Local Dwellings was started by Taylor Bergen in the summer of 2019 to better assist the community with all housing needs; renting, buying, selling, and investment.
Local Dwellings believes that individuals, empowered by community, can positively impact their neighborhood through ownership, investment and improvement. We aim to make the housing experience as stress free as possible, through experience, patience, understanding, and problem solving.
Housing is the bedrock of an individual’s daily life and the foundation for financial solvency! Let us help you today on the path to your housing needs!
I grew up in Northern Wisconsin, in a town of eighty-five year-round residents called Ellison Bay. Growing up in a small town had its challenges, but it really taught me the value of community, and what having a good relationship with the people around you can do for your family and your community. Since my town was on Lake Michigan, we enjoyed a very busy summer season with lots of visiting tourists from out of state. My parents used that to their advantage and kept me out of trouble by having me work at local restaurants starting at age fourteen. Those experiences taught me the value of hard work that has stayed with me today and allowed me to save money for College.
After graduating High School, I attended Luther College in Decorah, IA. Luther gave me so many great opportunities like a trip to Namibia and South Africa, lifelong friends, and tools to be successful professionally. It also introduced me to one of my favorite hobbies, Ultimate Frisbee, which remains my favorite way to stay in shape. I graduated with a degree in Music, and particularly studied Ethnomusicology, or the way a society produces and values music.
After graduation, I moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since that time, I’ve worked for two area non-profits, started a non-profit myself, bought a house, rescued three cats and fostered eight and met my wife, Courtney. Eastern Iowa is my home, and I think it’s one of the best places in the country to live and a great place to find your future.
Real Estate has been a passion and dream of mine even before I got my license. I love fixing up my one-hundred-year-old home, and I love the great opportunities for ownership that our city provides. Home ownership is the cornerstone of individual prosperity, and a pillar of the American Dream and I’d love to help you throughout the process. In my time in the business, I’ve enjoyed being honored as the 2018 Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors “Rookie of the Year” as well as my companies award by the same name. In 2019, I started Local Dwellings, to better serve the Eastern Iowa community with everything housing related from buying and selling, to renting and investing. I’m determined to help as many people as I can!
I was born and raised in the Cedar Rapids area and have built my life here. I love this community and the opportunities it brings. While the Cedar Rapids area might have a small-town feel, we have a diverse culture and our city touches the lives of many around the world. It’s a place that I never want to leave!
While I had a traditional education up through grade school, I had the opportunity to Home School through high school and take some technology focused programs through Kirkwood Community College. My off the beaten path education really allowed me to become more involved in the community. I truly believe that eastern Iowa is the best place to live and that it has some of the greatest opportunities to give back not only locally, but globally. I have volunteered for a global mission for girls started right in Marion, called BRIGHT Lights, as well as prepped decommissioned Rockwell laptops that were sent to the middle east for women learn IT skills with the REACT center, and have been a part of a summer camp for orphans with Bring Me Hope in China!
Prior to realizing my long-held aspiration of becoming a Realtor, I worked at one of the top web hosting companies in the world as an Online Business Consultant. There, I aided in the website creation and management process and assisted our clients in tightening down security and properly marketing themselves. I like to think that this experience has helped me navigate the home marketing and buying process as I have a quick grasp on what channels are the best and fastest method to bring results.
My heart is rooted here with the people of Eastern Iowa and serving them to the best of my ability. Please contact me anytime with any questions. I am always happy to meet a new friend or help a new person find their home!