2013 marked the 20th anniversary of my real estate career in Austin. It also marks the year that I finally did what I always intended to do: start a real estate company – HOLT Residential. After closing out the sales at Four Seasons Residences downtown last summer (and taking a month off), my founding team of five – three agents, a marketing coordinator and me – started HOLT Residential around a table in a warehouse off South Congress. Soon, we will be announcing the opening of our office in a beautiful and vibrant new location on the edge of downtown.
Since setting up shop in the Fall of 2013, our small, close-knit team has already closed approximately $15 million in transactions. Centered around our extensive experience in downtown condominium sales (our team has accumulated almost $700 million in closed transactions downtown), we have come together to offer our expertise to individual buyers and sellers, while at the same time still managing sales and marketing on development projects. But it doesn’t stop there – we also represent clients all over central Austin. Our aim is not to be the biggest, but to work as a team in a collaborative environment offering exceptional service to our clients.
So why does Austin need yet another real estate company, and what makes HOLT Residential different? One thing that will be different about Holt Residential is our focus on the quality of information we provide our clients, both in facts and figures but also in perspective. I have always viewed the role of real estate as the literal foundation that anchors our lives. By focusing on residential real estate, one of my greatest pleasures has always been to see the role that one’s home and a sense of place play in the way people live and interact. Years ago, all the way back in 1997 when I went to work on Brazos Lofts – at the time still a boarded up warehouse on 5th Street – people told me I was crazy. No one will want to live downtown, they said. I am pleased to say that my conviction was absolute, and it worked. Brazos Lofts was a big success, and within three years after we built that pioneer project, multiple new residential buildings were under way downtown. And look how much downtown Austin has continued to change since then. Downtown Austin is a living, dynamic place that continues to grow in diversity, excitement and character.
With this blog, we will keep our clients apprised of current market conditions and news affecting the downtown and central Austin sub-markets. More importantly, though, we will share with you stories and hidden treasures – be they people or places or activities – that make Austin what it is.