Cast Blog: #MDLLA

Josh Flagg Was Bluffing

Josh: There Are Always Going to Be Mistakes

James: This Was the Ultimate Opportunity

David: Arguments Help Us Communicate

Josh: Real Estate Is About Relationships

Josh: Talk About a Fast Deal

James: We Had to Pull a Rabbit Out of a Hat

David: Finding the Right Listing Seemed Laughable

Josh: We Just Raised the Bar

James: We Work Best As a Team

David: This Deal Took Some Creativity

Josh: It's All About Who You Know

Josh: I Treat Clients' Money Like It's My Own

James: I Always Make Time for Family

David Spray Tans for Success

James and David Only Care About Commission

Josh on His Client's Disappearing Act

James and David: Unstoppable Team, Great Fashion Sense

David: He Who Takes the Risk, Gets the Listing

Josh: This is the Most Exciting Season Yet

Josh: You've Got to Point Out the Positives

James on Altman's Unprofessional Behavior

David Loves His Hounds!

Josh: I Could See Right Through Ryan

Josh: "Who Books a Venue a Year in Advance?

James Loses a Sale to Cupid

David Learned a Valuable Lesson

Josh Can't Risk "Holding" a Property

Josh: Altman Will Do Anything to Get a Listing

David: I Respect Tomer's Need for the Number 7

James' Secret to Elevating Interest

Josh on the Golden Wheelchair

James: Altman Lacks Respect and Etiquette

Mauricio's Vote of Confidence

Josh: I Couldn't Get Mad at Heather

Josh: I'd Be Happy to Mentor The Spice Girls

James: My Wife and Children are My Life

David: James and I Have Our Blow Ups

Josh Flagg's Record-Breaking Deal

What David Loves About Real Estate

James: Kristoffer Put Us Through the Ringer

Josh Flagg Was Bluffing

Josh Altman doesn't want you to miss the real estate lessons you (and Josh Flagg) should learn from this week's episode.

Another episode in the bag....

What I love so much about this show is the fact that you can watch and learn about real estate in between all the drama and bling. On a similar note, looking forward to seeing if I can find a house for Roby's client.

There were two important messages this episode when it comes to closing deals in real estate.

One: Know how to manage your client. . .Every client is different and reacts in different ways to offers when selling their house. What you have to realize is that as an agent, you are the expert, not the homeowner. Every seller thinks their house is worth more than it really is because it's their own home that they love. If Josh F. knew how to approach his client in the right way, maybe the Benedict house wouldn't still be available today. Since this episode, my client has moved on and bought something else, which leads me to my next point.

Two: Bluffing in real estate can come back to work against you. In this business more than any, it's like playing a game of poker. There is a fine line between bluffing just enough or too much. Obviously too much can hurt a deal, which is what happened on Josh F.'s Benedict listing. Obviously there was never a $13.5M offer on this house. My client called the bluff and walked, and unfortunately Josh F.'s client is still trying to unload his house.

Speaking of poker. . .Every week I want to give a shout out to a great cause that needs everyone's help. This week I want to bring attention to an amazing organization called LUPUS LA. You can donate or buy tix for the 5th Annual Get Lucky for Lupus LA celeb poker tournament now at here! I am being honored at this event and it means a lot to me. Help me support #LupusLA! 

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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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