I Hate Jill Zarin Million Dollar Listing – by Quincy IL
Housewives News by LynnNChicago Feb 4, 2011
Last night marked the return of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing minus Chad Rodgers (no loss there) but they changed the time of the debut and buried the show among several airings of the rerun of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion so it was difficult to find. Luckily our very own QuincyIL was able to view it, here is her recap:
Million Dollar Listing Week One
Three young real estate agents introduce themselves. Josh Flagg talks about the market last year which was “bad” and “cutthroat.” He managed to stay on top because he is a “showman.” He knows the history of the homes in Beverly Hills and sells homes in the range of 3 to 20 million dollars. Madison is the Malibu agent. He develops relationships and sells properties using that gift. The new member of the cast is Josh Almond. He sold properties with the value of 38 million last years and he is the top agent under 30 years old. This is his dream job.
Tues. is “Broker’s Open Day.” The agents in the LA area go to homes to see the offerings and to meet other agents. Josh F meets Todd, a Valley Agent. He knows the Todd has listings in the Valley and has been successful. Josh F asks Todd to form and alliance and share advertising costs on a large mansion on a busy intersection. Todd knows the house and they look at each other knowingly. They don’t say more at this time. The house is a big Mediterranean which would be nice for someone. Again there is silence.
Madison and his assistant Heather are going over glamour shots of Madison for his marketing campaign. Madison markets Madison. The sign outside his office says Coldwell Banker so he is a member of a franchise. Heather describes a new prospect which she has investigated. The 24 year old owns several Internet businesses and ….a medical marijuana shop which is legitimate. Both laugh. Madison says this is a new phenomenon. Heather has set up an appointment and asks if Madison will bring back a brownie. He says, “No.”
It’s 7AM and Josh A is in bed. It looks like he is not alone in bed, but after the alarm we see that Josh A has two companions, two little dogs. He calls himself, “Daddy.” He kisses his dogs and rubs noses with them. Josh asks his dogs about his clothing choices for the day. The dogs approve a light blue, plaid suit with a very white shirt and black shoes.
Josh A drives to a very nice modern home with 5,265 ft to meet with the owner. There are 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, one five person bathtub, 40 ft wall of glass about 20 ft high, an L shaped pool, new floors, and new kitchen. The home is located in Beverly Hills and is two minutes from Rodeo Drive. The yard is a green oasis. The owner is extremely motivated to sell. The price will be $3,975,000. Josh has the client sign a contract because by law a contract is required, but he tells the client that they can fire him at any time and the client likes that.
Josh F and Todd, the Valley agent, go to the Mediterranean (which got “mansionized”) on the busy intersection in Encino to meet with Monet, an eccentric makeup artist who rebuilt the mansion as a spec home. Josh F describes eccentric in LA as weird with a lot of money and Monet seems to fit the description. He is from Israel. Monet put 6 million dollars into that “palace” in the last two years. His design and dreams are in that house. Josh F and Todd tell Monet that no house in Encino has ever sold for that amount. They set the price of $4,995,000 for a quick sale, but neither Josh F nor Todd thinks that is the final sale price.
Madison goes to the medical marijuana medicinal drug shop to meet Tim. The shop sells clothes with photos of weed on them. It is upscale with a lovely receptionist. 25 types of medical marijuana are in jars and each cures a specific diseases. Madison says that the smell makes him high. There is marijuana candy and bongs for sale also. Tim wants to lease a big house at least 4,000 sq. ft with a 4 car garage because he has 3 expensive cars and will get more soon. He wants the house to be in the Hollywood Hills so that he is close to the clubs. He is willing to pay $10,000 to $15,000 a month. Madison feels that Malibu would be a better price fit so he will take Tim to a house in the Hollywood Hills in his price range and then show him the homes in Malibu in that price range.
Josh A is in a car with his friend and assistant of 3 months, Mike. He is giving Mike instructions on what to do to get a property ready for sale. Mike is writing it down while driving. Mike cleans and straightens up the properties before showings. He also does cheers to raise Josh A’s spirit and make him more aggressive when selling. A Greek realtor arrives and is shown the modern home which was discussed above. He seems interested.
Josh A is on the phone with the owner of the modern house that he has just listed and that owner wants immediate action as Josh had promised him. Josh is on the phone calling the realtors who visited in his open house. He feels the Greek realtor is interested, but he calls everyone. Josh A tells us that he is “old school.” He motivates the realtors. He tells us that he only needs one buyer.
Josh F is in a Jewish deli with his grandmother who lives in a Penthouse in the same building as Josh. Josh’s grandmother is buying food for an open house in the Mediterranean mansion in Encino because there are “a lot of Jews in the Valley.” The menu includes many types of sausage, potato salad, cold slaw, cabbage, breads and pickles. It’s going to be a Jewish Shabbat. Josh’s grandmother tells us that food sells the home. You put food in the stomach of brokers/realtors and that goes to their heads and then to their pocketbooks.
Madison goes to a rental in the Hollywood Hills to meet Frank, a realtor that has joined Madison’s facebook page and seems very friendly. Frank has his dog with him. Frank flirts with Madison, but Madison is shy and wants to be friends. Tim rings the door bell and Madison says, “Saved by the ding dong.” Tim has a red sports car that had problems going up the narrow road the rental. The house is nice, but the location seems to be an issue with Tim. Madison saves Frank’s dog which fell into the pool. Madison, Frank, Tim and the wet dog take a house tour. The house is great with great views and great bathrooms, but it’s in the wrong location. Madison tells us that Tim would need $25,000 for a home in the Hollywood Hills with his list of demands so they will look in Malibu.
Josh F is in the Mediterranean Mansion with Jewish realtors who love the food, but say the price is too high. They did like the staircase from Israel. Josh A and Mike arrive and meet Josh F. Josh A thinks Jewish food will turn off some realtors. Josh A thinks buyers will want a refrigerator in the empty space for a refrigerator in the kitchen and that the master bedroom is very small. Josh A thinks a closed kitchen is good in a house with 10,000 sq ft as people with that size of house will have staff. Outside, Josh A tells Josh F that he showed this mansion last year to several buyers. One was a sports figure who was concerned about the lack of security as it is not surrounded by an expensive fence. Todd asks Josh F if he felt they just had “an Arnie Gold moment” after Josh A leaves. They laugh.
Josh and Todd meet with the eccentric owner and have a drink from a bottle that is immediately closed and put back in the box. Josh F doesn’t ask the owner to drop his price. Todd is surprised, but Josh F tells us that the owner has had 4 other realtors and if it doesn’t sell, he will blame the realtor, not the house. Josh will wait until he has an offer before discussing price with the eccentric owner. The house price needs to drop $1,000,000 and the owner is going to go ballistic.
Josh A meets with the Greek realtor in a Greek restaurant with Greek wine, food and music. Josh A seems to show signs of drinking, but the Greek realtor seems to be sober.
Both are on the phones with their clients negotiating deals. The Greek realtor says that his clients have carefully studied the property and he shows their calculations that the house is worth $3,200,000. Josh A calls his owner who is not happy, but quickly drops his price from $3,975,000 to $3,700,000. The owner does not want another call to drop his price. The Greek realtor tells his buyers that he is in control and Josh A is almost drunk. Josh A’s face shows that the Greek realtor is probably correct. He is flushed and his eyes are dropping more than unusual. The Greek realtor hold firm. They come to agreement at $3,375,000 but the owner throws in all of their furniture valued at $50,000.
The Greek realtor seems satisfied. The commission for the sale is $89,375.
Madison and Tim take the red sports car to Malibu to see a 5 bedroom, 4 bath compound with an infinity pool and stone deck. Tim is happy that he can throw parties with a DJ for 200 people in that house. He wants the home 2 days because his loft has mold. Madison calls the listing agent and the owner agrees to the demand. The current renter has to move immediately.
Thank you Quincy, great job as always! Quincy will be recapping MDL each week for us, and I really appreciate it!
As most of you have heard by now, the Real Housewives of New York season premier has been postponed until March or April, the New York Post reported it this way:
“Housewives of New York” postponed for lack of catfighting drama, sources say – NYPOST.com
Here’s Gatecrasher’s version:
Side note to Gatecrasher, try to use an updated photo, this is last season’s cast photo. Sheesh!
Lack of substance or last minute changes to the cast, we may never know the real reason for the delay but Bravo has announced that they will begin to air The Real Housewives of Miami in less than three weeks on February 22, a project that has gotten little to no hype until now. This clearly was not the plan or they would have been advertising it weeks ago. Bravo is an odd little network..isn’t it?
According to the New York Post, Jill Zarin has invited Camille Grammer to “hang out” with her and the New York crew, will this woman stop at nothing to get press? The last thing that Camille needs right now is a back stabbing, press monger who is simply trying to increase her “Fabulous circle of people”. Jill Zarin is not your friend Camille, run, run fast!
So Jill, Ramona, Luann, Alex, Kelly, Sonja and the newest cast member, Cindy will have to cool their heels and rearrange their schedules, cancel their premier parties and wait along with the rest of us to see what film will be aired as they continue to edit and cut the show’s footage. Possibly there is still some filming to be done, those talking head interviews don’t film themselves you know…
This will most likely also delay our beloved Simon VanKempen’s web show as it was set to run alongside The Real Housewives of New York so we can assume that’s put on hold as well.
Bravo is clearly unprepared for the Real Housewives of Miami to debut, they haven’t even made mention of them anywhere on their web site. Typically BravoTV.com will have photos, bios and preview clips well before the premier. This show is set to air in two weeks and still nothing. Its scramble time over at Bravo…you could see Cohen sweating just thinking about it on last night’s Watch What Happens Live.
That had to be the most boring episode of Watch What Happens Live since Danielle Staub sat in that chair across from Andy refusing to comment on anything. If you missed it, you really didn’t miss a thing, it isn’t even worth recapping. Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd were guests along with their dog Giggy, but nothing was revealed and no new information came out, just more of the same that we saw on the reunion.
A big Thank You to TLM for capturing two photos of Adrienne Maloof’s husband from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I think it is pretty obvious that this plastic surgeon went under the knife himself…take a look for yourself, I’ve posted both photos of Dr. Paul Nassif here:
Looks like some work on the chin or neck and possibly something around the eyes? What do you think?
Thanks again TLM for sending this over…nice catch!
More antics from our friends over in New Jersey, a certain wanna-be member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is threatening to sue our friend Real Old Housewife if she doesn’t remove some things from her blog. Apparently any mention whatsoever of this idiotic woman is to be deleted within the next 10-days or ROH will be sued per this Cease and Desist letter. Real Old Housewife Tweeted about it yesterday, here are some of her tweets:
And oh how this will boost the popularity of a certain rh if it came out she was suing a retired senior citizen.
No, I really got a registered letter from lawyer representing a RH second string cast member
Probably because I’m a small hobby blogger, no lawyers on retainer, and would be easy to scare
Oh I think it’s all a bluff. do you think she really wants my 13 yr. old car and a triple wide in a FL retirement community?
I’m think I was singled out because of the comments left by her neighbors, old boyfriends and townspeople
A certain RH cast member may be suing a hobby blogger I want to tell my story on E! LOL
Bravo, Would you pay your real housewives cast better, please, so they won’t need to supplement their income w/lawsuits?
As of right now, all my entries are there and the comments left on them
And that’s not all, to read all of Real Old Housewive’s tweets:
Now I’m not saying who this wanna-be housewife is but you can read a whole lot about her if you click on this link. Do it quickly before the law catches up with ROH….
Finally, don’t forget to watch Bethenny on Ellen today!
Until Next Time….