Brenda Beeman, a new broker at RE/MAX Whatcom County, grew up with only a couple hundred people on Lummi Island. She attended the Beach School, searched for clams, crab and oysters, and feasted on wild blackberries.
Brenda earned her broker license in November, and she appreciates the collaboration at the brokerage. “I love the positive energy and entrepreneurial spirit,” Brenda says. “Everyone is incredibly helpful and encouraging.” Brenda is now working on the Dream Home Team NW.
30 years of experience in criminal justice - Coming from her previous work, Brenda can easily read people—their engagement, body language, and verbal responses—a strength for brokers.
“In that work,” Brenda elaborates, “you have to be patient, give direction when needed, and know when to put down your boundaries.” She’s worked the worst cases: homicide, assault, child abuse.
But out of that work history, she offers something unexpected, too—the importance of positive work cultures, like the one she found at RE/MAX. In any field, she says, the wrong person in a leadership position can wreak havoc. Not having positive control at work can affect your health and family life.
Real estate is in the family history - Luckily, real estate is not new to this fourth-generation Whatcom native. “My grandfather was a Brigadier General in the Army,” Brenda recalls. “He became a realtor for the Yeakel brokerage, working mainly in Normandy Park.” This is a small town with historic and dense neighborhoods, south of Seattle, tucked up to the water’s edge of Puget Sound.