Getting TIRED of the way the Real Estate Industry is Shown on TV

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

With the new season of Amazon's Prime series BOSCH airing a few weeks ago, this last season of this long-running show featured greedy landlords killing a girl * Tamale Girl, for greedy real estate developers in the name of Gentrification....when in reality, the residents chained the fire door that prevented her escape from the fire set by a rival gang as a message to politicians. 


Yes, there was a nice looking leasing agent, and the real estate dudes were slick; however, blaming the new landlords for the deaths was a sound bite media gotcha that was not necessary IMHO.


In SHAMELESS, Fiona tries to get rich investing and fixing up buildings with a questionable flipper who ultimately gives her the funds to get out of Chicago and her SHAMELESS family.  Not a very teachable moment, but entertaining if only to see how the other half lives.


Now ANIMAL KINGDOM which will premier it's 5th and next to the last season on TNT at 9P on Sunday has the right idea....let's teach responsible real estate investing.


Loosely based on an Aussi movie of the same name about a real Melbourne crime family, AK as fans affectionally refer to it, is the story of a single-mother whose 3 sons, adopted son and grandson pull heists all over SoCal for several decades.


Mom, Smurf Cody, learned early that she needed to launder the money so she started investing in CA apartment and rental property.  She installed single moms and pensioners who paid her 10cents on the dollar to sign rental agreements for inflated * but market * rents and she laundered the heist income monthly through her books and her "boys" were put on the payroll of her management company as property managers.  Authorities know what she is doing and can't prove it as the "tenants" are grilled on what to say and how much rent they pay. 

.....Smurf is my HERO

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Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  


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Comments (13)

Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Sounds wholesome & entertaining! 😉

Jul 07, 2021 08:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Wallace - first, it is nice to "see" you around the halls(err pages) of ActiveRain.  Second, I have not seen but have heard of the programs you mention.  Sometimes ignorance(or is that avoidance?) can be bliss.   And as for finding bliss, there are so many opportunities in everyday life.  

Jul 07, 2021 08:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Wallace and I agree with Michael, good to see you back here.  So many questions, who is your guy in NACAR this year,


Jul 07, 2021 08:51 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM

Rowdy in the #18....

Jul 07, 2021 10:03 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Wallace- I too am glad to see you back here!!!  Bosch is on my list of shows to watch and though I've heard of Animal Kingdom I've never seen it. I take it you are still into NASCAR!!

Jul 07, 2021 06:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 10, 2021 06:36 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Wallace S. Gibson, CPM - I have not seen either one of these.  I will have to take a look.

Jul 11, 2021 04:51 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Wallace. Like Grant Schneider, have not watched either of these. Enjoy your day! 

Jul 11, 2021 05:03 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never really watched reality tv but I know enough to know it isn't true reality and when it is, it is usually a pretty sad reality, haha.

Jul 11, 2021 05:38 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM

These are not "reality" tv....they are crime and drama shows....

Jul 12, 2021 07:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Wallace.

I hope you are enjoying a productive summer.

Keep cool and stay safe.

Jul 11, 2021 05:45 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Wallace S. Gibson, CPM - I have got to catch up on what I have missed on both those shows.  Like you,  I often look at how a show portrays Realtors and real estate.  Your post made me wonder how those who are in other fields such as medicine, law, fire, or policing see the way the actors and the profession imitate real life.  

Jul 11, 2021 08:42 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

It's amazing that there aren't more shows like that.  Everything we see is how much fun it is, how easy it is, and how much money you can make. 

Jul 11, 2021 10:41 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am unfamiliar with either of the shows, but that second with the landlord paying the rents is a story that may be true in some areas.

Jul 12, 2021 06:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Wallace:

Welcome back! I am not a fan of "reality" TV and have not heard of any of these. Guess I am not missing anything. The real world of real estate is enough!


Jul 12, 2021 09:29 PM