We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Kyner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
There was absolutely no thought process behind starting my own business because losing my job was never part of the plan. Real estate was supposed to be my hobby, not my career. I was far too boring and type A for what I thought was the ‘entrepreneurial life’. Boy, was I wrong!
In the age of Fixer Upper; I was an aspiring Joanna Gaines. I had the economics degree and the home buying & lending wherewithal but I was missing a key component. I needed the real estate license to be able to do house-flipping and renovation as a hobby.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, the opportunity presented itself in an unexpected way. Instead, I capitalized on a ‘too good to be true’ job opportunity and turns out… it was far too good to be true. I was let go after being employed for only 42 days. At an impasse because I was also 11 weeks pregnant with my first child at my time of termination, the Ross Geller inside my head started screaming PIVOT PIVOT and the real estate agent was born.
I cried far too many tears over what has proven to be exactly what I needed: accountability, flexibility, creativity & a purpose. Accountability because I was immediately thrust in to being responsible for my work ethic, my income & who I wanted to be as a person. I was given the flexibility to not only work full-time but to also be a full-time mom. I’ve never missed a milestone. The creativity to use all of my lending knowledge and turn my friends in to homeowners. Lastly, I found my purpose in life; my purpose is to generate an income while also making an impact.
I promise the road hasn’t been nearly as easy as I led on but it’s the road I was meant to be on.
What should our readers know about your business?
Statistics show that the average person knows approximately 7 real estate agents, clearly there are an unreasonable amount to choose from. Fortunately, I have perfected my sales method…which isn’t to sell at all. My entire business revolves around adding value through education and knowledge. I continually share market updates, listing statistics, loan tips and tricks, how to obtain a mortgage, etc. on Instagram and Facebook.
I quickly realized I cannot win every buyer and seller under the sun but hopefully I can provide the tips and tricks to help them make the most informed decision. I genuinely have each person’s best interest in mind. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from that harsh realization was that supporting another persons success will never mess up my own.
I want the world to know that I am in this for the long-haul, I am in this business to make valuable relationships and friendships. If you don’t want to be my friend, I am probably not the agent for you. If you want to come to my summer barbecue, if you want random scratch tickets in your mailbox, a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, then Hi, my name is Taylor and I am excited to meet you.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For a Colorado native, I am a black sheep, I absolutely despise the winter and snow that tourists come to enjoy. I can throw one heck of a summer vacation though. My must-do’s include;
Spending a day downtown, catch a Rockies game along the first base line (hope you brought the sunscreen). Before or after the game, stop at Mexico City on 21st & Larimer for literally the best steak tacos you’ll have in your life. If you aren’t feeling tacos or if it isn’t taco Tuesday, stop at the Cherry Cricket, as seen on Diners Drive-ins & Dives for a turkey Rueben with a side of frings.
Bring even more sunscreen to spend the day tubing on the manmade course on the St. Vrain river in Longmont. Visit Union Reservoir for kayaking and paddleboard rentals, don’t forget to pack a picnic to have lunch on the sandy swim beach. On the other side of Denver, enjoying the illustrious mountain view via paddle board on the Soda lakes in Morrison is to die for.
A day of Castle Rock shopping on main street to visit The Emporium and The Barn. A delicious lunch at Wild Blue Yonder is also highly recommended. Stick around for the summer concert series at Phillip S. Miller Park. Or if it’s a late august visit the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo is enjoyable for everyone of all ages.
A personal favorite hangout spot is La Estrallita in Brighton for the best chile rellanos I can find. If the wait is long (because its delish) grab a beer at Something Brewery which is right next door! Or swing around the corner to go shop at the Porch & Co. for new home decor.
Visiting Estes Park is a requirement to check out Rocky Mountain National Park, stop at Laura’s for amazing fudge or feed your sweet tooth with a caramel apple. Don’t forget to take the Estes Park tramway up to feed the chubby chipmunks all of the peanuts they can stand. On your way back down the mountain you must stop at the Colorado Cherry Company for the most indulgent pies (sweet, savory, and meaty options).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Abby Tardiff for the opportunity! My husband, David for his continual support.
Sawyer & Reagan for the initial push and motivation
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