Brenda Banks is a native Gainesvillian with a long history in the real estate industry and a passion for helping her neighbors find their perfect place to call home.
Brenda started her career at McPherson Realty as an administrative assistant. While working at McPherson, Nikki McPherson, the Broker/Owner, encouraged her to get her real estate license in 1992. With her new real estate license, Brenda hit the ground running.
Brenda later joined ERA Trend Realty in 1994. In 1997, Brenda joined Barry Rutenberg and Associates, Inc. to further her knowledge of homes and construction, and continued to work with clients in general real estate.
In 2007, Barry Rutenberg joined the Arthur Rutenberg Homes Franchise. In 2012, Brenda became the sales consultant and franchise owner in Ocala for Kinsell Custom Homes after the company’s franchise partnership with Barry Rutenberg. Brenda continued her real estate work for the main office in Gainesville while managing clients in Ocala and, in 2012, she was named the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for both Barry Rutenberg and Associates and Kinsell Custom Homes.
Brenda has been ranked within the top 10 REALTORS In the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors since 2012 and has sold a total volume of $125 million in that time. She finished in the top 10% of sales consultants for all Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchises every year from 2012-2018 and has been awarded the prestigious “Top Club” award.
Aside from her many real estate recognitions, Brenda is a mom to one son, Cody Watson. Cody married his beautiful wife, Haley Watson, in November 2017.
In her free time, Brenda considers herself a “water person” – she enjoys spending time along rivers, lakes, and the ocean – she grew up skiing on Cowpen Lake in Hawthorne, FL. She also enjoys sky-diving, competitive bowling, traveling, having dinner with friends, and spending time with her family.
Brenda’s extensive experience in real estate and her personal, firsthand knowledge of the Gainesville area make her one of the city’s most sought-after agents. She was excited to join Thomas Group Realty and become part of another dynamic team comprised of passionate real estate agents.