2018-03-09 / Community News

Father, daughter team up for real estate venture

By Grant McPherson Staff Writer

Kiana Kane and her father, David, purchased the Maine Real Estate Network office at 771 Narragansett Trail in Buxton on Feb. 1. Kiana is a 2013 graduate of Scarborough High School. After deciding college wasn’t the right fit for her, Kiana earned a realtor’s license as a way to begin work in a field she enjoyed. (Grant McPherson photo)Kiana Kane and her father, David, purchased the Maine Real Estate Network office at 771 Narragansett Trail in Buxton on Feb. 1. Kiana is a 2013 graduate of Scarborough High School. After deciding college wasn’t the right fit for her, Kiana earned a realtor’s license as a way to begin work in a field she enjoyed. (Grant McPherson photo)
A Scarborough High School graduate and her father have purchased several properties in Buxton as the father-daughter team prepare to grow their real estate company.

Kiana and David Kane purchased the building at 771 Narragansett Trail in Buxton together and have taken over operations of The Maine Real Estate Network office located there. David had acquired a realtor’s license in the past, but never used it and started a landscaping company 25 years ago in Scarborough instead. Kiana graduated in 2013 and spent a semester at Southern Maine Community College studying child development before she realized it wasn’t the right fit for her.

“After graduating, I thought about opening my own daycare center and I had to be certified so naturally the next step should be taking classes,” she said. “But as I got more into it, I realized it was less about spending time with kids and more about running a business and managing employees, which I was not interested in.”

Kiana’s mother Pam suggested the idea of exploring real estate given the amount of time the two had spent redecorating their own homes over the years.

“I didn’t love school to begin with,” Kiana said. “I did one semester and decided I really don’t want to do this again. With the real estate idea, it was a way to get out and start doing something instead of having to wait.”

The Kane Team, as they have dubbed themselves online and in marketing material, purchased an empty lot next to their Buxton office as well as an apartment unit further down the street. David said he hopes to use his landscaping experience to make the office more visible to the road and welcoming to customers. While he never expected to recertify his license, he said he was happy to join his daughter on a new venture.

“I got my license 30 years ago and never did anything with it,” he said. “My misfortune 30 years ago is her fortune now. I said, ‘I’ll absolutely go back and get my license with you’ and that’s how it started. We felt out a couple different offices and finally found this one in the country.”

David has since ceased operations of his landscaping company.

The office is situated between where David grew up in Gorham and where the family lived in Scarborough and provides a central location to the connections each have made. David and Pam now live in Naples and Kiana lives in Buxton. David knows many individuals in the Scarborough area from owning his own business and many of Kiana’s high school classmates will graduate from college soon and look to either rent or buy their first home. Despite a Maine Real Estate Network office having been at the Buxton location for about 20 years, the first hurdle is spreading the word.

“We need to get noticed and make it known that our company is here,” Kiana said. “People driving by see us and we send out mailers to people showing our property. But many say, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t realize there was a real estate company there.’ People don’t know we’re here.”

David and Pam live in their sixth house and he said Kiana grew up accustomed to looking at houses and redecorating her room. David used to drive through neighborhoods after his children were done with soccer practice to scope out various houses for work and analyze their features.

“I hated it as a kid and now I find myself doing it,” Kiana said. “It seemed to make sense that I ended up doing something with houses since I’ve lived in so many.”

“She knows the difference between vinyl and cedar from doing it with me and my wife,” David said. “She knows the difference between tile and hardwood from decorating with my wife. I’d be gone snowmobiling for the weekend and they’d have redone a whole room with new curtains and everything.”

The father-daughter team has since found a way to utilize both of their skill sets to balance each other out.

“I love working with first-time home buyers who don’t know as much,” Kiana said. “I can guide them through the process and show them how easy it is to become a homeowner and make those things a reality. We have three first-timers now, two under contract.”

“She helps the young people who look at me as an old guy,” David said. “Our relationship spans generations. I help the mum and dads who are older.”

“Older people look at me and think, ‘What do you know, you’re barely 20,’” Kiana said. “He comes in handy with the old part. We work very well as a team. The weaknesses I have he doesn’t and the weaknesses he has I don’t. We balance each other out very well.”

Despite any challenges the two might encounter, Kiana said her relationship with her father allows her to work comfortably in the office.

“We don’t have barriers other teams might have,” she said. “We can communicate more openly with each other and be more honest. I can tell him I don’t like an idea and just do it.”

“She knows I’m the boss,” David said.

“He wishes,” Kiana said.

Staff Writer Grant McPherson can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com

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