Broker & President
Clients continually praise award-winning broker Austin Black, calling him “an Absolute All-Star” with an “ability to get things done that is second to none!” They also “couldn’t be happier with his quality service,” and “could not imagine going through the process without his support and expertise.” What you get with him is a true professional who clearly loves his work and gives 110% to his buyers and sellers.
Highly accomplished in his field and invaluable to his loyal clients, Austin has been selling and excelling in residential real estate sales in and around Detroit since 2005. His career spiraled to success, earning him a long list of coveted local and national awards; and in 2010 after obtaining his Real Estate Broker License, he opened his own thriving brokerage, City Living Detroit, known for the same unparalleled results and reputation.
From starter homes and apartments to multimillion-dollar gems, Austin represents clients and properties at every price level, in a diverse array of neighborhoods. His specialty areas include: Detroit: Historic homes in Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest, University District, Boston-Edison, Indian Village, Detroit Golf Club, Bagley, Green Acres, Rosedale Park, North Rosedale Park. Condos: Midtown, Downtown, New Center, Lafayette Park, Riverfront. Woodward Corridor Suburban Communities: Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills. Grosse Pointe Communities: Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Shores
His seasoned knowledge of these markets allow him to skillfully navigate clients and intimately explain the amenities and trends in their areas of interest. This is complemented by his extensive involvement on boards and committees on both the professional and community levels, strengthening his insider perspective and vast network. Many of his clients are repeat and referral buyers and sellers.
Austin has always had a passion for urban development and major metropolitan cities. A graduate of Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning in Ithaca, NY, he studied redevelopment projects abroad and received a B.S. in Urban & Regional Studies. After extensive travels, Austin returned home committed to making Detroit a better place to live, work and raise a family. He was born in the city, spent his youth in Okemos and Troy, and attended Birmingham Seaholm H.S. Austin bought his first condo in Midtown in 2006 before it was chic, later moved to Lafayette Park, and now calls Sherwood Forest home.
Frequently quoted on industry trends and topics in top publications, Austin is as sought after by his peers as he is by his clients, and is very active in and outside his industry. He continually seeks new educational opportunities and designations to advance his knowledge and better serve his clients.
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors, Michigan Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Urban Land Institute, Cornell University Alumni Association
Real Estate Designations and Certificates
Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Certified Real Estate Specialist (CRS), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), At Home with Diversity (AHWD), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), Urban Land Institute Michigan Larson Center for Leadership
Hour Magazine Top 5% Metro Detroit Realtors (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40, 2013, DBusiness Magazine 30 in their 30s, 2012 Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award, 2011 Realtor ® Magazine 30 under 30, 2010 Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20s, 2006 (inaugural class)
Downtown Development Authority, Michigan Humane, Hatch Detroit
Detroit Athletic Club Community Outreach Committee, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Classical Roots Committee, Urban Land Institute Housing and Community Development Local Product Council, Belle Isle Conservancy Community Engagement Committee
Austin was an absolute All-Star for us! Although things didn't go as smoothly as we hoped with the seller and lender, Austin was there keeping things together, keeping communication lines open, and making sure things were done properly. When the sellers agent tried to sneak in a post-addendum change, Austin was on top of it, helping save nearly an additional $1K at closing! We can't imagine having gone through this without Austin's support and expertise!
Austin was fantastic throughout our entire process. He is an expert in Detroit and it's neighborhoods. We purchased an older house and the process became complicated (as they sometimes do) Austin really helped finalize the process. If you're looking for a house in Detroit or it's suburbs, he's your guy.
Austin is a true professional. He delivered on all aspects and successfully closed my transaction at a value significantly above expectations. His reputation and name recognition generated considerable interest for my property. His responsiveness and availability were key factors to the success of this transaction. Austin is astute and insightful; presenting facts and data to support his position. I highly recommend Austin to anyone interested in selling or buying real estate
Austin was extremely helpful in helping me purchase my first home. It was a long process because I did not know what I was really looking for, so I appreciate him sticking with me through the year. He was able to direct me to homes that he thought would fit me well, even when I was unsure of the properties initially. By doing more than just showing me homes I requested, I ended up with a property that I love and would never have gone out to see had it not been for Austin's recommendation. Once the home was under contract, Austin ensured every box was checked from my inspection period/inspector, to getting a timely quote for insurance, to closing, to even after closing handling my NEZ transfer, giving me detailed instructions to ensure my property transfer was completed on time, and my HSE was filed. I cannot recommend anyone higher than Austin when it comes to Detroit real estate.