Archive for the ‘Winners’ Category

Allison Olson

Allison Olson | Realty Austin
(512) 694-2251

estate with expert negotiating skills, look no further than Broker Associate, Allison Olson. Allison uses her vast experience and knowledge from selling residential real estate full-time over the past twelve years to advise her clients on how to make the best real estate decisions for themselves at whatever stage in their lives they are in at that time. Through Allison’s 12+ years of working with clients and colleagues, she has developed a strong network of real estate connections and often assists clients in finding their dream home before it even hits the market. She is passionate about negotiating and works to ensure her clients’ interests are best represented, especially when it comes to multiple offer situations. In short, Allison is committed to assisting her clients with all of their real estate needs, and finds that her favorite part is negotiating a deal which works best for her clients’ needs, and at the same time, leaves all parties walking away feeling as though they have had a positive experience. Allison is proud to call Austin home, living here for over 21 years. Having personally gone through the building process four times and being married to an award-winning custom homebuilder, Eric Olson, with Olson Defendorf Custom Homes, Allison benefits from first-hand building knowledge and is an expert advisor to clients who are considering building or updating their next home. Allison earned her Texas Broker’s license in 2015 and is a Broker Associate with Realty Austin. She was named a 2016 and 2017 Platinum Top 50 Winner and a 2013, 2014, and 2015 Platinum Top 50 Finalist. She was also honored as a Five Year Award Winner for the Five Star Professional Award in 2016. Allison is a member of the Million Dollar Guild and earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist or CLHMS designation in 2007. She earned the Accredited Buyer Representative or ABR designation in 2006. Allison has been featured in the Austin American-Stateman, Tribeza, KVUE News, Texas Monthly, and Top Agent Magazine, where she was named a Top Agent for the Central Texas region in the Summer 2014 Edition. Allison has featured her listings in Austin Monthly, Tribeza, Waterways, the Austin American-Statesman, the Westlake Picayne, West Austin News, and Community Impact. Allison is a graduate of The Hockaday School in Dallas and The University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Austin Luxury Network, The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, the Austin Board of Realtors, the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, and the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council. Allison is also a Lifetime Member of the Texas Exes, a member of Barton Creek Country Club, and the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, where she recently served as the assistant co-chair for their Vacation Bible School program. Allison loves to play tennis and is a United States Tennis Association Member. She enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Partnerships for Children, Caritas, and the Dell Children’s Council for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Allison has lived in Central Austin including Deep Eddy, Brykerwoods, Downtown Austin, Northwest Hills, Allandale, and the Balcones neighborhoods. Allison and her husband Eric are currently in Westlake in the Treemont neighborhood with their children, Luke and Emily. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cheering on her Longhorns, traveling, volunteering, hearing live music, playing tennis, hitting the pool with her kids, and trying new restaurants! She loves working throughout the Austin area, and mainly assists clients in the Central, Westlake, Downtown, Northwest, and Southwest Austin neighborhoods. But, she is also happy to go where her business takes her! .Allison is currently a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor® and Austin award winner. To learn more Allison Olson with Realty Austin click here.



Carol Dochen

Carol Dochen | Carol Dochen, Realtors
(512) 422-4787

Carol Dochen brings decades of experience to help clients with their real estate needs. Over the years, Carol has served as a director of the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR), President of the Austin Multiple Listing Service (ACTRIS) twice, and director of the Texas Association of Realtors. Carol received the coveted Broker of the Year Award for 2017, and 2016 winner of the “I Am Austin Woman” at Woman’s Way Awards for the Austin Woman Magazine recognizing her as businesswoman of the year in Austin. She has also received numerous awards (including 5 Star Realtor), honors from the Austin Business Journal (Elite 25), and Texas Monthly magazine as well as having earned recognition from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing with the CHLMS and GUILD award. The honors don’t stop with her professional life. Philanthropically, Habitat for Humanity recently honored Carol for years of service, which includes her donation of a portion of every commission for the past 20 years. Carol is a veteran volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Women’s Storybook Project. Knowing that at some point we all came from somewhere else, Carol has a soft spot for those relocating and adjusting to the area. She strives to put her professionalism and warmth to work by helping make the move to or from Austin a smooth and enjoyable experience. Carol is currently a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor® and Austin Award Winner. To learn more about Carol Dochen with Carol Dochen, Realtors  click here.

Marathon Real Estate – Tausha Carlson Group

Tausha Carlson  | Marathon Real Estate – Tausha Carlson Group

(512) 653-1966


Tausha Carlson embodies the best of Austin entrepreneurship. She strives to be an inspiration to others and is fueled not by a desire for great success, but by a desire to do good works. As she says, “I felt pretty fearless when I started Marathon Real Estate. It gave me the opportunity to harness my passion, have more freedom and tackle new challenges. I wanted to position myself so that my actions aligned with my philosophy for living. Most importantly, I wanted to be in the best possible position to make a positive and lasting impact on the world.” Tausha discovered her passion for real estate in 2003 when she purchased her first homestead, fixed it up, and sold it two short years later for a tidy, tax-free profit. Since then, she has “flipped” homes, served as a general contractor, and invested in several rental properties. Finding her passion for real estate drove Tausha to become a licensed real estate broker and to launch Marathon Real Estate. Additionally, she has earned multiple industry certifications, including recognition as a Certified Negotiation Expert and certification as a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. She has obtained the National Association of Realtors Green Designation and is a Certified Residential Specialist. Tausha’s breadth of experience and expert knowledge of the real estate field enables her to provide astute assessments of her clients’ real estate needs, creating a remarkable upside in the client experience. She talks her clients through each step of the process, asks them about their hopes and concerns, and develops a deep understanding of their needs. She’s even been known to crawl under a house simply to get that extra bit of information needed for a client. Not content to be a client’s one-time real estate agent, Tausha strives to be a life-long real estate advisor. She explains, “My services don’t end with the transaction. I stay in touch with my clients, and I am a resource for them. I’ve helped past real estate clients with everything from fighting property tax assessments to finding great contractors and navigating the City of Austin permitting process.” Endeavoring to build a strong relationship with each and every client positions Tausha to do the best possible job during the real estate transaction and makes her a go-to resource long after the transaction is complete. Tausha also helps people gain a better understanding of the real estate transaction process through formal education. She teaches several courses in the University of Texas Informal Class Program. A native Texan, Tausha graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband Chris, and doting on their two children. Tausha is a 17-time marathon runner (with a 3:09:29 PR), loves the outdoors and treasures a good book. She is very involved in supporting the community, and her many charitable activities include regular efforts to raise money for the battle against breast cancer and aiding Austin’s homeless. Tausha is a member of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), and served on its Board for 5 years. She supports Impact Austin, is a member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the ATX Powergroup, and avidly attends two community book clubs. She has been recognized for both her professional accomplishments and her philanthropic work. She graduated from the Foundation for Women’s Resources Power Pipeline Program, an elite leadership development program for women of Texas, and was a Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas Blazing Star Award finalist in 2007. In 2009 she was named to the Leadership Development Council (LDC) by the RECA, and served on the Steering Committee for the 2010 LDC Class. Tausha was recognized by the Austin Business Journal as one of the top producing real estate agents in the Austin-metro area in 2008, 2009, 2013, & 2014, and a Platinum Top 50 Realtor in 2013 – 2016. The Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League honored her with a 2009 Austin Under 40 Award, acknowledging her professional contributions to the field of real estate, as well as her fundraising efforts for breast cancer research and awareness programs. Tausha is a member of Leadership Austin’s 2011 Essential Class. She is currently a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor®, and ‘Centurion’ Award Winner.  To learn more about Tausha Carlson and Marathon Real Estate – Tausha Carlson Group  – click here.




Kinan Beck

Kinan Beck  | eXp Realty – One Source Team

(512) 694-4777

With over 21 years of real estate experience in Central Texas, Kinan Beck is one of the most trusted and established Realtors working in Austin today. A savvy networker and negotiator, Kinan has an exceptional understanding of Austin’s real estate market; in fact, he has personally invested in sixteen properties around town with incredible success. Yet, his commitment to his community runs deeper than real estate. With charisma and dedication, Kinan organizes and hosts several fundraisers each year to the enormous benefit of his favorite charities, such as Austin Pets Alive, Toys for Tots, and Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG). He also makes a positive difference in the lives of Austin’s home buyers and sellers, by expertly applying his skills and experience to help them make smart, rewarding real estate decisions for a lifetime. His professional designations include: Broker, Broker Associate, MCNE, Master Certified Negotiation Expert, CLHMS, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, and CLHMS, Million Dollar Guild (GUILD). Kinan is affiliated with numerous industry organizations: NAR, National Association of Realtors; TAR, Texas Association of Realtors, and ABoR, Austin Board of Realtors. He is a Platinum Top 50 Realtor®, and distinguished Platinum Top 50 ‘Centurion’ Austin Award Winner. To learn more about Kinan Beck with eXp Realty One Source Team –  click here.



Arlene Maze

Arlene Maze | Carol Dochen, Realtors
(512) 789-1892

It’s real life real estate acumen that sets Arlene Maze apart. In addition to her success as a real estate investor, Arlene brings the unique knowledge gained from 25-plus years of experience as a Texas CPA to ensure the most comprehensive and professional real estate services for her Austin area buyers and sellers. Arlene is committed to continuing education and in addition to receiving her Broker’s License, she has earned her Accredited Buyer Representative, Senior Real Estate Specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert and GREEN certifications. Arlene is a Central Texas native and graduate of Texas A & M University. She is actively involved in her community, chairing several committees at her congregation, and volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Arlene and her husband, Lawrence, have two grown sons. Continued “Congratulations” to Arlene as a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor® and Centurion Award Winner. To learn more about Arlene Maze with Carol Dochen, Realtors –  click here.


Gilbert Gonzalez

Gilbert Gonzalez | Home Connect 512

(512) 496-4785

Since diving into Real Estate in 2009 after many successful years of being an onsite agent in new home sales for a national builder, Gilbert Gonzalez has taken off and exceeded in every way. He has quickly become one of the most successful real estate agents in Austin and Cedar Park communities. With an abundance of work ethic, knowledge, and enthusiasm, Gilbert has earned the trust of countless clients and is proud to represent the real estate community as a recognized top REALTOR. Gilbert has been named Platinum Top 50 finalist for 2013, 2014, and 2015 and became a Top 50 Realtor in 2016-2017. He is part of the Top 1% of realtors in the country per the Austin Business Journal, and continuously works hard to exceed goals and expectations to ensure all his clients receive top notch personal service. He is a role model in his Keller Williams office of over 8 years, and is a mentor to new and upcoming agents. Gilbert was recognized as top #126 agent in the nation by National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals for 2017. He has also built many relationships with local builders, lenders, and other professionals in the community, and is eager to share his knowledge with his clients. Gilbert truly enjoys what he does every day in helping people achieve their dream of home ownership. Beyond industry accolades, he is also involved in many charitable efforts. He serves as a “Watch Dog” at his youngest daughter’s school to be a positive role model for young elementary students. Through Keller Williams, Gilbert is a consummate leader in RED Day events. These annual efforts involve him and his office to support local charities in a variety of ways. To date, Gilbert has supported the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center, the Good Samaritan Clinic in Cedar Park, Operation Liberty Hill, Hill Country Food Ministries, various Williamson County Animal Shelters, and among others including huge relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. In 2016, Gilbert launched Home Connect 512 – Keller Williams Realty. “I want to make sure I focus on building relationships…” in his own words. Home Connect 512’s team dynamic is fun yet professional, and “we are always finding ways to grow and learn from one another.” In his free time, Gilbert enjoys cooking and grilling for family and friends. He loves trying new foods and local restaurants. One of his biggest passions is training mixed martial arts. “It’s a fun and disciplined sport, and I have made many friends with my training partners.” Gilbert also enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and daughters. He is a native Texan and has been in Austin since 2002. For the team and business, Gilbert sees each new client as an opportunity to build a new relationship; one that transcends simply a realtor-client relationship. Home Connect 512 really does want to connect with people and the community. He believes it’s important to give clients and people searching and buying new homes, a trusted connection to real estate. Gilbert is currently a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor®, and Austin Award winner. To learn more about Gilbert Gonzalez with Home Connect 512 – Keller Williams Realty click here.

David Brodsky Properties

David Brodsky | David Brodsky Properties
(512) 657-6694

After helping companies succeed for over 20 years, David Brodsky left the tech industry, and created David Brodsky Properties to help individuals achieve financial success through real estate. His experience as a Chief Financial Officer for several businesses, his experience as a real estate investor, and his passion to affect positive change in the lives of those with whom he works – makes David a consummate real estate consultant. Not only is David the licensed broker/owner of David Brodsky Properties (DBP), but also an active agent and member of the Austin Board of Realtors, Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)® and a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)®. He generously ‘gives back’ of his time and resources to numerous community organizations, associations, and ministry abroad: Light of Messsiah Ministries, Financially Fit, Dripping Springs ISD- District Wide Educational Improvement Committee, Dripping Springs ISD- Facilities Planning Committee, Dripping Springs ISD- Booster Club, Dripping Springs Pony Club, Dripping Springs Educational Foundation, Dripping Springs Educational Foundation, Dripping Springs Project Graduation, Austin Stone, Baylor University Athletic Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and Emory University Alumni. David is currently a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor® and Austin award winner. To learn more about David Brodsky with David Brodsky Properties click here.

Jay Warren

Jay Warren| Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty
(512) 864-5657


Jay Warren’s goal is to assist his clients in realizing their goals and objectives in the most positive and rewarding way possible. Buyer, Seller, Investor, or Commercial Tenant, all have ideas and/or dreams of what they can accomplish, and he feels it is his task to help them reach those objectives. Jay’s experience in finance and real estate – both in commercial and residential, is helpful in providing a logical evaluation of property, finance options, acquisitions, and sales strategies. His specialties with property analysis, financial strategy, and negotiations are keys to his success – as well as the success of his clients and investors in the purchasing and selling of their homes and commercial properties. He believes in ‘giving back’ professionally and personally of his time and resources, and is welcomed by those he serves: Austin Chamber of Commerce, Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation, Berry Creek Country Club Men’s Association, Salvation Army, 1st Baptist Church Georgetown, 1st Baptist Church Georgetown, Berkshire Hathaway Community Involvement Team Georgetown, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Georgetown Chamber Of Commerce-Leadership Georgetown, 1st Baptist Church Youth Mission Trips, 1st Baptist Church Sunday School, American Red Cross, Coffee and Connections, and Georgetown Planning and Zoning Commission. He is currently a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor® and Austin award winner. To learn more about Jay Warren with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty – click here.

Matt Menard

Matt Menard  | Austin Real Estate Experts
(512) 947-8787



Matt Menard is the broker/co-owner of The Austin Real Estate Experts team, previously Keller Williams Realty’s highest volume-producing real estate group in the country. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin in 1987, Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. He earned his real estate license as a college freshman in 1983, his broker’s license in 1985, and taught real estate classes professionally at age 23. A second-generation realtor, Matt literally grew up in the real estate industry in a household with two active Texas realtors. In his 30 plus years of real estate industry experience, he has helped thousands of satisfied homeowners. Matt has been recognized by Texas Monthly magazine five times as a Five Star agent based on production and customer satisfaction, designated a Platinum Top 50 agent in Austin, and is well inside the top one percent of the nation’s top producing residential agents based on production and customer satisfaction ratings. In addition to brokerage real estate, Matt’s industry experience includes mortgage lending and new homes and sales management. His extensive background provides a broad understanding of key financial concepts, allowing Matt to help buyers secure their best deal on a new or resale home, and helps navigate them through the mortgage process to find a program that best suits their financial objectives. His listings sell much faster, and for more money than the local board of realtors’ average. He is an active member of numerous industry organizations: NAR, National Association of Realtors, TAR, Texas Association of Realtors, SABOR, San Antonio Board of Realtors, ABoR, Austin Board of Realtors, Temple-Belton Association of Realtors, Highland Lakes Association of Realtors, Ft. Hood Association of Realtors, Corpus Christi Association of Realtors, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtor and San Antonio Board of Realtors. Matt has served as host/panelist for “The Austin Real Estate Experts” – the longest running local real estate TV show in Austin, bringing information and education to consumers and other industry professionals for the last 5 years. He is currently a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor® and Austin award winner. To learn more about Matt Menard with Austin Real Estate Experts click here.

Ross Speed

Ross Speed | Realty Austin
(512) 626-6694

Ross Speed has spent the majority of his life living in and enjoying the greater Austin area. Ross uses his home-grown knowledge of Austin to educate his buyers and sellers on the ever-evolving Austin market. Ross graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Real Estate and Finance. He is part of the less than 1% of Realtors with a degree specific to Real Estate. Ross uses his strong financial background to provide insight and strategies unique to the Real Estate market. While at Baylor University, Ross was a scholarship player on the Baylor baseball team. He channels the same competitive drive to “Win” for his clients. Ross also holds an Appraisal Trainee’s license. His appraisal background makes the valuation of properties one of his strong suits and allows him to educate his clients on one of the largest hurdles sellers face in Austin’s appreciating market. Ross has successfully doubled his business every year since obtaining his real estate license. He attributes his yearly growth to his amazing clients who continue to refer him to friends and family after successful and well-managed transactions. Ross prides himself on providing the highest level of customer service to all his clients. Buying or selling a home is a huge step that requires proper guidance, care, and the attention to detail that Ross works tirelessly to provide. Nothing is more important than his clients’ financial security and happiness from start to finish. He is an active member and contributor to numerous organizations who welcome his time and generosity: Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Lake Hills Church, Letterman Association at Baylor University, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Goodwill, St. Edwards Athletic Booster, Beta Gamma Sigma, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Austin Young Real Estate Professionals, MD Anderson Cancer Center and BBA with a focus in Real Estate and Finance. Ross is currently a distinguished Platinum Top 50 Realtor® and Austin award winner. To learn more about Ross Speed with Realty Austin  click here.