In late June ’18, my wife, Claire, and I have been happily married for almost 50 years. We have 3 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, 7 grandsons and 1 great grandson. Family is important to us!
We’ve both been shaped by our upbringings in small Texas towns, and by our faith in Jesus Christ. We’ve owned homes in Buda (almost 2 years now) and in SW Austin (the prior 14 years).
Before I became a REALTOR®, I was an engineer and manager for 2 companies, and grew my problem-solving and project-handling skills. As a Pastor for 23 years, I developed a Servant’s heart and genuine love for people. These experiences have shaped my work in real estate.
Licensed in mid-2005, my focus is homes & neighborhoods in Buda and Kyle. I have helped clients in many locations across the Austin area. My work includes selling homes for clients, and helping them find new or resale homes. I aim to communicate well with them, educate them, and provide them with sound transaction guidance.
My Motto: “Experience and Heart … working together in Austin Real Estate for You!”
My Aim: “Help my clients to achieve their real estate goals with service that is excellent.”
As your real estate partner, I will go “the second mile” in serving you. I would like the chance to earn your trust and your business!
“Jim and Claire are a blessing to work with. They were very patient with us through the process of buying our house. Claire was even a big help with our kids while we looked and finalized negotiations. Jim is very thorough and gifted at communicating with agents and lenders. He keeps immaculate records and gives great information related to the timeline to closing. Jim and Claire helped us in taking stress off even after being denied on our first offer. They encouraged us to press on. We are grateful for their servants’ attitudes.”
– Jonathan & Pam B. (2017 Buyer, Cedar Park)
“This is Shadrach Thiyaharasa. It’s been fantastic experience working with you Sir. You being 100% support of me and walk me through the process with a positive attitude and answering all my questions. I am highly recommended to anyone and I am very happy with your service Sir. Looking forward to working with you Sir in the future.”
– Shadrach T. (2016 Buyer, Bellingham Meadows)
“Jim was very knowledgeable and thorough regarding the real estate market and sale of my home. I felt like I was in great hands and did not worry about anything slipping through the cracks. I always felt my best interest was at heart and I would recommend Jim to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.”
– Regina D. (2015 Seller, Briarcreek)
“Overall it was a great experience working with Jim on buying and selling my home. I have bought in the past and the experience was lots smoother when dealing with Jim. If he doesn’t know the answer to a question, he finds out and stays in communication. Prior agents I have worked with would take a lot longer to respond to questions or not give honest answers. I really appreciate his help through the process.”
– Hisham F. (2015 Buyer, then Seller, Colorado Crossing)
“Jim and Claire are like my parents when it comes to making sure that my family and I live in great areas of Austin. I absolutely trust them to guide me in any real estate decisions. They are honest, patient and kind. I have met many real estate agents, but Jim and Claire (Jim’s assistant) are definitely my first and only choice for my housing decisions.”
– Juan C. & Nancy N. (2015 Buyer, Rancho Alto)
“Jim is an expert in the home buying process. He provided me with truthful insight and clear information and advice about the area I was searching in and helped me narrow down what I really wanted. I moved to the Austin area in July 2014 and Jim took me on a tour of various Austin communities to get a feel and vibe for different areas. Jim is a class act and a great Realtor; I highly recommend Jim and Claire!”
– Jody G. (2015 Buyer, Southpark Meadows)
“Working with Jim and Claire has been a very good experience. Jim is a very easy agent to work with. He is very knowledgeable, honest, prompt, and has very good communication skills. The process of buying and selling my home was very easy and smooth. I would recommend them to anyone who likes individualized as well as general services. Jim was on top of everything, all I had to do was sign the papers. I could not have asked for better service. Thank you Jim and Claire!!”
– Sanaa F. (2015 Buyer, then Seller, Colorado Crossing)
“Jim Gilbert was very helpful in our buying process. He would respond to our phone calls and emails in time so that we did not waste our time waiting for his reply. He answered all our questions to the best of his knowledge. His wife, Claire, was a fun person to work with as well. I would recommend both Jim and Claire Gilbert as your real estate agent and assistant.”
– Bijaya and Reet D. (2015 Buyers, Ranch at Brushy Creek)
“It is a pleasure to work with Jim Gilbert as realtor for any individual or family searching for the ideal home for their unique situation. We were first time home buyers who had been renting for several years and were ready to make the move to purchase our own home. We are expecting our first baby girl in June and moving in my father-in-law with us. We needed a larger home and were looking to find a home and move quickly!
– Leslie & Justin D. (2015 Buyers, Bauerle Ranch)
Jim had an initial meeting with us and paid close attention to our needs and wants in a single family home as well as our budgetary limitations. He made excellent use of the relevant search engines and real estate databases to quickly find us a variety of homes for sale. We never wasted our time with homes that were out of our price range or not in line with our needs.
Once we found our dream home, together we discussed a deal that was good for us and made the seller happy as well. We were extremely pleased with the timing, especially in the current market situation. He knows southwest Austin like the back of his hand. There is nothing that escapes Jim’s attention when it comes to property for sale in this area, including but not limited to school districts, market prices, builders, future land plans.
We found Jim to be a highly attentive agent, almost as if we were the only customers, although we know that was not the case. He returned all phone calls and emails the same day. We never felt neglected or unimportant. Jim was always very honest and upfront and all his advice was very useful.
We are pleased to recommend Jim Gilbert to anyone looking to buy a home. If we ever need to move again, he will be our first choice in real estate agents. If you want to discuss our experience in more detail please feel free to ask Jim for our contact information and contact us.”
“In August my wife and I started looking at houses. I asked my brother for the name of his realtor due to his satisfaction with him. My brother sent me Jim Gilbert’s information and Jim started digging right away. He was very knowledgeable of the market and patient. In late August my wife and I picked a home and had Jim put in an offer. That is when Jim’s patience really showed through. Even though we had trouble with the other realtor getting back to us with issues even after the offer was accepted, Jim continued to be up front and transparent. I know this process would have been much worse without Jim and his wife working for us. So to me it was easy to see that if you want someone dedicated to your home buying process, you need to call Jim and Claire.”
– Robert & Kristina D. (2014 Buyers, Green Meadows, Buda)
“There’s no doubt that the team of Claire and Jim would be an asset to anyone needing to buy or sell property. Buyers & sellers of real estate often get caught up in the emotional roller coaster of the transaction. When a firm hand is needed to keep things steady, Claire & Jim will be there to provide that steady hand. Jim’s experience helps to catch over-sights and lapses that would make for a rough & difficult transaction. You’re in good hands with Claire & Jim.”
– Larry & Sandra E. (Buyers, Elgin)
“It is our pleasure to recommend Jim Gilbert as a real estate agent for anyone searching for their ideal home. Initially, we dealt with Jim online because we weren’t living in the Austin area. At our first meeting, we knew we had made the right decision. Jim knew exactly what we were looking for and did not waste our time with homes out of our price range or that did not meet our needs. Jim is a very attentive agent and always returned our phone calls, texts and emails promptly. We never felt neglected. We felt that he truly cared. Jim is very personable, honest, and dependable which are valuable assets that are hard to find. If we ever sell or buy again, Jim will be our realtor.”
– Bill & Lola M. (Buyers, Sunfield)
“We are writing to recommend Jim & Claire Gilbert as realtor and assistant with Sky Realty. We met the Gilberts a year ago while shopping online for a realtor to sell our home. They called back and came to our home to introduce themselves. They provided us with their personal history and how they came to be realtor & assistant. They emphasized their work ethics which included honesty and integrity when it comes to working for their clients. They provided us with valuable information on what to do to get our home ready to sell. They understood our terms in needing time to complete repairs. They kept in touch with us throughout the year and when all work was completed they were the first we called to see the finished product. They paid attention to detail of what we spent on the updates, and provided us with effective information on what updated homes were selling for in our neighborhood. We sat down and came up with a marketing plan and listed the home. Our home sold in an amazing 14 days and closed 30 days later.
Jim & Claire were always available if it were a phone call, text message, e-mail, or coming over to let us in the house when we were locked out. They always communicated effectively with all parties involved. We felt like we were their most important clients which they were with us each step of the way to the very end.
Jim and Claire went above and beyond our expectations of realtor & assistant and are confident they display this professionalism to all of their clients.
If you have any questions, ask Jim to give us your phone number or email address and we will contact you to answer any questions.”
– Michael and Sandra B. (Seller, Legend Oaks)
“I can highly recommend Jim Gilbert to be anyone’s realtor. He gave our old house a thorough walk-through, with us. He told us the items we should address, such as touch-up paint, and install new carpet upstairs. When the house was on the market, I had to be out of town, and he handled all the details long distance, keeping me well-informed. The house was sold within 3 days, and then he walked me patiently through the paperwork. I do appreciate Jim’s attention to detail, going above & beyond, to secure our asking price, and making our sale a success! Thank you!”
– Louis & Margaret H. (Seller, Creekmont West)
“I highly recommend Jim Gilbert and his Realtor expertise. He was with us every step of the way, through all the required paperwork and the building process. He explained our buyer’s rights, and pressed the builder to live up to his promises. With Jim in our corner, we had an invaluable advocate, assuring us that our new home would be all we expected and all that the builder had promised us.”
-Louis & Margaret H. (Buyers, Cullen Country, Buda)
“Mr. Gilbert always has the most approachable personality. He never pushes his clients. He has always returned our phone calls/text within the hour and was never late picking us up. He always does what he says he is going to do. David & I have changed our minds about several homes we have thought about purchasing, but things didn’t work out and Mr. Gilbert was with us every step of the way. If you want a honest and reliable realtor – Jim Gilbert will be your realtor!”
-David & Mary Insirillo (Buyer, Bridges of Bear Creek, SW Austin)
“I have known Jim and Claire for eight years and have worked with them on two home transactions. They are truly heaven sent as our Realtor, Guardian Angels, and Life-long Friends. Always giving 110%, they have a work ethic unlike many that we have known in the past and wholeheartedly have your best interest in mind. In the past and the present, we take great pride in always recommending them first to prospective Clients.
-Sandra Elliott (Seller, Elgin)
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Designations & Education
REALTOR®, e-PRO®, SFR® (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource)
|Course Date||Course Number||Course Name||Provider Name||Hours|
|06/27/18||33030||Advertising, Branding, and Lead Generation using Social Media||RSPW Enterprises, LLC||3|
|05/23/18||34129||New & Notable TREC Form Changes||Title Resources Guaranty Company||1|
|05/23/18||32484||Addendums to the TREC Contract: In-Depth||Title Resources Guaranty Company||1|
|03/07/18||33842||Transaction Desk Summary||Austin Board of Realtors||2|
|12/05/17||29623||Legal Update II||Austin Title Company||4|
|11/14/17||31896||Mortgage Math Camp||CMPS Institute, LLC||3|
|10/19/17||29622||Legal Update I||Austin Title Company||4|
|10/18/17||32003||Social Media Marketing; Branding and Lead Generation||Austin Board of Realtors||3|
|03/22/17||30785||MLS On the Go: Mobile Tools You Can Use||Austin Board of Realtors||2|
|03/14/17||31996||RPR – Introduction||Texas Association of Realtors||1|
|03/14/17||29146||Advanced REALTORS Property Resource||Texas Association of Realtors||2|
|03/07/17||30189||Appraisal Basics||Texas Association of Realtors||3|
|03/02/17||29645||All Things Considered||Mortgage IQ||3|
|01/27/17||29623||Legal Update II||Williamson County Association of Realtors||4|
|01/13/17||29622||Legal Update I||Williamson County Association of Realtors||4|
|06/09/15||28149||Clarifying Regulations of CFPB||Texas American Title Company dba Independence Title Company||1|
|03/12/15||26393||TREC Ethics MCE||Austin Title Company||3|
|03/12/15||26392||TREC Legal Update MCE||Austin Title Company||3|
|03/12/14||26404||New-Home Construction and Buyer Representation-Professionals, Pr||Texas Association of Realtors||8|
|01/29/14||26498||Using Blogs for Real Estate Marketing||First American Title Insurance Company||3|
|08/22/13||25894||WHY HOMES MOVE||Douglas Foundation Repair, LLC||1|
|07/11/13||23831||8 TOUCHES – YOUR IMAGE MATTERS||Texas Association of Realtors||3|
|04/10/13||24081||THE VALUE OF LISTING BEING SEEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA||Performance School of Real Estate Finance||3|
|02/21/13||24486||RESIDENTIAL BUYER REP AGREEMENT||Linda Randall||3|
|02/08/13||25059||MATRIX QUICK START||Austin Board of Realtors||2|
|01/31/13||23555||TREC Legal Update MCE||Williamson County Association of Realtors||3|
|01/31/13||23556||TREC Ethics MCE||Williamson County Association of Realtors||3|
|02/14/12||19459||VA HOME LOANS||Texas Association of Realtors||1|
|05/16/11||18657||TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L) (ONLINE EXAM)||GeeWhiz Real Estate School||3|
|05/12/11||18658||TREC ETHICS MCE (E) (ONLINE EXAM)||GeeWhiz Real Estate School||3|
|09/20/10||19489||INTRODUCTION TO DOCUSIGN||Chicago Title Insurance Company||1|
|06/21/10||19225||CMA/ADJUSTMENTS AND THEORY||Texas Association of Realtors||3|
|12/21/09||18676||SHORT SALES AND FORECLOSURES: WHAT REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS NEE||Texas Association of Realtors||8|
|05/16/09||16504||TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L) (ONLINE EXAM)||GeeWhiz Real Estate School||3|
|05/11/09||16505||TREC ETHICS MCE (E) (ONLINE EXAM)||GeeWhiz Real Estate School||3|
|04/08/09||16524||NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION FOR REALTORS||RESIDENTIAL BUILDING SCHOOLS||8|
|04/03/09||17442||MLS STATISTICS||Chicago Title Insurance Company||2|
|03/10/09||17091||BE A STAR WITH ENERGY STAR||ICF Resources, LLC||3|
|04/20/08||512||REAL ESTATE MARKETING II||Texas State University San Marcos||30|
|06/20/07||14704||NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION FOR REALTORS||RESIDENTIAL BUILDING SCHOOLS||8|
|06/15/07||16028||MLXCHANGE INTRO||Austin Board of Realtors||2|
|05/08/07||15413||PREPARING THE LISTING FOR SALE||AUSTIN TITLE COMPANY||1|
|04/30/07||911||REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS I||TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE||30|
|03/16/07||15581||21ST CENTURY REAL ESTATE INVESTING||BARRY POWELL||3|
|06/21/06||13837||TREC LEGAL UPDATE MCE (L)||Real Estate Education Services||3|
|06/08/06||14785||CONTRIBUTING TO THE APPRAISAL PROCESS||WACHOVIA BANK N.A.||1|
|06/07/06||14784||DECODING UNDERWRITING DECISIONS||WACHOVIA BANK N.A.||2|
|05/16/06||14991||REFERRAL OF A LIFETIME||USA MORTGAGE FUNDING||3|
|03/22/06||521||MKTG-SELLERS/LISTING AGNT||AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE||30|
|06/21/05||13967||SCIENTIFIC CMA’S||INSPIRED SUCCESS||6|
|06/08/05||13966||ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE LISTING PRESENTATION||INSPIRED SUCCESS||4|
|06/07/05||13968||CREATIVE PROSPECTING||INSPIRED SUCCESS||6|
|06/30/04||1200||LAW OF CONTRACTS||AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE||30|
|06/01/04||1111||LAW OF AGENCY||AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE||30|
|05/15/04||112||PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE II||AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE||30|
|05/12/04||6100||ALL RELATED (EXCEPT R.E.)||SCHOOLS FROM WHICH RELATED CREDIT IS ACCEPTED||60|
|05/09/04||111||PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE I||AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE||30|