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Realtor Taylor Wade's recipe for success lands her in Rehoboth Beach

October 7, 2017
Taylor Wade makes her living in the world of residential real estate, but she's also a professionally trained pastry chef who once took home a first-place prize in the annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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.

That recipe, or blueprint, if you will, was once dominated by cakes and pies and chocolate chip cookies and other delicacies that consumed nearly her every waking moment. The kitchen was 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.

She hasn't hung up her apron entirely, still helping her Aunt Kathy at Pasqualini'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," said Wade. Today she is 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 Pasqualini's. It'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," said Wade. "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, when she was a grade-school student.

She whipped up a batch of homemade brownies, topped them with whipped crème and strawberries, and added her own personal pièce de résistance,  a mouthwatering homemade chocolate sauce.

With her new creation in tow, she 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 said. "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 2016, three months after beginning work with the Oldfather Group.

Today, she's 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," said 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."

The Oldfather Group was founded in 2004 and specializes in real estate sales throughout coastal Delaware, including Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island, as well as the coastal Maryland towns of Ocean City and Berlin, and now northern New Castle County and parts of eastern Pennsylvania.