I'm Glad We Started When The Real Estate Market Sucked.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

I was having a very interesting conversation yesterday with an agent that has been selling real estate for a lot longer than I have.

She was telling me about the good ole days.  You know, the days when:

You would list a house in the morning and have a SOLD sign on it by that afternoon after multiple offers. 

Anybody with a pulse could get a mortgage.

Appraisals weren't an issue. 

The phones in the office were always ringing off the hook with more and more buyers.  

Sellers could pay for the buyer's down payment!

As she was telling me all of these amazing stories, I tilted my head to the right and started daydreaming about how great that would be.  No appraisal issues?  Homes selling like hotcakes?  Just sitting on my butt and getting a ton of calls??  



(Except for the buyers buying what they can't afford.  That's never cool.)


Then I had a realization.  I'm glad Amanda and I started selling real estate in Fort Wayne when the market SUCKED.  We started with RE/MAX Home Connection back in January of 2009.  A lot of local agents were starting to get out of the business because of how tough things were.  Many called us crazy for starting when the market was in the toilet.  They were right.  We were crazy.  Still are.

If we started when it was easy we would probably be out of the business too.  Instead we made up our minds that we were going to succeed in a down market, no matter what.

Don't get me wrong, we don't sell eleventy billion dollars a year.  You aren't going to see a picture of us in the Realtor® magazine anytime soon...  but we have succeeded in a down market.  For that we are thankful.  

That's my thought for the day.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.


Jared Christiansen is a business partner and in charge of marketing and taking care of things behind the scene.


Enough about us...


Tell us what you want your real estate experience to be, and we will do it YOUR way.


Buying a home in Fort Wayne? Tell us your wants and needs. Let us know how you envision your family living.  Tell us what's important to YOU, and we'll find the community and home that fits.  


Selling your home in Fort Wayne?  Our job is to make you the most money possible in the shortest amount of time. We offer our sellers professional staging, professional photography, and more internet marketing than most. 


We are committed to giving you everything we have to offer.  We are both full time agents and will work around your schedule.  Do nights and weekends work better for you?  NO PROBLEM. We are here to help YOU at YOUR convenience.


Amanda can be reached at 260-704-0843, and Jared can be reached at 260-704-0842, or you can email us at JaredChristiansen@gmail.com, or Amanda427@gmail.com.




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Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

Jared - Those that survive in a down market are cultivating a THRIVE mode for the rebound and growth this IS coming.  The down market helps to clean out the membership rolls filled with hobbyists.  And, not to mention how many new tools we use for our professiona today.  The consumers have changed and the market has changed.  You and your business is prepared & there waiting for the next client!

Jan 24, 2012 04:00 AM #1
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Me too, Jared, me too. I'm looking forward to this year more than any other, just because I have survived, and I jumped in right when the market started tanking.

Jan 24, 2012 04:56 AM #2
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I am so happy for you.  You are doing alot better than most.  YOU the MAN.

Jan 24, 2012 05:10 AM #3
Jark Krysinski *PREC (Personal Real Estate Corporation)

Wow, my dear friend, I have to say this article is one of my favorite articles that I ever read. The worlds are knowledgable, the picture is vivid, and you add a vedio in. That's great! 

Best wishes to your team!

Jan 24, 2012 05:41 AM #4
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I started at the beginning of the down turn, and I have always felt that if we can make it now, we are doing something right.

Jan 24, 2012 08:10 AM #5
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I started the same exact day that the market peaked. Got to ride this whole market all the way down. And I couldn't be happier!! I see all the agents just waiting for the market to "come back," and hear the comments like "I can't wait until things are the way they used to be again." Guess what, peeps. It's never coming back! Jared and I (and maybe a few others) will rule the real estate world! Or just our little parts of it.

Jan 24, 2012 12:19 PM #6
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I know when I jumped into Loan Originations (December 2006) I was told by a lot of people it was a bad idea because the marketing was already headed in the wrong direction. And yes, rates were not fantastic at the time (I think we were closing loans at 6.5%... not including subprime loans (which I did ZERO)). Because of the timing (like you) I had to learn the ins and outs of the business and figure out what would work best for me. Nothing was fed to me. You have to create the business and a name for yourself.

Jan 24, 2012 02:35 PM #7
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thanks for stopping by folks!  If we can succeed right now, imagine how great it's going to be when things turn around?  Yee haw!!

Jan 25, 2012 04:57 AM #8
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've been on this ride for a while.  This July will be 20 years.  This by far is the longest downward trend.  But I had learned about saving for a rainy day in the 90s down turn.  Remember back when the tech market went pllllllllllt, well so did housing.  But I agree if you can be successful in this market, you can be successful in any market.

Jan 25, 2012 06:07 AM #9
An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

The market was wonderful here when I started..  but not quite as good as the  criteria for a good market in your blog post.  It sounds like you are really thriving in spite of this current downturn.. Way to go!

Jan 26, 2012 06:44 AM #10
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Jared, I know too many agents that did not know how to function when the market turned, walking around in disbelief that the good ole days were gone, wondering where their next lead was coming from, or worse yet their next sale. The catalyst for me will always be that I took the e-pro course which helped me (an oldie in the biz) not only survive but thrive in this down market. And a special shout to Nancy Golliday, who designed my website and was the one who told me I HAD to get on AR! Have a great weekend. It's starting to snow here and stick :(

Jan 27, 2012 12:15 AM #11
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Starting when you did made you a tougher, smarter agent and you didn't even realize it was happening!  Your clients love you and you have had great success in such a short time.  What would we do without you?????

Jan 28, 2012 09:00 AM #12
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Excellent and suggested.  I've rode out the good, bad and ugly and still keep learning daily!  Enjoy the ride my friends.

Jan 29, 2012 05:04 AM #13
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