BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - If you've ever taken a drive through Bryan/College Station, you've probably seen her face in many front yards.
Cherry Ruffino has become one of the most famous names in real estate in the Brazos Valley.
And it's a commitment she doesn't take lightly.
"It's what's it's all about, just helping people and making life long friends," Ruffino said. "I've even sold children and grandchildren homes. It's just building relationships...that's all real estate is."
But Cherry didn't always work in real estate.
"I had worked at the gas company and just different things like that and I was encouraged by someone to go into real estate.
So while working at the gas company I went to school at night with my two babies on the weekends and got my real estate license and the rest is kinda history and I am blessed I love what I do, " she says.
After more than 30 years in the business...Ruffino has been voted the Best of the Brazos realtor for more than ten years, and has been ranked internationally with Coldwell Banker since 1995.
"It's a very humbling thing to receive those awards and that recognition," Ruffino says. "But of course the real estate awards are hard earned..real estate is hard work. It's just so nice to be acknowledged for your accomplishments."
Ruffino says there's nothing better than getting people settled into their dream home.
"That's the cherry on top, when you get to close someone," she says. "Someone who would never be able to buy a home, and you're able to help them...so that's a beautiful thing about our business."