“A Fearless, Go-Getter and Strong Believer that cannot do Epic Sh** with basic people!” This is the life-motto of an energetic human being, who knows exactly how to follow her dreams and goals. Andrada has single-handedly made her way up in the complex real estate market, nowadays enjoying the luxury of serving international stars who cannot resist to move to Barcelona! You are surely going to love her, the minute you finish our dialogue and learn about her values and beliefs!
Name: Andrada Camelia Manta
Abroad since: 2009
Living in: Barcelona, Spain
Current position & company: CEO - Dream Believer, “Aelite Street”
TGR: Andrada, is the real estate market in Barcelona as crowded as in Romania?
ACM: I believe crowded can be a good adjective but I would rather say more dynamic and transparent. I am not so familiar with Romanian Real Estate market; I do know it’s booming (especially the retail, logistic and office spaces). It’s maybe interesting to know that several clients with whom I dealt and closed deals with, here in Spain, have invested or developed projects in our country. They didn’t always get the happy ending, but most of the times the yield was brutally high which, not sure how rewarding is for me, as Romanian, to find out
Getting back to Barcelona, I can only say that for most of the people, it happens to be love at first sight. This romance makes you push the trigger way faster when it comes to buying/renting a property here. Barcelona improves daily, there is a lot of foreign investment coming in, great projects are being developed, the residential market picked up considerably - it’s a fun process to witness and be part of.
And I guess equally satisfying for an insider… Which was the turning point for you and how did you get involved in this amazing process?
It was definitely not an easy journey. I came to Barcelona when I was 22, together with my husband, straight after graduating, without speaking Spanish or having much experience. Plus, the Romanian nationality was not a card in my favor, in the beginning…
I had to prove myself, work hard, without holidays or time off. I am thankful and humbled by all of it, as it shaped me into the person I am today: A Fearless, Go-Getter and Strong Believer that cannot do Epic Sh** with basic people!
What I learned so far is that best decisions are made once you get out of your comfort zone. Life will always teach memorable lessons and remind us that nothing worth having comes easy.
I had quite a few step-stones in my life; professionally this was one of them - I had to decide where I am heading next, an upgrade was much needed. So I seized a certain gap on the market and developed a much more personalized, transparent and creative Luxury Real Estate “One Stop Shop”.
And with a cool name I would say! Tell me more about your agency.
We are achievers, not credit seekers!
“Aelite Street” is a full-service, client-driven boutique agency that places high priority on excellence, customer service and creating a personal connection with everything we get to deal with: selling a property, advising investors or creating client focused products. From all the services we offer I would mention: Real Estate (selling/renting), Home Management, Concept & Branding for developers or private investors (on residential and hospitality segment), Interior Design & Architecture, all in house.
We ask questions, create stories and make magic!
Besides the full service agency, experience, knowledge and transparency, I would definitely tag “Aelite St” as “RELENTLESSLY THREE DIMENSIONAL”. We do work hard and play hard. We believe that the most important key to succeed is to keep moving, to hope, to tremble, to live. We either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all, which is not an option with us.
We are trivia savants, real estate gurus, reality check distributors, architecture-loving enthusiasts and daydream believers.
Our name represents who we are – relentlessly three dimensional elites. We are driven. We explore. We experiment. We go big. Then we go home.
I think our website can give the perfect intro on who I am, my values, my team...
A team you’ve developed from scratch and seem to represent your personality perfectly…
Ohhhh, my team!! My team will always be better than yours
We are a little badass. We are a little brainy.
15 employees and counting; some of them have been following me for 6 years now. I love them all truly!
All girls so far, not intended, it just happened! We are from all over the world: Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Bolivia, Mexico, Italy, Columbia, UK, Romania, Dominican Republic..
“Aelite” team is an assorted mix of world views and mad skills in various disciplines. Resourceful, Quick-Witted, Artful, Razor-sharp A-listers who believe that passion, confidence and commitment are important traits in people. We all share a passion for making a great work, because we nurture the belief that everything goes through a process - to grow, improve and reach full potential.
In fact, people make the place and that’s why for us job titles sound nice in client meetings and look cool on business cards, but we deny the notion that people should “know their role” within a company. We all believe that your job title shouldn’t exempt you from doing the little things.
What qualifies you to target the luxury segment?
For me, money isn´t and will never be the motivational factor!
I don’t get impressed, intimidated, or driven by wealth, maybe that’s why I deal with HNW clients so comfortably. I have been working on the luxury segment for almost 7 years now, experiencing all sorts of deals, from small to very big; meeting all kinds of people and dealing with all types of requirements.
Reaching the unreachable is always a challenge for me, as I believe impossible is just an option! Let’s just say that my perseverance and track record have enabled me to target and represent the luxury real estate market in Spain.
Who is the most important person you have served so far?
This is always such a delicate subject, as my clients privacy is top priority!
All the people I represent, find a house or work for are special and I care about them all. My role is to get to know the client and his family, understand their needs on a first glimpse, without wasting their time with emails, boring meetings and countless viewings! My goal is to deliver their dream house while making sure we agree on the best deal, without letting third parties marking up the prices just because “the client is famous and he has the money!”.
I will only mention few, because they are no longer a secret and people can actually recognize them: Lionel Messi (it happened to be the first sale I ever did), Ronnie Wood, Cesc Fabregas, Count Federico Zichy Thyssen (unfortunately no longer among us), etc.
Which are your current feelings towards Romania?
Romania is where my heart is and where it will always be. I am proud of my country, roots, traditions, and will always promote our country and talent as much as I can. I am a proud Romanian!!
There is also a lot going on, which doesn’t make me happy - things that make me say “Blimey”! Everything seems to be going wrong way and inevitably it gets to a point where you think this is definitely all done on purpose, by people with evil minds!
And yet you still have nice words to say about Romania. What is it that you would tell a foreign friend about our country?
Skip Bucharest and check Brasov… #joking
That he will have an unexpected, positive surprise! Romania is a must see, the nature, the food and the people make the experience unforgettable! When I got married, two years ago, I invited my dear friends from all over the world to Romania. Every single one of them wants to repeat the journey and eat papanasi
Do you see yourself moving back sometimes?
Definitely! Everything I love about Romania, it will pull me back at some point. Not now though - too many dreams are pending to be accomplished, and Barcelona feels the right place for me to make things happen.
Seriously though, who would leave a city like Barcelona in their prime?
To be honest, there is nothing that could make anyone leave! Barcelona is magical, has it all without going over the top! I felt at home from first minute and still feeling so. I love the idea of experiencing the growth of this beautiful place, with good and bad. Barcelona is much more than just a city and a football club it’s a lifestyle!
Could you share some of your pending dreams you mentioned above?
Career wise I rarely speak about my future plans. Let’s say it’s a sort of mix between superstition and personal rule - I don’t like to share much before actually doing it; I could easily jinx it!
As a glimpse: two exciting projects dear to me - separate to “Aelite Street” - are going to be launched this year in Europe. Fully focused and praying for the best!
On a personal level, definitely my family and spending more time with them. I am extremely thankful to have them by my side; their patience and continued support all these years meant the world to me! My family has always been my biggest motivation.
100%, I will keep on pushing boundaries and hopefully inspire people to follow their biggest dreams, without loosing their identity and values, throughout the journey!
Finger crossed on everything you wish to accomplish! Any final regards about Romania?
We could speak hours about things that could and should be improved, but what I consider vital is us, as nation, no matter where we are, we should always stand for our values, without being ashamed! I meet all sorts of people, from all over the world, I meet new people on a daily basis, but I can tell you 100% that WE, Romanians, have something, a sparkle, and it shouldn’t be in vain.
It won’t. I’ve also met so many interesting people recently, most of which went to hell to build a beautiful character. If only we can cherish and get them involved more often… Thank you, Andrada, for adding so much value to The Golden Romania platform!
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