“Mark and the entire Strüb team were amazing to work with from start to finish, and it has been a long journey for us, buying a new home and selling our previous one. We started working with Mark as our buyer agent, he was referred to us by our mortgage broker Atif Ahmad of Adelo Mortgage, who I also highly recommend btw. My wife and I are very particular and Mark was extremely patient with us. Mark understands what a big deal finding a new home is for a family.
We probably looked at 30 properties before we found one that we wanted to buy. This first house we made an offer on was accepted, but we decided to back out during the option period. After looking for another month or so we found what we thought was a great house, maybe the perfect house, for our family. With Mark’s help we made an offer that was also accepted. This time we found major foundation problems during a second structural inspection. We were very disappointed and sadly we had to back out of another contract. Mark did not ever act disappointed even though we knew he had put tons of work into this deal.
By this time, it had been several months, and my wife and I decided to take a break. Mark was always positive that we would find something else even better, and he never made us feel rushed (unless there was good reason to hurry, then he’d let us know!) He was very understanding of our disappointment and desire to press pause. He said he would be available at a moment’s notice if we wanted to look at a property and all of the Strüb online tools helped us keep track of new listings and possibilities during our “hiatus.”
It was on our third try several months later that Mark once again helped us craft an offer that would be accepted. 3 for 3 in this very competitive central Austin market. I doubt there are many realtors that can pull that off. You want Strüb on your side when you find the house that you want. We successfully closed on our new home and when it came time to move in, we had unexpected issues with the condition of the home. When the sellers became difficult Mark handled the situation expertly and diplomatically. Even though it was technically a “done deal” Mark worked with us to make sure all issues were resolved.
When it came time to sell our house, we of course enlisted Mark and his team. We had never sold a home before and we were somewhat nervous and anxious to get the place sold. Mark was once again both uber-professional and easy to work with. On a street where several properties hit the market at the same time earlier this summer, ours sold first. We had a solid offer within two weeks. Negotiations once again were skilled and fair. This transaction went more quickly and smoothly than I ever expected it to.
Everyone at Strüb was great at every step of the process. Especially Kristina who helped with the logistics of repairing and staging the house to be sold. If Mark wasn’t available (it wasn’t often) there was always a courteous professional to step in. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m difficult to impress and rarely feel compelled to write reviews, but Mark and his team are the real deal and I would 100% recommend them if you are buying or selling a home in the Austin area. ”
– Tyler L.
“Ashley Jamieson was the BEST realtor we could have asked for! My husband and I were first time home buyers and uneducated on the process of buying a home. She was able to recommend us several local lenders to interview and slowed down to really ensure we understood every step of the process! In addition, we got into a multiple offer scenario and expressed our disinterest of get into a bidding war. She recommended 3 different avenues we could take to make our offer stronger without coming up in price…..and it worked! We were not the highest offer, but the seller accepted our terms and we closed with no issues! Lastly, she was always so communicative. Even if she was unable to take our call at that particular time, she would text us to let us know when she would be able to follow back up. Her communication was very appreciated and really eased our nerves through the process. She knocked it out of the park!”
– Jacque J.
“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.
“We have had the pleasure of working with Mark Strüb with Strüb Residential twice now, and cannot express strongly enough how skilled, professional, and overall fantastic he and his team are to work with. When we first came to Austin on a scouting trip with no idea where we wanted to live, Mark was immediately able to narrow down ideal neighborhoods to show us based on our lifestyle and work commute. He has an incredible knowledge of the city and 4 years later, we still couldn’t be more thrilled with the community he helped us choose. He made the process of buying our first home so seamless and smooth and not intimidating. His whole team is there for you each step of the way and we were so pleased with how they helped us negotiate with challenging sellers. Four years later, when we stumbled upon our dream home and quickly decided to put our beloved first home on the market, Mark was of course the first person we contacted. He knew how much we had fallen in love with this new house and he skillfully helped us fine-tune our offer and made sure ours got chosen in a multiple offer situation, for which we couldn’t be more grateful. Despite it being a quick decision to sell our house, Mark made us feel so confident in our ability to get it ready to sell and in his marketing strategy. He has so many connections, from stagers to photographers to repairmen-he really helped us each and every step of the way. Ultimately, our house ended up selling the first weekend, with multiple offers, above list price. What more could you ask for?! You are truly in the best hands when you choose Mark and Strüb Residential. His company is a well-oiled machine, with so many people who are so talented in their roles and who coordinate so effortlessly and seamlessly. Although moving is supposedly one of the biggest stresses in life, honestly buying and selling with Mark’s team is the least stressful part of the whole thing. Mark feels more like a friend than a realtor, and we’ve had complete confidence and trust in him. He is always quick to reply, and though he has so many clients, you never ever feel like you’re not the most important to him. We are so grateful to Mark and his team for helping to make Austin home for our family and can’t recommend him highly enough!”
– Phil M.
“Worked with Cory Laurel with Strüb Residential to sell my house in N. Austin and it was a perfect experience. Cory is a great mix of easy going and professional, and of course knowledgeable about the Austin market. I was remodeling my house so reached out to Cory 4 months before I was ready to list. Cory kept in touch, but was chill about it; not pushy or desperate or clingy. As I got closer to listing we upp’d our communication cadence, with Cory calling or coming over to check on progress, providing updated info on the market, strategizing on marketing and approach and pricing, pro-actively bringing any potential “gotchas” to my attention, and providing encouragement during the frustrations and insanity of remodel. She ALWAYS listened to me and we had discussions versus her pushing her opinions, or even worse, being passive. Cory was available at all times and hustles big time. She does NOT kick back and wait for things to happen. If you are looking for someone to collaborate with, buying or selling, I highly recommend Cory! Oh, and I had 4 offers on the house within 24 hours, all above asking. Boom goes the dynamite.”
– Catherine P.
“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.
“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.
“My fiancé and I cannot say enough kind words for Ashley Jamieson. Through the process of getting to know her over the past two years, she has helped us first with a rental and then represented my fiancé as a buyer in a multi-offer situation for a hotly contested property. With seven competitive offers, Ashley expertly negotiated with the Seller’s agent and gave prudent and sound advice on how he should proceed. Through Ashley’s assiduous work, he got the house! Not content to make the sale and move on, Ashley has been with him every step of the way through the inspection, closing process, and just being a resource for a first-time homeowner. We are thrilled to have worked with Ashley and her team at Strub Residential but even happier to call her our friend. Thank you Ashley for your patience, kindness, and diligence with EVERYTHING!”
– Jessica P.
“We agreed to take on Stewart Lane of Strub Residential as our realtor for selling my son’s house on the recommendation of a friend. The house was in good condition, but 16 years old. I didn’t know where to begin modernizing this nice 2-story house, but my daughter and I met with Stewart to look at it together and discuss a work plan and a budget guesstimate, as well as a time goal to work with. I was amazed at the depth of knowledge, experience and good taste he showed. Stewart didn’t hesitate to point out what he saw as needed changes to improve the appeal and saleability of the house, and before we left, we had a plan, a rough cost and a time frame to shoot for, depending on availability of contractors that he recommended. We were to pass on all decisions as they came up, and contribute what we could. Long story short, Stewart and the excellent contractors that he knew and coordinated produced a result that was better than we expected. When it was ready, we had three prospective buyers, two serious, ready to buy the house within a couple of days after it officially went on the market. Closing was right on schedule at the right price. Stewart Lane and the people in the Strub office working behind him are the best.”
– Robert W.
“My husband and I worked with Ashley at Strüb Residential to buy our first home in Austin. She was extremely invested in the process, evident by her great communication, fast action, and expertise, which are all key elements to the home buying process (so we have learned). With her guidance and research, she helped us to beat three other offers on the home we purchased. We are very grateful for Strüb Residential’s professionalism and making the process as simple as it could be for first-timers! I would 100% recommend them to anyone looking to buy a new home.”
– Diana H.