Apartment hunting in Austin has turned into a game of who can stay on top of the new listings the best and race to get a place locked in. My roommate and I were looking for a new place to live, but for the space we needed and the price we were willing to pay, we were striking out on our own and anything we did find, was gone 2 days before we saw the listing. Jody at Habitat Hunters jumped in and found us a place in one day! Of course the process to sign the lease and get the keys took a few days to sort out, but she went to battle with the leasing agent and property manager to ensure that we got the house, despite not meeting all of the criteria the owner and management company were looking for. The house was perfect and she made it happen. She even got the pet deposit lowered for us as well. We never would have been able to do this on our own or with a lot of the other realtors out there. She kept us in the loop every step of the way and stayed on top of us to make sure we were prepared to jump through any hoops that could be thrown in front of us. Extremely proactive and always has a plan B ready if needed. Another great point is her advice on other places we looked at that she felt wouldn’t work well for our needs and lifestyle, i.e. location, sq. ft. and neighborhoods. Thank you so much Jody! You have a great business, a great team and an amazing passion for real estate and your customers! All of our referrals are going your way and of course, all of our real estate needs!
Our experience with Jody Lockshin was more than we could have expected from an agent. We learned that we would have to move from our then-current rental so we spoke with Jody about our needs and timetable. Daily, and sometimes multi-daily, she would send listings for our review and we would either look at them and delete or do a physical drive-by. One morning she sent a rental that had possibilities so one of us drove by, saw another couple walking out from the backyard, went around to the back and realized it was a perfect location for us. I phoned Jody and asked her to show me the place, met her at lunchtime, and she said that if we really wanted it we would have to fill out all the paperwork, get money orders drafted and have all that at the realty management office first thing the next morning. We followed her advice and had everything at the relators and good thing because another interested party arrived minutes after we did. For the next 24 hours we waited to hear whether our application had been accepted or not and Jody’s email titled Congratulations was a cause for celebration. I would recommend Jody and Habitat Hunters to any family member or friend. She was and answered prayer.
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.
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.
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.
Jody at Habitat Hunters took on a big project with me and my store. My lease was almost up at my old location and we had specific things we were looking for in a store for our new location. This Lady came through with flying colors!!!! It took quite a while to find the right place for us, but she never gave up. Her company is top notch in my book! Whenever I need to move in the future….she definitely has my return business. If you want a job done right…This is the company to go with! Highly recommended!!!
You might say I’m in the process of starting over. However, as with any start over, I had very specific ideas of how I wanted to do that. Enter my agent, from Habitat Hunters. She probably took me to half a dozen flats over the course of the week before we came to one that was perfect. There were a few setbacks, but she didn’t seem annoyed or frustrated or anything but the perfect Realtor. Hopefully I won’t have to find a new place for some time, but I know I’d feel comfortable with Habitat Hunters on my side if I did.
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.
I could not be happier with the service Jeff Plotkin provided at Habitat Hunters. He helped me find the perfect location for my new store SparkleKids. He put in lots of time and genuinely cared about my needs and concerns. I highly recommend him and this business to anyone searching for the perfect place. Thanks Jeff and Habitat Hunters! If I ever need a new space I will be using you again!
Habitat Hunters is great. Really. I’ve used them twice, and they have delivered both times. The best part about them, is that they have a unique Austin flavor, which you can’t say about a lot real estate agencies in Austin. We walked in, not knowing how to go about the process, and we were helped promptly and effectively. Within a few minutes of filling out the paperwork, we were invited to sit and chat a moment about what we were looking for. The rest is history. Our agent didn’t shove a bunch of garbage in front of us and just say here, pick one, instead she sent us some awesome listings she found, let us look and choose on our own, and then guided us when we needed it. She is not only good at her job, but she has a bunch of great stories to tell. If you’re looking for someone to find you a home in Austin, whether you’re used to our weird brand of professionalism or not, Habitat Hunters is a great choice.
We had the pleasure of working with TJ Ramsey when we were trying to find a house to rent this month. He was punctual, polite, funny, and very kind. I have worked with a lot of Realtors, but TJ was the most approachable and professional. I would work with him again in a heartbeat.
I was so impressed with my agent. I came in not knowing what to expect and she helped me find the perfect place. I could not be happier! So glad I came to Habitat Hunters! I have a great studio apartment and recommend anyone looking for a place to stop by here
Like any good college kid, my son waited til the last minute to find an apartment for the school year. We were frantic and turned to Jody. She was helpful, patient with him and found him a great place to live. I have also asked her advice regarding other places my son has lived while a student and she was knowledgeable and reassuring. Jody knows Austin and Austin real estate!
Jody and her team at Habitat Hunters do a fabulous job of facilitating the rental process with our tenants. We have been using her services for the past several years and couldn’t be more pleased with the results! Looking forward to many more successful years in our relationship. Thank you, Jody!!
My agent did an amazing job helping me find a great apartment under my budget. There was an issue with the leasing office switching my unit at the last minute– which really annoyed me—my agent, however, was so helpful and even negotiated my rent down. He got me a stellar deal, and he could not be a nicer guy. Needless to say I am absolutely happy with his work.
I moved back to Austin after an 18 yr. absence & a friend recommended Jody & Habitat Hunters to help me find an apt. Thank goodness for this team!!! I had done research on my own, but didn’t realize how much Austin had changed. After meeting with the folks @ Habitat they completely changed gears & started the search all over for me, making sure that a single woman was located in a safe & centrally located apt…Great job guys. I probably would not have looked in this area & don’t think I would have been nearly as happy anywhere else. I love this apt. community & have made many new friends here. I highly recommend the team @ Habitat Hunters!!! Thank you!!!
I first met owner Jody Lockshin in 2000 when we moved to Austin and to this day she has been an extraordinary help to me and my friends. She goes above and beyond whatever your needs are with RESULTS! Not only is she a Real Estate guru, she is also a lovely and kind person whom I will always recommend to anyone looking to rent or buy in the Austin area!
We worked with both Jeff and Jody to find a rental home in Austin. Jody was with us when we finally selected the property we wanted. I can’t say enough about Jody. She was completely looking out for us the entire time and did not hesitate to get what information we needed to make our decision. The opposing Realtor was very hard to get a hold of and she had clients that I think were not completely sure of what they were doing. Jody got to the heart of the matter, gave us all possible sides to consider and helped us make the right decision. Plus she did it in the most professional manner. At the end of the day you want a Realtor and a Real Estate Company that is always working in your best interest but also able to tell you what to properly expect with the current housing market and the process. I highly recommend Habitat Hunters and feel strongly they know how to treat their clients and run their business.
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! Thanks Jody!
I had the pleasure of working with Jeff Plotkin when I was looking for an apartment for my first year at UT Law School. Not only was Jeff nice enough to pick me up from the airport, but he was very knowledgeable about Austin and the surround area. Jeff is a stand-up person and an excellent representative for Habitat Hunters and I strongly recommend him to anyone looking for somewhere to live in Austin, Texas.
My agent is a stellar resource. She knows the central Austin market VERY well, looks for just the right renters, and keeps in constant contact with everyone involved. I was referred to her to begin with and pass her name on whenever I can knowing she’ll impress. She has a great attitude and gets results.
Overall, they have the knowledge and understanding of both the market as well as my interests, they are thorough as well as efficient, and provide the personal touch so many similar companies are lacking. I thoroughly recommend them!
I am new to the area and happened to meet Jody my second week living here. She has so much experience with real estate and gave me great tips about living in Austin. Very timely with staying in touch. I was able to speak to her about our price range and living requirements. My roommate & I are both in our mid-twenties, and still fairly new to renting apartments. Because of this, we weren’t always sure of certain questions to ask property owners. Our agent, Curt, always had the bases covered and our best interests at hand! He chose a good variety of places to show us around on a Saturday. He made great negotiations at the apartment properties. We ended the day after falling in love with two (out of seven) of the properties we saw that day. Overall, Habitat Hunters was excellent with their responsiveness and professionalism. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a new home here in Austin.
When my husband and I decided to move to Austin, we needed to find a rental for 1 year until we decided where we want to buy. I was referred to Jody at Habitat Hunters, and what a great referral! Jody listened to all my requirements and only showed me places that met them. She has the patience of a saint, because I am the first to admit I am hard to please! No matter how many times I called or emailed her, she never felt like I was being a bother (or at least that was what she told me:) after a week, and touring many places we finally found one that would work for us. I would highly recommend Jody and her staff to everyone if you want a Realtor who really cares about finding the perfect place for you!
Jody was amazing! I sent an email on July 9th, looking for office space. I had specific needs and I had not been able to find the right property on my own. On the 10th, Jody sent the first list of options. On the 11th, she sent a spreadsheet with all of the available properties that fit my needs, the square footage, monthly rent, and other data. I was able to eliminate some by driving by, so when we met on the 15th, we only needed to look at a couple of places together. That saved a lot of valuable time. One property was perfect for me, and Jody began negotiations immediately. By the end of July 16th, my application had been accepted. I signed the lease 6 days later. I could not have found a better person to help with this process. Jody knows this business, knows the questions to ask of her clients and the other parties, knows how to negotiate and get information relayed quickly. I could not recommend anyone more highly!
I LOVE Habitat Hunters! Everyone I know who has ever worked with them has been very pleased. They are very professional, they know the city, they’re friendly, and they’re helpful! I recently worked with one of their agents to find a rental property, and she was as sweet as can be, and sooooo helpful. We even looked at a house with a really cool lofted area that was only accessible by a steep, scary ladder…and she did not even hesitate to climb that ladder (in a dress) to check it out! Haha, it was classic. My boyfriend and I are now considering buying a home, and we will definitely be asking her to help us with that search 🙂
If you’re looking to move to Austin, Curt Nichols at Habitat Hunters is your go to guy! My roommate and I are moving from Atlanta and contacted him a week before we visited Austin and he was able to fit us in and find us tons of options that were in our price range and the area we were hoping for. He was great with communicating us from afar and knew exactly what we wanted. Thanks Curt for finding us the perfect apartment to live in for our first year in Austin!!! We can’t wait!
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.
We recently enlisted Jody Lockshin and Habitat Hunters to find a rental home for our family in NW Austin. We needed to find something quickly and were looking in a very specific area. As it turned out, the rental market in the area were looking in is as hot as it’s been in Austin in 25 years and houses are renting 30 minutes after being listed. Yet, Jody worked tirelessly to find us a home that met all of our needs (there were many) and navigated the tight market. She clearly knows most everyone is real estate in town and her ability to connect with other Realtors to get information and get things moving must be unparalleled. I would not hesitate to recommend Jody for your housing needs — she offers great commitment to providing exemplary service.
Jeff represented me for multiple house purchases (and rentals) as well as for local office space for my company. I’ve also worked with others in the past, but Jeff’s unique combination of legal and real estate expertise has really set him above the rest, not to mention his attention to detail and professionalism which are truly exceptional.
Working with Jeff has been a pleasure. Very professional and knowable in multiple arenas. Jeff was very good about offering his professional advice in limiting liabilities and offering solutions for these liabilities/laws. Example: Exterior Doors; installing the legal and most safe locks for tenant peace of mind as well as safety.
Our agent at Habitat Hunters was a gem. Back when my husband was in college, he hired him to help him find a place. When we moved in together 4 years ago, we asked for his help again, and now that we’re moving to a new place so that we can be closer to my husband’s office, we are using him again. We keep coming back to him because he’s so amazingly attentive, courteous, and responds quickly to emails and phone calls. He even picked up the phone when he was on vacation to help me out when I had a question! We’re still looking for a place (it’s a difficult process with me; I’m very picky) but he has been so patient that I thought I should write a great review for him, since we hadn’t done that yet despite using his services over the span of 5-6 years. We all know it sucks to try to find an apartment, but at least I know that we’ve got a nice, trustworthy Realtor person on our side. Best thing is, we don’t have to pay him a cent — wherever you rent from pays his commission 🙂 Free help — who doesn’t want that?!
I’ve worked with multiple other companies in my previous years trying to find a central Austin apartment. This year we wanted a house and thankfully!! turned to Habitat Hunters. They are by far the most together company I’ve worked with so far. Of course, it does mostly depend on your agent too. I worked with Evie Edington and she was fantastic! She was familiar with the houses we visited and brought up questions we wouldn’t have even thought of to make our move easier. She didn’t once pressure us and always asked what we thought. After the first house we applied for was given to someone else, Evie was able to take us back out to look again within a couple days (where we found an even nicer house!).
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!