The newest broker at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) will stand out from the crowd—quite literally—because he’s about a foot taller than most of the other global real estate advisors at the brokerage.
Before joining RSIR, Solomon Alabi played two years in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, then went on to have a successful career overseas in Greece, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Japan. He and his family ultimately settled in the Northwest, brought here by his wife’s profession, and as an ideal community to raise their family.
Solomon shared what led to his career flip in a recent Seattle Met piece. As his family grew, his needs in his home had changed. But a basketball career hadn’t prepared him for the market.
“So the Alabis embarked on their first house-hunting experience. It wasn’t the breeze Solomon expected; turns out those one-year international contracts weren’t sufficient for securing a loan. The couple instead leaned on Briana’s gig to guarantee financing for a home in Shoreline.”
Surprised by the experience, his interest in real estate was peaked.
Solomon, who had been playing basketball at the Washington Athletic Club over the past couple of years, connected with another WAC member, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty broker Stephen Saunders, who encouraged him to pursue his real estate interests.
Now Solomon maintains his competitive edge when representing clients during negotiations. And of course, his height quite literally allows him to provide a unique perspective on Northwest homes.