Jeff Lewis

Sarah's become as important to Jeff as one of his pets. Almost.

on Aug 17, 20100

When I am lucky enough to find an employee that quickly and easily acclimates to our non-traditional work environment, I try very hard to educate and train them. I immediately enroll them into the Jeff Lewis boot camp, from which I must admit very few people have graduated. I have high hopes for Sarah, because she is loyal, energetic and hard- working. Unfortunately, she is also very forgetful and that can pose a problem when you are an assistant or "executive business partner." It's hard to stay mad at someone who refers to me as " sweetsies cutsies, cutsies sweetsies."

That being said, it's frustrating and my patience (or lack thereof) has been put to the test repeatedly. I have given her more lessons, suggestions, and pointers than any other employee...ever. She is finally catching on, but it is a slow arduous process. If I didn't like her so much (and we weren't related ), I would not invest the time. I have spent hours and hours training Sarah. It reminds me when Casey was a puppy. I worked with her over and over again teaching her how to sit, stay, and shake. It took years, but when she finally caught on it was so rewarding. Sarah hasn't learned quite as fast as Casey, but I do anticipate the payoff for all my efforts. I care about her almost as much as Casey, and I can only hope she will be a permanent fixture at JLD for years to come.

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Photographer
Photographer

I'd also be interested to learn more about the water art...photographer name? website?

Elizabeth Scott
Elizabeth Scott

Dear Jeff,

I love your show! Sometimes, I think you are a little hard on Jenny, but on tonight's show, I thought you were ABSOLUTELY right to be upset with her for speaking out of turn to Christie. She was trying to smooth things over, but she did not have all of the information. You were already in the "hot seat" with that project, and it was very unprofessional of her to jump in and make things worse.

I do have a question for you. I have a horrible time with directions, and I notice that you have had issues as well. Why don't you have a GPS? MY GPS has saved my life more times than I can count! Printing out directions off of Mapquest or Google is OK as a back-up, but a lot of times, those maps don't get updated. I think that a GPS would be a really solid investment for your office.

Keep up the good work! :)

Elizabeth

Deidre Lee
Deidre Lee

You are the most gorgeous man on TV . I never miss the show, however the inroduction of a baby is becoming annoying. I own a beauty parlor and ever Wednesday the ladies discuss the show and everyone of us agree that having a baby around makes us annoyed. We all urge you NOT to have a child as a baby creates chaos in the home and you are a very high strung man and will really suffer with the demand of a child. I had three children, all grown now, and altough I love them I would not have chidren if I had it to do all over again. Most of my friends say the same thing. SARAH she should move on to something else, she is slow and sort out of it most of the time. Her appearance is not suitable for you and you businss. Her jeans could not be tighter and she does not have the figure for this type of outfit. Her constant chewing of gum with her mouth opened is common and rude. You are blessed with Zoila, Jenni and your adorable aimals. Zoila and Jenni love you and you love them as well. I a m glad Ryan is out as he should be. I know how hurt you were about his betrayal as I suffered from the breakup similar to yours. You should take care of yourself and keep those who love and care for you close. Those who take away from the professinal imiage you have should be let go. Sarah is related to your brother by marriage and you certainly have the right to send her on her way. Jenni should not plan to have a huge movie or TV career, perhaps short gigs now and again - she shoud stay with you, learn all she can and someday be your business partner.

jeffallenca
jeffallenca

Stop texting and driving. It is illegal, dangerous, very dangerous. You could serously hurt someone. PLEASE STOP THIS PRACTICE!

Mike T.
Mike T.

Hello Jeff,

Just curious, what stone or crystal does Deborah from Summit Ridge wear around her neck?

Thanks.

nicole in oc
nicole in oc

JEFFERY!!! YOU MIGHT NOT BE A TOTAL SWEETIES.. BUT YOU ARE TOTALLY MAGIL!!!!!!

Lynne Clark
Lynne Clark

I am very impressed with your ability to manage your staff and how competent you are considering the chaos that surrounds you. My husband and I have a remodeling company together and I have an all natural residential cleaning company. I am amazed at how much people do not want to work in this world and then there is you. You work constantly and you give your clients pure dedication. Grant it your style and work environment is not conventional but who cares as long as your business is successful and your employees have a job. Do they not understand how awesome it is to even be working these days! They need to step it up several notches. I work sun up until I drop at night, sometimes it is midnight when I can finally stop. I run the office for both businesses by myself, I actually do the cleaning for the my cleaning company (as I am so picky as to try to hire any employees to clean, I would never be satisfied), and oh did I mention I have two kids with special medical needs with one having mental/behavioral problems. Plus I am a clean freak and germ-o-phobic. I can totally relate to your frustrations with your staff and clients!~ Keep up the incredible job and I love season 4!

Sad
Sad

Jeff I love watching your show but i resent your saying you don't like setting next to over weight people. You would resent someone saying they didn't like setting next to gay people. Your suppose to look at people heart not the size,race,gender are if there gay. One less fan shame on you.

Cookie Molina
Cookie Molina

Ah, Jackie your the perfect adminstrator for Jeff's business and busy life. Send him you resume. You sound so much like me. Some people don't like me because I am too efficent when it cames to work and life. Jeff hire Jackie would maybe this way you won't be so darn grumpy with the staff would you. Love your show but some times I won't to hit you over the head with a pillow. Cookie, somerset, nj

mcjenjen
mcjenjen

Jeff! Stop texting and driving!!

Irasema O'Sullivan
Irasema O'Sullivan

Hey Jeff, I love you're show and the rest of the cast... I love Zoila ... she is one of my favorite.. I love when she talks to u in broken English .I love when she pronounce the words in English as she was saying it in Spanish like brush... and you corrected her with the English pronunciation ..... Aweson show I love all of you.... I think u should get Zoila a boyfriend ... she will be happier.....Ha,Ha ....

TexasTornado
TexasTornado

Ok, I thought everyone knew that you could use ammonia to keep wild animals away...much better than you guys peeing everywhere...yuk!!!!

Chandra
Chandra

Jeff, I find it VERY irresponsible of you to text while driving. You seem to have that phone in your hand while driving in every episode. QUIT IT!!!!!!!

Rozalind, Omaha NE
Rozalind, Omaha NE

Jeff, I thought one of the funniest moments recently was on the episode where Zoila had to be "bartender" one evening and walks in with your cocktails and she had her hands & arms full of drinks & the cocktail shaker and you said "where is the tray" & how everthing looked like a mess compared to how the other employee did it (can't think of his name) and Zoila said, in her thick Mexican accent, "I not a bartender, I a housekeeper!" we died laughing at her comment and the whole scene!!! She is so funny most of the time when she answers you or doesn't answer you.....

NannyD
NannyD

Jeff, I have to agree that you are one of the naturally funny people on TV..most of the time at the expense of people..but I can't help but think that your employees let you act like a bitch....I thought I would die laughing when you mispronounce brush teaching Zolia English. And come on, a punishment suit! really...I would tell you to go to hell on that one...but probably laughing while damning you to hell. You just crack me up!

NannyD
NannyD

I have to agree, Jeff, I think you are so naturally funny...sometimes at others expense...like the punishment suit...really. But when you were teaching Zoila the wrong way to pronounce brush I thought I'd die laughing...I have to believe that your employees just let you be a bitch....I personally would tell you to go to hell...laughing of course.

ViewerPatoote
ViewerPatoote

Hi Jeff! Do you never make a mistake? Why didn't you call 411 for the Casa Vega number? I think ViewJackie has a great idea! Love your show! Sad about Ryan...how could he not fess up to what he ws doing? Glad you got things fixed and getting lots of work!

kellyspowa
kellyspowa

Jeff, If you treated people like the way you treat your pets, maybe your life would be more filled with love and happiness,but of course that would not be Jeff. Give all pet lovers a break, and please do not get anymore pets.

Dee Pittsburgh
Dee Pittsburgh

Jeff, remember if you need a new BFF look no further. I am 53 Italian and I would have beat Ryan over the head with a stick of pepperoni for you. If I was there, he would have gotten an old fashioned beating. I am very loyal, but can be vindictive to those that betray me. If we become friends, I promise that you will get the smile back on your face. I am funny, crazy, loyal, and know how to cook. I would make you anything you want. Just know that there are good people that want nothing from you other than a friendship. Hang in there kiddo......

Jays3n
Jays3n

The capital needed for a flip would be determined on the estimated selling price of the home. You would need to get recent comps in the neighborhood that are similar to what you determine your end product of the flip to be (square footage, view, land size).

Based on what I have seen Jeff do, his ROI (return on investment) not including his own time is about 400%. If he invests $100k he is expecting or estimating selling the property for $400k more than he has in it.

Just my .$.02. I am a project manager and cringe at the common errors that Jeff's assistants make on a daily basis. An assistant isn't a project manager, just like a project manager isn't an assist. Project Manager are born not made.

I would image Jeff would suggest that taste is born not taught. Either you have it or you don't.

J.

ViewJackie
ViewJackie

Jeff, get your act together! Use a laptop for your car to have all info and phone numbers in it. Transfer all needed info from office comp to port car comp. Mount the laptop like cops and fire depts.do. It also swivels for the driver or passenger can use it. Keep change of clothes packed in car steel toed boots for construction site. Have a cooler with lunch and water, coke , gator side, snacks etc. Every time leaving for on site inspections. Spend less time for breaks and buying in route and this will keep your blood sugar up and less snappy. If I worked for you you'd have a very hard time keeping up with me, I'd be in the car honking the horn asking what's taking you so long? Also. Have printer in car to print written comments for punch list on site contractor, landscaper etc. I go to work everyday 1 he early so I probably will beeping you or knocking on your bedroom door making sure you are not late.

ronda
ronda

jeff, in a world of misery and pain I find total freedom from the burdens of life and all the responsibility that goes with being a mother, wife and employee while watching your show! you and your people bring a bright light into my boring routine and help me escape for a little while!! you are blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people and you all make my heart smile! Don't ever change and thank you!!

Secret Admirer
Secret Admirer

Ok Jeff...I I was 20 yrs older, gay and a man -I would be in love!!!! Yo are one of the wittiest people I know, I LOVE dry wit. Sometimes I don't even think you realize how damn funny you are!!! I'm going to keeo watching, Love you!!(and Jenny)

Lauren M.
Lauren M.

I love EVERYTHING about your show! You are an inspiration. Where can I get the water artwork behind your desk?

valerie h
valerie h

Jeff, loved seeing you drenched in pool water in the bravo summer promo.boy, that jenni has no fear in her, was that staged or just off the cuff? everyone seemed just as surprised as you!

LOVE YOUR SARCASIM AND TRU WITT.ITS A BLESSING AFTER WATCHING ALL OF THESE HOUSWIFE SHOWS,WHERE ALL OF THEM THINK THEY BASICALLY SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN SHOWS IN MY OPINION.GOD I HOPE NOT! I THINK YOU,RACHEL ZOE, AND PATTI STRANGER, MAKE YOUR SHOWS AS REAL AND AS FUN AS POSSIBLE FOR THE VIEWER. SO JEFF, WHEN ARE YOU PREMIERING YOUR NEW SONG OR BOOK FOR THE BRAVO VIEWERS???? KEEP ME LAUGHING EACH WEEK, YOUR TOOOO MUCH!!

leslie s
leslie s

I think Casa Vega Christy wants to meet Jeff alone to try & convert him !! She looks at him like he just promised her eternal life !! I love it !!

Donna50
Donna50

I was so shocked and saddend to see what Ryan was doing to you behind your back . I truly thought he was a good guy and everything would work out.I am glad you exposed him i jon TV...what a liar! I am so happy that your business is booming again and I have to say that I just love you and think you are hilraious. I can't waite for Tuesday nights.

Cindy37
Cindy37

Jeff, I think you are hilarious! My fave was when you were "teaching" Zoila how to pronounce brush. Fantastic! I couldn't stop laughing. Your show is great. Love catching up with you guys every week.

Luv-U-In-Iowa!
Luv-U-In-Iowa!

I was THRILLED to see on the reunion show that you finally quit cutting Ryan so much slack and realized he was stabbing you in the back. The deal with stealing clients by routing them to his business when they searched your name on the internet was UNBELIEVABLE!! His explanations were terrible. Does he really think anyone believed anything he said?! So don't worry...you were completely in the right. Love...love....love the show!!!!

MirandaSmy
MirandaSmy

Jeff, You should hire me. I would do anything you needed me to assist you on. I have a great background of being a secretary and assistant. I know how important it is to be on-time, and also write down everything so if you were to ask me a certain question I could answer it promptley and correctly. I think you are being fair on how you are training Sara, if you want the best you have to have the best. I envy you and I think you need someone like me. I am very professional and you don't have to tell me twice. I wish sometimes I could have what you have.. love the attitude and personality.. You strive acheive a lot and alot of people do not see that. You work so hard for what you have and that is what I love about you.. Keep it up and don't let anyone ever bring you down.. Always, Miranda S.

N IN VA
N IN VA

Jeff luv you guys buy its strange how your employees are also like your personal maids its not only what you expect job wise but also your extra needy things. I guess it makes for great tv.

NanceeMarie
NanceeMarie

Love, Love the show! Love, Love you and your staff. Tuesdays seem to far apart!

Project Manager
Project Manager

Jeff, it is frustrating to me when you continually tell Sarah, she doesn't have what it takes to be a project manager. No joke!! She is just learning how to be an assistant and hasn't accomplished that goal yet. Project Management is somthing I don't see her doing for minimum 3 years yet, if ever. She needs to learn how to hold people accountable, like you, keep track of tasks and timelines and solve problems. I haven't see any of it from her yet. Keep working with her and some day she might make it, but please just concentrate on her being an assistant first. Tell her to watch what you do and how you handle things to learn first. Your a great example of a PM. :)

junie
junie

Family or not Jeff , Sarah is doing your head in and mine , I luv the show but this last one you spent all your time dealing!! Who hires these people for you ? Zoila seems to be well trained now, put her in the position, or one of the dogs anyone but Sarah!

Glen W
Glen W

Jeff, you are my legend. I absolutely love your show and lifestyle. I visited California 4 weeks ago and loved it. Watching your show brings back lots of great memories. My friend lives near Laguna Beach. What a Beautiful spot in the world. You should visit Australia soon and “Flip” some houses. There are lots of opportunities here. Cheers. . . . from down under . . . Glen

212Viewer
212Viewer

It was Jenni's fault because the JLD training program says that you check, check, and check again to ensure all ducks are in order (that's her job)....

Margaret Hughes
Margaret Hughes

Dear Jeff,

I think that all of you are fantastic. I am a realtor in New Orleans and I promise you I totally get everything that you are doing and all of the fabulous interaction with your clients. Jenny and Zoila and the pups are my favorites after you. I could go on and on; but I wanted you to know how great you were on Andy's shows this year. You have the best sense of humour of anyone I know and you crack me up all of the time with your deadpan delivery. Keep up the great work, you and your "family" deserve the best of everything...

Margaret in New Orleans

Viewer2797
Viewer2797

I can't believe I forgot to watch your show this week! I'm setting up a reminder to my e-mail so I won't forget! I love your show, your wackiness and your dry sense of humor. I love you and Jenni together and also you and Zoila. Never let them go! Why do you let Sarah chew gum? That is so unprofessional and distracting. I had a teacher once who said anyone who chewed gum looked like a cow chewing cud! I think she was right. I always laugh out loud at you and your employee's antics!

paper gal
paper gal

Jeff, you are adorable! Thanks so much for doing the best show on Bravo. Love the whole cast and I hope Jenni is always by your side. PS - I hope Deb gets to make an appearance this season!

S.B.
S.B.

Sarah is nice but family or not, and I hope they are watching the show and I am sure they will agree sarah needs another career.

Ninerbee
Ninerbee

Jeff, I LOVE your sense of humor, and I think you're a HUGE asset to Bravo TV! I wish you continued success in all you do.

Linda1
Linda1

Jeff I love you and you are so entertaining. But please just get a GPS for your car, it would be so much easier on you and your poor employees!!

NINA B
NINA B

Jeff we love your show!!!! Don't worry so much.

Rita M.
Rita M.

Could not sleep, so I am watching your show LOVE IT !......keep up the good work and if you need more help on your team, I am an unemployed and available 24 hour office assistant. Take care and best wishes ! .

Rita M.
Rita M.

Jeff .....You are doing a great job on this show, there's a little of everything and also educational!..Keep up the good work, and if you need more help in your team just text me you won't loose a thing.

james capers
james capers

i love your show and i wish u could hire me, i'll do so much better then the other .