Our AgentsMeet the Team
I moved to Austin from New York City via Guatemala in 1977 and attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and then graduated from the University of Texas with Degrees in Marketing and Art History. I originally got my Real Estate License in 1986 and worked for a Home Builder, Randy Morine. I then worked for ten years in Public Finance, and during this time period I achieved my MBA in Management from St. Edward’s University. In 2007 I renewed my Real Estate License and worked for Coldwell Banker, where I learned the basics of home marketing. I have also worked for Turnquist Partners (now Engel and Volkers) and Kuper Sothebys. At these two companies I learned exactly how Luxury Brokers list, market and sell luxury properties.
In October 2015 I established my own company, Brigham Real Estate LLC. We joined Mayfair International Realty, an International Company with 450 offices worldwide. We are also members of Luxury Real Estate, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, members of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, and Austin Luxury Network, a private group of Austin’s finest Luxury Brokers. I am a Zillow Premiere Agent, which means that I will show up as the exclusive agent for your property and can drive leads to your property.
My company now consists of eight+ licensed agents including a Real Estate Appraiser with 27 years experience, plus an Interior Designer. We also have several agents in training. We meet once a week for training and to discuss our listings. We stress customer service and complete knowledge of the area, not only the houses but also the grocery stores, schools, nursing homes, the whole picture of the community.
The premise for our business is that a property will only sell as well as it looks. Through many years experience I know what buyers are looking for and the exact property condition that needs to be achieved, for both the inside and the outside. I stress de-cluttering, cleaning, painting, proper yard presentation and other factors of staging. We work intensely with our clients to provide a high level of expertise regarding what improvements need to be completed to get the home in peek condition, and we have subcontractors available to help with the work. Once the ideal property condition is achieved the property can be properly launched to other agents and the public.
The basis of our marketing is premium quality professional photography and/or architectural renderings. Our listings are placed pre-MLS on the websites for ALN, Luxury Real Estate and Mayfair International Realty. This builds the exclusivity of a coming soon listing and saves days on market. I also advertise properties in Refine Magazine, Waterways, Collections and Tribeza. I have sold properties off print advertising in these publications.
I have sold homes from Buda and Kyle, to Downtown Austin and Westlake, and up through Leander and Round Rock, at all price points. For each home I provide personal attention and full luxury service. My team is very excited about marketing all our listings and working in the Austin Metroplex. We have infinite potential for growth here as we have a beautiful city, centered upon the natural attraction of Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs and Zilker Park, very similar to London and Paris. In combination with our mild weather, we are a huge attraction for new companies and baby boomers escaping from colder climates. As my clients have stated, Austin is the Bohemian Utopian Ideal on par with Aspen. Quite the place to be!
Call/Text Charlotte at 512-423-5707
Marisa Bushee is a real estate professional and interior designer based in Austin, TX. Her entrée into the business was the result of renovating homes for rental and sale in central Austin. Marisa has lived in the South Congress area, Westlake and Hyde Park. Through personal experience and her work with clients in a variety of central and western Austin neighborhoods, she is knowledgeable about the market in these areas.
Prior to starting her career in the real estate field, Marisa worked in communications for more than 20 years helping clients with strategic planning, program management, alliance building, fundraising and media relations. She developed and managed strategic outreach programs for national, regional and local audiences. Marisa received her master’s degree in communications from American University and a bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University. She has completed course work in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Austin and participated in the University of Texas’ Summer Institute in Architecture.
Marisa is the former president of the Rotary Club of Franklin, PA and has served on several community boards. She’s currently Vice President of Public Relations for the Austin Country Club’s Women’s Association, Marketing Chair for Impact Austin and a member of the Women’s Symphony League. In her spare time, Marisa loves distance running, golf and travel. She, her husband and their dogs live in Davenport Ranch. Call/Text Marisa at 512-202-6659.
Sonya has been a Licensed Realtor for many years and specializes in Downtown Austin.
Paula Kothmann-Preston obtained her real estate license in 2015 after several years
of investing in real estate in Austin. She especially enjoys assisting others in
finding and leasing lucrative investment properties.
Her real estate experience includes:
- Short-term rentals in her South Congress (“SoCo”) Austin primary residence
- Long-term rentals in her Travis Heights condo and 4BR home; Northloop; and Parmer Tech Corridor
- Short-term rentals in her husband’s Travis County ranch cabin
- Minerals and surface estate management in the Eagle Ford and Pearsall Shales
- Hunting leases at her South Texas ranch
- 1031 exchange of rural properties for residential rentals
A graduate of Trinity University, Paula also monitors the San Antonio real estate market for investment potential. The daughter of a long line of cattle ranchers, Paula learned about real estate from her father, who helped develop a Concan, Texas, ranch into vacation sites on the Frio River. She’s a member of Texas Land and Minerals Association, an organization dedicated to responsible development of minerals that respect nature and surface owners’ rights.
Paula lived several years in Austria and has one daughter, who recently lived in England, near BRE’s partner Mayfair International Properties HQ in London. She holds an MA in Germanic Studies from The University of Texas in Austin and a Certified Minerals Manager credential. Her volunteer activities include Austin Opera, Women’s Symphony League, Junior Austin Women’s Club, and the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association.
A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Paula served as Development Director for Foundation for the Homeless. She advocates for more affordable housing in Austin and believes that home ownership is an important element for long-term financial security. She obtained her Texas Affordable Housing Specialist designation to help low-income and Texas Heroes (teachers, policemen, etc.) obtain downpayment grants.
She is also active in the Austin Luxury Network and the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. A downtown denizen herself, she understands that “luxury” refers to the lifestyle afforded by a home’s location in addition to its construction. She markets properties outside conventional services for more discerning buyers and sellers. She joined BRE in November 2015. Call/Text Paula at 512-470-2405.
Catherine Chen speaks fluent Chinese. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and helps investors find high quality income generating properties in the Austin/Round Rock/Buda area.
Having grown up in the Cedar Park area, Bianca is a licensed Realtor that is well versed in the Austin culture and market. Prior to transitioning into the role of a Realtor, Bianca worked in the property management industry for eighteen years, gaining knowledge of the real estate industry from both an operations and investment perspective. Her career began in 2001 as a leasing agent at a local apartment community in Austin. While simultaneously raising a daughter as a single parent, Bianca quickly learned each role of property management. In 2010, she went on to work as a Regional Property Manager for an accredited national property management company, where she there oversaw a diverse portfolio that included development and lease up of new construction to multi-million dollar value-add capital improvements to reposition declining properties. In this role, Bianca also performed due diligence and forecasting for acquisitions and improved the bottom line performance of assets for disposition.After her daughter graduated high school and moved onto college and always having had a passion for working with people, Bianca fully transitioned into the role of Realtor. She officially joined BRE in 2018 and is dedicated to helping people find their dream home. Call/Text Bianca at 512-784-1640
Susan Novak Smith
Henry has been an Appraiser since 1990 and has appraised 1000’s of homes in Travis/Williamson Counties. He has done residential, commercial and expert witness work. Call/Text Henry at 512-750-6391 for Appraisal Help.
Adam is excited to join BRE as a Licensed Realtor. Call/Text Adam at 512-792-1196.