A tale of persistence, self-discovery and pursuing your dreams

Tara McGuire, REALTOR at Bramlett
Residential Real Estate
Company Stats
  • Year Started in Real Estate: 1999
  • Joined Bramlett Residential: 2015
  • 4 Agent Team w/ 1 Director of Operations
  • 2022 Transactions: 72
  • 2022 Transaction Volume: $57.6M
  • 2022 Austin Business Journal Residential Real Estate Award Winner

“My goal this year is to not exceed my goal,” quips Tara McGuire, who has been a REALTOR with Bramlett Residential Real Estate since January 1, 2015. “My team’s goal is $50 million. We are currently at $35 million.”

While Tara makes this statement with a twinkle in her eye and a bit of a playful smile, there is also a serious undertone to those words, which reflects a deep level of self-awareness.

You see, Tara has never been someone to stay still. A goal has been reached? Why not push yourself a little harder so you can blow that goal out of the water? It’s a hunger that she continuously feeds, thanks to a passion for what she does coupled with a level of self-motivation that can sometimes make it hard for Tara to take a break and enjoy the fruits of her labors.

“I enjoy the success of selling homes,” she says. “I really do love what I do.”

With such a high level of self-motivation and desire to achieve, however, it can be sometimes difficult for Tara to turn her mind off and put real estate on the back burner. Simply relaxing and achieving the ideal work/life balance can be a challenge.

“I recently googled ‘hobbies for retirement’,” Tara jokes. “I can’t pick up a book and read. My yard is picked up. Everything is organized. I just don’t know what I would do with my time if I wasn’t doing what I do.”

I enjoy the success of selling homes. I really do love what I do.
Tara McGuire
REALTOR at Bramlett Residential Real Estate

Taking it Back to the Start

The Beginning of It All

Tara started her path in real estate 23 years ago. As part of Keller Williams Realty, she grew a team that soon came to be recognized as the number one real estate team internationally. Eventually, along with her business partner at the time, she formed her own brokerage and ultimately expanded it to a team with nearly 100 agents.

While at her brokerage, Tara focused primarily as serving as the company’s COO. As the COO, she was responsible for handling the systems and lead generation as well as training agents, overseeing compliance and running the admin team. While she didn’t actually help clients directly with buying and selling homes, she was responsible for training her agents to effectively meet the needs of the company’s clients.

Despite the booming growth of the business, Tara and her business partner decided to part ways in 2011. It was then that she decided she wanted to make a change.

“What do I do with my life?” she asked herself. “Do I do consulting? House flips? Do I become a real estate agent, where I can be responsible for nobody but myself?”

Though she understood the back side of brokerage, she didn’t want to make cold calls or take on the responsibility of starting a new brokerage firm. So, she reached out to several agents and ultimately chose to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to Bramlett Residential Real Estate.

Moving Forward and Onward

A Match of Fate

At the time when she joined Bramlett Residential Real Estate, the company was comprised of only one other agent and its current co-owner, Eric Bramlett. Bramlett was, however, looking to expand his firm by adding the perfect REALTORS to bring on board to his team.

“I liked that he was laid back,” recalls Tara.

She also enjoyed the collaborative spirit of the company, where she could have input in developing the company’s systems while also being left alone without a lot of hand holding.

“Eric has a crazy amount of systems in place,” she marvels. “Everything is written down and all online for agents to know how to do everything that they need to do. The instructions are very detailed.”

But the number one thing that Tara loves about working with Eric?

The leads.

They are high quality agents who care a ton about their agents and don’t have egos.
Tara McGuire regarding Bramlett Real Estate REALTOR
at Bramlett Residential Real Estate

“The leads are very good,” she says. “Leads are very expensive to get. The average conversion rate of a typical real estate lead is maybe around 2 percent, which means there is a lot of cold calling involved.”

With Eric’s company, Tara says there are not only a lot of leads, but there are a lot of good, high-quality leads. Overall, she believes the conversion rate with the leads provided by Bramlett Residential Real Estate is more like 25 percent rather than the typical 2 percent.

“I still don’t know how he does it,” Tara says with a bit of a chuckle.

But the systems and the leads aren’t the only thing that keeps Tara working as a part of the Bramlett Residential Real Estate team.

“They are very particular about who they hire. They make sure they are a good fit,” Tara says. “They are high quality agents who care a ton about their agents and don’t have egos.”

With a culture of collaboration and a mentality of abundance, Tara says “everyone wants everyone to be successful” at Bramlett Residential Real Estate. The culture is so positive and supportive, in fact, that new agents coming on board with the firm have wondered out loud if it is too good to be true. Tara has had similar thoughts herself, but has been around with the firm long enough to know that good things really do happen for those who aren’t afraid to seek something new and better – and Bramlett Residential Real Estate is just the place to do it.

The Secrets of Success

Bringing Her A-Game

When it comes to her success in the real estate industry, Tara largely attributes it to her personal philosophy as a REALTOR.

“I am very honest. I don’t sugar coat anything,” she remarks. “I am super transparent, down to earth and care a whole lot.”

After partnering with her new husband, Craig, and working with some of his clients on his behalf, Tara jokes that she found it to be a “total eye opener” to discover the differences in their approaches. While her personality is more direct and efficient than that of her husband’s, both Tara and Craig always strive to represent the best interests of their clients.

Tara hiking in Telluride, Colorado with her husband and business partner, Craig.

“It floors me if I get someone who is unhappy. It hurts me so bad, but it is typically due to miscommunication,” she says. “I am hugely motivated. I am hugely efficient. And I care a whole lot.”

It is this motivation and efficiency that made it possible for Tara and her team to complete a total of 81 transactions in 2021 with a volume of $61.1 million. It is also what led to her becoming a 2022 Austin Business Journal Residential Real Estate Award Winner.

Yet, despite her impressive numbers, it is the human impact of her job that ultimately keeps Tara motivated.

“It melts my heart because, at the closing table, clients will be like, ‘Oh, gosh! We are so happy we met you!’” she says. “To read their reviews, that is where I get the pat on the back and the ‘feel good’. I am helping them achieve their goals.”

Finding Time for Fun and Family

Achieving Balance

Despite her insistence that she is not sure what she would do with her time if not for real estate, Tara’s life is clearly one that is full of abundance and adventure to any outside adventure. Having remarried over 5 years ago to her new business partner and husband, Craig, the couple are now building their own real estate team. Still fairly new to real estate, Craig initially got his license primarily so he could help Tara with her work overflow.

“I was coming apart at the seams,” Tara recalls.

But Craig took to real estate so quickly that he became number three in the brokerage in his second year in the industry.

“Craig killed it,” she says, with a hint of pride and admiration in her voice.

That same pride overflows to almost uncontrollable levels when Tara talks about her children, Mason (aged 21), Aden (aged 19) and Samantha (aged 16).

“They are so amazing. Every day I am in awe of their accomplishments and so incredibly proud of how responsible they all are. I’m so excited to continue to see them grow in their success!”

Tara and her children Samantha, Mason and Aden

Tara and her husband also recently purchased a vacation home in Durango, which they got to visit about six times last year while still keeping up with their clients and meeting their needs. While there, the couple enjoys skiing and exploring the local hiking trails. She and her husband have also started to regularly play pickleball with Tara’s sister and her husband, while golf has increasingly become a hobby of interest for her.

“But not too frequently,” Tara says about playing golf. “Due to the time commitment.”

It seems that the thought of being tied up for four hours for a round of golf is a bit of a problem for someone who is always on the move and looking for ways to best meet the needs of her clients.

And, of course, as someone who is always on the go and looking ahead toward the future, Tara continues to look for ways to further grow her business. In fact, she recently asked her friend of 20 years, Stacy Zellner, to join The McGuire team as a buyer’s agent.

“Why not work with your friends and have fun along the way?” Tara thought

Having fun extends well beyond the workplace for Tara and her friends. She cherishes her time with girlfriends so much that she even plans a girls’ trip with Stacy and several other friends every year.

With less than half of 2022 in the books, Tara and her team are almost two-thirds of the way to their $50 million goal for the year. Will she take time off once she reaches that goal, or will she hold firm to her goal to not exceed her goal? If her past track record is any indication, Tara isn’t likely to close shop for the rest of the year. Not when there are still houses to sell and clients in need of a quality REALTOR to handle the deal. On the other hand, as a woman who sets her sights on a goal and works relentlessly until she earns it, maybe Tara will hold true to her 2022 goal and instead will devote more time to perfecting that golf swing and enjoying that vacation home in Durango.

“Be happy and have fun,” Tara declares as her personal life philosophy. Undoubtedly, she will find a way to make this happen in the way that is most meaningful to her.

Tara enjoying quality time with friends on a girls’ trip to Sedona, Arizona

2300+ Client reviews!

Earlier this year my husband was in final interviews for a job out of state, and we contacted Tara McGuire with Bramlett Residential to start the conversation about selling our condo in South Austin. We did some research about Austin realtors and saw all the wonderful reviews about Tara and they are 100% the truth – she’s fantastic!

Tara was so quick to get back with us and schedule a meeting, and she was so informative and helpful even though we weren’t positive we were going to be moving. Once we heard definitively that he got the Michigan job, Tara and team worked fast to help us get our condo ready to sell. Her advice at every step of the way was incredibly helpful and made a stressful time planning a cross-country move much easier. Staging, photos, etc. went really smoothly and their timeline was excellent. It did take us around 2.5 months for an offer, but there was a lot of competition in our neighborhood with similar condos and townhouses on the market. We were getting updates each week about how to move forward, when to lower the price, etc. Tara was really communicative throughout the summer when it was on the market and was super helpful responding to any of our questions or concerns.

We highly recommend Tara McGuire if you are looking for a realtor. Thank you Tara and team for your expertise, professionalism, and great communication at every step of selling our condo during a weird 2023 summer real estate market!!

I had the pleasure of working with Tara McGuire, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Her expertise and professionalism were truly exceptional. From the moment we started working together, she demonstrated a deep understanding of the real estate market and a keen eye for detail.

Tara was always available to answer my questions and address any concerns I had, making the entire process smooth and stress-free.

I highly recommend Tara to anyone in need of a top-notch real estate agent in Austin, TX. Her dedication, knowledge, and commitment to her clients are unmatched, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again in the future. Thank you,Tara, for your outstanding service!

I had never sold a house before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Tara McGuire and her team made it an easy to understand what was going to happen at any particular time and what was expected of me as a seller. I’ve already given Tara’s name to some folks in the neighborhood who may want to sell their house in the next few years and will continue to refer folks to her.

I have known Tara for over 20 years, she has guided me into investment properties and I can’t be more grateful. Because of her I now own a cabin in Durango! We just sold a property, we hit SO many snags, she had patience and was completely on top of everything we had to deal with. I am so grateful to have Tara in my life as my friend and realtor. Thank you so much Tara McGuire, you are truly one of the most amazing people I know!!!!

This is the second time we’ve worked with Tara McGuire, and it not only met the extremely high standards she set the first time, but far exceeded them. Tara is hands down one of the best realtors we’ve ever worked with. She maintains consistent communication and is always available for any and all questions. She is very knowledgeable of the market and comes forward with a competitive, yet realistic approach to sell your home. She has an amazing team that sets you up for success and walks you through each step of the process. Our experience with her is one we will always remember, and she will forever be our go-to with any real estate needs. Thank you, Tara, for an unmatched experience, and for helping us get exactly what we needed in the journey to sell our home.

Amazing customer service. Tara McGuire was a godsend. Not easy transitioning my mom to assisted living after 52 years in her house, or so I thought. Tara took it and ran with it putting my mom at ease. Tara McGuire, you ROCK!



The wife and I had a desire to move based on school districts. We explored 3 different scenarios and ultimately landed on a house in the Driftwood area. Tara was always there to support our questions (there were a lot), tour properties (there were even more) and provide a suggested list of vendors to assist with all of the nuances of buying a home. The last 6 weeks were a blur, but with the expert level service and knowledge from Tara we were prepared for every step! Thank you Tara McGuire for making this journey the best!

Tara McGuire of Bramlett did an excellent job marketing and selling our listing.  She was able to generate a phenomenal amount of showings and help us find just the right buyer for our our property.  Bramlett did a great job helping us stage the property and provided excellent guidance through the entire process including closing.  Highly recommended.

My wife and I spoke to several real estate firms before deciding to go with Tara McGuire with Bramlett Residential in selling our home. Boy was that a great decision! Tara was extremely experienced and knowledgeable about the market and helped us with many things we needed to do in order to sell our home quickly and for the most money. She was always available to us and kept us in the loop at all times. We sold our home in just 4 days! We highly recommend Tara. Tara’s professionalism is unmatched

Initially it was frightening to think of building a new home when we lived 8 hours away in another state. However, that all changed when we began to work with Tara McGuire. She was fabulous! Tara was intimately involved in the entire process. When we were not able to travel to be onsite when decisions had to be made, Tara was more than happy to do so. I truly cannot say enough positive things about working with Tara and her team at Bramlett.

Tara McGuire’s skilled team helped us navigate the often-complex logistics of prepping, listing and selling our home while moving cross-country to another state, and we couldn’t be happier: they were wonderful to work with, conscientious and professional from start to finish, with great insights about staging and prepping the house for sale. She handled the sale negotiations smoothly and found us a great buyer. And best of all, our house sold for more than the asking price with multiple offers, and a quick close! I highly recommend Tara and her team of professionals to anyone looking to sell or buy a home.

We worked with Tara McGuire to sell property and she was fabulous. All of the parties involved lived in different states and she was able to make selling easy for all of us. She was knowledgeable about the current market to aid our decision about the sale of the property, and I highly recommend her for any of your real estate needs!

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