Cast Blog: #MDLLA

Like a Circus

Madison defends his decision not to pay Heather and to defend himself at the party.

What ensued at this open house was ridiculous. Josh A. was so out of line for encouraging Heather to approach me at the open house to start a public "battle." Her decision to do so shows how controlled she is by Josh A. As far as I am concerned, the two of them are perfect for each other -- each will screw the other, or anyone else, to get attention or a deal closed. As I said in the episode, it looks like I got dragged into the circus with "Looney an Tooney." I apologize for not just walking away from the whole situation right at the beginning, but after the wine was thrown on me I felt I needed to defend myself, which of course, I am entitled to.

The circus-themed background only added to the chaos. . .what a tense evening it was. And the truth be told, I have never owed, nor will I ever owe Heather for any commissions and her accusations are malicious and indicative of her ethics. Josh A.'s final comment as I walk out the door, "You better watch out for your clients as I am coming after them" is absurd. Any realtor would frown on that style and he should be evaluated by the Department of Real Estate for such blatant misuse of our code of ethics.

Regardless of all the drama, I had a wonderful time with my mother in town, in the rain (our favorite). Aaron and I scored a wonderful listing in the Pacific Palisades with a top Hollywood exec and business is, and has been, on the up and up.

Josh Flagg once again had me in stitches when he and the 10 year old were discussing coins and history. We are universes apart, but that is what makes the world go round -- and good TV. Ha.

As far as I am concerned, the real stars of this episode are Gucci, Godzilla, and Rex (our furry friends).

Keep watching as so much more ensues over the next couple of episodes. Also, be sure to Twitter me @MadisonMalibu. Also, check out my recent KTLA Live Interview. And, if you want to learn more about speaking engagements, my listings, or just to be snoopy visit my website at TheMalibuLife.com.

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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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