Paola McElheron

About Paola McElheron

I give every client the same attention I would give to my own purchase of a home.  Having lived, bought and sold homes, rented and renovated properties in 9 cites in 3 different countries, I have deep expertise in finding value for clients in a wide variety of markets, home types and price points.  I especially like to assist my clients by using my remodeling and renovation expertise to help my clients reach their goals in buying and selling homes.

I have three very simple principals that guide every aspect of my professional dealings in real estate.

First, I’ll work harder for my clients than any other agent.
Second, I treat the real estate transaction as the biggest financial decision most people will make in their lives.  From due diligence on contracts to advising on fair market value and negotiating effectively on my clients behalf, I take this responsibility very seriously.
Third, I realize that buying or selling a home is a very emotional experience for almost everyone.  From finding the right community of neighbors to researching schools and understanding the tastes and aesthetics of my clients I put a lot of emphasis on this.

WHAT SETS ME APART:

During all real estate transactions, I keep the well being of my clients in mind and try to tailor the home buying and selling experience to best reflect their short and long term needs.  This is an important component of what has made me a top agent.


I feel fortunate to be able to call Austin my home. This city is vibrant, active, beautiful, and friendly and like many Austinites I relocated here from somewhere else by choice.

I grew up in Montreal and graduated from McGill University. My husband worked as an executive who transferred to various cities in Canada, the US and Asia, so the role of finding new homes, new schools for our kids and assessing new neighborhoods fell to me. During the 14 moves between cities in 4 countries I recognized that I had a talent and love for real estate. This led me to create a successful residential real estate investment business that thrived in spite of the 2008 real estate slow down. (See Apple Pie Properties below)

Before beginning my career in Real Estate I founded and ran a successful maternity clothing business and a home accents business that retailed and sold unique furniture, home decor and accent pieces from around the world that worked with fair trade and women’s producer cooperatives in countries like Thailand, India, Mexico, Brazil and Peru. My family and I have lived in California, Connecticut, Chicago and Minneapolis in addition to Bangkok and 4 cities in Canada.

Texas Bluebonnets I am an avid gardener and look forward to learning about new garden zones and native plants when I move to a new area. I enjoy different cultures, architecture and art. Since my mother is French, I was raised with a very strong food culture and enjoy home cooked food that has a lot of variety.

 

Apple Pie Properties

Apple Pie Properties Logo – Since we were relocated every 2 -3 years, I quickly learned to assess houses with an objective eye and to discern what attributes are appealing to the general public so I in turn would have an easy time selling when it was inevitably time to move on. I always made sure the house was in a great school district, the commute to work was very manageable, and the neighborhood had the amenities we wanted as a family. I learned what qualities in a home were desirable for the largest buying group. Having a home that appeals to a broad spectrum usually is the first to sell, regardless of what the market is doing.

This is why and how I started Apple Pie Properties in Stillwater, MN in 2003. We decided to settle down there for a stretch of time, giving me the opportunity to buy homes that needed some attention to attract more buyers. My buying criteria was what I always used when buying for myself – good location, adequate lot size that could accommodate a decent size lawn or garden, quiet street, mostly cosmetic repairs, open floor plan, minimum of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. If the home had to have major repairs, the price point would have to justify the expenditure and effort.

While buying & selling these homes, I noticed that most buyers did not have the time, resources or cash on hand to remodel homes themselves. It is said that only 30% of people can visualize changing the furniture placement, colors on the walls, floor plan of a home and updating the kitchen and baths. A home is too big an investment to get this wrong so most people opt to buy a home that is move in ready and the final look and cost is obvious.

I learned what pays to change and what costs are easily recoup-able. These attributes are what I bring to all my buyers and sellers as a real estate agent in Austin, regardless if it is a sellers or a buyers market.

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Paola McElheron's Current Listings

$850,000
$850,000 - Br/Ba -  for Sale in Fifty Seven Hundred Fifty Balc, Austin
1,390 Sqft
5,314 Sqft lot
5750 Balcones Drive Unit 1-k Austin , TX 78731
Status: Active
Property Type: Office
$850,000
$850,000 - Br/Ba -  for Sale in Fifty Seven Hundred Fifty Balc, Austin
1,390 Sqft
5,314 Sqft lot
5750 Balcones Drive Unit B-1 Austin , TX 78731
Status: Active
Property Type: Office
$1,700,000
$1,700,000 - Br/Ba -  for Sale in Fifty Seven Hundred Fifty Balc, Austin
28,777 Sqft
5,314 Sqft lot
5750 Balcones Drive Unit B-1 & 1-k Austin , TX 78731
Status: Active
Property Type: Office

Client Testimonials

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5 Baths
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4 Baths
2,171 Sqft
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2 Baths
2,447 Sqft
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3 Beds
2 Baths
2,447 Sqft
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4 Beds
4 Baths
3,499 Sqft
$899,990
Photo of 700 W Annie ST
4 Beds
4 Baths
3,141 Sqft
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Photo of 118 Bluff Park CIR
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,752 Sqft
$815,000
Photo of 9401 Creeks Edge Circle
4 Beds
3 Baths
3,102 Sqft
$799,900
Photo of 1036 Liberty Park DR Unit#4B
4 Beds
4 Baths
2,887 Sqft
$769,000
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4 Beds
3 Baths
2,764 Sqft
$750,000
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3 Beds
3 Baths
2,595 Sqft
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3 Beds
3 Baths
3,251 Sqft
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5 Beds
3 Baths
3,531 Sqft
$720,000
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3 Beds
3 Baths
2,413 Sqft
$699,900
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5 Beds
4 Baths
3,550 Sqft
$689,000
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3 Beds
5 Baths
3,230 Sqft
$675,000
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4 Beds
4 Baths
4,164 Sqft
$664,000
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5 Beds
3 Baths
2,568 Sqft
$649,500
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3 Beds
3 Baths
2,326 Sqft
$637,700
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4 Beds
3 Baths
2,572 Sqft
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4 Beds
3 Baths
3,104 Sqft
$619,900
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4 Beds
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$619,000
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5 Beds
5 Baths
4,588 Sqft
$609,900
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4 Beds
3 Baths
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$585,000
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4 Beds
4 Baths
3,666 Sqft
$584,900
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4 Beds
2 Baths
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$579,900
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2 Beds
2 Baths
1,454 Sqft
$575,000
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4 Beds
4 Baths
3,020 Sqft
$559,900
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3 Beds
3 Baths
2,623 Sqft
$550,000
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5 Beds
3 Baths
3,592 Sqft
$549,000
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4 Beds
3 Baths
3,450 Sqft
$539,900
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4 Beds
4 Baths
4,459 Sqft
$539,000
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4 Beds
4 Baths
3,234 Sqft
$525,000
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5 Beds
6 Baths
4,735 Sqft
$524,900
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4 Beds
3 Baths
2,416 Sqft
$509,900
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6 Beds
4 Baths
3,912 Sqft
$499,999
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5 Beds
5 Baths
4,655 Sqft
$434,900
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4 Beds
3 Baths
2,480 Sqft
$427,000
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4 Beds
4 Baths
2,371 Sqft
$418,900
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4 Beds
2 Baths
2,240 Sqft
$410,000
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4 Beds
3 Baths
2,584 Sqft
1608 Woods Blvd Round Rock , Texas 78681
Status: Buyer Representation
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4 Beds
3 Baths
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3 Beds
3 Baths
1,936 Sqft
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3 Beds
2 Baths
1,567 Sqft
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3 Beds
2 Baths
1,788 Sqft
$315,000
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2 Beds
3 Baths
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$300,000
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2 Beds
3 Baths
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2 Beds
3 Baths
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2 Baths
1,849 Sqft
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3 Beds
1 Baths
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4 Beds
3 Baths
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3 Beds
3 Baths
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3 Beds
1 Baths
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$0
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3 Beds
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1,944 Sqft
$0
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3 Beds
2 Baths
2,386 Sqft
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0 Beds
3 Baths
2,448 Sqft
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