After serving many years as an educator, Freda Voelker was ready for a career change. She had taught kindergarten and first, second and fourth grades during her career as a teacher. Several years ago Freda reinvented herself as a real estate professional. As a Realtor with Turnquist Partners Realtors, Inc., based in Westlake, Freda represents homebuyers, sellers and investors throughout the Austin area. From the beginning of her real estate career, Freda enjoyed meeting new people and learning more about the Austin area. As her career blossomed, she relished the challenges and new learning experiences that the real estate industry had to offer. “I enjoy working with people, and I like seeing a project through from beginning to end,” Freda says. “That’s very satisfying to me.” Her real estate career has allowed her to acquire new skills, such as contract negotiation and online marketing. She is now a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) and has earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and e-PRO designations from the National Association of Realtors. When she’s not helping clients buy or sell real estate, Freda volunteers with community organizations and charities. She is involved with Impact Austin, the Women’s Symphony League, the Junior Austin Woman’s Club and the Junior League of Austin. Freda and her husband, Troy, an Austin native, have enjoyed living in and raising their two sons in the Austin area. One son attends Trinity University in San Antonio and the other is a senior at Westlake High School.