Hempstead Business Highlight: Get to Know Hegemeyer Realty & Associates

Folks say that if you want to know where to lay down roots, you should go where the real estate pros go — and for Melissa Hegemeyer, with Hegemeyer Realty & Associates, that place is right here in Hempstead. A Waller County native who grew up in the industry, she’s been helping business owners and homebuyers find their perfect properties ever since 2013.

“I think people like getting out of the busy, crazy rush that comes with overpopulated areas. They like the country life, where you can go out and see the stars and sunsets,” she said. “I’m very drawn to Hempstead, and I love helping people fall in love with our town.”

Real estate was always a part of life for Melissa, whose grandmother, Gertrude Crews, sold until she was 83 years old — and whose mother and sister obtained real estate licenses, too. When Melissa herself decided to try her hand at the trade, she found it a natural fit and began building the Hegemeyer Team. After working as a real estate sales agent first with Colt Haack at Waller’s Caldwell Banker Unlimited, and then with Cypress’ NextHome, Melissa took the exciting next step and obtained her broker’s license in 2019. In February of 2020, she launched her own brokerage firm.

Today, her daughters, Mandy Jennings, professional photographer and graphic designer, and Malorie Davis, administrative assistant, work tirelessly along with Melissa to provide exceptional customer service.

Melissa and the Hegemeyer Team serve a widely varied clientele — residential homeowners, farm and ranch operators, commercial business owners, as well as developers and investors interested in looking to make their way to Waller County. She caters to clients’ individual requirements, spending her days rolling through rural property showings on her ATV, guiding prospective buyers through homes in gated communities — and everything in between. In addition, Melissa often works with heirs who are in the process of settling an estate, helping them with transfers of family properties.

The Realtor® and mother of three has long dedicated herself to giving back to the community she calls home. She’s done extensive volunteer work with local 4-H clubs, has assisted with the Waller County Fair for 18 years, is a trustee member of the Waller County Economic Development Partnership and even serves as vice president of the HCCA.

With new happenings such as the Hempstead Festival of Lights joining the mix, longtime events such as the Hempstead Watermelon Festival finding new footing and new businesses moving in, Melissa said exciting things are on the horizon for the small Texas town.

“Our local businesses are doing very well, and with other businesses coming in and complementing what we have, we’re really expanding,” she said. “Hempstead is growing by leaps and bounds because of the leadership and volunteers who are putting countless hours into our community.”

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