In honor of this past year, we made a list our favorite moments from 2013 and captured it in a Highlights Video. In 2013, we sold homes 18 days faster than the Austin Average and increased our agent production from $6M to $7M. What does 2014 have in store for Realty Austin? We have a few ideas up our sleeves and we can’t wait to share them. Looking forward to what the new year brings to our amazing team of top-producing agents and support staff!
Cheers to another great year, and Happy New Year to our team, our staff, our clients and our followers!
Realty Austin’s Best Moments of 2013
Sold Homes 18 Days Faster Than Austin Average
Homes listed by Realty Austin sold faster than any of the top 15 real estate firms in Austin in 2013. We sold over 1,000 homes averaging 32 days on the market compared to the area-wide average of 50 days!
Increased Our Per Agent Average from $6M to $7M
Realty Austin agents averaged $7 million in sales in 2013. Our superior technology, top-notch support staff, and professional marketing team help our team of agents achieve their highest potential and advance their business year over year. Top producing agents included our top closer, Lisa Muñoz, who closed 100 transactions in just 10 months!
Ranked #1 Top Workplace by Austin-American Statesman 2 Years in a Row!
“Austin’s red-hot real estate market isn’t the only reason Realty Austin employees look forward to going to work each day,” says the Statesman, “based upon employee surveys, the locally owned real estate agency was named the area’s No.1 midsized employer in the American-Statesman’s 2013 Top Workplaces project.”
Ranked #3 Best Place to Work by Austin Business Journal
The Austin Business Journal named Realty Austin the third “Best Places to Work” for the second consecutive year. The highly innovative residential real estate brokerage was an honored winner at the annual luncheon on June 6, 2013 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. The Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list identifies the top workplaces in the Austin, Texas area.
Ranked #7 Fastest Growing Company by Austin Business Journal
As the second largest real estate brokerage, Realty Austin was recognized by the Austin Business Journal as the 7th fastest growing company in Austin with $10 million or greater net revenue.
Recognized #152 on RISMedia’s PowerBroker Report
Realty Austin was named to the Power Broker List on RISMedia’s 25th Annual Power Broker Report, an exclusive annual ranking of the nation’s top firms. The prestigious honor was awarded to leading brokerage firms across the country based on closed transactions and sales volume for 2012. Realty Austin, one of only two Austin-based companies recognized on the list, ranked no. 152 with sales of $794,758,263; and no. 212 with 2,575 closed transactions.
Celebrated our Rockstar Team at ACL Live at Moody Theatre
This year we celebrated our agents ROCKSTAR-style! It was an incredible year, so we hosted an incredible party for our team of top producing agents. Relive the moments in our video and Annie Ray photobooth.
Hosted 4th Annual Summer Bowling Party at The Goodnight
175 Realty Austin agents and staff attended the 4th Annual Bowling Club, 2nd Annual Karaoke Contest and 1st Annual Derby Games on August 8th, 2013 at The Goodnight.
Celebrated our Top-Notch Support Staff at Top Golf
Every day Realty Austin shows our appreciation for our agents, but this year we recognized our incredible staff for their amazing support. This summer, we celebrated our staff with our 1st team building event at Top Golf. Visit our Facebook page and see just how much we love our staff!
Opened our 3rd Office in Southwest Austin
March 21st, 2013 marked the Grand Opening of Realty Austin’s Southwest Office celebrating our new office launch and introducing our Southwest team.
Opened our 4th Office in Northwest Austin
October 23rd, 2013 marked the Grand Opening of Realty Austin’s Northwest Office celebrating our new office launch and introducing our Northwest team.
Raised $65,000 & Volunteered Over 1280 Hours for our 2nd Annual Habitat for Humanity Home Build
Realty Austin presesnted a $65,000 check to Austin Habitat for Humanity (AHFH) on August 15, 2013, from Realty Austin to build a home for Carmen Toungate’s family. Realty Austin agents worked alongside AHFH and members of the Americorps to build a well-deserved new home for her Family in Northeast Austin. The build began in October and was finished in December! Visit our Facebook page to view photos of our progress.
Raised $10,000 for Keep Austin Affordable
Realty Austin announced its support of Keep Austin Affordable, which supports affordable housing bonds. Together with its team of agents, the company donated $10,000 this week to the coalition of business, faith and community leaders.
Raised $50,000 for Foundation Communities
Realty Austin donated $50,000 for Foundation Communities match fund program. At their annual fundraiser luncheon on October 29, 2013, private donors matched our donation raising over $100,000 to create more affordable housing in Austin.
Hosted our 1st Quarterly Foundation Communities Supper Club
Realty Austin staff joined Foundation Communities to host their first Supper Club! Our team served over 90 families including parents and children. Thanks to the donations from our agents, Foundation Communities was able to provide each child with a backpack full of supplies for their first day of school.
Hosted 1st Northwest Office Food Drive
Realty Austin’s Northwest Office hosted a food drive on Saturday, November 16, 2013 to benefit Feed the Community food pantry. 6,500 bags were assembled and distributed to homes throughout Cedar Park and Avery Ranch neighborhoods. The food drive is the first of its kind bringing together community service organizations, merchants, and volunteer groups!
30 Finalists and 7 Winners Were Recognized at Austin Platinum Top 50 Awards
Realty Austin congratulated thirty of its REALTORS® who were finalists for Austin’s Platinum Top 50 Award. Of those finalists, seven were welcomed to the prestigious winner’s circle at the annual awards ceremony.
18 Finalists and 5 Winners Were Recognized at Residential Real Estate Awards
Eighteen Realty Austin agents were finalists at the annual Residential Real Estate awards, and five won the coveted award, placing them amongst Austin’s most exceptional real estate professionals. Todd Grossman placed 14th in the individual agent category with total sales of $17.8 million in 35 transactions. In the team category, The Lisa Munoz team earned a rank of 10th place with total sales of $21.1 million in 88 transactions; and The Ditlow team was awarded 15th place with $18.6 million in total sales in 81 transactions.
5 Realty Austin Agents Ranked Top 25 Elite Latinos by NAHREP
This year, Realty Austin was honored to have 5 REALTORS® in the Top 25 Elite Latinos by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Lisa Muñoz of Realty Austin was awarded the no. 1 distinction at the first annual awards ceremony. Top-ranked winners from Realty Austin included Israel Gutierrez, Romeo Manzanilla, Cristina Valdes, and Rene Ruiz.
40 Realty Austin Agents Raced for the Cure
Realty Austin sported their team shirts, donned their pink tutus, and raced for the cure! Over 40 Realty Austin agents participated in the event and supported Susan G. Komen’s cause. Realty Austin agent Joe Keenan won 2nd place overall!
Sponsored Eanes Education Foundation Gala
Realty Austin agents dressed up to support the EANES Education Foundation Gala with a ‘Cirque du EANES’ themed dinner and auction in March 2013.
Sponsored Local Charities and Golf Tournaments
Realty Austin agents love participating in any kind of charity, but especially golf tournaments! In 2013, agents participated in the Lake Travis Education Foundation’s ‘Fore The Kids,’ Hope4JD, Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Birdies By The Lake,’ and won top awards at the ‘Tee Off For Tykes’ at Top Golf.