Buying, selling, or investing in property is a considerable investment, and The Carstin Team - Justin and Carly Gonzalez - take their roles as advisors during these significant life moments to heart. Real estate is also about balance, preferring to take on only as much as will enable them to deliver high levels of personal touch and attention to every client. Treating clients like family is a value they hold dear. That’s not hard to imagine, given that almost 85% of their business comes from happy client referrals.
A native Texan, Carly grew up in Dallas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin before transferring to the University of Idaho where she earned her BS degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. After almost ten years living in Idaho and Washington, Carly returned to Texas in 2006 to be near family. She remembers frequenting open houses with her mom as a young girl. Her career began in technology and marketing, but she soon found a way back to her first love as she started flipping houses on the side. Carly got her real estate license in 2009.
As a Realtor® helping buyers navigate Austin's dynamic housing market, Justin Gonzalez draws from his background. Growing up in a military and civilian defense contractor family where moving was constant, Justin developed a chameleon's ability to connect with a wide variety of people from a young age. With British and Hispanic heritage, Justin describes his culturally diverse background as 'tea and tacos.' Despite having lived all over the United States and the world, Justin has always considered the Austin area home. He moved back to Austin in 1993 to be near extended family and has never looked back.
After finding success in sales and marketing, Justin began his real estate career in 2001 as a partial owner of a brokerage. He obtained his license in 2005. Most recently, he spent a decade at his previous brokerage, where he met his wife and real estate partner, Carly. The team recently moved to the Compass platform, a decision they made specifically for their clients. Compass' future-focused technology and marketing tools enable them to give clients a tailored and seamless experience. Clients appreciate the broad spectrum of strengths and expertise the team offers, getting, in effect, two agents in one.
Carly is a Broker Associate, REALTOR®, a CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert), SFR (Short Sale & Foreclosure) certified, and she has earned the SRS (Seller Representative Specialist) designation. She also has SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) and ISDP (Interior Staging and Decorating Professional) designations. Justin is a REALTOR®, a CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert), and has earned the ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative). NAHREP recognized him as the #6 Latino agent in Austin. As a team, Carly and Justin have been Platinum Top 50 Austin Awards winners or finalists every year since 2013. They were also finalists in the Austin Business Journal Residential Real Estate Awards in 2014 and 2017.
Carly and Justin live in Pflugerville. They have a blended family that includes five children between the ages of twelve and twenty-one and two APA-rescued dogs. Outside of work, they enjoy seeing live music, trying new restaurants, and spending time with the kids, experiencing all that the city has to offer. The pair loves being their friends’ first call for recommendations on things to do and places to try. A love of travel keeps them on-the-go, but they always appreciate coming home to the city they love.
The Carstin Team specializes in residential real estate and focuses on sellers, buyers, and investors in and around Austin. Understanding how central these transactions are to people’s lives, they love helping clients navigate the process and ensure that their investment is solid.