Meet Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson is one of our property managers and one of the newest members of the Solo Real Estate family. The Temple University graduate joined the team after putting his customer service skills to work at the Philadelphia Phillies’ front office. We talked to him about how he got started in real estate, what Philly restaurants he recommends, and where his favorite place is to catch a game.

How did you get started at Solo Real Estate?

I was interested in pursuing a career in real estate and heard about Solo through a colleague who had nothing but great things to say about the company. He introduced me to Deborah and I was hired as a Property Manager in October after completing my real estate license online.

Do you work with just renters and buyers or sellers and investors too?

All of the above! I am still relatively new to the real estate game but have been learning a lot through my colleagues at Solo, and have been working with prospective buyers and sellers. I also am helping people find rentals throughout the city. Very excited to see what is to come!

What’s your favorite place in Philly?

Before the pandemic, I regularly went out with friends to places like Morgan’s Pier, Porta, and Cavanaugh’s River Deck. More recently, I’ve been frequenting restaurants near my home in Northern Liberties. Some of my favorites in the area are Yards Brewing Co., Silk City, and North Third (I recommend the Thai chili wings!). I also love going to Lincoln Financial Field. There’s nothing like a home Eagles game — the atmosphere and energy at a game are one of a kind!

What are your interests outside of real estate?

I enjoy playing basketball and have recently been playing at the Phield House on 8th and Spring Garden. I’m a big Sixers fan and try to watch almost every game when I’m able to. I also recently got a dog, Django. He’s great and very active so I take him to the dog park in Northern Liberties a lot!

Coffee or Tea?

Neither. I really only drink water!

Meet Rebecca Nichols Franqui

Rebecca Nichols Franqui joined the Solo Real Estate team (and the family business) in 2018 after meeting her husband, Alejandro Franqui. She is originally from Minnesota but now calls South Philly home. Prior to joining Solo Real Estate, Rebecca received a Master’s degree in Environment, Politics, and Globalization from King’s College in London and worked with Habitat for Humanity. Her passion for sustainability and experience working in housing led her to take an active role in Solo’s sustainability initiatives and partnerships, like the PHS pop-up garden.

We spoke with Rebecca about her favorite places in Philly, the projects she’s worked on, and how she got involved in the family business.

How did you get started at Solo Real Estate?

Solo Real Estate was my husband’s family business and now it’s my family too. I never imagined that I would join Solo at the beginning of our relationship, but as time went on I started to really appreciate the way everyone here makes sure the company lives up to our values as a member of the community. Realizing that I could still have sustainability-related projects, while also meeting new people who are also excited about what Philadelphia has to offer, made me realize I was ready to join the team.

Do you work with just buyers or sellers and investors too?

I work with all of the above and with renters, too! I’ve also managed my own gut renovation, so I’m able to help guide investors and homebuyers who want to purchase a property to renovate.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on? 

I mentioned before that the ability to do sustainability-related projects helped convince me to make the switch to working at Solo, and these projects are still easily my favorites! I have especially loved working on our partnership with the Philadelphia Horticulture Society (PHS). We help sponsor the PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street. Thinking of fun ways to stay engaged with this has been so fun – we’ve hosted plant swaps, held gardening related trivia, and given away recycling bins, all while sharing a round of beers with the people we’ve met at the garden.  

What’s your favorite place in Philly?

This is a tough question! This year I have discovered FDR Park is twice as big as I realized, with acres of trails winding through a former golf course, now wild-feeling woods and wetland. This has been a great find for our family (especially our dog, Hansi) during this year of trying to stay outside. In a more normal year, I would probably answer with some of my favorite bars with the best beer options. Some of these are Fountain Porter, Standard Tap, and Khyber Pass Pub. I also can’t forget the place I spend the most time outside of home – running on the SRT (Schuylkill River Trail)!  

What are your interests outside of real estate?

I became a mother in March, so spending time with my daughter is my new favorite way to pass the time! I also love to bake and am an obsessed runner. I’m currently training my husband (Alejandro Franqui) for his first marathon.

Coffee or Tea?

Definitely coffee, always black! Function Coffee Lab has renewed my appreciation for a great roast. 

Looking to buy, sell, or rent a home in Philadelphia? Rebecca is ready to help you every step of the way. Contact her at 215.833.6720 or email her at becca@solorealty.com