Name: Angela Beck
Company: Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
What was your first job in the realty industry? My foray into real estate began at Atlanta Fine Homes, and I can’t imagine a better place to start! Being surrounded by the industry’s best certainly sets the tone for success.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Growing up, what did you want to be? An architect. My lifelong passion has always been architecture and design, and real estate keeps me in that realm.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Movie watching is my escape. I love a good suspenseful thriller that takes me away for a couple of hours and keeps me on tenterhooks, which seems counterintuitive, I know!
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? I would have to say Zaha Hadid. She was a phenomenal talent, an inspiration and visionary – the architectural world is a better place with her in it.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? At my home in Midtown. We have a panoramic view of the city from our sofa that can’t be beat and makes you feel like anything is possible.
What do you love most about the industry? Being a client’s agent can make or break their experience. Buying or selling a home and moving are some of life’s most stressful events. I love that I am able to guide them through the process and see it through to fruition. They might not always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but as their agent, it’s my duty to help everyone maintain focus and a positive attitude.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I listen carefully to what clients want and then deliver it. It sounds simple but is so often overlooked. Finding out what motivates people and how to read them makes me a better agent and communicator.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Patience! This is a field that requires an abundance of it, and it is frequently tested.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Networking events never felt like a good fit for me. I find that meeting people organically, whether in an elevator, the salon or a store, seems to produce better connections.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? In life, my two sons. Behind every great man, there is a woman – or more specifically, a mother. In real estate, I consider every closed deal in which everyone leaves feeling like they succeeded a great accomplishment.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The last one that jumps out was Fracture with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. It ticked all the boxes.
What is your favorite restaurant? Anything Mexican! I could eat Mexican fare every day. Guaco Joe’s and Pure Taqueria are a couple of my favorites though.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Atlanta? The burgeoning residential tower, lilli midtown, is incredible. The Emerson Buckhead also promises to bring Atlanta’s architecture to the next level, and I can’t wait to lay my eyes on it!
What kind of car do you drive? I drive a Volvo XC90 T8 hybrid. It gets great gas mileage, and I get to feel good about my carbon footprint.
Smartphone or paper? Smartphone all the way. I am paperless unless it’s completely unavoidable.
What is your favorite city after Atlanta? San Francisco – perhaps you’ve heard the song about it?
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Listen and learn. Even failures are opportunities for growth.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? HomeSnap. It’s the best resource I have on my phone.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? A couple I follow more consistently are @BarbaraCorcoran and @realDonaldTrump – for very different reasons.