Walter has been a consistent top producer with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty.
The foundation of Walter Bering’s real estate career is rooted firmly in Houston’s history. In the 1840’s, two Bering brothers emigrated to Texas from Germany. After arriving in Galveston, they boarded a sloop and sailed up the bayou to Houston from where they intended to take an oxcart west to Llano County.
“The story goes,” laughs Walter, “that either the wagon broke or the ox did not understand German, so the family settled in Houston.” Whatever the reason, it was a fortuitous beginning. Six generations later, Walter has emerged as a commanding presence in the Houston luxury real estate market.
Eyeing prime real estate is a Bering family trait. After establishing in Houston, the Berings paid 50 cents an acre for a large tract of prairie along Buffalo Bayou which they cultivated as their family farm. Today, that tract is bordered by Westheimer Road, Sage Road, the Bering ditch, and Soldiers Creek (just south of Interstate Highway 10). Over 100-plus years, successive generations of Berings developed the property to create many of the neighborhoods in close-in Memorial and several sections of Tanglewood, areas that have appreciated from 50 cents an acre to multi-million-dollar parcels and luxury homes.
At the pinnacle of a solid career spanning 42 years, Walter is a star member of the Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty Circle of Excellence. Honored as the company’s #1 producer on six occasions - 2007, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019, and 2020 – he is firmly ensconced in the MTSIR Hall of Fame. In addition, the Houston Business Journal tips its hat to Walter year after year for his top-tier volume of closed sales and participation in record-breaking home sale transactions.
Walter began his career at age 14 mowing lawns for Bering Realty Corporation, the brokerage founded by his grandfather and father. “I learned my first telephone skills when the office telephones rolled over to our house after hours,” he says. By age 16, Walter needed gas money and was hired as BRC’s “sanitation engineer” (janitor). After graduation from Tulane University in 1979, Walter officially joined the family firm as a Realtor, quickly becoming a top sales agent as well as the office manager, relocation director, and, eventually, the designated broker. That German work ethic has not skipped a generation.
Walter is a favorite choice of sellers and buyers in River Oaks, Tanglewood, West University, Southampton, and the Memorial Villages, dynamic neighborhoods with a growing number of new and recently-constructed homes as well as significant historic structures. Historic home sales require specialized presentation and handling; Walter expertly guides clients through the process and is particularly adept in sales involving a City of Houston Landmark or Protected Landmark designation.
For those interested in country properties, Walter’s portfolio includes multi-million dollar sales and purchases of upscale ranches in the hills of Central Texas surrounding Round Top, Brenham, and Chappell Hill.
A powerful influencer in Houston residential real estate, Walter offers clients utmost discretion, sophistication, incomparable experience, and unparalleled access to Houston’s luxury home and estate market.
Long-time Sotheby’s International Realty associate Brittany McCann brings a broad range of industry experience and a Houston insider’s knowledge to her career in residential real estate. During and after college, Brittany worked for several years with Houston’s Wilson family (Welcome Group) in their commercial real estate business in a number of different positions. In 2011, she opened a full service real estate and property management company in Belize which later became a SIR franchise and upon her return to Houston went on to work with the Roatan, Honduras, SIR office in a remote position before teaming with Walter Bering at Martha Turner SIR.
Brittany grew up on Houston’s west side in the Village Place and South Briar neighborhoods. She graduated from Westside High School before attending Texas A & M University and graduating from UH Bauer College of Business.
Brittany’s enthusiasm and passion for her career, excellent communication skills, and willingness to attend to every detail of a transaction make her a superb addition to the Walter Bering Team.
Ed Melchor, a multi-talented professional, brings a host of knowledge to real estate. Specializing in some of Houston’s distinctive neighborhoods such as River Oaks, West University, Braes Heights, Montrose, Bellaire, Rice Military, Clear Lake, and Galveston, his expertise has been highly recognized as he has established a level of service with clients that is unsurpassed. His knowledge of remodeling homes plus new construction and exterior landscaping has proven to be an added bonus to the successful career he enjoys in real estate.
With over 15 years as a commercial retail property leasing manager, he built a tremendous knowledge of local markets and polished negotiation skills. These attributes earned him membership in the coveted Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty Circle of Excellence. Ed relishes the relationships he establishes with his clients and takes pride in the knowledge of Houston metropolitan and surrounding areas’ residential, commercial, and retail markets he has attained. “I know how important school districts can be to a growing family as well as proximity to employment, restaurants, shopping and nightlife,” he says. “Working hands-on with school, financial, and retail districts while marketing and advertising Houston area shopping malls gave me insight to the different neighborhood lifestyles available throughout Houston.”
Ed is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and holds a bachelor of business administration degree in Marketing. Throughout his career, Ed has been affiliated with Houston area organizations including Houston Proud, YMCA (board member), West Houston Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, DARE, MADD, Just Say No, Unity Church, and the ICSC Kids Identification Program.
This very bright realtor has his priorities in order- dedication, follow through ensuring an overall enjoyable experience while helping clients find what they are looking for. His number one goal, compassion, commitment, and great sense of humor best describe this very active realtor. When time allows, he enjoys cycling, gardening, cooking, and pick-up basketball.
Land will be valuable as long as society exists,” says Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty associate and Walter Bering Team member Gary Wilbanks. Gary chose his career carefully, first earning an associate degree in real estate from HCC and then qualifying to work for the best, MTSIR’s Walter Bering.
Gary was born in Longview Texas, grew up on a ranch in Jefferson, and then moved to Houston where he graduated from Cypress Fairbanks High School.
“There are many ways to make a living with real estate, providing flexibility to evolve with the times and the needs of society,” Gary observes. “I get to explore the city, constantly learn new things, and see incredible homes that nobody else gets to see.”
Outgoing and intuitive, Gary is thorough, controlled, and always positive, qualities that put Walter Bering Team clients at ease and inspire their confidence.
We are moving people not homes. Each transaction is as unique as the personalities involved. Secrets of Walter’s success are his creative marketing and advertising approach, luxury branding, persistent follow-up, experienced negotiator, superior market knowledge, and many valued personal and business relationships.Contact Us