to buy in Austin – we felt disorganized in our home search, but Mark was very supportive and patient and helped guide us back to what was most important to us. I can’t imagine having any other Realtor. He was responsive to and answered all of our questions and concerns, especially ones that were unique to first-time homebuyers. Being first-time homebuyers, we were a bit overwhelmed with how fast the process needs to happen in an extremely competitive market. One thing that was very important was that Mark was quick to respond to emails, texts, phone calls – anytime of day. When we found “our home,” we saw it on the listing the night before, the next morning Mark took us to see it, and the following day we made an offer. Mark eased our stress by being exceptionally timely and communicative, while at the same time, being able to work at our own speed. We never felt pressured. Mark always acted in favor of our interests. He provided great recommendations for lending and home warranty companies as well as home inspectors. He had specific strategies for choosing the best offer that was most likely to close, and helped us close on a home on 12/31/14 which was really important to us. He built a connection with the seller’s agent and helped build a strong case for us to be considered the top offer and stand out from the numerous other competitive offers. Mark continued to follow up with the seller’s agent during our option period, offered negotiations, as well as post-sale about details about repairs, etc. We got the house we wanted, and all of our transactions closed on time, and were completely pain-free. Mark has been a great mentor and friend throughout our home buying process and continues to be in contact and available for anything we would need. He does what he does because he is passionate about his work and truly loves his work. Mark is truly the best and we couldn’t be happier! Plus, he gave us an awesome Strüb onesie for our baby-on-the-way!”
“My wife and I recently moved from Austin to Oregon. We were anxious to get the house sold as we only had a short time to make the relocation. We found Mark’s website and thought his approach would be successful for us. We were right.
Mark came out soon after our call. We had lots of questions, but he patiently walked us through the process. He has a great team he can call in to help get things progressing. He brought in an interior designer to help us stage the house, and who made several great suggestions on things to change. We followed his directions exactly and the house looked spectacular. Then, Mark brought in a photographer who took amazing pictures of the house, showcasing it’s attributes. He even hooked us up with a lawn-care crew that did the best work I’ve seen (Jesus!), and made the house look like a showcase. After working with us to speed up the process, Mark’s team had the listing online and the pictures posted within a few days.
One week later, the house was under contract. Two days after that, we had a backup. At the time (September 2014), many houses in our area were on the market for an average of 30+ days. We were ecstatic. The process was very easy as Strub is a one-stop shop for all the people you need to get your house in shape to sell. Ashley, who was in the office at the time, was also great at communicating with us quickly by text and email. They provided the best real estate transaction I’ve even been associated with.
Strub Realty is a one-stop real estate sales shop with excellent communication and follow-through.”
-C. R. S.
“I met Mark when our sons played baseball together. I knew back then that he was real estate agent. When it came time to sell our house, we called him and were upfront letting him know that we were planning to sell it our self, but I was hoping to trade his wife a facial in exchange for any tips he could give me on improving our home before we put it up for sale. He came over and gave me some amazing ..no strings attached advice and said if you run into trouble later just give me a call. I love that he wasn’t pushy and I felt like he was just being a good friend. Since my sister is a RE broker, my husband is an attorney, and even I had a real estate license once, I would have this house sold within a month. 3 months later and two failed contracts I called Mark with my tail between my legs. By this time, I was in a really bad spot. Our really large and unique home was no longer staged as I moved all of our things to our new place in California. Mark convinced me not to discount to price, pay the $3,000 fee to re stage it, and have a little faith. Within the first week we received three full price offers! We would have lost $13,000 had I not let him represent us because I was discounting way more than I should have been. I was also choosing offers that weren’t viable. Mark knew exactly what offer to choose and the house closed without a hitch in 30 days. My husband and I are still talking about how amazing the process was as soon as we turned it over to him. Thank you so much Mark… for taking such a huge burden off of our family!!”
“In a real estate boom town like Austin, it seems like everyone is a “realtor” – a friend of a friend, your yoga teacher, a client’s wife… it’s easy to feel like you have to work with someone because of a personal connection. When it comes down to such a monumental life decision though, you need to choose a true industry professional, and I would highly recommend Mark.
As two full-time working professionals, the last thing that we wanted to do as buyers was run the Austin-rat-race of real estate: having to leave work on a dime to see a newly listed property or get stuck in a multiple offer scenario that pushed our offer beyond our comfort level. Mark found us a pocket listing that met ALL of our criteria in an area with extremely low inventory. We were able to negotiate one-on-one with the seller and come to a fair deal that left everyone feeling gratified.
So now it’s Sunday and we owned two houses. Mark and his team sprung to action. By the following Saturday, we had our house staged by a professional designer, beautiful real estate photos shot and posted to numerous online outlets, and our house officially on the market. On a cold, gloomy day when we expected little to no traffic, we generated four showings and three (!?!) offers, driving our asking price up by an additional $10K and with a closing date that allowed us enough of a window to schedule a stress-free move into our new house.
There are a number of agents that pick up the trade to make some extra money. Mark is not one of those. He lives and breathes real estate and is one of the top ten realtors in our city (#6, to be exact). Our first deal he negotiated during his birthday party. Our second deal he negotiated until 11:00 pm on a Saturday night. He does what it takes to make his clients needs and wants be met, and is truly an advocate for you during the process. We cannot recommend him highly enough.”
“Mark is the best..the BEST realtor we have ever worked with by far!! We have recommended Mark many, many times and the report always comes back the same – he’s the best!
We were renting a town home near downtown Austin and the owner decided to sell it. Mark took us all over Austin looking at homes..no request or concern was too small and his response time was unparalleled. The morning we had to make a decision to buy the town home we were in (which we didn’t want to do) or move, I was researching homes at 4:00am (I was pregnant and wasn’t sleeping well) and finally found the perfect home that had just gone on the market. I texted Mark (yes, at 4 am) and by 7am he responded….by 9am we saw the house…and by noon there were 3 offers including ours. Mark was incredibly professional, responsive and genuinely vested in making sure we got the house we fell in love with. He made our experience what it should be – we felt our best interests were cared for and he genuinely celebrated our excitement when we got the house.
Mark is incredibly knowledgeable about the market, the process and he will be with you every step of the way to make sure you’re happy with the decision you make. He’s the BEST!”
– Mari K.
“When we started looking for a house we figured it would end up being just like the first time, difficult. I was the one having to reach out asking about properties that had been listed for a couple days and then work to make our schedule accommodate our current realtor so we could see houses.
Five years later, we decided it was time for an upgrade. We were nervous about all the work it was going to take, but we really wanted to move. I looked around and saw all the great reviews for Mark Strub and his team, I decided to take the chance with them and it was an awesome decision.
Mark came out very quickly and looked over our house since we were looking at buying a new house and then selling our old house once we had moved. He gave us some pointers on what we should update or do to the house to help it sell faster. We got a couple lender recommendations and he answered all our questions.
We knew that buying a house was going to take at least a month since we were doing some financing. So, we started looking for new houses right away, Mark recommended one of his agents that specializes in North Austin. Here is where our journey with Stewart begins. From the get-go Stewart was responsive to any questions or viewings we want to see. He came to our house to look at it and gave us some estimates on what it would potentially sell for when we were ready to put it on the market. He was interested in knowing what we wanted in a house and probably knew what we wanted more than we did! He was knowledgeable in what to look for that may be “issues” with a house later and what would end up being a money sink or a quick fix. He also had that sense of urgency for us to view houses, since most in our price range were going selling very quickly. He obviously knows this business very well.
We found an amazing house that was slated to pick an offer a week from when it was listed. We went and looked at it the day it was listed and loved it. We decided to look at other houses before we put an offer in, since we had a week (famous last words..). A few days later, Stewart called us with a sense of urgency. He had been watching the listing and the wording had changed and didn’t say when they would accept offers. He had called the other agent and found out they were picking an offer that night. So, at 9PM that night, Stewart called us and walked us through the offer we wanted to put in on the house and answered any questions we had and then submitted it. Stewart let us know, that it may be a few days before we hear and that we can continue to look at houses for a backup, if we wanted. However, the sellers made the decision quickly and chose our offer. I also want to point out that the customer had several cash offers, but chose to go with our offer even though we were financing. I highly believe this is due to Stewart and his advice to us when putting the offer in and the letter that he had us write to the sellers (he also wrote one as well).
The lending process was not smooth unfortunately. There were a couple issues that came up. We were trying to close on a Friday (instead of the Monday, which is at 30 days), but due to these issues we were not able to close on Monday. Stewart worked with us and the lenders to get as much resolved as possible (like going to the IRS office to get tax documents that weren’t ordered). The lenders were very apologetic about the situation and I know that Stewart was doing everything he could as well to resolve the situation and was very understanding when I needed to vent about the situation.
Then we moved in and started the process to sell our house. This went extremely smooth. We posted our house, sold it, and had the money in our bank in 11 days. The original buyer was going to finance, but then switched to an all cash offer and Stewart helped explain everything we needed to know and do with such a fast closing.
I believe that a lot of the improvements (we talked with them about) in conjunction with a great market, helped us sell our house that quickly.
I can’t imagine having done either the buy or the sell without Stewart and as long as he is still a realtor, I never will!”
– Jennifer W.