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Inspiring Conversations with Taylor Slingerland of Slingerland Homes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Slingerland.

Hi Taylor, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I moved to LA from Florida in 2014 after attending film school. I didn’t have a job lined up but knew I wanted to work in production, so I would volunteer my time for experience! Or if I was lucky, I might make $100 for a 14-hour day. Eventually, I kind of fell into the art department and would move from project to project with coworkers who became friends (because we spent all of our time together at work). I began to specialize in props and was able to work on a lot of fun projects over the years, from super bowl commercials to music videos to feature films. Most recently, I served as the assistant prop master on Jordan Peele’s upcoming feature film “Nope” and the Peacock original series “Rutherford Falls.”

When the pandemic hit, the industry shut down and I had a bit of an existential crisis. I was frantically searching for things to do, and I ended up doing what my husband has referred to as a “manic amount of things.” I created a photo series in our old apartment where I shot and processed all film at home, I got my California real estate license, and I began writing stand-up comedy. Today, I’m still practicing real estate and helping first-time home buyers realize their dreams of ownership, and I actually just had my stand-up debut at The Comedy Chateau last week! It was very nerve-racking, but I’m glad could finally perform for an audience and I look forward to doing it again soon.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Life is a struggle. That’s all it is. It would be kind of boring if it wasn’t. Has it been a smooth road? Of course not. But I don’t believe it is for anybody. Even if someone is born with a lot of privilege, that can be a struggle in itself because they may be used to having a certain safety net there to catch them when they fall, and even a safety net can be limiting.

I’ve been incredibly fortunate in many parts of my life, but I’ve also had to deal with a lot of obstacles. I’ve had my own struggles with mental health – depression, anxiety, imposter syndrome. I’ve had loved ones sick with cancer and addiction. I’ve been overworked and burnt out by an industry I moved to LA to be a part of. I’m far from having it all figured out, but I’ve been taking some extra time this year to focus on the basics like eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, connecting with people who lift my spirit. My late father didn’t get serious about work until he turned 40 and would always say he was taking his retirement early, so I’m just trying to make sure I take a beat to enjoy life while I can.

As you know, we’re big fans of Slingerland Homes. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
I had always been interested in real estate, and the pandemic really gave me the time to explore pursuing this as a second career. My father was in sales, so I like to think I inherited some of his savviness, even if I’m working with a different product.

I see so many of my peers overwhelmed by the prospect of home ownership, and I’ve found it incredibly fulfilling to be able to show them that it is more attainable than they’ve been led to believe. The market is competitive, but there are so many creative ways to get involved and begin building equity for the future. I take a lot of pride in bringing people into such a lucrative market. I’m not a hard sale type of guy. Of course, I want to close the deal, but I want to do it because I believe it is the right thing to do. Anyone who is able to stop throwing away their hard-earned money on rent and start building equity absolutely should! It opens up a world of possibilities.

I work with experienced buyers and sellers as well, but I specialize in first-time home buyers. I’m eager and happy to help educate them on the climate, what to expect, and how to get there. If anyone is interested in talking with me about anything real estate, they can call or text me anytime at (954) 591-9633 or email me at taylor.slingerland@equityunion.com.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Staying on theme – one of my favorite memories is when my parents bought their house in Florida. We moved when I was ten years old, and I remember the pride of ownership my parents felt and how it was different from when they were renting a townhouse. We didn’t have a ton of money to hire people for renovations (and my dad liked to do everything himself), so I was always put to work scraping off old wallpaper, sanding the grout between the tile, pressure washing the patio. At the time, maybe it wasn’t the most exciting thing to be doing, but I’m really glad I was able to help and be a part of that.

Another memory I love is my father teaching me how to use his old Nikon film camera. He was an avid photographer and that was a skill he was eager to share with me. I still use that camera to take photos today.

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