The Veritas Group is one of the most authoritative, experienced and successful real estate teams serving the Hill Country and Austin markets. Founded by former Navy SEAL Mark Clausen and his wife and colleague France (previously The Clausen Group), the Veritas Group has achieved $150M in real estate sales volume in three short years. Combining forces with veteran agent Melanie Fenelon (partner) and top agents Weslea O’Connor and Michelle Batte, the Veritas Group has positioned itself for success as a valuable resource for buyers, sellers and investors. Standing on their remarkable track record, the Veritas Group recently joined Compass. They bring to Compass their team of trusted professionals who are customer-focused, detail-oriented, experienced and dedicated.
“The goal of The Veritas Group is to elevate real estate services in our market areas and for all our clientele. Joining with Compass affords us a national presence where we can utilize our local market knowledge, modern marketing strategies, networking and current technology to provide our clients with a 5-star experience every time.”
- Mark Clausen
Mark and France Clausen
Mark and France began building their team in 1999. Together they owned and operated a San Diego based construction and development company, investing in properties nationwide.
Mark is a former Navy SEAL and Police Officer, and France holds a Masters in Social Work and a BA is Psychology. Their combined skill sets and education are what make Mark and France the award-winning team they are today.
Together, Mark and France Clausen have nearly three decades in the industry, are currently selling among the top .05% of agents in Austin and have the following achievements to their names:
● Residential Real Estate Top Team (The Austin Business Journal)
● Residential Real Estate Top Individual (The Austin Business Journal)
● Dripping Springs Elite Founding Members ( since 2017)
● Platinum Top 50 Winners, 2017
● Austin Luxury League Member, 2016-Present
● Elite25 Member, 2015
“We treat each client how we want to be treated, acting as advisors, educators and advocates. We assist in the big decisions and attend to every small detail. We are focused on quality service, attentive care and outstanding results in every transaction. I make it my goal to navigate all obstacles with a keen solution- based focus.”
- France Clausen
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Melanie considers herself “Homegrown in the Hill Country,” a market she has served since becoming a REALTOR® in 2003. In addition to her Texas real estate license, she holds designations as a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Graduate Real Estate Institute.
Melanie has been a recognized top-producing agent for years and has cultivated a tremendous client following due to her in-depth market knowledge, proven ethics and exemplary attention to detail. Melanie personifies the high bar in real estate. Her clientele describe her as the ‘white glove concierge’ agent, helping inform and assist them each step of the way.
Melanie is actively engaged with her community in the following capacities:
● City of Dripping Springs Economic Development Committee Member since 2012
● City of Dripping Springs Comprehensive Plan Committee Member – 2010, 2012
● City of Dripping Springs Sustainable Places Stakeholder – 2012
● Member of Austin Oaks Church since 2003
“I’m delighted and feel very honored to provide such a vital service to my clients when they’re making one of their biggest financial and lifestyle decisions. There are many points of articulation when purchasing or selling real estate which can make the process a very stressful and complicated undertaking. Helping my clients successfully navigate each step, while making it seamless, profitable and enjoyable is my goal.”
- Melanie Fenelon
Weslea O’Connor started her career in real estate alongside her father, a real estate investor and custom homebuilder. Weslea learned the scope of investment real estate, managing properties and running a construction business. This foundational experience paved the road to what makes Weslea uniquely adept at maneuvering through the tensions of buying and selling real estate.
Weslea entered the residential real estate side of the industry in 2013 and added the MCNE - Master Certified Negotiation Expert designation. This title puts Weslea in an elite group of real estate professionals with value added negotiation skills and denotes her commitment to her clients.
Weslea began with the Clausen Group, now the Veritas Group. She has grown into an invaluable resource for her clients and the team.
“I have sensitivity, compassion and an understanding of the level of stress people go through whether buying, selling or building their home. Because of my experience I know how to mitigate, and often avoid, the tension that comes with real estate transactions. The Veritas Group’s motto is: Truth in Real Estate.
I like to be transparent, informative, communicative while collaboratively keeping all parties in the transaction on the same page. I want people to have a good experience purchasing or selling their home. That is my ultimate goal.”
- Weslea O’Connor
Michelle grew up in New Mexico and made her way to Texas in 1989 to attend Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work. When she discovered real estate in 2013, it was a natural transition because her focus has always been helping people reach their goals. A deeply passionate advocate, Michelle is motivated by empowering her clients and protecting their best interests. Her training and experience as a social work were an ideal foundation for her real estate career. As a trained mediator and problem-solver she knows how to assess each situation, find creative solutions, and stick with her clients until their goals are achieved!
Michelle is experienced with both the selling and the purchasing side of real estate transactions. She works with resale homes, new construction (both production and custom builders), and land. One of her specialties in real estate is high performance homes that include energy efficiency technology like solar panels, rainwater collection systems, and state of the art building techniques.
When she is not working with clients, Michelle is probably outdoors hiking, biking, walking or jogging – any excuse to be outside! Exploring Austin’s endless options for good eats is another favorite pastime. She is also a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity and Foundation Communities, both dynamic programs providing affordable housing for families in Austin.
"For me, real estate is first and foremost about people. Moving and investing are high on the list of stressful things to do. Coming alongside my clients during that journey and managing the process allows me to ease their minds and enable them to make the best possible decisions. I am a passionate advocate and a tenacious problem-solver. My goal is for each transaction to be rewarding both financially and emotionally for my clientele."
- Michelle Batte
The Veritas Group is known for its vast experience, savvy negotiating expertise, extreme professionalism and upscale marketing. They are well networked within the real estate community, which get clients connected and homes sold quickly, sometimes before the property hits the MLS. The Veritas Group is knowledgeable, not only about the local market, but also the unique challenges Texas Hill County properties can present. They are able to advise on everything from neighborhoods, homes and land to water wells, rainwater collection, water rights, agricultural and wildlife exemptions and other details that are unique to the Texas Hill Country.
As Transaction Manager for The Veritas Real Estate Group at Compass in Austin, Texas, Tanya handles all facets of the contract to closing process for their valued clients. This veteran of the business obtained her real estate license in 1994 while attending college, and has worked in the real estate, title, and mortgage industry for more than 25 years.
Her seasoned experience has given Tanya a very well-rounded perspective and keen attention to detail that makes the entire transaction a smooth undertaking for buyers and sellers alike. Having begun her career as an assistant for a top realtor in Austin, and later as transaction manager for another real estate team, she is just as good at working with intricate details as she is interacting and engaging with clients.
The Veritas Team and its clients benefit from Tanya’s knowledge, organizational and multitasking skills, fast responsiveness, and professional performance in high-stress situations. Her personal values of integrity, respect for others, dedication and love for her career shine through in everything she does.
“Veritas” is latin for “the truth”.
The Veritas Group brings this ethic to real estate as this is their motto for how they conduct business. Every day.