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Featured Broker Highlight: Jason Steinberg

04/21/2022 ECR News

Tell us a little bit about how you got into real estate. What inspires you in this field?

I became interested in commercial real estate early on. I would always be building structures as a child. That led me to study Architectural Engineering at UT which then led me to a less rigorous major in Urban Studies. While in school, I earned my real estate license and helped friends lease house and apartment rentals in the campus area.

A few years later, I focused on office leasing and sales, and it has been a great, fun journey. I really enjoy working with others and helping people and their businesses with their real estate needs. So many of our clients are really smart and successful, and I greatly enjoy learning from each of them.

What do you specialize in?

Office leasing but I also represent sellers/buyers with property sales.

What do you like to do for fun?

When not working, I really enjoy coaching my kids’ sports teams and being involved in their lives as much as I can. We love to travel (Dana Point is our favorite place to vacation) and on the weekends, I really enjoy playing pickleball, gardening, UT sports, and sometimes reading.

Any interesting news or transactions?

2021 was a very challenging year but still a great year for our team. Personally, there are 2 leases that we completed that I will look back at even 10, 20 years from now and be really excited/proud to be a part of… Cloudflare and the Austin Diaper Bank.

We have worked with Cloudflare since they opened their Austin office years ago and have helped them expand, while we determined long-term space needs. Cloudflare signed a 130,000 SF lease in an East Austin new construction building (Foundry II). This will be an incredible building/space for their team members to enjoy and I (along with my colleague Haley Smith) are really proud and feel very fortunate to have been a part of it. East Austin is changing every year and I look forward to seeing Cloudflare’s signage and presence in East Austin for many years to come.

I became involved with the Austin Diaper Bank after my wife introduced me to the organization. She learned of it after Hurricane Harvey when our state was devasted from the storms. We were unaware of how many families can’t afford diapers, wipes, or female products or wouldn’t have access to them, which are necessities for families. The Austin Diaper Bank (ADB) had a small warehouse space on Burnet Road which they were quickly outgrowing. The 2020 pandemic accelerated the need for more families to have access to free diapers and supplies. Fortunately, many private donors and companies stepped up and provided financial support to the ADB by donating funds or diapers at little or no cost. We worked with the ADB to locate a much larger warehouse space further up the road. Another benefit of the new space is it can host more volunteers to help package diapers and supplies for distribution to dozens of other organizations. My wife has been very passionate about ADB and is currently serving as Board Chair. ECR volunteered at the ADB a few times in 2021 and we will make it an annual event.

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