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ABOUT Austin Dwell

The women behind Austin Dwell, a boutique real estate agency, have been in real estate collectively for over 20 years and joined forces four years ago.  Theresa Brotzman and Kay Lawley have an affinity for the city and know its ins and outs exceptionally well, particularly in Central Austin where they focus their business. Having strong Austin ties, Kay a resident for over 35 years and Theresa a native Austinite, they can’t help but love this city, in particular the lifestyle, energy, and sense of community. This makes them particularly keen to the quirks, neighborhood businesses, schools and elements unique to each area. They work primarily in Westlake, Rollingwood and Central Austin although they represent the Austin real estate market at large...even if that means searching outside of the MLS for their buyer’s dream home. 


Theresa and Kay often collaborate on marketing, staging, and selling homes. Both women have unique backgrounds that complement one another throughout the buying and selling journey. With diversity in their strengths, they are able to handle every element of the home search and buying process, be it in visualizing what a property could become after buying, in negotiating the fine print, or in ensuring certainty and confidence in a buying decision.


They recognize that real estate is a 24-hour business and requires innovative, outside-the-box thinking. Pairing that knowledge with their many years of experience, along with creativity, personal touches, and logistical expertise means their clients can have full confidence that every detail of the process will be in good, knowledgeable hands. They take the time to make sure their marketing of each home is flawless with staging, high quality flyers, professional photos and videos, direct mail campaigns, and web and social media coverage to ensure maximum coverage that will bring their clients top dollar.  Are you getting ready to sell or buy a home? We would love to talk with you!   



As a native Austinite, Theresa has extensive knowledge of all areas of town. She primarily focuses her business in Central Austin, Tarrytown, Westlake, and Northwest Hills/Cat Mountain. She discovered her love of real estate years ago while working with her own investment properties and translated that enjoyment and experience into helping clients.


What sets her apart from other realtors is her background and experience in remodeling and designing homes. When she walks into a home she can see the potential. Having remodeled many homes over the years, she is able to pull from her experience and help clients visualize the full potential of a home, whether it’s to sell their home for top dollar or buy a home that needs some work, she can walk her clients through the process.


Theresa earned a Kinesiology degree with honors from the University of Texas, where she was a member of Crew and then later the Texas rowing team. She is an avid runner, having run multiple marathons, including the Boston Marathon. In her free time she enjoys hanging out and wake surfing on Lake Austin with her friends and family, trying new restaurants around Austin and traveling.

Theresa Brotzman


I’ve lived in Austin since ‘85, and have spent the past 19 years in the local housing market. I began as an investor specializing in buying and flipping rental properties, and obtained a real estate license 8 years ago so I could share my passion for real estate with others—helping them find investment properties or their dream home.


I love Austin, particularly Central Austin—its charm, cozy neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, and abundance of quaint, unique homes. Naturally, I tend to concentrate my real estate practice in this area, surrounding neighborhoods, and luxury properties along Lake Austin. This part of Austin offers most homeseekers the opportunity to find something perfect for them—and the treasure hunt is my favorite part. I have a particular knack for finding homes with character, developing an intuition, and knowing when I walk by a house if it’s the one.


Whether you’re looking for a quiet bungalow or a multimillion dollar luxury property, I have lots of experience digging for cool, interesting properties that will align with your expectations, even if I must search outside MLS. I’ll do whatever it takes to help find the perfect home, and treat all my clients equal whether a first-time home buyer searching for a $100,000 condo, or an experience buyer seeking a high-profile investment. While I thrive on thinking outside the box, when it comes time for negotiation, inspections, paperwork, and the common headaches of purchasing a home, my business savvy ensures a smooth transaction.


I love taking the time to get to know you really well, learning about your lifestyle and day-to-day life; my inspiration is seeing you happy in your living situation. In fact, many of my clients are repeat clients, and many of my first-time clients are referrals. I promise to take the time to build lasting relationship with you, so I can continue to help you (and yours) down the road in any way I can.

Kay Lawley

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