Bravo's Million Dollar Listing had me curious. I am not the type to get involved in mindless soap opera type shows. Dallas being excluded (love that show).
This show should be defined as drama exagerrated. Agents getting in physical fights with one another. 250k+ commissions in just days. No problems in the contract to close stage because in this world a contract meant certain closing with no more hiccups. This was like the Matrix for Real Estate Agents. An imaginary world where the boundaries were truly meant to be bent.
I did not worry about misrepresentations or exagerations in this show. I watched the marathon of episodes and was entertained. My reality in Columbia, SC is the average home price is under 160k. 500k+ will get you a house on beautiful Lake Murray. The average days on market are 90 - 120 days (depending on price point). I could only dream of a scenario where I could list and sell a multi-million dollar home in days based on an over the top open house.
Sometimes watching the exaggerated reveals valid points in a way that training and experience doesn't always highlight.
1. While we must protect and do the best for our clients. We must also understand we need to negotiate as hard for ourselves as our sellers during the listing presentation. Until we have a listing agreement signed we represent ourselves and our brokerages. Once you create a win/win for both sides then it is our job to do what is right for our clients.
2. Enthusiasm and time urgency are critical. In real estate, if you miss a client's urgency then the opportunity can quickly pass.
Do I recommend this show? Not necessarily, but sometimes it is nice just to watch a show without over-analyzing it. If you have had a stressful day and this show is on. Give it a few episodes and see if it grows on you.