Barbara Houston

         (512) 633-9766

Barbara Houston

     
(512) 633-9766

Barbara’s interior design background serves her well as a leading real estate professional. For buyers, her ability to envision the possibilities can help recognize untapped potential in a property. For sellers, her expert staging skills will ensure your home shows in the best light and generates maximum return on investment.

If you’re considering a move, make sure you choose your real estate professional carefully. Combining a love for the area, a genuine desire to help others and an ability to find creative solutions, Barbara Houston is bringing An Inspired Approach to Real Estate. Contact her today to schedule a private consultation and get started on your best move yet.

Testimonials

“We have been using Barbara for years to help us implement our real estate goals. She has been very involved in three of our houses and just recently found a superior house that we purchased in Great Hills. When searching for houses, her background as an interior decorator is a valuable asset to help visualize potential changes necessary to fit our personal tastes.”

– Chuck & Kathy L.


“When my wife and I were looking for our first house together we chose Barbara because of her tenacity, knowledge of the areas we were interested in and high level of integrity. She did not disappoint.”

– John R.


“Recently, we made the decision to sell our home and re-locate in a neighborhood closer in. We knew the market was somewhat off at the time but also knew it was time for us to make a move. As our realtor, we chose Barbara Houston. Barbara was there through the entire process and walked us through. She is extremely personable and it was clear from the start she wanted the best for us in these transactions. She put together a marketing plan which included a virtual tour along with countless other marketing strategies which, we are convinced, helped us to get the highest price we could have possibly received for the house we sold. Barbara also represented us in the purchase of our new home and we are absolutely sure we would not have made it through without her experience and knowledge in dealing with an opposing realtor that was a challenge to deal with. There were times we would have taken the quicker, easier, and more costly option but Barbara convinced us to stick to our guns and our demands. In short, because of Barbara, we were able to sell our home and purchase another in a short period of time and financially were much better off with Barbara on our team. I would recommend Barbara to anyone who is looking for a realtor that will look out for their best interests and not just her own.”

– Michael and Jo Jean R.


“We listed our home in Northwest Hills with Barbara at a time when the Austin market was sluggish and still a “buyers market.”

She led us through a review of the pricing process and we agreed on an asking price. Barbara arranged for a photographer to take some great pictures – the rooms looked bigger, the shrubs thicker and the grass greener. The internet listing generated considerable interest. She had two serious buyers and let them know that it was a competitive situation.

We accepted an offer at our asking price about 30 days after the initial listing and we delighted with the terms of the transaction. All the administrative details were handled efficiently and we closed on the scheduled date without any problems.”

– Bob R.


“Barbara Houston helped me, from start to finish, to sell my home in Austin. She counseled me on ways to get the house ready to sell and how to price it so that I might get the most money possible. It sold in one day for more than what it was listed for! Barbara also helped me purchase a new home in Bastrop. She took really good care of everything both in the sale of one home and the buying of another.”

– Mary O.


“Barbara sold my home and coordinated a contract with the buyer to allow me to continue to live in it until the closing of my new home which saved me hundreds of dollars in rent and moving expenses. Her design experience was very helpful in providing staging tips for selling my home. It sold in two days! She was also able to help me with design tips to visualize the possibilities for my new home. She continually followed up during and after the sale, purchase and move to make sure everything was going according to plan.”

– Georgene D.


“Barbara helped me buy a house in a very competitive seller’s market. My offer was one of several in a multiple bid situation, and relying upon her knowledge, I was able to make the winning bid. Barbara is a great Realtor!”

– Celeste Hare


“I wanted to make a change so I called on my friend and Realtor, Barbara Houston. I told her what I wanted to do and she went to work. I wanted to sell my home, pay it off and with the profit, pay cash in full for a new home.

Barbara helped me locate my new home. She coordinated an offer on it with contingency to purchase upon sale of my current home. With her guidance, I was able to prepare, stage and put my home on the market in record time. She sold it in 10 days. Just 60 days later, I moved into my new home.

Barbara exhibits a high level of professionalism and produces excellent results. I highly recommend Barbara Houston. I have referred other clients to her and will call upon her as needed for my own real estate transactions in the future.”

– Kathi H.


“When I decided to sell my condo in Austin I asked Barbara Houston to help me because I know she honest and I had total faith in her. She did a wonderful job in preparing/staging my condo with excellent photos for MLS and online viewing. Her suggestion on listing price stimulated multiple bidders, resulting in a fast contract and she handled the negotiations efficiently. As I had already moved out of Austin, Barbara guided me in reviewing and signing the necessary documents electronically. I highly recommend Barbara for anyone who wants a first-class Realtor!”

– Gail S.


“Relocating to Austin, Texas was a first move for my husband and me, in over 50 years, so to us, finding a Realtor, one who we trusted and one who we felt confident and comfortable with, who possesses integrity and character and knows the Austin and the Austin Metroplex was very important to us. There were several agents referred to us but after careful consideration and after meeting Barbara Houston we felt she possessed the qualities we were seeking in a Real Estate agent. Moving forward with relocating, our move was a tedious one. There were 3 separate transactions bundled into one and Barbara Houston handled our situation in the utmost professional, sincere, and seamless manner possible. For anyone considering a real estate sale or purchase, look no further as Barbara Houston is your gal! We not only gained a phenomenal agent, we gained a great, great friend!”

– Cathy and Bill H.

Designations & Education

CRS, GRI

Course Date Course Number Course Name Provider Name Hours
10/10/17 29622 Legal Update I Austin Title Company 4
10/06/17 32551 Intro to FEMA Flood Maps & Elevation Certificates Texas Association of Realtors 1
07/14/17 29885 A Guide to Home Inspections Texas Association of Realtors 1
06/28/17 29623 Legal Update II Austin Title Company 4
06/22/17 32429 Real Estate Investors and Your Business The CE Shop, Inc. 3
06/16/17 29146 Advanced REALTORS Property Resource Texas Association of Realtors 2
05/25/17 30757 Residential Buyer Rep Agreement Linda Randall 3
05/19/17 31948 There’s a Form for That! Linda Randall 3
04/06/17 29399 Building Your Real Estate Business Through Technology Chicago Title Insurance Company 2
03/28/17 30937 DPA & First-time Homebuyer Programs Texas Association of Realtors 1
10/20/16 28401 REALTORS Property Resource Texas Association of Realtors 1
10/20/16 29146 Advanced REALTORS Property Resource Texas Association of Realtors 2
09/15/16 31028 CRS 210 – Building an Exceptional Customer Service Referral Busi Texas Association of Realtors 14
07/28/16 29399 Building Your Real Estate Business Through Technology Chicago Title Insurance Company 2
04/05/16 27090 Residential Buyer Rep Agreement Linda Randall 3
03/24/16 28257 There’s A Form For That! Linda Randall 3
03/17/16 27167 Social Media in Real Estate Chicago Title Insurance Company 2
11/10/15 28737 Positively Real Estate Linda Randall 3
11/09/15 27040 Advanced CMA/Getting Comfortable With Adjustments Real Property Counselors, Inc 3
11/05/15 26393 TREC Ethics MCE Austin Title Company 3
10/22/15 26392 TREC Legal Update MCE Austin Board of Realtors 3
10/21/15 27757 Principles of Staging By Design Home Staging, LLC 1
09/10/15 26401 Business Planning and Goal Setting for Realtors First American Title Insurance Company 3
10/29/14 27370 MARKETING AND LEASING RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES Texas Association of Realtors 3
10/01/14 26393 TREC Ethics MCE Austin Board of Realtors 3
09/09/14 26392 TREC Legal Update MCE Austin Board of Realtors 3
08/13/14 25046 PROPER USE OF TREC FORMS Beadles, Newman & Lawler, A Professional Corporation 1
07/29/14 26015 PRESENTING OFFERS AND MULTIPLE OFFERS Alliant National Title Insurance Co. 2
07/09/14 25477 REALTORS PROPERTY RESOURCE Texas Association of Realtors 1
03/05/14 22410 THE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS GUIDE TO REAL ESTATE STAGING Real Estate Staging Association, inc 2
01/07/14 25899 PINTEREST FOR PROFESSIONALS Power Training 2
04/23/13 25364 CRS 200 BUSINESS PLANNING & MARKETING FOR RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST Austin Board of Realtors 16
04/10/13 24843 EXPERT DOCUSIGN Chicago Title Insurance Company 2
02/26/13 25060 MATRIX MAXIMO Austin Board of Realtors 3
02/04/13 25059 MATRIX QUICK START Austin Board of Realtors 2
11/01/12 711 REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE I Lone Star College Tomball 30
10/18/12 6100 ALL RELATED (EXCEPT R.E.) SCHOOLS FROM WHICH RELATED CREDIT IS ACCEPTED 570
07/05/12 22828 PROPER USE OF TREC FORMS Beadles, Newman & Lawler, A Professional Corporation 1
05/22/12 17715 INSIDERS GUIDE TO CREDIT SCORING & RENOVATION Mortgage IQ 3
01/23/12 22350 Advanced DocuSign Chicago Title Insurance Company 2
09/13/11 23090 GOOGLE APPS IN A GOOGLE UNIVERSE Texas Association of Realtors 2
08/20/11 18649 TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L) Austin Board of Realtors 3
08/17/11 18650 TREC ETHICS MCE (E) Austin Board of Realtors 3
05/11/11 22618 iSmart UNIPRO TRAINING 2
01/25/11 19458 MLXCHANGE ADVANCED FEATURES & CMA Austin Board of Realtors 3
09/27/10 19489 INTRODUCTION TO DOCUSIGN Chicago Title Insurance Company 1
09/14/10 19459 VA HOME LOANS Texas Association of Realtors 1
09/01/10 18491 DOCUSIGN – ONLINE SIGNATURES Williamson County Association of Realtors 2
05/06/10 17967 BROKER PRICE OPINION TRAINING AUSTIN TEXAS HOMES, LLC 2
12/15/09 16872 INTRODUCTION TO OUTLOOK Chicago Title Insurance Company 3
10/23/09 18213 TECHNOLOGY 103: HANDS ON: PUTTING TECHNOLOGY TO WORK FOR YOU Austin Board of Realtors 3
10/22/09 18212 TECHNOLOGY 102 – SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR REALTORS Austin Board of Realtors 3
10/21/09 18211 TECHNOLOGY 101 – REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY: AN OVERVIEW Austin Board of Realtors 3
10/01/09 16497 TREC ETHICS MCE (E) Austin Board of Realtors 3
10/01/09 16496 TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L) Austin Board of Realtors 3
09/14/09 17051 STAGING TO SELL: STRATEGIC MARKETING THROUGH HOME STAGING INTERIORITY COMPLEX 3
09/08/09 18492 CREATE YOUR LISTING PRESENTATION IN MS POWERPOINT Chicago Title Insurance Company 3
08/06/09 16872 INTRODUCTION TO OUTLOOK Chicago Title Insurance Company 3
02/13/09 17492 SUCCESSFULLY SELLING HUD HOMES Kaplan Professional Schools 4
10/02/08 17096 HOW TO FIND HOUSES THAT YOU CAN BUY, FIX UP, AND SELL FOR A PROF HOMEFIXERS ACADEMY 3
10/02/08 17095 HOW TO AVOID PAYING TOO MUCH FOR A HOUSE OR INVESTMENT PROPERTY: HOMEFIXERS ACADEMY 3
10/02/08 17094 FIXING UP HOUSES: HOW TO MANAGE A WHOLE-HOUSE REMODELING PROJECT HOMEFIXERS ACADEMY 3
09/09/08 16581 THE BENEFITS OF HOME STAGING AUSTIN TITLE COMPANY 2
04/18/08 16494 THE BUSINESS OF YOUR BUSINESS, PEOPLE, PLANNING, MONEY AND MANAG Champions School of Real Estate, LTD 7
09/10/07 13836 TREC ETHICS MCE (E) Austin Board of Realtors 3
08/16/07 13837 TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L) Austin Board of Realtors 3
08/09/07 16028 MLXCHANGE INTRO Austin Board of Realtors 2
08/08/07 15615 TITLE POLICIES Stewart Title of Austin, LLC 1
08/01/07 15581 21ST CENTURY REAL ESTATE INVESTING BARRY POWELL 3
07/19/07 14880 REAL ESTATE AUCTION FUNDAMENTALS AUCTIONFIRST UNIVERISTY 3
11/28/06 15059 HOW TO USE FINANCING TO ATTRACT BUYERS & CREATE SALES San Antonio Board of Realtors 4
11/16/06 888 GRI III(PROPERTY MGMT) Texas Association of Realtors 30
06/08/06 14785 CONTRIBUTING TO THE APPRAISAL PROCESS WACHOVIA BANK N.A. 1
05/26/06 14718 EFFECTIVE NEGOTIATING FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS Austin Board of Realtors 8
05/25/06 14849 ACCREDITED BUYER REPRESENTATIVE Austin Board of Realtors 15
03/23/06 555 GRI II(MARKETING) Texas Association of Realtors 30
01/26/06 444 GRI I(FINANCE) Texas Association of Realtors 30
12/07/05 14327 TEXAS CARES Texas Association of Realtors 2
09/28/05 13484 1031 LIKE-KIND EXCHANGE BASICS SUMMIT 1031 EXCHANGE, INC 2
12/22/04 12939 THE CODE OF ETHICS: YOUR PROMISE OF PROFESSIONALISM Austin Board of Realtors 3
12/16/04 12975 MARKETING WITH MICROSOFT OFFICE Pat Zaby, Inc. 8
10/21/04 6100 ALL RELATED (EXCEPT R.E.) SCHOOLS FROM WHICH RELATED CREDIT IS ACCEPTED 60
10/11/04 1200 LAW OF CONTRACTS ABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY 30
10/08/04 112 PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE II ABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY 30
10/01/04 1111 LAW OF AGENCY ABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY 30
09/24/04 511 REAL ESTATE MARKETING I ABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY 30
09/17/04 111 PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE I ABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY 30
Featured Listings

SOLD – 1315 Warrington Dr, Austin, TX 78753 – Windsor Hills

Windsor Hills! 4/2 with one bedroom utilized as an office/music/family room with windows on three sides. Beamed, cathedral ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, covered patio. HVAC unit and water heater installed in 2014.Hall bath updated in 2015.Updated light fixtures including chandeliers in dining and living room installed in 2015.Andersen windows and patio door installed in 2016.Rain gutters installed & house exterior painted in 2016.Double panel wood and glass front door and storm door installed 2016.

SOLD – 11818 Carshalton Dr, Austin, TX 78758 – Gracywoods

This wonderful home was updated in 2016 with hardie plank siding over 1/2 inch plywood sheathing and a moisture barrier. Also new AC system including new ductwork. Blown-in insulation & radiant barrier were added. Two bathrooms were updated with tubs, porcelain tile surrounds and floors. Roof shingles also replaced 2016. Huge sunroom overlooks the magnificent back yard with two covered patios, a greenhouse, area for firepit, a storage building and more. 4 walk-in closets, workbench,shelving in garage.

SOLD – 8329 Summerwood Dr, Austin, TX 78759 – Summer Wood

This is a rare, well-maintained town house in Summer Wood I. Exxcellent condition and move-in ready! You can enjoy the slightly retro look or make a few updates if you want to, but everything is done in neutrals. Beautiful tiled entry, window treatments throughout, recent blinds and draperies, storm windows to save energy, back yard landscaped with crushed granite, etc. Very private back yard. Back gate leads to path to one of two pools. Play tennis? Summer Wood has two courts!

SOLD – 8216 Summer Side Dr, Austin, TX 78759 – Summer Wood

Wonderful Summerwood townhome two blocks west of MoPac in Northwest Hills! This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home is extremely clean and well-cared for inside and out. Master bedroom is down. Wonderful loft can easily be converted to 3rd bedroom if desired. Living room has wet bar,wood-burning fireplace flanked by tall windows with view of park-like greenbelt. Lounge in the small back yard and enjoy nature. The pool is out the back gate down a little walkway. Paneled garage!