Last night on Million Dollar Listing Miami our brokers dealt with disappointment – and some handled it with class and some handled it with tantrums more nasty than the ones my toddler throws.
On the other side of the spectrum, Sam DeBianchi continued to bug as she gloated and tried to get camera time by slamming her fellow agents.
Chris Leavitt is working with Senada on a co-listing for a fabulous condo in Boca Raton. He’s calling every agent he knows who can bring the high-end jet set clientele to their open house, which is actually comprised of hosting the Miss Boca pageant. Chris was worried the event wouldn’t be classy – it wasn’t – but it certainly made a splash – bikinis not withstanding – and attracted a lot of attention.
Sam DeBianchi is struggling to unload Gil Dezer's penthouse because every single agent in all of Miami (and in some cases the world) is shouting like a Greek Chorus that it's overpriced. Sam finally seeks advice from Chris Leavitt about what to do. Chris takes Sam to "kangoo", ala running around in moon shoes. It reminded me of something I'd see on Spaceballs. Unfortunately Sam's bouncing boobs were even distracting the gay guy. (Seriously who doesn't wear a sports bra to work out?!)!
Chris advises Sam to confront Gil and her co-lister Rachel about the need for a price reduction and if it doesn't work out, withdraw from the listing. Sam explains that Gil is basically delusional – comparing his out-dated penthouse to what's being built now in terms of value. This is so weird to me – this Gil is supposed to be a famous real estate developer but he's so clueless about pricing his own property and how the market works?
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."
Last night was the series premiere of Million Dollar Listing Miami. Which means new sharks, new million dollar high stakes deals, and lots more drool-worthy properties. All of that, plus the beach! SOLD! I wonder if any of our former Real Housewives of Miami ladies will be making an appearance?
We start out by meeting Chris Leavitt, whose motto is work smart, not hard. Chris prefers to conduct his phone meetings from his office, the bath tub, which he says is also his therapist. Among his most important strategies for being a top dollar agent is looking good, and being the type of person his clients want to hang out with. I mean clearly it's working because 2 minutes into the show Chris and his Oscar the Grouch eyebrows are my favorite. #CallMe
Chris, who grew up on the east coast, strives to bring "Northeast class" to the Miami new money market. He does most of his business in the exclusive enclave of Bar Harbor, which is old money and new money home of Miami's most fabulous – and wealthy.
"British transplants David Parnes and James Harris are making a name for themselves with their crisp suits and smooth selling moves. The duo and their firm Bond Street Partners – part of Mauricio Umansky's company – are forces to be reckoned grossing over $120 million in sales last year. Their sly business sense and international prowess make them a threat," promises Bravo. "Josh Altman's sights are set on growing The Altman Brothers into a worldwide real estate empire, but a mounting rift between fiance Heather and brother Matt may make planning his wedding even harder to manage. Josh Flagg has enjoyed the splendors of being a top agent in Beverly Hills, but with a slew of agents on the rise, he is forced to protect his precious piece of the pie."
Season 7 of Million Dollar Listing LA kicks off Wednesday, August 20 at 9PM ET/PT. Meet the newbies, David and James, and see the cast photos below.
My gut reaction was to stomp my foot and scream NOOOO! repeatedly. I didn't because I'm not three years old. But. Ugh. I loved Madison, Josh Flagg, and Josh Altman on the show together. They each bring something different to the table but also interact in a magical way. I wish Madison luck – and I will continue to follow him on Instagram (Hello, shirtless Madison, happy-go-lucky Maya, and breathtaking Malibu!) of course.
We're really looking forward to the new Million Dollar Listing franchise! From the press release: "Three luxury real estate agents battle it out in the world of high-end real estate. With a surging market in South Florida, properties are selling for record rates and agents are cashing in on massive commissions like never before. The mansions are bigger, the high-rises are taller, the amenities are more lux, and the locals have access to amazing views, beaches and a lifestyle unlike anywhere else in the world. Business can get heated as the brokers attempt to make a name for themselves and outshine their competition by landing the next big listing."
Bravo has expanded its Million Dollar Listing franchise – my favorite – with Million Dollar Listing Miami. The hot new show kicks off Wednesday, June 25 – and I seriously cannot wait.
"With a surging market in South Florida, properties are selling for record rates and agents are cashing in on massive commissions like never before," says Bravo. "The mansions are bigger, high-rises are taller, amenities are more lux, and locals have access to amazing views, beaches, and a lifestyle unlike anywhere else in the world. Business can get heated as the brokers attempt to make a name for themselves and outshine their competition by landing the next big listing."
Million Dollar Listing Miami features Chad Carroll, Samantha DeBianchi, the franchise's first female agent, and Chris Leavitt. Check out the cast bios and photos and the trailer below.