Amy Bernstein

Amy Bernstein founded Bernstein Realty in January of 1985 as a way to combine her two greatest passions – people and real estate. Bernstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from The University of Texas at Austin and in addition to her Texas Real Estate license, has also earned her Graduate Realtor® Institute {GRI} designation. Bernstein’s knowledge regarding current trends of the local real estate market and her unmatched negotiation skills make her an invaluable resource to her clients. She is also consulted regularly by the local media, including The Houston Chronicle, the Houston Business Journal, Ralph Bivin’s Realty News Report, CultureMap and Houston’s NBC affiliate, Channel 2. She has also appeared on several radio shows and has been a guest on Beyond the Headlines and Debra Duncan’s show, Great Day Houston, on KHOU. Amy has also been invited to participate on several panels at local events including the Houston Business Journal’s Powerful Women: Executive Women in Business.

Bernstein spearheaded her company’s growth by making exceptional service to clients the highest priority. As a result, the company enjoys an unusually high number of repeat and referral business. Because of her dedication, hard work and willingness to go the extra mile, Bernstein has been recognized every year since 2008 by the Houston Business Journal as one of the top 25 residential real estate professionals based on sales production. In 2014, she was recognized by Houston Woman Magazine as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women and in 2015, she was recognized as the Industry MVP by Houston Agent Magazine. In 2016, she was recognized by Houston Agent Magazine as Managing Broker of the Year and as a finalist for the Charitable Service Award and Industry MVP.  In 2017, she was named an honoree for the Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business.  In 2018, Amy was featured on the Cover of Houston Agent Magazine as a Top Producer and was also named one of Houston Agent’s Magazine Who’s Who in Houston’s Residential Real Estate in March of 2018. Bernstein was named Industry MVP in November 2018 by Houston Agent Magazine. She has also been recognized numerous times by Texas Monthly Magazine as a Five Star Realtor.

Taking the Lead

As an active broker, Bernstein leads by example and has been active in both the Houston Association of Realtors® and the Texas Association of Realtors®, serving on numerous committees. Over the years, she has also demonstrated leadership as a:

  • Director of the Houston Association of Realtors®
  • Director of the Texas Association of Realtors®
  • Member of the Houston Relocation Professionals
  • Member of the Employee Relocation Council
  • Member of the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance
  • Member of the Houston, Texas and National Association of Realtors®
  • Member of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP)
  • Board Member of The Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region

Areas of Real Estate Expertise

A former real estate instructor, Bernstein’s extensive knowledge and experience buying and selling homes throughout Houston and its suburbs enables her to offer clients a comprehensive portfolio of real estate services, including:

  • Home Sales (New Construction and Resale)
  • Leasing
  • Apartment Locating
  • Corporate Housing
  • Corporate Relocation
  • Property Management
  • Area Tours

In addition, Bernstein’s vast background and expertise in corporate relocation creates a continuous demand for her to travel throughout the United States to educate third-party relocation professionals and corporations about the Houston real estate market.

A Passion for The Cure

In 2002, Bernstein co-founded the Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation {NOMF}, which is dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research. Bernstein, along with a committee comprised of Realtors® and friends created this nonprofit organization to honor Bernstein’s best friend and mentor, Nancy Owens, one of the most loved and respected members of Houston’s real estate community. Sadly, Owens lost her battle with breast cancer in 2001; however, since that time NOMF has raised and contributed over 1.5 million dollars to benefit breast cancer research through the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Department of Nanomedicine Houston Methodist Research Institute and The Susan G. Komen Houston Affiliate. Since its inception in 2002, Bernstein has served as Chairperson for NOMF committee. In 2002, Amy Bernstein received the Houston Association of Realtors® John E. Wolf Community Service Award. In 2006, Bernstein along with the NOMF Committee received the John E. Wolf Community Service Award for all of their contributions.  In 2018, the Foundation changed their name to be The Nancy Owens Breast Cancer Foundation to be more in line with their mission statement.  The Nancy Owens Breast Cancer Foundation continues to receive tremendous support from the community, local media and press to find a cure for breast cancer.

Career Highlights

2019

2018

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as #11 of Houston’s Top 25 Residential Real Estate Professionals, based on sales production.
  • Houston Agent Magazine featured Bernstein on cover of magazine as a Top Producer.
  • Houston Agent Magazine recognized Bernstein as one of the Who’s Who in Houston’s Residential Real Estate
  • Houston Agent Magazine awarded Bernstein Industry MVP.

2017

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as #9 of Houston’s Top 25 Residential Real Estate Professionals, based on sales production.
  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as #23 of Houston’s Top 25 Residential Real Estate Professionals, based on median transaction price.
  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as #21 of Houston’s Top 25 Residential Real Estate Professionals, based on number of transactions.
  • Bernstein Realty recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Largest Residential Real Estate Brokerages by Sales Volume.
  • Five Star Professional recognized Bernstein as a leader in the industry.

2016

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as #19 of Houston’s Top 25 Residential Real Estate Professionals, based on sales production.
  • Bernstein selected as a Mentor for the Houston Business Journal’s National Mentoring Monday Event.
  • Houston Agent Magazine 2016 Agent Choice Award Winner for Managing Broker of the Year
  • Houston Agent Magazine 2016 Agent Choice Finalist for the Charitable Service Award
  • Houston Agent Magazine 2016 Agent Choice Finalist for Industry MVP

2015

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as #13 of Houston’s Top 25 Residential Real Estate Professionals, based on sales production.
  • Bernstein Realty recognized by Houston Agent Magazine and Real Data Residential as a Top Office, based on 2014 sales volume.
  • Five Star Professional recognized Bernstein as a leader in the industry.
  • The Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein Realty as one of the Houston Fast 100. This award recognizes Houston’s 100 fastest-growing privately owned companies, based on percentage of revenue growth.
  • Bernstein Realty recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Busiest Houston-Area Residential Real Estate Brokerage Firms.
  • Bernstein Realty recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Highest-Grossing Houston-Area Residential Real Estate Brokerage Firms based on gross sales volume in 2014.
  • Houston Agent Magazine’s 2015 Agents’ Choice Award winner for Industry MVP.
  • Featured in Houston Agent Magazine’s 2015 Who’s Who in Houston Residential Real Estate.

2014

  • Houston Women Magazine recognizes Bernstein as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2013.
  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as #9 of Houston’s top 25 residential real estate professionals, based on sales production.
  • Five Star Professional recognized Bernstein as a leader in the industry for 2013.
  • Bernstein Realty named a finalist at the 16th Annual Economic Development Summit’s Star Awards.
  • TheMIGroup Worldwide Partner Network awards Bernstein Realty the United States Real Estate Service Partner of the Year Award.
  • The Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein Realty as one of the Houston Fast 100. This award recognizes Houston’s 100 fastest-growing privately owned companies, based on percentage of growth.
  • Bernstein Realty named a Finalist for Houston Business Journal’s 2014 Enterprise Champion award.
  • The Houston Business Journal named Bernstein Realty one of the Houston Fast 100 (#57). This award recognizes Houston’s 100 fastest-growing privately owned companies, based on percentage of growth.
  • Bernstein Realty named one of the “Fastest-Growing Houston-Area Woman-Owned Businesses” by the Houston Business Journal, based on the percentage of revenue growth.

2013

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as one of Houston’s top 25 residential real estate professionals, based on sales production.
  • Five Star Professional recognizes Bernstein as a five Star Real Estate Agent for the Houston region. This means Bernstein is in the top 3% of Realtors based on client satisfaction surveys.
  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein Realty as one of Houston’s “Fastest-Growing Houston-Area Woman-Owned Businesses”, based the percentage of revenue growth from 2011 to 2012.
  • Lexicon Relocation honors Bernstein Realty with an annual ‘Lexicon World of Quality’ award. This award is given to companies based on internal and external services, performance metrics, as well as Lexicon’s voice of the customer surveys.

2012

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as one of Houston’s top 20 residential real estate professionals, based on sales production.

2011

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as one of Houston’s top 10 residential real estate professionals, based on sales production.
  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein Realty as one of Houston’s “Fast 100? Growing Companies for 2010.

2010

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as one of Houston’s top 25 residential real estate professionals, based on sales production.
  • The Houston Business Journal profiles Bernstein and Bernstein Realty in its Growth Strategies feature, a monthly profile that focuses on a privately held company that stands apart in its sector and has demonstrated substantial growth.

2009

  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein as one of Houston’s top 25 residential real estate professionals, based on sales production.
  • H Texas magazine recognized Bernstein as one of Houston’s top Realtors®.
  • Served as the Chairperson for the Eighth Annual NOMF Luncheon.
  • Bernstein named to the Flagstone Lending Group Advisory Board.

2008

  • H Texas magazine recognized Bernstein as one of Houston’s top Realtors©.
  • Served as the Chairperson for the Seventh Annual NOMF Luncheon.

2007

  • Houston Woman Magazine featured Bernstein on the cover of the March issue dedicated to women and real estate.
  • Houston Business Journal named Bernstein Realty one of Houston’s Top 25 Largest Houston-Area Residential Real Estate Brokerage Firms.
  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein Realty as one of Houston’s Top 50 Fastest-Growing Woman-Owned Businesses.
  • Houston Business Journal recognized Bernstein Realty as one of Houston’s “Fast 100″ Growing Companies.
  • The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) chose Bernstein (for the second time in a decade) as one of ten finalists for Woman Business Owner of the Year.

2006

  • Bernstein Realty was granted membership in to the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA).
  • The Houston Association of Realtors® presented the Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation Committee, including Bernstein, with the John E. Wolf Citizenship Cup Award.

2005

  • Bernstein was named to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Houston Affiliate Advisory Board.

2004

  • Bernstein served on the Board of Directors for Avondale House, a local non-profit agency that provides services for children with autism and other developmental disorders.
  • The Houston Chronicle received over 300 nominations for its annual “SOLD on My Realtor©” and chose Bernstein as one of the top ten Realtors© who provide exceptional customer service.

2003

  • Houston BMW Group honored Bernstein as a “Local Hero” in the fight against breast cancer for her co-creation and ongoing involvement in the Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation.
  • The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) chose Bernstein as one of ten finalists for Woman Business Owner of the Year.

2002

  • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honored Bernstein for outstanding contributions to the development of Houston through real estate.
  • Bernstein received the John E. Wolf Citizenship Cup Award from the Houston Association of Realtors®.

2001

  • Bernstein was featured on the cover of Broker/Agent Magazine

1986 to 1988

  • Instructor at Spencer School of Real Estate.

1985

  • Opened the doors of Bernstein Realty
  • Received Graduate Realtor® Institute (GRI) designation.