'Million Dollar Listing' Studs Talk 'Best Season Yet'
By Tara Taghizadeh Posted Feb 3rd 2011 05:30PM
The show returns for another season Feb. 3, and along with our favorite returning agents comes new star Josh Altman, more expensive and glamorous listings, and a dose of drama. Previous cast member Chad Rogers reportedly departed from the show voluntarily and has been replaced by Altman, who, according to Bravo, is one of the city's leading agents, focusing on luxury properties for high-end clientele in the Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills areas. Here, Altman and co-stars Josh Flagg and Madison Hildebrand talk season four.
The success of 'Million Dollar Listing' centers around its three stars, who are highly intelligent and articulate, and actually lead interesting, busy lives and careers. The conflicts stem from personality issues between the cast: In previous seasons, we watched as Rogers and Flagg either bickered or simply avoided one another, while the more peaceful Hildebrand attempted to discover the roots of the conflict.
But Rogers' departure doesn't seem to signal peace on earth in the world of 'Million Dollar Listing,' as Bravo previews show we can expect new spats between Hildebrand, Flagg and the new kid on the block, Altman, who explains he considers himself "in a class above those two." Altman -- an avowed PopEater fan -- notified us recently that he is dating, but we'll have to watch the show to find out how far exactly his connection with Hildebrand's assistant, Heather, progresses.
Flagg tells us by e-mail, "This is the best season yet. The new dynamic is excellent, and all three personalities play off each other's personalities wonderfully."
The show has also catapulted its three stars to celebrity status and accelerated their careers. As Flagg explains, "'Million Dollar Listing' has affected my life because I never thought that when I walk down the street, I would be stopped and asked, 'Are you that real-estate guy?' It has also given me many opportunities such as public speaking and two books." (Flagg's second book will be available soon.)
The real stars of the show, however, are the staggeringly beautiful and ultra-expensive properties which Altman, Flagg and Hildebrand sell and buy. 'Million Dollar Listing' depicts the world of real estate as sexy and intriguing, but Altman says, "The biggest misconception is that real-estate agents make money on every deal. What most people don't realize is that we may make $100K on a deal, but that deal can take 12 months [or] more to come to fruition. So once you divide $100K by 12 months, it's not as much money as you think it is. Sometimes we work countless hours on a deal that never sells and when you don't sell a house, it costs you thousands of dollars in time and money."
But the rewards are worth it, because, as Altman explains, "The most exciting thing about working in real estate is that every day there is a new house to see. Every day there is a new house built, sold and purchased. My job is never the same two days in a row. I get to help people find their dream home and be part of the biggest investment in most people's lives."
Last season, we watched as Rogers struggled to find a happy medium between his career and personal life. Meanwhile, Flagg, perhaps the most career-focused of the bunch, wondered whether his forgetfulness was related to too much work or possible health issues. And Hildebrand also explored his sexuality during the season, announcing he is gay in the final episode. This season, fans wait in anticipation to watch their favorite real-estate agents juggle both personal and career issues, while inking multimillion-dollar deals.
The parade of clients also adds a dash of extra color to an already vibrant cast. It's probably fair to say when a high-end client is about to drop a considerable amount of money on a property, they will be a perfectionist and a tad demanding -- if not downright peculiar about some of their demands. As Hildebrand explains, "I like working with most people. I have had a few clients, who, let's just say, had a chemical imbalance ... and those are difficult people to manage through a sale."
But the beauty of the show lies in its depiction of what luxury real estate is really like. "Remember, these are our real clients, our real listings and real transactions," Hildebrand says. "LA is known as 'La La Land' for a reason. There is a lot of flash and cash, but even more so, it is unique because it is such a diverse city."
And this is why we keep watching. Here's looking at you, gentlemen. 'Million Dollar Listing' airs tonight, Feb. 3, on Bravo at 9PM EST.
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