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Habitat Hunters Austin TX Real Estate Company

Habitat Hunters, Inc., is one of Austin’s oldest, award winning, boutique, independently owned, full service real estate firms. Formed in 1972, we are pioneers and a staple in the local industry. Jody Lockshin, President, CRS, CNE, GRI has owned the company since 1983, and partnered with Jeff Plotkin, one of Austin’s only REALTORS®, who is also an attorney and CPA, in 1992.

Our experienced team at Habitat Hunters is ready to assist with your buying, selling or leasing needs, whether residential or commercial, including: New Builds, High Rises, Condos, Residential Single-Family Homes, Investment Properties, all types of Commercial properties, etc.

Professional, knowledgeable, honest, responsive, proactive agents, top-notch technology, our excellent reputation and vast resources set us apart from others. Real estate is not only our business, it’s our passion. Habitat Hunters’ agents have a firm grasp of the industry, communities and market conditions, providing our clients the most up-to-date market data and solutions to help facilitate a smooth transaction.


Rated among the top Austin real estate agencies, our customers love us because we find them what they are looking for – whether that is the right Austin homebuyer, or the perfect Austin home for sale. We have over 40 years of experience listing and selling property in Austin.

The reason for our longevity and success comes down to our ethical practices and our hard work. We are an Austin realty company that works tirelessly for our clients, whether that involves home sales, homebuying, commercial real estate or leasing/renting in Austin. It takes a savvy agent to negotiate in a fast-moving market, and that is just what are team offers. You can count on us to work for you to help you reach your real estate goals.

Not only are our agents experts in the Austin real estate market, but the numerous relationships we have cultivated over the years grants us a wide network for selling, marketing and getting you top dollar for your Austin TX property.

Our experienced Austin REALTORS® have orchestrated sales and purchases of numerous homes and commercial properties of all sizes, locations, types and prices, including Austin luxury homes. Our efficient and knowledgeable agents and staff can guide you on everything real estate related. Get ready for a team of responsive, savvy and well-connected negotiators who can help you find what you need.

The moment you meet us, you will experience the difference. At Habitat Hunters, we do not just promise, we deliver. Find out why we are Austin’s favorite realty company since 1972. Contact us today!

Meet Our Team of Austin Realtors®

Jody Lockshin

President, CRS, GRI, CNE, SRES

Jody Lockshin is one of Austin’s longest practicing Realtors® (since 1982) and her company, Habitat Hunters, Inc., is one of Austin’s original real estate companies (formed in 1972). Read Jody’s full bio

Jeff Plotkin

Vice President, JD, CPA

Jeff offers his unique expertise to the Austin real estate community as a CPA, attorney and Realtor®. Jeff holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas with high honors. After working for Price Waterhouse and Western Atlas International, Jeff enrolled in the University of Texas School of Law. Read Jeff’s full bio

Brandon Drayden


Brandon is native to South Texas, born and raised in San Antonio. He has lived in Austin for more than 15 years, ever since attending University of Texas, where he received a B.S. in Economics. Most of his professional background is in finance, logistics and inventory management. Read Brandon’s full bio

Brandon Gomez


Brandon was born in Texas but grew up in beautiful Jamaica. He returned to Texas in time to attend high school and some college, but he was most excited to follow his passion by attending the culinary academy Le Cordon Bleu of Austin. He then enjoyed a ten-year career dedicated to serving the Austin community with precision and creativity in the culinary field. Read Brandon’s full bio

Bryan Ritter


Bryan was born and raised in El Paso in west Texas, and moved to Austin in 1995. After 20+ years in Technology sales and leadership roles, Bryan recently took on the challenge of a career change into Residential real estate. Read Bryan’s full bio

Cheryl Cordell


Cheryl was born and reared in a small town in Tennessee. After graduating from college, she taught school for three years in Nashville. After living in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, again, and then Michigan, she settled in Austin. Read Cheryl’s full bio

Claudia Sparkman


After attending college at Southern Illinois University, Claudia returned to Austin and started on the road that would lead her to becoming a Licensed Realtor, which she did in 1998, specializing in Foreclosures. Read Claudia’s full bio

Curt Nichols


Curt is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has a B.A. in Finance and a M.B.A., as well as 15+ years of experience in Financial & Accounting Management, Marketing and Business Management. Read Curt’s full bio

David Puryear


David Puryear is one of those rare types…a native Austinite. His family has called Central Texas home for more than 150 years and has been involved in the Austin real estate world for the past 30 years. Read David’s full bio

Drew Cline


Drew Cline moved to Austin right out of high school to attend the University of Texas, majoring in History. Read Drew’s full bio

Elsie Palmer


I know moving can be exciting, but it can also be very stressful. As your agent, I will do my very best to eliminate your stress and make the process as smooth as possible. If you are thinking of buying, selling, or leasing it will be my pleasure to meet with you. Read Elsie’s full bio

Erica Villarreal


Erica was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Despite extensive travel and searching for THE city to come home to, she has never found any other place that compared to the adventure of living in her home town and decided to attend college here at St. Edward’s University. Read Erica’s full bio

Erin Stephens


Erin has had a passion for real estate since high school where she worked at a property management company. After 2 years of college and a move from California to Austin, she has been a licensed Realtor® since 2014. Read Erin’s full bio

habitat Hunters Realtor Frances R Badgett

Frances R. Badgett


Frances is a Texas Realtor®, with a Texas heart. Frances first moved to the Austin area in 1983. Yep, she got here as fast as she could! She was born and raised in California, but has deep roots here in Central Texas. Read Frances’ full bio

Jake Wiebold


Jake Wiebold grew up in a small town called Bellville before attending Texas State University. He graduated in 2015 with his degree in Business Management and acquired his real estate license in April of 2018, living in the area for the past 8 years. Read Jake’s full bio

Julia Neumann


Julia is passionate about helping her clients make educated decisions about their leases and purchases. She owns and manages several of her own properties, so she can help bring her personal experience to the table for her clients. Read Julia’s full bio

Katherine Debski


Born and raised in central Texas to lifelong business owners in agriculture and construction, Katherine has the model foundation for selling and buying land and homes. Read Katherine’s full bio

Marni Kempf


Originally licensed in New Mexico for 13 years, Marni relocated to Austin, TX in 2017- personally understanding the chaos involved in moving to a new city. Her background and experience will take all of the guess work off your shoulders, making your real estate experience as “chaos” free as possible. Read Marni’s full bio

Melissa Wile


Melissa’s main goal is to make home buying or selling a pleasant experience. She cares and listens to her clients and will work hard to help them achieve their real estate goals. Read Melissa’s full bio

Nakia Strazzera


Nakia Strazzera brings determination, passion, and fierce focus in enabling new homebuyers and sellers to achieve their real estate goals in a process that is as stress-free as possible. Read Nakia’s full bio

Perry Leach


Perry was born in Austin and has lived here all of his life. He jokingly refers to himself as a bit of a unicorn since finding an authentic native in this town is so rare. Read Perry’s full bio

Pete Philips


As a well-rounded real estate agent, Pete has joined Habitat Hunters, Inc., a hands-on service-oriented boutique and one of the only Austin Brokerages with an on-staff Attorney/CPA/Realtor®. Read Pete’s full bio

Sabrina Santos Joplin


Sabrina was born and raised in McAllen, TX and has lived in Austin since 2002 when she attended the University of Texas at Austin, with one exception when she lived in Houston for 13 months. Read Sabrina’s full bio

Sheila Oettel


I ran a sales company for over 20 years and upon moving to Austin this led to my passion for Real Estate. My business background uniquely qualifies me in helping you find your next home. I take pride in having strong work ethics, integrity, as well as patience. Read Sheila’s full bio

TJ Ramsey


TJ is willing to put in the work to find you a great place to live or to help sell or lease your home. He has experience as both a real estate agent and property manager so you can be sure he will find you a great deal! Read TJ’s full bio

Travis Saegert


A self taught real estate investor, marketer, and entrepreneur, Travis understands the work that is involved in any real estate purchase, whether it is your first or your 11th. Read Travis’ full bio

Will Fordyce


In 2018, Will realized he had the opportunity to join the community of Realtors® and wanted to utilize his time and efforts helping others in the realm of real estate. This experience has brought him the joy of meeting several unique individuals, as well as seeing amazing properties in the Austin community. Read Will’s full bio