My Real Estate Top Ten Movie List

Coming from the car business, we all had our top 10 automotive biz movies (not racing).  Mine was Used Cars with Kurt Russell.  Fargo was a close 2nd.  The problem with those movies is, they make the industry and its people out to be real bad.  A bad car dealer makes for better scripts…who wants […]

Coming from the car business, we all had our top 10 automotive biz movies (not racing).  Mine was Used Cars with Kurt Russell.  Fargo was a close 2nd.  The problem with those movies is, they make the industry and its people out to be real bad.  A bad car dealer makes for better scripts…who wants to see a movie about the car dealer in Flemington, NJ who does a ton of charitable work, is a pillar of the community, and also owns a minor league baseball team.  Not  me.  I know that dealer, but give me a gruesome killing in the wood chipper any day of the week.  Real Estate and movies, I have found, are the same way.  In fact, I saw a script for an upcoming film where the producers wanted us to sponsor through product placement.  We said no because the script made the sales agent look really bad, but overall, it was a really funny script.

So, without implying that the movies emulate the real world of real estate, here’s my top ten.  Now there are a ton of these lists out there, and I admit I may have viewed a few other lists to compare notes and possibly steal one or two movies I didn’t have on my original list…

Pacific Heights House

10)  Superman 1.  California will fall into the Pacific and make ocean front property of Nevada homes owned by Lex Luther.  Brilliant real estate investing.  Just didn’t work.

9) Pacific Heights.  New owners take a hammer to the Coldwell Banker Real Estate sign outside of the house they just bought, a ceremonial statement of home ownership pride.  Please treat our signs better.

8) American Beauty.  Ok, Annette Benning is pretty obsessive-compulsive, but she did a nice job getting that property ready for the Open House.

7) Disney’s Haunted Mansion.  A very dedicated real estate agent going the extra mile to view a new house on the market.  Agents really don’t get enough credit.

6) Poltergeist.  Hey, this movie offered life lessons.  First, never be the first person to move into a new development.  Also, instead of making sure you don’t break a utility line when digging the pool, watch out for the ancient burial ground.

5) Caddyshack.  Rodney wants to buy the club to build and sell condos.  Best Ted Knight movie EVER.  And, Danny grew up to marry Bonnie Raitt.

4) Up.  Guy won’t sell his house to a developer.  They try and evict him so he takes the House and moves to South America.  Only Animated movie on the list.

3) Avatar.  Government using Imminent Domain to take over land and re-purpose it for commercial purposes.  Residents offered pennies on the dollar.  Only 3D Real Estate movie on the list.

2) Glengarry, Glen Ross.  “Coffee’s for closers”…’nuf said.

1) Far and Away.  A free for all for property.  All you need is a flag and a fast horse to stake out your claim.  That is the single best reason someone should use an experienced agent when involved in a real estate transaction.  Otherwise, it is chaos.  Manhattan Island was another one like that.  The Lenni Lenape were not represented by an agent.

So that’s my list.  Tell me if I missed any of your favorites!

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COO for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Ohio born, Jersey raised, NYC, LA and Nashville cultured. Father of three daughters and married to a saint. Undergraduate from Rutgers and MBA from Anderson School at UCLA. After 20 years in the car industry, Mike joined Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC in 2008 where he guided a string of innovations while serving as the CMO. In 2013 Mike was promoted to COO where he oversees the Coldwell Banker brand’s internal operations, learning, talent attraction, international, events and marketing.

24 Comments

  1. gustavo_gonzalez
    May 13, 2010

    Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice!

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  2. Heather O
    May 13, 2010

    HA! I had forgotten Beetlejuice. Great list.

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  3. david_marine
    May 13, 2010

    The Money Pit!!!!

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  5. Molly
    May 14, 2010

    Glengary Glenross is ALWAYS mentioned as an agents "favorite movie". It has been years since I have seen it and every time it come up in conversation I have the desire to rent it.

    Maybe this weekend!

    Love the list, but Closing Escrow isn't on here!

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  6. barbara richardson King
    May 14, 2010

    I agree with david. Money Pit make me laugh until my tummy hurts. Even today when I was for the 11th time. I love comedy best. I want to laugh!!!

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  7. Jim Reed
    May 14, 2010

    Open House with Sally Kellerman in a cameo role as an inebriated real estate agent. Great training video on how ‘not to hold an open house’. Plenty of Coldwell Banker identity throughout.

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    • Cheryl
      December 1, 2010

      I recently bought that one but haven't watched it yet; can't wait to check it out!

      Reply
  8. mike_fischer
    May 14, 2010

    I will watch Open House! Thx!

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  9. Bruce
    May 24, 2010

    I agree with david. Money Pit make me laugh until my tummy hurts. Even today when I was for the 11th time. I love comedy best. I want to laugh!!!

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  10. Karen
    November 12, 2010

    Mouse Hunt with Nathan Lane about a house that is inherited that they think's worth nothing and turns out to be worth multi-millions, but they lose track of the goal as they try to destroy a single mouse. Truly great comedy!

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  11. Paul
    November 19, 2010

    Definitely The Money Pit with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long! Hilarious film! It's for reasons such as what's depicted in the film that mandate the TDS! ;)

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  12. real estate
    January 19, 2011

    "Glengarry Glen Ross"

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  13. Joel Colvin
    June 13, 2011

    "I Love You Man" Loved the Billboards!!

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  14. Bracken Markins
    August 1, 2011

    Beetlejuice and I Love You Man would certainly be on my list

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  15. Jack Sanderson
    August 1, 2011

    Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is my perennial favorite!

    Reply
  16. Salim Baig
    August 5, 2011

    How about Duplex.? Thats one funny movie about the couple moving into a dilapidated house

    Reply
  17. Ann Rodriguez
    August 16, 2011

    Has anyone mentioned American Beauty? “I will sell this house today!” Classic…

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  18. Andrea Palmer-Nash
    November 16, 2011

    I know that episodes of the Simpson’s are not in the movie category but they have done several humerous real estate related shows…I particularly enjoy Marge in the `Closing Blazer`

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  19. Linda Fawcett
    May 7, 2012

    The Money Pit with Tom Hanks… Hilarious!!!

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  20. Regina
    June 6, 2012

    What about that movie where Harrison Ford is a cop and a real estate agent at the same time?  That was so funny, I enjoyed it so much because I am that kind of Realtor, every buyer is a potential buyer… I just remember the realtor from the movie Evan Almighty, she was hillarious! 

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  21. Anabelle 
    August 7, 2012

    Dianne Keaton´s house in Something´s gotta give

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  22. DeVallon
    March 24, 2013

    The descendants is a wonderful real estate movie, revolving around the oddities of Hawaiian real estate.

    Reply
  23. juggernautjames
    May 11, 2014

    its called eminent domain

    Reply

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