Our Habitat Hunters story starts while my husband and I were still living in England. We needed to find somewhere to rent when we moved over to the US. Obviously living around the globe makes it rather difficult to review properties and to make matters worse, we have 4 little dogs that were coming over with us. We emailed various companies and as soon as they heard dogs (plural) they were all, Well bye, good luck with that…! I was beginning to lose hope but someone recommended Habitat Hunters on a forum and I got in touch. The agent put on our case worked so hard for us. The dog factor never seemed to be an issue, it limited our choices, sure, but he never made a big deal out of it like the other companies had. Every few days I’d pick a bunch of places I liked the look of and he’d go to them all and take photos so I could get to have a closer look. He’d even check the fence for me to see if our little dogs could get out or not. I’m quite picky, so our poor agent was running around for some time trying to find us the perfect rental. Considering I was around the world and could have easily just been window shopping with no intention of moving, he really went above and beyond the call of duty. Rental properties get snapped up quick in Austin, so once we found the perfect place (yes apparently they do exist!) he moved quickly to make it happen. Fast forward 3/4 of a year and our house has sold in England and we’re ready to buy in Austin. We call him back and off he goes again finding us lots of places to see. By now he has a pretty good idea of what we like, which makes everything a lot easier. It doesn’t take us long to fall in love with a beauty of a house near Cedar Park. The whole affair went through with his usual efficiency and attention to detail and completed today! We couldn’t be happier. Thanks to our agent and Habitat Hunters! 🙂
I used Habitat Hunters for both locating a rental and locating a house to buy. Both experiences were smooth and very good. I stayed in the rental for about a year and bought a house that has now more than tripled in value. I worked with Jody and Jeff and found them to be respectful, hardworking, and responsive. They listen to what you want respectfully and consider your input and thoughts as useful and important. They are focused on helping you find the house or apartment or condo you want. This company has been in Austin ever since I moved here in 1982. They know Austin. They know the neighborhoods. They did not just move here. They also see the business as representing who they are and take a lot of pride in providing an excellent product. They know that repeat business and referrals are what keep them in business. They also genuinely are happy when they help you find your place. I recommend this real estate locating company over the others. It is a very competitive field with a lot of fluff. When you have succeeded as long as this company has, it’s no fluff, it’s the real stuff.
Jody Lockshin is an exceptional Realtor with whom I’ve done business over the past 20 years. She recently accommodated the purchase of my son’s and daughter-in-law’s first home, and by all accounts she performed capably and professionally every step of the way. I would highly recommend Jody for anyone’s real estate purchase or leasing needs throughout greater Austin.
I have really enjoyed having Jody and Habitat Hunters as my Realtor. Not only does she know the Austin market inside out, but Jody has been extremely helpful in providing me with honest advice and guidance for my real estate purchases and rental property. Buying a house is a major decision but with Jody’s help, I was quite sure I had made the right investment. I look forward to working more with her in the future. I highly recommend Jody for your real estate needs.
I was referred by my friend to Jeff Plotkin for investment property search in Austin. Not only I am impressed with his knowledge about the market, but he is also very objective, patience, agile, friendly and most importantly trustworthy. He is more an advisor to me than a Realtor, and very respectful of my decision. He guided me as if he was buying his own investment property. Plus he also has CPA and JD background! That knowledge sure comes handy in real estate transaction. And last but not least, his team in Habitat Hunters led by Jody is top notch! I have bought 3 investment properties with Jeff in the past few years and currently am working with him to find the forth one. If you need a trustworthy advisor for your investment needs, make sure you give Jeff a call!!
Jeff Plotkin was extremely helpful and always available to answer questions when we purchased our new home. He also had helpful suggestions and steered us toward service people who did a good job. We couldn’t be more pleased.
Jeff was great in helping us find our new home. He was quick and was responded almost immediately. He really made the whole home buying process so much easier. I would recommend him to anyone and will definitely be in contact if I needed these services again!
I wouldn’t change a thing about my transaction! Habitat Hunters does their job!
Somewhat more than a decade ago, he helped me find apartments, then a house. He was very prompt and comprehensive in the house search. Since then, he has given me (free) advice about property taxes.
We had the pleasure of working with Jody Lockshin and Jeff Plotkin from Habitat Hunters. They were referred to us by one of our friends who had a positive experience working with them. My husband and I are picky about the location, price and the features of the houses and both Jeff and Jody were extremely patient with us throughout the whole process. The things I liked about them were. Highly responsive: There has been several times we have needed statistics on recently sold comparable properties in the neighborhood broken down by several various factors. The response is always within half an hour. Willing to express their opinion: Since we were first time homebuyers, there are certain things we didn’t know that were critical to maintenance or resale of the house. We always got honest feedback from them on potential issues that we might have to consider while buying a house. Home Showing: They were always willing and ready to show us a house whenever we wanted to see it. There has never been a day/time that our plan to see a house was derailed because of their availability. I am happy to say that we finally got the house that we wanted and Habitat Hunters effectively contributed towards making the process as easy and smooth as possible. I would highly recommend Habitat Hunters to any prospective home-buyer
Excellent service! I was truly inspired by the Realtors’ dedication, knowledge, and vibrant personalities. My agent took the time to understand my needs and went above and beyond to accommodate my schedule and assist me in so many ways, more than what was expected. She was incredible!! I will be sure to tell all my friends and family about their service. Thank you Habitat Hunters for going above and beyond to assist me. I truly appreciate your exemplary efforts.
I highly recommend Jody and Habitat Hunters for purchasing a home! Jody took the time to listen to exactly what we were looking for and was very patient throughout the whole purchasing process. She provided helpful and professional advice and as her client I felt she was my advocate. Jody is fun to be around and easy to work with. She hustled to provide answers to our questions faster than what would be expected. It felt as though we were her only clients even though I know she is extremely busy. We are very happy with the experience and our new home. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Jeff Plotkin and Habitat Hunters are amazing! My family has known Jeff for several years. A former colleague of mine recommended Jeff and Habitat Hunters for real estate services. Even before we were ready to move to Austin and purchase a home, Jeff was willing to show us around to various neighborhoods and show us houses for sale while we were visiting the area. Years later, I received a job offer in Austin and contacted Jeff and Habitat Hunters for real estate services. Our family had specific housing desires (what family doesn’t), and Jeff and Habitat Hunters exceeded our expectations. We lived in our Austin home for over three years. Recently, when it came time to sell our Austin home, we contacted Jeff and Habitat Hunters to put it on the market. Within a few days, we went under contract! Jeff and Habitat Hunters are top notch. My family highly recommends their real estate services for any family looking to make the Austin area their home.
I worked with both Jody and Jeff from Habitat Hunters when my helping my (very picky) boyfriend find a home to purchase. They were both very patient and knowledgeable, and I appreciate the lack of pressure I felt every time we went out to look. Ultimately, Jeff helped him make his purchase. I later utilized their services when my mother and I purchased an investment property. Again, it was a very seamless process. They are an established, local company with many years of serving Austin, which I really appreciate. Many of the agents have been with the company for years, which is not common in real estate. Now, I work there myself as a real estate agent!
We worked with Jody to find our first apartment when we moved to Austin and to help us find a place when it came time to buy. Jody is extremely patient and genuinely concerned about our needs and interests. She cares about all the little details and guided us through the process. When we first started looking Jody and her partner, Jeff, showed us around Austin for about two days. They gave us a tour of the different neighborhoods and didn’t really show us a bunch of houses, which was exactly what we needed at the time. Jody is very responsive and always returns our calls or answers our emails within a day, most often within a few hours.
Jody and her excellent Austin real estate team are experts in everything real estate – from purchase to lease, buying, selling, or investing, commercial to apartments, even expert testimony – I highly recommend Habitat Hunters real estate services for any real estate needs in the greater Austin area. I know friends and family are in good hands when I send them their direction. Call Habitat Hunters!!!
My husband and I used Habitat Hunters to help us find a home in Austin. Jody was incredibly efficient, kind, and very thorough. She was extremely responsive (usually replied to emails and phone calls within an hour or two). If Jody was unable to show us a property she made sure Jeff was available to help us. Jeff’s expertise and opinions were invaluable – and both Jody and Jeff were there for us at the closing! I highly recommend Habitat Hunters – they made my first home-buying experience much less stressful and much more fun! I will use them again when/if it comes time to get a new house.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jody from Habitat Hunters on the sale of my first home and purchase of our 2nd. The experience from start to finish was excellent, with very prompt service and thorough responses to any question we had. She makes you feel like you’re her only client. She was quite informative throughout the process, providing a wealth of information and research analysis on comparable, available inventory, strategizing on fair market values and offers to consider and made both the sale and purchase a breeze. Her recommended lender was extremely professional and easy to work with and helped secure us the best rates available. Jody is down to earth, easy to speak with and doesn’t come off as fake, scripted, stuffy or pretentious as many realtors do in the industry. She’s a true leader in Austin, with decades of experience understanding the local market and really works hard to earn your business and it shows. I’d recommend her to anyone and will plan to use her again.
Jody has owned Habitat Hunters for many years and her experience really shows! We saw a new condo in Lago Vista that we were interested in buying and called Jody to represent us. We presumed that with a new property there wouldn’t be too many issues to deal with in the transaction. Without Jody, we wouldn’t have realized that there were so many things that could be negotiated. She represented us well every step of the way and we couldn’t be happier with our new home!
We bought & sold a house through Habitat Hunters. Jody did an excellent job selling our house! When she went out of town, she made certain her partner, Jeff, was available & helped us through the buying process. Both of them are very knowledgeable about real estate transactions and the market. They had great tips of what needed to be done to the house to get it ready for market. I was amazed how quickly our house sold & for more than the asking price. I would definitely recommend them & use them the next time I need to buy or sell a home.
We refer everyone we talk to to Habitat Hunters! The agents are knowledgeable, efficient and accessible. They follow through with all necessary details.
Jeff Plotkin @ Habitat Hunters is an amazing Realtor. He always went above and beyond, making sure that everything worked out optimally for us. We’ve known Jeff for years, and he has consistently delivered quality realty service. I highly recommend Jeff and Habitat Hunters for your renting or purchasing home needs.
Jody never stops until she seals the deal. She helped us to find an investment property and the renters, despite an overinflated hot market where no deals could be found. She kept working at finding us places despite a complete lack of inventory, until we found the right house at the right price point. We plan to continue working with her to find new renters again soon.
Our agent with Habitat Hunters is a God sent angel. We came to Austin to view homes before our move. She was a tour guide, comedian, and realtor all-in-one!!! It was such a great experience working with her. None of the homes we viewed worked out, so she had to be our eyes and ears while we were still in Oklahoma City and she found us the perfect home in the most PERFECT neighborhood. We just went for a run at the park (which was awesome) and saw 7 deer chilling in front of a nearby home. The house has everything we were looking for. Even the extra closet space I wanted!! Thanks so much!!!! If you are looking for homes in the Austin area, you MUST have Habitat Hunters. I don’t write reviews often and I definitely don’t brag about people. So trust me!! We will be contacting them when we are ready to buy a home. They’re the best!
Jody Lockshin from Habitat Hunters is the very definition of professional. She helped me look for my perfect condo over the period of 8 months. Her website would email me places as they matched my criteria, and then Jody would take me out to look at the ones that really interested me. She was never pushy and never lost patience with my exhaustive search. The Austin market is hot and getting hotter. We lost a few condos to higher bids, but ultimately I found the perfect place, and Jody was right there to write up a fair but aggressive offer. She continued to stay by my side for the title signing and inspection, and has been there for any and all questions I’ve had along the way. I fully recommend Jody and Habitat Hunters for your housing needs!
I would gladly recommend Jeff to anyone looking to buy a home in the Austin area. Jeff listened to me explain the size, style, and location of the home that I wanted to buy. He explained the market trends in the neighborhoods that I was interested in living and gave me an accurate sense of the types of homes that I was going to find before we would even visit an area or a specific home. He has an extensive knowledge of the Austin housing market. Most importantly, Jeff was quick to respond to any questions, concerns, or changes that I wanted to make during my search. He patiently worked with me as I looked at houses for over half a year. He was always willing to listen to my ideas and show me what was possible on the market. Thanks to Jeff, I was able to buy a house that I am happy to call my home.
I recently moved into Austin. I worked with Jeff to find our house. Given that I have to make house hunting trips to Austin, it was very important for me to short list correct properties and cover them all in short period. He worked with me for a month to short list the properties and in one weekend toured well over 20 properties. Jeff was professional and effective in showing the right properties. What really impressed me was his paying attention to details and methodical approach. More importantly I felt he truly worked for me and kept my interest in his mind ALL the time. I am glad I worked with Jeff and I would strongly recommend him to anyone interested in buying a house in Austin area.
Habitat Hunters is a wonderful alternative to the snobby, high-pressure agencies out there. They got me in the home I know is right for me because they were patient enough to show me most everything on the market.
In April of 2015 Jody at Habitat Hunters helped me buy my first home. I gave her a very specific set of criteria and within a week we had looked a 7-8 condos that matched my needs. I made an offer on one and closed on it a month later. I knew very little about buying a home, but Jody was able to answer all my questions and explained everything as we went. She made the whole process smooth and took care of every problem as it arose. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
I had a chance to work with Jody Lockshin, the broker at Habitat Hunters. I told Jody that I was living in an apartment in the Austin CBD area and would like to rent a home in order to have dogs. Within hours Jody had set up viewings of several homes in the areas in which I had interest. While viewing these homes, I came across one rental which I loved and after discussion with Jody, decided that the best decision for me would be to purchase a home in this particular neighborhood. We scheduled viewings on that following Sunday–18 that day! Everything went very smoothly (to the tee–she seemed to know what time we would be visiting every home!). I will continue working with Jody–she is smart, she listens to my needs and she is totally responsive.
Jeff helped us negotiate a deal with a local small builder. We got the house of our dreams confident that the details of the contract were fair and appropriate. It’s great that he has the background as a lawyer and the knowledge of real estate too. Highly recommend him.
My agent was honest, energetic, as well as a dedicated professional. Their vast knowledge of the Austin area market and the sales process makes the transactions go smoothly. We would never consider using another company.
Jeff Plotkin was extremely helpful and always available to answer questions when we purchased our new home. He also had helpful suggestions and steered us toward service people who did a good job. We couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks Jeff.
Over the last three years, Jeff has helped us find houses that fit our needs perfectly. First a rental house in Hyde Park, then a home in South Austin and now a bungalow in East Austin. He is incredibly knowledgeable about all areas of Austin and was quick to pick up on our personal style, which maximized the use of our time while house hunting. Jeff was cognizant of our price range and encouraging when we hit roadblocks (our two favorite houses went under contract right before we asked to put in offers). Jeff kept in touch with those sellers’ agents and was the first to find out when BOTH of those contracts fell through. Jeff moved on the opportunity immediately, working around the clock to make sure that we got our dream house. Additionally, Jeff is an incredible resource on all things legal and financial because he is also a lawyer and a CPA. He was able to guide us through every aspect of the home-buying process and always looked out for our best interest. I trust Jeff’s recommendations and insights completely, and know that he will never let me down. We will use Jeff many more times over the years, I’m sure. I recommend you do too!
It has been a pleasure working with everyone at Habitat Hunters. Habitat Hunters is an Austin company that has grown as the city has grown. Therefore, they know the Austin market.
After searching on Craigslist and no responses from half the Realtors associated with ads for rentals, I was informed about Habitat Hunters from a friend. I was initially contacted by an agent that was unable to show the first picks and forwarded us to a different Realtor, Evie Edington. We met Evie early Saturday to look at a few choices, and after 3 we decided to apply for the last one. By Monday, it was gone, so we were out hunting again. 3 weeks later and many viewings later, we found THE ONE! We put our applications in for the rental immediately and the next day, were approved. I couldn’t be happier, Evie definitely helped us with our search for our new home! We are expecting our first child in 3 months and everything came together perfect! I couldn’t have asked for a better agent to help with our search, she dropped everything on a Saturday numerous times to meet to view properties!
Jeff was a pleasure to work with. He is very patient, well-informed, and flexible, and helped us find exactly what we were looking for in a competitive market.
I have worked with Habitat Hunters each time I have moved within Austin in the last 10 years. They ensure that they understand my needs, thoroughly review opportunities available in the market in advance of our appointments, and give me the personal attention this type of decision requires.
Habitat Hunters helped me secure one of the best properties in Austin.
Man, I tell you what: Every time I’ve needed Jody Lockshin’s real estate expertise, it’s been around a major life event, like a divorce, the death of a parent, or the relocation of a family member. And she has come through for me every single time, with sound, professional service, advice, and information, plus genuine care and compassion. I would not hesitate to recommend Habitat Hunters to anyone looking to buy, sell, lease or rent a residential or commercial property. Boom markets, bust markets–she’s seen it all, and always approaches every challenge with the same positive, can-do attitude. Recommended with confidence.
I have moved over five times in the past six years. HH were our Realtors® in three occasions, and after we moved to Connecticut and had to deal with a new agent, we realized how professional and knowledgeable the agents of HH really are!!!
We used Jody and Habitat Hunters for basically everything. When we first got to Austin, they helped us find a rental. When the market got good, Jody worked tirelessly and showed us TONS of places before we found an amazing condo (and struck a great deal). And then when the fates took us away from Austin (stupid fates…), Jody guided us through the ups and downs and many, many headaches of home sale. She got us a great deal and we ended up with a tidy profit on our home. She was always incredibly responsive and helpful. I can’t remember how many times I wrote her a quick email at 11 or 12 at night, expecting her to answer it in the morning, only to get a message back from her virtually right away. She was recommended to us by a family friend, and we’re very happy to recommend her to all of you fine folks!
Jody is outstanding to work with. Very knowledgeable about the market and extremely responsive – all hours of the day, 7 days a week. She helped us quickly and easily find exactly what we were looking for. I highly recommend her!
I have referred friends and family to Jody for many years. She was so accommodating and patient with older family members who just couldn’t make up their minds about purchasing a smaller home closer to family. Even after more than 5 years of patiently showing the couple homes with no decision in sight, Jody remained gracious, accommodating and patient. They finally found a home, and Jody helped in finalizing a seamless transaction. Jody is a true professional, knowledgeable in her field and pleasant to work with.
My boyfriend and I recently got new jobs in Austin. Our move was so stressful because we wanted to find the perfect house, but had a very small window of time. Also, we couldn’t see many houses in person due to the distance. Luckily, our agent with Habitat Hunters was our eyes and ears that we so desperately needed. She was absolutely top-notch! She went out of her way and spent countless hours determined to find what we needed in time. She is so friendly, knowledgeable, and persistent. The perfect combination for a Realtor! We joked that she was our tour guide as well as our Realtor because of all the information she had for us, a great resource. If you are looking for a house in the Austin area, you need Habitat Hunters in your corner! We could not be happier with our new home!
Habitat Hunters (Jody and Jeff specifically) helped us rent our first house, and then purchase our second house. They are extremely knowledgeable and professional. They took us through both the rental and then the purchase processes in an efficient manner. They answered all of our questions. They know their stuff. I highly recommend them.
Habitat Hunters helped me and my family make a long distance move to Austin and subsequently find a nice house in a good location at a reasonable price.
The market is tight so our Habitat Hunters agent proactively found us properties. Waiting for MLS to list is not enough.
Jeff Plotkin was extremely helpful and always available to answer questions when we purchased our new home. He also had helpful suggestions and steered us toward service people who did a good job. We couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks Jeff
I have worked with Jeff over the last 16 years. Transactions included rental of a house, the sale of a house, and the purchase of two condominiums. Jeff is efficient, gets it right the first time, and never wastes my time. I recommend him without reservation.
Jeffrey is hands down the most professional and best real estate agent I have ever worked with. I live out of state and Jeff made the purchase of my investment house so easy back in 2012. I was so impressed, I just went under contract to purchase a 2nd house using Jeff Plotkin as my agent. He always answers his phone and is so responsive. Jeff will not disappoint you in fact he will make you feel very special throughout the process. He will use his legal background to your benefit.
I worked with Jeff Plotkin several times on acquiring properties in the past and he is always early, promptly responding to questions, and great negotiator. I highly recommend Jeff Plotkin for all real estate needs
I was, honestly, floored with the care and service we got from Jody and the HH crew. My wife and I were looking to buy our first condo and had a fairly tiny budget. I know that the less I pay, the less the agent gets paid, so I was a little worried that we were going to be a low priority, but it honestly seemed like we were Jody’s very highest priority. She’s super-fast and responsive via phone or email, took us around to see dozens of places (working with our schedule), and when we did finally find the place we wanted, Jody was a pit bull, fighting for us and helping us to get an amazing deal. She provided excellent advice, never pressured us, and was often a voice of reason in the crazy real estate world. Even after we closed, Jody has helped us with referrals and assistance during our settling in. After the whirlwind home buying process, I can honestly say that I never ever, ever, ever want to purchase another home/move again, but if/when I do, I’ll definitely use Habitat Hunters.
When we first relocated to Austin, we used Jody at Habitat Hunters after a recommendation. We loved her! She was very knowledgeable about different areas and very patient with our needs, given our price point. When we are ready to buy, we will definitely use her again!
Jody personifies so much of what I love about this city — she is worldly, honest, personable, ever-so-competent and generous. But onto the real estate. Even though my bottom-barrel market demographic cannot possibly provide a return on investment, Jody is always available for a showing. but first checking to make sure shady agents aren’t trying to stick unwitting buyers with multiple bid offers, Jody also provides some thoughtful research on market values, bid negotiations and when the time or the place isn’t right, she makes sure to say so. This distinct lack of profit mongering is why I recommend Jody to any friend who asks, and even my dad (who very briefly thought he could be a landlord.) Within three years of living in Austin I’ve had four different real estate ventures, two of which have resulted in really sweet-deal homes. For those new to Austin, Jody can set you up with a few great mortgage brokers, repairmen and possibly a restaurant recommendation. I cannot say enough good things about Jody and the team that she works with. If you are looking for a rental, a purchase, or a buyer you really can’t do much better than this.
I am pleased with the way Habitat Hunters represented me as a buyer, and I am convinced they saved me money.