Jeff Hayenga’s life hit a high note when he decided to settle down in Austin with his wife Christina in 1998. An avid musician, Jeff spent nearly ten years after college touring the world with a blues band, performing across the United States as well as in Europe, England, and Canada. After turning 30, however, he decided it was time to trade in his upright string bass and get a “real job” (although let it be known he can still hasn’t lost his touch—just ask him for a rendition of “It’s Obdacious”). Real estate became the answer to the nagging question, “what do I want to do with my life?” and he hasn’t looked back since.
Growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, Jeff was no stranger to sub-zero winter temperatures and snowplows. He describes Fargo as “a safe and boring little town,” and was happy to broaden his horizons by attending college at Moorhead State University in Minnesota (currently Minnesota State University Moorhead). He remembers his college years fondly, citing impactful teachers who helped cultivate his interest in Fine Arts. He managed to squeeze in time at the library amidst a full social calendar before leaving college to pursue music full time.
To make ends meet, Jeff spent two “horrible” months working on the Motor Mile selling cars before deciding car sales was just not for him. He vowed never to become a “salesman”—a commitment that continues to serve him well today. He views every home sale is an investment, never a transaction, and is deeply committed to the human side of the business. He is entrenched in the nuances of the ever-changing housing market, assisting sales of properties everywhere from San Antonio to Georgetown to College Station.
Jeff and his wife were drawn to Austin’s steady heartbeat and bustling music scene, and fell in love with the city soon after moving there. Jeff considers himself the unofficial “Pope” of South Austin, having explored nearly every corner of the city. He loves to advise tourists and visiting friends and family where to go (and where not to go) to truly soak up all it has to offer. He doesn’t believe any visit to Austin is complete without a trip to The Texas Chili Parlor and Evangeline Café.
Jeff has always had an intense love of people and considers himself “outgoing almost to a fault.” The thing he loves the most about real estate is forging strong connections with clients, learning their stories and helping them make wise investment decisions. It’s pivotal that his clients are happy with his work, which is all the motivation he needs to go the extra mile.
When Jeff isn’t with clients, you might see him cruising the streets of Austin on his Harley Davidson or relaxing over 18 holes at the nearest golf course. He remains very active in the Austin music scene with his band The John Gaar Band who sings the blues regularly at The Saxon Pub.
What My Clients Say
I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing job you did for us! I can’t believe we had two offers for our home within 48 hours of listing our home!! We were VERY happy that we got more than we asked for as well! Of course selling our home that fast created an issue of finding a place to stay while we waited for our new home to be finished, but you even helped us find a place with a short lease while we waited. You also helped us through the buying process of our new home!! Thanks again for all your help!Thank you so much for your help, I think that was transaction number 4 with you!!
I selected Jeff Hayenga to both sell my previous home and help me find a smaller home a few years ago. During a slow time in the real estate market, he negotiated a wonderful deal as I sold off my large home, making a good profit and conducting a very smooth transaction at a time when home negotiations were very tough due to the economics of the period. As we worked together selling one home, he came thru with a wide selection of homes based on my criteria – taking the time to show each, explain the pro’s and con’s of each neighborhood, builder and asking price. It did not take long to find a perfect home in my price range – and again he helped negotiate an excellent purchase price, giving me ample time to relocate from my old home to my current residence. Mr Hayenga was always available via phone and email during the process and I would never hesitate to recommend him to friends or family with real estate needs.
I have our dear friend Carrie to thank for putting us together. You made our transition from California to Austin Texas with a real down home and friendly manner. We enjoyed the rental house you found for us back then for nearly 3 years. It was a no brainer to call upon your services again when we were looking for a new place. I know the hard work and seemingly endless time we put you through whether to rent or buy. But alas, you stuck with us through thick and thin. Our experience with you has been nothing short of stellar and professional!!! We always mention your name with pride to others who are seeking info on a reliable realtor. We consider you a friend as well.
Angela & Kirk