Watson Team

Watson Team


The Watson Team consists of James Watson and Craig Vaughan.

James has watched the Austin area grow and change in so many ways over the years. He’s seen it transition from a small state capital known for its quirky personality, vibrant live music scene, and colorful politicians to a diverse, thriving metropolis and global travel destination. But what hasn’t changed is his love for this city and everything it has to offer. Real Estate has afforded James the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people from Austin, and all over the world. Building relationships with his buyers and sellers is very important to him, and so many of them have become cherished, lifelong friends. He’s watched children of clients grow up and go out on their own, and have even had the joy of helping them find their first homes. These are the reasons why his job is so rewarding, and why he could never imagine doing anything else.

Since obtaining his real estate license in 1996, James has become and remained one of the market leaders in the Austin area. With a passion for helping both buyers and sellers, and a dedication to protecting their interests, James built a solid reputation with clients and peers alike as an agent with firm integrity, compassion, extensive market knowledge, and a force to be reckoned with during negotiations. This reputation allowed James to build a robust and enduring business based on return clients and personal referrals. By sharing his expertise, James aims to build a dedicated team that shares his strong work ethic, pledge for honest communication, and commitment to client satisfaction. James truly believes that his success comes from the relationships he builds with his clients.

Raised in the Hill Country, James has lived in Central Texas most of his life. An avid gardener, he is known for spending as much free time in his garden as he can. He also loves Austin’s fun food scene, going to concerts, hiking the Greenbelt, and most of all the excitement of seeing a happy client at the end of a successful closing.


  • Platinum Top 500 REALTORS® 2019

September 10 2019

My first-time home buying experience was so pleasant and easy, thanks to the Watson Team. James patiently walked me through every step of the way, making sure that I understood exactly what was happening and why. He had my best interest at heart and was by my side the entire time. James is super knowledgeable of the Austin area, and really knows his stuff! I truly appreciate everything the Watson Team did for me, and I highly recommend them for any real estate needs. 

Hannah Wilson

August 16 2019

I am very happy with the experience that I had with the Watson Team. Everything went great, and I loved James and Craig. I highly recommend working with the Watson Team.

Richard Smoot

February 1 2019

James has a gift for deep listening and is committed to finding out what our priorities are in a home, and to tirelessly working to make that a reality. Time and again, we've been impressed with James's professionalism and ethics, as well as his knowledge of the market and the intricacies of buying and selling a home. His superpower is making us feel like we're his only clients, and (even though we know that's far from the reality) his presence and investment in us make us feel that way. He and Craig have spoiled us, and we are heartbroken to be moving out-of-state where we'll have to find another Realtor; we wish we could take him with us! The Watson team truly goes above and beyond, and we can say (without any hesitation) that they are exceptional in both the services they provide and the care they pour into their work.

Stacey and Chris Mietus

July 1 2018

We had an amazing experience with James during our house hunt, making offers and closing. He was a calming, knowledgeable presence during the competitive house search in Austin. James was always available by phone or email, and it didn't matter what time of day. I know that we would not have found a house so quickly within our time frame without his expertise. We needed a lot of hand-holding as new buyers, and he was so patient with us. James is still helping us with some things, even after the closing! He has gone above and beyond as a Realtor, and we are so grateful to have him in our corner. I plan on referring all my friends to James!

Manoli Bolar

July 1 2018

I am a retired judge but with more than forty years of law practice. During that time I have represented and advised, drafted documents for many Realtors have also been a client a few times. Based on experience I would say that James Watson is doubtlessly the best Realtor associate I’ve ever seen. His efforts to produce great customer satisfaction are always wholehearted. Ask him a question, and you get insightful, useful information right away. We’re from Hawaii, and so there was a great to accomplish in a very short week. Buying a condo was not originally planned, and there was much to accomplish. We had no contacts, so James had to refer us to bankers, insurance agent, real property managing agent, real property inspector, etc. All of his referrals also gave great customer service who we found great to work with. And most of all we liked the way he advised of in negotiating the price. I strongly recommend James.

Timothy David Woo

June 1 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed working with James. He is professional, very responsive and made our real estate purchase experience a very pleasant one. We will definitely refer our friends and relatives to James should the need arises. It has been a pleasure working with James.

Donna Woo

April 1 2018

We used James when we bought the home, and we used James to sell the house. James helped considerably, and I will gladly recommend him to friends and family I know. Thank you, James and Realty Austin so much.

Gretchen Minnotte

March 1 2018

James was amazing with each and every step. He treated my 85k purchase like it was a multi-million dollar one. He was always available, advocated like I've never seen, and is a pleasure to spend time with to boot!

Mary Froeba and Dan Clarke

February 1 2018

James Watson is a true real estate professional who helped us every step of the way selling our old home for 4% above asking and getting us into our dream home! His knowledge of market trends in all areas in Austin is outstanding, and he just seemed to know all the ins and outs; everything from landscaping, architectural styles, renovation estimates and what issues to expect with some of the older homes we toured. The real kicker was that we hit a snag when the buyer for the old home had some major financing issues. James was tirelessly hounding that lending team to expedite the docs for closing and got everything squared away just in the nick of time. I am huge on communication and never waited more than a couple of moments to get replies from either James or his assistant Craig on any of the facets of our deal. Although this particular deal was for our personal residence, I am a real estate investor and have worked with countless agents... I cannot recommend a stronger team member than James!

Greg Williams

February 1 2018

James is, without a doubt, the best Realtor I’ve encountered. His thoroughness, knowledge, and expediency made a difficult move possible. I’m grateful we had his expertise to help us navigate a huge life transition for our family. I will sing his praises to whoever needs a Realtor in the future. Thank you, James!

Sarah Grant

February 1 2018

James is by far the best Realtor I've ever worked with. He was genuinely helpful at every step. I would recommend James and Realty Austin to anyone and surely will!

Jeff Grant

January 1 2018

James Watson was OUTSTANDING, and hopefully, over the years we will continue to work together. Not only was his “direct” service great, but it was outstanding. Beyond that and even after closing he has continued to provide us with care. If possible, I will continue to work with him over the years, and I will recommend him to anyone I run across looking to buy or sell a home.

Scott Graham

August 1 2017

James was instrumental in my home buying process. I could not have made it through without his help. James was quick to understand my needs, was available to answer any questions I might have and is trustworthy. He is knowledgeable about builder product, school districts, surrounding growth in various areas of the city, lending, home warranties, you name it! This is the second home I've bought with James. He is my preferred Realtor, and I have and will continue to, recommend him.

Adrienne Wellington

June 1 2017

James has beyond exceeded our expectations. As out of town first-time home buyers, I can definitively say that it would have been impossible for us to have purchased our home in the time frame we hoped without James. James is diligent, personable, knowledgeable, responsive, and extraordinarily competent at his job. In every situation we were faced with, James provided clear analysis along with his prediction of how a given scenario might play how, and it nearly always went exactly as he predicted. Furthermore, he has gone beyond any reasonable expectation of providing service and help outside of the home-buying process. I would not hesitate to recommend James to anyone looking for a real estate agent in Austin.

Dan Gold

April 1 2017

James Watson is a terrific agent, who has provided me and other members of my family with excellent service on several occasions. He is not only courteous and personable, he is knowledgeable and went above and beyond the call of duty every step of the way during my recent transaction.

Gabriel Reyes

March 1 2017

James’ work ethic is why I have trusted him to be my realtor since 2001. He puts the interests of his clients above his own. And James and Craig’s seamless teamwork makes the real estate process so much easier. Their integrity and attention to detail are what distinguishes them from the rest.

Navier Stokes

James is fantastic: personable, professional, and we will definitely reach out to work with him again!

Carla Capps

For great customer service, you can't do any better than James.

Greg Klock

I would not trust anyone other than James to advise me on important real estate decisions. There is just no one else out there in the real estate arena that shares his brand of knowledge, dedication, talent, and integrity. And there is certainly no other realtor that takes care of me like family.

Anna Hardigree

You have been wonderful, and we really appreciate that you made it possible for us to live in this nice neighborhood and in this great house. Our cat too would like to thank you. She finally has a backyard to run around in!

Jeannie and Charles

James’ work ethic is why I have trusted him to be my realtor since 2001. He puts the interests of his clients above his own. And James and Craig’s seamless teamwork makes the real estate process so much easier. Their integrity and attention to detail are what distinguishes them from the rest.

Navier Stokes

In two words, James is caring and intuitive.

Justina Tam

We love our new home! Working with James is such a pleasure. He has a remarkable combination of professionalism and warmth. We are grateful for all the time and hard work he invested in our home search.

Chris and Stacy Mietus

James has been my real estate agent for over a decade now. He truly cares about his clients and will go that extra mile even after the sale is finalized. He found my dream home in Allandale before the house was even up for sale! And he is very knowledgeable about all areas around Austin.

Annette Wandler

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2008 Amur Dr - MLS# 8524195
  • $424,900
  • Active
  • MLS® #: 8524195 
  • Independence Park Condo
  • 2008 Amur Dr
  • Austin, TX 78745
  •   3 BD 3 BA 2074 Sq Ft 0.21 AC
  • Residential
Office: Realty Austin
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13204 Coleto Creek Trl - MLS# 5518628
  • $785,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 5518628 
  • Steiner Ranch
  • 13204 Coleto Creek Trl
  • Austin, TX 78732
  •   5 BD 4 BA 3906 Sq Ft 0.3 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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7503 Long Point Dr - MLS# 3323648
  • $717,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 3323648 
  • Vista West
  • 7503 Long Point Dr
  • Austin, TX 78731
  •   5 BD 3 BA 2992 Sq Ft 0.23 AC
  • Residential
  • Seller Represented
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3310 Denver Ave - MLS# 4159582
  • $587,500
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 4159582 
  • Manor Road Add
  • 3310 Denver Ave
  • Austin, TX 78723
  •   3 BD 3 BA 1482 Sq Ft 0.19 AC
  • Residential
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54 Rainey St #318 - MLS# 5599470
  • $558,000
  • Sold
  • MLS® #: 5599470 
  • Milago Condo
  • 54 Rainey St #318
  • Austin, TX 78701
  •   2 BD 2 BA 1164 Sq Ft 0.01 AC
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