I am a native Austinite and was born and raised in Westlake Hills. My parents wanted to move out to the country and purchased a 1 ½ acre lot on Buckeye Trail two years before I was born. The lot offered a downtown view and they built one of the first swimming pools in Westlake Hills when I was an infant. My father served as President of the Eanes School Board and was active in changing Eanes from a county school to an Independent School District.
I was a door-to-door salesman for Fuller Brush Company throughout college and knocked on the large majority of the doors in Westlake Hills, Lakeway, and many neighborhoods of west Austin. I hold a real estate broker’s license for over 20+ years.
What is your real estate niche?
I truly believe I am more of a consultant than a salesman. My goal is to earnestly listen and discover how I can help someone. The joy of serving others is to gently guide and direct them with the objective of having them make the final decision. I am compassionate and willing to go the extra mile to have raving fans!
What is the most important question you ask your client?
One of the most important questions is: “If you were to find your ideal home; what would be the maximum house payment you would feel comfortable paying and the maximum amount you could apply toward a down payment and closing cost?” After crystalizing the actual dollar amounts then it is time to dream! The second question is: “What is your idea home? One or two story? Preferred schools or neighborhoods? Open floorplan? Features? What MUST the home offer to be in the top 3?”
What are your passions/hobbies outside of Real Estate?
I am blessed to have a family ranch outside of Dripping Springs. My father shared with me many years ago that each time you arrive at the ranch search for something new from Mother Nature. I visit the family ranch multiple times each month and receive the greatest joy of listening to the water flow over the dam, turkeys stopping by for corn, and watching all of the different birds at our bird feeders. I actually get a lot of joy working with day labors multiple times each year cleaning and grooming the property.
In addition to the ranch lifestyle, I enjoy playing tennis a couple of times a week, swimming laps at the athletic club, and volunteering my time.
Do you volunteer?
Both my father and mother were active volunteers in the Austin community. As I mentioned earlier, my father was involved with the Eanes School Board then later with Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church new sanctuary (Bee Caves & Westlake Drive), Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, and other non-profit organizations. He had a passion to help the less fortunate. My mother served as President of the Austin Junior League in the mid-1960’s and created some of the first environment programs for the Austin area. One of her greatest joys was serving as President of The Austin History Center.
In my mid-20’s I was very involved with the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young Men’s Business League. The Junior Chamber of Commerce introduced me to The Christmas Bureau of Austin & Travis County. I served a total of 15 years as President of The Christmas Bureau of Austin & Travis County. During the mid-2000’s the volunteer position became more demanding as the city grew in population. Since summer 2010, I have served as Clerk of Session at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church. I actually enjoy taking notes and writing the Minutes better than it was presented. My newest endeavor is to facilitate a workshop for 12 to 14 people who are currently on welfare and actively want to get off of welfare and live a more independent and prosperous life.
What do you love about Austin?
I love Lake Austin and the rolling hills. I am very appreciative of Lady Byrd Johnson taking an active role in beautifying the Colorado River that flows through downtown Austin. Downtown Austin is very active after hours and fun escape to share with good friends.
Learn more about Clift Bowman by clicking here or calling him at (512) 799-3460.