It's official, I've moved back to Austin, TX and I couldn't be happier!
After spending the better part of a decade in multiple countries and cities including, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and New York, I've made my way back to Austin permanently.
My time in New York was probably the most impactful of my life. I managed to hustle my way through a city that is incredibly unforgiving and found myself working for the likes of people like Casey Neistat, to then pursuing a career in real estate where I managed to work for one of the most successful real estate teams, ( at ) not just in Manhattan but the US at large.
It was there that I was able to "find my place", so to speak. I immediately had a connection to real estate and in particular, luxury high-end real estate. Now I did have the luxury (no pun intended) to grow up in a family of custom home builders in Austin so I was fairly well versed in the building process, client relations, and retention, but New York took it to a whole new level. One that I never imagined was possible.
While in New York I had the pleasure of working alongside some of the best agents and brokers in the country and transacted with some of the best names in the industry including the Leonard Steinberg Team, the Ecklund-Gomes Team, and many others.
There was a myriad of reasons as to why I came back to Austin, but the first and foremost was my family. We had a baby in October and just couldn't stand to be away from our family here in Texas. The other very important reason was work. I've been working for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, which is a juggernaut in Manhattan and the luxury market in general, and they have expanded to Texas.
Their first office is in Houston, but they are rapidly expanding to Austin and Dallas. I've been lucky enough to be asked to be a part of this expansion and to form my own team here.
There is too much for one blog post to delve into, but in short, we will be focusing our efforts on the luxury market at large, along with pursuing new development marketing and sales in the central Texas area.
Austin is at the precipice of becoming a very large international hub. If you've been in Austin for any amount of time it's not hard to see the overwhelming growth that is occurring.
With there being so many people moving to the city from both coasts, and from around the globe it's only fitting that Austin now retain the reach that Douglas Elliman has for both development marketing and traditional residential brokerage. The days of marketing your home or property to only a local market are not only gone they're irresponsible.
With Douglas Elliman, you have access to tools and resources that are not truly available to any other brokerage in Austin. And the partnership between Douglas Elliman and Knight Frank, out of the UK, gives you genuine and real international exposure.
I'm both excited and humbled to have been asked to be a part of this expansion. Mostly though, I'm happy to be back in Texas with all of my family around.
I can't wait to see old and new faces and everyone in-between.