Our team


Austin Black II

Broker & President

Austin Black II

Austin Black II is the founder of City Living Detroit; a full-service real estate brokerage that is headquartered in Detroit's thriving Midtown neighborhood. His firm specializes in properties located in Detroit with a focus on downtown, the growing riverfront, the cultural center, and the city's historic neighborhoods.

Austin has always shown an interest in urban development and major metropolitan cities.  His fascination started with an elementary school project about tall skyscrapers and wind velocity.  It continued later in life while studying at the university level.  He is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, College of Architecture, Art and Planning where he studied redevelopment projects abroad and earned a Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Studies.

So, after visiting more than 20 cities in Europe and Italy and earning a degree that concentrated on Real Estate and Urban Redevelopment, Austin decided to return home to Detroit, Michigan and use his knowledge and passion to make Detroit a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Upon his return, he quickly proved to be a rising star in Detroit real estate as he achieved success at all levels, and racked up both local and national accolades.

Austin's worldly perspective on urban redevelopment, drive to stay on top of the latest industry trends, and passion for his hometown has earned him the respect and adoration of a city and its leadership.

Austin has been the recipient of several awards and honors. In 2013 he was named 40 under 40 by the Michigan Chronicle. He was also the recipient of DBusiness Magazine 30 in their 30s (2012), Detroit Young Professionals' Vanguard Award (2011), Realtor® Magazine 30 under 30 (2010), Crain's Detroit Business 20 in their 20s (2006) and Crain's Detroit Business Dream Board of Directors (2006).

Austin is also an active member of the National Association of Realtors, Michigan Association of Realtors, Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors and the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors. He also serves on many boards and committees including the Detroit Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Detroit Boll Family YMCA and the Detroit Athletic Club Community Outreach Committee.

In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies, Austin was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Jim Renberg

Jim is a Detroit resident and resides in one of the city's historic neighborhoods and is currently restoring the property to its past glory.  After selling real estate as a licensed professional in South East Florida (Palm Beach County) Jim wanted to return home to Detroit.

The collection of city and suburban homes and condominiums in the region offers everything from 1920's historic Tudors to contemporary lofts, lakefront living to a downtown urban lifestyle. Finding the perfect home – is Jim's commitment to you.

The focus is people; Jim's style is high energy, consistent communication and effective marketing within the world of Real Estate. You can count on honest, reliable, professional service full time, all the time.

Matthew Richmond

Growing up an Air Force brat, Matthew Richmond has lived all over the world and gained an appreciation for diverse cultures, peoples and architecture.  But even after living in many cities and many types of dwellings, the thing he has always searched for is a place to call home. Like any good journey, the place you end up is often the place you began. The same goes for Matthew who finally found home in Michigan--the place he was born and has returned with his husband Randy to build their home in a nearly 100-year-old house they are restoring in the University District of Detroit.

Matthew went to James Madison University in Virginia for degrees in English and Communications. And after a film career in Hollywood and owning a small fitness business in San Francisco, he knows the through line of his education and careers is relationship building. His search for home and his ability to effectively communicate and understand the needs of his clients have brought him to a career in real estate, where he helps others in their quest for house and home. 

He is a passionate fan of Detroit's grit, culture, and never say die approach to challenges. And as a student of its history and neighborhoods, he is excited to help others find their place in this unfolding story of success and opportunity.

Michael Weck

Many people are passionate about the City of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Michael Weck is one of those people. He is encouraged by all of the opportunity the city has to offer. Michael has made it is a personal goal to assist with the economic revitalization within the city and the entire region.

He has modeled his educational and professional careers by focusing on endeavors that are beneficial to achieving his goal. Michael concluded his undergraduate studies by earning a Bachelors degree with a concentration in Legal Studies. Immediately following graduation Michael began graduate coursework at Eastern Michigan University. He has earned two graduate certificates in Local Government Management and Public Land Planning and Development all while obtaining a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management.

Following completion of his graduate studies Michael continued to search for ways to assist with economic revitalization. He obtained his Real Estate License and began working with City Living Detroit.

Michael is a member of the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors. He is also a board member for a local Tax Increment Finance Authority.

Michael has had valuable experience working as a consultant with local governments in the Detroit area as well as working for the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs. He is continuously looking for opportunities to enhance the economic vitality throughout metro Detroit.