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 DateCourse NumberCourse NameProvider NameHours
10/10/1729622Legal Update IAustin Title Company4
10/06/1732551Intro to FEMA Flood Maps & Elevation CertificatesTexas Association of Realtors1
07/14/1729885A Guide to Home InspectionsTexas Association of Realtors1
06/28/1729623Legal Update IIAustin Title Company4
06/22/1732429Real Estate Investors and Your BusinessThe CE Shop, Inc.3
06/16/1729146Advanced REALTORS Property ResourceTexas Association of Realtors2
05/25/1730757Residential Buyer Rep AgreementLinda Randall3
05/19/1731948There’s a Form for That!Linda Randall3
04/06/1729399Building Your Real Estate Business Through TechnologyChicago Title Insurance Company2
03/28/1730937DPA & First-time Homebuyer ProgramsTexas Association of Realtors1
10/20/1628401REALTORS Property ResourceTexas Association of Realtors1
10/20/1629146Advanced REALTORS Property ResourceTexas Association of Realtors2
09/15/1631028CRS 210 – Building an Exceptional Customer Service Referral BusiTexas Association of Realtors14
07/28/1629399Building Your Real Estate Business Through TechnologyChicago Title Insurance Company2
04/05/1627090Residential Buyer Rep AgreementLinda Randall3
03/24/1628257There’s A Form For That!Linda Randall3
03/17/1627167Social Media in Real EstateChicago Title Insurance Company2
11/10/1528737Positively Real EstateLinda Randall3
11/09/1527040Advanced CMA/Getting Comfortable With AdjustmentsReal Property Counselors, Inc3
11/05/1526393TREC Ethics MCEAustin Title Company3
10/22/1526392TREC Legal Update MCEAustin Board of Realtors3
10/21/1527757Principles of StagingBy Design Home Staging, LLC1
09/10/1526401Business Planning and Goal Setting for RealtorsFirst American Title Insurance Company3
10/29/1427370MARKETING AND LEASING RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIESTexas Association of Realtors3
10/01/1426393TREC Ethics MCEAustin Board of Realtors3
09/09/1426392TREC Legal Update MCEAustin Board of Realtors3
08/13/1425046PROPER USE OF TREC FORMSBeadles, Newman & Lawler, A Professional Corporation1
07/29/1426015PRESENTING OFFERS AND MULTIPLE OFFERSAlliant National Title Insurance Co.2
07/09/1425477REALTORS PROPERTY RESOURCETexas Association of Realtors1
03/05/1422410THE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS GUIDE TO REAL ESTATE STAGINGReal Estate Staging Association, inc2
01/07/1425899PINTEREST FOR PROFESSIONALSPower Training2
04/23/1325364CRS 200 BUSINESS PLANNING & MARKETING FOR RESIDENTIAL SPECIALISTAustin Board of Realtors16
04/10/1324843EXPERT DOCUSIGNChicago Title Insurance Company2
02/26/1325060MATRIX MAXIMOAustin Board of Realtors3
02/04/1325059MATRIX QUICK STARTAustin Board of Realtors2
11/01/12711REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE ILone Star College Tomball30
10/18/126100ALL RELATED (EXCEPT R.E.)SCHOOLS FROM WHICH RELATED CREDIT IS ACCEPTED570
07/05/1222828PROPER USE OF TREC FORMSBeadles, Newman & Lawler, A Professional Corporation1
05/22/1217715INSIDERS GUIDE TO CREDIT SCORING & RENOVATIONMortgage IQ3
01/23/1222350Advanced DocuSignChicago Title Insurance Company2
09/13/1123090GOOGLE APPS IN A GOOGLE UNIVERSETexas Association of Realtors2
08/20/1118649TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L)Austin Board of Realtors3
08/17/1118650TREC ETHICS MCE (E)Austin Board of Realtors3
05/11/1122618iSmartUNIPRO TRAINING2
01/25/1119458MLXCHANGE ADVANCED FEATURES & CMAAustin Board of Realtors3
09/27/1019489INTRODUCTION TO DOCUSIGNChicago Title Insurance Company1
09/14/1019459VA HOME LOANSTexas Association of Realtors1
09/01/1018491DOCUSIGN – ONLINE SIGNATURESWilliamson County Association of Realtors2
05/06/1017967BROKER PRICE OPINION TRAININGAUSTIN TEXAS HOMES, LLC2
12/15/0916872INTRODUCTION TO OUTLOOKChicago Title Insurance Company3
10/23/0918213TECHNOLOGY 103: HANDS ON: PUTTING TECHNOLOGY TO WORK FOR YOUAustin Board of Realtors3
10/22/0918212TECHNOLOGY 102 – SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR REALTORSAustin Board of Realtors3
10/21/0918211TECHNOLOGY 101 – REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY: AN OVERVIEWAustin Board of Realtors3
10/01/0916497TREC ETHICS MCE (E)Austin Board of Realtors3
10/01/0916496TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L)Austin Board of Realtors3
09/14/0917051STAGING TO SELL: STRATEGIC MARKETING THROUGH HOME STAGINGINTERIORITY COMPLEX3
09/08/0918492CREATE YOUR LISTING PRESENTATION IN MS POWERPOINTChicago Title Insurance Company3
08/06/0916872INTRODUCTION TO OUTLOOKChicago Title Insurance Company3
02/13/0917492SUCCESSFULLY SELLING HUD HOMESKaplan Professional Schools4
10/02/0817096HOW TO FIND HOUSES THAT YOU CAN BUY, FIX UP, AND SELL FOR A PROFHOMEFIXERS ACADEMY3
10/02/0817095HOW TO AVOID PAYING TOO MUCH FOR A HOUSE OR INVESTMENT PROPERTY:HOMEFIXERS ACADEMY3
10/02/0817094FIXING UP HOUSES: HOW TO MANAGE A WHOLE-HOUSE REMODELING PROJECTHOMEFIXERS ACADEMY3
09/09/0816581THE BENEFITS OF HOME STAGINGAUSTIN TITLE COMPANY2
04/18/0816494THE BUSINESS OF YOUR BUSINESS, PEOPLE, PLANNING, MONEY AND MANAGChampions School of Real Estate, LTD7
09/10/0713836TREC ETHICS MCE (E)Austin Board of Realtors3
08/16/0713837TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L)Austin Board of Realtors3
08/09/0716028MLXCHANGE INTROAustin Board of Realtors2
08/08/0715615TITLE POLICIESStewart Title of Austin, LLC1
08/01/071558121ST CENTURY REAL ESTATE INVESTINGBARRY POWELL3
07/19/0714880REAL ESTATE AUCTION FUNDAMENTALSAUCTIONFIRST UNIVERISTY3
11/28/0615059HOW TO USE FINANCING TO ATTRACT BUYERS & CREATE SALESSan Antonio Board of Realtors4
11/16/06888GRI III(PROPERTY MGMT)Texas Association of Realtors30
06/08/0614785CONTRIBUTING TO THE APPRAISAL PROCESSWACHOVIA BANK N.A.1
05/26/0614718EFFECTIVE NEGOTIATING FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALSAustin Board of Realtors8
05/25/0614849ACCREDITED BUYER REPRESENTATIVEAustin Board of Realtors15
03/23/06555GRI II(MARKETING)Texas Association of Realtors30
01/26/06444GRI I(FINANCE)Texas Association of Realtors30
12/07/0514327TEXAS CARESTexas Association of Realtors2
09/28/05134841031 LIKE-KIND EXCHANGE BASICSSUMMIT 1031 EXCHANGE, INC2
12/22/0412939THE CODE OF ETHICS: YOUR PROMISE OF PROFESSIONALISMAustin Board of Realtors3
12/16/0412975MARKETING WITH MICROSOFT OFFICEPat Zaby, Inc.8
10/21/046100ALL RELATED (EXCEPT R.E.)SCHOOLS FROM WHICH RELATED CREDIT IS ACCEPTED60
10/11/041200LAW OF CONTRACTSABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY30
10/08/04112PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE IIABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY30
10/01/041111LAW OF AGENCYABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY30
09/24/04511REAL ESTATE MARKETING IABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY30
09/17/04111PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE IABOUT SUCCESS RE ACADEMY30
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!