A Better Real Estate Experience

Christian Barnes is the new president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes, the third largest brokerage in Kansas City. In an industry traditionally dominated by men, the longtime industry leader becomes one of real estate’s top female principal owners. Barnes succeeds the firm’s founder, David Cooper, who will remain with the company in an advisory capacity.

 Today, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes, with eight offices and 450 agents, is the fourth largest affiliate in the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate network based on 4,335 properties sold, and a sales volume of $1.4 billion. Barnes is now the top-ranking female principal owner in the national BHGRE® network and the fourth highest-ranking female principal owner in the Realogy family of brands.

Barnes, who began her career as a real estate agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes nearly 13 years ago, was a single mom who worked her way up the leadership ladder. She joined the company in 2007 as a sales associate after a career in television advertising sales, and most recently served as Director of Career Development. In this leadership role, she instituted a strategic business planning program for agents, which resulted in a 35% increase in unit production. Barnes also refined the company’s training system, increasing learning sessions by 276% over last year.

 “When this opportunity was presented by David, I was excited to build upon the company’s many accomplishments and guide it toward continued growth,” said Christian Barnes, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes. “I have a fierce loyalty to this company and the BHGRE brand. I’ve been able to experience the BHGRE® brand as an agent, as a member of management, and now as an owner. I can honestly say this: there is no other brand I would want to be associated with. I am honored to carry the torch of leadership and be at the forefront of helping the next generation of real estate leaders reach their highest potential,” said Barnes.

 Over the years, Barnes’ hard work and dedication to her job, her clients, the community, and the industry, was recognized and honored through several prestigious awards. Recently recognized as Realtor® of the Year by the Kansas Association of REALTORS®, Barnes is also active in the leadership of the National Association of REALTORS®. She is currently a member of its prestigious Leadership Academy, a year-long intensive leadership program for just 18 REALTORS® from across the nation. Barnes has also been chosen to lead NAR’s 2021 Commitment to Excellence committee, and in 2022, she will serve on the extended leadership team.

 “From day one, Christian embraced the real estate business and achieved great success as an agent and in management,” said David Cooper, the former president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes. “She inspires people to reach their highest potential through leadership, skill development and impactful coaching. With Mike and Chris, she has assembled an excellent management team to complement her many strengths. Together, they will ensure business continuity and achieve new growth milestones for the company and continued success for the agents,” said Cooper.





  • Current: President and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes
  • 2021, Chairperson, National Association of REALTORS® C2EX Committee
  • 2016 President, Kansas City Regional Associations of REALTORS (KCRAR)
  • 2008-2019, 2021 Director, Kansas Association of REALTORS
  • 2015-2019, 2021 Director, National Association of REALTORS
  • 2017, Chairperson, National Association of REALTORS Residential Economic Issues and Trends Forum
  • 2013-2017, Executive Officer, KCRAR
  • 2012-2019, 2021 Board Member, KCRAR
  • 2011-2012, Founder and Chairperson of the Kansas City Young Professionals Network
  • Served countless committees and industry work groups at the local, state and national level


  • Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors
  • Kansas Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors


  • University of Kansas, 1999 Graduate with a degree in Journalism/Advertising
  • Member of the KU Swimming and Diving team


Born and raised in Overland Park (BVNW graduate).

Beyond real estate, Christian is an athlete and natural competitor. At 5'10 you might guess she was a volleyball or basketball player in college. While she played both through high school, diving was the sport she chose in college, competing for the University of Kansas. She continues to give back to sport through coaching.

In her spare time, she spends countless hours dedicating her time to her industry, local non-profits and her amazing daughter.

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