Peter Van Kooij

Peter Van Kooij

REALTOR®

CNE, GRI

Fluent in:
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German

A native from The Netherlands, Peter opted to move his family to Austin in 1999 after several years in England. Peter holds a degree in law from a leading Dutch University, but he decided early on that sales, marketing, and customer service were a better fit for his skills and personality. After an extensive sales career in the high tech industry, a career which had him traveling globally to manage multimillion dollar accounts, Peter decided to spend less time at hotels, on airplanes, and away from his family so that he could start in a profession in which his impact on people's lives was more readily apparent. This led him to focus his efforts on a career in real estate, where he could truly make a difference.

He stands firm in his belief that his experience dealing with challenging accounts worldwide has given him a competitive edge in the real estate market, experience he is now able to offer his local real estate clients. His vast know-how in business negotiations with people from all over the United States, as well as the rest of the world, will benefit his clients, no matter where they may hail from. Peter has a keen understanding of cultural differences, societal gaps and shifts, and global perspectives, and in addition to the complicated languages of business and real estate, Peter speaks French, German, Dutch, and English, another vital skill set which he is now able to offer his real estate clients.

Peter specializes in helping his clients sell and buy residential and commercial real estate, primarily in the Central and Southwest Austin areas.

In addition to serving his clients, Peter enjoys spending time on the lake with his wife and grown kids (when they aren't off at college), hiking with his two dogs, working on classic cars, and the charity car show which he co-organizes every year.

August 2017

We would highly recommend Peter. His guidance and marketing made the entire process go very smoothly. He was there for us every step of the way, always accessible and quick to respond to questions. We will definitely share our positive experience with Peter van Kooij and Realty Austin with others.

Nancy Babiarz

April 2017

Peter's done a great job juggling all my random requests and demands. He made the transaction smooth and I'm happy with the result.

Zach G.

January 2017

Peter is a great guy and one of the hardest working realtors I've ever met.  He has my strongest positive feedback and reference.   

Jon Taute

September 2016

Peter did a sensational job in helping me find my home. He was a true blessing in this process. Peter was referred to me by a close friend whom I trust to be entirely thorough. I was not worried about the realtor as I knew I was going to be working with someone who had an honest approach and would work tirelessly to help me find something great.

In our first meeting, Peter asked that I take some steps to work with a lender to ensure all funding was appropriate. This made the next step in actually finding a house seamless. In actually finding a home, Peter had a methodical approach taking down my needs and wants and then providing a list that showed options. The list he provided and the homes me saw made my decision pretty simple. Choosing a house was the easy part and I think most realtors would stop there, but this is where Peter shined in comparison to others.

Peter went with me to design buildout for a new home, he provided his thoughts on upgrade options, my designer, and the home building process. He would regularly stop by the home during construction to speak to the builder on my behalf providing me updates. In short, he was a confidant who ensured that the process was being taken care of. He went so far as to email the owner of the building company when he didn't feel that our questions were being answered and the process was handled poorly.

I was repeatedly impressed with his proactive steps to ensuring the process was going smoothly. I would sometimes send him an email only to see a reply that he would get something answered for me. He even went so far as to go shopping for post-build wood floors with me!

I never had to worry that my realtor was looking out for my best interests and helping me understand the process. I never had to worry that Peter was working hard for me and looking for potential savings. I see him not only as my realtor, but as a friend who helped me find my home.

Tony Laurel

July 2016

Peter's calm demeanor plus his willingness to go the extra mile when it was most needed was greatly appreciated. It was a pleasure working with him.

Libby Brace

July 2016

Peter did a great job helping us buy a condo downtown! He was early to every appointment. He found the info we needed about the home owner's association. He provided lots of comp data so we could make an educated offer. He was proactive about getting the unit inspected. He answered all of our questions about the process. I would definitely refer Peter to my friends and family!

Caroline Mericas

July 2016

Peter is a very busy agent. He did what he could to make sure I looked at every house I found. We looked for several weeks, and he drove around every area in Austin. We ended up finding our home in Bastrop. He even went out of his way to find a gift for my wife that I could not locate. Overall, I will recommend him to friends.

Cody D.

July 2016

My Realtor Peter Van Kooij was excellent! He was hard-working and patient as he walked me through each step buying my first home. He always had an upbeat attitude and was easily available. Thank you Peter!

Keli Hawthorne, Facebook Review

July 2016

I worked with Peter van Kooij. Peter was so helpful and concerned for me to get just what I wanted and needed within my financial limitations. He made himself available pretty much any time I needed him. Several of my friends met him and they liked and trusted him as well. I would definitely work with him again (though I hope I never have to move again) and I would recommend him to anyone and I have recommended him to friends already.

Raenell Silcox, Facebook Review

June 2016

We had a great experience with Peter. He had our interests 100% at heart and did not try to lean on us and offered up good advice on properties with our interests first and foremost in mind. He was very responsive and available for our unique needs. He was very helpful in identifying local resources as we are out of town, and we would definitely recommend him and strongly consider him for future needs.

All in all, Peter was great and was very helpful in landing us our unique home in a competitive market.

Tony Kaplan

December 2015

Peter was very helpful and responsive with getting me my new home. 2015 was a year of challenges and it ended on such a high note, thanks to Peter. He listened, was supportive, and everything fell into place as I made big changes to support a new and different 2016. It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend Peter. He was very thoughtful and I know that we will keep in touch as I have found my home.

Kristina

December 2015

There are no superlatives grand enough to describe Peter van Kooij's professionalism. I enjoy working with him and will surely use him again. I will recommend him to friends in need of a great Realtor.

Mike

November 2015

When one asks if a service exceeds expectations, that is a very big ask. I have very high expectations of people and products. Rarely are even my minimal expectations met. That is not the case with Peter van Kooij. I could not have met a more courteous, conscientious, and accessible person. His response time to any inquiry, at any time, was staggering. I could not recommend anyone more highly.

Eldon

October 2015

We had a wonderful experience with Peter van Kooij. We were looking for a very long time, over a year in total. But Peter's patience was exemplary. He took the time to really understand what we were looking for and that helped a lot in our search. We definitely recommend Peter to anyone looking for a new home in the Austin area.

Michael B., Yelp Review

June 2015

Our experience with Peter van Kooij of Realty Austin was absolutely phenomenal. We were so impressed by his patience (we looked for about 6mos before we finally bought pre-construction and it took 18 more months to close), knowledge of the marketplace and his partnership to truly help us find our home. We didn't feel like just a commission for Peter...he even advised us against buying a house that we thought we wanted as we were getting impatient to find the right place - but he knew exactly what we wanted in a home and neighborhood and that wasn't it. We were just trying to force it. We are SO happy we listened to his advice. Peter became a part of our family as we traveled across town together and from house-to-house. He had a breadth of knowledge on the Austin real estate market that stretched from the east side to the west and north Austin to south. We even found ourselves looking at lots as we thought about building! He made himself available no matter the day or hour and was a partner throughout the process. Peter is the epitome of trust, knowledge, patience and partnership. We look forward to working with him again in the future (to sell and buy again)...and having a Peroni with him now-and-again in the meantime. Call Peter - you won't regret it!

Courtney C., Yelp Review

October 2014

Peter Van Kooj of Realty Austin was incredibly helpful in the complete process from preparing my home for sale through the final closing. He was patient, and always gave my questions a helpful answer. His honesty and integrity made him easy to work with, and his advice was always useful. He was willing to provide assistance in a large variety of areas that helped me prepare the house and stay focused.

I cannot imagine having a better person to represent me throughout this confusing and sometimes anxiety producing process. I recommend Peter without reservation in helping others selling or buying homes.

Rochelle

October 2014

I'm very pleased with the selling experience I had with Peter. Having worked with him for several years at Dell, I never doubted his professionalism and drive for results. I think I gave him a bit of a challenge with what I wanted to get out of my property, but he did the numbers and said he would give it a go.

My property got lots of exposure that resulted in many showings and a few good offers. The result of selling my property for asking price and closing in less than 10 days was beyond expectations and my objective of netting $200 per foot was achieved - I could not be happier!

Peter is a very fine agent for Realty Austin.

Mike Gray

August 2014

It was indeed a pleasure to work with Peter van Kooij in selling our house. We had spoken informally with several real estate agents in the last few years, but it was not until Peter took on the job that things moved really fast. He found us a buyer almost right away and all the documents necessary for the sale were completed in a few days. He also advised us on the best way to empty the house and even helped Barbara move some items a few days before the closing. I had expected the sale of this house to be a long drawn-out process, and the fact that the sale went so smoothly and quickly demonstrates Peter's extraordinary skills as a realtor. The gift he sent us after the closing was also a thoughtful gesture. We would not hesitate to recommend him to others.

Herman and Barbara van Olphen

August 2014

My husband and I just recently sold our 1938 bungalow in Central Austin and bought a new home in Northwest Hills. We couldn't have been happier with our experience with Peter Van Kooij at Realty Austin. Peter was always accessible by whatever means we needed (texts at 11:30pm, sure! 10 emails throughout our workday, you bet! An impromptu phone call when we had a question, of course!) and he truly became a friend throughout our selling/buying process. I'm sure he thought that we'd never find a house to buy (we were THAT couple that made him take us to 70+ houses) and he was always happy and enthusiastic to take us anywhere we requested. He even sent letters to houses that we liked but that weren't for sale!

The selling process was great with Peter too. We worked with a stager to make the most out of our house, held open houses with TONS of traffic, had gorgeous pictures taken and beautiful flyers available inside and outside our home. We ended up in a bidding war, which Peter expertly navigated us through and the end result was exactly what we wished for.

Peter was also a great negotiator when it came time to sign contracts. He knew when we could hold our line and also knew when he needed to talk us down off a ledge. My husband and I are both engineers, and we appreciated that he could give us hard facts and numbers whenever we requested them.

We've already recommended Peter to our neighbors and friends and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to all of Austin.

Tiffany Cross

July 2014

We had a very good experience with Peter. One of the reasons we will choose to work with him again is his promptness with everything. If we call, text, or email him, we always receive a timely response. He always provided us with valuable information and worked with us to view the properties that we wanted to see. He was never pushy or rushed us. He was our agent to purchase a property in Austin and he will be our agent to sell another property there as well.

Mary Kay Hanson

June 2014

Peter was extraordinary, always responded immediately to my emails or calls. If I left a message, he would call back within 15 minutes, even on weekends when he was out of town. My son-in-law happened to meet Peter and recommended him to me and I am very grateful to my son-in-law. At our second meeting we had 15 minutes to kill between appointments so Peter suggested we have a cup of coffee so he could get to know me and what I was looking for. He just listened to what I was looking for, what I wanted. I was sold on a house that neither my daughter, son, son-in-law nor Peter thought was ideal for me but Peter was not pushy – he was guided by what I wanted. As it turned out, the house was being handled by a colleague and I asked Peter questions about what the seller really wanted. He was professionally correct. He did not ask his colleague questions that were professionally inappropriate – he did the right thing and was professionally correct.

I give him the highest marks and would recommend him to anyone relocating to Austin.

Joanne S.

May 2014

My husband and I met Peter van Kooij at an open house in the Zilker neighborhood. He was so professional in his demeanor that I knew when the day came for us to sell our condo, Peter would be the man we would call. I kept his business card in my 'important paperwork' drawer. Just three months later, I accepted a job offer in Dallas and needed to sell our condo quickly. Peter came out to our place the same day and went over all of our questions and the necessary paperwork. (He was even kind enough to help us out with some minor repair/replacements in our home to get it onto the market!) During the entire selling process, Peter was very diligent in keeping the communication flowing with both me and my husband while I was away in Dallas (and keeping our indoor cat safe - which was a huge concern for me!). After one weekend, our condo sold for above asking price! We just signed the closing docs this past weekend. I know Peter was a huge part in making this process happen quickly and very smoothly! My husband and I highly, highly recommend Peter van Kooij as your Realtor.

Andrea Roberts, Google Review

April 2014

My husband and I met Peter van Kooij at an open house in the Zilker neighborhood. He was so professional in his demeanor that I knew when the day came for us to sell our condo, Peter would be the man we would call. I kept his business card in my 'important paperwork' drawer. Just three months later, I accepted a job offer in Dallas and needed to sell our condo quickly. Peter came out to our place the same day and went over all of our questions and the necessary paperwork. (He was even kind enough to help us out with some minor repair/replacements in our home to get it onto the market!) During the entire selling process, Peter was very diligent in keeping the communication flowing with both me and my husband while I was away in Dallas (and keeping our indoor cat safe - which was a huge concern for me!). After one weekend, our condo sold for above asking price! We just signed the closing docs this past weekend. I know Peter was a huge part in making this process happen quickly and very smoothly! My husband and I highly, highly recommend Peter van Kooij as your Realtor.

Andrea Roberts, Google Review

Peter had patiently shown me a huge number of homes (30, 50?) before he picked the right one for me. Things were really difficult because the house was not yet built and I was out of the country while it was being finished. Peter proved a great help keeping an eye on the progress, and keeping me posted. Thanks, Peter!!

Karina Daszkowski 

Peter is awesome, he helped us find the right home and took a lot of time to define our needs. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of purchasing a home.

kagey93 

Peter helped my fiance and I buy a home in 2012. He was extremely helpful, and was willing to tour homes with us at odd hours because we both work late. We ended up finding the perfect house after many weeks of searching, at which point he helped us get a great deal and the closing costs covered. He was always available and responsive and respected our wishes even when it took us a couple of months to find our home. He is amazing and we highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell.

Emily 

Peter is helping us with the purchase of commercial real estate. We've completed one transaction and are pursuing several other. He is very dedicated and responsive, works quickly, and provides excellent advice on investments. Plus he is very pleasant to work with. I highly recommend him.

pricejennifer 

My husband and I met Peter at an open house. We asked him a few questions about the Austin home buying market and he took the initiative to follow-up with me later that afternoon. We quickly realized the Peter was the realtor we wanted to help guide us as embarked on our first home buying experience. I cannot even begin to explain Peter's patience and how generous he was with his time! He was incredibly responsive via phone and email at all times too. He listened to us and respected however long it would take us to find the right house. He did help us find the perfect home and we were very thankful to have Peter by our side throughout the process. Not that we're moving any time soon, but he'll be listing our house when we decide to sell and help us find the next! I HIGHLY recommend Peter!

Courtney 

Peter is truly one of a kind. He has many successful years of top level business experience dealing with executives of multi-billion dollar firms. Peter brings this expertise with him to the real estate table but from the moment you meet Peter, you will realize that his ability to connect with people is what sets him apart. What brings Peter joy in life is being able to help people. 
Our experience with Peter in our house exploration was nothing less than wonderful. Peter is always on time and responsive. He understands that buying a home is an emotional process and he guides you through. We will be using him again in the future whether it is for another primary home purchase or investment property.

kinderunited 

Peter was our realtor when we bought a rental property for investment. At the start of the process, he provided us with an analysis of the residential market that we used to figure out what part of Austin would be the best fit for our objectives. After a few months of evaluating candidate properties that Peter identified for us, we decided to buy a house in a new development. Peter helped us through the process of specifying the construction details we wanted, closing on the house, and marketing the house as a rental. We had tenants in place within a few weeks of closing. We were very happy with Peter's services, and have recommended him to others without hesitation.

dmericas 

I met Peter at an open house and was impressed with his knowledge of the area that I was interested in, what was available in my price range and low pressure approach. He is genuinely sincere in his desire to assist you with finding a home, not just selling you a house. I came to consider Peter as a friend through the process of finding a home with his help. I couldn't be happier with the home he helped me find or with the help and guidance he offered me as a first time home buyer. And people say buying a house is hard. Not with the right person helping you!

amos_peter 

Peter Van Kooij's Listings

Displaying 2 out of 2 results. Listings updated 11 minutes ago.
Price, High to Low

Peter Van Kooij's Sold Listings

Displaying 24 out of 54 results. Listings updated 11 minutes ago.
Price, High to Low
615 Jewell St - MLS# 2139695
  • $815,000
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 2139695 
  • Bouldin
  • 615 Jewell St
  • Austin, TX 78704
  •   3 BD 3 BA 2058 Sq Ft 0.24 AC
  • Residential
  • Buyer Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
1113 Elder Cir - MLS# 3917458
  • $735,000
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 3917458 
  • Rob Roy On Lake
  • 1113 Elder Cir
  • Austin, TX 78733
  •   4 BD 4 BA 3430 Sq Ft 1.01 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
1611 Margaret St - MLS# 6441947
  • $720,000
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 6441947 
  • Barton Heights
  • 1611 Margaret St
  • Austin, TX 78704
  •   3 BD 2 BA 2263 Sq Ft 0.18 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
4107 Jefferson St - MLS# 9703496
  • $680,000
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 9703496 
  • Ridgelea
  • 4107 Jefferson St
  • Austin, TX 78731
  •   3 BD 2 BA 2296 Sq Ft 0.24 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
1101 Ottawa Dr - MLS# 2551006
  • $647,500
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 2551006 
  • Austin Lake Hills
  • 1101 Ottawa Dr
  • Austin, TX 78733
  •   3 BD 4 BA 3251 Sq Ft 0.28 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
1507 Wethersfield Rd - MLS# 3331259
  • $622,000
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 3331259 
  • Enfield F
  • 1507 Wethersfield Rd
  • Austin, TX 78703
  •   3 BD 3 BA 1909 Sq Ft 0.14 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
15008 Robin Ct - MLS# 9483016
  • $585,000
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 9483016 
  • Cardinal Hills Unit
  • 15008 Robin Ct
  • Lakeway, TX 78734
  •   4 BD 3 BA 3029 Sq Ft 0.32 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
4101 Aplomado Falcon Cv - MLS# 2012465
  • $512,000
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 2012465 
  • Spillman Ranch / Falconhead
  • 4101 Aplomado Falcon Cv
  • Austin, TX 78738
  •   4 BD 4 BA 3486 Sq Ft 0.44 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
1909 Sharon Ln - MLS# 1250634
  • $490,000
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 1250634 
  • Ward & Treadwell
  • 1909 Sharon Ln
  • Austin, TX 78703
  •   4 BD 2 BA 2636 Sq Ft 0.27 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing
104 Plum Cv - MLS# 5604564
  • $453,300
  • Sold
  •  
  • MLS® #: 5604564 
  • Lakeway
  • 104 Plum Cv
  • Lakeway, TX 78734
  •   5 BD 4 BA 3127 Sq Ft 0.26 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
Add as Favorite Hide Listing