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Amy-Bernstein-president-bernstein-realty-houston-real-estateAmy Bernstein started her real estate company in 1985, just a couple of years out of college.

Since then, the Houston native has built Bernstein Realty Inc. from a small team of two former engineers-turned-agents to one of the city's top real estate firms, with 50 agents and 8 staff members.

Now, Bernstein Realty is one of the fastest-growing companies in Houston, ranking on Houston Business Journal's Fast 100 List for 2014. The company, which specializes in residential sales, corporate relocation and property management, also ranked No. 21 on HBJ's 2013 Fast 100 List.

However, it's still a secret where Bernstein Realty ranks on this year's Fast 100 List. Last year, the company also ranked No. 24 on HBJ's Fastest-Growing Women-owned Businesses List. In March, Amy Bernstein ranked No. 9 on Houston Business Journal's 2014 Top Residential Real Estate Award List, individual sales by volume.

Bernstein, the president of Bernstein Realty, attributes her company's sustained success to her agents and employees, several of whom have been with the company since the start. At her company, there's very little turnover in an industry plagued with turnover, she said. The last agent who left her company retired three years ago, she said.

Bernstein said she has been able to retain her agents by building a sense of community in the office. The company hosts regular meetings to discuss goals and strategies, and holds workshops to mentor new agents.
"We're a company that builds relationships for life," Bernstein said. "We're like a big family. Everyone works together and roots for each other."

While selling homes in Houston's hot housing market, Bernstein also prioritizes giving back to her community. She founded the Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation, which hosts a luncheon in honor of a local Realtor who died in 2001 from breast cancer. The foundation - with the help of Realtors across Houston - has given $1.2 million in donations to researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to fight breast cancer. The next luncheon is on Oct. 6.

"Breast cancer affects the lives of so many people in our community, it feels good to give something back," Bernstein said. 

  

Courtesy of the Houston Business Journal