Betty Bezemer believes in celebrating life each day!

Find the celebration of life in each day! That’s the motto of Betty Bezemer, a top real estate agent at Keller Williams Memorial. She has been working there since 1992, when she was recruited by the firm.

Bezemer credits her philosophy and appreciation for living each day to the fullest to her journey as a breast cancer survivor.

“I realized that each morning, I could wake up and say, ‘I want to go back to bed; suck my thumb and pull the covers over my head,’ or I could live the day with as much love and joy as possible,” she said. “Even in the worst of times, there is something to be celebrated; we grow from adversity.”

As busy as her real estate career keeps her, she still finds time to give back to the community by  serving on the Houston board of the Susan G. Komen organization and by mentoring other young real estate agents.

“By helping them find the best in themselves, they can do the best for their clients,” she explained.

“When I became a licensed agent, I had the privilege of being mentored by established agents,” she said. “I always       acknowledge my jump start in the business by following the examples they set.”

A Dallas native who attended Southern Methodist University, Bezemer came to Houston with her husband, Willem, in 1990. Before joining Keller Williams, she had already established herself as a powerhouse in the real estate industry.

In 1973, she co-founded the first real estate research firm in Texas. During the late 1970s, she also worked undercover to help the FBI expose financing fraud in the savings and loan  industry.

By working as an agent, she realized hydrostatic testing –– checking pipes and plumbing for leaks — was not covered under home  inspections; thereby, creating potential problems for homebuyers. To remedy this, she helped her Keller Williams colleagues and legal team convince the Texas Real Estate Commission the test needed to be required and written into real estate contracts.

“When I see a need, I say let’s not just sit around and gripe about it,” she said. “Let’s be as proactive as possible and get   the right people to legislate change.”

Like anything else, being successful in real estate is all about communication, mainly listening and understanding a client’s needs and the other agent in a transaction, she said, which is what she does as a Master Certified Negotiations Expert. Being certified as a Luxury Specialist gives her the opportunity to close higher-end properties.

“I go out and hunt and drag the prize back, and my team takes it and runs with it,” she said, explaining her Rain Maker status. “These are all examples of my  taking my career to the next level,” she added.

Bezemer and her husband have seven children and 17 grandchildren between them. Besides family, one of her passions is snorkeling and scuba diving. Her most memorable –– and metaphysical –– experiences have been underwater, swimming with sea turtles in Hawaii and scuba diving at night with giant manta rays.

Deborah Quinn Hensel is a freelancer journalist and staff reporter for Houston Woman Magazine.

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