By Katie Agness
Recipient of the 2017 ABoR Affiliate of the Year Award, Becky Hopkins has been working in the real estate industry for over three decades. Hawkins began her real estate career in the early 1980s when she co-owned and worked for her company, Property Tax Research. “We reviewed public records at the County Tax Office to determine if property taxes were due or paid, and we provided this information to title companies,” Hopkins says. “I fell in love with the people in the title business and made many lasting friendships.”
In 1990, Hopkins began working as a marketing rep for a small title company, and for the past 12 years, she has been with the Austin Title Company. “I thoroughly love what I do,” Hopkins says.
As a veteran in the real estate and title business, Hopkins says there’s a large mentorship aspect to her job. “Being a title rep is not about passing out candy or providing breakfast tacos. It involves helping new agents get their feet on the ground and being a cheerleader for them when they get their first listing. It’s also about providing a shoulder to cry on when that contract falls off, and encouraging them to pick themselves up, dust off their disappointment, and prepare for the next offer that comes in.”
For Hopkins, the most challenging part of her job is finding the time to get everything done. “I wear many hats that involve scheduling presentations and educational classes held at Austin Title, participating in ABoR and TREPAC committees and events, and supporting brokers by providing Austin Title’s tools and resources,” Hopkins says. “Austin Title also participates monthly in volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank, where we have provided many meals for the hungry in the Central Texas Area.”
Hopkins’ years of hard work and dedication were recognized earlier this year when she received the 2017 ABoR Affiliate of the Year Award. “It was such an honor to receive this award in January, and it means a great deal to me to be chosen by a committee of my peers who thought I were all deserving as well,” she says. “It was exciting to be rewarded for doing something I’m passionate about.”
While Hopkins maintains committed to her career and growth in 2018, she says she’s looking forward to time with her family as well. “This year will involve more of the same hard work and dedication to a great job, plus time spent traveling with family,” Hopkins says. “We plan to take the Viking River Cruise down the Danube River, spend time in the sun at Myrtle Beach, and go on many more adventures ahead. Aside from work, my favorite activities include travel, swimming, wine tastings, theater, especially musicals, and watching old movies.”