Amy Bernstein’s success as a Realtor, broker and business owner for more than three decades is nothing short of inspiring. “I earned my real estate license after a college internship quickly set me on my career course, and by the time I had the four years necessary to earn a broker’s license, I opened Bernstein Realty,” she says. It was 1985, when the concept of women as business owners was somewhat novel, but Bernstein’s perennial success has proven that she was up to the challenge. A true bellwether, she remains as invested in her agency’s operations as she is in helping buyers and sellers who choose her company to fulfill their real estate goals.
This is because, as Bernstein puts it, “I love people, seeing them happy, the art of the deal, and negotiation.” Her clients include both those looking to purchase a home and those aiming to sell one. For the former, her strategy is simple: View as many properties as necessary to understand the market and find the one that tugs at the heartstrings. In the case of the latter, Bernstein relies on her years of experience and attention to detail to showcase homes so that they sell as quickly as possible. “I can’t imagine any other career bringing the satisfaction I feel when I have a happy buyer or seller, especially because I’m able to assist them in one of the most important decisions of their life.”
Bernstein’s outstanding achievements have not gone unnoticed; both she and Bernstein Realty have received numerous accolades. These include her recognition as one of Houston’s Top 25 residential real estate professionals each year since 2008, distinction as a Five Star Professional and honor by Houston Woman Magazine as one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women.” Similarly, her agency is regularly listed among the Houston Business Journal’s fastest-growing privately held companies, and it has been cited as both one of the city’s Top 25 residential and Top 25 highest-grossing real estate brokerage firms.
But perhaps Bernstein’s greatest accomplishment is the real estate agents and staff who together comprise the mainstay of her agency. “Many of them have been with Bernstein Realty for over 20 years,” she points out, adding that her role as a broker who is also an active Realtor better enables her to connect with them and offer guidance. Furthermore, it allows her to remain apprised of industry trends and the Houston market so that she can share this knowledge with her clients.
With designation from the Graduate Realtor Institute as well as a former Board director of the Houston Association of Realtors and Texas Association of Realtors, Bernstein also chairs the Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation. The organization funds breast cancer research in honor and memory of her best friend and mentor. In addition, she serves on the board of the Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region. Bernstein says the real estate profession and Bernstein Realty inspire her every day. “Each day in real estate is different and brings a new challenge, and after all of these years, I’m still passionate and excited about it!”