The 612,000 people who follow Tyler Lockett on instagram know his two very different sides: One is the Seattle Seahawks record wide receiver, highlighted by his stream of game-day action photos and custom cleat photos. The other is the deeply spiritual 29-year-old who quotes Bible verses and publishes poetry.
But on March 30, Lockett introduced her Instagram fans and 210,300 Twitter followers— to a brand new character: Tyler Lockett, real estate agent.
To be clear, Lockett is still very dedicated to his football career (after all, he signed a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks last year worth $69.2 million). But he is already thinking about his passions beyond the pitch and the end of his playing days.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do for the past two years,” Lockett said of his foray into real estate, noting his fondness for HGTV. “I thought it would be a good idea to do it now while I’m still playing football rather than trying to wait, because sometimes when you’re done playing football people just say, ‘ Thank you for what you do, and good luck with your future projects.’ I prefer to be able to start my second career while I’m still playing.”
Real estate, he adds, is “a great way to be able to make a difference in people’s lives.”
On March 31, a day after announcing that he had completed the 90-hour realtor course and passed his national and Washington state licensing exams, Lockett released his first registration at home on its website, Liv N Serve Real Estate. (For the record, no, it wasn’t Russell Wilson’s Bellevue mansion.)
On April 7, the five-bedroom, $3.25 million home in Sammamish was on hold. “Not everyone starts with an initial listing of over $3 million, so for me to be able to start with that is a blessing.”
Lockett doesn’t do anything small. He plans to create and expand Liv N Serve teams in Washington, Texas, Oklahoma and maybe even Arizona. Texas real estate courses (including 180 hours) are as follows.
Until then, Lockett says he is dedicated to growing in his second profession. His first registration taught him the art of negotiation – “it’s not you who win, it’s your customer who wins” – and also how to listen and learn from his customers. “Sometimes we think they care about all these other things that can come with a house, and all they really care about is a real estate agent asking them about their needs.”
As for how Lockett plans to juggle his intense, travel-laden job as an athlete with his burgeoning real estate career, well, he doesn’t see that as an issue. Staging, marketing, inspections — once you solidify those initial bonds and get into a professional routine, he says, it’s not hard to get things done. Even home visits can be done virtually, Lockett notes, allowing him to have conversations with clients and negotiations with other agents over the phone or text.
He sees everything he’s doing in real estate right now as an add-on, a base for when he’s done playing football. And, most certainly, a challenge to expectations.
“You might have people who might be upset or might kind of feel a way because, you know, as an athlete you’re going into a whole different career path where people might feel like you’re walking on their toes,” Lockett said. “But at the end of the day, I just try to be my best and be great at everything I’ve been blessed with…so I can’t be taken in positive and negative feedback.”