87-year-old realtor continues working in Chattanooga
A Chattanooga woman has been in the realty business for more than 50 years. She's received countless awards and recognition and is still working today.
The housing market in Chattanooga is hot. Homes fly off the market in just days and many realtors in the area are staying busy, like Bettye Parker.
"I try to keep it down to about 60 hours a week now," Parker said about her workday.
Parker works more than most people do in a week. When we met up with her, she was sitting at her desk, taking calls and doing what she's done every day for decades, helping families find their new homes.
"I like what I do,” Parker said. “I just, I love helping people to have a nice place to live."
Plaques, trophies, certificates and pictures are plastered all over the walls, representing hundreds of awards she's earned.
And at the age of 87, Parker has no plans to stop selling.
"This is what I’ve always done," she urged.
She's helped generations of families, and business keeps coming in.
Though it's a little different than when she first started, "when I first started there were about 50 people in the real estate business and they were all men. I was one of the first 3 women that joined the Chattanooga Association of Realtors."
She's never let it slow her down. She's sold thousands of homes in her more than half a century in the business.
"I have more determination than I have sense," she said laughing.
She’s certainly left her mark, and that's no secret. Her secret to success?
"I still believe that you get out of life what you put into it," Parker responded.
Not only is Parker recognized for her time in real estate, she's been involved in countless organizations and is still an active member in many.
She said she's never without work to do.