Betty Hensinger’s bottom line: Give back to the community
A 20-acre parcel of land would seem to be a goldmine for someone in the real estate business. And for Betty Hensinger, it was.
As owner of Coldwell Banker All Stars Realty in Mount Dora, Hensinger could have brokered a deal for a new shopping mall or housing development, but the acreage had a different destiny, one that fit into her desire to give back to the community.
"Our Turning Point Ranch is a foster care home for teenage girls," Hensinger said about the organization she started with a group of local professional women in 2001. "More than 130 girls have gone through foster care since we started." Many of these girls were living on the streets of Lake County, and are supplied warm meals and a roof over their heads. "We partner with LifeStream Behavioral Center; we rent them the property for $1 a year, and we raise the money for the mortgage.
"And at the same time we happen to sell real estate."
Hensinger "happens" to own three offices, employing 52 agents in Mount Dora, Ponce Inlet and Daytona Beach Shores, the last two having joined the company this past year.
Hensinger became a broker in 2001, having worked in the business since selling her advertising marketing company in 1999. With sales in excess of $100 million in 2005 in the Mount Dora office alone, you would think that the real estate business would take up every hour of the day, but Hensinger's reach extends beyond the office. On top of organizing fund-raising golf tournaments at Red Tail Country Club at Heathrow Country Estates, her company sponsors a local Little League team in Mount Dora.
"We get so much from the community, we need to give back."
Rick Gonzalez worked with All Stars Realty for almost his entire career, and he has seen the whirlwind of Betty Hensinger up close. "Busy people do a lot of things," he said. The best thing about her is her honesty; you always knew where you stood with her."
Hensinger received the Community Service Award by the Greater Lake County Board of Realtors® in 2005. When asked how she manages to accomplish so much, Hensinger credits her friends and fellow Realtors®. "I have great support systems," she said. "It may sound like a cliché, but it's one big extended family, we have like-minded purposes."
"It's a lot of fun, and that's what it should be."