The Taylor-Made Real Estate
With a background in the service industry (Houston’s Restaurant on the Plaza), Chad’s real estate career began in October 2004 when the real estate market was a hot seller’s market. Chad has been heard to say that “he thought real estate was his calling because he could put a sign in the yard and it would sell the same day.” This was the case until three short years later when the recession hit the Kansas City housing market. “I quickly learned that either I needed to get really good at what I do or get out of the business altogether,” Chad said. Chad quickly became a student of the market and made it his goal to become the local real estate economist of choice.
“I am so thankful for the lessons that the recession taught me. It taught me how to interpret the market, how to price a home in any market, and most importantly how to set expectations for our sellers to ensure that they have a great experience with our team during their home sale.”
Chad’s favorite testimonial from a past client reads, “If you want a laid-back easy-going agent, Chad Taylor may not be the agent for you.” He is a bottom-line, results focused person who is always focused on providing great service to our clients. It seems that you can take the man out of the service industry, but you cannot take the service industry out of the man.
Chad is married to Leah Taylor, TMT’s lead buyer specialist and they have two awesome boys, Ben and Harry. He grew up fishing with his dad, David Taylor, and now enjoys doing the same with Ben, Harry, and David. Chad enjoys working out at 20/20 CrossFit in Prairie Village and has no other athletic ability except for random bar games like shuffleboard, darts, and the like. Chad and Leah both love to cook and entertain for friends and family. Lastly, Chad is a music nerd and loves nothing more than a great live show.
Since becoming a real estate agent in 2008, Leah has helped hundreds of clients find their dream home with The Taylor-Made Team. She is passionate about ensuring clients find the “right” home for them, in price, size, and location. Her genuine nature and sense of humor put clients at ease, as they know they have put their trust in the right person. Leah has vast experience throughout the KC metro area and has a heart for the “corridor neighborhoods”, such as Prairie Village and Brookside. She advocates tirelessly for her clients’ best interests and won’t stop negotiating until a winning solution has been found. Leah’s ability to communicate effectively on her clients’ behalf puts her on a level above other agents. Her commitment to her clients is the reason she counts so many repeat clients and past client referrals among her business.
Leah is married to The Taylor-Made Team’s Lead Listing Specialist, Chad Taylor. She and Chad have two active and hilarious school-aged sons. Leah is highly involved in the Prairie Elementary community, as well as 20/20 CrossFit. Leah enjoys cooking, fine wines, and traveling any chance she gets.
Director of Operations
Kyla Cauthon has been in the real estate world since 2015 yet she is wise beyond her real estate years. Kyla’s motto of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” describes her work ethic to a tee. She is literally the glue that holds TMT together. She makes sure all I’s are dotted, t’s are crossed, and keeps the team humming. As Director of Operations at TMT she is involved in so many aspects of the business. From getting sellers ready and on the open market, to processing all contracts, to organizing client events, and she somehow keeps all of TMT’s sales force focused and committed to their daily tasks…and that’s NOT easy! Kyla is always level headed and able to keep clam, even in the most stressful times. She remains light hearted and a bit sarcastic, which is always needed at Monday meetings. She truly enjoys being a part of the real estate selling or buying process, loves being able to connect with clients, and keeping in touch with them long after the closing day has come and gone. Kyla is also fantastic at creating and implementing systems. This is a gift that not everyone possesses, and we are so thankful she brought it to TMT! To say Kyla is an asset to our team is an understatement.
Kyla also stays busy outside of work. She and her husband Matt are parents to their amazing daughter Hadley, and 3 black lab fur-babies. Kyla has an extreme passion for animals and more importantly homeless animals. She volunteers, fosters, and is an advocate for Unleashed Pet Rescue. She loves traveling, sports, the dog park, and every minute that she gets to spend with her friends and family. Whether she is out on the town or at an intimate gathering, Kyla is 100% always having fun!
Kelly has a passion for all things real estate related, especially helping people find their dream home. Kelly has a background in sales, fitness, and business ownership before she got into real estate. Helping people become the best version of their physical self is not unlike helping people find their dream home or sell a home. It's a very intimate process that also requires a tremendous amount of trust, strategy, and attention to detail. Kelly enjoys working with both buyers and sellers and has a passion for digging into market trends and analysis. Kelly considers herself a consultant and hopes to provide lasting value to each and every family she helps. She has a bachelors degree in communication and prides herself on the ability to make meaningful connections and the sales skills to negotiate a "win" in the most challenging situations. Kelly joined the Taylor Made team to surround herself with the most experienced & successful realtors in the business and bring that excellence to the families she assists.
Kelly graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a bachelors degree in communications. She's worked in sales her entire professional career and even owned her own fitness studio, Burn Fitness, for several years. Kelly's the proud mother of two school-aged children. Her son plays tennis and is an awesome hip hop dancer while her daughter loves dance and swimming. Kelly's fitness background lends her to the love of exercise including weight training, cycling, and running. She enjoys nothing more than quality time with her friends and family but other hobbies include listening to music, travel, and eating (sometimes cooking) delicious foods.
Client Care/ Transaction Coordinator
Savanna was born and raised in Orange County, California. Her family has a history in real estate, and she grew up learning the ends and outs of the business. Savanna graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. When Savanna’s fiancé was transferred to Kansas City for work, she decided to use the move as an opportunity to turn her passion for real estate into a career! Her background in customer service, attention to detail, and willingness to go the extra mile make her an important part of Taylor-Made team.
As client care/transaction coordinator, Savanna will take you seamlessly from contract to close. She will be your right hand person through the process from inspections, to repairs, to walk throughs and everything in between! Savanna is your go to contact for everything once you’re under contract and her job is to make the process as simple and easy for you as possible!
In her free time, Savanna enjoys spending time with her Fiancé Michael and their two Maltese fur babies Benny and Bella. Savanna also enjoys cooking/baking, doing yoga, volunteering for children’s organizations, and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners during football season! She can’t wait to meet you and is looking forward be a part of your home buying/selling process!
After owning and running a successful insurance business for many years in Little Rock, Arkansas, David (DT) moved to Prairie Village, KS in 2008 to be closer to his kids. David and his wife, Freda Taylor, had been burning up the highway between Little Rock and Kansas City for years and it was time for them to be closer to their two sons, Chad and Jason.
Chad remembers that, “my dad’s clients always loved his patient nature and his attention to detail.” “People just loved him, and they still do.” To this day, the team jokes that David is by far the “favorite Taylor.” Chad reluctantly agrees to the statement.
David performs the very important role of Runner for the Taylor-Made Team. He can be spotted putting real estate signs in the yards of our selling clients, dropping off earnest money deposits, or helping the team prepare for our weekend open houses. That being said, he has also been known to repair door locks, to help a homeowner put their stove back together after cleaning it for an upcoming sale, and to just be a friendly voice reassuring a client that they are in good hands. The team loves him the most because he is often dropping off cookies or other baked goods, we assume to stay in their good graces. At the end of the day, David takes on a lot to keep the team focused on their most important task, finding more families to serve and providing great service to the families that we have already met.
David is most at peace in the outdoors. He is a proficient skeet shooter. He even earned the title of Mini-World 20 gauge skeet champion at one point. So don’t mess with DT! David is often spotted fishing with his grandsons, many times without a fishing pole in his hand but instead making sure that the boys are having a great time.