What made you want to pursue a career in real estate?
Beck: My husband's job precipitated a lot of moves for our family. After having to give up several jobs because of that, and paying people to sell our homes, I thought "I can do that, and do it better -- with better customer service, more understanding, and better communication skills!" Thus the quest to be a real estate agent began with our last move.
Tell us more about your experience with the local “Dancing with the Stars.”
Beck: It has been such an honor and a thrill to be so involved with A Special Wish Foundation and to assist in making the Special Wishes of children with life-threatening disorders in the greater Dayton area come true. Once I agreed to dance the first time in 2011 - a weak moment - not knowing what I was getting into, I was hooked! And it's the kids that hook you - not the dancing - although that was quite an experience as well. I've done a lot of fundraising for Dayton Children's Hospital, which was the reason I was asked, and this seemed to be a perfect transition to be able to make a difference. I have been blessed with three healthy children and three healthy grandchildren, so why wouldn't I want to “spread the wealth”?
What’s your favorite local-to-Dayton restaurant?
Beck: Wow! This is a tough one, as I love to eat out and frequent the local Dayton eateries… Meadowlark, The Winds, Salar, Coco's, The Oakwood Club -- how can I name just one?!
How has Dayton’s real estate market changed in the past year?
Beck: This past year has been an amazing ride, and it’s so exciting to be a part of it. We have come back into our own in the Dayton area, surviving the tough years and reinventing ourselves. Between the medical fields, WPAFB, the universities, Techtown, aerospace, the resurgence of the downtown area and so much more -- it is a treat to be a Dayton ambassador in the real estate field!
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Beck: A humpback whale -- they have no predators, the females are so dedicated to their babies (born at 2.5 tons), and they are so majestic! I just came back from a vacation in Hawaii and learned so much about them -- truly a wonder!
What is your philosophy toward your work?
Beck: When I first got into the business, it was work, work, work. Now that I have been in the business for over 11 years, it is still a work ethic thing, with the focus on “ethic.” In this business, we have such an opportunity to impact people's lives, and I want it to be the best impact ever! I have always prided myself on being a good person, and more than ever, I want to be one in this business.
To learn more about Rita Beck or to contact her, visit the Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors website.