My wife and I reside in Portland, Oregon. I am a commercial real estate lawyer and my wife is a residential real estate broker. So, we have knowledge and experience when it comes to real estate. However, when we decided to buy a condo in Austin, we thought we should find a local real estate professional to help us. My wife scoured the web  and, after talking with a few representatives, selected Tom Thornton of Realty Austin. Tom turned out to be the perfect choice. He really knows the Austin market and was able to explain to us all of the things that are happening--or about to happen--in Austin. He was also instrumental in helping us determine how much we should offer and what concessions from the seller might be appropriate. As a result, we were able to select and purchase our condo over a three day visit. We could not have done this without Tom. We highly recommend him.

Joe and Shelley Voboril
 
We were very happy with Tom Thornton and the Realty Austin team. We were coming from Minnesota and were unfamiliar with Austin and had a limited time to make a decision and wanted to close the sale long distance.  Before we arrived in Austin, Tom Thornton provided helpful information on real estate trends and neighborhoods and available listings.  Tom is personable and was patient with our questions and indecisions. Tom is intelligent, professional and very competent and complete.  In addition to finding us a nice home at a reasonable price, he also was an excellent tour guide of Austin. Tom helped us with home insurance, home inspection and extended warranty information and worked with our builder to make sure that necessary repairs were completed.  Our bank in Minnesota said that Realty Austin was exceptionally easy to work with for closing long distance. Thank you, Tom, for making the entire process of home buying as stress-free as possible.
Lori and Joel Bryant


Tom is the best real estate agent with whom I have ever worked. He knows the market and how to access that market. He was very responsive to our needs and is an excellent communicator. I highly recommend him to anyone needing an agent.
Ed Rossman
 
Tom was an outstanding resource to us when we moved to Austin. He consistently showed a deep knowledge of the market, local laws, and behavioral trends of buyers and sellers. He keenly grasped our needs and desires and was insightful in addressing our questions and concerns. He always made time for us and our schedule and made the entire shopping and buying process smooth, efficient, and effortless. I would highly recommend him to anyone moving to Austin.
Tony Weber
 
I appreciate all the work Tom put in to ensure that I was completely satisfied with my home purchase.  His insight on all of the neighborhoods I knew about, and those I didn't, made my decision a lot easier.
Jeff Thiebaud
 
We had a wonderful experience with Tom as our agent.  He was patient and understanding over the weeks we worked together to find a home that met our needs.  He never made us feel pressured or rushed, and since it was our first home buying experience, he took the time to answer all of our questions and provide us with valuable insights into home ownership.  Tom was always prompt in returning phone calls and emails and ensured that we understood the steps we were taking in each stage of the process.  I would highly recommend Tom to you if you are considering buying a home.
Elyse and Matt Nicolette
 
We engaged Tom to help us find an investment property. Tom explained the pros and cons of each of the neighborhoods we were looking in, gave us pricing info on comparable sales, and even expected rents. We told him the price range we were looking in, and he let us know immediately when a matching listing came on the market. We were able to act quickly and close with Tom's real estate acumen. It was an easy and clean transaction, and we could not be more pleased.
Cindy and Bryan Finnegan
 
As a first time home buyer, Tom was everything I could have asked for and more in a realtor. From the beginning, he was extremely helpful in guiding me through a process I knew nothing about. Tom recognized my needs and provided his knowledge and expertise to find me the perfect place. He was available at anytime to answer all of my questions and truly cared that I found exactly what I was looking for. Most importantly, he was honest, gracious, and understanding. Tom was an absolute pleasure to work with, and I strongly recommend him.
Rachel Hays
 
Tom Thornton made our lives so much easier when decided to buy our first house. He took us to lunch very early on and explained everything we needed to know, and I do mean everything, which was very beneficial for rookies like us. He is extremely professional, had a knowledgeable answer to all our pesky questions, and guided us expertly through the entire process. I can't even imagine how stressful the whole process might have been if we didn't have Tom as our guardian!
Adi Anand and Natasha Taylor
 
Tom is a stellar agent! He lead me through the process with ease, knowledge and genuine enthusiasm. He is highly qualified in the Austin market, provides valuable information on analysis and is incredibly patient explaining all the details and processes. He brings years of experience, intelligence, integrity and confidence to the table and is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Tom for any real estate needs and feel grateful he was my partner in my homebuying experience.
Soumya Ramakrishnan
 
Tom was great. He was within easy reach. Whenever we called we always reached him and if not he called back ASAP. He knows the Austin area and was able to reduce our search time by leading us in the direction we needed to go. This was very helpful since we are not residents of Austin and are unfamiliar with the city. We also had Hurricane Ike to deal with, and so this added to our stress level. Tom was so understanding. He is someone we can recommend highly to anyone looking for a realtor in the Austin area.
Kenneth and Sheila Stevens
 
I give Tom my highest recommendation as a Realtor.   He is level-headed, straight-forward, personable and generous with his time and effort.  He helped me buy a house, and I was so pleased with his work that I later asked him to help me sell. He has a genuine interest in his job and the housing market.
William Callahan
 
Tom was everything that I could have asked for in a Realtor. He was able to find me the perfect neighborhood and made the entire process smooth from contract to closing and beyond. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tom and Realty Austin to all of my friends!
 
Amy Bradley