Guest blog post from: Madison Hildebrand
Well, as far as reality television goes, this season of Million Dollar Listing LA is going to have it all: high stakes drama, betrayal, and of course the most important aspect of the show…Incredible Luxury Real Estate! Viewers will see me compete and win gorgeous Coldwell Banker listings. I also feel, for the first time, viewers will see me completely unguarded.
Since I’m writing this blog without having seen any of the episodes this season, I can only speak from my filming experience. The first episode has to be one of my most interesting listings, and my strategy to sell it, reminds me of some sort of Josh Flagg gimmick. I’ll give you a hint…caviar, Russian accents, and boat rides. As the television teaser has suggested, there’s certainly some Heather/ Madison drama, a little disgraceful dousing of wine, and my very raw (but warranted) response.
As we all know, the market is hot hot hot right now, and this season of the show really parallels that upswing, making it more fun for everyone. On a daily basis I’m dealing with an incredible influx of emails and phone calls from clients, prospects, and fans of the show. I’m sure you can imagine I get some really bizarre requests and very interesting clients, which makes for some great material for T.V. You won’t see it on the show, but I was recently asked to sell a grave site for a million dollars. This, in and of itself, was a new one for me, but the haunting twist ended up being that there was a body in the plot, which had to be exhumed before I could sell it. I politely declined that listing. This is just one example of what I’m dealing with in my office here lately.
It’s always a constant juggling act, trying to balance clients, office work, and filming schedules. People always ask me how long it takes to film and whether it’s fun. Each season, my schedule becomes more efficient and smooth. I’ve learned a lot about time management over the past 5 years. While I do like to be busy, sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything…like a little R & R. Sure, sometimes it’s fun. I have a great crew, that after 10 months of constant filming, almost seem like family. Just like family though, we have days where we all get on each other’s nerves.
Overall, I’m happy with this season, and the willingness and cooperation of both my clients and my company, that, no doubt, contributed to making this one of the best seasons yet.
Tune into Bravo Wednesdays at 9p, ET/PT to catch me on “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.”