Buying or selling a home – especially in post-Harvey Houston – can seem a daunting task for those unfamiliar with the process. But one local realtor has made it her mission for nearly 20 years to ease the burden, using neighborhood connections and old-school experience.
In the business now for the better part of two decades, Reyna Group realtor Cheryl LeBleu Barta will throw her full efforts behind diligently finding clients the right fit, whether it be marketing a home to sell or finding a new family that perfect home. The bulk of her listings and sales come primarily in Garden Oaks, the Heights, and Oak Forest, though she has also spread out into Spring Branch and the surrounding areas.
As a third generation Houstonian, and local resident since 1962, LeBleu Barta knows the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest/Heights market like the back of her hand – and feels those connections play a vital role in her work.
“Oak Forest really is a small town in and of itself,” she said.
Now calling Ella Lee Forest home, LeBleu Barta grew up in Oak Forest and attended Waltrip High School. With that genuine connection to a community in her back pocket, clients find out early on she genuinely cares about them and their needs, possesses a true respect for her clients and will respond to their concerns.
“I think I have a good understanding of how things work in the area, and why things are the way they are about the neighborhood,” she said. “I feel like I’ve got a lot of information, experience, and history with the northwest area [to help people learn what they need to know before buying or selling].”
Much of LeBleu Barta’s adult life has been spent in the business of service. She has worked closely with HISD and PTA for the past 13 years; she remains involved with PTA on a local level to this day, and has also served as Vice Chairman of a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo committee. LeBleu Barta was also a Child Advocates volunteer for 10 years serving abused and neglected children in Harris County.
On some level, she is always working for the betterment of her community and the people in it – providing the perfect transition into real estate nearly two decades ago.
“Of course we get paid the commission, but my mission is to help people. I enjoy helping them find what they want or taking the burden off selling their house and making it as seamless as possible. The clients, the relationships inspire me,” she said. “It was so easy for me to step into this role as a realtor, because in my experience it’s about serving the customer first – I don’t look at these people as giant dollar signs.”
Any prospective buyer or seller can reach Cheryl by email at firstname.lastname@example.org