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I’m a real estate agent in Austin, and I help people solve their life problems, as they relate to real estate.

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What Am I Doing? 

In January, I've struggled with defining my new roles. A year ago, it was easy. I was a real estate agent, selling real estate mostly in central Austin. But it's not quite that simple anymore, and I'm still trying to find out how to explain myself to people. 

These days, I'm managing a real estate team and working with clients. I'm designing and delivering sales training for Spyglass. I'm doing a small amount of one-on-one business coaching. And I'm doing public speaking around the country.

That's a mouthful when someone asks "What do you do?" The real answer is, I have three jobs. And I'm trying to find one title to capture them all. 

Managing a Team

Real estate sales is still my primary focus and primary income stream.

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A Christmas Sunrise in Mexico

This year, Chris and I met his parents and sister in Mexico for Christmas. Specifically, Isla Mujeres.

This is the only photo I took because I was having too much fun.

The only bummer was that I got a cold while I was there. And almost every night I woke up around 4 AM to cough my brains out for a while before falling back asleep. One morning while we were there, I woke up and wasn't sleepy, so I read and tried to occupy myself for awhile. Eventually, I realized, around 6:30 AM, that if I got up and walked out to the beach, I could probably catch the sunrise.

So I did. I wandered down the beach until I found some rocks with a great view to the east and watched the sky change slowly from purple-gray to pink

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I am delighted to be offering one-on-one coaching for small business owners. Coaching has made an enormous difference in my life on so many levels: income, the health of my business, my mindset, my ability to weather challenges, my capacity for happiness regardless of exterior circumstances. I know that good coaching in my life has been indispensable to my business thriving, instead of just surviving. And I'm excited to pay it forward. 

If you're interested to hear more about what I do, my principles, and what I offer, read on. 

What I Do and Who I Work With

I help workaholics, people pleasers and perfectionists find more joy in their days, and make more money as a side effect.

I work with small business owners who run high-value service and

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This is an OFF-MLS property that has a great opportunity for light renovations and an easy value add. It is located in the Briarpatch neighborhood off of City Park Road near Greenshores on a large lot. 


  • 4 bedrooms (plus study)   
  • 5 bath
  • 3947 sqft
  • 1.3 acres

It is one of the original homes in the neighborhood. The builder actually built the home for themselves and lived in it. The seller is the second owner. It's been well maintained and could use cosmetic updates. For someone who wants to do all these cosmetic updates themselves, and get a good deal, now is a good time! 

Currently priced at $800K. 

Otherwise, it will be listed sometime in the Spring of 2020, after some market prep at a

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November was a whirlwind of a month between traveling to North Carolina for the Inspiration Lab, working with lovely people like you, and Thanksgiving with family. Here are some high points from the month:

Real Estate Questions for Real

I started doing "Real Estate Questions for Real" videos about a year ago as an outlet for my desire to educate, share what I know, and empower people to make good real estate decisions. I didn't know it at the time, but teaching would become a huge theme for me in 2019. And I've learned this year that following your enthusiasm wherever it leads is an easy way to have more joy in your life. So rather than fighting my natural tendencies to learn, synthesize, ponder and educate, I've leaned into them and taken on

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This is the second edition of our new series, Client Success Stories. These are transcripts of real interviews with our clients. We sit down with them to talk about their experiences buying and selling real estate and share tips on how you can be successful in this process. 

Christy and Christian originally called my husband Chris, at the advice of Davey EcEathron of Davey McEathron Architects a few months ago. They were looking at a rather complicated purchase on the east side that would require the formation of a two-unit condo regime and lots of renovations. Knowing that Chris deals frequently with two-unit condo regimes, permitting and development, Davey recommended that they talk to Chris before making any decisions. Ultimately, they decided

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I'm not going to lie to you. Selling your home is a pain. Packing up all your stuff, letting strangers tromp through your home, MOVING. So how do you decide when it's the right time to sell your house? Here's my simple process.

1. It starts with a desire.

It all starts with some kind of desire to sell that outweighs the inconvenience factor. It's unique for each homeowner, but here are some examples:

  • You're moving to a new city.
  • The location doesn't fit your lifestyle anymore.
  • The floor plan doesn't work for you anymore.
  • Your financial situation has changed.
  • You hate your neighbors and their barky dog.
  • You can think of a few things you'd love to do with some extra cash.
  • The home needs maintenance and repairs that you don't
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In November, I had the pleasure of presenting a talk at The Inspiration Lab conference in Wilmington, North Carolina to a group of women in real estate. The title of my talk was "Stress Less, Vacation More: How To Be Epically Efficient."

This video is a follow up to that talk with some practical next steps. 

In this video I cover:
How to practically apply the principles I used when transforming my business.

Principle #1: Capitalize on your mistakes

Practical tips:

-keep an issues log

-do a brain dump

-set aside time on your calendar to take a focused hour and build a resource to solve one or two issues

Principle #2: Book that trip before you're ready

-Because if you don't, you'll probably look up at the end of the year and you

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  My First Training Program: The 6-Week Challenge for New Agents

In September, I had the pleasure of launching a six-week training program for two new agents at Spyglass. It was a ton of fun and the results were awesome. These two brand new agents together made over 700 phone calls, set 3 appointments and got one contract accepted in those 6 weeks. For those of you who don't know, it usually takes new agents for 6 MONTHS, not 6 weeks, to get their first deal under contract. I am so proud of their results.

Designing and delivering my very own new agent training program was pretty awesome. We covered lots of topics, including:

  • Finding your why
  • Selling authentically using the phone
  • Explaining contracts to clients
  • Objection handling
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What's New at Funky Homes of Austin*

A few months back, some big changes started happening in my business. It all started with a car ride with one of our interns at Spyglass. She was on a rather long drive with me to a home where we were going to shoot a video together, and she asked me a question that really took me off guard.

It was, basically, "Why aren't you more successful already?"

It's a sticky question to pose to someone, but I could understand it. I've posed the same question to a mentor in my life. He's done incredible things, but I always felt like he was capable of more than coaching people like me. I remember asking him "How come I still get to coach with you? Why aren't you on Oprah or something?" So I kind of understood her

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