Top 25% of the top 1% of all agents in Austin
Elite 25 Austin 2019, 2021, 2022
Top 20 Individual Agent, Austin Business Journal Real Estate Awards 2020 and 2021
Luxury League Austin 2019, 2021, 2022
Five Star Professional 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Real Producer 2022
Luxury Home Marketing CLHMS, Million Dollar Guild 2014- present
Platinum Top 50 Finalist 2016
Graduate, Realtor® Institute
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
Member Seton Development Board
Member AIA Austin
Leah Petri, a longtime luxury agent at Austin’s Gottesman Residential Real Estate, believes in the power of connection.
As an Austin native and a graduate of Westlake High School, Leah is closely connected to the community. She is married to a sixth-generation Austinite and Westlake grad, Chris Petri, and they have two sons, Walker and Hughes. Walker is a junior at Regents School of Austin and plays varsity football; Hughes is a freshman at Westlake and plays on the golf team. Leah also is closely connected to Austin’s business community, having worked in the corporate world at Dell Technologies for over 12 years. These ties and experience help Leah connect relocating executives with ideal properties and enable her to get her clients up to speed on all things Austin efficiently. Leah’s deep connections in Austin pay off for her clients. She helps them find the right home in the right neighborhood, enabling clients to settle where there’s easy access to grocery stores, high-quality schools and an array of community amenities.
As a volunteer, Leah is closely connected to Austin’s nonprofit community through organizations like the Seton Development Board, a fundraising arm supporting the Seton Healthcare Family. Other local and global nonprofits she’s involved with include The Source (helping women), Community First Village (helping Austin’s homeless population), Helping Hand Home for Children, Kids Outdoor Zone for boys (KOZ) and Victory School Uganda.
And as a residential real estate professional in the Austin area since 2010, Leah is closely connected to the region’s homebuilders and architects, and — most notably — to the needs of homebuyers and home sellers. On top of that, the connections and relationships she’s built and maintained in Austin’s broker community equip her with the latest insights into the local real estate market.
Leah taps into her strong connections to deliver access to “coming soon” and private-market homes, rather than waiting for them to come on the public market. Above all, she consistently demonstrates her passion for matching the right homes with the right clients, whether they’re buyers or sellers. Leah backs up her well-connected knowledge of Austin’s real estate market with impressive results for her clients. Her many accolades reflect those results. Among them are:
Three years of membership in Elite 25 Austin, representing the top Realtors from Austin’s leading brokerages, and Luxury League Austin, whose agents specialize in transactions over $1 million. These signal that Leah is among the top 1% of agents in Austin and ensures she is closely connected with other brokerages.
Ranked No. 17 among individually producing agents in the Austin Business Journal’s 2021 Residential Real Estate Awards program and No. 16 in the 2022 Awards.
Four years as a Five Star Professional in residential real estate, an honor based on voting by peers and clients.
In addition, Leah is a member of the Austin Luxury Network, Austin Board of Realtors®, Texas Association of Realtors® and National Association of Realtors® and AIA Austin.
The close connections she has built as an Austin native, corporate employee, and residential real estate professional, along with the accolades she has accumulated, make Leah a trusted partner in your home-buying or home-selling journey, whether you’re a new arrival or a longtime resident.
Chris is a born and raised Austinite, also known in these parts as a Unicorn. He was born to a family that has called Austin home for the last 6 generations. Raised primary in Central and West Austin, Chris, Leah, Walker, and Hughes have re-settled back into the Westlake neighborhood in 2018.
After attending Westlake High School, and the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas he began his career with Dell Inc. in 1991. His roles consisted primarily in sales, marketing, business acquisition and partner development. Following more than a decade in the technology industry he ran a small manufacturing company which served the Oil/Gas, Defense, and Industrial Manufacturing markets from 2005 to 2015. Lastly, he served as President of a new to market consumer product for 3 years helping guide its path to market.
Chris is proud to join Leah’s office at Gottesman Residential in a formal capacity this year.
He has assisted her as she grew her business in the Austin residential market over the last 12 years, and is excited to see what the future brings in this vibrant, growing city. His personal and business roots in Austin have been a welcome source of information for many of our clients looking to relocate personally and professionally to Texas.
Growing up in Austin, he was raised on and around the water. The outdoors serves as Chris’ recharge zone, and he tries to get out there as often as possible. He can be found fishing the shallow water on the Texas Coast, the clear streams of Colorado, or powering around Lake Austin with his wife and two boys. He is a life-long golfer, a lover of dogs, an aspiring cook, and isn’t scared of a good road trip.
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.
"We worked with Leah and found our perfect house! She is a hustler, always professional, incredibly dedicated to her clients and wicked smart. Another bonus of the process, was seeing first hand how respected Leah is in her industry. Whether it's a bank, lawyer or another agent, they all know the level of professionalism they will receive with Leah. We have recommended Leah and will continue to do so!"
- Lauren and Michael Summers
"Leah has been an incredible asset during our home buying and selling experiences. We are repeat clients (buyers & sellers) and have referred Leah to many friends who have found success with her (sometimes after not having success previously). Leah has been able to help with a wide range of price points and find homes all over the Austin area. Working with her team made for effortless transactions and a clear understanding of family needs and timing. Every interaction with Leah has exceeded all of our expectations. When we were new to Austin, Leah brought up to speed efficiently informing us over everything from A-Z regarding areas, pricing, process and even great places to eat! Leah offered full service assistance and even introduced us to her build/design team!"
- Doug and Christine Merritt
"If you're looking for an agent who really understands your needs and has your back -someone who is patient and truly invested in your goals, then I would highly recommend Leah and her team! Leah was patient and willing to educated us on the key neighborhoods in the Austin area and some of the nuances of buying real estate in Texas. She is great at holding all parties accountable to ensure her clients are happy and taken care of - and ensuring a fair and honest transaction! What else do you need from a real estate agent?"
- Kesh and Tejal Patel
"Leah is an extremely competent professional that fully understands the dynamics of the Austin market. She was instrumental in pulling together every aspect of my real estate transaction; including the renovation of the property under a tight timeline during a period of very challenging construction material and labor shortages. Her knowledge of the market and her utilization of statistical data to support decisions led to accurate pricing of the property and a smooth transaction for all parties involved."
- Stephen Lermer
"Leah is the best Realtor I've ever worked with. She is awesome and did an incredible job. She far exceeded my expectations."
- Mike Beaver
"We thoroughly enjoyed working with Leah and are very happy with our new home! As a buyer from another city, she was welcoming and very gracious with her time. As a native of Austin, she really knows the market and all the different areas of the city to help you find what is best for you and you family. She is professional, friendly, patient, accommodating, and exudes positive energy. Our inspection and due diligence process went very smoothly thanks to her numerous contacts and her strong reputation with them that enabled us to make a quick decision."
- The Rowe Family
"Leah was awesome to work with in the purchase of our investment property. We were out of state, and purchased the home without actually seeing it. The complexities of the out of state process can get overwhelming, yet Leah managed the process thoughtfully and professionally throughout. Including the fact that we were in a multi offer scenario, and were able to get the home without overpaying. Past her professional expertise and incredible knowledge of Austin, she is an extreme delight to work with- customer centric, thoughtful, witty and calm under pressure. She's the total package!"
- Carrie Palin
"Leah was an amazing partner in identifying and closing our house purchase in Austin in rapid and very positive manner. Her client focused style, local knowledge and deep real estate experience really paid dividends for us. We really appreciated her clear communication style and guidance as we assessed options and got to know the neighborhoods. She listened carefully to our objectives and tuned our search as needed to the local opportunities. When She identified the home that hit the mark from her private network, she proactively drove the right level of engagement and momentum from all sides to close the deal even introducing us to our design and remodel team. Our overall experience was brilliant with us securing a great house and new friends in Leah and her husband Chris. Would highly recommend Leah to anyone embarking on the house hunting adventure in Austin."
- Ger & Paula Griffin
"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.