“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.”
“I had buying a house on my mind for 2 years. I got a REALTOR and started driving around looking at places within my budget. Unfortunately, I thought all I could afford was a condominium or something for no more than $[X]. I could tell that my REALTOR was disinterested in me because I didn’t have the big bucks to spend on a place and that’s when I found Mark Strub. I heard of him from a friend who had recently purchased a home and who were also on a budget as well.
I called Mark and up and he treated me with the respect I deserved. He asked me what I wanted, not what I thought I could get, but what I wanted. I told him I dreamed of owning a home, so I could have my own yard, and my daughter her own room. I told him I didn’t want to live north and I didn’t want to live too far south. He started looking immediately and in no time emailed several different options. In the mean time, I had taken a drive around Austin and came across a house for sale in a sweet little community. I called Mark right away and asked him to find out the cost. He came back with $[X]. Because of my past experience with REALTORS, I sighed and thought I could never afford that. He said let’s go take a look at it, just for kicks, so we did. The house had everything I was looking for and Mark crunched some numbers for me, even though that isn’t a part of his job. After talking the seller down and Mark helping me find good financing, I bought the house!
I am so glad I ditched the other REALTOR and went with Mark. I love my new house and even my neighbors.
I feel very fortunate to have found Mark.
Thank you, Mark”
“My agent (Cory) was fantastic to work with. She came to me through a referral from a friend. She was understanding of my budget and was great to work with during negotiations. Since she lives in the area, she was able to provide additional insight during the house hunting process. I’ve been living in my new home for almost a year now, and I couldn’t be happier with the house and neighborhood.”
We are buying our house long distance, living in DC and buying in Austin, moving AFTER closing. I’m generally suspicious of agents as they usually act like used car salesmen or infomercial hosts (fake), in fact for the last few house purchases my family would buy by owner to avoid agents. my sister in Austin recommended Cory and I was doubtful from go, however, I scheduled a FaceTime tour of a house with Cory and she impressed the socks off of me. Here’s what I love about Cory: – she never makes you feel rushed or pressured. – she makes you feel like she has all the time in the world for you, that you are her only client. – she will go the distance! she showed me houses through FaceTime, would drive around neighborhoods and send me photos, she attended my inspection for me because I was 2000 miles away (people, that’s 2-3 hours of going around with the inspector). – yes yes I know this is what agents do, but she does all this in a way that feels like a family would do for you: patient, calm, cheerful, and the cherry on top is her sense of humor. – she knows houses, not just the market. she can point out problems that you might not know about houses. she won’t be afraid to give her critical opinion. – she gets to know you, then chooses houses based on your needs. – she’s got integrity! i just want Cory as my friend now guys. want an agent that feels like a friend or family member that you trust and adore? GOTTA GET CORY.”
“As first-time home buyers, we were very careful in selecting our real estate agent. Mark was referred to us by a colleague. Once we met him, he made an excellent case to hire him, and we did. Great decision! We knew exactly what we wanted in the house. Once we found a house that matched 85% of our requirements, Mark worked really hard to get us that house. Throughout the entire process, Mark made sure that our interests are protected first and foremost: if we were to walked away from the deal, Mark gave us his full support.
There were many hurdles and big decisions to make in short time regarding this specific house purchase: structural weakness, the work that needed to be done before closing, and foremost arrogant and uncooperative seller’s camp. Our family liked the house (and still does) a lot, Mark fully supported our decision, and took the challenge in stride. He focused on hammering a great deal for us, and making the best out of an impossible situation.
Almost, two years later, I can confirm that this house purchase worked out really great for our family. We plan to use his agency in the future, if the need arises. Thanks Mark!”
“It was easy to tell that Mark had my best interests at heart. A friend recommended him and said that he had come by after the closing to help her install her dishwasher! He is a great guy and a great real estate agent. I highly recommend him.”
“When faced with relocating to Austin, good friends suggested we work with Mark Strub. I called Mark on a rainy day in February and immediately felt a connection with him. While I rambled on about where I thought we wanted to live, Mark was great about listening between the lines and grasping the lifestyle my husband and I were looking for. Having lived here while I was getting my masters, I had a limited knowledge of the real estate available, and was crushed to learn of the prices in the neighborhoods I knew about. Mark took the lead and showed us a few properties in Great Hills and we instantly felt a connection to the area, and especially to the home we purchased. Real estate is about so much more than buying or selling a property. It also takes the expertise of a real estate agent who is willing to take the time to get to know the client, and understand their lifestyle and dreams. I highly recommend Mark Strub and will definitely use him in the future.”
“I decided that it was time to consider buying my first home, and several Austin realtors told me I didn’t have the budget to purchase a home in central Austin. At the recommendation of a friend, I called Mark Strüb. Not only were those other realtors flat out wrong, Mark was able to find dozens of options for me within my budget and in the right neighborhoods. On top of that, he was always available to get to a house as soon as it came on the market so I didn’t miss out. If he couldn’t be there, he made sure someone on his team was available to show.
Buying real estate in Austin is a roller coaster, to say the least. I knew NOTHING about buying a home, and Austin’s crazy market only complicates things. Mark knows Austin, and knew exactly what to show me and what to avoid based on what I was looking for. Over the course of a month, I put offers on 5 homes, and 4 of them were multiple offer situations that didn’t work out in my favor. But Mark kept me upbeat, certain that we’d find the best house for me.
Ultimately, we found a great house. Mark’s team provided great options for inspectors, plumbers, foundation experts, etc along the way, and they were always available to give me access to the home before closing.
Long story short, if you’re looking for a realtor in Austin, call Mark.”
– Kyle H.
“Mark is the first realtor that I’ve met and not only been impressed with but also genuinely liked. He is a great person and an even better realtor. When my husband and I first started looking for a home in Austin, we went through four or five agents before Mark was recommended to us.
Unlike other agents, he took the time to get to know us and our unique preferences. I always felt like Mark was showing us places in the ballpark of what we were looking for. He helped us understand the trade-offs between what my husband wanted and what I wanted.
He was always, always available to answer our questions or show us something that just popped up on the market. He also seemed to have a really good handle on listings that were going to come on the market before they did. Right now, that’s a key differentiating factor in the Austin market.
Throughout the offer, buying, and home ownership experience, Mark has been a true partner. He’s so accommodating and helpful. I can’t recommend him enough.”