Serving Others Is The Road To Success For Huntsville Realtor

MADISON, AL., – Few of us really know from an early age what career path or professional life we will follow. Most people these days work in a variety of different jobs and industries before finding the right fit.


It seems Huntsville’s Cindy Henson Allen was one of those few exceptions who had it all figured out from the very start.


“I earned my real estate license at the age of 19 to become the youngest Realtor in Huntsville in 1977,” said Cindy. “Two years later I became licensed as Broker and became a co-owner of my parent’s company, Henson Realty and Construction.”


Cindy was definitely inspired by her Mother and Father to pursue a career in real estate. After they retired from the business in 1999, Cindy became the Qualified Broker and owner of the company.


Today, more than three decades later, and still hustling like it’s her first day on the job, Cindy is recognized with one of the industry’s ultimate honors. Her friends and colleagues in the business she loves have named her the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors ?2010 Realtor of the Year.’


“I am humbled and I struggle with giving myself any credit at all since it is God who gives every perfect gift,” said Cindy. “I tell everyone who will listen that if you see any good in me it is because of Jesus.  I also thank Him for the people He has placed in my life that have encouraged me and inspired me along the way”.


Cindy’s recognition – as it is the case with every annual recipient – is based on her community volunteer work, her service to the real estate industry and her business success as a Realtor.


“The service to the Boards of Realtors, my teaching and service to my church, and my involvement with missions has always been more rewarding to me than it could ever be to the people I serve,” said Cindy. “That’s what it’s all about. When we serve in any capacity – those are the experiences that create the opportunities for us to succeed in our business and personal lives.”


Cindy is an active member of Home Mission Baptist Church where she is the Founder of the Mission Ministry and has taught Adult Sunday School since 2000.  She is a volunteer and currently serves as Secretary on the Habitat for Humanity Executive Committee.  Other volunteer work has included United Way, Wiregrass Hospice, Church fundraisers, and as a member of Twickenham Republican Women, Cindy has served in political campaigns to elect Governor Bob Riley, the Realtor’s Steering committee to elect Congressman Parker Griffith and Senator Paul Sanford.


Looking back over the years Cindy gets a chuckle when she considers how in the early years – before computers and the internet – Realtors drove clients everywhere to see property. It was also a time when real estate agents were the keeper of all the listings in large books that the public was never allowed to see.


“We’ve come a long way and technology has definitely made our lives and the lives of our clients much better,” said Cindy. “To be successful in the real estate industry we need to stay on the cutting edge of technology and continue to ask our clients what they want and need. It’s our job to help and encourage them and be that positive influence more than ever before.”


In the midst of one of the most volatile times for her industry, Cindy is both challenged and optimistic. With interest rates at the lowest she’s ever seen, Cindy is very bullish on the Huntsville market – often touted as among the best place to work, live, play and raise a family – and as one of the most stable real estate markets in the nation.


“I believe we need to stop buying into the negativity of the environment today,” said Cindy. “First of all, real estate is Local, not National.  If we can just focus on what we see, instead of what we fear, we will see health, wealth and prosperity that will surround us.  We are living in the greatest country in the world and opportunity is still greater here than anywhere”


At the end of the day, Cindy’s faith and work ethic have combined to bring her great joy, personal satisfaction and success.


“It’s really very simple – and the rule I try to live by everyday was written more than 2,000 years ago and can be found in Colossians 3:23,” said Cindy. “It reads in part? and whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as if you are doing it for the Lord, and not for men.”


Cindy, in many ways is still like that bright eyed teenager who saw her future career at the ripe ?young’ age of 19 – and clearly hasn’t lost her sparkle or her spirit.


“I love this business and it has been good to me and my family – but quite honestly the reward for me has not been the money,” said Cindy “I cherish the people and families I’ve laughed and cried with? the new babies that meant getting a bigger house, or the deaths that brought the need for a smaller house, the lifelong friendships and my dear ?Realtor’ family.”


With great humility Cindy says she proudly accepts the honor as Huntsville’s 2010 Realtor of the Year? following in the footsteps of those who’ve received it before her and proud to be counted among them.


More About Crye-Leike Broker Associate Cindy Henson Allen

Crye-Leike Broker Associate Cindy Henson Allen is a licensed Realtor in Alabama and Tennessee working with buyers and sellers primarily in and around Madison County and the Greater North Alabama region – specializing in all types of residential real estate sales with a focus on first-time homebuyers and farm & land. Cindy is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), certified for Uniform Standards of Professional Appraiser Practice by the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers and is frequently interviewed as a real estate industry expert by local and national news media outlets.


Cindy is an active member of the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors (HAAR), Alabama Association of Realtors (AAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR). She is a past President and Secretary/Treasurer of HAAR where she has held numerous leadership roles during the past decade. Most recently in 2009, she led a town hall meeting with personal finance coach and radio personality Dave Ramsey to boost community moral.


Crye-Leike Broker Associate Cindy Henson Allen is based out of the company’s Madison, Alabama branch office located at 1591 Hughes Road, Suite G. For all your real estate needs and personal referrals, please contact Cindy directly by phone at 256-651-9887, email: and you can find her on the web at


More About Crye-Leike, REALTORS

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nation’s 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold. More information is available at