Living in the Central Austin neighborhood of Bryker Woods, Jeff has called Austin home since 2013. With over 21 years of experience in multiple disciplines of residential real estate, Jeff is not only passionate about helping his clients buy and sell homes, but also enjoys spending time with his family, fly fishing, exotic cars, wake surfing and the outdoor life of camping in his Airstream.
Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, Jeff began his career as a Financial Advisor with Lehman Brothers. The excitement of Wall Street led him to New York City in 1991, where he became an equities trader on both the Nasdaq and NYSE.
In November of 1992, Jeff co-founded Block Trading Inc. He was, in part, credited with nationally commercializing a means of direct-access computerized trading known as SOES (Small Order Execution System) Trading. While attending the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University Management Program in 1997, Jeff and Block Trading were awarded the #1 spot in the Houston 100, Houston's 100 Fastest-Growing Small Businesses presented by the University of Houston Small Business Development Center and the Greater Houston Partnership.
Following the success of Block Trading in 1999, Jeff pursued his second passion of architecture, homebuilding, and real estate by establishing PAK Interests, a luxury home building company focused primarily on the highest quality construction in Central and West Houston. With his partner, Stonehenge Classic Homes, he received numerous awards for the design and construction of Houston's most unique properties.
In 2010, following the economic meltdown and subsequent housing crisis, Jeff's reflection on his prior experience in creating new levels of transparency in the equities markets led to the question of "Why isn't more data made available to consumers in the residential real estate market?" In 2012 this question, combined with his love for technology, motivated Jeff to create NuHabitat, a real estate listing search platform for consumers, to bring improved clarity, speed, and accuracy of property listing information to home buyers and sellers. Jeff also became a licensed REALTOR® in Houston to sell real estate and assist with strategic digital planning.
After moving to Austin to further pursue his technology startup, Jeff joined Realty Austin in 2015 as Director of Online Development to assist in the strategic direction and development of their technology suite of tools, serving more than 425 Realtors and approaching $3 billion in annual sales. In 2018, Jeff shifted his focus to become a full-time REALTOR®, exclusively helping buyers and sellers to find the perfect home.
Jeff's affiliations, past and present, include the Board of Trustees at The Fay School, the Austin Board of Realtors, the Houston Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Greater Houston Builders Association, Texas Association of Home Builders, National Association of Home Builders, Member Holocaust Museum Houston, Member Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and a member of Temple Israel in Schulenburg, TX.
Awards and Recognition
Platinum Top 50 REALTORS® Winner 2021
Austin Business Journal Top 50 Residential Real Estate Awards Nominee 2021
Platinum Top 500 REALTORS® 2021
Volunteer and Financial Supporter of Habitat for Humanity, Foundation Communities, SAFE and Community First! Village
Member - Austin Luxury Network (Exclusive & Private group for Off-Market $1M+ Listings)