Realogics Sotheby's International Realty Partners with Dingman Group, Inc; Targets Sacramento Kings Becoming Seattle SuperSonics

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Brokers say NBA /NHL relocations in Seattle will further spur housing market; requires unique solution

Seattle brokers have hired an architect to design and render a regulation, indoor basketball court on an adjacent parcel of land to show the potential of the property in hopes of attracting professional athletes to the listing.

Seattle brokers have hired an architect to design and render a regulation, indoor basketball court on an adjacent parcel of land to show the potential of the property in hopes of attracting professional athletes to the listing.

“We’re rolling out the yellow and green carpet by combining a leading Seattle-based real estate brokerage with a leading expert in professional athlete relocation services for the team." - Dean Jones, Owner of Realogics Sotheby's Int'l Realty

Executives at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) announced today a partnership with Dingman Group, Inc., the nation’s largest professional athlete relocation group based in Newport Beach, CA. The collective is arraying unique services in anticipation of the Sacramento Kings being sold to a group led by Chris Hansen, which aims to bring home the Seattle Supersonics in time for the NBA’s 2013 season.

“Let’s say we’re rolling out the yellow and green carpet,” said Dean Jones, Owner of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “By combining a leading Seattle-based real estate brokerage with a leading expert in professional athlete relocation services we offer a customized landing solution for athletes, their families and staff members alike. They’ll enjoy unparalleled access to the local real estate market and a seamless relocation experience.”

The Dingman Group, Inc. was an obvious choice for Jones to target relocation services within Seattle’s expanding professional sports franchise industry. “The Dingman Group, Inc. has managed more than two hundred individual, asset and team relocations in 2012 alone,” adds Jones. “This is a highly specialized business. I value their years of experience, trusted nationwide logistics network and demonstrated sensitivity when moving the families, their household goods and their luxury vehicles.”

Likewise Chris Dingman, President of Dingman Group, Inc. says Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is well positioned to offer tenant/buyer representation to incoming athletes. He notes their extensive knowledge of the in-city neighborhoods and immediate access to both short term property leases and unique listings for sale.

“We’re grateful for our realty network’s ability to provide market expertise on both ends of relocation while offering a single point of accountability,” said Dingman. “We’ve aligned a truly all-star team for our discerning clientele. This comprehensive approach allows professional athletes to focus on training and winning games instead of stressing about moving logistics.”

If Chris Hansen’s group is successful in landing an NBA and perhaps an NHL franchise in Seattle – the Emerald City will be among eight major metro areas in the nation to have every major professional sports franchise represented.Dingman Group, Inc. client Steve Smith, a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers agrees that Seattle is a good place for relocation specialists. “I’ve been working with Chris since he started The Dingman Group, Inc.,” said Smith. “His group has always taken tremendous care of me and my family. In any city you want Chris Dingman on your team – there’s nobody that knows our business like him.”

Savvy real estate professionals aren’t waiting for the NBA Board of Governors to officially approve the sale of the Kings scheduled for April 18, 2013. Some are already positioning for incoming basketball players to buy or lease their property listings. For example, Chris Doucet, a broker with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is shooting a video at her Lakehaven Estate waterfront listing near Seward Park to showcase the resort-like lifestyle and the quick, no-freeway commute to the new arena. Among her many exhibits is an artistic rendering showing a full-sized, indoor basketball court on the adjacent parcel designed by DiMarco Architecture, a local award-winning architectural studio. Doucet’s listings are part of a property showcase that targets basketball players as featured on the company blog at http://www.RealogicsSothebysRealty.com.

“We’re confident that the Sonics will be returning to Seattle and I’ll be ready to welcome them home,” said Doucet. “While not all of our listings will feature regulation-sized basketball courts rest assured our brokers will be sure to note the ceiling heights in their marketing comments.”

About Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty: Artfully uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading marketing and sales brokerage in the Pacific Northwest and a top-selling office in the center city by total dollar volume. Recently recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as the second fastest growing private company in Washington State for 2012, the boutique real estate firm of approximately 55 brokers consistently ranks among the most productive firms by agent within the markets that it serves. Visit RealogicsSothebysRealty.com.

About The Dingman Group, Inc.: For more than seven years, The Dingman Group, Inc. has catered to the unique solutions required by professional sports athletes when relocating between cities. Common services include buying and selling real estate, identifying short term living arrangements, luxury leases, the transport of vehicles, the shipment of household goods and providing neighborhood orientation to the client and family members. The Dingman Group, Inc. is a recognized leader in this highly-specialized industry with hundreds of satisfied customers. Visit DingmanGroup.com.

EDITORS NOTE: PROPERTY TOURS AND INTERVIEWS ARE BEING OFFERED TO LOCAL MEDIA AS FOLLOWS:

DATE:         Friday, April 12th (9am-11am) or by appointment 206.390.1826
LOCATION:    The Lakehaven Estate – 5525 South Othello Street, Seattle, WA.
WHO:                            Chris Dingman, Dean Jones and Chris Doucet
WHAT:                         Private tour of the Lakehaven Estate and interviews
VISUALS:                     Professional renderings of the new basketball arena and high-resolution photography of premises.

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