Betty Saenz is an Austin Texas REALTOR who works with buyers and sellers specializing in GREENbuilt High Performance homes; Horse Properties & Farm & Ranch; Historic Homes as well as Aging In Place, Universal Design, Accessible Homes. Learn more about Betty here http://bettysaenz.com/
Betty is an EcoBroker or Green REALTOR who has sold many greenbuilt High Performance homes including a Peter Pfeiffer home made from ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms), low VOC materials and rainwater harvesting for all water (no city or well water) which was featured on HGTV as a special Earth Week presentation. Betty is no stranger to Passive Solar design, active solar (to generate electricity), natural building, geothermal HVAC and more. She has sold homes with blue jean insulation, foam insulation as well as straw bale and Earth Plaster construction. Betty has volunteered her retrofitted home for RESNET trainings. Learn more about Betty and High Performance homes here http://www.texasorganichome.com/
An experienced, life long horse person, Betty spent every day possible on her family’s 1,000 acre Raetzsch Ranch riding horses, working with white faced Hereford and Santa Gertrudis cattle, identifying native plants, swimming, hiking and fishing, cleaning deer and cooking venison. Her late husband was a farmer and rancher who farmed the family farm near Seguin Texas as well as land in other parts of Texas. Betty raised, trained and showed horses; worked honey bees and raised Nubian milk goats. Betty knows horse properties & ranches. Learn more about Betty’s Horse Properties here http://www.horsepropertiesintexas.com/
Betty’s family came to Texas from Germany in the early 1830’s before Texas was even a Republic. Back in those years, Texas was part of Mexico called Coahuila y Tejas. Her earliest family member, Peter Pieper’s log cabin has been preserved under the roof of the new Texas Historical Commission’s San Felipe de Austin Museum at San Felipe Texas. Betty’s Grandmother’s Grandparent’s home is now the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture in New Braunfels Texas. Another family home is the Valentine Hoch home in Hochheim Texas which served as the Stagecoach Inn on the Indianola to Austin Texas stagecoach line. Betty's Swedish ancestors came to the Austin Texas Travis County area about 1873. No wonder Betty is now a Certified Historic House Specialist with Advanced Training. She loves Texas history and preserving Texas Historic Homes. Betty has sold and preserved many notable historic homes including the exquisite Murray Burleson home on the banks of the Colorado River in Smithville Texas as well as the A.S. Mason home in Leander Texas. Nothing brings Betty more joy than getting historic homes safely into the hands of a person who will continue to preserve and maintain these fine relics of Texas times long ago. learn more about Betty’s Texas History and Historic Homes here http://www.texashistorichomes.com/
Years ago Betty noticed a real need for someone trained and experienced to help disabled home buyers find suitable homes. Through her SRES training, Betty learned about Aging In Place and Universal Design and believes these should be the basis of every home. She works diligently to find homes and builders for people with disabilities who need wide doorways, no carpet, roll in showers and more to live life to the fullest. One of her clients built a custom, fully accessible home replete with a roll in swimming pool. Betty has helped many buyers and sellers over the years with accessible homes and knows the builders and architects who can help.
Betty enjoys organic gardening, xeriscaping, native plants, walking in beautiful parks, ranches and greenbelt spaces; riding horses; time with her children & grandchildren; reading; bargain shopping; going to Whole Foods, Central Market and Farmer’s Markets; traveling; enjoying life in Texas and the beautiful Hill Country. Though Betty lives with her husband Ralph in Leander Texas, she works in her Real Estate business in a a very broad area of Texas. http://www.athomeinleander.com/
Betty holds an Associate Degree in Mental Health from Del Mar College, a BA degree presented with Honors from Texas A&M Corpus Christi as well as many Master’s level hours in counseling. Betty is interested and involved in water conservation and water use planning; she volunteered as a Commissioner on the Leander Planning and Zoning Commission for many years and was also on the Board of Directors for the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture in New Braunfels, Texas. Betty is also a Texas Master Naturalist so she volunteers her time identifying plants, teaching people about Texas nature including how to create a Certified Wildlife Habitat and Pollinator Garden and Xeriscape with Texas Native Plants. Betty is a member of the Leander Garden Club, the Austin Scandinavean Club, the Austin Carl Widen VASA Lodge. Yes, betty is never bored! : ) http://www.bettysellsaustin.com/