Michele Ray

Michele Ray

Broker Associate

ABR, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, SRES

A “bull dog with a bow”! This is how Michele’s loyal clients good-naturedly describe her when they witness her passion for quality and a strong drive to “make it happen.” She is relentless in her search for her clients buying the perfect home and is diligent in obtaining the highest possible sales price for those clients on the selling end of the transaction.

Michele believes that the real estate transaction centers around goals, expectations, trust, and effective communication. Her success as a Realtor® can be attributed to the time she takes with each client to listen and understand each person’s unique needs and to help avoid problems a client may not have considered. But, she says, “It does take guts to do all the things a seasoned agent tells you to do, especially in the un-hot markets”. She is scrupulously honest and dedicated to a tenacious and responsible management of the transaction’s many details.

Having grown up in central Austin, Michele is a perfect fit for Austin, “the live music capital of the world”.  Michele and her two equally independent sisters were raised by a spirited mother and WWII fighter pilot father in an environment where the family had open and passionate discussions about subjects that included managing money, investments, real estate, music, setting goals, and the value of hard work. Excellence was expected.

Michele’s background as a fierce classical music competitor, a music teacher, and management experience in a successful restaurant chain gave her a solid foundation for a demanding and satisfying real estate career.  Over her 20 years in real estate, Michele has earned awards for achievement, leadership, service, and creativity.
 
With two sons, a daughter-in-law, “Genobs”, the grand-dog, and many wonderful friends, Michele has a full life. “They keep me grounded, honest, sometimes biting my nails, yet ever so grateful.” Michele enjoys frequenting the area cafés and concert halls and loves to check out local bands and musicians at the annual South by Southwest and Austin City Limits Music Festivals. She has served on several not-for-profit boards and committees, including Habitat for Humanity and the Austin Food Bank. Capitalizing on her real estate knowledge and her great design sense, she remodels houses for her own investments and for friends in her spare time!


Professional associations, affiliations, honors, and awards include:

  • 2016 Realty Austin Hall of Fame inductee
  • Broker Associate Texas Real Estate Commission
  • License # 0419651
  • ABR- Accredited Buyer Representative
  • CLHMS- Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist
  • CRS-Certified Residential Specialist
  • GRI- Graduate Realtor Institute
  • SRES- Senior Real Estate Specialist
  • Institute for Luxury Home Marketing - Million Dollar Guild
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Texas Association of Realtors
  • Austin Board of Realtors
  • Multiple Listing Service
  • Elite 25 of Austin 2001,2002,2003 Top Agents in Austin Luxury Sales
  • Top Producer 1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006


EDUCATION: B.A., Texas Christian University; Fort Worth, Texas

June 2017

I am a real estate broker in Arkansas and have been licensed here for 33 years. I have owned my own real estate company, rental agency and brokered an office for a real estate company. If I had the opportunity, I would hire Michelle in a heartbeat. I contacted her several years ago from a for sale sign in the neighborhood of my house. She has been very patient with me and kept me apprised of market conditions. We were fortunate enough to have an accepted offer right away. Michelle kept me in the loop and negotiated the repairs to my benefit. Additionally, the title company did an excellent job. Thank you very much.

Anthony Nicolosi

March 2017

Knowing I am likely a rare customer. One that is great at taking advice to properly prep a house for a quick sell as well as a high maintenance (pain in the rear) buyer. That said, this last effort with Michele made 5 total house transactions together. Yes, I do claim being a part of Jenni's in that.

I would say Michele is great. She can deal easily with my twisted navy/Texan humor and only yelled once. Ok, that was a joke, she never yelled.

Honestly and all joking aside if I had to do 5 more I would call her. I also feel confident in referring her to my friends and family. Thanks for having her on your team.

John Medrano

February 2017

My experience with Michele Ray was great. I really felt that I was being taken care of while purchasing my first home. She was looking out for me. I would recommend her to anyone.

Jared Thebeau

May 2016

My husband and I used Michele Ray to buy our home in Austin. She was a great partner to work with! She was always punctual, organized and very easy to get a hold of. When we asked her to find answers for us, she found them. She has a great perspective of the Austin area, having served it for many years. She gave us new ways to think about choosing our home and helped us narrow our search. Overall, the experience was smooth and easy. I highly recommend Michelle!

Colleen Castaldi, Google Review

April 2016

Michele Ray was incredible in helping us for a second time with our real estate needs. Michele simply put is a pro's pro!

Brian McClure, Facebook Review

June 2015

This is our second experience with Michele Ray with Realty Austin and I can't imagine ever using anyone else. In researching the market to sell our house she was extremely thorough and personally visited the market comps in our neighborhood to see for herself how they compared to our house. She will tell you exactly what you need to do to get your house ready to sell and if you do it you will be successful! In today's Austin market she was tireless in finding us the perfect house! She is so knowledgeable and straightforward so you do not waste a lot of time. We think she's the best!

Kathy Wilfley, Google+ Review

January 2015

We’ve known Michele Ray for many years and think very highly of her personally. However, this was our first time working with Michele on a real estate transaction, and we had a fabulous experience. As you can imagine, our family has been a bit stressed with all of the preparations associated with a move abroad, but Michele was a complete professional throughout the process, was able to speak frankly with us when necessary, and helped us sell our home in record time for a price only $1,000 off of our asking price. She and her team made the process easy, and we were even able to close on our home around the holidays and prior to our move abroad, which kept us from having to use a Power of Attorney to complete the sale of our home.

Michele is an incredible talent in the industry, a true professional, and a joy with which to work. We’ll certainly be seeking her out for our next home upon our return to Austin in the future.

Christoph

September 2014

Michele Ray was the agent we needed to help us sell our home and buy another. We enjoyed working together, came to trust her advice and felt good about the decisions we made along the way. Michele was available and reliable and fun, too.

Ann H., Yelp Review

August 2014

I am totally pleased with Michele, she has been very attentive and helpful.

Marsha Ecklund

August 2014

Michele was outstanding working with us from November last year when we came for a visit to check out Austin. Nothing was too much trouble and Michele really got to know us well which made the whole hunting, viewing and eventually buying process a lot of fun.

Knowing Austin so well both from a market perspective and also from a commute perspective enabled Michele to guide us to our eventual perfect home. Knowing the opportunity for ensuring the investment we were making would be in one of the best possible growth areas and guiding us on where the home was in relation to the overall market in the area Michele gave us a real sense of comfort we would be in the right location and at the right end of the market to capitalize.

Moving from one side of the world to another should be very stressful! Not so with Michele on your side! We will be sure to recommend Michelle whenever we have the opportunity.

Mike Penman

July 2014

Michele did a great job. She represented our best interests and went above and beyond to help us. We appreciate all her hard work and her attention to detail.

Randy Rivera

June 2014

We recently sold a house with Michele Ray and it was a great experience. We made the decision to trust Michele to take us through the process and she did not disappoint at all. She listened to our goals and priced the house accordingly to make it happen.

She also went out of her way to help us deal with various issues that crept up along the way such as annoying tenants, and a septic problem that needed to be resolved prior to sale.

I would recommend Michele to anyone who was looking for a quality realtor and we will be calling her when we purchase out coastal property.

She was fantastic.

Andy

June 2014

Michele Ray did a great job selling my house. She helped with suggestions to stage for showing. We listed on Sunday and had a full price contract on Monday! Very professional experience. Want to sell? Call Michele!

Ramon Y., Yelp Review

March 2014

We contacted Michele Ray a couple of years ago to sell our house. She did a great job staging that house and listing it so that we had 2 offers the first day. We were so impressed that we decided to contact her again to help us find a house in Austin as we were returning from living in Houston for the past 2 years. Within an hour Michele learned what we like and easily found houses for us to research online in Houston and then visit when we made a couple of short house-hunting trips to Austin. Michele had all the viewings lined-up, she fit our schedule perfectly, and we found a house quickly. During the process of house-hunting we changed our requirements quite significantly so that Michele had to find a different set of houses for us to see. Originally we were looking for something closer to downtown but when we couldn't find the setup that we wanted in our price range, we changed our request list - to which Michele responded quickly and we were soon visiting a whole different set/type of houses that fit our altered requirements.

Thank you to Michele for: her outstanding efforts, being so very easy to work with, her fast pace, her excellent client focus, and her ability to listen to us and find a great set of houses for us to visit. Also we appreciate the education she has given us over the past couple of years in buying and selling houses. We find her knowledge of the market to be excellent and her understanding of the value of individual homes to be incredible! Thanks very much.

Dave Seeger

March 2014

My husband and I loved working with Michele Ray. We were first-time home buyers and really had no idea of what we were getting into, but Michele was thorough, honest, and extremely helpful. She answered all of our questions promptly, and was always very easy to get in touch with. We both felt like we could trust Michele immediately and she made it obvious that she was truly working on our behalf. She was proactive in finding places for us to look, and it was due to her efforts that we were able to view and purchase a home before it went on the market. I could not recommend her more!

Emily Hébert

November 2013

I contacted Michele Ray to help me find a condo here in Austin. I gave Michele my parameters and she began looking in earnest. She did not waste my time in looking at places that did not meet my criteria. But she was more willing to show me places that might have possibilities. She was always right in telling me that she did not think it was a match. (pictures are deceving)! Anyway, she and I found the perfect place. Michele negotiated the contract several times to get the best price for me and more. She did not give up! Closing went very smoothly and now I am very happy at my new place. Thanks, Michele, for all the hard work.

Frederick C., Citysearch Review

September 2013

My wife and I have been good friends with Michele since before high school. My experience with her as my agent was great. She was extremely prompt in returning calls or email and kept me informed throughout the entire process. I would not hesitate in using her again.

Gil

August 2013

Michele Ray was wonderful throughout the entire home buying process. This was my first home purchase, and to add to the stress of that, I set a goal of two weeks to get a home under contract. Michele was able to listen to my needs and provide quality showings immediately. I was able to purchase my favorite home with her help.

I will definitely be referring all of my friends to her!

Joseph

I want you to know that Michele has been the best! She has shown true concern with our situation and found us the house of our dreams. She has helped me more than I ever expected because she truly cares. She has become a really good friend and is someone I can call with a question regarding real estate, and I know that she will listen and help problem solve without hesitation. I trust Realty Austin realizes what a great agent they have in Michele.

Peggy Pullum

I loved working with Michele Ray, I will tell everyone I know about her and her ability to find you the home you are looking for. She is very professional, very honest, and tells it like it is, which I find a most admirable trait. I hope to become very close friends with her as I feel we made a great connection.

Karen Dean

Michele was fabulous! My time was very limited in looking for a home in the area and she had the available condos mapped out. She was flexible and saw me through the whole process. After choosing a home I had to leave the area until closing. Michele took care of all the details that needed to be handled and made sure everything was in place when I returned. She made my move easy!

Cindy Deska

Michele is not only a top notch Realtor, she is a quality person as well. She has helped us immeasurably with both the purchases and sales of our homes. Her steadfast loyalty, thoughtfulness, guidance and honesty have helped us bridge both exciting and saddening transitions. We would recommend her without any hesitation to any of our dearest friends. She is our dear friend as well.

Gary and Cathy Pankonien

My wife and I were in the market for our first home. We knew nothing about home buying or the risks associated with being uninformed. Michele first educated us on what to look for, what questions to ask, what steps to take to mitigate risk, and how to negotiate. She then walked us through the experience leveraging her extensive knowledge and understanding of real estate and the Austin market. Needless to say, we got into the home of our dreams. She still checks on us from time to time, just to make sure we are okay. The lessons we learned from Michele will help us for the rest of our lives. She has our highest recommendation.

John and Becky Weaver

As first time home buyers, Michele's expertise and experience were invaluable in our search for a new home. She guided us through a challenging transaction and we were supremely grateful to have her on our side. We were highly confident in her ability to find a home, negotiate the deal, and protect our interests throughout the entire process. She did not disappoint. We would highly recommend her to friends, family, and anyone looking for a home!

Mark and Courtney Frazier

Michele Ray's Listings

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405 Golf Crest Ln - MLS# 3811421
  • $540,000
  • Active
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  • MLS® #: 3811421 
  • Lakeway 28
  • 405 Golf Crest Ln
  • Lakeway, TX 78734
  •   4 BD 4 BA 3102 Sq Ft 0.27 AC
  • Residential
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Michele Ray's Sold Listings

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211 Jack Nicklaus Dr - MLS# 4533696
  • $960,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 4533696 
  • Flintrock At Hurst Creek
  • 211 Jack Nicklaus Dr
  • Austin, TX 78738
  •   5 BD 6 BA 5401 Sq Ft 0.31 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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6800 Winterberry Dr - MLS# 5455753
  • $885,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 5455753 
  • Jester Point
  • 6800 Winterberry Dr
  • Austin, TX 78750
  •   4 BD 3 BA 3431 Sq Ft 1.28 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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104 Golden Bear Cv - MLS# 3144290
  • $875,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 3144290 
  • Flintrock At Hurst Creek
  • 104 Golden Bear Cv
  • Austin, TX 78738
  •   5 BD 4 BA 4704 Sq Ft 0.34 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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5907 Carry Back Ln - MLS# 3828770
  • $787,400
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 3828770 
  • Davenport Ranch
  • 5907 Carry Back Ln
  • Austin, TX 78746
  •   5 BD 4 BA 3616 Sq Ft 0.34 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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4503 Cat Mountain Dr - MLS# 7994320
  • $765,000
  • Sold
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  • MLS® #: 7994320 
  • Northwest Hills Cat Mountain
  • 4503 Cat Mountain Dr
  • Austin, TX 78731
  •   5 BD 5 BA 3730 Sq Ft 0.4 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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