Cast Blog: #MDLLA

What A Joke

Josh Altman explains why he confronted Madison and what he thinks of the Heather situation.

Great episode. I had a lot of fun taping this one. My seller John is a very smart man. But when it comes to real estate, I'm smarter. Just because you put money into upgrading an interior of a home, doesn't mean you will get the money back you spent. In my opinion, the only time that it's OK to take an overpriced listing is if you have an agreement to drop the price if you get no action after four weeks. The price reduction meeting in the Rolls Royce was intense. I thought he was going to drop me off in the middle of no where! Ninety-nine percent of the time I can tell what a property will sell for within 100K. And in this case I was right again. That place MOTO ART where the buyer works is amazing. I already bought a several pieces from him.

Let's get to the comical part of the episode. . .Madison's cease and desist letter was a joke, kind of like his negotiation skills. I went to talk to him man to man to put all this past us and once again he walked out with his tail between his legs. Although according to his attorney's letter he was suffering emotional distress. . .LOL!!! Maybe that's why he is not a good realtor, because you need tough skin to make it in this biz. I love how he says that I do the talking for Heather. The truth is he avoids her calls and emails so I need to track him down. And the cease and desist requested Heather to stop contacting him.

In other Madison news, looks like he finally sold his first house of the season in LA in Episode 7!!! Maybe now he can now pay Heather what he ripped her off. My assistant sells more real estate than this guy. I'm still not sure what is more comical, Flagg working out or Madison's smurf outfit at his open house.

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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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