AGENT SPOTLIGHT: Kayleigh Andersen1/14/2021
I was born in Syracuse and was raised on the north side of Oneida lake. I studied at St. Lawrence University, earning a degree in Anthropology with a minor in Biology and was accepted to graduate school at Syracuse University where I received a Masters degree in Forensic Science with a special focus and certification in Crime Scene Investigation. I was able to intern at the Onondaga County Medical Examiners office for a summer and had hopes of entering my field. Unfortunately, I was unable to land my dream job, but I was able to be fortunate enough to work at the Onondaga County Justice Center as a medical records clerk and medical assistant for 3 years.
I had my first daughter at 26 and my entire life changed. Amelia was born with bilateral vocal cord paralysis and required medical assistance since her birth. During this time and dealing with medical professionals, I decided I did not like their course of treatment and requested a second opinion. I was able to secure her medical services in Cincinnati Ohio at Rady Children’s hospital and I followed my daughter there and stayed there for 3 months. While all of this was happening, my relationship with her father fell apart and eventually I obtained full custody of her. Amelia had a tracheostomy placed and required special services including physical therapy and speech therapy. I went from a kid who knew all about the medical field to having to use specific skills to keep my child alive on a daily basis.
I met and fell in love with my now husband who is Vice President of construction services at C&S Companies here in syracuse. When we had first starting dating, he was only a Project Manager but had already committed to moving to San Diego, California that same year. In the course of 6 months we dated, he took on the role as Amelia’s father, went to all her appointments, and eventually traveled 9 hours one way each weekend from syracuse to Cincinnati to be with Amelia and I for her tracheostomy removal surgery which required us to stay in Cincinnati for a month. He asked me to marry him in Cincinnati on his last visit and I said yes!
We moved to San Diego in October 2017. From dating to engaged in 6 months and moving across the country in 8! Seems crazy looking back on it now, but Tim has always been on my corner and pushing me to be my best self. Once in San Diego I immediately noticed how insane the real estate market was. Everywhere you looked there were real estate offices and I felt a pull towards that.
I enrolled in online classes and started studying while also finding out I was pregnant with my second daughter. Between doctor appointments and studying, I was able to complete my courses within a few months. All the while I began visiting with my future brokerage at Keller Williams. I attended lectures and took their courses all before I was even a realtor. I was eager to get this career path started. May 4th, 2018 I was finally a realtor and joined one of the top producing teams in San Diego. I learned an immense amount of knowledge from this specific team but felt a little off. I had my daughter in July and that’s when things got worse. I was the only girl in an all male team and was faced with difficulties of maintaining my family duties and living up to their expectations. I made the switch from not only the team, but brokerages.
I switched to Big Block Realty and a Wife-Wife team. The atmosphere was mom and pop local and everyone came from a place of help. It was with my second team that I gained the most knowledge and understanding of the real estate market.
I loved meeting people, hearing their story, and getting them into a home they would love. After 2.5 years of being in San Diego, Tim was offered his current position back home in syracuse and we couldn’t resist. The downfall was that I had to retake the real estate exam again!
Since being back it’s been a huge eye opener. San Diego was beautiful and fun, but it wasn’t realistic and it never felt like home. We moved back and purchased our first home (a fixer-upper) just 3 houses down from my in-laws. We now have the luxury of being with our family all the time, and that makes all the difference.