Kirkland, Wash. — It’s a day off from Seattle Seahawks training camp in early August, but Tyler Lockett at work
His office on this Wednesday afternoon is not the team’s practice facility but a four-bedroom, 3½-bath house 20 minutes up the road. It is new construction, newly staged and almost ready to hit the market.
The locket is there because his job is to sell it.
Yes, the wide receiver with 60 career touchdowns and more than $70 million in on-field earnings is now a real estate agent in his spare time, with a license in two states and several million dollar transactions under his belt.
After gradually setting up the furniture, Lockett arrives at the Kirkland home and gives a tour. He starts in the kitchen, where he notes the sleek white cabinets and imagines how many bar stools could sit on the counter. Next is the finished basement, complete with a wine fridge and a kitchenette in the living area.
“It can be anything you want it to be,” Lockett says. “This could be your man cave. This could be your woman cave.”
Upstairs, it has all the natural light pouring in through a large hallway window off the primary bedroom. Up on the roof, he shows off the deck with west-facing views, which he thinks will be one of the home’s biggest selling points. It would eventually list for just under $3.3 million.
“We’re still talking about what that will look like as we continue with CMA [comparative market analysis] Be able to see what some of these other houses have gone for, Lockett said “One thing I tell people about real estate is that buyers are going to determine how much the house is worth [worth]. Buyers are going to determine the market. That’s just how it goes.”
Talking about CMA, ceramic tile floors, soaker tubs and square footage in general may sound strange coming from most NFL players. But Lockett, whose interests and talents extend beyond football.
He is a published author, having published a book of poetry titled “Reflections” in 2019 and His work is done In spoken-word form. He won one Emmy Award For that in 2022 NFL Network Features 1921 Black Wall Street Massacre in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was the Seahawks’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award the past two seasons.
Now, their 31-year-old renaissance man is embarking on what he calls his “second career” as he continues to master his day job.
In Monday night’s game against the New York Giants (8:15 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN), Lockett had 13 catches for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the 2-1 Seahawks, including the winning score in overtime against the Detroit Lions in Week 2.
Game winner called by Steve Raible.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 19, 2023
“Just for him to be able to do that and balance the football and not miss a beat on the football field just speaks volumes for the type of person he is, the type of player he is,” the teammate said. DK Metcalfe, who hired Lockett to scout his recently purchased home. “He’s taking it very seriously. When we’re not talking about football, that’s all he wants to talk about. I’m sure I can get my real estate license with all the conversations we’ve had.”
“He always wants to stretch himself, and this is one way to do it.”
its seeds Lockett’s real estate career took off after signing his first extension with the Seahawks in 2018. He began watching HGTV while preparing to buy his first home and his interest piqued.
“I just kind of read it,” he said.
Beginning in the 2022 offseason, Lockett completed the 90 hours of online education required of prospective real estate brokers in Washington state, passed the exam in February and was licensed in March. He later completed another 180 hours of coursework and received his license that September in Texas, where he spent most of the offseason. But by then Lockett was running around Keller Williams on the Eastside in Washington, business cards and all.
And business is busy.
Lockett was part of seven transactions that totaled nearly $17 million in sales, with the Kirkland home still on the market and other properties to be listed. This past spring, Keller Williams of his team, Live N Serve Real Estate, became the official realtor of the Seahawks. It’s a rare — if not unheard of — sponsorship deal between a team and one of its players (the two worked with the NFL to secure the partnership in accordance with the league’s salary cap rules).
Lockett represents home buyers and sellers, NFL players and regular people. He also ventured into commercial real estate, last year working with a buyer to purchase an apartment building in Aberdeen, Washington. He is on the way to listing another commercial property in Oregon.
“The biggest thing in real estate is the relationship, because that’s what keeps a client at the end of the day,” Lockett said. “In every relationship, you have to have great communication, and you have to have complete and brutal honesty, and sometimes that’s the hardest part. … They have this idea, ‘This house is going to happen. [sold] And all this I am willing to accept.’ And you have to learn to not only be able to talk to them or talk to them, but meet them where they are and communicate with them on a level that only they can understand.
“It’s a lot like that when you’re named captain. You’re able to do the same thing with your teammates.”
In some cases, these two worlds have met. Lockett, however, was not listed for this Russell WilsonIts lakefront mansion, which hit the market for a cool $28 million after trading the quarterback from Seattle to the Denver Broncos last offseason.
“They always say don’t do business with your friends,” Lockett said with a laugh when asked about not being hired by Wilson, “so I’d rather keep our friendship.”
When Lockett works with friends in the NFL, he prefers to represent them only as buyers. This avoids any money-related awkwardness, as the agent’s commission — typically 3% of each party in Washington state — is paid by the seller.
Lockett and a partner at Keller Williams toured Seattle-area homes with Metcalf in the offseason before finding one over the summer. Metcalf called it a “great” experience and said his financial advisor came away impressed with Lockett’s professionalism.
“He was like, ‘Dude, Tyler is so thorough with his work,'” Metcalfe said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s Locke, day in and day out.’ So he left a good impression on many people.”
In addition to Metcalf, Lockett assisted NFL safety and former teammate Adrian Colbert Find a home in Texas in the spring. Lockett and one of his partners at Keller Williams closed on a condo in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue the day before they moved to a home in nearby Kirkland in August.
“That’s the best part,” he said, “just seeing your buyer with the keys. Or your seller happy that they got a lot off their back.”
How to locket Juggling real estate and football?
“It’s not hard,” he said.
But it requires time management and some teamwork, especially when it’s moonlighting in season.
Lockett co-lists some properties — like the Kirkland home — with Keller Williams, another agent at Danny Nunes, which splits the work (and the commission). Tyler keeps a detailed list of where each of his clients are in the buying or selling process, which helps him stay on top of his schedule and work ahead. Once a property is pending, he can rely on a transaction coordinator to help with paperwork and other hurdles before closing.
The newlywed Lockett estimates that 70% of his day is spent on football, with real estate taking up another 15% to 20%. This may mean knocking out some work during breaks at team headquarters.
“During training camp, at lunch, he’s on Zoom calls, he’s cold calling people trying to drum up business,” Nunes said. “So it’s not just going to his teammates and helping them. … He’ll be in the locker room after the game and he’ll text about a deal. I’ll be like, ‘Focus on football.’ But he has time for everything.”
Lockett knows that an NFL player spending time on anything other than the game might not sit well with anyone, but he’s never been the stick-to-football type.
“The hardest part about being able to start your second career is that everyone always holds you back to that one career,” he said. “And because there’s so much that comes with this game of football…, people always say you just have to focus on that, if you’re not doing well you’re doing all these other things. But we also have dreams, and we have something that We want to fulfill… not just for ourselves, but also for our families and our future families.”
Standing on the roof of the Kirkland home, Lockett made it clear that while he’s setting himself up for life after football, he’s not on the brink of retirement. Why would he? After this season, he will have two years and roughly $34 million remaining on the $69 million extension he signed in 2021.
And he’s still at the top of his game. Lockett has reached 1,000 yards in each of the past four seasons after falling just shy of that mark (965) in 2018. His 47 touchdowns since then rank fifth in the NFL. He is becoming the franchise’s second-leading receiver behind Steve Largent in both catches and receiving yards.
“For a real estate agent, I think he’s doing a great job playing wide receiver,” the quarterback said. Geno Smith quipped at the end of last season.
Locket after that kind of recognition.
“You have to fight a lot just to show people that you are more than a football player,” he said. “Going into this year, I’ve already been through almost a year, and now people see me as more than just a football player. They don’t see me as someone who’s trying to see what it’s like to be a realtor, but they see me as “actually now a As a realtor.”