No Pre-Approval? No Showings. Period.

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

That sounds so harsh doesn't it?  I (Jared) said that in the nicest way possible, I promise.  

The first six months of my career I would show homes to anybody that wanted to see them.  I thought that was my job since I am a Realtor®.  Plus it made the sellers happy to have showings right?  


Well, the sellers were happy to have showings, but once they found out the buyer wasn't pre-approved and ready to buy, they weren't happy.  At all.  Boy did I hear about it too.  

Imagine being the seller in that situation.  They get excited to have a showing, do all the little details to make the house spotless so it shows well, and then they find out the buyer isn't even close to being ready to buy.  

Not cool. 

I have heard some Realtors® say that they will show one or two homes before making their buyer get pre-approved.  

Not this guy.  Selling real estate is a serious and full time business to me, not a hobby that I do just for fun on the weekends.  I value my time.  Once a buyer gets the pre-approval, they will get my full attention and as much of my time and efforts as they need.  

If you are considering buying a home in the Fort Wayne area and you would like us to help you with this, please don't be offended when we require you to get a pre-approval first.  We hope that after reading this you have a better understanding of why we do.  

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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, or




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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

I hear you Jared and am on the same page.  Before I show homes I want to know my buyers have been pre-appreoved and if not I get them in front of a good Leander ASAP.  Then we hit the house hunt trail!

Feb 02, 2012 03:12 AM #1
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

I think you are very wise to not show before a pre-approval.

Feb 02, 2012 03:12 AM #2
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jared, It's our way of sorting out the lookey-loos from the serious buyers.  When we email back to that "I want to see your listing" contact form asking if a) they're working with an agent and b) have they been preapproved...the serious ones come right back, the rest get silent....and that's just fine.

Feb 02, 2012 03:20 AM #3
Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

For me, unless a buyer has talked to a lender and gotten everything lined up, I don't even start doing research.  The exceptions to that are qualified referrals who I know have the approval in process or will call soon.  Those folks I'll get started with.


Feb 02, 2012 09:26 AM #4
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thanks for the comments everybody.  I believe we are all in agreement here.  As much as fun as I have showings homes, it just doesn't make sense to show them to anybody that can't buy them.  Period.  

Feb 02, 2012 10:44 AM #5
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Thanks for setting the standard.  I can not tell you how many people call to see homes and haven't started the pre-approval process.

Feb 03, 2012 10:51 AM #6
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

since day one this has been our policy. Even for cash buyers -> letter from the bank confirming funds available for list price.

people with money or good credit do not hesitate.

btw Jarod & Amanda, If you are attending CRS class in May in FT Wayne  let me know - I may attend the networking event associated with it and would love to meet you both!




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