Real Estate Professionals Can Scare in Style This Halloween
Halloween season is upon us and with plenty to love about a career in real estate (ranking fifth in Best Sales and Marketing Jobs and 17th in Highest Paying Jobs Without a Degree, for starters), agents might just want to funnel their passion into a real estate-oriented Halloween costume this year. While it’s true that there’s nothing more terrifying than an unethical real estate agent, we’ve assembled a few more options ranging from funny and endearing to downright inspiring. So, let’s jump right into the six most stylish costumes for real estate diehards.
1. Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
Hey, titans of residential real estate! Phil Dunphy, played by Ty Burrell, appears in ABC’s Modern Family as the goofy and sweet husband of earnestly up-tight Claire and father of three. He’s not just the lovably eccentric patriarch of the Dunphy household, though. He’s also a hardworking (and passionate) real estate agent —and a stylish one, at that.
Odds are you already have a button-up, pair of slacks, and tie in your closet. Phil gravitates toward cool blues, grays, and muted reds, but just about any business casual getup will do. Then, if you weren’t blessed with a head of thick, dark hair, pick up a wig and you’ll be in business.
Bonus points if you can memorize and recite Phil’s ABCs of salesmanship throughout the night:
2. Arie and Lauren Luyendyk (The Bachelor)
Will you accept this rose? The Bachelor franchise’s most infamous pair could make a killer couple’s costume this year.
Arie Luyendyk is a racecar driver turned RE/MAX agent who received the offer of a lifetime in 2018. After appearing as a contestant on The Bachelorette six years earlier, the real estate pro disrupted the status quo (the next lead is often selected from the previous season) by taking another stab at love as The Bachelor.
The star further stirred up controversy, however, when he dumped “winner” and fan-favorite Becca Kufrin and proposed to runner-up Lauren Burnham.
With Arie’s real estate background and Lauren’s interior design expertise, the duo has recently dabbled in house flipping and could now make the perfect Halloween costume for a reality TV and real estate-oriented couple. One person will need salt-and-pepper hair or a wig, while the other should sport long, blonde locks. Then, you’ll just need some cocktail wear and a red rose or two to really sell the ensemble.
3. The Property Brothers
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Canadian twins Jonathan and Drew Scott make up HGTV’s beloved Property Brothers, finding and remodeling ‘blah’ homes for soon-to-be-dazzled clients across the country. Drew works as the agent while Jonathan serves as contractor, creating a one-stop-shop powerhouse that is undeniably fun to watch.
This stylish set of twins would also make a perfect Halloween costume, so round up your business partner or mentor and get them on board! To dress like Drew, lean into your professional appearance. Don a colorful button-up, tie, and a pair of slacks. Jonathan, on the other hand, has a more laid-back approach to fashion. Consider a flannel button-up, pair of jeans, and work boots. A hammer for Jonathan and a cell phone for Drew really will bring it home.
4. Chip and Joanna Gaines
This one’s for all the HGTV superfans! If you’ve been too busy studying to catch up on reality TV, you may have missed the fact that the beloved stars of Fixer Upper now head up their own TV network, launched a home decor line with Target, and have essentially transformed Waco, Texas into a destination for all things real estate. In fact, when it comes to real estate-related costumes, we can hardly think of a better couple to pay tribute to this Halloween.
To pass as this pair, your Joanna will need long, dark locks or a comparable wig, a stylish utilitarian jacket over a simple, solid-colored blouse, a pair of jeans, and some booties. “Chip” should don a casual t-shirt (check out Magnolia Market for Chip and Joanna-approved options), some mid-wash jeans, and a well-loved pair of workboots. To finish off the ensemble, try to work “shiplap” or “subway tile” into conversation throughout the night.
5. Gary Keller
Gary Keller, the founder of Keller Williams, is a real estate rockstar. In addition to heading up the world’s largest real estate company, Keller is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a finalist for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Per REALTORⓇ Magazine, he is also one of real estate’s most influential thought leaders and one of REAL Trends five “Most Admired People” in real estate. Who wouldn’t want to be him for a night?
If you’re a particularly die-hard Keller Williams agent, dressing like this real estate guru is actually pretty easy. Simply don a simple black t-shirt, add a fake mustache, and, of course, tote around one of Gary’s greatest reads. May we recommend The Millionaire Real Estate Agent?
6. Pam the Broker (Broad City)
Millennial agents may remember an entertainingly eccentric Broker named Pam hired to help Broad City’s Abbi find a new apartment in The Big Apple. Pam, played by comedian Amy Sedaris, takes the protagonists on an apartment search from hell, with stops including a “railroad-style apartment” that is essentially just a hallway and a literal crime scene.
With such a unique persona, it makes sense that this character has an eclectic appearance to match. To pass as Pam, you’ll want to start with perfectly coiffed hair à la '80s. Don your best white pantsuit, and don’t forget the unexplained neck brace. Bonus points if you can secure a smart car for the night!
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