Shawn Saunders

Shawn Saunders


Originally from Virginia, Shawn moved to Austin Texas in 1995 to attend the University of Texas at Austin for his MBA and has never left! He fell in love with the hip vibe of the city well before its recent meteoric growth of population and industry. He loves the diverse people and activities that Austin has to offer.

Shawn is a veteran of the High Tech industry where he most recently negotiated multi-million dollar contracts for Dell computer. He brings a professional level of negotiation and analytics to the home buying and selling process that has made his current client base very loyal through multiple transactions. His motto is “you gotta get caught asking” in a negotiation to maximize customer value in real estate transactions.

Over the last 13 years, Shawn has specialized in North Austin residential sales for first-time homebuyers, empty nesters, and investors. As a former civil engineer and home constructor, Shawn has a keen sense to significant home ownership pitfalls to help protect his customers in the home purchasing process. Many of his clients say that he is primarily focused on getting them a solid home for a competitive price rather than commission incentives. He truly puts the customer first in all his interactions.

During his free time, Shawn and his 11-year-old son love riding bicycles at the famous Veloway as well as on some of the other great trails around Austin. They also enjoy skiing in Colorado each year over Spring break. Shawn also has been seen volunteering at Austin Pets Alive, Austin the Capital Area Food Bank, and The Magellan International School.

June 2018

The moment we met Shawn, it was like we had known each other for years. I must have sent Shawn 1200 emails about various properties, and we took him to the ends of the Austin Metro. He never complained, and every question was answered in detail and with the utmost thoughtfulness. After a year and half of searching, we found the right house in the perfect area, and Shawn helped us get a great deal, all while we were living 3K miles away. I will use Shawn again and would recommend him to anyone and everyone.

Barry Delcambre

December 2017

My experience with Realty Austin surpassed all my expectations, specifically due to Shawn. With this being my first home purchase, Shawn was incredible every step of the way.

Sutton Gentry

November 2017

As always we appreciate Shawn's knowledge of the market and sales acumen when negotiating on houses we purchase together. I would need to go back and actually count up the dollars he, and I have purchased and sold together over the last 4+ years we have worked together. All I know is that it's a lot! I would recommend and have recommended Shawn to multiple people in the past and will continue to do so. I believe he is one of the best real estate agents I have ever met (I have met quite a few). I will even suggest Shawn to my parents when they move to Austin in the next year or two.

Toph Eberhart

November 2017

Shawn is the best! We first met Shawn in 2012 during our first time home buying experience. Shawn was recommended to us by a friend precisely because we were first time buyers and inexperienced. We were looking for a representative that would keep our best interests in mind. The first time home buying can be overwhelming at first, but Shawn walked us through the process, found us properties that met our specific affordability and expectations. I always felt that the properties Shawn was suggesting to us were in our best interest and he always helped us understand the long-term investment opportunities. He even detailed for us the colors and options that we should choose for our first home so that we could retain the best resale value. We have referred our family and friends to Shawn, and his level of service and advocacy is outstanding. He helped our out of town relatives choose a property that was right for them while ensuring that it would also be a smart investment in the area. He was especially accommodating to them while they searched for properties while living outside of Austin. Five years later and we have just purchased our second home. My husband and I are more experienced buyers and work for a large local credit union. We have come to understand the industry, and we have seen other people face challenges after having chosen the wrong representation. I am confident that without Shawn, we might have faced similar challenges in this competitive market. The new house we initially made an offer on had some hidden and somewhat concerning insurance claims. Shawn helped us uncover the details about the claim, worked diligently with the inspector, the sellers, and their agent to ensure that we would have all of the information to allow us to make an educated decision about whether or not to purchase the property. I’ll be honest, the seller’s agent wasn’t especially helpful, and Shawn advocated for us and produced results. Thankfully, after further investigation, the property turned out to be a great purchase. I continue to work with Shawn because I trust his experience and I trust that he will be open and honest with my family to ensure that we are making the best investment.

Andy Garcia

October 2017

Shawn Saunders is the best Realtor I have ever worked with. He is extremely professional, detailed oriented and competent. He actively looks out for his clients in every way possible. The time frame from my first house hunting expedition to closing was six weeks. Shawn made it all possible through his hard work and diligence and helped me navigate the process every step of the way. I strongly recommend him to anyone seeking a great Realtor.

Karla T.

July 2017

Shawn Saunders was a true pro and always found a creative way forward with all the aspects of the home buying process. He is knowledgeable about the marketplace and will steer you well. This is my 6th home, and by far Shawn was one of the best Realtors in the business. You should consider him for buying or selling your home!

Pedro Paredes

July 2017

Shawn went above and beyond my expectation. The services that he provides exceed other Realtors I have used in the past by far. He is very knowledgeable in the housing market and worked hard to make sure that I got the best deal possible. It was a pleasure working with him, and I would definitely refer him to my friends and family.

Geno Petronio

January 2017

We truly enjoyed working with Shawn. My husband and I recently bought our first home with Shawn Saunders at Realty Austin. Shawn was great to work with through the entire process. Being first time home buyers we had lots of questions and he was always very helpful. Even since closing on the house we’ve had questions for him, and he is always willing to help. We would recommend Shawn to anyone!


I needed 3 things from my real estate agent. 1) Industry knowledge, 2) An opinion, 3) Patience.

I needed an agent who knew the area and was willing to do the research needed to give me the necessary data to help me put together a reasonable offer.

I needed an agent who would listen to me at every house, and when I would contradict myself or maybe start to settle for a property, Shawn would remind me of what I said in the beginning of the process and that I should hold to those needs.

I needed an agent who would look at the last house of the day the way he looked at the first house of the day, I never sensed any frustration from Shawn. Always willing to go back to re-visit homes.

Shawn has made the process as easy as possible. He takes on all the work that he can so that you can clear your mind and make a well-informed decision. The process with him convinced me that he is out to find you a home, not to close a deal.

Jonathan Guttell

For me, Shawn’s highly analytical approach to real estate is what I feel really sets him apart. Perhaps it’s the MBA or the many years working in high tech, but Shawn really ‘knows his numbers’. His grounding in finance and detailed knowledge of the transaction process sets my mind at ease and makes the big task of finding a home I will adore much more enjoyable. He tirelessly researches the market, trends and neighborhoods to really offer a comprehensive service. On top of all that, Shawn is a pleasure to work with! He has a great attitude and really goes above and beyond. He has helped me with all my real estate transactions over the past 10 years and I look forward to working with him on more in the years to come.

Chris Hegeman

Shawn's strength is the relationship he builds with his client. He is always looking out for their best interests for the long term and not just for their immediate needs. He uses a wealth of information to negotiate any transaction and his experience in the local market is exceptional.

Bob Feiner

Shawn was great to work with. He has in-depth knowledge of the Austin market and did research for comparisons on each neighborhood in which I considered a house. This information helped me pick the right house at the right price.

Krisha Streety

Shawn Saunders helped us buy our first home. He was active and flexible in arranging viewings and always brought personal insights to help us avoid subtle pitfalls. He went above and beyond our expectations, sleuthing out prior, undisclosed work done on houses we visited, including finding the contractors that performed the work. We would absolutely work with Shawn again.

Chris Mann

Shawn Saunders is an expert in real estate and takes his business seriously unlike many of the agents who are in it for a quick sale just for the commission. Shawn was very diligent in working on developing our listing, marketing, and negotiating the contract making sure all aspects were covered professionally. He researches and keeps up with the market and provided us with a lot of information that helped us both on the sale of one home and the purchase of another. I would certainly recommend Shawn to my family and friends.

Toph Eberhart

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301 Pleasant Dr - MLS# 6606620
  • $1,225,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 6606620 
  • Hatley Park Estates
  • 301 Pleasant Dr
  • Austin, TX 78746
  •   4 BD 4 BA 3379 Sq Ft 0.49 AC
  • Residential
  • Buyer Represented
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3908 Edwards Mountain Dr - MLS# 3830123
  • $870,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 3830123 
  • Shinoak Valley
  • 3908 Edwards Mountain Dr
  • Austin, TX 78731
  •   3 BD 3 BA 2658 Sq Ft 0.29 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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