As a Texas resident of two decades and an avid traveler around the world, Ilona Podgorna is your ultimate central Texas real estate resource. With an extensive background in sales, negotiation and customer service, Ilona brings multiple assets to the table with every transaction. In addition to her industry credibility, Ilona provides a customized marketing plan and a team of professionals to ensure each client’s needs are met and the experience is seamless. Most importantly, to Ilona, it is crucial that honesty and transparency are at the core of her business with clients, coworkers and industry professionals.
Originally from Ukraine, Ilona Podgorna moved to Texas in 1997 and quickly found her way to making Austin her home. She was drawn to the unique vibe and beauty that Central Texas and the Hill Country exuded. From working with Plantation Homes in Houston to being on the sales team at Xerox, Ilona is well-versed in multiple sales industries. Not to mention, as a transplant herself, Ilona understands and empathizes with moving to a new place and seeking advice on a new area. These experiences allow Ilona to bring invaluable support, advice and negotiation skills to each transaction.
After practicing real estate as a side business for two decades, Ilona decided to transition to the real estate industry permanently. When Ilona decided to focus on real estate full time, the results were astonishing. In just her first three years of being a full-time agent, Ilona increased her business by a shocking ten-fold. At this stage in her business, Ilona realized she needed to partner with a brokerage that would be able to maintain a high level of growth similar to her own.
She decided to choose Sotheby’s International Realty as her business partner because of their extraordinary level of customer service, luxury investment opportunities, and global networking partnerships. Similar to the Sotheby’s International Realty business model, Ilona is constantly looking for innovative tactics and customer-driven results. She works with each client to create a specialized and targeted plan that is perfectly catered to their buying or selling transaction. Whether her clients are in need of a physical renovation, financial guidance or a complete upgrade-- Ilona is a full-service agent with a trusted team of professionals.
In her free time, Ilona enjoys traveling around the world with her two children. Each year, Ilona takes her children on travel destinations and excursions; she has even taken a yearly mother-daughter trip for the last eight years. Her children are a driving force for working hard and having fun. She also has a well-loved family dog, Roxy, who is a Doberman.