Austin #1 City for Growing Businesses, Including Members of Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate

Posted by Shannon T. Schmitz — May 22, 2013

1369259369AUSTIN, TX - Austin, Texas, recently named as #1 City for Growing Businesses by MarketWatch, gains more notoriety with the announcement of the prestigious Austin Portfolio Real Estate, Shannon Schmitz and Morgan Smith joins Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate and its network of fine high-end estate brokers and firms. Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate and the website represent a compendium of the finest residential real estate firms from around the world.

“I am pleased to welcome Austin Portfolio Real Estate into the Luxury Real Estate network,” said John Brian Losh, Chairman/Publisher of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate and “Luxury real estate agents like Shannon T. Schmitz and Morgan Smith have stellar reputations, with local expertise and international connections.”

1369767512Morgan Smith with the Shannon Schmitz Group and other agents with Austin Portfolio Real Estate, Keller Williams Luxury Homes International's boutique office, have joined the Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate network, and Shannon T. Schmitz led the effort to gain this notable luxury network connection.

“I realized the impact of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate when I changed companies and saw the web traffic on my Luxury home listings decline. I attributed that to me no longer being a member of Who’s Who and fully see the value in being a member of this organization." commented Shannon T. Schmitz, "I am excited to introduce Austin Portfolio Real Estate to the big impact that Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate will make for all of our Luxury clients.”

“Our goal is to always be moving forward and, once again, our agents and offices are leading us to the top of the industry." Mark Willis, Keller Williams' CEO, stated, "Austin Portfolio Real Estate's membership into Who's Who of Luxury Real Estate indicates the success of Keller Williams Luxury Homes International's newest boutique office concept. Congratulations to Austin Portfolio Real Estate, Shannon T. Schmitz and Morgan Smith for achieving this great honor.”

1369844074Luxury real estate agents, like Shannon T. Schmitz and Morgan Smith, employ a range of upscale marketing strategies and techniques that reflect the high value of these properties and high expectations of their buyers and sellers.

"Among its qualities, Austin is home to the state’s main public university and is considered one of Texas’ more diverse cities, which urban economists say helps foster growth.” the MarketWatch article stated, “Consider one movement in town playfully known as “Keep Austin Weird.” It doesn’t want big business to overrun the town, reasoning that innovation comes from more small and diverse businesses to keep springing up. Austin isn’t your typical Texas town. 'It is the San Francisco of Texas,' said Kevin Stolarick, an urban economist and research director at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, part of the college’s Rotman School of Management."

About Austin Portfolio Real Estate and Keller Williams Luxury Homes International

Austin Portfolio Real Estate by Luxury Homes of Keller Williams is an exclusive, elite and sophisticated group of real estate consultants raising the bar for service in the upper-tier home market. Austin Portfolio Real Estate is your key to unlocking the doors to distinct, elegant estates in luxury neighborhoods throughout Austin, Texas, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Design, elegance, and uniqueness embrace our extensive portfolio of prestigious properties, as well as, our privately listed estates. Professionalism and the upscale service provided by our real estate agents continue to make Austin Portfolio Real Estate one of Austin's top luxury real estate firms. For more information about Austin Portfolio Real Estate, visit

Keller Williams Luxury Homes International is an exclusive, elite and sophisticated group of KW real estate consultants who absolutely raise the bar for real estate service in the luxury real estate market. Through a powerful curriculum from the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing and Keller Williams University, our Keller Williams Luxury consultants stay ahead of the latest trends in their real estate market. Our leading-edge real estate technology solutions accelerate efficiency and productivity, including every tool to help connect luxury home buyers and sellers as quickly as possible. No matter which side of the transaction you’re on, the process will be smoother and faster. Keller Williams Realty and KW Luxury Homes International were founded on the principles of trust and honesty, emphasizing that no transaction is worth our reputation and always putting the real estate customers’ needs first. Our KW Luxury Homes Consultants must meet certain qualifications to join our network – and each of them has a proven track record of delivering unparalleled service to their clients. For more information about Keller Williams Luxury Homes International, visit

About Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate

Established in 1986, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate is a network of luxury real estate brokers. Known in the industry for the last quarter-century as the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network, a global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world, this group of more than 68,000 professionals in more than 29 countries collectively sells in excess of $104 billion of real estate annually, with an average sale price of $2,269,000. Members sell homes for record prices and handle transactions of incredible complexity and magnitude with complete discretion. Every member is carefully selected by Chairman/Publisher John Brian Losh, one of REALTOR Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate., a Webby Award Honoree, has been voted ‘Best of the Web’ by Forbes magazine multiple times, praised by the International Herald Tribune, Town & Country, and the Wall Street Journal and has been ranked ‘Best Website’ by consumers according to surveys by the Luxury Institute. Since its debut in 1995, has remained the #1 portal for luxury properties on the internet, consistently driving more traffic to member websites and generating more qualified inquiries than any other website. has several times more $1,000,000+ content of any near-peer. For more information on Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate, visit

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