Kirsten Becker has long illustrated an aura of individuality since she joined her parents on a two-year excursion around the world aboard a yacht her father built when she was 13.
The serial entrepreneur, who opened her first business when she was 19 and is an accomplished veteran in the real estate industry, has embarked upon her newest journey with the debut of REO Realty Group, which serves the residential and commercial real estate sectors.
Launched in early August, REO Realty Group is currently immersed in finding distressed homes for investors. Becker plans to add agents to her team, and execute commercial real estate transactions while searching for distressed properties.
A single mother of two children, Becker understands first-hand the stress and turmoil that people endure when their homes are in danger of foreclosure. In 2007, she was downsized from a commercial real estate company not long after a divorce, leading to the loss of her home. With REO Realty Group, Becker helps homeowners of distressed properties not only find an acceptable deal with the investors, but she also helps them find suitable arrangements for a new residence.
“Just as buying a home is likely the most significant purchase most people will ever make, going through the struggles associated with losing a home is difficult to endure,” Becker said. “This is why I believe in not only showing compassion and helping these homeowners get the best deal possible, but I am also committed to assisting with finding them a rental in their price range. That additional effort makes the transition for them a little easier.”
A native of South Africa, Becker’s business career was hatched as a result of her family’s two-year adventure aboard the homemade yacht. Becker’s family spent time on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where she eventually returned and opened a rattan & wicker furniture manufacturing business shop when she was 19. Becker operated that business until she was 24. Marriage took her to New York City, where she worked as a jewelry design apprentice before relocating to Florida.
Becker entered the real estate industry after inquiring about a property 12 years ago. Her broker suggested that she pursue a career in the field, and that resulted in filling an instrumental role working with some of the nation’s largest commercial developers and retailers. Becker contributed to numerous commercial and residential real estate developments in the Tampa Bay market, gaining extensive experience with master planned communities and retail power centers.
At Morin Development Group, Becker spearheaded land acquisition and property assemblage tasks. She was responsible for leasing and negotiating terms with “Class A” retail products and implemented large complex property assemblage for mixed use developments.
After her commercial real estate role was downsized, Becker was tasked by her brother in 2007 to oversee sales and distribution in the U.S., Latin America and Canada for HY-SAVE Technology, which manufactures LPA pumps and liquid delivery systems in the refrigeration and HVAC industry resulting in more efficient applications and energy savings.
The versatile and creative mind also co-authored the title, “Our Stimulus Package,” with Julia Rettig. Becker and Rettig teamed to write the book after they were both downsized. The amusing and engaging book details tales about their lives in the midst of surviving as divorced, single women recovering from losing their jobs. “Our Stimulus Package” also includes a myriad of off-the-wall and memorable dating stories from their friends.
Before returning to real estate, Becker pursued another passion, which is fitness. She is a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist who worked in the field until the opportunity to establish REO Realty Group arose this summer.
“REO Realty Group represents an exciting new chapter in my career and my life because I am passionate about real estate, and this time I am spearheading the company and implementing my vision,” Becker said. “There are a multitude of distressed properties in the Tampa Bay region, and there is a need for a real estate company to handle these transactions with compassion and professionalism. I have been where these homeowners are, and I genuinely care about helping them get the best deal possible so they can rebuild their lives and get relief.
“Just because distressed homeowners have less than perfect doesn’t mean they are unable to pay their rent on time,” Becker added. “Many homeowners in this situation can’t even afford to move, so it is important that we help provide alternatives to assist families with beginning the recovery process by locating rental homes in their price range. Helping homeowners with rental options when they are making this difficult transition is extremely important.”
Becker believes there is ample room to grow REO Realty Group in the residential and commercial sectors.
“We are adding agents, growing our team and expanding our client base,” she said. “I flourish with variety, so it is natural that REO Realty Group is designed to grow with residential and commercial transactions.”