“My mission is to provide the highest possible value to clients so they can move forward through this financial decision with confidence, clarity, and wisdom.”
From a young age, Christen Bakke had a driven, entrepreneurial spirit. Watching her father start and maintain his own businesses with integrity and grit inspired her to become the person she is today. The mindset of conscious business practices and the desire to help others is what drives her as a real estate agent.
Christen graduated from Baylor University in 2014 with a degree in entrepreneurship. While in school, she co-founded a business with friends to aid women in Rwanda. She also spent time sharpening her affinity for critical thinking and sales while doing an internship with Rydell Capital, a top real estate investment company. These experiences made her realize the power that comes with financial independence and the ability to invest in property. She felt strongly that consumers should be aware of the paths available to property ownership.
In 2015, Christen became a realtor, moving forward on her journey of helping others through business and investment endeavors. One of her main passions as an agent is guiding and educating first time home buyers, who may feel intimidated by the process. This makes her an invaluable asset to clients who are looking to feel empowered when making this important life decision.
Christen moved to Austin from Waco with her husband, a filmmaker, and they adore the Austin lifestyle. She says they’re a great match because he’s artistic and creative, while she’s analytical and detail oriented. Together, they frequent art shows, restaurants, and take in as many movies as they can. She loves Austin because “The culture encourages people to pursue what they love and values health, happiness, and relationships.” She has helped clients find their dream homes throughout Austin, including in University Hills, Windsor Park, Mueller, Cherry Creek and Quail Hollow.
Clients describe Christen as being honest, responsive, and trustworthy, with a keen knowledge of real estate and the purchase process. Although accessible and kind, she’s relentless when pursuing top value for her clients. She believes knowledge is power, and works tirelessly to communicate the most up-to-date and accurate information to all who choose to work with her. She feels that every potential home buyer should be aware of what a caring and hardworking agent can offer.
“I recognize the industry is changing. Consumers don’t always understand the value of real estate agents. I switched to Maxavenue because I believe this is the best place to provide the highest possible value to my clients, and they deserve nothing less.”
Although many first time home buyers today have student loan debt and other financial factors to consider when investing, buying a home is feasible when done with an understanding of the buying process. No matter the obstacles, Christen believes in the path to home ownership and the pride that comes with it. “It’s a great way to build wealth,” she says. As a property investor herself, she has worked diligently to unlock the steps towards freedom through real estate investments. She believes anyone can do this with the right guidance and conscious, informed decision making. “Purchasing real estate is a huge investment, one of the largest purchases a person will make in their lifetime,” says Christen. This is why, she believes, it’s important to know what an agent can do for you.
Christen joined Maxavenue because of the agency’s unique, data-driven approach. She considers herself a numbers geek and she appreciates that Maxavenue has intricate models for everything they do. The Maximum Value Home Buying System® is just one of the features that demonstrates Maxavenue’s commitment to being a champion for consumers, helping clients earn and save thousands. Christen has always known she wanted to pursue business with integrity, and Maxavenue is in alignment with her professional principles. She’s excited to be on the team.
“I love what I do because it’s about connecting with people and helping them find simple solutions to complex problems.” She says it’s a thrill to exceed clients’ expectations for money earned or saved. Although highly skilled and goal oriented, this is not just a numbers game for Christen. She looks for ways to positively impact the lives of others whenever possible. Data, sales, numbers, and learning are her chief tools on the mission to serve. And all who work with her feel that dedication.
A Broker has completed a state-defined education that includes 900 classroom hours, way beyond the 210 hours required for agents. Additionally, Brokers must pass a more comprehensive broker's license exam. Brokers may work alone or they may hire agents to work for them.
A Realtor¨ is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors¨, the largest trade group in the country. Not all agents are Realtors¨ - but choosing a designated Realtor¨ means you've selected an agent that must adhere to the National Association of Realtors¨ stringent code of ethics.
Accredited Buyers Representative:
Real estate agents who have earned the Accredited Buyer's Representative designation have been trained to deliver enhanced customer service, extensive due diligence and expert negotiation skills. Agents without this designation may not have the training or experience required to provide top-quality real estate buyer representation.
Certified Negotiation Expert:
Agents who have earned the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation are trained in a wide spectrum of negotiating strategies and techniques, along with tools to expertly negotiate from a position of strength. While all real estate agents have some experience in negotiations, working with a CNE designated agent gives buyers and sellers a strategic advantage in the negotiating process.
Graduate REALTOR, Institute:
Agents who earn the GRI designation have received advanced training in emerging technology, laws, and procedures as well as the increasingly complex real estate market itself. All agents work to provide a smooth home buying and selling experience, but GRI designated agents have taken the extra step to become a consummate professional and expert in their local market.
Seniors Real Estate Specialist:
Agents who have earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation have been trained to expertly guide and implement effective strategies for mature clients when making important decisions about selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties.
Internet Marketing Certified:
e-PRO curriculum ensures your real estate agent has attained mastery of the latest social media technologies, such as Facebook and Twitter, and can create a compelling online presence vital to helping sellers reaching today's hyper-connected consumers. With the rapidly evolving world of Internet and social media technologies, it pays to have an expert on your team.
Certified Residential Specialist:
Agents who have earned the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation have been trained to understand the complexities of the housing market, how to best position their client’s interests, and how to effectively community with all parties to a transaction. In short, the CRS designation means your agent has more advanced, specialized training in all aspects of the residential market than agents who haven't earned this designation.
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist:
Agents who have earned the designation of Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) are elite professionals with the knowledge, experience and skills required to expertly represent buyers and sellers in the Luxury Home market. In addition, a CLHMS designated agent is a local market leader with documented performance in the top 10% of their markets.
Short Sales and Forclosure Certified:<
Counselor of Real Estate:
Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager:
Seller Representative Specialist:
Agents who have earned the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation have demonstrated elevated professional standards, enhanced individual performance, and the ability to recognize emerging market trends and professional practices to real estate professionals. All of this specialized knowledge gives an SRS designated agent the tools to make the home selling experience as smooth as possible.
Green Real Estate Marketing Specialist:
Agents who hold the NAR Green designation have been trained to understand and expertly serve consumers seeking green “eco-friendly” homes. NAR Green agents not only receive education about the quickly developing green technologies and practices, but engage in ongoing specialized training to stay abreast of green real estate issues and trends.
Bachelor of Business Administration:
Master Certified Negotiation Expert:
Agents who earn the Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE) designation have mastered a wide spectrum of negotiation skills - including all the CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert) qualifications, plus email negotiations, advanced negotiation techniques for both buying and selling, as well as mastering negotiating techniques among different generations and cultures. An agent with these extra, in-depth skills give their clients a significant advantage in negotiating from strength.
Certified Senior Housing Specialist:
Certified Senior Housing Professionals (CSHPs) offer specialized service specifically focused on the needs and special circumstances of senior buyers and sellers. Having completed extensive coursework and the in-depth training, CSHPs have the specialized knowledge to help seniors achieve their goals. As such, they are more equipped than general real estate agents to serve as the Consumer Champion throughout the entire consultative process of a late-in-life move.
Residential Construction Certified:
Agents who have earned the Residential Construction Certified (RCC) designation have been trained to gain a deep understanding of residential construction materials and methods. With comprehensive construction knowledge, RCC designated agents deliver superior consumer value when representing their clients to appraisers, inspectors, lenders, designers, engineers, and construction professionals.
Certified New Home Specialist:
Agents who have earned the Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS) designation are trained professionals and experts in the details of buying a newly constructed home. From negotiating favorable contract terms to expert due diligence during the construction process, a CNHS designated agent has extensive knowledge and experience as a buyer’s agent and the unique factors involved in working with builders and developers.
ECO-Broker is the premier green designation program for real estate professionals. Certified ECO-Brokers serve residential and commercial property owners, sellers and investors. ECO-Brokers build communities, and champion eco-friendly alternatives with an unparalleled level of care, commitment, and follow-up.
A broker whose license is held by another broker. An associate broker qualifies to be a real estate broker but still works for and is supervised by another broker. Associate brokers are sometimes called broker-associates, broker-salespersons or affiliate brokers.