Real Estate Advice from a Soccer Coach

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Real Estate Advice from a Soccer Coach


I have been a Soccer Mom for 7 years.  This year, I somehow got suckered into coaching!  YIKES!  I have never played soccer.  I have never coached ANYTHING, and I must admit, I am extremely nervous.


I have been reading, studying, googling and asking a million questions, and I have come to one conclusion. Coaching a soccer team is much like the wonderful world of being a Real Estate Agent.


  • Knowing your position - There are many positions in a real estate My Little Soccer Playertransaction.  Seller's Agent, Buyer's Agent, Closing Attorney, Home Inspector, Appraiser, Buyer, Seller, and often more. As long as everyone remembers their position and knows how to perform properly, everything will go much smoother.


  • Communication - Just like soccer players need to communicate verbally on the field and know when & where to pass the ball, Real Estate Agents must know when to seek help from other folks in the transaction. They must sometimes pass the ball.  They must also practice verbal communication. Pick up the dang phone (but not on the soccer field)!


  • Working as a team - If every player on the team works together, the chances of winning are much higher.  In real estate, every person involved must work together to get the deal to the closing table.  If one member forgets to show up to practice, or shows up to a game exhausted and unprepared, the entire team can fall apart.  In sports, they often say that your team is only as strong as your weakest player... Hmmmm?


  • Being a good sport -  Sometimes you win & sometimes you lose.  Either way, you need to be a good sport.  Don't forget about the other players in the game. Congratulate the winners, compliment the losers and keep a positive attitude.  As long as you do your best, play a good honest game and don't give up... you have nothing to be upset about.  


My soccer team, "J-CREW", will have their very first practice this evening. Please wish my boys a great season, and if you know anything about coaching soccer... Feel free to share any tips or advice!

Comments (37)

Craig Cooper
Chase International Real Estate - Tahoe City, CA
Creating-Preserving-Growing Wealth in Real Estate

Sounds like J-Crew is in great hands and will have a great season. Congratulations to you and your boys who will remember this season one day and you will all cherish that memory!

Feb 09, 2016 05:06 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


First of all I hope your team has a great season!

I think this is a very appropriate analogy - I espeically liked what you said about communication, which often is the basis of problems, and complaints from consumers, in our business. 

Being a good sport throughout is key for all involved. Isn't that also true for life in general?


Feb 09, 2016 06:43 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Best of luck with the soccer season! I'm sure you will do great.

As for your analogy, it's a very appropriate one. There are obviously lots of similarities between soccer coaching and real estate!

Feb 09, 2016 07:01 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for the writeup!!!

Sometimes you win & sometimes you lose.  Either way, you need to be a good sport!!!

Feb 09, 2016 07:51 PM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

What a great analogy, Amy.  I know you will be an awesome coach.  Very few do research.

Feb 09, 2016 07:54 PM
Debra B Albert, PA - Keyes Realty
Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986 - Port St Lucie, FL
Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292

This is the best blog I have seen in a long time!  Love it!  Very true and simplified - just Super!

Feb 09, 2016 08:01 PM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Hi Amy Sports have always been a feat analogy what how to succeed in business...a good team make all the work easy and more enjoyable...especially when celebrating a win.

Feb 09, 2016 10:32 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

"If every player on the team works together, the chances of winning are much higher.  In real estate, every person involved must work together to get the deal to the closing table."

Agreed Amy Hahn - Reblog!

Feb 09, 2016 10:43 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Amy, I do think you've covered all of your bases on this one!  Great analogy.

Feb 09, 2016 10:47 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Good game coach and also.....good post too

Feb 09, 2016 10:58 PM
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

That is exactly how I do real estate and what has kept me in business for 18 years. Biggest thing is communication and a team player attitude. Let the professionals do their part ( I am not a lender or a home inspector). When you don't know an answer seek elsewhere to get the correct answer don't guess :-)

Great post!

Feb 09, 2016 11:30 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You're going to be a great coach, Amy. How wonderful to spend time with your children ( and other children) in this manner. Great memories will be made. Congratulations Coach Amy. 

Feb 10, 2016 01:54 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Excellent analogy. I remember when I coached my son's soccer team when he was about eight years experience, never played, too competitive.  It was only years later when I ref'ed adult/college soccer I had finally learned enough!  You grow as a coach, as a real estate agent, as a parent.  Its experience...Good luck!

Feb 10, 2016 02:02 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Well good luck esp in dealing with some of the other 'soccer moms'!!  Very good comparison to real estate.

Feb 10, 2016 02:03 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Great post.  I always think of us as being coaches for our Real Estate clients.  I have coached baseball and watched my kids in lots of stuff.  I never got Soccer.  Always looks like a bunch of kids chasing a ball around.  :)

Feb 10, 2016 02:05 AM
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

What a great read!

Nice analogy.  Communication and work as a team are my favorites.  Those kids (and clients) are lucky to have you.

Feb 10, 2016 04:33 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I hear ya, Hockey mom here and you're right. Lots we can learn from our kids sports. 

Feb 10, 2016 08:54 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I enjoyed reading your post. I used to attned the games when my son played when he was a kid,

Feb 10, 2016 08:43 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Lose the whistle.  Try to enlist some of the fathers to at least help with some of the organizing even if it's on a game by game basis

Feb 11, 2016 09:14 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Great analogy and I especially like the "be a good sport section". So, how goes the coaching? Have you won a few? 

Apr 02, 2016 02:59 PM