ADKOR…A Different Kind of Realty: This certainly is not just a slogan or advertisement…it’s a fact! In my combined 30-year career with the military and Federal Government I’ve relocated about 14 times and have never employed the services of a realtor. When contacting ADKOR I didn’t know what to expect, but what I uncovered is a company with staff that are honest, professional, organized, punctual, conducts research and has answers for all questions, responsive and follows up, discerning, patient, friendly and courteous, flexible and goes the extra mile. I had a short-fused PCS from Michigan to Austin, TX. By short-fused I mean three weeks to schedule shipment of my household goods, my privately-owned vehicle and to arrange for a flight and rental car. Well as fate would have it, this turned out to be most disastrous move ever. Everything that ‘COULD’ go wrong ‘DID’ go wrong…from a bedbug infestation at the Extended Stay Deluxe (Austin Metro) to having my vehicle damaged by ReloTrans, 6-75 Truck & Auto Repair Inc., or Six Nations Transport Inc. (All three had some involvement in transporting my vehicle, but neither would accept responsibility for the damage.) My encounter with Ashley Messer of ADKOR is the only aspect of my move that ‘DIDN’T’ go wrong. I was referred to Ashley prior to my departure from Michigan. [Side note: The referral came from one of my soon-to-be co-workers who had also recently relocated to Austin and had made contact with three other realty companies for which she labeled as “pathetic.”] I called Ashley right away, and by the next day she had already sent up a search criterion with my preferences for which I started receiving daily email messages with a listing of available properties. I was able to view the properties online, make notes regarding each and assign them to my list of ‘possibilities’. By the time I arrived in Austin I already had a list of potential homes to view. Based upon my online comments as well as her in-depth knowledge of the properties, Ashley knew exactly which homes would withstand my intense scrutiny and satisfy my picky taste. [I’m one of those ‘look behind the refrigerator and under the top surface of the stove because I refuse to live atop of someone else’s filth’ kind of people.] On my third day in the city I was already out looking for my future residence. Altogether, Ashley took me out on four showings where I viewed 30 homes, and each time she was just as nice as on the previous outing. In a nutshell, my experience with Ashley Messer of ADKOR was extremely pleasant. If I decide to remain in Austin and to ultimately purchase a home, ADKOR will definitely be the realtor I choose. With that said, I can guarantee you that ADKOR will provide the same superb service that I received…because that’s just who they are!!!
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My husband and I recently purchased our first home in Central Austin; and it could not have been possible without the help of Mark Strub and his team at Strub Residential. We started looking at the housing market in Austin, when my husband was made Associate Professor at UT, Austin; and we had pretty much a few months to plan and execute our move. Since we were moving from overseas, we talked to as many real estate agents as possible on the phone, prior to our first visit to the area for “house hunting.” Already from our first phone conversation, Mark Strub stood apart from other “highly reviewed agents” in the area, such as Eric Bramlett. Mark was funny, likable, and a genuinely good person. He was not just “doing business;” he took the time to get to know us and our unique preferences, before setting us up with our own MLS search page for potential listings. As first time homebuyers, we had a lot of questions about everything; and there was not a single question that Mark did not know the answer to. He was always available and extremely proactive with all of his communication. He also seemed to have a really good handle on listings, sending us emails about places that were going to come on the market before they even did and keeping us ahead of the game. When the time came for our three day house hunting trip to Austin, Mark went out of his way to be available anytime we wanted to look at places, day or night. Once we narrowed down our search to a particular community, Central Austin, Mark not only scheduled for us to see all the available houses in that area, but also the schools, as this was our top priority as parents of three school aged children. When we found our “dream home;” Mark was incredibly helpful in bargaining with the seller and getting us the price that we were comfortable paying. At our closing, he was the first one to congratulate us. By that time, he had became somewhat of a “family friend.” He is certainly much more than our “broker.” Over the past three months, we have taken Mark’s expert opinion on things ranging from “types of roofing materials” to “what to do in Austin with kids on weekends.” Mark is now helping us renovate our new house using the amazing connections that he has in Austin. He literally knows anyone and everyone in the real estate market: arborists, inspectors, electricians, contractors- you name it, and Mark can get you in contact with them! In short, Mark Strub is the best realtor you can ask for. He will get you your dream house and not stop until you are 100 percent happy with everything! I would definitely go to Mark again for anything related to real estate in Austin.
Review feedback Real McCoy As most mothers do, I looked forward to the wedding of my daughter with great anticipation. We are members of a private club which allowed us use of their ballroom for her wedding. However, having never taken on such an affair, I naturally became overwhelmed as the date neared. We participated in a few 'tastings' offered by local restaurants and caterers. After tasting so many versions of "rubber chicken" I knew we needed to find something much better! In my search for something better, I came upon a website with absolutely beautiful and artistically presented food. The photo showed a large filet mignon covered with a prawn next to fresh asparagus and a stuffed mushroom. Wow! This is more like it! I sent a message for more information with trepidation. Surely these photos would prove to be taken under 'artistic license' with disappointment headed in my direction. My trepidation dissolved once I spoke with and later met the very charismatic, Chef Lavell! Chef Lavell listened to my needs and produced exactly what I was seeking. Not only would Chef Lavell produce art, that art would taste like the best meal ever eaten. His attitude and professional self confidence filled me with glee. We had 100 guests and 100 people raving about the meal enjoyed by all at the wedding. To serve that many filet mignon dinners with such grace and quality is a miracle of creation. Magically, all guests were served simultaneously to perfection. Each and every guest felt as though this magnificent meal was made just for them. Chef LaVell promised he would bring professionally trained wait staff and bartenders. He did not disappoint. The attire of his staff complemented the formal atmosphere of our wedding party and guests. The grace of serving our guest rivaled the finest restaurants anywhere in the world. If you want your guests complementing the food weeks after the affair, hire The Real McCoy! You will not find a better caterer in Texas! Chef Lavell is a rock star! He is the real deal. I am so happy to have found this gem of a chef before he became so famous. I am looking forward to his new book sharing so many of his secret recipes! Any affair in our family's future will be created by Chef Lavell.