• Jenna Gribble

Andrew Taylor Knows Charlotte

I bought my first home when I was 21 years old. It was the most terrifying thing I had ever done. I hate any kind of commitment....especially one with a hefty 30 year price tag attached to it. My Mother kept pushing me to do it. I had just graduated from college and was working at Paramount in their Design + Entertainment studio and working for Nascar as a Miller Light promotions girl. I was making descent money. And as fast as I could make it, I would spend it. I was 21.

“If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur.”Red Adair

There are so many things that go into buying a home. I had no clue what I was doing. I never know what I am looking for until I find it, and then I'm like "That's exactly what I was looking for!" Having an experienced real estate agent who is going to help you make smart decisions is key. You need someone to guide you through the process, because it IS a process. I knew I wanted to be near my family; that was my #1 priority. After looking at maybe five places, I found what I was looking for. I knew as soon as I walked in. The sun shined in through the sliding glass doors and it felt like the beach to me. A permanent vacation that I could call home, and I was less than 5 miles from both my parents. Fast forward 18 years and I am still living in that condo.

To be a successful real estate agent, you have to have that extra something that can't be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity, integrity and trust. Trust being the key word. What I recall from that experience is that it was quick and easy. My real estate agent knew the market. I was getting a good deal. Looking back now...I got a GREAT deal. It took us one weekend. It was the biggest and most expensive decision I had ever made. An investment I will never regret.

I get a lot of inquiries about referrals, one of them being do I know any trustworthy real estate agents? I do. I know quite a few. Did you know that on average, over 100 people move to Charlotte, NC a day? That's roughly 36K new residents a year, according to the American Community Survey. All of those people are going to need places to live. Right?

I recently came across the above video of Andrew Taylor, a real estate agent in the Cotswold area with Downey Properties. Andrew is a fourth generation Charlottean who grew up in Cotswold. He attended West Charlotte High School, where he played soccer and baseball. He lives in the home his Grandparents bought in Cotswold in 1956 with his wife Allison and two children, Olivia and William. Before he got into real estate, he was an actor and location manager in the film industry; you may have seen him on Homeland, Banshee, Outcast, Paper Towns or Captive, all filmed here in the Carolinas. Coincidentally, my brother JG worked on all of these shows too. Charlotte is so small to the people that are actually from here.

"Being successful in real estate isn't about the number of homes you can sell. To me, success is about being someone people can trust" - Andrew Taylor

Since 1876, his family has made Charlotte their home. That’s 142 years and five generations of Charlotte knowledge. The video Andrew put together really stood out to me. I want to live in that neighborhood. It made me want to invest in a new home, and I am not even in the market.

The Downey Properties website says: "Buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why our team of highly-seasoned real estate professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of our clients. We take great pride in the relationships we build and always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals."

Some Interesting Facts About Andrew:
- He is a 4th Generation Charlottean.
- He lives in the house his Grandparents bought in 1956 in Cotswold.
- He received a full scholarship to play baseball at Montreat College.
- He has a degree in Public Relations and Marketing from Appalachian State University.
- He can play the harmonica and has played in two bands.
- He likes to take pictures. He has a site called Taylored Prints where he displays his work. He has the Charlotte Landmark series (which I am a huge fan of), as well as Portraits and Profiles, where you might have recently seen some familiar faces.
- His great, Great Grandfather is Clarence O. Kuester, Sr. His house was at the intersection of 7th and College St. where the Levine Museum of the New South stands today. Clarence O. Kuester, Sr. was nicknamed "Booster" Kuester because of his work to help Charlotte grow. As a kid, he used to stand on the side of the railroad tracks with a sign that read 'WATCH CHARLOTTE GROW', which was a popular slogan during the early 1900's.
- His Father, Bob Taylor was a sports anchor at WBTV in the 70's and 80's. He called the games for the Charlotte O's ( 1976-1987 - AA farm team for the Baltimore Orioles - Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray played for this team before they were signed to the big leagues) at Crockett Park, that was located in Historic SouthEnd on Magnolia. It was sadly burned down in the 80s by teenagers.
So, you get the picture...Andrew Taylor knows Charlotte. He knows Cotswold. He is sincere and trustworthy, and sometimes even comical. If I was in the market to buy or sell, Andrew would be who I would call. Are you looking to buy or sell? Then you should reach out to him. Tell him I sent ya.
To learn more about Andrew and Downey Properties, click here
To get a FREE Home Evaluation Click here
Or do it the old fashioned way and pick up the phone and call him: 704-622-1653
Happy house hunting!

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