Gary Hart

-founder-

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Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?
“I am a native Texan, and was born in El Paso. I have called the Austin area home for over 30 years.”
What do you love about living in Central Texas?
“To those who are making their home in our community, I would encourage you to experience all of the great outdoor activities that Austin has to offer. I have spent a lot of time enjoying the natural beauty that Austin and the Hill Country have to offer, and love knowing that no matter how fast Austin grows, there are treasures here that will always remain the same.”
Tell us about your home life…
“I have been married for 11 years, and my wife and I have four wonderful children. We enjoy spending time with our extended family, being outdoors, and traveling between Texas and Colorado."                                                             How did you come to inspecting as a career choice? What is your previous professional experience or background?
“With over twelve years of experience in the residential and commercial construction fields, I began my career as a Professional Real Estate Home Inspector in 2004.

My experience, coupled with my innate desire to help others ensure safety in their homes, has lent itself naturally to a career in the home inspection industry.”
What do you enjoy most about being an inspector/ working with Austin Property Inspections?
“I consider myself to be an educator, as well as an inspector. My focus is on educating the home buyer about the true condition of their property. I enjoy helping our clients understand the way their home works & knowing they will benefit from that knowledge. I have also trained each of our inspectors very thoroughly so that they can offer that same level of service to our clients. I have enjoyed the process of training them and encouraging their professional development.”  

 

Sam Lucas

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Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?
“I moved to Austin in 2011 with my wife. We moved from a small town in southeast, Texas.”
What do you love about living in Central Texas?
“Texas itself is awesome, but Austin is a whole thing of its own. It is full of adventurous outdoor activities and wonderful restaurants.”
How did you come to inspecting as a career choice? What is your previous professional experience or background?
“I have worked in the past in residential remodeling. I discovered home inspection and the importance of having them done. I was fortunate enough to have Austin Property Inspections hire me and train me as one of their inspectors.”
What do you enjoy most about working with Austin Property Inspections?
“It feel less like I'm working for a company and more like I'm working with family. What I enjoy the most about being a home inspector is learning the structural components of a home, and passing that knowledge on to my clients. I definitely look forward to spending many more years here in Austin, and watching Austin Property Inspections grow as a company.”

 

 

Cullen Fleetwood

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Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?
“I am from Livingston, Texas and I have lived in Austin for a total of four years.”
What do you love about living in Central Texas?
“I love living here for the atmosphere and culture that Austin, in particular, offers. We love it here.  We really enjoy being able to find things to do outdoors and Austin offers plenty of that.”
Tell us about your family...
“I live in Austin with my girlfriend, Brittany, and my daughter Maddison.”
How did you come to inspecting as a career choice? What is your previous professional experience or background?
“Inspecting sort of came naturally to me.  I grew up working with my brother who is a contractor.  I learned a lot about the ins and outs of home building and remodeling.  I also worked for Lowe's for five years where I learned everything I could about specific products and recommendations for home repair.  I was ready to take another step career wise and inspecting was a natural progression for me.”
What do you enjoy most about being an inspector/ working with Austin Property Inspections?
“I enjoy the variety this job offers.  I appreciate the fact that I get to be in different locations and meet new, interesting people each day. I love working for Austin Property Inspections because this is the first job I have had where I feel entirely comfortable in what I am doing, and believe in who I am working for.”

 

Andy Miranda

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Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?
“I am from El Paso, Texas, but I have lived in Austin for four years.”
What do you love about living in Central Texas?
“Texas has always been home to me, but I love all that central Texas has to offer. Austin is a beautiful and eclectic city that can cater to just about anyone. I especially enjoy the quick commute to nearby metropolitan areas & the MUSIC!”
Tell us about your home life…
“My wife is from the cold North and came to Austin a few months before I did. We are both very passionate about the local housing market, and we agree that Central Texas is the best place to be!  We recently moved to Buda, TX where we reside with our Dutch Shepherd.”
How did you come to inspecting as a career choice? What is your previous professional experience or background?
“I renovated our 1970's home and quickly learned a lot about what is important in home quality. I hired Austin Property Inspections to inspect an investment property I was trying to purchase.

 After seeing Gary inspect the home I instantly knew what my next career would be. Gary was very knowledgeable and helpful in answering all of the questions that we had, and I knew that I could do the same for other buyers. Before home inspecting I had worked as a chef for 10 years.”
What do you enjoy most about being an inspector/ working with Austin Property Inspections?
“I feel that home inspecting is an ever changing, interesting line of work where there is always something to learn. I look forward to keeping abreast of the market and helping our customers make well informed decisions on their new home. I enjoy working with Austin Property Inspections because it is a small family run business and I know that we cater to the customer.”

 

Matt Williams

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?    
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I am originally from Amarillo, TX but moved to Winchester, VA. My wife and I moved to Austin in the fall of 2015"                                    
What do you love about living in Central Texas?   
“I love the abundance of outdoor activities available in Central Texas and throughout the rest of the state, as well as the great music and great food that the area has become famous for!”
How did you come to inspecting as a career choice?  What is your previous professional experience or background? 
“While the majority of my professional experience has been in healthcare marketing, I am an avid DIY’er!  I love to learn how to do things that most people would just hire someone to do for them, particularly with home ownership. When I decided to pursue home inspecting as a career, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the great team at Austin Property Inspections.”  
What do you enjoy most about working with Austin Property Inspections? 
“The thing that I enjoy most about Austin Property Inspections is the quality of people that have come to work for the company.  Each inspector on our team is passionate about their clients, and truly wants to help each home buyer make the most informed decisions possible.” 


Brian Stephens

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?  
"My wife and I are from Alaska, and moved to Round Rock in 2010. "    
 What do you love about living in Central Texas?  
"The obvious main attractor for us was the warm weather, but we've found so many reasons to love living here. People are friendly and there's a noticeable community-oriented mindset in the Austin area. Austin outdoor activities are great. I'm an avid mountain-biker and dirt-bike rider, and love that I can go explore all of the local trails year round. Lake Travis is awesome, too! " 
How did you come to inspecting as a career choice? What is your previous professional experience or background? 
"I've built and remodeled several homes throughout my life, and have owned older homes that have required significant work. From this experience, I’ve developed knowledge and appreciation for quality home design and construction. Prior to being a professional inspector, I was an oilfield engineer for 10 years—- which required critical attention to detail. Inspecting was an excellent fit for me as it combines my knowledge of homes, attention to detail, and enjoyment in helping people.      
What do you enjoy most about working with Austin Property Inspections?
"I like being able to see a different home design and meet new people every day. I really appreciate that I’m working for a small family-owned business that puts our customer’s interests first. Purchasing a home is typically the most important financial commitment a person makes, and I really enjoy helping people by giving them the information they need to feel confident in their decision."


John Ramos

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?
"I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I moved to Austin in the Spring of 2016, and I am proud to call Austin home."
What do you love about living in Central Texas?
"Coming from Houston, my favorite thing about Central Texas is the weather. I love the outdoors. Biking, hiking, kayaking, and flying airplanes are some of my favorite things to do outdoors!"      
Tell us about your home life... 
"I have been married for 5 years, and my wife and I have a two year old son. He keeps us busy! I have a passion for food & wine, and enjoy cooking for my family. " 
How did you come to inspecting as a career choice?  What is your previous professional experience or background? 
"I was a Sommelier for the last 12 years, and ran a wine program at an iconic restaurant in Houston, Texas. I was looking for a career that was more conducive to family life, and I found that in becoming a Professional Home Inspector. I have always had an affinity for being handy around the house and learning how things work. I enjoy what I'm doing, and I haven't looked back!"  
What do you enjoy most about working with Austin Property Inspections?  
"The owners are wonderful to work with, and they treat our employees like family. Coming from a large corporation, it's so refreshing working for a small, family-owned company. I also enjoy helping people understand all of the components of their new home, especially first-time home buyers."


Allen Green

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?
"I was born and raised in El Paso, TX. My wife and I moved to Austin in 1998 after spending some time in San Marcos and Dallas." 
What do you love about living in Central Texas? 
"Austin has so much to offer. My wife and I, as well as our two boys (ages 10 and 13) love to enjoy the outdoors. Lakes, rivers, creeks, trails, and parks seem to be everywhere. They offer plentiful opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. The live music, food, and general atmosphere of Austin are hard to beat."  
How did you come to inspecting as a career choice? What is your previous professional experience or background? 
"Home inspection was a natural progression for me. My previous occupation—- working as an insurance adjuster on homeowner claims—- required a broad knowledge of home construction, extremely high attention to detail, and remarkable customer service. Those skills provided the framework to my career in home inspections."        
What do you enjoy most about working with Austin Property Inspections?
"Working with genuinely good people, who are interested in the continued development of our inspectors."  


Taylor Williams

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin? 
"I was born and raised in a small town in Virginia.  In 2014, I became a Texan with a move to Corpus Christi. I finally found my way to beautiful Austin in November of 2016."
What do you love about living in Central Texas? 
"I love everything about the area. The people are great, the restaurants and entertainment are fantastic, and there are an endless number of beautiful outdoor places to explore."       
How did you come to inspecting as a career choice? What is your previous professional experience or background?  
"Most of my professional experience has been in the field of commercial property maintenance. I have also worked in the design and construction industry. My brother, Matt Williams, began a career with Austin Property Inspections a few years back and had nothing but great things to say about it. I instantly knew that was the career I was looking for as well. I was very fortunate to be given an opportunity to work for API and for the great people of Central Texas!"  
What do you enjoy most about working with Austin Property Inspections?
 "The thing that I most enjoy about working with Austin Property Inspections are the people I work with, and the seemingly endless knowledge and passion they have for this line of work. They are able to provide so much knowledge and expertise to their clients, which allows them to have a much more pleasant home buying experience."


get to KNOW our office staff...

Beka Lucas

-marketing & media/ administrative assistant-

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?
“My husband and I moved to Austin from Livingston, TX in 2011 and it has been a blast!”
What do you love about living in Central Texas?
“The food and the hiking trails are my favorite things about Central Texas.”
What do you enjoy most about working with Austin Property Inspections?
“There are many things that I like about working for Austin Property Inspections but what I enjoy the most is the fact that you are considered to be a part of their family. Marketing allows me to be creative and spread the word about this awesome company. Watching Austin Property Inspections grow has been very exciting and I can't wait to see what we can achieve next.”

 

Heather Hart

-Co-founder-

Where are you from? How long have you lived in Austin?
“I was born in Amarillo, TX and my parents moved to Austin in 1976, and eventually to Round Rock after that.”
What do you love about living in Central Texas?
“Being raised in Austin was a wonderful experience. The live music, the ‘laid-back’ friendly folks, and the small-town feel that we have in Austin all make it a wonderful city. The beauty of the surrounding hill country is phenomenal. Boating & skiing on the Highland Lakes of Central Texas is quite heavenly.”
Tell us about your home life…
I am a proud mother of four very sweet kids, a Lhasa Apso & a cat! I have been married for eleven years to Gary Hart, and we enjoy taking our family on all sorts of adventures in Austin, as well as in Boulder, CO where we reside for a portion of the year.

How did you come to inspecting as a career choice? What is your previous professional experience or background?
“It was actually my oldest brother who suggested that Gary become a Home Inspector. He knew Gary had a knack for knowing how things work & thought he’d be great at inspecting. He was right! We have him to thank for pointing us in a great career direction!
My personal business background was in retail furnishing sales and marketing & management for a locally owned, family business. It was there that I learned the importance of treating your employees & your customers like family, and I knew then that I wanted to operate a business like that one day. ”
What do you enjoy most about working with Austin Property Inspections?
“When Gary & I founded Austin Property Inspections in 2007, we were just a mom & pop shop, but with the growth in the Austin Real Estate market we have had a wonderful opportunity to expand our business. My favorite thing about our company is that we are able to employ really great folks & that they get to do something for a living that they love, while providing an invaluable service. It feels good to know that we have had a hand in creating jobs for some very deserving individuals, and I am very grateful to be in the position to do so. I genuinely like everyone that works with us, and have found that my employees inspire me.”