All you do is open doors and collect big fat paychecks.

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

I believe that some of the general public would believe that statement.  

Making big money in real estateI've had neighbors tell me that they envy me because I just go out and sell a few homes and make the big bucks.  

I've been accused by parents of my younger buyers (seconds after meeting them) of being nothing but a salesman that only cares about his commission checks.  

Heck, we've even had family members make comments about us "living large" and how it must be nice to have the freedoms what we do.  

1.  I didn't feel the need to explain anything to my neighbors.  I just smiled and changed the subject.  I wouldn't be able to convince them differently even if I tried.  

2.  I know exactly what to say to these parents to calm their fears.  I gently explain that I'm not a "pusher" and that I'm going to guide their kid(s) like I would my own, etc.

3.  I've told family members to EAT IT because, well, you know...  they're family members and it's okay to do that!  

Then there's Susan.  

I showed Susan three homes and she fell in love with the last one.  It was a pretty hot market and the home just went active that day, so we went at it with a full price offer with only a financing contingency.  

Our offer was accepted that night.  

The inspection showed no defects and only two very minor repairs needed.  We didn't ask for anything.  

Financing was a breeze due to the excellence of the lender I sent her to, the appraisal came in clean, and 28 care free days later we closed.  

Even the closing was smooth and only took 20 minutes.  

Then Susan dropped the bomb.  

"Jared, this thing was a breeze!  Easy!  Piece of cake!  Man.  I want to be a Realtor!  All you do is open doors and collect big fat paychecks.  Look at the size of that thing!  Must be nice!"  

My instinct was to...  well, you know.  

Instead I gave her a hug (I'm a hugger!) and thanked her for the opportunity to help her. 

Obviously, I made the transaction look easy, so I chose to take her words as a compliment.  



One thing I've learned over the years is that if I need to spend any amount of time explaining how extremely difficult it is to be a successful Realtor, you probably aren't open to hearing it anyway.  

It's all good.  


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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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Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Jared, It's just the way it is...If we sell a house in a day, we don't work for our pay. If we take three months, it's "What the heck are you doing, my neighbor's house sold the first day!" Good thing we have thick skin.

Mar 25, 2014 03:53 AM #3
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Ashburn, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Jared, I used to get so heated when people would make comments about how easy it is and now I just smile and say I make it look easy but, that's because I'm really good at what I do and then change the subject. Being a great agent requires long hours, constant communication, and attention to detail like no other. If our job were that easy there would be a ton more Realtors and no one would have left the profession when the market went South. Suggested!

Mar 25, 2014 04:43 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

ON SOME LEVEL.....let's hope she knows not every 3 doors close a sale

Mar 25, 2014 04:58 AM #5
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Agreed Donna!

Definitely a hugger and not a slugger John.  It used to get me, but not so much anymore.

I couldn't have said it better myself Tom!  

You and I are on the same page Amanda.  No need to get upset about it.  Comments like these are a compliment!  

If only Sally and David.  If only...  

Mar 25, 2014 09:03 AM #6
Christi Hacker
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE
Your Omaha Area Real Estate Specialist

Tactfully handled, good job. A good Realtor working with a laid back client will certainly make the process look easy! I think those words would be easier to hear from a buyer than a seller. 

Mar 25, 2014 10:09 AM #7
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Yes, but then they go and get their real estate license and sell 2 homes in their first year and that's when *BAM* they start to figure it out pretty darn quick.

Mar 25, 2014 10:28 AM #8
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate


what an honest and excellent post! If iAd a nickel every time is heard that.  Lol.

Mar 25, 2014 11:01 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

If she ever dares to actually follow through and try real estate, she'll be crying to you in a matter of weeks.  This job is not for the faint of heart and only really good agents can make it look easy.

Mar 25, 2014 11:38 AM #10
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Mar 25, 2014 11:39 AM #11
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

You should have hired her and let her know as soon as you pass all the tests, pay the fees and are ready to begin I will hire you and help you on the path of BIG FAT EASY CHECKS who knows maybe she would have been a star!?!?!?! Or woke up to realize how difficult this really is!!!!

Mar 25, 2014 12:09 PM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

It is unfortunate that there are many people who do have this reasoning tucked away and deep in their thinking. I often thought - if you really want to find the truth, try it out. You will soon see what the real estate field is all about. I wish you the best on getting those big fat commissions...and cannot wait until you meet the other side of those fat checks.

Mar 25, 2014 03:37 PM #13
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Honesty with zest!! 

Mar 26, 2014 12:13 AM #14
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Funny! I have friends that would say all I do is drive around in nice cars and pickup paychecks. They forgot the part about opening doors. LOL.

Mar 26, 2014 09:23 AM #15
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Jared, I think that is what we do. We make it look easy too much of the time. We don't moan and goan and really let them know how  difficult it can be.

Mar 26, 2014 10:54 PM #16
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Sounds about right, they forget the part about the possibility of not getting paid if we don't work, or that we pretty much run our own business much like people say Bill Gates is lucky to have his life and forget that he would sleep at the office when building his company.

Mar 26, 2014 11:29 PM #17
Cindy Graesser
Keller Williams - Temecula, CA
CG Premier Realty Group. "We'll Get you Moving!"

Love the candidness - Although you are much better at holding your tongue than I am !!

Mar 27, 2014 03:11 AM #18
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thanks for the comments everybody!  

I have certainly gotten better biting my tongue and being more "diplomatic" over the years.  

Mar 27, 2014 03:33 AM #19
Jamie Cox
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Las Vegas, NV

Sometimes you get the easy ones that make up for the others that make you pull your hair out.

Mar 27, 2014 03:49 AM #20
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Our Board published a document called the Critical Role of a Realtor which lists 237 steps in a real estate transaction.  I provide that for customers so they can see what we do.  I am repeated told that they had no clue!  It's important to discuss what you do but not in a whining way.  But they need to know we do much more than open doors! 

Mar 27, 2014 05:52 AM #21
Michele Webler -Farm and Ranch Specialist
Idaho Real Homes LLC - Rathdrum, ID
Serving North Idaho and E. Wa

Well everyonce in a while you have to have a "the way it should be transaction" to make up for all the other crazy ones that give us heartburn and turn us into alcoholics:)    



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