It's easy to become a Realtor. It's hard to become a good one...

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

Steve called me one day and asked if I would consider taking him on my real estate team and mentoring him.  He's a pretty popular guy around town and knows a lot of people.  Oh, and he's super nice.  

I laid out my expectations and told him what he could expect from me and our Century 21 Bradley office here in Fort Wayne.  

We agreed to terms, and off he went to get his real estate license.  

Realtors in Fort Wayne Century 219 days later he called me back and told me he was ready to go.  

I laughed because I thought he was joking.  

He wasn't.  

He found a place online that had an accelerated real estate course.  He signed up and devoured the course, and then passed his test.  

So...  9 days after he decided to become a Realtor, he became one.  He had his real estate license.  He was now able to help someone with the largest financial decision of their lives.  

But he sure wasn't ready to.  

His training lasted a few months before he decided that real estate wasn't quite his passion.  Actually, it wasn't even close.  I'm happy he knew this so early on.  

When I train someone, I'm tough on them.  I tell them the reality of what we do, and how it's easily the toughest career I've ever had.  I beat them up a little bit...  

Nothing against Steve at all.  

He found his passion and is now able to focus on his creative side, which is his strength.  He's doing quite well where he is, and I couldn't be happier for him.

What's the point of all of this?  

It's simple.  

Almost anyone can become a Realtor.  If you have common sense and can study a bit, you're in!  

But it's really hard to become a good Realtor.  

Some folks think we just open doors and collect checks.  

If only it were that easy.  

They don't see the constant learning and studying we do.

They don't see the stressful evenings with stressed out clients.  

They don't see the hours and hours of preparation it takes.  

They don't see the counselor or the teacher in us.  

They don't see the concerned parents of the younger buyers we deal with.  

They don't see the money we spend on gas, the miles we put on our vehicles, or the daily wrinkles that pop up under our eyes.  

I'm not complaining.  I love what I do.  My career choice has given me all types of freedom, but it came with a price.  Amanda and I struggled mightily in the first few years of our careers.  But we stuck it out and here we are enjoying the benefits.  To say we are thankful is an understatement.  





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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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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Amanda and Jared, I can't add anything to your blog, but I could underline, CAPITALIZE and make bold most of the things you mentioned.  Great blog.  "Suggested". Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mar 16, 2014 11:36 PM #25
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Amanda and Jared, people don't really see what goes on behind the scenes. They think you show a house and get a big paycheck. When I taught the principles class I always started out asking why they want to get into this business. The majority of the answers were so we can work when we want to and make a lot of money. After getting licensed reality sets in and a lot of them find out how hard it really is to be an agent and end up quitting.

Mar 16, 2014 11:37 PM #26
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Jared, suggested. You couldn't have written this post any better. SPOT ON. The reality of what it takes to be a good Realtor is a harsh one and most can't cut it. I hear it frequently when people make comments that I have it made. Anyone that makes it in real estate busted their butt to do so and it takes commitment everyday to remain on top of your game. 

Mar 16, 2014 11:42 PM #27
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It does take much more than getting a license. Learning happens every day and for your friend Steve, it is smart he realized his passion did not rest in real estate at the very start.

Mar 17, 2014 12:14 AM #28
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

I agree with you. I see so many part-timing it these days. What you do is hard work if you want to be successful My hat is tipped!

Mar 17, 2014 12:31 AM #29
Jim Sinnott
Bedard Realty - North Attleboro, MA
Realtor, GRI Licensed in MA and RI

Great post. So many people think that being a Realtor is easy but they don't see how difficult and stressful it can be until they are in the house buying or house selling process themselves.

Mar 17, 2014 12:41 AM #30
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Amanda and Jared- My cousin decided to become and agent about 6 months ago- she called and asked for tons of advice - which I happy shared.  Current day- she has made the comment that it is a lot harder than she thought...  lol.  Yes it is!!! 

Mar 17, 2014 02:26 AM #31
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Jared:  Your post touches upon so many important elements of our industry and professions.  Unbelievably insightful and well done!  There are so many out there with licenses legally able to perform the duties of our professions.  Unfortunately, not so many that are really superior at them ...


Mar 17, 2014 02:33 AM #32
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

9 days to get a real estate license? Holy cow. I don't think the Bureau of Real Estate in Sacramento can even open its mail in that amount of time much less process an application for a real estate license.

Mar 17, 2014 03:16 AM #33
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Jared~ Great post! We've been approached by a few people who were thinking of getting their license, but they weren't sure what was involved. They are often very surprised by the amount of education required. The big thing I like to explain is that they need to be self motivated and driven to be successful.

Mar 17, 2014 04:04 AM #34
Shaffer Realty
Virginia Beach, VA
Professional. Ethical. Caring.

I loved this!  This industry is so hard on people, and people need to be honest with themselves about their weaknesses and strengths - and whether or not this is the right fit.

Mar 17, 2014 07:13 AM #35
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

The general public seems to think this is an easy business.  A good Realtor has a wealth of knowledge and is a great resource.

Mar 17, 2014 08:13 AM #36
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

9 days?  No wonder this industry has such a high-standard {ROLLING EYES}.  Be a drill sergeant Jared.  Someone has got to learn 'em!

Mar 17, 2014 08:25 AM #37
Brian Clinger
Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt - Cascade, MI
Brian Clinger ABR, GRI, CRS, SRES

Wow, I just saw another post about a 15 minute open house, however that actually made some sense.  You have a great point.   I do think it is too easy to become a Realtor and a lot of hard work and hours to become a good one.

Mar 17, 2014 10:10 AM #38
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Fortunately he discovered quickly that our business was not right for him. Seems some others have never made that discovery.

You make a really good point throughout. Even the most rigid educational and testing process will not necessarily create a really good REALTOR. It takes time, experience, and commitment, among other qualities. I also think you really have to have the right attitude about what our business entails and the people you work with.


Mar 17, 2014 01:43 PM #39
Calvin Neely
FLI Properties - Lagrange, GA
Let's get you moving!

I read a comment the other day that said a real estate agent is the hardest high paying job and the easiest low paying job.  I guess that makes sense.  You get out of it what you are willing to put into it.

Mar 18, 2014 12:40 AM #40
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Not everyone is cut out for this industry.  It's very hard to stay on top of all the details, let alone be "CEO" of your own business.  It's good he figured out he's not cut out for this industry.  What's really scary is that it only took 9 days to get licensed. Ouch!

Mar 18, 2014 02:39 AM #41
Jack O'Neal
HomeSmart Elite Group - Gilbert, AZ

Wow, 9 days. That's scary. Thinking someone as inexperienced could be helping your loved ones make a huge life decision, that truly worries me. 

Mar 18, 2014 04:07 PM #42
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

After beeing around for 28 years, I often wonder if the bar to entry for Realtors should be a little bit higher. There is so much to learn. 

Mar 18, 2014 07:51 PM #43
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

What you were put on the Earth to do for a living, different set of skills we all possess and the reality of the timing of what is out there to jump into... or grow into slowly. Leap happened, but landed in the wrong spot! Have worn the blue and gold R for 34 years and expectations, that is what can make the career all wrong once you get into the meat of the movie. Seeing a sticker price of $400,000 and thinking 6, 7 whatever percent of that and whoa, license to print money. Ah, slow down Jane or John "Dough"... there are a few steps you missed on the way to the check with your name sliding one way while the keys head the other. Tell them the good, bad and the ugly but that check with all the zeroes.... that may be all they see, want to hear about, expect. Rut rho.

Mar 19, 2014 01:13 AM #44
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