Donna Darling

Donna Darling


Certified Short Sale, Relocation, Negotiation & Home Marketing Specialist

Donna Darling is a native of San Antonio and has lived and worked in the Austin area for over 35 years. She is the daughter of a Realtor and began working in the "family business" at the tender age of 16. Donna joined a Fortune 500 company at the age of 21 and pursued a career in sales and marketing. Over her 24 years with the company, she was frequently recognized for her outstanding sales results, her innovative marketing ideas, her leadership abilities and her dedication to community service. At the time of her retirement in 1995, she held the position of marketing manager for the State of Texas. After retirement, she decided to pursue her life-long dream of returning to the "family business", real estate. She joined Keller Williams in 1996 and quickly became a multi-million dollar producer and is ranked in the top 10% of agents nationally. After being with the company for only a short time, she was recruited to serve on the Agent Leadership Council, representing 300 of her fellow associates.  In 2008 she joined Realty Austin, and is now specializing in corporate relocation, investment properties, Hill Country estates and waterfront homes.

A firm believer in continuing education, Donna has completed extensive training with the nation's top real estate business coach, Brian Buffini. She is a graduate of Floyd Wickman's Sweathogs, a distinction held by only 8% of the agents in the industry. Donna has also completed Joe Stumpf's "By Referral Only" training and served as a member of the Masters Club of that organization.

In the spring of 2006, she was awarded the “Quality Service Certified” designation for excellence in client satisfaction. In September 2006, she was awarded the “Previews Specialist” designation for her extensive experience in selling high end luxury properties.

Donna is a Certified Relocation Specialist for both Sirva and Cartus Relocation Companies and has worked over the years assisting employees of many large corporations such as IBM, Trilogy, Tivoli, Dell Computer, AT&T, Merck Pharmaceuticals, State Farm Insurance, Cicada Semiconductor, Tokyo Electron and GSD&M Advertising. Additionally, she has a long standing relationship with the University of Texas where she has assisted many incoming professors in finding homes.

Donna is an active member of the National Board of Realtors, the Texas Board of Realtors and the Austin Board of Realtors. In the past 25 years, she has volunteered much of her time working with Ballet Austin, the Austin Symphony, Hospice Austin, Leadership Austin, Riverbend Church and St. David's Medical Center.

In her spare time, Donna enjoys spending time with her three grown children, Jamie, Courtney and Kyle and her dogs, Clementine and Tucker. She spends weekends in the beautiful Texas Hill Country and at Lake LBJ. A huge Texas football fan, she never misses a Longhorns game. She also enjoys cooking, snorkeling, boating, collecting regional cookbooks, gardening and traveling in New England, Virginia, Maryland and Mexico.

July 2017

Donna is a great Realtor. She is incredibly knowledgeable, honest and hard working. Whenever we make mistakes, she will guide us and always be helpful. She has good recommendations for repair guys, inspectors, etc. This is our third real estate transaction that Donna has helped us with and every time she has exceeded our expectations. We will continue to work with Donna in the future.

Siva and Jaga

June 2017

I can't speak highly enough about Donna and her outstanding service which made the sale of my condo a success. She went above and beyond to help me, particularly with a few items that were difficult for me to take care since I reside in Houston with my family. She recommended a great handyman who was able to address items identified in my condo inspection. She also did the leg work for me to follow-up and ensured one open item was fixed prior to closing. She saved me a trip or two to Austin and was the reason the closing was smooth and on time! I will gladly refer Donna to anyone I know who needs a realtor in Austin and will definitely use her again if the opportunity presents itself.

Colleen Gonzalez

January 2017

Donna Darling is FANTASTIC!! She was professional and patient. She knows the Austin market incredibly well and always had our needs as her highest priority. I cannot recommend her enough! We were truly blessed to have her house-hunting for us!

Cindy Bellomy

August 2016

Donna Darling has been my realtor for over 10 years. She has always treated me like I was her only client, which I know she is always juggling other clients and issues every day. She provides extraordinary service. She is always available when I have questions and really gets to know her clients well. She knows Austin neighborhoods as if she has lived in all of them. She most definitely does her research for her clients and most importantly she is personable with her clients. Donna is a great natured person and she asks a lot of questions so she can understand what your goals are during a time that can be one of the most stressful times for anyone.

Donna is an exceptional marketer when selling your home. She will tell you all the things you need to do to prepare your home for sale. She is in constant communication with anyone who has brought a client to see your home for feedback. I always felt informed about what people thought of my home, where we stood with any other similar homes on the market, and how the real estate market in the area was doing. She is most definitely my realtor of choice and I would recommend her to anyone in any part of Austin. Some realtors work well in certain areas of Austin. Donna is an expert all over Austin and it's suburbs. She never ceases to amaze me with the level of knowledge that she has about Austin and real estate. I feel so fortunate to have met her all those years ago to show me around Austin. Thank you, Donna, for the amazing, personal service you provide!

Michael Villarroel

Donna Darling not only knows the Austin housing market, but practices and exemplifies good business etiquette and business sense. Simple things like follow up calls, listening to her clients, making sure things are going great, etc. goes a long way – and Donna ALWAYS came through. Unlike new home builders in the Austin area – they clearly need to learn basic customer service skills (this was our experience with every builder we’ve dealt with – even with the builder we purchased from).

Our home buying experience took a couple of years from the initial contact with Donna (we were moving from Orange County, CA.).  Our move was put on the back burner after my husband experienced a job lay off.  During that time, Donna would check in with us every 9 months or so – to touch base & see if moving was still an option.  Most Realtors would just move on. When the timing was right for the process to start again, Donna was very accommodating and helpful.  We flew in a couple of days each month for 3 months and Donna was there. We signed to build a new home with a builder and finally moved to Austin.

We experienced glitches with that builder – and Donna was there again to work through it. Eventually, we ended up purchasing a home with another builder, in a different community. It was like starting all over again…yet Donna was there for us every step of the way.  Even when my frustration level was at the highest, Donna was able to reassure me – with the big picture.  Almost 4 months living in our home – we are still going through punch list items – and Donna is still there for us!

The relationship we have established with Donna in the whole home buying process is priceless! She may have started as the buyer’s agent….but she is really our first dear friend in Austin.

Kelly Jensen

Donna exemplifies what a realtor should be. My wife and I have worked with many realtors over the last 30+ years and, without a doubt, Donna is the best. She listens so that she knows what her client is looking for, rather than trying to steer you into what is convenient or best for her. She is accommodating and professional, putting her client first and adjusting her life to be available when needed. We are new to Austin. So the first thing she did was describe the various areas and drove us to all the neighborhoods and neighboring cities so we could be better able to make decisions as to what part of town best fits our needs and style. She is personable and friendly. She takes an interest in her clients. She consistently went above and beyond expectations. As I mentioned, we are not from here. She personally took an interest that everything was being done correctly at the construction site. Once the house was complete, she even went our house to represent us as our appliances were being delivered and installed. She noticed several details that needed attending to and contacted the builder and requested they address the issues, which they did. We could not be happier with how Donna took care of us. Realty Austin is fortunate to have such and accomplished and professional realtor.

Michael Merrill

Donna is a thorough professional with an excellent knowledge of the market and a sense of what it takes to prepare and stage a home for sale. Donna communicates through every phase of the process and kept me in the loop on all the stages of the deal. I would recommend her highly to anyone. She has sold two houses for me and was my agent on the purchase of the home I just sold.

Lane Coffey

Donna was absolutely grand! It seems as if she was constantly going "above and beyond.” She was readily available. She answered all my dumb questions without laughing, and then went on to explain it in words that even I could understand.

My daughter has recommended Donna many times to her friends. I understand why!

John R. Austin

I had the daunting task of renovating and selling my deceased mother's forty three year old home. I had interviewed two realtors when Donna darling was recommended to me. I purposely spelled her last name with a small d because it is totally descriptive of who she is. From the moment I met her I knew I had found the partner I needed to complete this difficult task. She was professional but warm. She had great listening skills and at the same time shared her knowledge willingly. She shared resources that I could never have found on my own. Even though the renovation dragged out longer than I had anticipated, she always was patient and supportive.

When it comes to buying and selling real estate I will be recommending Donna Darling. When it comes to friends I will be counting her as one of mine, and I hope she feels the same.

Ann Keyes

I just wanted to let you know how much we loved working with Donna. Our home buying experience would not have been as seamless, hassle-free, and enjoyable without her. She was always quick to respond to all my emails, texts, and phone calls. I will get her again when we buy our next home!

A. Carlo Gavino, MD

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my experience with Donna Darling. To say she exceeded my expectations is an understatement. She is simply the best! I am so blessed to have found her! I came across her name and number on a flyer in my Texas paperwork 8 years after moving back to California from Texas. Donna literally oversaw every step of a complete remodel of my home which had been a rental since my move. It was in dire need of a complete overhaul, and I had no idea how I was going to get this property ready to list while living so far away. Donna not only made my home marketable, but transformed it into a beautiful and much desired property. She was pleasant, professional and dependable every step of the way and always, always, always did exactly what she promised. She is amazing!

Penny Adams

It has been a pleasure meeting and working with Donna Darling. I met her through a friend’s recommendation. She helped me get a new home for our family and sell our current home. I brought another Realtor to see my house before I met Donna so I could get a feeling of how much we could sell our house for. When I met Donna, she had a great knowledge of the neighborhoods we were interested in and prepared showings that would meet our expectations. The house we actually bought was found by chance. We were just driving by the neighborhood and it had not been considered for showing. Even with this, Donna immediately arranged a viewing, negotiated the price with the Realtor that had the house, and got a “feeling” for what they would consider a good offer. We actually got a very good deal. After seeing how good and proactive Donna was, I decided to bring her to our previous home, and she came up to the same amount as the previous Realtor. However, she decided that our home was different to those used in the comparisons and asked us to help her stage the house properly in order to obtain more. She worked very proactively with my wife and I. She asked us to do a house inspection and brought a crew of people that helped stage the home by correcting every single observation that was presented by the inspector. Thus, we obtained an offer (less than three weeks after we went on the MLS) of $35,000 more than we were originally expecting. We are so pleased, and we will recommend her to any friend we find that is looking to buy or sell a home.

Guillermo and Veronica Guerra

Donna Darling has been a wonderful real estate agent, and made selling our house and purchasing a new house stress free. Donna had all the answers to our questions and usually touched on the subjects we had questions about before we could even ask the question. I have enjoyed working with Donna very much as did my husband; she is an asset to Realty Austin.

Eileen & Phil Dunne

We have known Donna for a number of years and she has served as our realtor whenever we have needed her services. We purchased our last house through her. Recently, we started remodeling our house and had to move out and into an apartment, and needed her help in locating one. We were very pleased that she found exactly what we needed in an apartment and did it rapidly, without any problems.

All in all our interaction with Donna over the years has been a very enjoyable experience. We will continue to use her as a realtor and would not hesitate to recommend her to any of our friends who need the services of a realtor.

Debra & Fred Brinkley

Donna Darling is a wonderful and amazing real estate agent. She was always looking out for my best interests and I felt confident that she would help me find my dream house, which she did. I recommend her to anyone looking for the ideal place at the best price. Donna is an absolute professional and a great asset to Realty Austin.

Blanca Benavidez Seeds, Facebook Review

Been working with the best Realtor in Austin and she is with Realty Austin. Found several properties in the past 6 years on their website and when I found the one I wanted, I contacted Donna Darling. Wow, totally impressed. Hard worker, totally Texan and lived here in the Austin area forever...First contact till closing, 60 days!!

Phil Perram

Donna is great, we couldn't have asked for better service.

Realty Austin has a gem on their team by way of Donna Darling. We have worked with Donna since 2001 and would never do business with another realtor in Austin. We were purchasing a home while out of state and Donna became our eyes and ears for our home purchase. She went out of her way for us. Thanks Donna!

Jason and Angie Henderson

Donna did an amazing job in helping us sell our home in this down market. Her advice and guidance were invaluable during this process. She made it a relatively painless process and the bottom line is - our house is sold in the time frame we needed to sell it in.

Christine and Corey Ray

Donna was very helpful in every process of selling my house and helping with the new one. I have used Donna in the past and been very pleased with her.


When moving to Austin I went through 2 realtors before I found this wonderful lady. Donna has expertise and class second to none. She seemed to know about every area she took me. I gave her my criteria and within no time, I was moving to Austin.

Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Phil Perram

Donna was recommended to us by a friend in San Jose, CA, where we lived at the time. She helped us to buy our dream home in Austin remotely with only one well prepared 2 hour visit in Austin where she took me on a tour to look at properties. Everything else has been done by email or over the phone and we were very happy to know that Donna would do the right things on time and would represent us well. We had excellent communications and she was always available to answer our questions or would let us know if there were days when it would be difficult to reach her. If we ever have to sell or buy a house again we would ask Donna for her services, but hopefully that won't be soon.

Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Markus and Birgit Schwickert

When I found out I was moving to Austin, TX, Donna was referred to me by a friend of the family. Driving me through all parts of the town, she was not only extremely knowledgeable, but more importantly, she was passionate about the city and its quality of life. Her genuine personality showed me that she was interested in helping me find the right house and neighborhood, with hopes that I, too, would start loving Austin. In addition, she was reliable and organized throughout the rest of the sometimes confusing closing process. I highly recommend Donna to assist you in finding your home too.

Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Christie Zangrilli

We have found you to be the most experienced, kind, efficient and pleasant realtor we've ever come across. In a heartbeat, we would heartily recommend you to friends and family and we would readily use your professional services again!

Garey and Linda Chayra

Donna Darling has been indispensable in our search for a home. We are moving from Japan and finding a home from here is a formidable task, but Donna helped simplify matters and saw us through each step of buying our home, with patience and understanding.

Donna has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help us through this process. She has worked tirelessly on our behalf to expedite the home buying process, with all of its ups and downs. She is always willing and eager to make any inquiries on our behalf and returns to us with the information she has discovered in a timely fashion. We literally could not have purchased a home without her. Because we are so far away, there were extra duties and responsibilities that she took on without complaint and without having to be asked. She is a credit to her profession and I highly recommend her as an agent.

David and Mary Beth Oliver

Donna helped us find a home in Austin when we first moved here from California and is now helping us sell our house. We loved her from the very beginning and wouldn?t have dreamed of going with another realtor to sell our home. She is extremely personable, knowledgeable about Austin real estate and the area, responsive, always on top of everything, and has consistently been very in tune with our specific needs and preferences. Not only that, she understands some of the anxiety that comes with buying or selling a home and knows how to support and represent a client during this time. It has been a pleasure working with Donna...she is the most competent, knowledgeable and pleasant realtor we have ever had. She also goes above and beyond what a typical real estate agent does and is always willing and available to help with all real estate needs. We will recommend her to everyone we know!

Danielle and Reuben Parrish

Thank you so much for everything you've done. We could not have imagined how easy this process would be.......and the ease came 100% from you! We had so much fun working with you and we'll definitely be spreading your name around. Thanks for a such a fantastic home buying experience!

Joe and Melissa Ettle

Donna is the kind of realtor we all dream about. She assembles hard-to-acquire data for her clients on a moment's notice. Her understanding of the Austin market assists in cutting-edge research activities. Most importantly, she goes above and beyond the activities of even the best realtors. I have seen her help colleagues settle in to their homes, assisting in a variety of details.......after all the papers are signed and virtually all other realtors have moved on. Donna becomes a friend and trusted teammate for the long term!

Kara Kockelman

We have worked with Donna twice now, and in both instances, our experience has been wonderful. Donna was right on target with the houses she selected for us to view, and when we found the one we wanted to purchase, we were confident that she would take the best care of us. The entire process of searching, closing, moving in has been made easy because of her thorough research and phenomenal knowledge of the Austin real-estate business. When we are ready to move, we are certainly calling on her again!

Zsuszi Abrams

Three words?? We LOVE Donna!

Donna is a true Texas Woman! She reminds us of Ann Richards in a way, very sweet and funny until it's time to get to business.

Donna has been our realtor of choice since 2001, since then we've bought and sold four homes and couldn't have been happier. She is an excellent negotiator and pulls no punches with other realtors; her experience is invaluable which was crucial when we bought a spec home from a builder. She saved us quite a bit in the end.

You can't beat Donna's experience and you can't beat her sweet smile and personality either!

We love you Donna!!

Jeff and McCall Teicher

Donna guided my husband and I to successfully find and purchase our first home in Austin back in the summer of 2004. Compared to the other agents we'd consulted early in our search, she immediately demonstrated a deep and extensive knowledge of the Austin housing market and the personalities, pros and cons of all of the different neighborhoods.

I appreciated that she didn't just send us to a web site as other agents had, but took the time to bring ideas to us that recognized our original interests and needs, but also expanded and enhanced our options. She also took the time to educate us on the process of buying a home, without being the least bit hurried or condescending.

Her wisdom and insight quickly led us to the home that was right for us; and she applied her savvy negotiating skills to help us submit the winning offer in a competitive situation, without letting us get in over our heads. My husband and I both trust her very much, and we have recommended her to our closest friends and family members. We'll definitely work with Donna when we're ready to for house number two!

Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Kaulen Pickell

Donna helped me buy my first house in more ways than one! Her friendly persona made it easy to open up to her about my wants and needs in a house. In turn she was able to convert those into targetable areas and house types. After I told Donna what I was looking for, she found my house the next day! She also helped to make the rest of the process as painless as possible. In summary, tell her what you want and she'll find it for you and help you make it your home! Thanks a million Donna!

Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative

Dan Calistrat

Donna was a great agent for my first home purchase. She was always punctual and would spend as much or as little time looking as I wanted and at my convenience. She always had all of the information needed for every listing we viewed and if for some reason she didn't it was located within a short time. She made the closing process simply and intuitive. Highly recommended.

Top Qualities: Personable, On Time, High Integrity

Travis Keltner

Donna Darling's Listings

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208 Wellington Dr - MLS# 3249111
  • $374,500
  • Pending
  • Taking Backups
  • MLS® #: 3249111 
  • Belterra
  • 208 Wellington Dr
  • Austin, TX 78737
  •   3 BD 2 BA 2157 Sq Ft 0.18 AC
  • Residential
Office: Realty Austin
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Donna Darling's Sold Listings

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504 Golden Bear Dr - MLS# 3767514
  • $1,105,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 3767514 
  • Flintrock At Hurst Creek
  • 504 Golden Bear Dr
  • Austin, TX 78738
  •   5 BD 5 BA 5543 Sq Ft 0.81 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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N/a - MLS# 6907909
  • $1,100,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 6907909 
  • Westminster Glen
  • N/a
  • Austin, TX 78730
  •   4 BD 5 BA 4363 Sq Ft 1.08 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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17112 Yellowstar Dr - MLS# 2512201
  • $776,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 2512201 
  • Rocky Creek Ranch
  • 17112 Yellowstar Dr
  • Austin, TX 78738
  •   4 BD 5 BA 4736 Sq Ft 0.35 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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11401 Archstone - MLS# 7889027
  • $515,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 7889027 
  • Circle C, Muirfield, Somerset Estates
  • 11401 Archstone
  • Austin, TX 78739
  •   4 BD 4 BA 3665 Sq Ft 0.21 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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