MDLLA came back for a new season on and already jam packed Thursday night, so once again the recaps will have to come when they come. On the season premiere, Tracy Maltas is introduced to us right away as one of the top realtors at Douglas Elliman. She’s coming on the show to give the boys a run for their money. It looks like this season, there will be more emphasis on the personal relationships of the realtors rather than focusing solely on the property. Just two minutes in, we find out that Josh Flagg’s groom nearly didn’t go through with the ceremony. Of course Sonja Morgan’s outrageous behavior at the wedding didn’t help either. Things are getting a bit more housewives up in here.
Have we met Josh Flagg’s parents before? I don’t recall. But it seems they will be on the show a lot this season for the wedding and all the drama leading up to it. Josh’s dad is funny. He has a referral for Josh but there seems to an unspoken problem with the place. The problem is the location. The area is crammed with gorgeous homes but the traffic getting in and out of the area is horrific and loud. The house itself is gorgeous though. The gardens are beautiful. The house has been stuck on the market for almost a year at $8,345,000. Josh doesn’t want to change the price.
Josh markets the property to people outside of Beverly Hills who are less likely to know just how bad the traffic is and focusing on outside investors. The plan works and Josh gets a Chinese investor who is interested in the property. The problem is that China has cracked down on major investments outside of China. I’m not sure how they can enforce that, but apparently they can. It looks like there is a bit of time before this new rule will be enforced so the buyer is in a hurry to get his money out of China while he still can. He gets the sale at full ask.
After a calamity filled season last year, where Madison actually broke his jaw and had his mouth wired shut, he’s hoping for a better season this time around. He has a new boyfriend that he presents to us in nothing but a bath towel, and he is restoring his Malibu pad to make it his sanctuary. Madison has relisted the Malibu house that he co-listed with the Brits last season. It’s on the market for $8 million.
David Parnes and James Harris
James is in a very good place this season both personally and professionally. He is pissed that Madison has the exclusive on the Malibu property. Madison was trying to poach clients at the open house for his other properties. James is not interested in reaching out to his potential buyers to help Madison sell the property. When he ends the phone call, he hysterically calls Madison a muppet. Twice.
Josh and Heather are married, living in their new dream home, and the baby is coming at any minute. But will Josh be able to slow down the real estate dealings long enough to be there for the birth and help Heather prepare for the new baby? We shall see.
Josh has a meeting with the head of Douglas Elliman on the west coast. He’s nervous. When he gets there, Tracy Maltas is in the meeting. He want them to co-list a very important property. Neither wants to co-list. Tracy is the number one agent in Beverly Hills. Josh’s office is the number one office. They agree to the listing in Manhattan Beach. I’ve never seen Manhattan Beach before. It looks incredible. The property is fantastic. It has a five car lift garage! It’s three stories high right on the beach. This is why people end up living on a dangerous fault line that is eventually going to cause half of California to fall into the ocean. This house may be worth it. Right away Josh and Tracy fight over the listing price. They call the boss and he goes with the higher price that Tracy wanted, just a hair under $20 million.
Next on the sales plan is a rosé tasting for the open house and hiring a $4,000 DJ. Oh, and a sushi chef. I don’t get why they are all acting like spending $20k on a $20,000,000 listing. I’ve seen them spend a lot more on a less expensive listing.
Just like the housewives end with a raucous dinner, the realtors end with a rowdy open house. Everyone is coming to the Manhattan Beach open house. The Joshes can’t stand each other. David and James can’t stand Madison. A perfect storm is brewing, and I’m not talking about the one going on outside.
James is pissed because he found out that Madison got the Malibu listing by lying to the seller and saying that he had a buyer. James thinks that Madison uses unethical tactics in his office. When Madison sees Heather pregnant, all of his grudges against her seem to fall away. These two seem to be finally making up with each other. It’s cute. James is not feeling any forgiveness toward Madison though. He calls him unethical right to his face. Madison refuses to engage with him. James continues to call Madison a liar. Madison keeps denying it. Did we even see David on this episode? I get James and David confused when I see them separately. I don’t think he was on at all.
Next week, apparently Josh confuses David and James as well as he calls James David during an argument. This is not helping me keep things straight, Madison.
Are you watching MDLLA? What do you think of the new agent, Tracy Maltas? I like her!