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Realty Austin Co-Owners Honored with Executive Leadership Award at Platinum Top 50

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Co-owners, Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright, of Austin’s #1 independent real estate brokerage, Realty Austin, were honored with the Platinum Top 50 Executive Leadership Award for their visionary contributions within the real estate industry. Executive of the Year is an award designed to recognize executive leaders at the brokerage level who excel in areas of leadership, motivation, and innovation and have a willingness to work alongside industry partners and introduce their offices to new ideas and technologies

Known as the perfect mix of brains and heart, Jonathan and Yvette lead a rock star team of 560 top agents in Austin and 60 support staff.

Their Secret Sauce
Jonathan and Yvette believe happy agents equal happy clients, and they inspire their team to be caring, compassionate and giving. Jonathan and Yvette have a special energy to keep things moving forward while still taking the time to carefully understand their team’s needs. They are never “too busy” to listen or “too proud” to try new methods, communicating a clear vision and executing without distraction, while never losing sight of their customers, their mission or their values.

Working together with their team to build solutions that support the continued growth and success of the Realty Austin family as a whole, Yvette can always be heard saying, “Your vibe attracts your tribe!”

In 2019, Realty Austin moved forward with the acquisition of REILLY, REALTORS®, the #3 independent firm in Austin with 120 agents and over $500M in annual sales. The successful merger created a powerful force in the Austin market with 10% market share, signaling to the residential real estate industry that independent, agent-centric brokerages with forward-thinking technology will continue to lead from a position of strength by prioritizing their agents and focusing on the customer experience. 

In addition in 2019, the company completed a full rebrand of the company branding to raise the bar; activated a revolutionary concierge Sign Program to serve their agents; built a new Tech Platform to secure their future and elevate the agent/consumer experience; delivered industry-leading certification programs multiple times per year exclusive to Realty Austin agents;  implemented a foundational Business Planning tool which is a proprietary, in-house tool based upon the principle of ‘what you focus on expands’; established three new state-of-the-art Agent-centric Success Center Offices in North, Central, and Southwest Austin; and implemented an iBuyer strategy and supporting tech to better serve Realty Austin clients.

Realty Austin celebrates the grand opening of a new Central Agent Success Center on N. Lamar Blvd. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Humble Homegrown Roots
In 2004 Jonathan and Yvette founded the brokerage and grew their business from one 1,800 square foot office, to five contemporary Class A modern workspaces. Driven by their vision to grow Realty Austin’s community presence, they established these offices within the heart of the communities. Leading by example, Jonathan and Yvette focus on quality rather than quantity by aiming to serve clients at the hyper-local level and providing hands-on access to our superior customer service-oriented team.

Realty Austin leadership, employees and agents celebrate being named #1 Best Place to Work in Austin at their new North Agent Success Center opened in April of 2019, located on the northwest corner of Lakeline Mall Drive and Highway 183.

Fast forward 15 years, and the company continues to be the #1 independent real estate agency in Austin year over year and recognized as one of the Nation’s Top Brokers by RISMedia and a Top Innovator by Inman News. However, the brokerage is most proud of the fact that they have been #1 on either the Statesman’s or ABJ’s top places to work for 8 years straight:

Work Hard, Play Hard, Give Back
Giving back is the cornerstone of Realty Austin’s culture that stems directly from their mission to support those who need safe, affordable housing in Austin. Working as a team, Realty Austin’s agents and employees have volunteered over 11,000 hours, donated over $900,000 of their commissions and raised over $100,000 from industry partners to support our strategic partnerships. Learn more at

Realty Austin agents at Foundation Communities’ Annual Welcome Home luncheon fundraiser in support of programs for education, financial stability, and healthy living programs that serve more than 20,000+ people, residents, and neighbors.

Industry Innovator Jonathan and Power Broker Yvette
Since its inception in 2004, Jonathan and Yvette have never stopped bringing together ideas, transforming the landscape of the real estate industry, and shaping the future of how real estate business is done. There’s no better proof than, the most widely used home search website in Austin which is visited over 10,000 times per day. Jonathan’s foresight to implement a tightly integrated CRM and mobile-friendly website truly are a competitive advantage for their agents.

Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright, are named to Swanepoel Power 200’s list of The Most Powerful People in The Residential Real Estate Brokerage Industry in 2019.

As the Broker to 560 of Austin’s top real estate agents, Yvette counsels and advises agents daily and holds each of them accountable to the highest ethical standards. Yvette is encouraging to each person in the Realty Austin family and reimburses any agent for professional development in continuing education designations highly respected in the industry.  Yvette has also served on ABOR’s Advisory Committee for Professional Development, and she provides guidance and experience on what motivates agents to invest in their professional development and what types of programming will attract agents.

Work at Realty Austin
We didn’t just build a company. We created a place for people to work together, inspire others, find support and realize their dreams. Are you getting everything you need to reach your full potential? If you’re serious about your business and want to become the best agent you can be, contact us today!

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