Teen distinguished in real estate world

TJ Bard

TJ Bard, at 18, has just been notified that he is the youngest known ReMax real estate agent in the world.

That can happen if you start young. Bard attended a career fair at Greencastle-Antrim High School, which spurred him to pursue the interest he already had in real estate. At age 16 he took an intense class in Chambersburg. "It was three nights a week for six hours each for three weeks," he said. He passed the midterm and final tests at 17, which opened the door to study for his license. But the law said he had to be an adult. During that interim, Bard served as an intern at ReMax Premier Executives in State Line.

"I felt like people wouldn't trust me because of my age, so for six months I shadowed the agents, went on showings and learned as much as I could," he said.

He graduated from G-AHS in June and took the big test in July. He was among people in their 40s and 50s, which the proctor made note of. The group had four hours to complete the exam. Bard was done in 90 minutes.

"I have never seen anyone finish so quickly," she told him, so he was initially nervous. However, she checked his score on the computer and said, "Congratulations. You are a real estate agent."

And Bard has been working ever since. While he has not garnered a listing or completed a sale, he has been busy showing rental properties and using the 80 years of combined experience of his office mates. Owner Lois Baer and broker Allen Oberholzer oversee his work and he partnered with Lisa Meyers. They cover for each other working with clients.

Bard is off to Penn State University Park next week to major in political science and minor in pre-law. He is taking his cell phone and fax machine and plans to work parttime for the State Line office. He will concentrate on helping students find apartments in the State College area and work on local business during school breaks.

"My education comes first," he said. "But as a teen I have more time now than I will in 10 years, so I may as well get started."