It’s a RHONY cross-over tonight with Bethenny Frankel checking out one of Fredrik’s listings on her street in solo. Bethenny seems to really like the apartment. She would make one of the six bedrooms a walk in closet. Because, SIX BEDROOMS? Just as Bethenny is randomly asking if the architect is gay or straight, he walks in and hears her. Fredrik says it is the first time he has seen Bethenny flustered and it’s hilarious. Bethenny pretends to be seriously considering the property. She tells Fredrik she’ll think about it.
Later, Fredrik and Bethenny to a commercial for some clothing store. Even though the employee knows why they are there, she refuses to acknowledge Bethenny’s existence. I feel a reenactment from Pretty Woman coming on. Because, Big Mistake. Huge! Bethenny tells Fredrik that she isn’t interest in the townhouse. Her reason is that she likes to flip houses and transform them from “sled dogs to super models.” Bethenny asks Fredrik who is from the fucking north pole, or Sweden, (same thing) if he knows what a sled dog is. This is an ad for their spinoff inside an ad for the store. And there it is. Bethenny tells Fredrik that she thinks they should go into business together. Fredrik is a great actor.
Somehow, Fredrik seems to think Bethenny and Steve should date. Hell to the no. What is wrong with you, Fredrik? Bethenny just happened to have nekkid photos of him on her phone. Because, poorly written script. Bethenny jokes that Fredrik should “start showing his cock again” to get more listings.
Fredrik gets a call from the “real buyer” who is interest in the penthouse apartment again. She wants to make some changes to the house at their expense. She will put in her offer later. This was a Ralph Lauren ad. All of these ads and fake clients are going to kill a great franchise. Fredrik eventually sells the property Bethenny looked at to an actual buyer. He doesn’t say who. He supposedly sells the penthouse to the model. That completes the building.
I am so glad that the last weird sellers are finally out of the picture. Steve has a listing appointment in Greenwich Village. It’s a pretty apartment. I do not like the metal stairs. There is an attached covered garage. But the garage is not built out. Steve suggests they build out the garage but the representative for the developer isn’t having it. There also isn’t a lot of light. After some haggling the set the price at $12.75 million. But the agreement is only for thirty days.
Steve has been renovating his own property in the Hamptons and he is almost done. But more importantly he is in his kitchen with his shirt off. He gets a call from the developer’s rep saying the owner has decided to finish out the garage, so he has to pull the listing. He says he has a bit of better news for Steve and asks to meet him at the building. At the building he gets a really nice listing on the third floor. They agree to $8.95 million if it is staged.
So of course, Steve goes to show the property only to find it is not staged. The rep for the developer says that they are not going to stage it.
Ryan’s hundred or so Brooklyn properties are selling like hotcakes. He’s already sold 73 of them. He’s headed to the Upper West Side this week to take two townehouse listing appointments on the same block. How do they get all of these listings? As someone who was an agent for about five minutes, getting listings was really hard. On the other hand I was 19 and no one I knew personally was buying or selling houses.
The first listing is a 6,000 plus square feet, beautifully restored townhouse from 1884. It has so much gorgeous wood, the original fireplaces, rococo ceiling, and working elevator. The seller is very long-winded and Ryan is running late for his next appointment. After a lot discussion they agree to a price of $11.5 million.
The second listing is very similar. It does not have an elevator or a roof deck.This second seller is basically mute. After no haggling at all Ryan suggests $9.999 million. “Let’s do it.” says the mute guy and the deal is closed with the seller speaking less that twenty words total.
Ryan wants to sell the more expensive house before showing the second listing. The buyers seem more suited for the other house. This scripting is just horrendous. The first seller is pissed about the second listing.
Next week: The Fat Jewish is Ryan’s client. Really?