“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 because they’ll come back and thank me that I did.”
“We agreed to take on Stewart Lane of Strüb 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 Strüb 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.”
“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.
“We were referred to Mark by our relocation company. What we are most impressed about Mark was his ability to understand our preferences, even very early on in the process of helping us find a house. Mindful that we knew nothing about the city, or the States for that matter, he’d take the time to help us figure out which area we’d like to live in, and what kind of feature in a house would we like and not like. Because of how well Mark was able to understand our needs and preferences, he was able to recommend houses that matched our need. Many a times as we reviewed the list of houses Mark recommended, we were impressed at how he totally “knew” what we were looking for and would respect that. He was also honest in giving us feedback on criteria we’ve overlooked. We’re truly happy to be able to find just the right house with Mark’s help.”
“As a first-time home buyer, I knew there were going to be moments where I was going to be a little overwhelmed with the entire process. My goal at the start was to find a realtor who was going to walk me through the process, be hands on and more importantly be honest and trustworthy. I was referred to Mark by a friend who had a great experience with him and I could not have been happier myself. Mark always made himself as well as his staff available for me. Not only did he help with selecting the perfect house but he walked me through all of the paperwork, contracts, etc. Look him up, trust me!”
– Javier A.
“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.”
“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.