TESTIMONIALS

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We had a fantastic experience with City Living Detroit. We relocated to Detroit from the east coast and didn’t know much about the city. Austin quickly understood our housing desires and narrowed our search to a few areas. Because he is so well connected, he was able to show us 2 homes that weren’t on the market. Both were a perfect fit. We ended up purchasing one and couldn’t be happier. Austin was a delight to work with through the entire process and continues to check in with us!
– John & Debbie S., Midtown
Mr. Black was the agent we used for the purchase of our second home. He was always responsive and thorough in his explanation of the process, documents etc. He frequently had great advice on questions we should ask and things to check. I would without a doubt recommend him to friends and family.
– Caitlin M., Sherwood Forest & Applegate
Austin helped us find a great home in an awesome neighborhood! Moving back to Michigan from out of state, we didn't have a full understanding of Detroit neighborhoods, but Austin was able to give insight into the nuances of specific areas, far beyond what was in the MLS listing. Austin was able to arrange a well-coordinated weekend where we came in from out of town, visited a dozen or so listings, all of which he had detailed insight on. Further, we were thoroughly impressed when we would ask about various listings and he could say 'I know that house, I've sold it or toured it in the past, that's not right for you for these reasons'. The important part as well, he was able to give us insight on pricing and negotiations to get us the house we wanted at a competitive price. Using Austin as our realtor continues to pay dividends more than a year out - we routinely visit his concierge page when we need various services or renovations done on our old house. Overall, using Austin & City Living Detroit was an A++ experience, and we've since referred him to family looking for housing in the city.
– Blaine R., Indian Village
My partner and I worked with Austin to find a new home in Detroit and could not be happier with the experience. We had ALL of the potential complications: out of state buyers, first time buyers, tight time line (we had 5 months from first contact to our move date. We closed in 3.), buying during covid, and (admittedly) discerning tastes. Austin handled it all in stride. We sent Austin a list of key features we knew we wanted and properties we knew we wanted to see and he blocked off an entire weekend to tour condos & houses with us and offered additional dates if we needed a second visit. He coordinated with literally dozens of agents to make the weekend work and got us into nearly every property on our list. His commentary on neighborhoods & ongoing development was invaluable in our search. Austin clearly knows and loves the Detroit metro and it showed in his work. Once we found a condo we loved, Austin showed his skills as a negotiator, getting a new gas line run, gas cooktop installed, and a garage space included all within our budget. He later worked with us to find a lender, then worked with us to find a second lender on a short time line when the appraisal from the first came back low just a month before we expected to close. Austin was prompt in his communication and took the time to explain our options and trade-offs at every step in the process. We could not be happier with our experience and our new home and would not hesitate to work with Austin and the City Living Detroit team in the future!
– Bill H., Island View
Austin is a true professional. He delivered on all aspects and successfully closed my transaction at a value significantly above expectations. His reputation and name recognition generated considerable interest for my property. His responsiveness and availability were key factors to the success of this transaction. Austin is astute and insightful; presenting facts and data to support his position. I highly recommend Austin to anyone interested in selling or buying real estate.
– Dan R. , Midtown
Austin was recommended to me for purchasing my first home and he exceeded all expectations. When it came time for me to look for my growing family to move beyond my bachelor's escape, Austin was my first and only choice. Not only did he sell my home for over twice what I had bought it for just 5 years prior, but his extensive knowledge, care, and expertise secured our dream home in the exact area we needed. He was attentive, respectful, open-minded, and professional. When all that was said and done, Austin felt more like family far more than he did a business person; this made one of the most stressful times in my family's life quick and pain free! I wholly recommend Austin to anyone in the greater Detroit area as there isn't anyone better.
– Ryan F., Detroit
As a first-time home buyer, Austin was very patient with us! I would highly recommend him as he was nearly always available to talk things out if we had any questions. He broke the very stressful process of purchasing a home down in a way that made us very comfortable every step of the way. Thanks for everything Austin!
– Erica S., Ferndale
Great agent specializing in guiding buyers to the up and coming neighborhood in Detroit. He helped me to submit a bid on a property. He is one of the few ethical agents I have encountered in the city.
– Tommy O., Detroit
I worked with Austin to sell my home in Jefferson Chalmers and I couldn't be happier with my experience working with him. Austin's knowledge of the market and ability to get things done is second to none. What you get with Austin is a true professional who clearly loves his work and gives 110%. I look forward to working with Austin on my next real estate transaction.
– Dan R., Jefferson Chalmers
I listed by condo with Austin in November 2019. Austin successfully closed the transaction within six weeks at full asking price. The pictures and marketing of the property were excellent.
– Steve M., Wyandotte

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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.

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