A native Houstonian who grew up in the Clear Lake area, Vicki Garcia Lehner has been a licensed Realtor since 1989. She is a current resident of The Upper Kirby District and specializes in Houston neighborhoods including West University, Bellaire and Upper Kirby.
Prior to becoming a Realtor, Vicki worked as an insurance agent. “Insurance sales is very much a relationship-building industry, and so is real estate,” she says. In both professions, her outgoing nature, trustworthiness, consideration and good listening skills helped her excel. “Being a good listener helps you give your clients what they need and want,” she says. “I want clients for life — perhaps multiple generations.” She has a client-first philosophy.
There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional — integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how she works. That said, in her experience as a Houston real estate professional, she has also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting her clients first. This means keeping herself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to clients’ needs.
This “client first” philosophy has always been her approach, and it requires her to continually improve her skills and ways of doing business. In addition, she has found that the latest technologies are enabling her to do everything she’s always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They’ve also helped her to extend the range of services she provides to her clients.
She has earned her Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE). Less than 250 agents worldwide have achieved this certification. Her expertise in negotiating, along with her down-to-earth style and sense of humor, helps reduce the stress inherent during a real estate transaction. Recognizing that the Internet nowadays plays such an important role in real estate for buyers and sellers, Vicki not only understands the technological power of the Internet, but also its limitations. While clients can obtain a wealth of virtual information, they cannot get the true picture of the neighborhoods, commute and lifestyle of living in Houston. This is where Vicki truly excels in finding not only the perfect home for her clients, but the lifestyle they deserve.
Vicki is married to husband Bill and has a daughter, Jennifer, son-in-law Colin, and two sons, Keefer and William. An animal enthusiast, she owns a Maltese named Tito. Her hobbies include working out, traveling, and shopping. She serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Harbor and the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, as well as being on the Cheers4Charity Host Committee for their gala. She has also been selected to serve on the Wine Committee Events Division for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.