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Atacan Group Agent Spotlight: Aaron Byles

Whether buying or selling a home, it’s so important to find a Real Estate Agent you’re comfortable with, but also one who really knows Philadelphia. With that said, we’re quite fortunate to have Aaron Byles on our team leading the way. We sat down for a few minutes today to ask Aaron five questions about real estate, dining out, travel and Philadelphia:

How many years have you been in Real Estate?

AB: I have been working in real estate for over 13 years now.  I was very fortunate to discover Keller Williams back in 2005 and it turned out to be the perfect brokerage to partner with for my business.  The company is education-based, which is important in a industry that is always changing.

What made you get into Real Estate?

AB: While attending Penn State University, I was doing some serious soul searching trying to figure out what my next steps would be after school.  One thing I quickly realized is that a traditional desk job was not for me.  At the time, I was reading a few non-course related books.  One being “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki.  This book was the one which sparked my journey into real estate.  I learned how Real Estate can really change lives, and being a creative person, the entrepreneurial aspect of the business was an instant draw.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

AB: What a tough question!  My answer is probably changing as this is being posted, but here are my current top-3:  For Italian, W.M. Mulherins in FishtownFor Japanese, Double Knot in Midtown Village.  For New American, Vernick in Rittenhouse is my spot!

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled?

AB: Another tough one!  Traveling is definitely something that I can’t live without.  Some recent favorite spots:

  • Nice, France
  • St. John, USVI
  • Budapest, Hungary

Each are different and unique in their own way.

What’s the best part about Philly that most people overlook?

AB: The best part about Philly that most people overlook is that it’s a city of neighborhoods, each with their own unique history, architecture, and culture.  Too many people focus just on Center City, which has seen an amazing boom over the years.  To get a real feel of Philadelphia, go visit the neighborhoods that are less traveled. Find a local corner deli in deep South Philly and order an Italian hoagie, find a random dive bar in Bridesburg and order a “Citywide Special”, take a Sunday afternoon stroll down Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill and explore all the local businesses, or maybe go find a Polish market in Port Richmond and sample some authentic pierogies and kielbasa.   In many cases, in the most overlooked neighborhoods you will find some of the most authentic Philadelphia experiences.


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