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Relocating Your Clients

A large part of being a sports agent is being trusted and accountable. Your clients will want to know that they can come to you with questions, get honest answers, and that those answers will be presented with their best interests in mind. There are a lot of large sports agencies and even some boutique agencies who wish to offer full-service capabilities. There are variations of what that actually means. Some attempt to handle absolutely everything in-house, whether it be financial planning, estate planning, retirement planning, philanthropy, etc. Others only offer a few services outright. I have found it very rewarding to use the plenty of connections that I have made in the past few years to our clients’ advantage, and offer them a dinner plate of options when it comes to the services they may need. Instead of pretending that we can offer our clients the best possible product in every area possible, we are humble enough to create strong relationships with those at the top of their industries so that we may refer our clients to them once a particular service is needed.

Dynasty has cultivated strong bonds with companies that range from providing private jets, to bodyguards, to training facilities. Another area that we have forged strong bonds is in athlete relocation. Athletes are constantly on the move. One second they have a stable job at X team. The next day, they find their names on the transaction wire because they were traded or released. When they have so many moves, it can be hard to find them new locations every time. Selling real estate can take a long time if you do it the traditional way so most agents just go to a company like we buy houses around Indiana as they know they’ll be able to sell their client’s house quickly for cash. Then, all they have to worry about is finding a new property near where their new sports team is based. It usually takes a long time to find a property, get informed on the insurance rates in that state, move all your belongings in, and it can take up to a month to get your life back in order. But athletes don’t have the luxury of time when they’re constantly on the go, leaving you to sort out everything for them. There are a few companies that have stepped in to ease the process of moving. Dynasty is lucky to be on friendly terms with two of them.

The Dingman Group, headed by Chris Dingman, matches athletes with a real estate expert from their distinguished Nationwide Family, and ensures a seamless and successful relocation. Whether the need is to sell, purchase or lease a home, Chris’ priority is to recommend a sound financial decision while providing the highest level of service and attention. The real estate experts are pre-screened and interviewed to ensure they possess a track record of excellence and the skills necessary to enable a smooth transition. The service provided does not cost the athlete a penny.

Sport Star Relocation, headed by Ed Kaminsky, offers very similar services as The Dingman Group. Additionally, its lending branch can arrange discounted loans for athletes and executives almost anywhere in the U.S. Kaminsky is listed in the top 100 real estate agents in the country. Sport Star Relocation and Mr. Kaminsky were recently highlighted in a video clip showing an L.A. house to our boy, Jordan Farmar.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

7 replies on “Relocating Your Clients”

Great post Darren,

I always wondered about the relocation issue w/ clients. It’s one of the annoying things about the sports business and I’m sure it takes a toll on pro-athletes, so an agent has to be on top of things in making sure the client has minimal stress when dealing with relocation after a trade.

It is important for athletes to know that we provide a service that protects their interest from soup to nuts. With over 400 relocation specialists in our web of agents, ProSportsRelocation is everywhere the pro ahtlete needs to be.
—Angela M. Bowman, ProSportsRelocation, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. 301-266-1232. is a real estate relocation company specializing in relocating professional athletes and entertainers nationwide.

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