As the executor of my father’s estate, I was responsible for selling my father’s house. My son recommended Violet Leff, who had helped him purchase his house. After working with her, I understand why he spoke so highly of her. She is an amazing realtor who more than earns her commission. After viewing the house, she suggested what work could be done to help the house sell quickly. She met me at Home Depot and Lowes to help me choose fixtures, flooring, and paint. She sent me alerts about sales as well as a list of contractors. My emails and questions were answered quickly and I regularly received alerts when other homes in the neighborhood were put on the market. Whenever I was overwhelmed, she calmed me down. She spent hours staging the house. I had an offer in less than a week after placing the house on the market. Violet continued to work tirelessly to ensure that the closing went smoothly. After the closing she took me out for coffee, well aware of the bittersweet feelings I would have after selling a home that my parents had lived in for well over 20 years. She is an incredible realtor and I highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy and/or sell a house.
“Home is where the heart is”… where we gather with family & friends and create memories. But it’s a lifestyle choice that dictates whether it’s a house, condo, apartment or even a ranch that you call home. Whether you’re buying, selling, investing, or leasing it is a huge financial decision. You need a professional partner you can trust to guide you through the process. As my client you are assured of my professionalism, honesty and integrity, attention to detail, creative marketing and exemplary service.
A bit about me… a native New Yorker transplanted to the SF Bay Area shortly after college, I “grew up as an adult” in the Bay Area. After earning my MBA in marketing I headed to Silicon Valley where I spent many years as a high-tech marketing and communications director helping companies grow their business and solve customer problems. While working for AMD and Cirrus Logic I had the opportunity to make many trips to Austin, and in late 2003 Austin became my new home.
An Austinite for over 13 years, I love seeing all the new exciting changes taking place here. It’s a vibrant community offering residents so many choices not only in real estate but in restaurants, shopping, music, the arts, and of course sports! I’ve learned even more about our community through my volunteer work, with Chamber of Commerce, Austin Women in Technology, the JCAA, and now as a career advocate and speakers bureau member for Dress for Success Austin, a nonprofit that helps women achieve financial independence through career guidance, a support network, and professional attire. When I'm not working with clients, I enjoy cooking, entertaining friends and spending time with my sweet dog, Jenny!
The marketing strategy, problem solving, communications and negotiation skills I acquired as a professional business marketer now serve my real estate clients well. I’ve helped boomers to downsize, and millennials to buy their first homes. I’m working with families looking to move up to their next home. How may I help you with your real estate needs?
First Time Homebuyer Clients - May 2017
My wife and I moved to Austin from New York and met Violet at an open house while we were visiting the city. We were first time home buyers so she helped us do our initial homework by sending us reading material before we moved. She remained very patient with us, showed us many, many homes, and we never felt pressure to settle for a home until we found the ONE. Violet helped us narrow our search and was proactive in showing us homes that matched our criteria. She was always very responsive and you could tell she enjoyed spending time and getting to know us. I felt that she provided very personalized service and we were always top of mind - there was never a feeling that she had too much on her plate. Once we found a home we liked, she helped us put in an offer, navigate and explained all the legal aspects (earnest, contracts, title, survey, etc), and then was with us to the end through inspection, closing, and even treated us to a nice dinner :) We really enjoyed working with Violet and would recommend her to anyone looking to purchase a home in Austin.
Westin McEntire & Amy Hager
Moving Right Along - 2017 Current Buyers
We began talking with Violet a while back regarding our desire to move to a new home and keep our current home as an investment property. She guided us through the process and helped us take the first step by having us talk with a lender so we could get a better understanding of our financing options. We refinanced our home back in September and will be able to use some of the equity for a down payment on a new home. We spoke with Violet about various areas and neighborhoods we would be interested. She set up several portals for us and over the last few months she’s taken us to see properties that were of interest to us. She’s been very patient and very helpful by keeping us informed about the local real estate market. Based on the multiple portals we have, we have been able to narrow down the neighborhoods that will fit our lifestyle and focus our search on those. We look forward to working with Violet to find our next new home. We would certainly recommend her to friends and family, and we already have!
NY Seller Clients - April 2016
I know Violet from her New York days, so when my wife and I wanted to sell our country home we called Violet for some advice, thinking she may give us some helpful hints- well she did that and more! She told us about her relocation referral department and offered to help us locate an agent; again she went above and beyond, she looked into the agents websites and profiles and made recommendations. We were so happy that she did research on our behalf. She assisted us every step of the way through our process even though we had a NY agent. She even gave us advice on how to stage our house for a quicker sale and it worked!! I wish Violet could be our agent on our new house search, we may have to move to Austin!
Very Helpful - Relocation Buyer June 2016
Violet was very helpful and knowledgeable about each of the neighborhoods I looked into and was able to guide me relative to schools, shopping, commutes, and community. We looked at a lot of homes in a variety of areas in Austin. We made offers on a couple and almost closed on one until the seller backed out last minute. Violet guided me through that and worked with the listing agent to ensure I received my earnest and option money back from the seller.
Ultimately she showed me a house she knew I would like, even though I was not sure I wanted to see it. It turned out to be the house I bought! Ultimately she knew better than I did at that point exactly what I was looking for in a house.
I would highly recommend her services to those that are looking to sell and or buy a home.
Expertise and Attention - Seller Clients June 2016
Violet’s expertise and attention to detail was invaluable in the sale of our home. Her research and knowledge of the current market enabled us to price it correctly and get it on the market to leverage the peak sales season.
Because we had our own a target date that we wanted to hit, she was able to recommend resources and services to help us make it happen. She put together a thorough marketing plan that included a timeline to help us get the house ready and to generate interest before the listing went live.
Once the house was ready, she came and helped us stage so that it looked better than it ever had. She even suggested repurposing a rarely used second eating area into an office space. (We wished we had thought of that and utilized the space that way before.)
She scheduled the “go live” and the Open House to coordinate with our schedule to be out of town. I was completely comfortable being away and leaving her in charge for the weekend. We received multiple offers that first weekend. We were impressed with how she professionally and respectfully worked with the other realtors always keeping our best interest at the forefront. She helped us sort through the pros and cons of each offer and compare to come to the best contract decision for us. There were some snafus but she walked us through them. We could not have been more pleased with the outcome.
Robin and Kathey Longino
East Coast Transplants - February 2016
My wife and I moved to Austin after 25+ years living in Washington, DC. We chose the perfect real estate agent: Violet Leff is professional, experienced and totally committed to her clients. She found us our new home, and helped us make the right offer, one that was quickly accepted. Violet worked with us after the home inspection walking us through the repair list, and helping us negotiate items the inspection spotlighted. We returned to DC knowing we would be well represented by Violet throughout the closing process.
She worked with the condo association and management firm on several issues and advised us on various services we would need. Violet also prepared an extensive list of vendors for jobs we might need done around our condo. She sent us weekly enticements of Austin events to help us remember that our big move to Austin was the right one. A major change and a complicated move for us to make, but Violet was with us all the way.
Now in Austin, Violet has become a friend and just not our real estate agent. We feel that we can call her anytime, and we have, for suggestions on services like dog groomers, vets, hairdressers, and places to shop. Her weekly list of Austin events is even more appreciated now that we are here. She is a great real estate agent who we will certainly recommend without hesitation.
Young First-Time Homebuyers - August 2015
We had the good fortune to be recommended Violet's services this summer when we decided to purchase a house in Austin and cannot overstate how helpful, resourceful, and determined she was through the entire process.
We went into our search with high expectations for our intended budget and some less than common requests and Violet was not only unfazed by this, but immediately sought to rise to the challenge. She responded to calls and emails at practically all hours of the day from when we first contacted her until we closed, and even when we became frustrated or discouraged never wavered or slowed down searching for us.
She never hesitated to give us honest opinions even when it wasn't what we wanted to hear, and saved us from more than one serious mistake by doing so. She was unflinching and uncompromising dealing with sellers representatives and always made sure to protect our interests. And she helped us compromise between ourselves on difference we hadn't even thought about before she brought them to our attention.
We've been home owner's for just over a month now thanks to Violet and are incredibly happy with the property she helped us acquire. If you are searching for a realtor who simply will not give up you need look no further.
- Alexandra and Christopher
Violet Leff was extremely helpful on our journey to finding a new home. She took us around and showed us a wealth of different properties that were well within our budget and ideal requirements. She set up multiple portals for various sections of Austin, so we could price compare based on neighborhood. She was excellent at offering us guidance as to that types of homes we would find in each area, pros and cons, etc. Overall, it was a very positive experience. Thanks Violet!
When moving here from Seattle we weren't sure exactly what we wanted, but after chatting with Violet she immediately understood the "vibe" we were after and showed us properties that matched perfectly. Violet was easy going yet incredibly professional. It was apparent after one day of working with her that she was very experienced and knowledgeable. We are incredibly happy with the property we chose and the help she provided. Not only would we use Violet again in the future but would refer all our friends and family."
Working with Violet was great! She had the answers I needed and a great idea for timeline on when to start looking for a place based on the move-in date we wanted. She didn't show us things that didn't fit our criteria and was a breeze to get a hold of when I wanted to look at a house! She really made the potentially stressful ordeal of finding a place a total breeze!