Newbie Realtor tip of the week (Kind of): Build a team!

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

I started a series of tips for newbies a few months ago, and my intention was to write a new blog every week.  Well, in between making a bunch of clients happy, training a new agent, and training a new assistant, I've been busy. 

This week's tip is about building a team.  

No, I'm not talking about a giant team of agents that are going to dominate your market, I'm talking about a supporting cast.  


Mortgage Broker/Banker/Lender.  This one is HUGE. In six year of selling real estate I've been through a lot of lenders.  Most of the relationships started out great, but fizzled due to different circumstances.  

Finding a trusted lender was a tough one, but over the last year or so, Joel Scheer with Ruoff Home Mortgage and I have things firing on all cylinders.  

I know his style and his systems, and he knows mine.  

Plus, he knows his stuff and every client I've sent to him has loved him.  


Home Inspector.  This has been a tough journey as well.  We have a few inspectors that we know and trust.  It's very important to find an inspector that does their job and understand their role in the process.  


Title Company.  Not all title companies are the same.  It's important to build that relationship with at least one or two title companies that can get the job done in a timely manner, and go above and beyond when needed.  

My title people (Amy and Andy) are on top of things, and they're flexible when I need them to be.  Amy closed one of our deals this year in a McDonald's, and Andy is closing one an hour away because that's the only thing that is going to work for our client.  


So...  if you're a new agent, it's important to not only generate business and learn your craft, it's important to build your team and your supporting cast.  



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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 takes a little bit of time to build the network of lenders, home inspectors, and title companies that make your work easier. I might add home stagers and possibly professional photographers to your list as well.  

Jun 17, 2014 12:34 AM #4
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Jared,  I've got that team covered!  I feel the lender, home inspectors and title company are the foundation on my real estate business.  Like you, lenders have been front stage and then over time, it was final curtain time. My home inspectors, title company and escrow officer have been the same for years.

Jun 17, 2014 01:06 AM #5
Rob Marken
Bend River Realty - Bend, OR
25+ years experience in Bend

Such a great point!  A realtor has to have a great team behind him.  Mine includes some wonderful escrow offiers, inspectors, loan officers, repair people and of course my office manager.  Thanks for sharing! 

Jun 17, 2014 01:58 AM #6
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

This is such great advice, Jamanda.  This team can make a huge difference in how well things operate.  It's good to ask your mentor and other agents who they recommend for these roles.  - Debbie

Jun 17, 2014 02:20 AM #7
IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

So true, It's all about having the right team.

Have a Blessed Day!!!

Jun 17, 2014 03:33 AM #8
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Very true Jared, the importance of a great team cannot be overstated.  Realtor, lender, title company, inspector - everyone working together toward the final goal of an easy settlement makes for happy clients.

Jun 17, 2014 04:31 AM #9
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

The players on my team are little different, because we have no title companies in my state, but none the less I have a "team" like you have and it makes my clients happy when they use someone off our preferred list.

Jun 17, 2014 08:10 AM #10
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Great advice. And when you are new, having a good team to support you is especially helpful. You can draw on their experience for the client's benefit. 

Jun 17, 2014 08:50 AM #11
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

you give wise counsel my friend and that list is OH so critical as each component is a MUST for any agent but especially new ones to have a great supporting cast around them

Jun 17, 2014 12:10 PM #12
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

I agree!   We have an amazing team here at Dagny's Real Estate, with our lender, inspector, lawyers, painter, mason, tree surgeon, plumber, electrician, insurance man, etc...   I can go on and on.   All tried and true - reasonable, reliable, trustworthy, and best of all - amazing at their trade!

Jun 17, 2014 11:38 PM #13
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

I agree with you on this.  Establishing strong, supportive relationships with those who are required in order to close real estate transactions is the lifeblood of our business.  Every region has different requirements such as title, escrow, inspection requirements but the need to have these contacts ready for our clients is very important.  Also lists of  trusted vendors that can be helpful to our clients after the deal closes so they continue to call us as their go to resource.  Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

Jun 17, 2014 11:50 PM #14
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thanks so much for all of the comments and ideas.  And a huge thanks to Active Rain for the love!  

Jun 18, 2014 12:04 AM #15
Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales - Tewksbury, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

If you are trying to have an online presence for business and using social media, its good to be a little personal.... but there is a fine line that needs to be walked.

Jun 18, 2014 12:41 AM #16
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

This is important.  One time I told someone I was not part of a team, thinking of agent teams, but it was pointed out that I do have a team, all those that I work with such as agents and title companies.

Jun 18, 2014 02:27 AM #17
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

That's great advice for a newbie!  As an agent, you have to be prepared, so when the lights are green, you know where to go, who to go to, etc.  It doesn't hurt to have those relationships established, so when you need an escrow to sign at 6pm, it can get done!

Jun 18, 2014 05:17 AM #18
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

A great supporting cast is essential to the success of a transaction!

Jun 18, 2014 02:59 PM #19
Fred Van Allen Lincoln Park Pomona Real Estate
First Team Real Estate CHRISTIE'S - Pomona, CA
Green, Classic Architecture and Vintage Homes

Not all escrow companies and NHD firms are created the same either...especially when it comes to being bonded and properly insured.

Jun 18, 2014 11:51 PM #20
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

It makes your life so much easier finding people who work well together & have a great objective - making clients happy & getting the job done effectively. LO's have it rough that's for sure. I now think that it's not really the LO themselves but the staff below them that makes things go smoothly or not.

Jun 20, 2014 12:42 AM #21
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great advice, building a Team that reflects your degree of caring for the consumer is so important. They reflect on you, so you want that to be positive. Take care and take the time to put together a Great Team.

Jun 20, 2014 09:33 PM #22
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

It's a good feeling to know the lender you have referred can get the job done.


Jul 22, 2014 11:59 AM #23
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