Brokers Say NBA /NHL Franchises in Seattle May Further Spur Local Housing Market but Requires a Unique Solution

DOWNTOWN SEATTLE (April 11, 2013) – Executives at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RISR) 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 RSIR.  “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.”

Chris Dingman, president of Dingman Group, a Newport Beach, Calif.-based professional athlete relocation company.

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 ultimately 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.

“I’ve been working with Chris since he started The Dingman Group, Inc.  His group has taken tremendous care of me and my family.  When I signed my first long-term contract he was the first person I called to assist us with buying my mother a home – something I always wanted to do.  As my career has matured, and as our family grows, his group has been a key contact when we’ve had to pack and move (relocate) locally.  In any city you want Chris Dingman on your team – there’s nobody that knows our business like him.”

- Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

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, RSIR broker Chris Doucet 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 an RSIR showcase that targets basketball players and is featured on the RSIR blog at

Pictured Above: The Lakehaven Estate listing offered for sale in Seward Park on the shores of Lake Washington is shown with an artistic rendering of a full-sized, private basketball court on the adjacent property owned by the seller.

“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 listings will feature regulation-sized basketball courts our brokers will at least be sure to note the ceiling heights in their marketing comments.

To learn more about the partnership between The Dingman Group, Inc. and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty download the brochure here.

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