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With Sara Madera, you will benefit from Broker experience in Austin, TX since 1984 to help you make informed real estate decisions. Sara offers experienced professional real estate representation for effective residential marketing and for an organized home search for your unique needs and guidance through the purchase process.

Sara sells homes in your neighborhood through skillful, educated assistance with sensitivity to your needs. She can help first-time home buyers, help to settle a parent’s estate, help with enjoying retirement in Austin, with rightsizing for prudent planning or downsizing for a comfortable future. She can assist with simultaneous home sale and purchase, leasing, gated communities, downtown living, townhomes and condos, investors, second homes, new homes and central Austin homes with potential. Her experience includes many areas all around the Austin vicinity.

Sara has been an Austin resident since 1978 with a Houston, Texas upbringing. Educated at Bellaire High School, she has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree from the University of Houston. Her previous work includes experience as a School Psychologist, development of a day camp for Head Start, adult education in mental health, Director of an Early Childhood Program and President of the Austin Association for the Education of Young Children. Traveling, gardening, weaving and book clubs are other interests she enjoys.

In the past, Sara collaborated with her husband, Mark Madera, Architect & Builder, in creative additions to and renovations of older homes and the construction of new homes in older neighborhoods with the “Not so Big House” aesthetic. She is the mother of Daniel Madera since 1985, previously a two-time winner of outstanding linebacker and team captain at Austin High School, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, a commercial construction superintendent for large multifamily projects at The Domain and superintendent of construction for luxury custom homes as well as special events creator and producer as a founding member of Six Cactus.

Consistently honored for excellence, Sara’s clear-sighted resourcefulness will focus on your Real Estate needs. Clients say Sara is “calm”, “competent”, “patient”, “knowledgeable”, “helped me make an informed decision”, is “a creative problem solver”, a “successful negotiator”, “an assertive advocate” and “a pleasure to work with”.

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Community Involvement

West Austin Neighborhood Group previous board member
Previous board member of the Austin Friends of Folk Art
Previous Task Force Member of the Austin Folk Art Museum
Volunteer usher for the Long Center for the Performing Arts
Volunteer usher for the Austin Symphony Orchestra


Austin Business Journal #2 Top Team, Carol Dochen Realtors, 2016
Platinum Top 50 Finalist 2012, 2013
Platinum Top 50 Nominee, Austin Business Journal 2001
Top Producer, Turnquist Partners REALTORS, 1993


ABR – An Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) has received advanced training in understanding a home buyer’s needs and how to best serve them and has specialized information to stay on top of home buying issues and trends.
CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert designation – advanced training in negotiation for real estate professionals.
CRS – Certified Residential Specialist – Advanced training for residential real estate professionals. Less than 5% of Realtors® have this designation
GREEN – NAR’s Green Designation provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices assisting Realtors to seek out, understand, and market properties with green features.
GRI – Graduate Real Estate Institute. Advanced training received in many areas of real estate by real estate professionals.
SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialists are qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+ with expertise to counsel clients through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing or selling the family home.


As first time homebuyers, Sara Madera walked us through every step and provided invaluable information to help us stay well informed. Sara is very well connected with Austin businesses and was able to provide many highly recommended businesses for needed home projects. Sara has a keen eye for detail. She listens to wants and needs and found us the perfect home. She knows the Austin market so well and gave us an edge in the Austin market. I couldn't imagine buying a home without her! I recommend her to all of my friends looking in the Austin area. Emily & Oliver T.

I was still living in another city when I bought my house in AustinMueller, and Sara Madera was wonderfully helpful throughout the process. She went the extra mile in meeting the home inspector, getting a key to the painter, and keeping me well informed throughout the closing process through phone calls and emails. Moving is stressful by definition; Sara made it as painless as possible. Thanks! Sara L.

“I appreciated getting to know Sara Madera through this process. She has a steady hand and manner and is thoroughly professional.” Katy D.

“As you ponder your real estate agent options, can I put in a good word for Sara Madera? I’ve known her (better and better) since her Architect husband Mark did our remodel and addition in 2004 and I’ve been very impressed with how smart she is about real estate, how personable, accessible, honest and reliable, and how hard and creatively she works for people selling or buying homes. I’m sure you have good options because there’s more than one way to be right, but you cannot go wrong with Sara.” Merry W.

“We have worked with Sara Madera through the buying and selling of at least 4 homes. She is very knowledgeable, has years of experience and she is very responsive. Sara held an open house on the day our house went on the market and had 2 offers before the end of the day. We purchased our current home with Sara’s help. Sara also alerted us to the 2 smaller homes in which our daughters live. Sara knows what is on the market and what is coming soon and she will work with you until you are satisfied. I highly recommend this realtor. ” Nanou K.

“A friend recommended Sara Madera as an agent as I searched for my first house. I told her my requirements, which made someone else say “good luck!” Sara said it wouldn’t be a problem. She searched with me tirelessly until I found that first house. Fifteen years later, it was time for a new house. I contacted Sara again. I had a bigger budget this time, but Sara steered me in the right direction. She wanted to find the right house for me, even if it was less expensive than the other options. She also sold my house, and she made the process straightforward. I knew through the whole process that I could trust Sara to tell me what I needed to do and when. The house sold quickly and without any major complications. ” Karen C.
“Recently we both sold a home and bought a home. Sara Madera was our realtor for both transactions. When it came to selling our home, Sara provided excellent advice regarding pricing and staging. She also developed and executed a successful marketing strategy to sell our home that brought us a price with which we were happy.When it came to buying a new home, Sara listened carefully to our needs, provided viable options, and was most instrumental in negotiating a fair purchase price.Sara has great depth of experience in real estate, is proactive in profitably moving the buy-sell process along, and has a winning manner. We have bought and sold many homes over the years. Sara is one of the very best realtors we’ve ever worked with and we recommend her most highly.” Robin and Kim S.

“We moved from San Diego to Austin in 2002, and our daughter recommended Sara Madera, based on good reviews she heard from her friends. We were very pleased with Sara’s patience and attention to our needs as she helped us find a home in Travis Country. Three years later, we decided that we wanted a home with a hill country view, and again Sara helped us find the perfect home in Jester Estates. It had great views, privacy, and a large room I could use as an artist’s studio. As a result of the excellent work Sara did for us, we recommended her to my sister who moved to Austin in 2005. Sara helped her buy her residence in north Austin and a rental property in central Austin. Sara knows every area of the city and is a seasoned professional with tact, integrity, wisdom, and skill in all phases of home buying and in screening and finding good renters. When our daughter and son-in-law moved to Ecuador for two years, Sara found renters for their home, too. Our entire family knows and loves Sara, and we recommend her highly. When we were ready to leave Austin this year, Sara again came to our assistance in selling our Jester home.” Ellen and Earl R.

“Sara Madera was our awesome agent. She came highly recommended to us and it did not take long to see why. We searched for over 6 months and Sara was just as patient at the end as she was at the beginning. She took the time to get to know us and what we were looking for and she went above and beyond to help us find the right place, always working within our schedule to show us many, many properties. Her many years of experience in Austin were invaluable and she helped us find the best place and negotiate a great price while avoiding pitfalls and potential headaches. When it came time to sell our home she promoted it so well and really conveyed what we loved about our home and what made it stand out. If we ever move again we will definitely call Sara!” Monica S.

“My husband and I had the pleasure of searching for houses with Sara Madera. She was a wonderful realtor. I highly recommend her if you seek homes within South/Central Austin. Sara really knows her stuff and has been in the business for a very long time. Sara helped us feel contented even with our short time frame for finding a home. She worked constantly with us to make sure we could find the right place for us. She was very good at listening, and when we asked for her advice on certain homes and areas she offered meaningful insights. She never shied away at being blatantly honest with her concerns for neighborhoods and home issues. She was not only courteous, respectful, and well-knowledgeable. She was a pleasure to be around and full of positive loving energy. We really enjoyed looking for homes at all crazy hours with her dutiful patience. When we were buying our house, she worked very hard to get the best deal for us. Since she’s been in the business for so long, she has a sharp mind and knows many people. She went over all the business in great detail and helped us understand exactly how the process works. She gave us important insights for things to do or consider after buying a house. As this is our first home, she made sure we were prepared for all the home, insurance, and tax issues. We are very happy with our home. We are very glad to have worked with Sara. We highly recommend her to you!” Amberly W.

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