Cast Blog: #MDLLA

All in the Family

Josh is thrilled the season ended with the whole Altman crew making an appearance.

What a season it has been! Amazing deals were closed (well at least mine), amazing drama, and amazing clients! Selling almost 100 million in sales so far in 2012 has made it an incredible year for me!

This was a special episode for me. My whole family made an appearance and everyone got to see how much fun we all have as a family. Everyone also finally saw how The Altman Brothers get it done! Like I said in the episode, my brother Matt is my mentor in the business and most of what I know I learned from him. He has closed some incredible deals in his career and is a major force in the Los Angeles real estate business. In fact, he trumps the other two guys on the show in sales!

Newport is an amazing place. I love it and do a lot of business there. The gated community of Pelican Crest, where we sold the home, is the best of the best. If I had the money, that's where I would live! That driving scene with Matt was hysterical. . .reminds me of everyday . . .LOL.

Sometimes you need to get creative when convincing a seller to reduce their price. The "Guess List" game we came up with was a great way to get a pulse on the local experts opinions while having concrete evidence for our seller to lower his price.

I'm excited to take that next step with Heather and live together. I guess Madison was wrong again about our relationship as it's been two great years so far. Can't wait to see what is in store next for us!

Thanks for tuning in every Wednesday night at 9/8 C on Bravo to watch Million Dollar Listing LA! You can always see all my current listings at TheAltmanBrothers.com and follow me on Twitter (@thejoshaltman) or book me for your next speaking event at TheMillionDollarMan.info.

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James: This Was the Ultimate Opportunity

James Harris talks the Laguna Beach listing and why he's excited for the future.

Wow! What an incredible journey from start to finish. This season has been nothing else but amazing. David and I have learned a tremendous amount about our business, our competitors, and the goals we have ahead of us. I can personally say that I have never been happier. I am beyond blessed to have my incredible family by my side, our business is booming, and there is so much on the horizon. There is no better way to wake up than knowing that you are excited about what your day has to offer. I remain positive each day, and no matter what obstacles we come up against, we remain positive and overcome them. 

Listing a home of such magnitude in Laguna Beach was the ultimate opportunity for David and me. As you saw in the episode, it’s no easy task entering a new market, especially one as community-oriented as Laguna. You really have to know someone to be brought in, and our international connections and track record make us desirable to work with. However, working with a client who doesn’t necessarily need to sell comes with challenges. There would be very little room to negotiate with the asking price, and therefore I felt a world class marketing strategy was essential in reaching the perfect buyer. I suppose I was also wary of the fact that the local brokers in Laguna seemed hesitant to work with us! 

We definitely took a sigh of relief when we saw Madison walk up to the door. While this home wasn’t the right fit for his clients, we look forward to crossover business with Madison, as #BondStPartners expands into more beach cities. Closing the deal on this Laguna Beach property not only proved our worth but also secured my confidence in our future. While David and I have our moments of disagreement, we have the same values and vision. We were on the same page completely about foregoing $100,000 of our commission to make the sale happen. With David as my partner and my beautiful family by my side, I’m excited for what the future holds.

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