“We love Mark and had the best experience with him. We originally purchased a house with him as our agent in 2006 and then this July (2008) decided to sell. We contacted him and he came over that week to discuss the house and pricing.
We were shocked and excited to hear him suggest that we list it for $35K MORE than we thought we could get. He was willing to listen to our concerns and worked with us as a partner through the staging process all the way through negotiations and closing. We sold our house in 34 days! The best part of it though is that we sold it for more than we expected AND in a really short time because it was priced correctly in the market and because we listened to Mark who really knows the central Austin market.
If you’re looking for someone who will give you honest feedback on your house and is enjoyable to work with, Mark would be a great fit!”
“Mark did a fantastic job of marketing and moving our “unsellable” home. Even in Austin, there are pockets of neighborhoods that simply do not demand a significant interest. We had the house on and off the market for two years with other realtors, and Mark managed to get it contracted and sold within 60 days from his listing date. His professionalism and integrity are unparalleled in this market. I would recommend Mark to anyone seeking to move property at a fair price in a reasonable amount of time. Thanks, Mark!”
“Mark Strub listed my condominium and was diligent, professional, and very thorough in his communication with me through the entire process. Mark also worked very close with me to see that it was priced appropriately in order to attract the strongest buyer.”
“Mark Strub has been our “Uber” agent since June 2012. My wife and I lived in my college condo, 600 sq ft, for approximately 3 years while we saved for a home. We decided to put the condo on the market and had been on the market for 1 year prior to us finding Mark. Well Mark actually found us, he listed and sold the condo right next to mine which was cosmetically equal to ours but we had a brand new AC system, $3,000.00. Once I noticed that Mark had sold that condo I immediately gave him a call. He came by, I removed my listing with my previous realtor, and then he went to work. It took Mark two months to sell our condo! He sold it for the price I wanted and helped ensure the entire process went smoothly. He was great.
That wonderful experience forced me to call him back once we were ready to purchase a home. Mark is a central Austin expert, he walked us through the search process and eventually the loan/closing of purchasing our new home. He was extremely thorough in helping us find experts to inspect the home prior to move in and make the necessary contractual negotiations to obtain some of these repairs from the seller. The home we purchased was exactly what we were looking for and most importantly in the area we desired. We got the keys to our home yesterday!
The best thing about Mark is that his service doesn’t stop at the closing. Mark has been instrumental in helping us with renovation ideas and obtaining bids for some projects we wished to complete prior to moving into the house. Right now we already have everything in place to ensure our floors, bathrooms, and some electrical work is done prior to moving into the house.
All in all a great experience and we would highly recommend.”
“Mark was the seller’s agent when we bought our first home. He was so helpful to us after the contract was written and after the purchase was complete (see previous review) when our own agent went MIA. We decided then that he would be our guy if/when we decided to sell and buy something new. Mark was so helpful in giving us advice about the best time to put our home on the market. He was also patient with us as we went back and forth on deciding what we wanted to do! He’s never high-pressure and always flexible with your needs. He listens and communicates well. Not only is he professional and caring, but he’s just a downright nice guy whose humor was just what we needed in the sometimes stressful process of selling and buying. I walked away from this deal feeling like he’s a friend. I hope we never move again, but if we do he’s the guy I trust! Thanks, Mark!”
“I worked with Mark for four months back in 2005 searching for my first investment property. I was pretty picky. He never pressured me to buy something that wouldn’t be profitable. We sold it this past summer. Mark priced it just right and gave me excellent advice on what to fix up, and what not to, before listing it. Mark’s knowledge of real estate, and especially the Austin market, make both buying and selling the house painless. I plan to use Mark’s services in future real estate deals.”
“I would like to state that Mark Strub has been the BEST REALTOR that we have ever encountered. Mark has been patient with our search process. It took us several years of being very picky to choose the exact house of our dreams. Mark always provided exactly what we were looking for and provided his expertise when needed. When we took interest in homes he would go above and beyond and research the area and what other houses were selling for. Mark provided the professionalism and relational approach that we needed. I would and have recommended Mark to anyone that is looking for a realtor. Mark also helped us sell our home. It was one of the most stressful events of my life and he was always confident and reassuring. Mark was able to tell us what we needed to do to in order to prepare our home for being on the market. As a result our house was sold at the HIGHEST value that a home ever sold for in our neighborhood. Mark was great at assessing what to price at and also provided all the pros and cons with each offer that was made. We could not have done this without his valuable skills!”
“Mark and I met on the Internet while I was surfing for investment property to remodel. Over the past two years we have worked together to sell and purchase two houses. Throughout the long arduous process to decide whether to remodel or to sell a home that I had owned for over 10 years, Mark was continually helpful and above all patient. He provided me with extensive information so that I could make an educated decision. He was positive minded and always up-beat. He listened to what I was trying to accomplish and guided me down the road towards a profitable decision. Once the decision was made to either purchase or sell the home, he was efficient and thorough with completing the financial process. I would recommend Mark Strub to anyone, especially my mom.”
“Mark helped us sell our house at a difficult time in our lives and the market in general. He was out in front of the pack using new technologies and market strategies. Our house sold at the highest per square foot rate ever sold in our district. He was easy to work with, conscientious and tenacious. I will buy or sell a house with his help again when the time is right.”
“Mark exhibits all of the positive attributes that were listed. I picked great results, expert and high integrity because I feel like these best describe the reasons why were so pleased to be able to find our home with Mark and then to sell it for a great profit two years later. He was not only patient during our search process but supportive during our renovations — offering contractors names and advice.
When we decided to sell our home, I asked him what he thought our list price might be. Without pulling comps or doing research, which he clarified up front, he gave us a conservative but reasonable estimate to consider. When we finally met officially and listed it a few months later, we were able to list and sell the home for above that price and our house had a “fatal flaw”. He was there for us every step of the way — from staging to what we should cosmetically do before we left.
Not only is Mark a consummate professional but also a really great person – personable, kind and very organized. I recommend him to all my Austin friends!”
“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.
“Mark did a great job selling our home. He counseled us well on setting the price substantially higher than another prospective agent we considered would have. We ultimately selected Mark to market our home because he recognized higher value in its unique appeal.
Mark understood the design aesthetics of our home, and he ensured with high quality professional photography that the house stood out among its competition. We saw unusually high and sustained web traffic because of the visual presentation of our house online, and from the comprehensive approach Mark takes to integrating web and social media in the marketing process. Web traffic translated into foot traffic, and we had the house under contract within 30 days.
We had to already moved to the East Coast so Mark worked with us remotely. There was a fair amount of complexity in the sale with regard to requested repairs and offsets. Because we were at a distance, Mark had to take a larger than usual role in coordinating and facilitating work. He did so willingly to get the deal done. He was also an effective counselor and educator on the process to us as sellers and to prospective buyers.”
“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.”
“Mark Strüb is the best of the best. I’ve used him to sell a house, buy a house, rent a house, and research the market – and in every single situation he has provided me with excellent service and insightful advice
He’s the kind of realtor who can excel no matter what the market is like, because he’s: 1. Brilliant and creative 2. Extremely personable and friendly 3. Unbelievably hard-working.
I’ve recommended Mark to everyone I know, and once they start working with him, I inevitably get a message saying, “Where did you find this guy? He’s amazing!” etc. Every. Time.”
“Mark is extremely knowledgeable and always professional. We moved out of Central Austin and hired Mark to help us sell our home and purchase a home in another area of Austin. Although he is an expert in Central Austin, he is open to researching all surrounding areas. We felt confident Mark provided us with the information we needed to make an educated decision for our family. Great guy and great results!”
“Mark Strub listed my condominium and was diligent, professional, and very thorough in his communication with me through the entire process. Mark also worked very close with me to see that it was priced appropriately in order to attract the strongest buyer.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Mark and Ashley did an amazing job helping me sell a lot in Lakeway! Even though it wasn’t a ton of money, they were attentive, understanding, and did not slow down from start to finish! They really took amazing care of me and my family and I will always be grateful and recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell in Austin. Their team in phenomenal!”
“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.”
“My wife and I had to move back to Denver from Austin on very short notice for a job and we couldn’t stay in Austin during listing. We contacted Mark because of his top marks on Yelp, and because several people had specifically mentioned his ability to coordinate long-distance home sales.
We could not have made a better choice. Long story short, we moved to Denver no problem, and our Home received a full-price offer the first day on the market. His team was very on-top-of-it in terms of coordinating communication between us and the buyers.
It was nice to have the home selling process be the least stressful part of the whole transition. We strongly recommend Mark and his team – they are just plain good at what they do!”
“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 Residential 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.”
– Chris H.
“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.”
– David W.
“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.
“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.
“We chose Strub Residential for our recent move from South Austin to Round Rock. I am so happy to have found them. Our realtor, Alex Tapp, was consistently easy to reach and flexible to meet our needs. He was helpful at every turn throughout the entire process. I will definitely recommend him to family/friends in the future.”
– Kimberly K.
“I’m a thorough researcher before committing to something. I interviewed a few agencies and settled down on Strub Residential. They’re a full service agency that uses a professional photographer and stager as part of the package. It means exposure to many sites of not just photos but a virtual tour as well. The stager was great, providing a lot of suggestions to allows us to stand out in the market and compete with new model homes as well.
Unfortunately we did not get to use these extra perks as Alex Tapp, the agent they teamed us up with, sold our house before we could even list it 🙂
Apparently all he needs is a “Coming soon” sign to work with. He’s been responsive and attentive throughout the process.
We are using them to help with the house we’re building now.”
– Dan D.