Leah grew up in the real estate industry. She began training as an appraiser and realtor assistant under her Uncle Sid, who was a successful real estate professional in Southern Arkansas. Upon graduating college with honors in 2003, she relocated to Austin and moved up quickly within the mortgage industry eventually serving as the Texas Regional Marketing Coordinator for a national mortgage company through 2007. She then transitioned to a closing coordinator role and the pleasure of helping people make their dreams of homeownership come true fit her personality and passion perfectly.
Leah met her amazing husband, Josh, in the piney wood of Southern Arkansas and they relocated to Austin together. They adore Austin, Texas and the people they meet and work with each day! If you keep an eye out, you will spot the active couple and their son all over town, from the soccer fields of Crestview to the hike and bike trail of Ladybird Lake. In her downtime, Leah enjoys yoga, volunteering with local organizations such as Mobile Loaves and Fishes and catching live music across town and across genres.
Most recently she has served as the Transaction Manager for a luxury Austin broker where her focus was everything from marketing and listing assistance to closing coordination. Leah says she owes her thorough understanding of residential real estate to the amazing people she has had the pleasure of working with along the way.
Leah’s experience, keen eye for detail and sensitivity to clients’ needs has been essential as she has helped families, investors and first time home buyers through the home sell and purchase processes. She believes that knowledge and patience, as well as integrity, are a must in this industry. As a Closing Coordinator at Realty Austin, Leah’s passion for the details and client service is evident in all of her work.
Barrett Raven was a very professional from start to finish. He took care of us like family and helped us to navigate through the laws and rules to purchase in Texas. From our 1st meeting with him trying to understand what we were looking for until the very end of closing, Barrett was extremely professional. He was always working with us and looking out for us during the entire process of purchasing the condominium. No matter our questions and our concerns, Barrett would contact immediately the sellers' agent about the issues we raised and kept us in the loop as soon as Barrett had information about any issues and solutions to be offered. If he did not receive word back, he would let us know that he was working on it too. Overall Barrett and his team of Leah Schimberg and Zach Raven were always on top of things and making sure that we were not missing anything at all. They were always looking out for our interests and double checking that all the boxes were checked to avoid any surprises or delays in the purchase process. Incredible communication and professionalism with a family-friendly touch "PRICELESS" in times like this! Many thanks to Barrett and his team for going the extra mile to make sure that all of our concerns were taken care of and we felt at ease with all of the steps we needed to do to purchase the condominium.
Patricia Do Pio and Michael T. Ford
Carolyn Watts is an excellent professional who exceeded my expectations throughout all phases of buying a condo and selling my house. The communication and support throughout the process were exceptional. Kudos, too, to Leah Schimberg at Realty Austin for her reminders, tips, and links to helpful resources. Minimal stress for high-stakes real estate and financial ventures and no surprises along the way. I’m grateful to have met Carolyn and to have had her in my corner.
My husband and I worked with Tony Elias to sell our home and purchase a new one simultaneously. This was a crazy, busy, and stressful time that Tony led us through with ease. He's calm, communicative, thoughtful, gets to know your wants and needs, and turned the experience from one I was dreading to one I thoroughly enjoyed. He never made us feel rushed inside any of the tours (and we looked at a lot!), and he went above and beyond to help us find our perfect home. We sold and bought a new house in record time, and Tony gets all of the credit for that. There are probably a lot of qualified realtors in Austin, but there's a real benefit to having a realtor like Tony. Not only does he know the industry, but he's also strategic, friendly, charming, and fights for your needs while still being fair, and those qualities helped us on more than one occasion during this process.
His assistant, Leah, was also phenomenal. She was with us every step of the way and puts my high standards for organization and project management to shame. We also appreciated her patience; we had so many different emails from so many different players in the process, but Leah kept us on track perfectly! With Tony and Leah's help, we put our house on the market within six days of meeting each other, had multiple offers above asking within two days (did I mention he's strategic?), and sold in 3. We were able to close on the house we sold on a Wednesday, close on the new home on a Thursday, and move in by Friday! Tony and his team are efficient and professional, and we're happy to call Tony our friend now too. We are the first in our group of friends to purchase a home, so our friends are super lucky that we can refer them to Tony when they're ready to take that next step. There's a reason he's been doing this for so long, it's because he's dang good at it.
Andrea St. Clair
Leah Schimberg, our closing coordinator, was amazing! She was so helpful about making sure we were keeping up to date with the process. And making sure we understood what was going on. And even called the home warranty company to check on something for me which I thought was wonderful! She is a great asset!
Leah Schimberg is an AMAZING closing coordinator. Leah communicated with us practically daily and always answered emails and phone calls quickly. The information on timelines and helpful information that Leah sent was invaluable.
Barrett and Leah were AMAZING!! We felt very informed about the entire home buying process and have even been able to help some of our friends through the process with the knowledge we gained from Barrett. Leah was an amazing resource and able to help us with setting up everything to get the closing done efficiently and stress-free.
Barrett and Leah are the absolute best! Barrett helped us find our very first home. He made the process so easy & fun! He took the time to explain so many things we had questions about & was so patient. He truly cares about his clients which is why he is the best at what he does. Leah was always on top of things, also answering our many questions, giving us all the info we needed and reminding us of deadlines! Simply amazing! If you want a great experience in the search of your new home, I HIGHLY recommend the team! You can't go wrong with them!!
Rita and Leah are THE BEST TEAM you could have on your side. My S.O. and I sold a duplex and bought two new houses all at once. No doubt stressful, right? Nope! Not with those two on your side!! I was given all the info I needed exactly before I needed it. And Rita was available every time I had a question. I love this team!
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