Elite 25 Austin 2019, 2021
Top 20 Individual Agent, Austin Business Journal Real Estate Awards 2020
Luxury League Austin 2019, 2021
Five Star Professional 2019, 2020, 2021
Luxury Home Marketing CLHMS, Million Dollar Guild 2014- present
Platinum Top 50 Finalist 2016
Graduate, Realtor® Institute
Member Seton Development Board
Member Austin Luxury Network
Member Austin Board of Realtors®
Member Texas Association of Realtors®
Member National Board of Realtors®
Licensed REALTOR® since 2010
Bachelor of Science, Texas Christian University
Leah is a native Austinite, a graduate of Westlake High School and Texas Christian University. She specializes in Central, West, Northwest Austin, Westlake Hills and Lake Travis, and always takes care to introduce newcomers to the Austin community. In our low inventory / high demand market it is imperative for both buyers and sellers to be aligned with an experienced realtor. Buyers and sellers often don’t realize how valuable it is to have a realtor that has long standing relationships in the business and is tied into the wider broker community. These connections enable the discerning buyer access to coming soon and private market inventory rather than only seeing the offerings on the public market. Our city’s real estate market is extremely competitive so having an agent with experience and success navigating multiple offer situations can be the difference between getting your dream home or not. Additionally, the ability to manage the entire home purchase or selling process smoothly is a value-add that buyers and sellers often don’t appreciate until they are knee deep in the process. Leah has spent a decade building a team of well vetted and trusted partners in the industry, who she believes are a crucial part of ensuring a smooth, successful and predictable process.
Leah’s right hand is her assistant Laurie Sauls; together they can offer a layered approach to better serve her clients. Her appreciation for stylish and superior quality homes started many years ago and pushed her to take on a project of building her own architecturally driven home, which was completed in the Spring of 2020. Leah loves to attend the annual, globally recognized, Austin AIA Homes Tour and discovering the newest architectural and construction talent in our thriving city. Getting the chance to see and admire their work in person is part of the continuing education process she believes further differentiates her from the pack and enables her to help her clients appreciate exquisite details in architecture, construction and finishes. Leah has cultivated relationships with the most talented architects and builders in town and personally understands what it takes to tackle a high caliber project in today’s Austin market while managing timeline, budget, and carrying costs. This complex exercise includes assisting clients with identifying and evaluating potential home purchases, construction sites, knock-down or remodel candidates, and also helping them overcome the challenges of re-imagining a property’s potential all while navigating the city’s processes and systems. On the seller side, she offers a full-service approach to making the property ready for the market and setting it up to put its best foot forward.
Leah loves her job and the opportunity to genuinely help her clients realize their dreams - and make the process fun along the way. She is grateful for the opportunity to pursue her passion with a career in real estate and now, diving into the architectural and construction component, allowing her to raise the bar when it comes to assisting her clients. In her off hours she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis and walking her dog, Hattie.
Leah is assisted by Laurie Sauls
Laurie Sauls, REALTOR®
Laurie is an Austin native and grew up in West Lake Hills. Laurie and her husband purchased first home in South Austin. After a successful negotiation and purchase in an aggressive sellers’ market, Laurie was determined to pursue a career in residential real estate. Prior to joining Leah at Gottesman Residential Real Estate, Laurie was an Associate at EQ Capital Strategies, a middle-market buy and sell-side advisory firm, working directly with the managing partners, clients and private equity firms throughout the transaction process. Laurie also has experience in public relations and communications. She was a Senior Account Executive at Buie & Co. Public Relations for several years, and Communications Manager at Harden Healthcare, a post-acute care provider that served nearly 35,000 patients a day in 15 states across the U.S.
Laurie enjoys staying active and the outdoors with her husband and golden retriever. She also enjoys diving into home renovation projects on the weekends. Laurie is an honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
"Leah did a fantastic job finding and winning my family a house in the middle of a cross-country move during the height of the pandemic in early 2020. When we realized the house wouldn't accommodate our growing family a year later, Leah was able to not only get us a great return on the house but predicted (almost to the dollar) what the market could offer. She has a fantastic pulse on the market and knows how to get deals done!"
- The Eby Family, Repeat Clients
"Leah made our home buying and selling experience in Austin fun, easy, and enjoyable. Her knowledge of the market and her experience in the industry made us extremely confident in our decisions. We were always kept in the loop and felt like she was on our side 100%. She’s honest, respectful, and fun to work with. Being new to Texas, Leah’s roots in Austin and her rolodex of recommendations and contacts are unlike any other. We will definitely work with Leah in the future and highly recommend her to others in Austin!"
- The Travis Family, Repeat Clients
"The illogic and uncertainty of COVID-19 continues to amaze me, yet Leah's professionalism and expertise brought a contract of sale to us within a month of listing the property! John’s suggestion that I talk to Leah was the best decision we made and I appreciate Leah's willingness to co-list with Brady - I know from experience that joint ventures can be challenging. Now we know why John said Leah is the top producer of high end residential real estate in Austin! We will miss the ranch, but have great memories to carry for the rest of our lives. Thank you, Leah, for making the transition so timely, orderly and final. Thank you for your role in making it all happen."
- The Bundy Family
"To put it simply, Leah is the BEST realtor, particularly when it comes to assisting an out of state buyer. Leah spent over a year helping us search for the perfect home and was in communication on an almost daily basis sending off the market listings and homes just as they popped up for sale. She brought us on two tours of the city, taking us around all of the neighborhoods, providing details on each area, explaining what it feels like to live in each one and helped us narrow down our choice in what was a completely unknown city to find us the perfect fit. When we toured, through FaceTime, the frame of a spec house, from 2000 miles away, and we knew it was the one, Leah was a fabulous negotiator and gave us true and honest insight on what offer price would secure us the deal without making us feel pressured. In a multiple bid scenario, Leah got us our dream home. But her talent, referral base and skill didn’t stop there, she was by our side every step of the way to the day we closed. Moving across the country during a pandemic to wait 3 months for a house build to be completed is beyond stressful, but having Leah was the calm to our storm. She has the patience of a saint, is always a pleasure to work with and incredibly knowledgeable with respect to everything Austin, which is why we would recommend her without hesitation and with glowing praise."
- Eliza & Gregory Allen
"Moving from out of state brings with it significant challenges (inability to get a feel for an area, inability to view homes in-person, inability to have an ear to the ground on potential homes becoming available, difficulty in building a relationship with a realtor, etc.). These are unavoidable but critical to overcome. We spent over a year working with Leah to find the right home in the right neighborhood that would eventually allow us to make a smooth transition to Austin and add to the excitement of this new adventure. Leah is unequivocally THE realtor best fit to conquer the challenges that come with transitioning from out of state. Moreover, she is a clear expert in connecting a family's needs and wants to the right home and neighborhood. Her communication, her knowledge of the market, her connectivity to individuals in the realtor community, her guidance and, most of all, her patience are all reasons why we highly recommend Leah."
- Brad and Rachel Galvan
"Leah was an enormous gift to us in our home buying experience. If you’re thinking of working with her, you can just stop reading here and sign the papers - you won’t regret it! We were moving across the country from Boston to Austin during the coronavirus pandemic, which presented many out of the norm challenges. But time and time again, Leah was a reassuring presence who always had an answer for us. We toured homes virtually, and relied heavily on Leah’s expertise in the Westlake area, honesty and candor. Once she learned what we were looking for (and we were quite particular), Leah presented us with a home we hadn’t considered, and we fell completely in love! The sellers had an offer in hand, but with Leah’s negotiating skills and sound advice, we were able to secure the home in 48 hours! Her help didn’t stop there - she has constantly been a resource for us as we learn about our new community in the Lost Creek. She provided a personally-curated book of known and reputable contractors, fields any questions such as “where do we go to swim?” and “are there local mom groups?”, and even let us borrow her air mattresses while we waited for our belongings to arrive. If there’s a realtor out there who goes further than Leah does for her clients, I would be shocked. If you’re looking to buy a home in Westlake, look no further. You’ve found your agent."
"Leah is an amazing realtor. She not only works hard to help you find homes, often just coming on the market, but Leah does a fantastic job introducing newcomers to the Austin area. If you're looking for more than just a home, Leah will introduce you to not only your next abode, but bring you into the Austin community. Leah's extensive local network will help you also find the best inspectors, appraisers, and other local service providers that reduce purchasing risk and make your home buying experience easier. I would strongly suggest anyone relocating to Austin use Leah as their realtor."
"It was a pleasure to work with Leah while house hunting in Austin. A true Austenite, Leah knew all about neighborhoods, schools, parks, things to do and places to eat. After just a few hours together she immediately grasped exactly what I was looking for and showed me lots of amazing properties within 2 days! She was very professional and optimistic throughout the process and well as being thoughtful and caring. I couldn't recommend her highly enough and would certainly work with her again."
"When the core of my former employer was contemplating relocating for both strategic and lifestyle reasons, I was tasked with finding the city where we would relocate. Austin was on our list. A mutual friend connected me with a ‘very honest realtor’ and my relationship with Leah was born. At no point did Leah ‘sell’ Austin to me. She educated me about the diversity in the city. We covered the many different areas of town, private and public school options, and Austin’s vast amount of community resources and green spaces. When it was time to look at office space, she sourced a commercial real estate company through her extensive connections. She introduced me to the chamber of commerce and I learned about Austin transportation, future planning and the challenges facing this growing city. In short, Leah was like a human wiki when it came to Austin. Over the next year I sent everyone to meet with Leah, from our CEO and CFO to recent technical graduates as well as a few new high impact professionals we were trying to recruit. They all received a red-carpet welcome and were met with the same dependability and enthusiasm that I was. Leah treated each family and individual as they were the CEO and was available to patiently answer any and every question. In many ways, Leah was an extension of the company and enabled us to source on a national level. "
"Leah Petri was simply instrumental in making my company's expansion to Austin a seamless one. She went above and beyond, not only helping many of us find houses in Austin, but also helping us get acclimated to Austin in general. Now that our new office is up and running, she has continued to be an invaluable local asset, showing prospective recruits and new hires around town, and even helping those of us who recently relocated get settled, providing recommendations for everything from restaurants to optometrists!"
- Molly Bukowski
"Leah's knowledge of Austin and its competitive real estate market is amazing. My husband and I were moving to Austin from out of state and we had one week to find a house. Leah helped us find the perfect home within that week. She was well prepared from the minute we came into town and was extremely efficient with our limited time we had in town. She committed all her time to us until we found exactly what we were looking for. Even when we thought we would not be able to find what we wanted Leah did not give up. We have two elementary age children and Leah was extremely knowledgeable about the quality of the schools and the kid-friendly neighborhoods. The professional service Leah provided was exceptional. We have had great realtors in the past, but Leah has set the bar even higher for us from now on."
“Had we not hired Leah, we would not have found our house! She found us an amazing pocket listing that we are in love with. She worked hard on our behalf through the entire process and was a pleasure to work with. Can’t recommend her highly enough!”
-Jeﬀ and Katie Hastings
“I am pleased to wholeheartedly recommend Leah Petri as a very professional real estate agent. Leah was diligent in her eﬀorts to get my house sold. She was attentive and always willing to listen and was creative in holding open houses. I am confident that Leah will always make sure her clients are well taken care of in all aspects of a home sale, from the listing agreement all the way to the closing table. Should you have any specific questions about my experience in using Leah as my agent, I am more than happy to answer them. Best of luck.”
“I have known Leah Bright Petri for over 20 years and know her to be a loyal, dedicated, hard working professional. I hired her in 2012 to help me sell two properties in Austin and assist me in finding a home for purchase. The listings went smooth and Leah guided me through the process eﬀortlessly. She locked in a buyer for one house within two weeks of it listing and then closed the other property within two months of it being listed. Leah negotiated both transactions and was able to save me money in each case. Being a native Austinite, she used her network of friends to find me a house that had not yet entered the market. I was thrilled and was able to close on that house a few days after closing on my own!”
-Heather Hudson Pearson
“Leah Petri is an outstanding realtor in Austin who not only knows the city from being a native, but appreciates the growth and development of the city and has an amazing grasp of Austin’s real estate. We felt like she was ahead of the game, so to speak, in our search for a home and had incredibly helpful insight into our options. We felt fortunate to have found such a dedicated, hard working realtor who worked tirelessly to show us all that fit for us as a family when looking for a home in Austin.”
“We were referred to Leah Petri, by a commercial real estate colleague, and didn’t know much about Austin or really what we wanted to purchase, so we started oﬀ by looking at a wide variety: Ranches, Condos, and central Austin real estate. Leah was professional, prepared, and picked all four of us up in style for two full days of property touring. She was able to handle any changes to our agenda or wishes with ease, and gave us the overview and information we were looking for to get educated on the city. Leah has vast knowledge, professional contacts, and networks needed to find what her clients desire all the while letting her personality shine through. We look forward to working with Leah again next time we have a need, and will definitely refer her to others.”
-The Weinberg Family
“Leah was able to help us strategically with my husband’s company move to Austin, and we could even count on her down to the smallest detail! A bonus she was fun to be with! We will definitely refer her to friends!”
“What a great experience! Leah sold our house and it was an easy, quick process. She provided everything we needed and was available and responsive throughout the duration of the sale. We will always call Leah for our real estate needs. Exceptional service!”
-Shawna & Scott DeShazo
“I worked with Leah Petri as my realtor to buy my new home. I cannot tell you how nice it was to have a per- son like Leah to help me. I really was not sure exactly what I was looking for and she was a great help in narrowing down what I wanted and needed. We looked at a number of houses of diﬀerent sizes, diﬀerent ages, and in diﬀerent areas. I ended up with a new home with many options I never dreamed of having. The area fits my life so very well and the house and yard are perfect for me. I found Leah very helpful in helping me look at what was available and what was out there to see. She spent a great deal of time helping me and used her resources in the process. I feel that Leah was an asset to me in the house hunting process.”
-Alice Rotsch Scarbrough
“Thank you Leah for making my move to Austin from Dallas easier than I could have hoped. You knew what would work for me and what wouldn’t, screened out the bad ones and found me a place that felt like home from the moment I stepped inside. I can’t wait until we do it again.”
“Leah has been an absolute delight to work with. She made it possible for us to buy a house in Austin seamlessly. We absolutely trust her so much so we bought the property without even looking at it!!!
She is a treasure trove of information and goes out of her way to make things happen.”
-Nitya & Siddarth Naidu
“Leah Petri is the best Realtor we have ever worked with. Moving to a new city from out-of-state can be stressful and scary, but we felt none of that with Leah running things. Leah has a vast knowledge of the intricacies of Austin real estate that really helped us in our home search. We felt welcomed and in good hands from Day 1. We are going to recommend Leah to all of our new friends in Austin!”
-Greg & Molly Bukowski
"Attentive. Fun. Detail oriented. Vibrant. Knowledgeable. Engaged. Those are but a few adjectives that describe Leah Petri and her commitment to her clients and to her profession. As a mortgage lender in today’s lending environment, I appreciate a real estate professional who is on top of his or her game throughout the transaction. From writing a detailed transaction through funding, Leah is always present and helpful. Though I know Leah professionally, I also know Leah personally as our children are the same ages. I’ve witnessed her engagement with her family and their activities. She’s always helping, volunteering and leading with a smile on her face. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy working with Leah as I know she is as dedicated to her profession and family as I am to mine—and that is refreshing."
"Leah was incredibly helpful in our relocation to Austin. We were on a tight schedule, and started with very little knowledge of the area. We had several conversations and email exchanges before we arrived. Once in Austin, Leah was with us the entire week, working hard the entire time to find us the right home. By the end of the week we were able to put in an offer on a home that was a great fit for us. She then helped us through the closing, often acting as our local proxy. We have completed the move, and could not be happier with our purchase. I don't think we would be as happy as we are in Austin without her help."
- Chris Depner
"Leah's knowledge of Austin and it's competitive real estate market is amazing. My husband and I were moving to Austin from out of state and we had one week to find a house. Leah helped us find the perfect home within that week. She was well prepared from the minute we came into town and was extremely efficient with our limited time we had in town. She committed all her time to us until we found exactly what we were looking for. Even when we thought we would not be able to find what we wanted Leah did not give up. We have two elementary age children and Leah was extremely knowledgeable about the quality of the schools and the kid-friendly neighborhoods.
The professional service Leah provided was exceptional. We have had great realtors in the past, but Leah has set the bar even higher for us from now on."
"Leah was fantastic. In a competitive market she was always showing us listings before they hit the market. She was able to quickly understand our needs and find us the right home in a short amount of time! Highly recommend Leah!"
- Jeff Jenkins
"Leah knows the area we bought in very well (Westlake), having lived much of her life there. She never pushed us, and really helped make the process very easy and seamless. A stress-free process that I don't think could have been better."
- Chris Jenkins
"If I could give Leah Petri ten stars I would. We were interested in an apartment but when Leah told us it had been leased, she immediately went to work and called back within minutes to say she had found another one in the same complex. She was determined to find us a place in the area of town we wanted. She was understanding, positive and professional. I highly recommend her."
- Lisa Giberson
"Leah is extremely responsive and listens to everything the client wants. I was in a very tight time frame and she was able to help me find a place that was not only within my budget, but also the area I wanted and included features I wanted as well. She is such a kind person and does everything to ensure her clients are happy!"
- Natalie Morton
"We were on a tight time frame to buy, and Leah bent over backwards to make herself available for us to see properties, and ultimately found us the perfect house - off the MLS! Can't recommend her highly enough!"
- Katie Hastings
"Leah is terrific in every way. We initially contacted her to help us better understand the Austin RE market since we were unsure if we wanted to buy or rent. Although the rental market was not her primary focus, she connected us to someone in her office who could help. After a few days of visiting various properties, we placed an offer on a condo which was eventually not accepted. Nevertheless, Leah was loyal to us and kept us abreast to the best of her ability. We ended up renting in a building Leah visited with us. I would describe Leah as very hard-working, responsive, patient and knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to use her again or to recommend her to anyone moving to Austin. Having grown up in Austin, she knows this city inside and out."
"Leah Petri was the first person I called when we decided to sell our beloved home. This was my first time selling a house and she made the process easy to understand and even enjoyable. Within the first couple of days we had several offers and Leah negotiated the deal that was best for us. We will call Leah again!"
"Leah Petri really made our home-buying experience a pleasant one. We knew next to nothing about the local real estate market in Austin when we started the process but Leah guided us through and we ended up with a house we're very very happy with. She has vast knowledge of the local market and neighborhoods that was really helpful. And she's just really nice and fun to be around. We're going to recommend her to all of our friends. Nice job, Leah!"
- Greg Bukowski
"Leah is extremely knowledgable and has a keen understanding about her client's requirements. She has given personal attention to every detail that we would have wanted in our new home. She is a great resource and absolutely indispensable!"
- Nitya J.