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!
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.
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!
I had a wonderful experience working with Jody to sell my condo. She was always very professional and responded to all of my concerns and questions promptly. My mother is a Realtor in another state, and knowing how much time and effort really goes into this work made me appreciate everything Jody did even more. She knows the market, the area, and what people are looking for. I was very pleased with the end result- a very good selling price and perfect timing for my move. She was very helpful with all the little details that come up with negotiations and sales. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Thank you Habitat Hunters- I will recommend you to everyone in 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 had a fixer-upper that I needed to sell. Yes, we have a super-hot real estate market in Austin right now. But I soon found out that people looking for this old house are not that numerous. Jody’s crew worked tirelessly vetting the potential buyers. It was not an easy sell. But we SOLD it and they earned every bit of their commission. I have rental properties too. Habitat has delivered to me excellent renters and I plan to use them again should I have a vacancy.
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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!!
Jody Lockshin has listed and sold two of our properties in the last few years. She is a dedicated and effective professional who brings expert knowledge and enthusiasm to the task, as well as being a pleasure to work with. Both properties were sold quickly and with minimal effort on our part. Jody guided us through the process and handled everything. I recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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’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 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 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!!!
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!!!
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!
We recently sold our house and we’re very happy with the experience and the result. Our Realtor’s (Jody) knowledge of the Austin market as well as her office’s in-house legal advisor helped us stay one step ahead of the process. We highly recommend Habitat Hunters’ services!
Habitat Hunters did a great job selling my house! Jody had a lot of advice and tips to get the house ready for sale. She was able to get a buyer within 48 hours of my listing! We were also able to get the price we had asked for. Throughout the whole process, she communicated well and when we were ready to go, she was right there at our doorstep. She always had our best interest in mind and was great at negotiating on our behalf to get what we wanted. She made everything easy to understand and convenient especially since a majority of the time I was out of town. She kept me in the loop step by step as we proceeded. I would recommend Jody as my real estate agent to anyone. She definitely knows what she is doing and does it well.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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!
Long-Standing Reputation For Excellence
Jody Lockshin is one of Austin’s longest practicing Realtors® (since 1982) and her company, Habitat Hunters Real Estate Services, is one of Austin’s original real estate companies (formed in 1972). Habitat Hunters is a hands-on service-oriented boutique with 11 licensed Agents, five staff members, and is one of the only Austin Brokerages with an on-staff Attorney/ CPA/Realtor®, Jeff Plotkin. Jody originated and sat on the board of the Leasing Management Division of the Austin Board of Realtors for over 10 years and sat on the Texas Association of Realtors committee which drafted many of the forms Realtors all over the state use today. In addition, Jody sat on the Advertising Review and the Ethics Committees of the Austin Board of Realtors.
The "Go-To" Real Estate Expert In Austin
Jody is a source for all things real estate related, whether residential or commercial, sales, leasing, relocation, apartment locating, expert witness work, property tax consulting, or notarizations. Jody is often enlisted by law firms for expert real estate witness work, interviewed by the media as a subject matter expert, and hired by mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys and other real estate brokers to represent them in their own personal transactions.
Since obtaining her real estate license, Jody has earned numerous designations, certifications and honors, and has served in various offices in local and state real estate committees and associations. Jody is a Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified New Home Specialist, Graduate of the Realtors® Institute and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative.
Interests And Community Work
In addition to spending time with her family, friends and dogs, Jody’s interests include traveling, playing poker and the following charities and community services: National and Austin Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (Speaker and Activist), Lupus Foundation of America, American Kidney Foundation, Humane Society and Red Cross.
Gets The Job Done. Period.
Passionate, experienced, knowledgeable, tenacious and tireless are words used to describe this Austin fixture, Jody Lockshin. She gives her “all” to your cause, and will get you the best deal possible on a purchase, or the highest price possible on your sale.
Five Star Service, Specializing In Repeat Business
Jody prides herself on being one of the most responsive agents in the Austin Texas Real Estate market. She makes the often-complex work of finding, selling and leasing real estate easy for you to navigate. Because of her vast network of clients, friends and colleagues, the majority of her business is referral based. Put her knowledge and expertise to work for you by contacting Jody Lockshin at 512.587.5824 or at Jody@HabitatHunters.com.