What is an Advocate?

We picked this strong word on purpose. An advocate is someone who can set aside their sense of self and see the needs of whoever they are serving. They have particularly helpful skills, a knowledge of where the road gets bumpy, and a heart for making huge life transitions more exciting while keeping it from turning into a headache.

We are advocates for a rich community life and the people we welcome into it.

not just agents

Meet your Advocates

Christina Ray

Christina has this rare blend of being invigorating while knowing how to stop and listen. She energizes the people and environment around her, which in turn energize her…

Andi Eystad

Andi is as soft-spoken and empathetic as they come. But don’t let that disarm you, she loves people and she loves Hill Country land with an extreme level of passion and devotion…

Laura Smith

Everyone needs someone like Laura in their life. She’s steady, articulate, and knows the value of being loyal to people…

Stories

True stories are a great way to visualize the Hometown Experience. We prefer actions to words in many cases. So here are some examples of what we mean when we say we exist to be a friend to guide you home.

Animal Life

A pair of empty-nesters from Dallas ended up buying their dream, thirty pristine acres right outside of Johnson City, Texas. Late one night, Laura’s phone rang, “There’s something outside making the strangest noises and tearing up the trash cans” they whispered into the phone. Laura chuckled with them, “That’s just the raccoons! Put a tighter lid on the trash can and see if they go away.” But the thieves wouldn’t leave them alone, so Laura spent the next 3 days personally trapping and relocating raccoons. Problem solved! That’s when you know you have a Hometowner in your life.

Andi once arrived at a listing an hour before a showing to walk the seller’s dog. She knew it had a tendency to be a little hyper, so a brisk 40 minute walk seemed to be the only way to ensure it was ready for the newcomers. Tired and happy dogs make for a much better showing for everyone involved! She has also been known to free a stuck goat from a fence line while walking a larger ranch style property. 

Move in Day

Christina had a client who ended up becoming a great friend through the home-buying transition. She was so excited to have them in town that she dragged her husband out every evening to help them unload the Uhaul, change door knobs and help clean up a few things that had been left from the sellers. Sure it was hard work, but there’s something really fun about making someone feel welcome!

Refreshment

The Hometown ladies like to make sure everyone is comfy, at all times. Andi’s friends had only one day to view a twenty-five acre ranch. It just happened to be a wet, freezing cold tour on foot, as trucks couldn’t make it through the deep mud without damaging the fields. She showed up with a truckload of hot cocoa and warm cups to make the walk a little less dreary.

Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Coolers with drinks snacks and juice. Bottles of wine or beer if it’s an evening tour. Clients have tasted the Hometown goodness at every point along the way.

“Touring houses and land can really take it out of you. I love taking a break with people at the end of the day, serving beer, wine and nibbles, sitting in the truck-bed and just talking through all we’ve seen. A great view is typically included!” -Andi

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Christina Ray

BIO

Christina has this rare blend of being invigorating while knowing how to stop and listen. She energizes the people and environment around her, which in turn energizes her. She’s always engaged with whatever’s going on in Fredericksburg whether it’s a community fish fry or Robert Earl Keen playing a gig at Hondo’s. If you need a cheeseburger recommendation, hers won’t disappoint. Being with clients isn’t work, it’s an opportunity to share the joy, to toast the end of a transition with a glass full of champagne. “I think ‘closing’ is the wrong term, because I hate the idea that a purchase is the end of anything, it’s the beginning!” Christina is a graduate of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University with a degree in Marketing. She and her husband Bryan Ray are avid travellers, anywhere in the US or abroad, they love to see new things and experience unique places. But when they’re home, they put their TAMU season football passes to good use!

Andi Eystad

BIO

Andi is as soft-spoken and empathetic as they come. But don’t let that disarm you, she loves people and loves Hill Country land with extreme passion and devotion. She’s an absolute go-getter in the community and proudly sports a lifetime membership to the Blanco 9-Pin Bowling Club. The line between her work and her life is blurry, not in a big city way, but just because when you are helping people move to your hometown, they soon become friends. She loves that moment when people find “The One”, that new home or piece of property they’ve been so eager to find, and watching the story move from one person to the next. She feels honored to be a part of enriching her clients’ life stories. Andi is a Certified Mediator (no surprise once you meet her) and a Farm & Ranch Specialist (which is a bit more surprising). She is a champ at helping families and empty-nesters relocate to the slow pace of the Texas Hill Country. You’d laugh if you ever pulled up next to her in the truck, there’s an 80% chance she’s throwing the concert of a lifetime and singing at the top of her lungs or having a serious discourse with her German Shepherd, who seems to understand everything she says.

Laura Smith

BIO

Everyone needs someone like Laura in their life. She’s steady, articulate, and knows the value of being loyal to people. You wouldn’t know from looking at her, but she’s a proud and very involved grandmother who takes that love and care into her work. “I always tell people that Johnson City is one of the last truly friendly small towns in the Hill Country.” Laura may as well be chief of the welcoming committee! When she drives a client, she’s not just getting to as many properties as she can, she takes her time and shows them around the area. From it’s schools, churches, fine restaurants and art galleries to the local grocery/hardware/paint/pharmacy store. Laura is a 5th-generation Texan and an avid student of the history of her great state. She attended the University of Texas and is passionate about their baseball and football teams. She has twice won the “Volunteer of the Year Award” in Austin, and her true passion is being of service in her community. An avid baseball fan, she likes to imagine winning the lottery and taking her grandkids to see every major league baseball park in the U.S.