How to succeed in real estate, a love story

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

Amanda and I have always been entrepreneurs.  


Amanda and I have not always been successful entrepreneurs.


Back in the day we tried an ebay business selling over stock clothing, hitting garage sales and turning a profit selling items we found at these sales online, and we even tried multi level marketing once.  GASP??!!  A pyramid scheme??  


It was not for us.  


While trying to make money on the side, we did both have full time jobs with benefits.  Booooring...


A former employer turned business partner and I started flipping foreclosures during the rush of 2005-2008.  He'd front the money, I'd do the work, and we would split the profits.  


Then Amanda joined me and we both quit our jobs and jumped in full time.  


We had a lot of fun doing the work together and found a fair amount of success, but it didn't last very long.  


There were a lot of different reasons the success didn't continue, but there's no need to rehash that.  


Our house flipping days were done but we had a crazy idea:  We know houses.  We know the market.  Amanda had her real estate license already for our business.  Why not become full time Realtors together?  


I got my license and we jumped in.  It was late 2008, not exactly the best time to start in real estate as the market was in the tank.  


We came in when many were leaving.  Our thought process was that if we could learn to succeed in a down market, it would benefit us down the road when things change.  


Just kidding.  


We had no idea what we were doing.  In hindsight I can see truth in that thought process, but really we were just two dumb kids trying to find our way without having to clock in anywhere.  


In the beginning we struggled learning the cold harsh world of full time sales, as we both despised most salespeople.  We still do actually.


Real estate wasn't easy, and neither was working together.  You see, I'm your typical male.  I want to fix things.  When Amanda came to me with a problem I would automatically assume (like the dumb dumb I am) that she needed me to fix it.  




We're both control freaks and we battled for a while until we eventually slid into the partnership we have today.  


We're 100% equals and partners.  Our strengths are the exact opposite of each other, so it works out well.  She respects me and my skills just as much as I respect hers.


When we head to appointments together we have our "main" routine down, but are always calling audibles depending on the situation and personalities involved.


We know how the other one works in every real estate situation and conversation.  We know what the other is going to say before they even say it.  


It's weird.  It's fun.  Every once in a while it's annoying, but you'll have that.


We aren't killers.  We aren't the top selling team in our office or the area.  We don't sell $100,000,000 a year.  Not even close.  


What we are is a husband and wife team that are a fine oiled machine.  


Sure, we've won awards, we've received a lot attention for our sales, but we're just two lost souls swimming in a real estate fishbowl...  


We do our best to keep it real, provide excellent customer service, and keep surprises to our clients at a minimum.  


Oh, and we really like each other too.  Christiansen Team Fort Wayne


Thanks for reading.  Any comments are welcome and all of our contact information is below if you'd like to have a chat about your Fort Wayne area real estate needs or anything else really.  I like to talk a lot.  


Have a good one!  



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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



Comments (41)

Greg Miller
Ruoff Home Mortgage - Sarasota, FL
Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA

Great story Jared. I have followed your journey since about 2009. We have associated in many of the same circles. Here's to wishing you continued success.

May 02, 2016 11:29 PM
Amanda Christiansen

I thank you for that Greg Miller .  

May 03, 2016 12:42 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Love to hear about people who can get past their own egos and work together in a complimentary fashion. Nice story.

May 02, 2016 11:39 PM
Nancy Hankin
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Palm Springs, CA

What I saw, while reading your story was RESPECT for each other's differences, ENTHUSIASM for life in general, and the WILLINGNESS to fail and try again. Climbing the "Ladder of Life" together you will continue to succeed as long as the two of you never lose sight of the lessons learned along the way.

My best to from Palm Springs California!

May 03, 2016 12:01 AM
Amanda Christiansen

You are sweet.  Thank you Nancy.  

May 03, 2016 12:42 AM
Debra B Albert, PA - Keyes Realty
Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986 - Port St Lucie, FL
Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292

Congratulations to you both!  Real Estate is more than a business, it is a Lifestyle!

May 03, 2016 12:50 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Amanda and Jared, not every couple can work together because they can not find the balance you two have found.

It is great that together you have found the JOY of your work.

Best wishes.

May 03, 2016 12:58 AM
Mark Artesani
Keller Williams Realty - Fountain Valley, CA
Huntington & Newport Beach, Fountain Valley Homes

Nice story Best of Good Luck

May 03, 2016 02:14 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

My story is a little different, but it comes down to being able to work with my family around.  And all my life I have been on commission or self employed.  I do not do good with 9-5 clock punching. 

May 03, 2016 02:20 AM
Pamela Anders
Pamela K Anders Real Estate - Houston, TX

Way cool!  My husband and I have software company together (it's designed for Property Tax Consultants), along with our IT Partner (he lives in Louisianna and we are in Houston, Texas).  I am a full time residential real estate broker as well (thankfully, my husband was never interested in selling real estate).  Partnerships are tough (a great man once said that they actually "suck" - excuse the language, but that's how he presented to us at a real estate seminar)!  It is extremely important that you two like each other; respect each other; and that your strengths are at the opposite polars (same with us; English is my strength; Math is his).  We too can barely tolerate sales people; yet, that is what we both do (he is the visionary and the demo jockey/sales person for the software).  You know when fate has paired you with the right "one" - when you have those intermittent, unspoken words/thoughts  - and the other one knows exactly what was meant!

Thanks for sharing your story; it's nice to read about love not war/hate!

May 03, 2016 03:02 AM
Chris Lima
Turtle Reef Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Awesome post.  I am still smiling.  Great job to you both and I wish you continued success!

May 03, 2016 03:46 AM
Marvel "Kay" Peterson
PDG/Sun Chasers Home Watch & Guest Services - Palm Desert, CA
Real Estate Agent/Home Stager & Home Watch Company

Like everyone else I will add my compliments to your story and share mine. ,  It's funny I was on the same road, I worked full time in the tradeshow business and went to Interior Design school and got my certificate in home staging...and my real estate license all ready to go jump... and then's 2008 and the bottom fell out leaving me no choice.  It's 8 years later and I didn't quit my day job as they say and I'm still here,  However I have gone part time at my career and working part time in the Real Estate business.  I find it great, frustrating, stressful and wonderful all at the same time.  My husband and I also opened a home watch business that he runs and we figured out we are better in 2 different offices and come together in the evening and bounce ideas off each other with support but working together will probably never happen.  Anyway thought I would share my story as it moves along. I'm spinning plates in the air but it's working, I haven't cut the ambilcial cord to the career yet but hope to in the next year or so.  I'd love to hear any of your thoughts if you want to share about making the transistion to full time real estate and give up that solid for sure income, commission only just makes me nervous.  Are any of you partimers?  How does it work for you? Do you feel the same about leaving a good paying job forever?  Just nervous....

May 03, 2016 04:47 AM
Carol Tunis
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL
Carol Tunis...a "HouseSold" name!

Not an easy feat!  Congratulations on your huge success!  Success isn't always the largest producer in your office...


May 03, 2016 05:47 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Amanda and Jared Christiansen , Thank you for sharing some of your most valued life and busines experiences that when taken together, help to explain your successes ( failures are part of the steps we take to acheive anything of real and lasting value). You are both a wonderful model to emulate in both determination and clarity of purpose. 

May 03, 2016 06:37 AM
Theresa Akin

Always anxious to hear about my home town area. I was born and raised in the Fort WAyne, Allen County area. You just prove married couple can work together in the same business.

May 04, 2016 09:38 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

What a wonderful love story. I promise you, there are many such stories, but I love hearing about happy endings.

May 05, 2016 06:03 AM
Charles Cooper
Meybohm Realtors - Augusta, GA

I am a bigamist.  I have a house wife and a real estate  wife.  Just kidding.  In Jan 2014 was diagnosed with some very physically limiting illness. I have a friend who philsophy is when you are dumb You got to be tough.   Illness is COPD,  That is we formed our partnership.  We have our different strengths  I am pretty tech savy, but unable to do the physical stuff.  Our relationship is simple in office stuff is mine.  If it involves a car key it is all hers.  We have been friends for 30 years and both like and trust each other.  That is an essential and very rare combination.

May 05, 2016 07:30 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Amanda and Jared Christiansen great story of how to achieve by pushing through obstacles.  Wishing you many long and happy years together in both wedded bliss and your business!

May 08, 2016 02:29 AM
Dawnita Griffith
Sellers Real Estate - Pinedale, WY
Real Estate is my passion. Full time & experienced

I don't often respond to articles.  But.... Liked it. Made us smile and realize we all just keep going.  You are a success already but more to come, we can tell.

May 09, 2016 04:12 AM
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

I loved the story!  Made me a bit envious, lol.  Good luck! 

May 09, 2016 06:58 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great story!  I love hearing things like this.  The more perserverance you can add, hard work, and that "well oiled machine", the  more successful you'll be.  Looks like you figured that out! 

May 10, 2016 04:45 AM
Victoria CB Trees
Victoria CB Trees Real Estate Services - Chiloquin, OR
Principal Broker

Good for you!  I love good stories.  :-)

May 18, 2016 05:30 AM