Donna and her OUTSTANDING team recently helped my mom with the sale of her 1950s ranch-style house in 78704. They were “with” her every step of the way, making what could have been a colossal project for us a piece of cake! They listed furniture for her on Craigslist, arranged and packed a POD, hauled away mountains of outdoor debris, cleaned and staged the house after it was emptied and had two offers way above asking price immediately!!
Not surprisingly, an older home like this one turned up some issues during inspection. Donna’s construction expertise and connections came to the rescue!! She arranged for and oversaw all necessary repairs, negotiating a deal that pleased both buyer and seller. From A to Z, working with Blairfield Realty was a fabulous experience. These are super professionals with unparalleled commitment to their clients. Oh, and they’re darn nice folks, too, even driving my mom to closing and hand-delivering her final check! I wish I could give them more stars – they deserve them!!
I have nothing but good to say about Blairfield Realty. Donna sold my house before it even “officially” went on the market and within 5k of the original asking price. I contacted her after she informed me that she had some prospective buyers lined up who wanted to see the house to apologize for not having had time to do more in the way of cleaning up the yard. She informed me that she had a crew coming to take care of everything so not to worry. I got home from work the next day to find the grass mowed, leaves cleaned up and a fresh layer of mulch in all the beds. Wow! They really made the place look good. I found the advice I was given to be dependably accurate from start to finish, and the whole process from listing to agreement to closing took less than two months. Who could ask for more?
Last spring when we decided to sell our house in central Austin, I called Monica Blackburn at Blairfield Realty. I had met Monica when our daughters went to high school together, and I knew that she had gotten her real estate license. I can honestly say that calling Monica was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. To say that she worked long hours and dealt with some unexpected challenges, is an understatement. Not only did she help us sell our house, she also helped us find our new house. Any time that I found a house that I was interested in seeing, Monica was there to take me to the house. I can’t tell you how many houses we looked at. Finally, we were under contract with our house and had put a contract on our new house, when the proverbial “you know what” hit the fan. I won’t go into many details, but the day that we closed on our house, we had less than 12 hours to vacate the house including all of our furniture and other belongings. Monica and the Blairfield team went to work and got us packed up and moved out by the end of the day. Monica, I and 7 movers were up until 2:30 in the morning moving our belongings into storage. Talk about above and beyond the call of duty. And, through it all, Monica never lost her sense of humor. I will recommend Monica and the Blairfield team to anyone who is considering selling or buying a home.
Carla Jo S.
My wife and I owned a house in South Austin but live in Boston. We decided to sell and Tami jumped at the opportunity to help us. She handled every aspect from the start and made our life a lot easier.
We told her our budget for getting the house ready for sale and how much we were hoping to sell it for. After doing a thorough walkthrough of our home, we discussed what she thought we needed to do to prepare the home for buyers within our budget range. She then presented us with competing bids from different flooring companies, paint companies, and handymen. She never forced an opinion on what we needed to do. She gave her opinion when asked and made everything relaxed and easy going. She handled every aspect of the renovations. Coordinating with the workers, overseeing what they were doing, and handling any issues that may have come up. We ended up coming in under budget for all the renovations and never had to talk with one company.
When it came time to put the house on the market she suggested to sell it for even more than we thought we could get. She felt comfortable with what we were selling and the neighborhood we were selling in. Within 24 hours of going on the market, we had two offers. 24 hours after that, we were under contract with a buyer. I can now happily say the house has been sold for well over what we thought we could get all while costing less in renovations than we thought.
I feared selling our house from half way across the country but Tami took all that fear away. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to sell their home. Or buy one for that matter. Thank you Tami.
We had not expected the process of selling our house to be this easy.
Sarah came over as soon as we began to think about moving out of Austin and prepared a preliminary market analysis for us. (This helped us think about what we could afford in our new city.) When we decided to make the move, she re-did the estimate and we talked about what would need to be done to get the house ready for sale. She gave us several possible scenarios (wait till we move out before putting the house on the market, staging while we were there, etc), and let us decide how to handle the selling. We decided to let Blairfield do some minimal staging while we lived there…Tamara (part of the Blairfield team) came through with an eye to what was needed – the result was that we learned a lot about how good an emptier house feels, and the house looked FABULOUS!
And when it went on the market, we had an offer for ABOVE asking price within 24 hours!
Sarah hung with us throughout the rest of the process – making sure that we knew when the sale was finally a done deal, and what could go wrong along the way. AND (since we were having to move earlier than we had planned, since the house sold so quickly) she even helped us figure out where to move to for a few weeks!
I have already recommended Sarah to other friends, and would recommend her to anyone without reservations. She knows the real estate market, she is professional, she listens very well and she does everything she can to make the process as painless as possible.
Rachel C. & Booth O.
We had a great experience working with Audrey – attentive, knowledgeable, reliable and generous with her time. Plus she referred us to great home improvement providers. Thanks for our new home, Audrey!
Lisa has been managing a property for us in the Barton Hills area of Austin and I can say with enthusiasm that we would recommend her. She has, on several occasions, gone way above and beyond for us when problems have popped up with plumbing, electrical, pests, etc. She has truly treated the property as if it were her own, which I doubt you will find with many (if any) other property managers.
Donna and her team at Blairfield were outstanding in helping me list, stage and sell my home. I worked closely with Donna and Tamara and they suggested a great price, helped me clear out clutter and staged my home, made it look beautiful after following their suggestions about paint and flooring, and we decided not to do any further upgrades….which was a good choice because we got top dollar. I am very happy with my experience, very pleased with their expertise, responsiveness and support to make it all happen. The only thing is…..I miss my home ;-). I hope the new owner loves it and enjoys living there as much as I did.
Audrey, thank you very much for being so patient and understanding with our needs. It was a great pleasure working with you. You made our whole buying process smooth, as I and Mini were very concerned being the first time home buyer. Everything went fine and we are enjoying the Hill Country views in Belterra with our new home.
Pramod K. & Mini C.
My wife and I recently purchased a condominium downtown, using Matt Redden as our agent. Matt was a pleasure to work with, and is very professional. He is knowledgeable and resourceful, and guided our offer through to a successful closing. We would recommend him highly!
A Satisfied Client
Tami Shneidman helped us sell our existing home and purchase our new home. She made valuable suggestions on improvements we could make to our existing home to increase the sale price. We are glad we listened to her. She helped us every step of the way. Thanks to Tami we now live in a great home in a terrific neighborhood. I highly recommend Tami for anyone looking to buy or sell their home.
Donna at Blairfield Realty was wonderful to work with throughout the home buying process. I met Donna while scoping out houses on my own, and she quickly won my business with her superior knowledge of the Austin real estate market and her design/renovation skills.
Donna understood exactly what I wanted in my dream home and was quick to get me listing information on the most sought after homes the day they hit the market. Extremely patient, she walked me through many homes and was able to offer great insight on renovation ideas and help me visualize the potential of each space.
With Donna’s help, I was able to snatch a gem off the market the day it was listed and strategically handle a bidding war and win. Her experience in contract negotiation helped me win my dream home, and I was able to close quickly using her knowledgeable contacts for financing and inspection.
I highly recommend Donna if you’re buying or selling a home in Austin. I’ve worked with other realtors in the past, but none made the home buying process as easy or fun. Donna is very tapped into the Austin real estate market and is a great asset to have in your corner when buying/selling a home.
I cannot say enough great things about Blairfield Realty. Sarah Schoenfelder acted as my buyer agent and was VERY patient during the entire process. In the end, *she* was the one that found my new home!
We closed last week and I couldn’t be happier. Great job!
Donna helped me buy my first home, and she was awesome to work with. She was efficient, professional and experienced, and she was there when I needed her. She worked directly with my mortgage company and then explained things in a way that made sense to me. Donna went above and beyond my expectations.
Audrey Lehmann Richard was fast and quick as she helped us sell and buy our homes. She is reliable and dependable. Audrey listened to what we had to say and what we wanted. It was the best experience we have ever had with a realtor. She helped us sell our home and buy our dream house! We are very happy and will be referring Audrey to our friends!!
Norma and Mike R.
Wow, I really found a winner! Donna’s experience and knowledge of the market made me feel confident that I was paying the right price. She worked around my hectic schedule and was always available when houses fitting my criteria came on the market. Such an awesome experience. I would highly recommend her to my friends.
Monica Blackburn was absolutely wonderful when I was looking to purchase my home in Austin. She never gave up on the search for my perfect house and worked hard to find out what I was looking for in a house and location. She was so patient with me when I kept changing my mind and she was always available when I needed her or had a question about the process. I would highly recommend her if you want someone who is down to earth and willing to work hard to either buy or sell your home.
We have bought 9 properties over the years and sold 8 and working with Sarah has, by far, been the best experience we have had. She is professional and ready to go the extra mile for her clients. Our last sale became very complicated and Sarah worked to resolve issues that we were sure would derail the sale. Sarah went above and beyond for us and we are very, very grateful. You could not find a more capable agent to work with and we have worked with many and most of them were not up to her level. Thank you, Sarah!
Patti & Jerry R.
After we put our house on the market with one realtor and it sat unsold for several months, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and speaking with Donna at Blairfield in Austin, Texas. Donna is the most professional realtor I have ever dealt with. She knew everything about our area and had a few suggestions to get our house sold more quickly, and once we listed with her, our house was sold in two weeks. She answered my questions fully and without hesitation. Once we sold our home she was able to find us a new house that met all our requirements. This was a first in all my house buying years! Once I decided on the house that I desired to purchase, Donna worked with me to arrange the financing at the rate and the payment I wanted. This was absolutely the most pain free and enjoyable home buying experience I have had in all my home buying years. Based on Donna’s professionalism, her “can do, will do” attitude, she has gained a permanent customer and I would recommend her to anyone.
I could not be happier with Audrey’s efforts to assist me in finding my new home. The difficulty in finding the right house, in the right neighborhood, at a reasonable price, in a hot buyer’s market was daunting – and frustrating. Audrey and I looked at dozens and dozens of houses over a five month period, until we found the minor-fixer –upper house I was looking for in the perfect location. She then enlisted the assistance of mortgage brokers, inspectors, surveyors, and title offices to shepherd a very complicated 3-way transaction to close. If you need a buyer’s broker, Audrey can get the job done for you!
Blairfield Realty was our first choice for our family home of 14 years when we decided to sell. Our agent was Audrey Lehmann Richard and she went above and beyond her job. We had a lot of issues and we needed someone that understood, was able to take care of a variety of our needs and be on top of things when we needed to change our course of action. Audrey was such a help to my husband and me. She dealt with home staging, negotiating contracts, finding a house and a condo for us to buy, resolved roofing companies, and was always there with a listening ear and her expertise. I felt like a friend who really cared was assisting us in this life changing journey. I’m so grateful for all Audrey Lehmann Richard did for us and I highly recommend her for your buying or selling needs.
We met Monica Blackburn at an open house when we first began our home search and I am glad that we chose her as she was a great help in the purchase of our house. We may not have been the easiest clients for Monica since it took us 7 months to find the right home, but she was with us every step of the way. Monica always made time for us to view properties that we were interested in and was prompt with writing up offers. Also, Monica went the extra mile during the due diligence process by helping out with arranging and meeting with inspectors/contractors when we could not get away from our jobs. To sum it up, Monica is extremely hard-working, ethical, patient, and she will not try to get you excited about a house that is not right for you. We really enjoyed working with Monica and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to purchase or sell property in the Austin area.
People who are passionate about their work tend to excel. And Donna loves what she does. She lives and breathes real estate, bringing her A-game to every phase of the home buying or selling process. Her calm and laid-back demeanor is backed with uncompromising professionalism and a thorough knowledge of the business. She negotiated a complex contract for the sale of my home in Barton Hills, then organized and supervised a crew of contractors to make sure that numerous repairs and updates were done before I ever moved into my next house. She does it all, and she does it well. Highly recommend.
I just called Paula and left a voicemail singing [Lisa’s] praise. It was all truthful, as [Lisa] has been a great property manager – the best in my almost 12 years of renting!
I have worked with Donna Blair on several occasions, both purchasing and selling properties. Her professionalism was evident the first time we worked together. She has a particular knack for pricing properties properly, staging houses and walking through all stages of the closing process. Not only is she respected by her own clients, but she also has a wonderful reputation amongst her peers, and is lovely to work with. I highly recommend working with Donna and her associates at Blairfield Realty.
We just purchased our first home and had no idea how to navigate the process. Matthew was so helpful and made everything so easy. We couldn’t have done it without him!
Our friends recommended Donna to us after we were having trouble with our first realtor, and we are so glad they did. Donna and her team took what had the potential to be an extremely stressful situation and made it as smooth and painless as possible. She was extremely attentive and very knowledgeable. She even previewed houses we were interested in to see if it was worth our time to visit! We’ve already referred Donna to two friends, and wouldn’t hesitate recommending her to anyone looking to buy a house in Austin. Thanks Blairfield Realty!
Dan Pino and Kenneth Kwok
If you are looking for an Austin real estate agent, especially one specializing in the 78704 zip, stop right now and call Donna of Blairfield Realty.
As an agent/broker/investor/lawyer myself, I am a pretty experienced user of real estate services. Because I am not licensed in Texas, I have used a number of Austin agents in the past to buy and sell investment properties. This past year I decided to sell my own home in Zilker Park, and interviewed a number of agents before meeting with Donna.
To say that I was blown away is an understatement. I have never met an agent or broker as energetic, creative, persistent, savvy and resourceful as Donna. This was a difficult sale, I was an-out-of state seller, there were open permits on the house from several years ago, there were renters in the house before I put it on the market. Donna took over the reins from the very first day and did an amazing job staging, marketing and negotiating the escrow process. I really don’t think anyone else could have handled all the different things that arose except for her. I was so, so grateful to have her as my agent.
I am not the only one to recognize her as a force of nature – those are the very words used by the Austin Statesman in their profile of her. Trying to post the link below; if it doesn’t work just Google “Austin Statesman Donna Miller.”
I also dealt closely with one of Donna’s partners, Tamara Carlisle. Like Donna, Tam is inordinately energetic, capable, smart and resourceful. Between the two of them, I believe that they might be able to oversee the next Mars expedition for NASA, let alone some trifling real estate transactions in Austin.
I am trying to persuade Donna and Tam to move the business to Los Angeles and set up shop here; they would take over the town. They persist in their commitment to Austin, though, they love the damn place. So If you need to buy or sell a house, you’re in luck. Do yourself a favor and call Donna – you can send me the thank-you gift certificate later!
Blairfield Realty brings that something extra to the equation. They excel at using their subject matter expertise to navigate the Austin Market.
Lisa is the best landlord I have ever had. I rented a house from her for three years. The property was well maintained, and if there was ever a problem, she was quick to fix it. Lisa is friendly, organized and courteous. She respects tenant’s privacy by always scheduling visits and repairs. It was really a pleasure to live in such a nice house, and to always have problems solved in a timely fashion. I would give her my highest recommendation.
In 2015 we had the pleasure of selling our Barton Hills home with Blairfield. From the first phone call to signing our closing documents we were blown away with Donna’s professionalism, resourcefulness and attention to detail. Initially we listed with another realtor but were underwhelmed with the level of service delivered. At the recommendation of neighbors who had worked with Blairfield we reached out to Donna, who was already familiar with our listing and eager to discuss her approach. The Blairfield team wasted no time in preparing our house for re-introduction to the market, upgrading our landscaping, staging, published photos and minor repairs. Donna and Tamara personally selected and installed a gorgeous combination of furniture and decor for our home, and when the first open house was scheduled we were amazed with the transformation!
A Blairfield team member visited the property multiple times each week, if not every day, which gave us great peace of mind. When asked for agent feedback on the home or market guidance, Donna shared a deeper level of detail and honesty than we had ever received from a realtor (we’ve bought and sold 5 times prior). She was proactive about suggesting price adjustments when needed and responding to agent inquiries.
Blairfield sets a very high bar, I know exactly who to call if we need realtor services in the future. You will not be disappointed!