Kyle Footman, a 25-year-old Tallahassee native and a recent Florida A&M University graduate, is making his mark on the city’s real estate industry.
Footman, a public relations major, has always had an entrepreneurial bent.
Footman recalls working long days alongside his father in sweltering Tallahassee heat, laying down concrete for the family business.
“When I started working for my dad, I was really young, and I knew I did not want to do concrete work. I mostly did it in the summer, so it’s a very labor-intensive job. That’s not me,” Footman said. “I would start paying attention to my surroundings and see builders and realtors coming to my job site, getting out of nice cars wearing nice clothes. As I got older I started doing research and found they were working smarter, not harder.”
Motivated by the “working smarter, not harder” mentality, Footman began his journey in real estate by taking courses.
Passing the course with flying colors, Footman was faced with taking the Florida real estate licensing exams. With little to no nerves, he took the exams and was met with defeat, scoring only a 60.
“When I failed, I kinda said, ‘I’m done with real estate.’ It wasn’t until my mom reminded me that I’m not the type to quit,” Footman said.
He began studying rigorously. As a result, Footman was able to successfully earn his state license.
Hitting the ground running, Footman has already sold several millions of dollars’ worth of homes during his five years practicing.
Working tirelessly in the Tallahassee area, it came as no surprise when Footman was named a top 15% seller by the real estate search portal platform Homesnap.
“Winning that award, I was very happy because for me, I’m just working,” Footman said. “I’m just doing the work. I’m not looking for any awards. I’m not looking for trophies. So when I do get the recognition, it’s like ‘Oh, that’s nice.’ People are recognizing the work that I’m doing.’”
It should come as no surprise that Footman has received great reviews from his clients.
“Kyle was detail oriented and was always prepared and one step ahead. Not once did we have a problem reaching Kyle. He was always available and would get back to us in a timely manner. I could not recommend Kyle enough. He was dedicated to giving us the best experience, and I am so thankful for all his hard work,” Yessica Golemme wrote.
With no plans to slow down, Footman has set his sights to new heights.
“The world is mine,” he said. “In the next few years, I want to have my own brokerage in Tallahassee. Black-owned brokerages are scarce in the city, but I want to change that. After that, I want to open one in major cities like Atlanta and maybe Houston.”