Realtors ready to sell to NFL Draft picks

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - While coach's wrangle over NBA Draft picks, realtors are standing by with what they call "hot" NFL homes ready for players.

And the deals can be as fast as the picks.

It all depends on the player and the contract, but some Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International realtors have made deals in as little as 72 hours after the draft deal.

The company has set up what they call a “war room,” and tells ABC15 realtors in 32 markets are already in contact with some player's agents. Listings have been sent and now it's time to start moving the deals.

“We've been working for months getting ready for draft night,” said Ted Petersen, a Russ Lyon Sotheby's International realtor.

Petersen specializes in professional player homes, and even runs a separate business called “Sports Star Relocation Arizona."

He tells ABC15, many times, players drafted will be on a flight the very next morning to meet their teammates.

And after all the press conferences, comes the search for the perfect pad.

“They might be ready to see houses within 24-48 hours of the draft,” said Petersen.

On the list are homes with features Petersen calls “NLF hot buttons” or have "athlete-appeal."

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s realtor Joanne Foster opened up one home on the list for ABC15 to tour.

The million dollar home was already a favorite for PGA Professional Mark Hensby and his wife Kim.

It has plenty of security which is what Petersen said players want most.

“Most of our clients prefer a gated community so when they're on the road they feel safe and their families feel safe.”

Workout rooms and game rooms are a big plus too.

Next on the list, rooms for their guests.

“You know a lot of our clients are often surrounded by family and friends and a split master floor plan or a large casita with a private entrance are features our players tend to gravitate towards.”

Petersen says the East Valley home we toured has everything on a NFL player’s list, including a private putting green.

After all, a Cardinals football field would be a bit much.

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