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The Jorgenson Group’s Rebecca Vita should write a book about being Texan.
Born and raised in the state’s Sun City, El Paso, she’s also called San Antonio and, currently, Round Rock, home. But that’s not all that qualifies our Rebecca to teach the ins and outs of living in the best state in the nation. In our estimation, she’s achieved true Texcellence.
“My dad taught us from a young age that being Texan brings with it a proud heritage. But, being a Texan from El Paso, that’s an entirely different story,” she continues.
“El Paso is unique in that it has its own culture, influenced heavily by its proximity to Mexico. The people are kind-hearted and not distracted by the hustle and bustle of city life,” she said. “On weekends, my dad would immerse us in the culture of El Paso – the museums, library and the downtown plaza.”
We asked Rebecca what she misses most about her hometown and she didn’t hesitate: “The food! In fact, I miss it more than I miss my family,” she says, laughing.
A graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, Rebecca was originally drawn to the lifestyle and opportunity to work with young people that a career in education might provide her.
And, as proof of her fearless nature, instead of avoiding groups of young teenagers, as most of us feel compelled to do, she spent 12 years walking in their midst, as a middle school teacher.
“Middle school kid personalities are the best!” Rebecca explains, as we fought off the urge to feel her forehead.
“They are developing their senses of humor, and finding out who they are and who they want to be. It was an amazing privilege to be a part of their lives at such a crucial time,” she recalls.
Today, Rebecca, her husband and son live in Hutto, just minutes from a city she’s fallen head-over-heels in love with.
We asked her what she likes best about life in the greater Austin area. “It’s magical,” she begins, without hesitation. “The food, the music, the special events and the culture – they all combine to make Austin the best place in the country to live.”
So, if she could suggest the quintessential Austin attraction to a newcomer, what would it be?
Again, Rebecca doesn’t hesitate. “Zilker Park!” she replied. “There is something there for everyone, from the playground (my son loves the train) to the trails along the lake, kayaking, SUP, the gardens, Barton Springs and the events. THIS is Austin!”
Talk to Rebecca about real estate, even for just a few minutes, and you’ll understand why you shouldn’t work with anyone else. Her enthusiasm for the process is contagious, her big, bold ideas are brilliant and her tenacity is beyond admirable.
Rebecca feels that her success comes in part from her background in teaching. “Working with students of all abilities and backgrounds, listening carefully to determine their needs, educating them on life’s processes – it all transferred readily to my career in real estate,” she said.
Head honcho Kasey Jorgenson agrees. “Anyone who can negotiate with a classroom full of adolescents has what it takes to succeed in real estate! Rebecca is positively inspirational.”
Most of all, Rebecca Vita has a set of values that is hard to come by today. Whether these were instilled in her by virtue of growing up Texan, or her childhood in a small border town, Rebecca believes in old-fashioned values — ethics, honesty, reliability and treating others with dignity and respect.
Now that’s something we need more of in the world, don’t you agree?