Sam DeBianchi is the first woman to ever join the ranks of the Million Dollar Listing franchise. Breaking into the boys league on Million Dollar Listing Miami, Sam shares her experiences joining the cast and doing reality TV in general.
Sam admits that she had always hoped that she would find her way to reality TV (of course) as her ambitions have already led her to be a real estate commentator on Fox News. However, she was still surprised when Bravo came a'callin! “They essentially sought after the top agents. I was one of them and now I am here. They were also looking for something different,” Sam says.
"I have been a fan of the show since Day 1," Sam admits to The Wrap. "I loved it and I'm obsessed with the show. I think it is awesome. Its funny, but you also see deals."
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Sam says she thinks Miami with it's glitz and glamour is the perfect location for a real estate show. "You think sun, fun, glitz, glamour, nightclubs, you know, the beach. Nobody really works. And, some of that is true. But, there's definitely some hardworking people out here and a ton of hustle. And again, I think you see that on the show," Sam explains. "I hope that people get a whole new idea and outlook on Miami. There is a very successful group of people that do have work ethics, people that do go out there and hustle and that are competitive and want to be bigger than, you know, anyone else and anything else."
Speaking of which, Sam definitely has some opinions on her co-stars! "Chris [Leavitt] has been in the business for quite some time, very experienced. He's great. I mean, he's a really great guy," Sam says.
As for Chad Carroll – the two co-workers are very close and that causes some serious tension.
"Chad is like a brother, and we have that relationship, for sure. We actually have the same birthday and we're the same age, so it's a little bit weird," admits Sam. "We literally finish each other's sentences. It gets kind of weird. But He definitely has his ego and sometimes he needs to check it, but again, he's extremely successful, so he has a right to be in a certain time and place."
However, Sam says she has "a lot more exposure" than her longer-established co-stars. She also thinks her approach, as a female agent in a high-stakes world, really makes a difference. "I think it might be a female thing, I really like to educate people on the market, take the time to make sure that they really understand what they're doing and some people are just about the deal. I'm not that way. I need to sleep well at night. And again, I think that's something that you'll see."
Sam, who owns her own company DeBianchi Real Estate, believes it's about people, not just making the high-dollar deal. "I can't even tell you how many times I've talked people out of buying things just because I don't want them to call me one day and say, ‘Sam, you sold me the worst investment ever.’ I'm born and raised here, so I know everyone," Sam explains. "I don't want to run into someone who's like, ‘Oh, I can't believe you did this deal for me or that deal for me…’ It means a lot for me to be able to do the right thing, and I think realtors get a bad reputation with that, and I hope that when you watch the show, you'll think differently."
And Sam reveals that things will definitely get dramatic when she and the MDLMIA boys co-list some properties together!
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