Antonio Atacan is an award-winning Real Estate Broker, the founder of Philadelphia’s Top-Producing Sales Team The Atacan Group and the Owner of one of the largest and most progressive real estate brokerages in Pennsylvania, Keller Williams Realty Center City. When he realized he could no longer sufficiently service his clients alone he founded the Atacan Group. He hired like-minded, educated and experienced Realtors to work with him in helping their clients buy and sell Center City Real Estate. We sat down for a few minutes today to ask Antonio five questions about his beginnings in real estate, travel favorites and Philadelphia, where he has been a resident for over 25 years.
Before you got into real estate, what were you doing with your career?
AA:I started my career in 1989 when I was just 23 years old. My first business was in Chicago, utilizing my knowledge of the fashion industry that I learned growing up in Istanbul. I began importing and selling European clothing from warehouses overseas and found much success. This venture helped me create my own brand and course a successful future.
How did you get into Real Estate?
AA: In 1995 I was accepted into The Wharton School of Business. My own frustrations in trying to find an apartment made me see the potential in showing rentals to fund my education. My history with sales along with being able to connect quickly with people, lead me to creating a company called Luxury Leasing. It became very successful, renting 5 apartments a weekend to working college students. I got to taste the potential of working in real-estate and felt like I was just scratching the surface. I saw a demand that no one else was meeting and made my own impact. This gave me the confidence and drive to pursue real-estate fully.
Do you have a favorite restaurant?
AA: Right now my favorite restaurant is Morimoto – on 7th & Chestnut St. It’s a truly authentic Japanese experience. The fish comes right from Japan and Chef Morimoto is the real-deal.
Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled?
AA:Australia, for multiple reasons. One, the people are super nice – a really kind society. Two, the country is beautiful and unique. It feels like another planet. And three, the seafood is just amazing. One of my favorite experiences was going to the Sydney Fish Market. It blew me away. There were hundreds of different fish I had never even heard of and they grill it fresh right there. Sydney is a gorgeous city. It’s an architectural blend of the best parts of Europe and America.
What’s the best part about Philly that most people overlook?
AA:How great a location it is. We have great weather and four beautiful seasons. Our location also allows for some incredible travel opportunities, where you can travel to many major cities in under a couple hours. I can get on a train and be in the middle of Manhattan in just a short trip later.
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