Chris Peña

Chris Peña

REALTOR®

Core Philosophy

Chris Peña believes it’s all about what you know, what you do today, and how you do it. He take’s 100% responsibility for what he does, doesn’t do, and whatever happens to him, regardless of circumstance or situation. That’s his daily philosophy and he lives by it.

Services Provided: Selling, Buying, and Relocation  

Approach to Business

Chris primary focus is a strong intelligent negotiation process that helps his clients save their money, all while keeping their needs and best interests as the motivation for his actions. He achieves this by listening closely to his clients, and by staying knowledgeable regarding current local and national market trends. Chris has an amazing grasp on what’s hot in the Austin market, what’s not, and helps each client hone in on areas to live that best suit their interests.

Every client’s needs and desires are unique to them, and Chris’ professionalism allows them to feel comfortable and aware that they will be met. Chris understands that there is a great amount of responsibility in client representation, and consistently exceeds expectations. This approach to business is the main reason that 90% of his clients are referral based. Leveraging his approach to business and Realty Austin’s technology is a winning combination for buyer, seller, and relocation needs.  Just take a look at his testimonials and give him a call today!

About Chris

A Texas native, Chris was born in Corpus Christi, has lived in Austin for over 13 years, and knows this city like the back of his hand. As a Steiner Ranch resident, he spends extra time in the outdoors, enjoying all that this Texas hill country backyard neighborhood has to offer. He’s involved in wakeboarding, trail running, mountain biking, and strength training. Chris plays guitar, loves the live music scene in Austin, is a regular at the 3-Day ACL Festival, and wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. He’s been happily married for over 17 years, has two amazing children, and loves being a father. He’s also spent several years coaching his son’s football teams. Upon completing his service in the United States Army, he received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M. He continually works toward educating himself, both personally and professionally. He’s a big proponent for personal development and helping others to do the same.

April 2017

We started working with Chris two years ago. We made a trip down, and he gave us two days of his time showing us around knowing we're a couple of years out from moving. He set it up so that we would receive a listing that fit our interests and send them to us. Anytime we had a question he got back to us quickly. He kept great contact without being overpowering. Once we got to Texas and found a listing we were interested in he was quick to get us information. From the time we made an offer up to closing, he was right there to guide us every step of the way. We can't say enough about him. We very highly recommend anyone looking to contact him.

Bruce B.

February 2017

Chris is the most talented and professional real estate agent I ever encountered. He is very compassionate to his clients and delivers his best to make their requirements fulfilled. He is like your family. I sold my house through Chris, and it was nothing but a pleasant experience to have him as our agent. He spends the time to make you comfortable with the whole process and explains what to expect beforehand. So, you have the least amount of stress to execute the sale. In addition to the enormous amount of research he does in the background to find potential buyers, he helps you with recommendations for all the services you might need like cleaning/staging for selling your home. His experience is a great boost to anyone planning to sell/buy a house. I would consider him for all of my future real estate needs, and I proudly recommend him for all your real estate needs too.

Sateesh

June 2016

First of all, Chris helped me in purchasing my south Austin home, and that was my initial experience working with him. He made the process as painless as possible, working tirelessly to meet my requirements, as well as connecting me with the best lender I could imagine working with.

When it came time to sell that home, I didn't hesitate to let Chris know my plans, and in all honesty, I had teased the idea for a year or so. He never pressured me, only advised. And again, with the purchase of my home in Cedar Park, Chris coordinated the contingency sale of my previous home to align with the ideal close period for the new one. While I wouldn't wish selling on a contingency to anyone, Chris again made the process as painless as he could.

In summary, I can't really spew enough goodness about Chris Pena. He is a trusted advisor, agent, and friend. I'd like to see him atop the list for Austin's best Realtors.

Brian Hall

March 2016

Our experience with our Realtor, Chris Pena, with Realty Austin, was amazing. From our first conversation with him about what was important to us, Chris patiently worked with us over seven months to our final purchase and everywhere in between. How did Chris provide exceptional, above-expectations service to us? Here are a few ways: He created customized reports on various neighborhoods and towns around Austin to help us determine where our family would "fit." When we had issues with two builders and had to walk away from purchases, Chris intervened on our behalf and helped to ensure the return of our earnest money. He connected us with an exceptional home inspector who was able to identify issues that we would have missed in a new home. Twice. He was present at meetings with the builders, inspectors and worked with lenders to take some of the burden off of us. He's suggested a number of companies and individuals to provide services to help us settle in our home (water filtration companies, electricians, painters, etc.). Chris loves his work and because of that passion, he cares deeply for and takes care of his clients. He exceeded our expectations at every turn, and we would recommend him to ANYONE looking to purchase or sell a home. If we ever chose to move again, Chris would be the first and only realtor we would call to represent us.

Christen W., Yelp Review

February 2016

Chris Peña was great. We are first time buyers, and he made this process so easy. He answered all of our questions and helped us every step of the way. He was always available, even when he was super busy, he made time for us and make us feel like we were always a priority. Also, he is super friendly and easy to talk to. We love our new home, and we will definitely work with him again if we ever need to.

Irma Rodriguez, Google+ Review

September 2015

In the past four years, I have purchased a home and sold two. During this time, I have screened and worked with many realtors. Chris Pena of Realty Austin is the best I have seen and the closest to the ideal. He assisted me in selling my home in under 30 days at my desired target price all in the rather slow sales month of July 2015. The type of realtor that I wanted to work with would have as many of these characteristics as possible: (1) highly knowledgeable about the market, (2) highly attentive to my needs, (3) extreme attention to the details, (4) strong marketing skills, particularly possessing an expansive networking relationship with other realtors to access the largest group of potential buyers, (5) strong understanding of market valuation and how to make high-ROI improvements to enhance value, (6) tireless work ethic, and (7) creative negotiating skills. I met Chris months before deciding to go with him as my sales agent. When I decided it was time to sell, we met and he shared a large volume of prep work covering market dynamics, real estate transactions in my neighborhood, and macroeconomic drivers. I left that meeting impressed and confident that I would be working with a consummate professional. We met shortly thereafter at my property and he identified a number of repairs to smoothly pass the inspection and improvements that would make my home more attractive to prospective buyers. Chris kept in touch with me over the course of about a month as my family and I prepared the property. During one of our conversations, Chris asked how the landscaping was going. I mentioned I was frustrated my kids lost a key part in my weed eater. Chris immediately offered to personally deliver his own weed eater so I could complete the job. This is just one of many examples of Chris's dedication to pro-active and unsolicited problem solving. Furthermore, he shared his network of trusted service providers to assist me in contracting out some of the more challenging tasks. When it came time to put the house on the market, Chris and I met again at the home so he could evaluate the property again and then we went through the latest market analysis data. We agreed that a higher asking price than initially discussed was in order. Chris did a considerable amount of Internet based marketing and shared data on the number of views and click-throughs as a proxy for interest. More importantly, he did a lot of behind the scenes work, contacting other realtors repeatedly to connect with interested buyers. I received an offer quickly and then Chris negotiated with the buyer to use his recommended lender and title company for a silky smooth and fast closing. He showed up at the closing to make sure everything went off without issue. It was a wonderful experience and so without any reservation I highly recommend Chris Pena to other folks seeking an agent (buyer or seller) and I look forward to working with him again in the future.

Michael Wedlake, Google+ Review

April 2015

We had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Chris on the sale and purchase of our homes! Chris was definitely committed to making sure our needs were met and that we would find a home that we would love. The entire process was seamless and as smooth as we could have asked for. Chris was always quick to answer our questions, help us to find contractors that we needed, and helped us get through the closing process. We will definitely be recommending Chris and Realty Austin to all of our friends and family!

Megan White

April 2015

If you are trying to relocate to Austin or just change homes within the Austin area, Chris Pena is the realtor you need to use. It is impossible for me to overstate just how good he was when I recently wanted to sell my existing home in Round Rock and buy a new one. In less than a month he found my family our dream home and managed to secure the contract despite being in one of the hottest seller's markets you can imagine. Even though there were other competing buyers for the home, we got the house because Chris knows exactly what he is doing. He helped me find a buyer for my existing home is less than a day for well over the asking price. Chris is ethical, honest, and an absolute professional in all respects. If you listen to his advice and follow his guidance, you will unquestionably get the results you want. The biggest reason to use Chris is because he can assist you with every part of the process. He eagerly guided us through the appraisals, the inspections, the funding and the closings and every other phase of both the purchase and the sale. If any issues arose, we turned to him and he resolved them in no time at all. He made the entire undertaking an absolute breeze. I simply cannot image a better realtor for anyone to use in the Austin area.

Bill W., Yelp Review

April 2014

Chris Peña was awesome to work with. He was essentially on call, day and night, to answer any questions or concerns I had. He got me a great deal on a great house and did everything I asked him too. He was constantly keeping me posted on anything and everything that was important. Buying my first home was a pretty stressful process, but Chris did a great job in putting me at ease and making things very easy to digest and comprehend. I give Chris 5 stars, 5 thumbs up, whichever metric you guys use! Not sure when I will buy my next house or sell this first one, but I know exactly who I will call first.

Jeremy Wheeler

I came to know and work with Chris Pena through a referral, who had glowing remarks about Chris (which is saying something in the oversaturated Austin real estate market, if you ask me). From our initial meeting over enchiladas and margaritas at Maudie’s, I sensed that this guy had a full understanding of my must-haves, don’t-needs, and “gotchas” when it came to finding my home. One of the first things that stuck out to me is that Chris avails himself 24/7 to address any and all of his clients’ questions or concerns. I’ve been through the home-buying rigmarole one other time, and it was never as easy as my experience with Chris as my Realtor. I attribute that to his relentless quest to put my satisfaction first, not only with the house itself, but also with the process. When I decide to sell my home, my first call will be to Chris Pena to coordinate the listing. And when I need a new place to call home, leave no doubt that Chris will be the guy that finds it for me. I would recommend him to anyone who wants the guesswork removed from a home search. Chris makes the whole experience fun while maintaining a distinct professional attitude all the while. If you’re lucky, he might even treat you to a couple of margaritas in the process.

Brian Todd Hall

We were very fortunate to have worked with Chris Pena on our relocation. Chris could not have been more knowledgeable about fulfilling our housing needs and more accommodating at helping us get into the perfect home. It was a real pleasure to work with someone whose primary interest was to find us what we wanted. Chris worked tireless hours and was always very prompt in meeting with us. Chris is very up to date on the current market trends and at pricing of home values both on the buying and selling end. Thank you, Chris, for being the consummate professional.

Dave and Cindy Valkanoff

I worked with Chris Pena on my last house that I sold. After meeting with Chris, I felt a lot better about the entire selling process. He sold our home within 30 days and always stayed in touch with us with updates whether he had news or not. That alone sets him apart from all the other Realtors that I have dealt with. He was very professional with his look, his marketing, open houses, and always had flyers in the yard. He did all of this and lived a good 45 minutes away from us. I have recommended him to other folks that I know and hope to get his help again one day when we buy our next home.

Michael Gentry

I was so lucky to have Chris Pena as my Realtor when I moved to Austin from Los Angeles. I was a first-time homebuyer and had no experience in the process of finding and buying a home. Chris walked me through the process, explaining everything as it unfolded. He introduced me to many different neighborhoods in Austin, especially those areas that showed great promise for increasing in value. He was completely transparent in sharing data and information, so that I could make the right decision for my needs. I could not have done it without him!

Thanks to Chris, I found an extraordinary house in a gem of a neighborhood. In the last three years, the property value has only increased. I have recommended him to my sister and friends. Chris Pena is a professional with a deep understanding of what is important to a Buyer or Seller. I highly recommend him for first-time, as well as seasoned Buyers and Sellers.

Nancy D.

Chris always went the extra mile for us as both our buying and selling agent. He put in the extra work to make sure we were satisfied and comfortable as clients, providing valuable guidance through every step in the process. We can wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a property.

Matthew & Michelle Morris

Chris was a real professional, friendly and helpful throughout our search for a place to call home. He listened to our needs and worked within our budget. Chris always kept us in the loop with what was going on and was available at all times to answer our questions. If I had to do it over again I'd definitely choose Chris Pena.

J. Hibbard

Chris Pena initially helped us in a home rental transaction in May 2012. The following fall we decided to purchase a home. Subsequently, we used Chris Pena while building our new home in Cedar Park. It was a 9-month project with a challenging builder. Chris was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. He singlehandedly negotiated an incredible deal that equated to a good amount of equity walking into our home purchase. Our relationship did not stop once the house closed though. He followed-up after closing to ensure remaining items on our punch list were completed by our builder. Many people will enter into a new construction home purchase without a realtor, but we will say that Chris made a huge difference in this process than if we would have done this on our own. We recommend him to our family and friends all the time, and we would use him in the future or any other purchase and/or sales transactions.

Andrew & April Chittamai

We had a wonderful experience with Chris Pena as a real estate agent. We were working on a pretty tight deadline, but Chris was able to make it a calm and enjoyable process. His hard work and dedication goes above and beyond what anyone would expect from an agent. Chris was able to find us a home that has already significantly appreciated in value in less than a year! Do yourself a favor and buy with Chris!

Andrew & Nique Mayo

Chris Peña's Listings

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1308 Ridgefield Loop - MLS# 7666842
  • $397,000
  • Active
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  • MLS® #: 7666842 
  • Teravista &
  • 1308 Ridgefield Loop
  • Round Rock, TX 78665
  •   4 BD 3 BA 3128 Sq Ft 0.21 AC
  • Residential
Office: Realty Austin
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3822 Epperson Trl - MLS# 2579372
  • $389,900
  • Pending
  • Taking Backups
  • MLS® #: 2579372 
  • Steiner Ranch
  • 3822 Epperson Trl
  • Austin, TX 78732
  •   4 BD 3 BA 2997 Sq Ft 0.16 AC
  • Residential
Office: Realty Austin
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Chris Peña's Sold Listings

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516 Santaluz Path - MLS# 4771776
  • $830,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 4771776 
  • River Dance
  • 516 Santaluz Path
  • Austin, TX 78732
  •   5 BD 6 BA 4448 Sq Ft 0.31 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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12104 Palisades Pkwy - MLS# 5839424
  • $575,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 5839424 
  • Steiner Ranch
  • 12104 Palisades Pkwy
  • Austin, TX 78732
  •   4 BD 4 BA 4104 Sq Ft 0.21 AC
  • Residential
  • Buyer Represented
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11501 Woodland Hills Trl - MLS# 2997215
  • $529,500
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 2997215 
  • Steiner Ranch
  • 11501 Woodland Hills Trl
  • Austin, TX 78732
  •   4 BD 4 BA 3696 Sq Ft 0.24 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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313 Nautilus Ave - MLS# 4757077
  • $425,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 4757077 
  • Lakeway
  • 313 Nautilus Ave
  • Lakeway, TX 78738
  •   5 BD 4 BA 3792 Sq Ft 0.62 AC
  • Residential
  • Intermediary
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7337 Manchaca Rd #25 - MLS# 5031151
  • $327,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 5031151 
  • Southbridge Villas
  • 7337 Manchaca Rd #25
  • Austin, TX 78745
  •   4 BD 3 BA 2268 Sq Ft 0.15 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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12908 Medina River Way - MLS# 5630852
  • $314,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 5630852 
  • Steiner Ranch
  • 12908 Medina River Way
  • Austin, TX 78732
  •   4 BD 3 BA 2180 Sq Ft 0.14 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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