Laura Olesen

Laura Olesen



Real estate is not so much about guiding you through a transaction; it’s about collaborating with you to champion your cause – usually a very important, personal cause at that. You’ll want to know how Ole’s diverse background can better help you achieve your goals:

  • Team Player: A 4-year starter and 2-year captain for the Stanford Volleyball team, Laura knows teams outperform individuals. You’re “in it to win it” when you work together.
  • Business Minded: Laura’s love of Austin began when she left California to complete her MBA at UT (now McCombs). She uses her knowledge of finance, negotiations, leverage and marketing to further your real estate goals.
  • Proven Strategist: Exemplified by four years in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Strategy group, Ole excels at helping you see the big picture and then master the details.
  • Straight Shooter: Ole aims for honesty and transparency. She seeks to understand your highest-level motivations so she can help revisit these when it comes to decision time.
  • Broad Perspective: Laura has lived overseas in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Brussels and London. Domestically, she's resided in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. She uses this broad, international perspective when evaluating Austin trends.

Ole would love to know how she could assist you… even if it’s finding the perfect Realtor for you elsewhere. Drop her a line anytime!


Ole currently resides in the Brentwood/Crestview area with dogs Ziggy and Perdy and has two rental properties, one in Zilker, and one in East Austin. PS - In case you were wondering, Ole rhymes with holy, y’all.


  • Certified Negotiations Expert
  • Graduate, Realtor Institute


  • Master in Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin (now McCombs School of Business), 1999
  • BA, International Relations, Stanford University, 1989 (2-year Volleyball Team Captain; blocking record holder)


July 26 2019

Laura was amazing. I am probably not easy to deal with sometimes (at least my wife says so). I am pretty particular, know what I want, and have high expectations. Ole was just awesome. She thought of everything, made the presentation of the home perfect, agreed to set the price at the right price-point (to move it in just a couple days while other homes have been sitting on the market for some time), stayed with us through the entire process, kept us up to date on what was going on the whole time, made the right recommendations/provided advice that really helped us and optimized our return on the sale. If we have to deal with anything real estate related I would not hesitate, no, I would run, to get Ole in the middle of it.

Craig Gatta

April 1 2019

Laura Olesen is a great person to work with, as an individual, she is so thoughtful and mindful of the home selling experience. She also helped me find a new place with the same thoughtfulness. She is sharp about the market, and her council was very important, but she still allowed space for your own thoughts and decisions to be put forward. I really appreciated working with Laura and highly recommend her. Truly a Realtor that gets it!

Rocio Pelayo

April 1 2019

Amazingly helpful. Laura Olesen is the best Realtor in all the land! I couldn't have done it without her! Thank you so much!

Belle S.

October 1 2018

Laura Olesen is awesome. I met Laura when my husband and I were living in the Zilker neighborhood. We met while participating in neighborhood volunteer activities. When my husband and I decided to sell our condo in Zilker, choosing an agent was a no-brainer; Laura of course. While we knew Laura as a great person/neighbor, as we suspected, we soon learned that she is also a remarkable real estate agent. Remarkable is not a word I use lightly. My husband and I are hands-on people and Laura not only encouraged our involvement in the process but kept us constantly informed along the way. Her communication skills are excellent and she’s also a fun person; an added bonus.

Laura pours her heart and soul into her work, and I absolutely love spending time with her; which is key, because it's a time-consuming process! So we sold our Zilker condo for more than asking and within days Laura helped us find a fab home in Travis Country. That was 2013. Fast forward to 2018. We decided it was time to downsize. We plan to travel more in the coming years and wanted to find a lock and leave abode. Downtown had long been on our wish list. With Laura’s assistance, the stars aligned and we sold our house quickly, for more than we expected and purchased our dream downtown Austin loft.

This will not be news to anyone who has purchased and/or sold real estate. It is stressful. Because of Laura’s professionalism, negotiating skills and constant communication, while not stress-free (this is an honest review) our experiences were far less stressful than they could have been had we not had Laura leading the way. So, in case you are one of those people who jump to the last paragraph of a book/story/review… yes, Laura is all that.

Connie Temple

May 1 2018

Laura has provided us excellent, stellar service in this latest reinvestment of our 1031 proceeds. She has been aggressive in finding properties not listed and has gone above and beyond handling the inspections, suggesting when more inspections are justified and being honest when a property we have invested time in may not be suitable. Laura (Ole) is intelligent and ethical as well. We cannot recommend her highly enough.

Alex and AnnMarie Frasca

June 1 2017

We've worked with Laura Olesen ("Ole") for more than five years, and we consider her a member of our family. Most recently, she helped us sell our first home for well over asking with a long lease back. She helped us get a house in our dream neighborhood, Barton Hills, which we never in a million years imagined we could afford. She pours her heart and soul into her work, and I absolutely love spending time with her; which is key, because it's a time-consuming process! Because of her bright personality and talent, she has a number of connections around town; from inspectors to plumbers to contractors to other agents, and has made the very, very stressful process of selling, buying and renovating so much better. I feel so lucky to have found Ole (and also to have had the support of Realty Austin in general). I would highly recommend her and Realty Austin to anyone.

Kristin T.

March 1 2017

She is great and gets the job done. Ole has great ideas while at the same time she is always responsive to my points of view. That's why it was my 4th transaction with her. Looking forward to no. 5...

Michael Froehls

September 1 2016

We have used Ole now for 5 investment properties in Austin as we transition from California property to Texas property investments.

I cannot speak highly enough of Ole. She is thorough, an excellent judge of character and sensitive to our needs and desires and very knowledgeable about the local market. In addition, she is just a lovely and charming person and delightful to work with. Thanks for her professionalism and patience with us we own 5 great investment properties in Austin.

Ann Marie Frasco

September 1 2016

Ole is fantastic. She sold us our first home in Austin over 5 years ago, and it was not a question who we were going to work with to buy our first residential investment property. We went straight back to Ole, of course. She is kind, fun, available, helpful, strategic, responsive, and just wonderful all around. This experience was great, just like our first. I'm sure you already know that you are lucky to have her on your team!

Vaughn Mankey

September 1 2016

Ole is outstanding! She is the best realtor that we have ever worked with. She is so easy to work with, thoughtful, kind and genuine. She is also very professional and always there when we need her. I would recommend her very highly to anyone.

Celina Mankey

April 1 2016

We have had a great experience with Ole/Laura. She gave us good advice on bidding, has helped us get an inspector and other contractors and has been very helpful in general. We will recommend her to anyone who needs a Realtor in Austin. She also has great technology skills since we ended up signing electronically, and she has said that she'll help us research how much to ask for our new rental property.

We also appreciate and recommend Lorrie, Ole's assistant. She was at the house with me for the inspection, and it was great to have another set of eyes and ears. Thanks to everyone for their help with our Austin purchase.

Karen Gleichauf

February 1 2016

I have known Ole for a few years. I met her through boot camp! We became friends, and I asked for her help selling our house in Tarrytown. She offered a lot more than what we took advantage of, but she was able to sell it without it going on the MLS. She sold us our house in Riverplace, which my husband didn't really like, and she very patiently showed us LOTS of houses before we settled on our house in Westminster Glen. She and the selling agent went above and beyond to facilitate that transaction. She then helped us sell our house in Riverplace. Her expertise and instincts sold that house quickly with backup offers. I cannot recommend her highly enough! I'm truly grateful for all she has done for us. I think the best thing I can say is trust her instincts!! She knows the business, the market, and she delivers the results!!

We are very happy with her.

Julie Parker

October 1 2015

Laura (Ole) did a great job for us! I would recommend her, and use her again.

Lori Conley

October 1 2015

Ms. Olesen has always done a great job for us and has been aggressive when that was needed but has given us space when we needed that also. She has taken the time to understand our needs and desires and has incorporated that into helping us find a home. She is always available, prompt and professional. Nothing but the highest regards.

Paul Parker

May 1 2015

Laura was the best possible realtor we could have had for our recent purchase. We are from out of state and don't know the Austin particulars about houses settling, don't have contacts for inspections or title companies and the like, etc. In addition, we left Austin for home soon after we had a purchase contract and without Laura, we never would have been able to buy the place. She handled all of the logistics for getting the inspector access, working with the owner's realtor to resolve issues. She even did the final walk through for us!

She gave us great advice throughout the process, answered about 1,000 questions we had, was always available to us and was just amazing. We have purchased other properties in other places and no other realtor has come close to Laura in terms of service, availability and being incredibly nice.

Tracey Becken

April 1 2015

I had a great experience working with Laura. While I did end up buying an investment property very close to my residence, Laura suggested areas of town I'd never considered and I feel like she really helped me broaden my search. She's got a good grip on lots of different neighborhoods and found a couple places I liked a lot.

Laura was great about calling listing agents with my questions, setting up viewings, and helping me see properties I might be interested in. That means she drove me all over town and ran leasing comps for a multitude of properties.

I was doing a 1031 Exchange and she walked me through what I needed to do and communicated well with the Exchange company I was working through.

All in all, it was incredibly easy to work through the process with her. I will highly recommend her services!

Iris Davis

March 1 2015

We heard about Laura "Ole" Oleson from one of my daughter's friend. We were concerned as we didn't know anybody in Austin, Texas with the exception of my daughter's friend. Soon after we met Laura and we realized that she was the one for us. She was very professional and clearly and efficiently explained the real estate process and took us through neighborhoods all the while divulging her vast knowledge of the city. We enjoyed her friendly manner in showing us homes in the various neighborhoods. We were able to close on a home and we would definitely utilize her services again. Her strengths were her way of communicating and keeping us informed of all necessary paperwork and time limitations. Another strength of Laura's was her amazing ability in listening to our wants and needs in finding the place for us that we would be happy with for many years to come. She found the exact home we had in mind and completed the process without any problems. Anytime one of us had a question, Laura would answer it or find an answer for us. I was very impressed at her ability to not only value our questions, but to find the answer as well in a very efficient manner. I have nothing but a stellar recommendation for Laura "Ole" Oleson and would ask you to look her up if you have a property to buy or sell. She is the consummate professional. John and Vickie Wark from Reno, Nevada.

Vickie Wark, Google+ Review

December 1 2014

Laura is wonderful. We started out trying to research and find a place from Boston, which is a bit crazy with a hot market like Austin. Laura kept us sane. Her can-do attitude and insights were always a breath of fresh air. Buying a home can be stressful so having a trusted partner like Laura on our side was huge! She knew when to push and when to pullback. She was always very flexible in her scheduling - even if we called up the same day! What I'm trying to say is we believe Laura is fantastic!


December 1 2014

Laura "Ole" was phenomenal. She helped us in every way possible and we would recommend her to anybody seeking help with a new home purchase in Austin.

Ernesto Carmona

May 1 2014

Laura 'Ole' Olesen could not have worked any harder for us if she tried. She worked so hard and passionately on our behalf and understood our needs and wants. I would recommend her to a first time or a seasoned homebuyer. Not only is she easy to work with and a strong advocate for the person she is representing..she is personable to boot!

Stephanie H., Yelp Review

October 1 2013

I must say that having with Laura Olesen during my transaction was a great experience. My previous experiences with brokers have not been well and I was hesitant to use another agent for this transaction. I went against my gut and previous experiences and asked Mrs. Olesen to help me and was truly surprised. She helped me handle all the paperwork and provided me with the opportunity to see many different listings as I asked her to showcase them for me; she never hesitated to go the extra mile in order to get the deal done. I would truly recommend her to anybody that wishes to have a straightforward deal and would definitely use her services again when needed.

Ernesto Carmona Jr.

August 1 2013

We have known Ole for years. Once we were ready to move forward with the purchase of a new home and the sale of our condo, tapping Ole to represent us in both transactions was a no brainer. Ole has always been responsive and helpful to my husband¹s tire kicking questions. It took us a while to reach the point where we were ready to pull the trigger but once we were ready - so was Ole.

The purchase and sale transactions were made less stressful by Ole¹s experience and professionalism.

We have and will continue to recommend Ole to anyone we know that is looking for a competent and customer oriented real estate professional.

Connie & Skip

July 1 2013

Laura is wonderful. She is an A-1 agent. I live out of state which seemed to require extra agent time. She was always there for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to make a purchase OR sell their property.

Rich Buonpane

Laura Olesen served as my agent in the recent sale of a property. She did a great job, and it was a pleasure to work with her.

Laura Foitik, Facebook Review

Laura Olesen did a wonderful job for me in locating a downtown condominium. She showed me many options and assisted with so many thing that were outside of her responsibilities as my realtor. She is thorough, prepared and respects your schedule. I do not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking housing in the Austin area

Sam Bassett

Ole had been stupendous to work with!  She really pays attention to detail, and does what she says she is going to do.  It was great working with her and I would recommend her to others trying to buy or sell a home.

Gloria Andrus

Laura "Ole" Olesen served as my buyer's agent during a recent home purchase.  My experience with Ole was uniformly positive, both because of her professionalism, but also because Ole is someone with whom you can be comfortable during a stressful time.

First and foremost, I found Ole to be honest, competent and thorough.  She explained to me how the process works,  and continued to remind me and update me every step of the way. She made sure that I knew what my roles and responsibilities were and helped clear out any roadblocks that presented themselves. As we worked together, I realized, and came to simply trust that; Ole was 100% looking out for my interests. That takes a huge load off when you know someone has your back.

In addition, Ole was timely, realistic and efficient.  She kept me informed well in advance of when I'd need to make decisions or produce documentation.  That really helped me proceed with minimal stress.  Ole coached me to be realistic and flexible about the process:  When the first offer I made on a house fell through, I was able to move on to the next place, where the offer succeeded on a house that I love!  The subsequent work to get to closing, though complex, went off without a hitch because Ole stayed on top of everything, coordinating the lender, the title company, myself and various inspectors.

Finally though, it was simply a great pleasure to work with Ole.  She is friendly, engaged and empathetic.  She makes what is actually a very high stress endeavor .... enjoyable.  What more could one ask?

If my daughter were buying her first house, or my parents were looking to downsize, I would certainly send them to Ole, and know that they were in good hands.

Joe C.

Laura Olesen is AWESOME! She has a wealth of knowledge that guided me through the purchase of a great home. She was always available when I needed her to offer guidance and advice through the entire process. She is very good with the details of everything to keep everyone marching in line! I would highly recommend her for your home purchase too! Also, a big Thank You to Nicole Parayno for the great customer support and attention!

Jeff Kennedy, Facebook Review

Laura 'Ole' Olesen is awesome! I'm pretty sure when selling our condo we encountered just about every crazy realty home selling situation you can imagine. From international buyers, multiple offer situations, to our condo flooding just a few days before the closing date... Ole was able to make it all smooth and made all the right calls. She was able to get us way more than what we thought we were going to get as well. Thanks again Ole!! We highly recommend her!

Watson Martin, Facebook Review

It is with pleasure and conviction that I recommend the real estate services of Laura Olesen. My husband and I worked with Laura for over two years during the process of finding and buying a condo in Austin. The situation was somewhat complicated as we lived in London and the property we’d chosen wasn’t yet built. To make it more so, the project changed hands during development and there were times when my husband and I thought it wasn’t going to happen. Fortunately, Laura never gave up, investing huge amounts of time and energy into seeing it through and bringing the disjointed elements together. Laura was always professional, responsive and simply a pleasure throughout the entire experience. We have worked with real estate agents in New York, Los Angeles and London but Laura remains the most competent of the lot.


It didn’t take long for me to start recommending Laura to friends and colleagues. She’s personable and reliable, patient and fun. She knows all about Austin’s coolest spots and this being Austin, there’s a lot of those.


Laura has an extensive understanding of the downtown Austin real estate market. I believe this knowledge, combined with her professionalism, integrity, willingness to go the extra mile and ability to immediately inspire trust explain her success in marketing properties for me.


Laura is always on your side as you work toward getting the home you want! She helped us through a difficult condo buy. Every day was a new problem and she always had a solution or was working on our behalf to understand how things could be resolved. Laura has continued to check in and make sure that things are going well for us even though our documents were signed almost one year ago. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a realtor.


I’ve known Laura professionally for about three years and recently used her as a realtor to purchase a house. My criteria was to get to know the market for a while before purchasing. She spent about six months patiently educating me on the market and showing me many houses. When the time came to purchase she was invaluable in guiding me through the process. I would gladly use her again and highly recommend her to anyone who appreciates a professional, thorough and thoughtful approach to real estate.


Laura helped us find a condo in downtown Austin that was a great value and is a pleasure to live in. She was easy to work with and was very helpful.


My wife and I highly recommend Laura Olesen, also known around Austin proper through her moniker, “Ole”. We were first time homebuyers and Ole successfully helped us close on the home of our dreams in East Austin in May of 2010. Ole is an intelligent Realtor, receiving degrees from Stanford University and a masters MBA degree from UT’s McComb’s School of Business. Throughout our three-month home search, Ole clearly and effectively conveyed to us her knowledge of trends, comparables and general real estate expertise of the numerous different Austin neighborhoods and southeast/central regions. Bottom line: Ole worked extremely hard for us during the three months locating our home. Ole was patient, prompt in communication, and was very enjoyable to work with. If you are looking for a home and a Realtor with specialization in central, south and east Austin, we recommend Laura Oleson aka “Ole”.

Kris B and Andrea B

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5 Inwood Cove - listing ID# 105509
  • $4,000,000
  • Active
  • MLS® #: 105509 
  • Inwood Cove
  • 5 Inwood Cove
  • Austin, TX 78746
  •   4 BD 6 BA 5003 Sq Ft 0.45 AC
  • Residential
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901 W 9th St #203 - MLS# 8527514
  • $660,000
  • Active
  • MLS® #: 8527514 
  • Nokonah Condos
  • 901 W 9th St #203
  • Austin, TX 78703
  •   2 BD 2 BA 1185 Sq Ft 0.01 AC
  • Residential
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2007 Wright St #A - MLS# 4518011
  • $776,200
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 4518011 
  • Zilker
  • 2007 Wright St #A
  • Austin, TX 78704
  •   3 BD 3 BA 2222 Sq Ft 0.09 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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1513 Travis Heights Blvd - MLS# 7941004
  • $675,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 7941004 
  • Travis Heights
  • 1513 Travis Heights Blvd
  • Austin, TX 78704
  •   1776 Sq Ft 0.16 AC
  • Multi-Family
  • Buyer Represented
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2205 E 9th St - MLS# 5824921
  • $617,500
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 5824921 
  • Grandview Place
  • 2205 E 9th St
  • Austin, TX 78702
  •   4 BD 3 BA 2067 Sq Ft 0.13 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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1709 Valeria St - MLS# 4687221
  • $610,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 4687221 
  • Fowler Heights
  • 1709 Valeria St
  • Austin, TX 78704
  •   3 BD 2 BA 1727 Sq Ft 0.18 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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3843 Sendero Dr - MLS# 6131423
  • $604,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 6131423 
  • Travis Country: Lost Creek At Gaines Ranch
  • 3843 Sendero Dr
  • Austin, TX 78735
  •   3 BD 2 BA 2341 Sq Ft 0.22 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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40 N Interstate 35 #11A1 - MLS# 6766638
  • $598,500
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 6766638 
  • Towers Town Lake Condo
  • 40 N Interstate 35 #11A1
  • Austin, TX 78701
  •   3 BD 2 BA 1743 Sq Ft 0.03 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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