Do you hear that?
Well, do you?
That faint sound of angelic noise rising up in beautiful harmony? Those bells? The horns?
It’s the sound of football!!
I don’t know about my readers, but growing up in North Carolina I’ve always been instilled with a deep love of sports, especially with Duke, NC State, and UNC being so close together.
As I was sitting here in football ecstasy, I began to see the similarities between football and real estate.
I mean, real estate is a contact sport. I don’t think a day goes by where we don’t want to hit somebody. Kidding, kidding… mostly anyways.
Seriously though, there are a lot of parallels between the two, so I thought that it would prove beneficial to utilize this realization as a teaching opportunity! (But, lets be honest, I really just want to talk about football…)
1. The Coach
This is obviously your awesome Real Estate broker. We help come up with a game plan to prepare you for all of the possible bumps you could run into during your Real Estate transaction.
Let me belabor this point for a minute. College coaches often fail at the professional level, because it demands a higher level of competency. This applies with Real Estate professionals as well. Part time agents DO NOT deliver the same level of service as full time agents.
2. The Quarterback
Showtime, razzle dazzle, superman, gunslinger, Joe cool, the sheriff, or having the face of a “succulent baby lamb.” Whatever you call the QB, they’re obviously the head honchos on the football field.
And this is obviously our awesome clients. Simple point here is you are in charge of the game. YOU call the shots in the game. And if anyone tries to rough the passer, we’ll get in their faces with the vigor of a sweaty 400 lb. offensive lineman.
We got your back.
3. The Other Team
Yeah, those guys. We want to smash ’em, crush ’em, humiliate them in front of their loved ones.
But do remember that these are the people you’re trying to work with and that you are involved in business transaction. Things do tend to get emotional and a wee bit tricky, but that is when your awesome coach will step in and help regulate the situation.
4. The Huddle
Peyton Manning can run the offense from the field because, well, he’s Peyton Manning.
However, it is your best interests to huddle up with your coach before you make a play. For example, don’t fire off an answer to an offer before you have gone over the entire offer with your agent.
We can save you money, time, and heartbreak. Lots and lots of heartbreak.
5. Know the Situation
Anybody remember that Alabama/Auburn game? That is the perfect example of when you need to really pay attention to the situation.
Same goes for your Real Estate dealings. There are times in a negotiation when it is completely apparent that it is time to punt, while other times you need to go for it on fourth down.
Like the immortal Kenny Rogers croons: “You’ve got to know when to hold up, know when to fold up, know when to walk away, know when to run.”
6. End zone celebration
Not gonna lie, I’ve missed this part of the professional game since they started flagging and fining every little thing.
If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, here is a list of the top ten of all time.
Basically this is that wiggle wiggle womp you do when you close.
It’s ok. We won’t judge.
Overall, knowing your position can make or break a real estate transaction! And, like football, having a great team behind you in real estate is essential for success!