Time to recap Million Dollar Listing Miami! I love shows set in Miami, but sadly they never seem to do very well. Here’s hoping everyone likes this one. It features the first female agent on any Million Dollar Listing franchise, her name is Samantha and she has her own company. She’s the underdog. The other two agents, Chris and Chad are with Douglas Elliman, the big company that Fredrik and Luis work for.
Sam has only been in the business for three years. She’s been focused on Ft. Lauderdale in the two million range. Now she wants to break into the high-end luxury Miami homes. She has a cute boyfriend. Sam is about to co-list the largest listing of her life with some blonde who has never sold a thing but has a lot of contacts.
Sam and her co-lister go to meet with a big fish in Miami development. It’s a gorgeous two-story penthouse with four bedrooms, a private pool and fantastic ocean views. It’s at a Trump hotel and comes with room service. I need room service here at the ghetto shack. Sam’s interview with the Big Fish, is going very badly. Sam is not a strong negotiator. She promises to sell the house in 30 days and it’s very over priced at $9 million. The blonde chick, is furious Sam promised him a closing in 30 days. Sam is in way over her head.
Sam has invited every broker in town to her open. Her co-lister has obscene plans for food and entertainment. She says the cost will be $25,000. The blonde girl has really bad vocal fry. The broker’s open is on with 25 days left on the listing. The owner shows up. That is never good. Sam sort of knows Chris and Chad. Both of them arrive at the open. Chad is making negative comments about the penthouse. Chad insults the owner and says the place isn’t worth more than $6.5 million. Great friend he is. Chris was very nice to Sam.
Chris has a maid who wakes him up and fetches his green juice for him. He’s gay with lip injections and some sort of eating disorder. He’s cranky. By cranky, I mean annoying, and so is his client. Chris goes to his listing at Bal Harbour (which is really the only place I’ve ever been in Miami) it’s at the St. Regis. Which is by far Bravo’s biggest product placement, which makes the whole thing suspect to me.
Chris loves to do business from his bathtub. The St. Regis does not allow open houses so he will have to qualify all of his prospective buyers before showing them. Chris shows the listing, but his people have already signed a contract on a property that is not yet built. The Russian buyer wants to call her mommy and daddy for advice.
Chris’s Russian client arrives with the client to a negotiation. Who does that? Then the agent gives him an offer to lease for six months, with an option to buy. Chris gets the seller to agree to full ask with a million in escrow during the rental. Deal done.
Chad is going on a listing meeting on Palm Island. He is going to co-list a big property with a new female agent in his office. There are some great things about the house. Mostly the view. But a lot of this house, particularly the bathrooms seem very dated to me. It needs renovations. The house is overpriced. Chad has to try to get him down. He gets him down just a bit to $3,995,000
Chad is having a night party with a liquor sponsor and dancers as his open house. Oh the new house is owned by the co-lister. this will be a nightmare. And a nightmare it is. Hours before the party, Stacey cancelled it without speaking to him about it.
So, what do we think about the Miami franchise?