At the Krantz Linn Group, we offer our clients a rewarding and seamless experience. There are many complexities of buying and selling in today’s market. Our understanding of the market and ability to navigate and advise our clients accordingly gives our clients an incredible advantage. We go the extra mile for all of our clients, representing you with the utmost integrity and honesty. We possess deep knowledge of the city with local roots and have represented buyers and sellers in many locations throughout Houston and the surrounding areas.
Kyla and Ellen have similar backgrounds and career paths that led them to real estate. Ellen graduated from the University of Houston, with focuses in Psychology, Marketing and Business. She began her profession in retail buying with Macy’s and had a lucrative career in custom marketing and product development for major retailers across the United States. Ellen began her full-time career in real estate in 2014 and has been a consistent top producer for both Martha Turner Sotheby’s and Heritage Texas Properties before joining Compass.
Kyla graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Marketing. Before joining Compass, Kyla spent the last several years bringing the best of fashion to Houstonians as one of the lead buyers for Houston’s own legacy luxury retailer, Tootsies.
As news of our best-in-class marketing techniques spread throughout the real estate world, we have been able to attract some of the best realtors Houston has to offer to our team. Our team includes a licensed attorney, a Rice MBA graduate, and a veteran of the hospitality industry.
Our combined experience allows us to utilize our unique expertise in market research, analytics, consumer behavior, negotiation and marketing to provide value to our clients when buying or selling their home. For Sellers, we are committed to selling your home faster, for more money. For Buyers, we are here to serve as your advocates and guide you in making a wise investment. When you hire us, you get total access to our team of five, full time, dedicated realtors. No matter what comes up along your journey, you can be assured that someone on our team is ready and willing to jump in as a subject matter expert.
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Ellen and partner Kyla are a true get-her done team! This market has been unlike any other I've transacted real estate in before. Though a seller's market, bidding wars multiplied the time and energy typically needed to negotiate and coordinate with numerous buyers' realtors. This team is highly responsive, pays excellent attention to detail, jumps in to be at the property to handle anything that comes up, and represents the client's interest above all. Plus, they are just lovely people you can enjoy working with during what can be a stressful process!
Kyla was an amazing realtor throughout the entire process. Not only is she very knowledgeable she is proficient in communicating the information to the consumer. Her interpersonal skills are some of the best I've seen. She is patient, understanding, and also a great advocate for her clients. I felt very supported in the home buying process during a very lightning fast market. I was expecting a months long home-buying journey but with Kyla's guidance I was able to secure a home by my 2nd offer all while sticking to my budget.
I'm totally impressed and absolutely blown away by the consistent level of excellence that Kyla and Ellen deliver. They are true achievers and operate with their client's best interests in mind. The best problem solvers and high performance agents I've experienced. This wasn't my first successful transaction with them and it will not be the last.
Ellen is a consummate real estate professional. She was recommended to us, and more than fulfilled her responsibilities as our agent. Knowledgeable about the market we were interested in, researching listings for us to view, through the loan and closing processes, Ellen was always available and answered any questions or concerns we had. Our experience with Ellen was very positive.
MARSHALL + BETH
Kyla is knowledgeable, reliable, and professional! She is an outstanding realtor and helping us purchase our dream home. She is very responsive and organized, so our home buying process was very smooth. Would highly recommend!
MEREDITH-LEIGH + ACE
Entire transaction professionally administered from start to successful conclusion.
This team is nothing short of incredible. We ran into a host of issues with the listing and each was handled professionally and to everyone's satisfaction, even though the situation was unconventional and required creative problem solving. Kyla and Ellen absolutely went the extra mile and always while smiling. There is nothing this team can't do for you.
We loved working with Ellen! She has vast market knowledge and expansive analytics at her fingertips. Her quality contacts across Houston helped us along every step of the process. Ellen stayed in frequent contact with us and was always available. We had such fun buying our new home!
Kyla is amazing. Throughout the selling process, she was incredibly supportive, responsive, and honest. Her work is extremely thorough, and she took time to answer our many questions in detail. Kyla made selling our home easy. We look forward to working with Kyla as we search for our next home, and we highly recommend her to anyone hoping to buy or sell a home in Houston!
ALEX + AMIE
The real estate market in the Heights is unique. We interviewed 4 top Heights Realtor teams before choosing one to sell our house. Ellen Krantz is an exceptionally gifted Realtor. She clearly knows the current real estate market. Ellen and her business partner Kyla stood head and shoulders above all the other Realtors. Their savvy marketing strategy was spot on and worked exactly as we all hoped that it would. We are thrilled with the result.
SANDRA + TOM
Ellen and Kyla from Krantz Linn group helped me buy my home and made the process easy and efficient despite the crazy competitive market. I was able to buy my home at a great price and I really appreciate it all of their connections including the mortgage broker.
Our experience with Kyla Linn was very positive. She provided us with a wealth of market information relative to the neighborhood to assist in setting an initial sales price. The sales documentation prepared for our house was outstanding and made a great impression on both web based and printed material. Her background in marketing was an advantage for coordination of media focused on making it possible to actively market the house and give potential buyers the ability to visualize the house. The pictures and video used in marketing the house were outstanding! Every potential buyer that scheduled a visit made an offer on the house, we feel the web based advertising was a large factor in limiting the house visits to only the strong buyers. From a communication standpoint, she was very proactive in making sure that we were aware of the sale status and potential buyer requests. Our experience was very positive and we have recommended Kyla to other buyers and sellers as an excellent agent.
KATHY + FRANK
Kyla was a huge help throughout the process. She find the perfect home to match my tastes and made sure to coach me throughout the process. She made the process simple and pain free. The best part was her proactive behavior to make sure no unexpected events occurred. Overall, can’t praise her enough.
Ellen and Kyla Team is a great team to work with. I like their "Get Done " and positive attitude. I selected them because they were persistent in convincing me of their ability to sell the house. It wasn't a "let me try" or I give my best shot. It was "Yes we will sell it" for you type attitude. They were detailed in their work, punctual in their response and through in their approach. It was a pleasure to work with these ladies and I am sure I will use them again.
Kyla is a seasoned real estate professional with a comprehensive understanding of the market that enabled me to find the perfect home. She was patient and responsive to every request throughout the process. Most importantly, her attention to detail and negotiating skills were essential to securing the best terms.
Ellen has once again proved to be the best agent I’ve worked with so far in life! She is knowledgeable, professional, and her instincts are superb. If I buy a home or any other property in the Houston area in the future, I will not work with any other agent than Ellen Krantz!
JENNIFER, REPEAT BUYER + SELLER
Ellen and Kyla were great throughout the process! Very professional and competent in their roles.
RADHIKA + YASH
Tara is superb! We found her after our house was listed for 3 months with other agent (had 35+ showings with excellent feedback but no offers). Tara prepared a customized marketing plan that was perfect for the property and addressed all our previous concerns in terms of communication and customer service. We sold the house in days! She also provided invaluable support during the negotiations with the buyers and made the whole process stress-free! We highly recommend her. Please at least contact her if you are looking for an agent in the area. You won't regret it!
Thank you so much for all your help!!! As first time home buyers, we were so overwhelmed with the all the new information, and you guys made it so easy to understand and guided us every step of the way. You both have such a calming presence and were able to make a really stressful experience seamless and honestly enjoyable! Communication was amazing and we really appreciate how available you made yourselves whenever we had questions about even the smallest things! We scored our dream home and absolutely could not have done it without y'all, no question!
KATE + AMY
Tara is a wonderful agent. She is so efficient and responded to my every question very quickly. I always felt she had my best interests at heart. I will always use her as my agent and highly recommend her for any real estate needs, whether buying or selling.
REPEAT BUYER + SELLER
Kyla and Ellen were extremely helpful. We were out of town clients and Kyla would go to houses and FaceTime us and be extremely thorough with her tours. They constantly kept their eye out in a tough market and made a not easy process, easy. Communication level was perfect and helped us stay abreast to the Houston market and answered all our questions at anytime of the day. So thankful to have them help us with our home buying process.
SARAH + SEAN
I would highly recommend Tara to anyone that is needing to buy or sell their home. Tara is very responsive and always available. Her experience as an attorney will be a tremendous asset as it sets her above the competition. I look forward to getting her help in the future when I decide to buy and sell again.
REPEAT BUYER + SELLER
Ellen made it easy. My partner and I were relocating to Houston, so we needed a knowledgeable realtor that could find us a house and close within 30 days. As we researched realtors, it became clear after my first conversation with Ellen that she sincerely cared about us and our long-term goals. Ellen went above and beyond to help us facilitate the buying process from a distance. She attended inspections, provided detailed home analysis, and ensured we had the best contractors to help us make cosmetic changes once we closed. She was indeed a one-stop-shop. Ultimately Ellen helped us find an area that combined culture, distinct homes, and an active neighborhood that we are now excited to call home. We are thankful we chose Ellen and look forward to working with her on our next transaction.
ERIC + JAY
Tara is the best! She is knowledgeable, patient, and will guide you through the entire home buying process. She is on top of everything and will not stop until you find your dream home! Tara is also a super sweet and fun person and will give you her honest opinion on homes and neighborhoods. We could not have asked for a better agent and now we are unpacking boxes in our amazing new home!!
Kyla and the Krantz Linn Group were absolutely amazing! We cannot recommend Kyla enough! As first-time homebuyers, we were new to the whole process and really had no idea what to expect. Kyla made the whole process fun and as seamless as possible. She walked us through everything (aka, the paperwork, inspections, closings, final walk throughs, recommendations of contractors even, etc.). She answered all questions we had timely, and we had A LOT of questions throughout the whole process! She helped us find our perfect home, and we couldn't be more thankful. She goes above and beyond what she needs to do to ensure that you get the home of your dreams, and an unforgettable home-buying experience along with it!
MARIANA + MARCIO
Tara was amazing!! She was a fabulous negotiator, she was always on top of things and contacted me immediately if there was any news She’s super patient and kind and always makes the time to answer your calls/texts and questions no matter how silly they are She’s very reassuring and a very happy individual And she’s become a great friend I would recommend her hands down to anyone!! 5 stars all around!!
An excellent experience working with Ellen and Kyla! Their knowledge of the market, strategy, and execution was exceptional. So glad we had them leading us through the process, start to finish. Highly recommend!
Tara exemplified the utmost compassion yet professionalism in our home sale transaction. She was a true blessing to our family with such a quick forty-nine day sale... beginning to closing. I was amazed at her wealth of knowledge and calm manner when explaining the necessary legal yet technical documents. SUPER REALTOR!!!
We had no idea what to expect with buying our first home, but Kyla Linn and the Krantz Linn team were PHENOMENAL! They listened to what was important to us during the initial search, helped us find the perfect home, and walked us through all the paperwork, inspections, closings, etc. Any question we had was answered quickly (and we had a lot)! I can't say enough good things about Kyla's customer service and communication style. She went above and beyond what she needed to do to make sure that everything went smoothly and we understood what was happening. Nothing was too small or trivial for her to handle - we have found our realtor for life!
JENNA + MICHAEL
Tara went above and beyond to ensure our home was sold. At no cost to us, she got the home staged and also worked with us to ensure all potential buyers had an opportunity to view the home, even when scheduling those showings proved difficult. Without her tenacious effort, it is unlikely our house will have been sold by now. We strongly recommend Tara.
Ellen Krantz is nothing short of a real estate marvel. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her over the past seven years and would not consider working with anyone else. Ellen’s knowledge and expertise in real estate and contracts are invaluable to the clients she represents, as are her willingness and ability to form the kind of meaningful relationships that result in clients coming back again and again (this cannot be understated). The most profound aspect to me in working with Ellen is her direct approach both with her clients and other agents. While always exceedingly professional and kind to work with, Ellen is not one to mince words and has always succeeded in representing my real estate interests exactly as I would wish. This has fostered my unwavering trust in working with Ellen on real estate transactions, so much so, that regardless of location, I would not consider working with another agent in Texas.
GIL + GRETCHEN
Tara was extremely knowledgeable and prompt. She addressed our concerns and made sure the whole process was stress free. We got the exact house we were looking for in the exact area we were looking! We couldn’t be more thankful for Tara and our new home!
When I decided to sell my high-rise apartment in the Museum District, I knew whom to call: The Ellen Krantz Team! My real estate journey with Ellen Krantz and Kyla Linn came in three phases. First, they helped me find and relocate to the perfect new apartment. Second, they helped me upgrade and stage my old apartment for showing with the extraordinary services of Compass Concierge. Then, they guided me through expertly negotiating and closing on the sale during the novel coronavirus pandemic! Native Houstonians, Ellen and Kyla have deep knowledge of the market and local roots. Ellen’s extensive experience is evident in her thorough, reasoned approach, focused attention to every detail, direct and honest communication skills, and command of the real estate process. Kyla’s expertise in marketing, analytics, and information technology complements Ellen's. This enables them to pivot seamlessly between traditional and virtual platforms. Both are client-centered and results-driven. As a team, they possess a winning combination of skill, diligence, and professionalism. I could not have moved so quickly and successfully through this real estate transaction with any other realtor. The Ellen Krantz Team is Top Notch!
Tara was very professional and knowledgeable regarding the market and comps. Even when I didn't want to hear the news, she was honest and truthful about the home. She attended all open houses herself( which were many). We were very pleased with her and her service. I would recommend her highly.
Kyla is the best real estate agent I have ever worked with. She thoroughly researched homes for me to locate a great home for me. Kyla was a tremendous help from making an offer and every step along the way. Kyla exceeded my expectations and was always available to me to answer any question or concern that I had. It could not have been a better home buying experience for me because of Kyla’s professionalism, hard work and positive attitude.
Tara and her support staff were awesome. Helped me find a new home in a short period of time. Was available every time I wanted to meet or look at property. The time from agreeing with seller on price to closing was one week. I can’t say enough good about Tara and her team.
Kyla is an incredible realtor. She made the entire selling and buying experience easy and enjoyable. She is highly knowledgeable and works in the best interest of her clients. Kyla is a leader in her field and I wouldn’t recommend or personally use anyone else.
Ellen made the home buying experience easy! Our family was appreciative of her expertise. She held our hand throughout the process and provided easy to understand answers to our questions. All we can say is - “thank you!”
Ellen is not just a real estate agent, she is an advocate for her clients. We’ve bought and sold homes all over the country and have felt the greatest level of trust and confidence in Ellen. She has great respect for client priorities while communicating honestly with all the facts and pros/cons clearly laid out. She also pays great attention to detail, especially when listing a home, and maintains a high level of commitment to clients and property throughout an entire sale/purchase. She is very responsive and proactive, the best of the best. We will certainly return to Ellen for future real estate needs and recommend her highly. She has tenacity, common sense and is a fun person to boot! If you want to be in trustworthy and proactive hands, Ellen is the right agent for you.
Ellen is a superb realtor. She is honest, hard-working, and thorough. Having had several negative experiences with dishonesty and lack of integrity of Houston and New Orleans agents in the past, I basically interviewed for a buyer’s/seller’s agent position. She was far and away the best-qualified and most straightforward of the field. I will never use another real estate agent so long as Ellen is available. An absolute gem.
I feel so fortunate to have worked with Ellen. We ended up moving very fast on a property that we loved and I feel confident we would not have made it through that process without her. She was so knowledgeable and patient, willing to explain every step of the process, offer advice and go to bat for us when things got tricky. We emerged on the other side of a successful process with gorgeous new home, a brilliant relator to recommend to everyone and, also, a new found friend.
Ellen Krantz went above and beyond expectations...no request too big, no questions too small to answer. She was extremely responsive at any time of day and made me feel like I was her most important client. Her experience and knowledge is vast. Having her represent me during this transaction was an great advantage.
I cannot say enough good things about Ellen. From determining the market value to finding the right buyers to getting a backup offer to guiding me through the paperwork, she was great. In a neighborhood where many properties have been on the market for far too long, my house sold in weeks, thanks to her knowledge and persistence. She gave great advice during all phases of the process and always looked out for my best interests. If I ever need a realtor in Houston again, she will be my first choice.
Ellen is a knowledgeable, outstanding realtor. She worked hard to ensure we had confidence in our sale & purchase. She made the process run smoother. I’ve used her before & will use her again. She is the best realtor I’ve ever worked with.
Ellen J. Krantz was a pleasure! Ellen is extremely professional, responsive, detail-oriented, and personable. Ellen was representative of all parties involved in the transaction, but very protective of her clients. Ellen is quite impressive and I plan to use her services going forward.
Ellen was a great realtor representative speaking both as a Buyer and a Seller. She took care of all the things necessary to get us to a timely closing, kept me in the loop as things were happening and used her connections to get things done. I highly recommend Ellen whether you are Buying or Selling!
We have used Ellen for both buying and selling representation; it's easy to see her experience level in negotiating for her clients in both areas, as she makes it go as quickly and smoothly as possible with great service from start to finish. If you want someone that is focused on every detail and makes you feel like you're the only client she is working with, you found your realtor in Ellen Krantz. We contacted her randomly through a routine realtor ad placement upon moving to Texas, and were literally blown away by the experience we had. She's our permanent Realtor in Houston.
I hired Ellen to sell my house, and it was so successful (six full bids the first day, that then required a lot of communication between competing bidders)... That we started looking together for me to buy, which we found really quickly with my very specific needs in mind. She was endlessly patient, and hard working.... never late, and an excellent advisor on negotiating. Use her!
Ellen Krantz is one of the most knowledgeable agents in Houston. She grew up in Houston which also makes her an expert as far as neighborhoods and schools are concerned. She has an incredible talent of listening to the client, and instantly understands their needs. She has an impeccable style and grace, her brilliance of the real estate market is remarkable.