Jen is the co-founder and broker of Taylor Allen Properties. After a successful career working for such companies as NBI Properties, Coldwell Banker and SunTrust Mortgage, Jen joined forces with her husband and business partner Chad to create a boutique commercial and residential real estate company centered on the core principle of integrity. A native of the Emerald Coast, Jen earned her degree in psychology from the University of West Florida.
“Jen is a true professional who is prompt, attentive and a real pleasure to work with.” Mary Anne Windes
CCIM, CRB, CRS, GRI, RRS, e-PRO
Real Estate Professionals of Destin, Inc.
Q&A with Jen
Q: What is your favorite local spot? A: Lapaz in Destin. It is like second home. I worked there through college, so it’s a nostalgic place for me.
Q: What is your most amazing travel destination to date? A: Italy. I hope to go back one day and show my husband and son all that I experienced. Charleston would be my favorite weekend getaway – amazing food town!
Q: What is your idea of a perfect day? A: A morning run with friends, followed by something fun outside to entertain my son and I followed by a nice dinner with friends.
Q: Do you have a life motto? A: I think I mostly try to do what I say I’m going to do. My Grandmother always said, “All you have is your word.” And it stuck.
Q: Why real estate? A: As a modern mom, a career in real estate has been a great way to balance work and life, and I love the juggle of it all… wife, mother, community volunteer, and entrepreneur. The industry keeps me on my toes and I love helping others navigate their investment needs.
Chad Knaepple, CCIM, is the co-founder, Executive Director and lead commercial agent of Taylor Allen Properties. The CCIM designation is considered the most rigorous commercial real estate professional designation to obtain due to extensive coursework, a peer-reviewed commercial portfolio, and a final comprehensive exam lasting six hours. Five years is average time to complete the CCIM designation requirements; however, Knaepple accomplished this in a record eight months. With over a decade of industry experience, Chad discovered his passion for real estate during his span in residential sales with Linda Watson Realty. From there, he transitioned to commercial sales at NBI Properties where he thrived for over three years as a top producing agent. In 2013, Chad felt the timing was right and teamed up with his wife and business partner Jen to establish Taylor Allen Properties. Chad specializes in all aspects of commercial from sales to leasing. A longtime resident of the Emerald Coast, Chad studied architecture at Louisiana State University before the Gulf of Mexico once again called him home. In 2016, Chad was elected as the Commercial Director for the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors where he currently serves as the Vice-Chair to the Commercial Committee. He was also recognized by his Peers as the “Commercial Realtor of the Year”.
“Chad successfully worked with the seller, banker, creditors and the purchaser to make sure the purchase was a smooth transaction. He’s knowledgeable about the local market, hardworking and honest. I will continue to work with Chad and Jen throughout the Northwest Florida market.” Ryan Buckley
Hart Lyman Companies LLC
Q&A with Chad
Q: What is your favorite local spot? A: Anywhere on a boat or on the beach, preferably at sunset.
Q: What is your most amazing travel destination to date? A: There are many, but if I had to choose one place it’s Chacala, Mexico. It’s a quiet little town on the Pacific Coast that has amazing surf, wonderful local food and is a great place to relax.
Q: What is your idea of a perfect day? A: Anything that involves my family, a few friends, our sailboat and clear skies.
Q: Do you have a life motto? A: “There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.” – Tom Peters
Q: Why real estate? A: I love my job. I love the thrill of negotiating a good deal for my customers. Real estate is ever-changing and I feel lucky to be able to do what I do.
GordonMacLean|CCIM, Director – Multifamily Investments
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. MacLean relocated to Fort Walton Beach, FL in the mid-1980’s in support of his family’s development ventures along Okaloosa Island. His first assignment in real estate included policing the parking lot and cleaning commercial pools at beach front condo’s at age 13. Under the direct supervision of senior family members, he began in the business on the bottom floor. The completed condo projects in the area include The Breakers and Island Echo’s on Okaloosa Island.
Throughout his 23 year real estate career, Mr. MacLean has advised his investor clients, including REO/mortgage companies, on wholesale acquisitions, portfolio management and retail dispositions for their respective real estate portfolios.
Mr. MacLean currently serves as the Director of multifamily investments for Taylor Allen Properties, LLC, a boutique commercial real estate firm located in Destin, FL. As a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Designee, he has considerable experience with multifamily investment transactions, both as an owner/operator of a local portfolio and representing Sellers/Buyers of this asset class.
An industry professional for nearly two decades, Brett Stuart brings a wealth of commercial real estate expertise to Taylor Allen Properties. Brett’s portfolio of services includes multiple market planning, site selection, tenant and landlord representation, real estate portfolio disposition and lease negotiation.
Brett is a graduate of the University of West Florida and longtime area resident. Most recently, he served as the Director of Commercial Sales & Leasing at REI. During his tenure there, he successfully completed thousands of transactions along the Emerald Coast. Brett is dedicated to customer service and takes pride in ensuring all parties are treated fairly and with the utmost respect.
Brett’s tremendous market knowledge and area expertise allow him to assist customers through complex business decisions. He strives to provide unique solutions for each client’s goals and objectives. He specializes in all categories of commercial properties including office, retail, light industrial, income producing, vacant land, mixed use, single family, multi-family and assisted living. Brett has extensive national tenant and broker relationships along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast.
Brett’s acute business acumen coupled with his commitment to nurturing long lasting relationships has led to a proven track record of success in commercial real estate.
Jim is a licensed realtor at Taylor Allen Properties. Jim brings with him over 40 years of business savvy as an established retailer and entrepreneur along the Emerald Coast. A former Naval Aviator in the United States Navy, Jim’s career success stems from his passion for business management, financial analysis and valuation, lease negotiation, and property acquisition. Jim acquired his BA in History and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides in Destin with his wife Courtney and son Jake.
“Having Worked with Mr. Jim Ball on many signage projects for his various businesses, I have found his conscientious integrity to be exemplary and is the main reason I have engaged him and Taylor/Allen Properties to handle many of my real estate properties and transactions.” John K. Himes
Himes Signs Corp/ Himes Enterprises
Q&A with Jim
Q: What is your favorite local spot?
A: Indian Bayou Country Club where I can be found striving to improve my game while taking a few bucks off my golf mates!
Q: What is your most amazing travel destination to date?
A: Growing up as a “CIA brat” and then spending five years as a Naval Aviator, I have had the good fortune of ringing the world twice, and yet at the end of the day there’s still no place like home. I’m looking forward to our upcoming trip to Australia, where I have not been, to visit my oldest son Matt and his beautiful Aussie wife Steffanie.
Q: What is your idea of a perfect day?
A: A warm and sunny day at Indian Bayou Country Club shooting a round in the low 70’s, capped off with an enjoyable dinner at home with family and friends.
Q: Do you have a life motto?
A:I have always appreciated a good adage or motto, and one of my favorites is: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Q: Why real estate?
A:I have always valued real estate as an excellent medium for earning and maintaining wealth. It is an investment vehicle that appreciates with time and benefits from a financial leverage that is not inherent in other forms of investment. I like to help to put deals together that involve the acquisition of real estate and businesses.