Testimonials from clients


We worked with Hillery to sell a custom home we built in downtown Austin. It was a home that was highly visible and the market was especially hot at the time. Hillery stepped powerfully into the role as an advocate for our needs as sellers and managed every detail with professionalism, integrity, respect and kindness. At times, she even anticipated needs before we could articulate them. Hillery was always a step ahead on all matters relating to the marketing and management of the listing, straight through to the sale of the property. She is an effective and strong communicator but down-to-earth, sincere and very easy to work with. Truly, in all of our real estate dealings, Hillery was the most wonderful agent to work with and I highly recommend her services to any buyer or seller in Austin.

-Stacy Shuman

It was our pleasure to work with Tera on the purchase of our home last summer, and I would unreservedly recommend her to all home buyers or sellers in the Austin area. She is an extremely knowledge able real estate agent who was able to provide us with many options for our home search that we had not previously considered. I would especially recommend Tera for anyone looking to buy and then make home repairs or updates as she has excellent knowledge of remodeling and interior design. She has extensive knowledge about real estate investing and maximizing your equity, so I would recommend her to those looking to purchase a property for investment purposes as well. I know that we also benefited greatly from Tera's negotiation skills. The inspector found several issues with our home and Tera was able to negotiate the repair of all of them. Yes... all of them. Tera was a joy to work with. I was dreading looking for a home and making this major purchase, but her fun personality made the process enjoyable. She was very responsive to all our calls and emails and I felt she answered all our questions as first-time homebuyers completely and honestly.

-Chelsea Ellis

LOVE Hillery.  Hillery is my primary agent and has done a fantastic job, I cannot recommend her highly enough.  Always accessible, knowledgeable and hardworking.  I will continue to use her in the future and recommend her to others.

-Eric Woomer

I strongly recommend Hillery Stephens for your next home purchase and/or sale.  Hillery really listens to your needs, likes/dislikes and works hard to not waste any of your time with homes that aren’t a fit for you.  From a seller perspective, she helped us understand the long, and sometimes stressful process while insuring she was guiding us every step of the way.  For example, we took her advice on how to stage our home, so that it would show best.   Wow – was it worth it!  We had five offers in less than two weeks and closed at full asking price!  Do you self a favor and choose Hillery to be your trusted advisor for one of the most important decisions of your life. 

-Dan Mannion

Tera was by far the best realtor we've had the chance to work with. She went out of her way to ensure that we found a home that met all of our needs, answering all of our questions, no matter how insignificant. When it came to paper work and interacting with the various actors in the process, she made sure to jump in at every turn and take as much of that off us and shoulder that herself. And she did this while keeping us up-to-date with constant updates (all while managing other clients). Also, when it came to things like inspections, handy work, etc, she had it covered. She's built up a library of contacts that she trusted and we were able to use. Each one was one less thing we had to go shopping for. All of this added up to make things very easy, which freed us up to make arrangements for the coming move. After the close, she made sure to check in with us to make sure everything was going well. She even took it upon herself to resolve some of the knit-picky things we mentioned to just to make sure that our experience with her was nothing less than perfect. And to underscore how much she values her clients, many months later, I had a question for her about some paperwork that I'd misplaced. Though I didn't intend to add any more work to her load, without hesitation, she took it upon herself to it ferret out which involved going back to the seller through their realtor. Bottom line, we will most-definitely be looking to Tera for our next move. 

-David & Tori Granado

Allow me to recommend Hillery Stephens as the realtor for your next purchase. She was a big factor in making my transition from San Antonio to Austin a most successful one. Hillery is knowledgeable, experienced and intuitive for searching as well as negotiating your best options. I recommend that you meet Hillery and give her an opportunity to help you on this very important transition in your life.

-Dr. Ralph Flores

We loved working with Tera and recommend her highly! She is an absolute professional-- extremely knowledgeable about all of the neighborhoods in Austin, as well as about design and build and resale. She is very attentive to her clients' needs, organized, thorough, and a fantastic support in every step, from initial consultation to search, negotiation, and close. Tera made it an enjoyable and easy process to find the house we love-- we even came in under budget, not easy to say in this market! We couldn't have asked for a better partner and experience.  

Dr. Stephanie Schacht and James Daly

We have used Tera’s service as a realtor three times now.  Twice when buying a home and once when selling. All of our experiences with her have been excellent.  When we were looking to purchase a new home, Tera sent us listings daily and was even able to get us in to see a few properties before they were officially on the market.  While viewing homes, Tera was thorough, pointing out things that were red flags or features that made a home more valuable. It was great working with an agent who so clearly wanted to make sure that we found the right house for us and not just looking to make a sell.  When we were selling our house, Tera’s expertise and experience were crucial. She has a great eye for staging, as well as an amazing list of contacts and was able to put us in touch with very skilled service people to re-paint our house and put in new carpet. All of her hard work paid off because within a week of listing it, we received an offer for full asking price.  I would highly recommend Tera to anyone looking to buy or sell a house in the Austin area. Her dedication and skill as a realtor really can’t be matched!   

David and Tori Granado 2018

Tera's assistance to my wife and I while purchasing our first home was invaluable. She was very patient with us as we worked through our budget and what we were looking for and was able to show us a number of houses that were within those requirements. Once we got a house under contract, she was very conscientious and zealous on our behalf while negotiating repairs on a number of issues discovered during our inspection, and she was even kind enough to help us hire painters before we moved in. I cannot recommend Tera strongly enough to anyone looking for help with a real estate matter in the Austin area.

John Ellis

We used Tera Dallas purely to help us with design aspects for our master bathroom and adjoining bedroom, not for a real estate sale at this time. She was very responsive, and helped us get started by offering very usable design ideas for the selection of tile, paint colors, hardware, lighting, and configuration/dimensions. We also had her meet with the General Contractor (when selected) to review these designs, and discuss issues from the underlying configuration in this 32 year old home in Lost Creek. From here we made some dimensional changes, that the GC agreed could be executed. So we started the project, and the result is WOW! Everyday when we walk into our bathroom, we say "I can't believe this is our bathroom!!" The colors are soothing, and the tile selection and configuration is outstanding, bright, and we are extremely happy with the results.

Doug & Julie Keenan

Tera Dallas and The Lapis Team was an absolute pleasure to work with. We told her what was important to us, she narrowed down the options, and made it the most seamless transition into our first home. Tera is extremely knowledgable about the Austin market and provided insights that we would not have thought about on our own as first time home buyers.
Our favorite part of the process was the modifications we made to the home after the purchase was complete. Tera provided an array of trusted subcontractors (that we used and would highly reccomend to others) and provided expert assistance along the way.
I would highly recommend Tera Dallas/Lapis Real Estate and Design to anyone looking in the Austin market. We will definitly be using her next time around.

Victoria Duncan

I highly recommend Lapis Real Estate!
Hillery has been there for us throughout the speedy sale of our Penthouse and the extensive search and purchase of our new home! She always answered promptly every call or email. Her professionalism, knowledge, honesty, and hard work ethic are much respected and appreciated.
I never felt that she was just trying to sell us a house. She was a guide, she answer our questions and help us to make the best decision for our family.
Hillery is amazing and I recommend her and her company for all your real estate needs!

Liliana Nancarrow