Now more than a year into her career with one of southern Delaware’s largest and most successful real estate firms, Taylor Wade has finally found her life’s passion.
It took awhile, but she knew it when she found it.
And she certainly hasn’t looked back, though her days haven’t always been filled with marketing strategies and sales tactics for the thriving coastal Delaware real estate market.
No, her “recipe for success” used to be just that – a recipe. Truth be told, it was dozens and dozens of them, in the most literal definition of the word.
That recipe, or blueprint, if you will, was once dominated by cakes and pies and chocolate chip cookies and other delicacies that consumed her nearly every waking moment.
It was the kitchen where she most wanted to be, where she spent the majority of her time for several years. That is, until the world of real estate came calling a couple of years ago.
And while that has developed into her passion, she hasn’t hung up her apron entirely, still helping her Aunt Kathy at Pasquilini’s Bakery in downtown Rehoboth whenever she’s needed and available.
“When I was in grade school, I’d go with my aunt to the bakery and help her out and I found it was something I really enjoyed,” admits Wade, today a Realtor and marketing director with the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty. “I’m still able to help out now when I’m needed and it’s great to be able to do that.”
While Wade and her Aunt Kathy are the true bakers in the group, there’s also an extended family tradition that takes place every Thanksgiving Weekend at Pasquilini’s.
It’s one that’s been going on for nearly two decades now.
“We basically just spend three days baking thousands of cookies and listening to Christmas music as a family,” Wade says. “We’ve been doing this for nearly 20 years and will probably continue doing it for many more.”
Wade attended culinary school after leaving New Castle County and has enjoyed baking for as long as she can remember. But the day she realized it was something she had a talent for can be traced back to a cold winter afternoon in Rehoboth many years ago.
That was when she whipped up a batch of homemade brownies, topped them with whipped crème and strawberries and added her own personal pièce de résistance, namely a mouth watering homemade chocolate sauce.
With her new creation in tow, the then grade school student wowed the judges at the annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival that year, taking home the grand prize for the children’s division.
She even won a bike for her efforts.
“I just thought that was the coolest thing ever and I was super excited about it,” she remembers. “Baking has always been something I’ve enjoyed, but to know that others also thought I was good at it was definitely a nice feeling.
“Even today, I love baking, but it’s not something I want to do every single day. I learned later that real estate is my passion, and that’s where I want to be and what I want to do.”
Born and raised in Wilmington, Wade moved to the beach in 2001 and obtained her real estate license in April of 2016, three months after beginning work with the Oldfather Group.
Today, she’s classified as a buyer’s agent/marketing director and works out of the firm’s Rehoboth Beach office.
“In her current role, Taylor blends charm and enthusiasm with a dynamic skill set,” says Dustin Oldfather, chief executive of the Oldfather Group. “She has a deep sincerity and care for her clients that is rarely found. Taylor is a rising star in our business.”