MILLION DOLLAR LISTING (on BRAVO)-a phenomenon in reality TV? YIKES!!!

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     I imagine the RE agents here on Active Rain must be thrilled to have three seemingly confused juvenile delinquents (they are supposedly somewhat older than that but certainly don't act it) earning hundreds of thousands of dollars while doing what seems to be little or nothing each episode.  All three of these "poor little rich kids" use their family contacts and many questionable tactics to squeeze clients out of way too much money for their minimal efforts.  This all happens while they drive new "custom" Mercedes and purchase $650 designer tennis shoes between manicure/pedicures and the cocktail hour.  I've worked hard to grind my own teenagers into an understanding and appreciation of hard work is and what it returns.  I feel undermined when I see these brats move a dual listing for over $300 grand in less than a 24 hour turnaround.  I'm sure it is demeaning to professional real estate agents to have these overprivileged and unappreciative youngsters portray your profession in such a petty light... 

     As if that weren't enough, we are then exposed to each of their personal lives...a primping 30 year old [who looks as if he's 12] proposing his girlfriend [who might look 13] become a live-in,... a sexually confused Malibu boy on a blind date with a same-sex partner set up by "friends",... and an overindulged grandmas-boy who tries desperately to impress his motly group of brat-pack rejects with his drinking  skills. 

I was sorta wondering what you RE brokers/agents think about this slop...hmmm?    

Well, back to the salt mines...actually, I'm a Notary Signing Agent (THANK GOD)!!


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Comments (9)

Barbara Gregus
CARES Consumer Advantage Real Estate Services - Sandia Park, NM
Sandia Park Paa-ko Homes

LOL, I've seen this show but awkwardly enough it doesn't depress me. I'm a young guy myself and aspire to reach high levels of success. I know my market is no way near the same price averages (just about $200,000) so that means I'll have to do a lot more sales than they do.

I'm not sure how much they do or do not know, and I'm sure they know a lot of very well connected people but what can I do about that. I can either be negative or strive to become better. Yeah, it does seem like these guys had the perfect ground work to become successful but I'll just have a better story to tell on my way up... (lets just hope I can get 1/4 of the business they do) HA!

Aug 27, 2008 06:22 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Just think Shannon at the people who watch and see such crap. I really think this hurts our image rather than helping us in this market... 

Aug 27, 2008 06:26 PM
Jon Washburn
Seattle, WA

I find your post intriguing and I am curious to see what our members think. 

I did meet Madison, one of the agents on the show during our Realtor Magazine cover shoot and found him to be an extremely nice guy.  I am proud of how he has represented our industry on the show.

Aug 27, 2008 06:54 PM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Shannon - I understand where you are coming from BUT I tend to like the show.  My philosophy is "use what you have".  If that's money, celebrity, "contacts" then so be it.  As long as they work within the guidelines and laws set forth my their respective commission then I see nothing wrong with it.  Now, that doesn't mean that I don't work my tail end off!  I just can't fault them for already having a "leg up".

Aug 27, 2008 07:01 PM
Shannon Ziccardi
"A Quick Note" Tennessee! - Clarksville, TN
"A Quick Note" Mobile Notary Tennessee!

Thanks all for the comments..

Leesa- I'm not so sure about the "guidelines" - especially with this "Josh" character who trespasses on private property to gain access through a backyard door with his clients in tow...all without even knowing that the house is even listed or for sale...borders on criminal, no?

Aug 27, 2008 07:49 PM
Carey Pott
January Financial - Foothill Ranch, CA

Even from the standpoint of a mortgage broker, I find the show (or at least the 20 minutes of the one episode I watched) pretty disgusting. But that's reality tv for you! Looks like not even real estate is safe from being pulled into a nationally broadcrast slimepit.

Aug 28, 2008 04:23 AM
Vicki Lloyd
The Lloyd Realty Group - San Diego, CA
(619)452-9798, Real Estate San Diego California

I haven't seen it (yet) but from what I've heard, it makes real estate, as a profession, look too easy and way overpaid.  I'll tune in, or tape it soon, so I can see for myself.

Aug 28, 2008 02:32 PM
Brent Mitchell
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

OK...I wasn't going to say anything about how these guys get their business.  If you've got the contacts of this caliber, then good for you; but when the kid with the hair in his face used the term "Realator" on the episode tonight, it just made me cringe.  If you're going to be a professional in any industry, at least know how to pronounce it!!!  I wouldn't go to a doctor who called himself a "Procatologist."  Why would I use a "Realtor" who didn't even know what he was?? 

Sep 09, 2008 02:55 PM
Mike Hogan
The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty - Mechanicsville, VA

I've Tivo'd the past few episodes...after you see 2 or 3 episodes- it's boring.  It is pretty lame how these brats act... I have a hard time believing people selling $6M homes are willing to list with a kid that looks 12(the kid with the hair in his face). These guys dont even sound smart...I have a serious feeling alot of this stuff is set up by the network. It does make a good story line...

Sep 12, 2008 04:55 PM