Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright co-founded Realty Austin in 2004. Jonathan serves as the brokerage’s Chief Technology Officer while Yvette serves as the company’s Broker and Culture Officer and serves on the Board of Directors for Foundation Communities and Austin Habitat for Humanity. Described as the brains and heart of Realty Austin, the dynamic duo offer an inspiring activation to get involved in solving Austin’s affordability crisis. Here we explore their WHY behind launching this campaign and WHY they give back to the community.

Q. WHY DID YOU START GIVING BACK?

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Yvette: My mom taught me at a young age that when you give back, you get back tenfold. We started small, giving to various organizations like Impact Austin, and because we have daughters, the Girls Empowerment Network and Girlstart.

Jonathan: As we started to grow and become a leading company, many of our agents were looking to us to get involved. Quickly we realized that we were becoming a big enough force to make a real impact in the community.

Yvette: As real estate agents we are fortunate that we get to help people find their dream home, while many others just need a safe place to call home.

Jonathan: We looked at various causes and decided to focus on organizations that provide affordable and supportive housing to the working poor, foster children and the homeless.

Q. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES OF AUSTIN?

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Yvette: Starting in 2012, we challenged our agents to help us raise $65K to sponsor and build our very first Austin Habitat for Humanity home. Our agents not only raised the money, but they volunteered on-site 10 straight weeks to build the home for a deserving family. Since then, our agents have sponsored and built a home with Habitat every single year. We are now proudly completing our 8th annual home build!

Jonathan: We make it easy for our agents to give a portion of the commission with each closing, suggesting $50 per transaction. We also make it easy and fun to volunteer by organizing build days where they can build alongside their peers, which also builds camaraderie among our agents.

Yvette: Our agent’s donations support our role as the match fund sponsor for Foundation Communities each year. Foundation Communities is an organization that provides safe, affordable, and supportive housing to over 6,000 families across Austin. By leveraging our $75K match fund at their annual fundraiser, Foundation Communities raised over $1M at their most recent Welcome Home Luncheon fundraiser event on October 22, 2019.

our-austin-pledge-foundation-communitiesJonathan: In the summertime, our agents love volunteering to serve 320 dinners to the Foundation Communities residents and collecting school supplies for our annual back-to-school drive.

Yvette: For the last several years we have been the Presenting Sponsor at the SAFE Children’s Shelter annual ‘Touch-a-Truck’ family event at Camp Mabry. Our $25K sponsorship, along with our agent volunteer support, has helped SAFE raise over $100K each year to support the Austin Children’s Shelter.

our-austin-pledge-the-boatwrights-safeJonathan: A couple of years ago we visited Community First! Village and were moved by Alan Graham’s mission to provide affordable, permanent housing in a supportive community of the formerly homeless. Last year, we sponsored a tiny home build, led by one of our agents, Henry Valles. And each quarter, our agents serve BBQ dinner and get to know the residents at their community table. We are excited to support Community First! Village as they look to double the size of their impact in the coming years.

Jonathan: Austin is facing an affordable housing crisis. The cornerstone of our culture is work hard, play hard, give back. We want to make it easy for our agents to give and get involved. If we’re not giving back to our communities, then what are we doing? We need to inspire others to be part of something bigger, to be a part of the solution. This campaign is a call to get involved deep within our communities.

Q. WHY ARE YOU LAUNCHING THE WE’RE FOR HERE CAMPAIGN?

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Jonathan: Austin is facing an affordable housing crisis. The cornerstone of our culture is work hard, play hard, give back. We want to make it easy for our agents to give and get involved. If we’re not giving back to our communities, then what are we doing? We need to inspire others to be part of something bigger, to be a part of the solution. This campaign is a call to get involved deep within our communities.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR AUSTIN PLEDGE? 

Yvette: We pledge to uplift our neighbors in need by partnering with organizations who provide affordable and supportive housing solutions. We’re for here. Be a part of something bigger and learn more at OurAustinPledge.com.

ABOUT REALTY AUSTIN

Established in 2004, Realty Austin is the largest independent, and fastest-growing real estate company in Austin, with over $3 billion in sales in 2019. Realty Austin attributes success to its 550+ top Austin REALTORS® who were hand-selected for their experience, market knowledge and career accomplishments. Realty Austin recently opened three new innovative and modern offices in North Austin, Central Austin, and Southwest Austin. They are also located in Lake Travis, and Westlake.

Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright co-founded Realty Austin in 2004. Jonathan serves as the brokerage’s Chief Technology Officer while Yvette serves as the company’s Broker and Culture Officer and serves on the Board of Directors for Foundation Communities and Austin Habitat for Humanity. Described as the brains and heart of Realty Austin, the dynamic duo offer an inspiring activation to get involved in solving Austin’s affordability crisis. Here we explore their WHY behind launching this campaign and WHY they give back to the community. 

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Q. WHY DID YOU START GIVING BACK?

Yvette: My mom taught me at a young age that when you give back, you get back tenfold. We started small, giving to various organizations like Impact Austin, and because we have daughters, the Girls Empowerment Network and Girlstart.

Jonathan: As we started to grow and become a leading company, many of our agents were looking to us to get involved. Quickly we realized that we were becoming a big enough force to make a real impact in the community.

Yvette: As real estate agents we are fortunate that we get to help people find their dream home, while many others just need a safe place to call home.

Jonathan: We looked at various causes and decided to focus on organizations that provide affordable and supportive housing to the working poor, foster children and the homeless.

Q. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES OF AUSTIN?

our-austin-pledge-habitatYvette: Starting in 2012, we challenged our agents to help us raise $65K to sponsor and build our very first Austin Habitat for Humanity home. Our agents not only raised the money, but they volunteered on-site 10 straight weeks to build the home for a deserving family. Since then, our agents have sponsored and built a home with Habitat every single year. We are now proudly completing our 8th annual home build!

Jonathan: We make it easy for our agents to give a portion of the commission with each closing, suggesting $50 per transaction. We also make it easy and fun to volunteer by organizing build days where they can build alongside their peers, which also builds camaraderie among our agents.

our-austin-pledge-foundation-communitiesYvette: Our agent’s donations support our role as the match fund sponsor for Foundation Communities each year. Foundation Communities is an organization that provides safe, affordable, and supportive housing to over 6,000 families across Austin. By leveraging our $75K match fund at their annual fundraiser, Foundation Communities raised over $1M at their most recent Welcome Home Luncheon fundraiser event on October 22, 2019.

Jonathan: In the summertime, our agents love volunteering to serve 320 dinners to the Foundation Communities residents and collecting school supplies for our annual back-to-school drive. 

our-austin-pledge-the-boatwrights-safeYvette: For the last several years we have been the Presenting Sponsor at the SAFE Children’s Shelter annual ‘Touch-a-Truck’ family event at Camp Mabry. Our $25K sponsorship, along with our agent volunteer support, has helped SAFE raise over $100K each year to support the Austin Children’s Shelter.

Jonathan: A couple of years ago we visited Community First! Village and were moved by Alan Graham’s mission to provide affordable, permanent housing in a supportive community of the formerly homeless. Last year, we sponsored a tiny home build, led by one of our agents, Henry Valles. And each quarter, our agents serve BBQ dinner and get to know the residents at their community table. We are excited to support Community First! Village as they look to double the size of their impact in the coming years.

our-austin-pledge-the-boatwrights-community-firstQ. WHY ARE YOU LAUNCHING THE WE’RE FOR HERE CAMPAIGN?

Jonathan: Austin is facing an affordable housing crisis. The cornerstone of our culture is work hard, play hard, give back. We want to make it easy for our agents to give and get involved. If we’re not giving back to our communities, then what are we doing? We need to inspire others to be part of something bigger, to be a part of the solution. This campaign is a call to get involved deep within our communities.


Q. WHAT IS YOUR AUSTIN PLEDGE? 

Yvette: We pledge to uplift our neighbors in need by partnering with organizations who provide affordable and supportive housing solutions. We’re for here. Be a part of something bigger and learn more at OurAustinPledge.com.

ABOUT REALTY AUSTIN

Established in 2004, Realty Austin is the largest independent, and fastest-growing real estate company in Austin, with over $3 billion in sales in 2019. Realty Austin attributes success to its 550+ top Austin REALTORS® who were hand-selected for their experience, market knowledge and career accomplishments. Realty Austin recently opened three new innovative and modern offices in North Austin, Central Austin, and Southwest Austin. They are also located in Lake Travis, and Westlake. 

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