After working for more than three decades as a firefighter, Steve Green knew that he should begin to think about transitioning to a less physically demanding career.
“Firefighting is my heart and my passion, but I didn’t want to end up having a knee, ankle or arm injury that would keep me from working,” says Steve, a seasoned athlete who has participated in numerous races throughout the course of his life. Some of his favorites include the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, the Leadville Trail 100 bike race, and the World Police & Fire Games. His most recent races are the Arizona IRONMAN and the Indiana IRONMAN, both of which he completed in 2021.
Steve was out with a group of friends in Geist during the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, when he met Jada, another athlete with a zest for life. Having grown up on a lake, Jada was a fantastic waterskier. In college she joined the Indiana University Waterski Club, was the Midwest regional champion in both tricks and slalom skiing, and participated in four National Championships. Driven and motivated, Steve and Jada have spent their lives embracing hard work and perseverance. So it’s no surprise that the two hit it off.
Jada was familiar with the real estate world, as both of her parents worked in the industry.
“I said I’d never go into real estate because I didn’t want to work nights and weekends,” she says. “But then I learned that there’s flexibility and freedom in real estate.”
She also loves people. In fact, she says her real estate superpower is her ability to meet people where they are and provide what they need at the moment.
“That need is different for everyone,” says Jada, who has sold more than 2,000 houses throughout her 20-plus-year career.
After the pair met, Steve began periodically helping Jada. After a while, he realized he’d like to do it full time.
The couple tied the knot at Daniel’s Vineyard in Geist on June 2, 2019. Later that year, Steve got his real estate license, and they’ve been working as a team ever since.
Jada has worked with Carpenter Realtors for her entire career. After she married Steve, she opened a Carpenter office in Geist. In just two years they have added 13 additional agents to the office.
Steve will officially retire from firefighting next month, having put in 35 years as a public servant.
The couple resides in Geist and could not be happier living the lake life, which includes swimming, kayaking, boating and paddleboarding with family and friends.
“Steve and I are constantly on the go and working hard, so when we come home, this is our sanctuary where we can decompress and enjoy time together,” says Jada. “We also like to be out at sunrise surfing or skiing before we head to work.”
“It’s great living here because working in the real estate world, we don’t have the ability to drive a couple of hours to a lake since we have to be available to our clients,” adds Steve.
At times they have taken their laptops out on the boat or had to drop passengers at the dock, in order to zip out for a showing.
Mostly, Steve and Jada are excited to serve the people of Geist. As a couple, they share a boatload of experience, abundant energy and service-minded hearts. When you hire Steve and Jada, you get Steve and Jada – not a junior member of a large team.
“We tend to do well with different personalities because people will connect with one or the other of us, and our clients appreciate having both of our perspectives,” says Jada, who points out that real estate is not about houses – it’s about relationships.
“Every real estate transaction is like a snowflake,” she says. “They’re all unique. You take information and experience from every single one to the next. All of that impacts what you bring to the table for that next transaction.”
Helping people through the process is their favorite part.
“With every transaction, there are always challenges,” Steve says. “Creating a game plan and having a solution to their problem is very rewarding.”
I know Jada best but Steve and Jada are a wonderful team and couple! Jada has been my realtor and friend for many years. I absolutely love and trust her with anything I need. Great Story and a Great Couple! Great realtors you can trust with your pocketbook!