Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamar Taylor.
Hi Jamar, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My Real Estate journey has been unique. In 2015, I had a friend, Markus Wheaton, take me to the apartment he was acquiring. He told me that Real Estate investing was the way to go. For so long, I couldn’t wrap my head around investing in Real Estate. From there, I decided to go to a few seminars that the NFLPA puts on for NFL players. I learned from guys like Kofi Nartey, one of the most productive agents in the Los Angeles area. At that point, I knew I wanted to invest. From there, I started to invest in Real Estate. I read countless books and look for more guidance. I reached out to guys like Thac Nguyen and Nick Toon of Retsy. After I tore my ACL at the end of the 2020 season, I took it upon myself to get my license. The reason for this is personal use, but I also wanted to be the bridge to help family and friends alike. I wanted to do what Markus did for me, and that’s open everyone’s eyes to the world of Real Estate.
Today I’m still gearing up to make a return to the NFL. My day-to-day is still to provide clients, friends, and family assistance in investing in Real Estate as an agent for RETSY. I have experience in Investing as a fix and flipper, Developer, and Long/ Short term rentals. I’m the founder of a Nonprofit named “First Chance U Foundation,” where we give back through education, tech, and growth opportunities. I can teach financial literacy and build through real Estate with all students we come in contact with. Something that started as an invite has now turned me into a Real Estate agent/ Investor.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Real Estate has been far from Easy. Football is right along those lines as well. I’ve always had to be the guy to figure it out and work hard. For my first investment, I had to do a complete tenant turnaround. We acquired it amid covid, which was a pain in itself. Eventually, the odds started to turn in our favor. In our second acquisition, we had to add multiple extensions to close. During our first fix and flip, we lost money. It’s all a part of the process. We’ve learned to take baby steps and enjoy the wins on the way. Some of those wins are the learning experience. Eventually, you get on the winning side of things, and business takes off. I’ve had to fire contractors and managers to set the “standard.” From an agent perspective, though, Real Estate agent its been fun. I love the look on clients’ faces when we set them up for success. I’m still learning the ropes, but Arizona is not a hard place to sell. It’s about going to bat for your clients and getting them everything they need in a home.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I think the thing I’m most proud of is not being an Agent/ Investor. My greatest accomplishment besides being a dad and a husband is my nonprofit. As I mentioned, “Jamar Taylor’s First Chance U” is something I’m proud of. My best friend and I started FCU after doing various football camps and Holiday drives. We are now forming one of the most consistent Nonprofits in San Diego county. We’ve expanded to Arizona recently, and now we can help more kids than just SD county. We host different events throughout the year. In Q2, it’s primarily high school scholarships and beauty makeovers for young ladies going to prom. In Q3, we get into football a bit. We also host a life skills seminar that teaches 10-15 students how to build their resumes, financial literacy, cooking, and SAT prep. Q4, we sponsor 5-6 families throughout the holidays. We buy their groceries and provide holiday gifts until Q2 of the following year. This upcoming year we are adding a GALA and Golf tournament. It’s going to be a great year for giving!
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up in San Diego, I was the youngest of four older cousins. I was the most senior of two in my household. I used to care for my brother while my parents worked, so I had to mature early. I spent most of my life trying to beat my cousins at everything. We had a competitive household. Growing up, I knew I would be in the NFL, and I was the kid who always wanted to play football after school. With the help of many, I could accomplish that dream. My dad ran a few businesses, so I’ve always watched the dos and don’ts from afar. My mother was a nurse and pre-school teacher. My parents taught me not only to value people but also the value of working hard. My parents worked their tails off to help me and my brother follow our dreams. I’m forever grateful for them and their sacrifices.
Watching my parents is the reason I like to help others. My mom, as a nurse and a teacher, was always helping those around her. So I’ve always been a guy to reach my hand out to help others. Whether coaching someone in football or real Estate, I genuinely like helping others!
- Website: https://www.jamartaylorestates.com/ & https://www.firstchanceufoundation.com/
- Instagram: jamartaylor_sd & Jamartaylor_retsy