In football you wear a helmet
In baseball you wear a cap.
In football you receive a penalty.
In baseball you make an error.
In football, you invade enemy territory.
In baseball, the object is to go home.
–George Carlin, “Baseball vs. Football”
I don’t know about other Realtors, but to me managing a busy real estate practice feels like overseeing multiple, parallel football games — on the same field (hopefully touch, not tackle).
Each line of scrimmage corresponds to one deal, with a Buyer and Seller (and their Realtors) on opposite sides.
And like each possession, each real estate deal starts at one end zone, and ends up (hopefully) at the other.
In a smooth deal, it takes a handful of big plays to cover the field.
In a bumpier deal, gains are eked out a few yards at at time, grudgingly.
Good fundamentals –“blocking and tackling” — are key in both football and real estate.
And just like in football, a good real estate “quarterback” minimizes fumbles, interceptions, and other unforced errors.
P.S.: the one metaphor where baseball is better than football? The one about the “object being to go home.”