This really is about Real Estate. :)

By
Real Estate Agent with Remax Integrity

My husband and I have recently lived successfully without cable since early Spring. We got along with the four fuzzy channels left in the wake of the digital changeover and joined Netflicks to offset our addiction to televised entertainment. In that time, I did, however, go to the library monthly, read many more books and generally felt quite good---you know---healthy. So what did we do for Christmas? Yep. We've gotten cable.

My first observation is that there aren't enough choices in basic cable plans. We chose more than 5 channels which left us with 425 or 6000. So we went "middle of the road". The result? I have now gorged myself on mindless television for the better part of two days. I've found new favorite programs (TOP GEAR rocks!) and checked out my old favorite haunts.

Some of them have just gone rotten.

My gag meter went off the charts after watching an episode of "Million Dollar Listing". Yes, I know, it's been out forever. And I have watched one or two segments before (so yes, I did have prior knowledge to these 'actors')---but I was thinking to myself as I tuned in to Bravo---heck, maybe these young whippersnappers (my own age?) have some great ideas on marketing a million dollar home. I love high end construction and have a background of marketing custom building, so I'm always looking for a better way to do business.

Well, I did not get any pointers whatsoever. In fact, I wondered if I should start a petition against shows like this that in my estimation do more harm to the image of a competant, Professional Realtor than anything! First off, their egos annoy me to no end. Well, that might be because they HAVE NO END. Am I to believe that some of these wealthy business people genuinely think that these boys' designer shirts, fancy haircuts and bad attitudes will help sell their properties faster? Or is it part-n-parcel of the Hollywood Party-Sell lifestyle that they are buying into? And while I'm on the subject, does anyone else find the voices of these guys and the cadence in which they speak the new version of the "Valley-Boy"?

None of these young men demonstrate a deep knowledge of what they are doing. Maybe that's what bugs me the most.  A monkey can write a real estate contract--everybody knows that. But write a real estate contract WELL? And with knowledge of true consequence for both the investor and the seller? I think that kind of professionalism is something learned by intention and experience, both.  And I suppose I have a hard time imagining any of them demonstrating any more intention in their work than pouring a stiff martini and waxing their mercedes'.

Speaking of Mercedes, I'm turning back to Top Gear. That show is amazing! Witty, well-paced, factual, and inspirational. I too, long to race a Winnebago and potentially beat Simon Cowell in the track postings. Now there, is intention!

 

Comments (8)

Heather Fitzgerald
REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc. - Greenwood, IN
REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate

Alisha,  the guy that is more concerned about his hair than his girlfriend is horrible.  Tatiana with The Property Shoppe or whatever you call it is also an ego driven pompous appearing person.  They do not give the rest of us a good name.  Luckily there are the Sabrina Soto's and Mike Aubrey's out there.

Dec 06, 2009 09:30 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Alisha - I have watched 2 episodes of that show and that was 2 more than enough for me.  It is not really a real estate show - just another snotty reality show with people being rude to each other and thinking they're cute.

Dec 06, 2009 09:33 AM
Lorrie Semler, REALTORĀ® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

I only have basic cable and it's for the reception.  I've never seen HGTV or any of the other real estate/staging shows.  I don't think I'm missing anything.

Dec 06, 2009 10:17 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Alisha ~ What made you go back?  I think about giving up cable but haven't been able to pull the plug - yet.  But that day will come...

Liz

Dec 06, 2009 10:44 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Stopped watching the news over a year ago and I am leaning toward removing them completely for the new year. All the reality shows are pure trsh and is designed to lower the IQs of all.

Dec 06, 2009 11:22 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Welcome to the world of cable TV -- pick the best and leave the rest -- tape them to enjoy at a later time.

Dec 06, 2009 12:29 PM
Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs
Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186 - Wilmington, DE
Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics

I havent seen Top Gear but those sissy boys on MDL creeps me out also!

Dec 06, 2009 03:57 PM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

I'd be lost without cable. I still find time to read.  When you can't sleep at 3am cable is a God send. 

Dec 07, 2009 10:48 AM