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No need to Google, you've got me. I love sharing all my knowledge about real estate and the Houston area, unfiltered and real. When my husband and I bought our first home, there was so much we didn't know, and we're still living with the results of not having someone on our side. I won't let that happen to you.

Hi, I'm Leila Hays. I'm a real estate maven, and I can't wait to share the truth about selling your first home. 

my story

When my husband and I were looking to move from our city apartment to a suburban oasis, we didn't know where to start. Houston is 10,000 square miles, and we drove a big chunk of it searching for the right area for us.

Once we settled on the right area, we decided to buy a new construction home on a quiet cul de sac. The very nice sales representative seemed to be on our side, but something about the experience didn't seem right. 

Before having our son, Tyler, I spent 10 years in the mortgage industry, working on loans from start to finish. When the pandemic hit, and I was looking for a new path, getting my real estate license felt right.

After the experience my husband and I had buying our first home, I decided to be the REALTOR I wish I'd had. That's why I work so hard for my clients. When we work together, I'm not just your REALTOR. I'm your advocate, ally, and a straight up bulldog when it comes to your experience.

beyond real estate

I love my work, but I'm more than a REALTOR. I love my community, and I'm passionate about being involved in causes and organizations that make an impact. I lead a women's entrepreneurial mastermind, and am on the board of directors for the Kingwood Area Quilting Guild, a non-profit that provides quilts to shelters and other organizations in the Kingwood area.

When I'm not working or giving back to my community, you'll find me at the beach with my husband, Tom, and our 10 year old son. I also love to read, and enjoy quilting and finding other ways to be creative.

about leila

my First time buyer nightmare: why i became a realtor

When my husband and I were ready to move out of the city, where we were taking our lives in our hands if we wanted to take an afternoon stroll, we had no idea where to start.

We drove all over the Houston area's 10,000 square miles (that's not a typo), as far south as Sugar Land, north to The Woodlands, and east to Kingwood. We spent weeks driving around, including crossing three counties! 

We finally decided on Kingwood, and found a neighborhood we liked that was within our budget. I came across the perfect lot on a quiet cul de sac. I was worried someone else would buy it before I could, so I went to the builder's model the same day and wrote a check for the deposit.

I had NO idea that I could or should have a REALTOR, which seems strange now considering that I had been working in the mortgage industry for five years at the time. 

When we walked through the house before closing, we pointed out issues like gloppy wall texture and sloppy trim, but were told they wouldn't fix things that small (believe me, they will with me on your side). We wanted the house, so we closed anyway, and sixteen years later are still noticing things that I now know we could have had the builder fix.

Now, I make it a point to answer all of my client's questions, hold their hand through the process, and do everything in my power to help them feel good about the process and their decisions.

Working with me you'll get not just an experienced, kick-ass REALTOR with tons of knowledge and passion. You'll get a friend and resource for life. 

Thank you for being here, and I hope I can help you with selling your first home. Just email me at and tell me a little more about your situation. I'll take it from there and help you in any way I can.

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