For Cristy and Brenton Oldman, real estate is personal. Very personal. With over 15 combined years between real estate, construction, design, and remodeling in the Twin Cities, the husband-and-wife team are passionate about making people’s dreams a reality. “I’m so honored when a client chooses me to help them sell or buy a home because it’s a major decision, both financially and personally. It’s not enough for me to simply satisfy my clients,” top real estate agent in Minnesota Cristy Oldman emphasizes. “My goal is to create an unforgettable experience that goes above and beyond their expectations, making sure my clients feel genuinely supported, valued, and advocated for every step of the way.”
Clearly, Cristy’s mission to offer warm, personalized service that delights customers is working. The former teacher jumped into real estate with both feet six years ago and never looked back. After quickly establishing herself as a leader in the industry, this past year she ranked in the top 5% of all 18,000 agents in sales in Minnesota — 100% of which was referral and repeat business. In fact, she’s been so successful that she and her husband, a remodeling pro from Australia, started their own company this year: Aapolis Realty.
The new name reflects the couple’s focus on keeping a hometown feeling that is comfortable, familiar, and relaxed. The “A” is for A’delaide, Brenton’s home town in Australia, while “apolis’ is an ode to Cristy’s lifetime residence in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. With her deep knowledge of the local market, Cristy enjoys helping every buyer find the right home for them, in the right location, and for the right price. “I love the challenge of not only finding the right property, but also making the process as smooth and seamless as possible,” she says. “And I love that it’s never the same. It’s always different, always a challenge, and you’re always meeting new people.” With her strong negotiating skills, Cristy advocates on her clients’ behalf all the way to the closing table. When it comes to listing homes, she excels in marketing her clients’ properties. In addition to professional photography and targeted social media advertising, she stages each home she lists.
Cristy loves the challenge of making their home look like the model home that every buyer wants. She understands what buyers are looking for and stages each home accordingly. Cristy considers it a privilege to work exclusively by referral, cherishing the opportunity to maintain lasting connections with her clients long after they’ve settled into their new homes. To express her gratitude, she organizes yearly client appreciation events, such as renting out bowling alleys and movie theaters, fostering an environment where past clients, who often become friends, can come together and celebrate. When they’re not working, Cristy and Brenton stay busy with their three sons aged 5, 7, and 9. They enjoy the outdoors, staying active with their church, and traveling— often visiting family back in Australia.
They’re also exploring new avenues to extend their support to the community in the days to come. “We hold a special place in our hearts for hard working single moms who are striving to make ends meet,” she reveals. “Our aim is to lend a helping hand to these families who may not have the means to afford basic necessities and housing.”