Cast Blog: #MDLLA

PSA: The Truth About Madison

Josh Altman tells you what he thinks you need to know about Madison's business.


I wanted to address something that Madison Hildebrand said last week in his blog. Madison claims to have more listings than Josh Flagg and I. I can only speak for myself, so this will only take a minute which is more time than Madison Hildebrand deserves, but I think the public deserves to know the truth.

1. Someone should tell Madison Hildebrand that your success in real estate is measured by your sales, not listings. I know agents that will take listings like Madison Hildebrand just to seem like they have more business. But as any successful salesperson knows, it's what you sell, not what you list.

2. With that being said I must have missed his name in the Wall Street Journal Real Trends Top 1000 agents in the country. I was No. 30 on that list. Madison??? I guess they forgot about you.

3. Why don't you pull up Madison Hildebrand's name on the MLS (and the MLS doesn't lie), in the past six months and see how many sales he has had. . .or should I say leases. . .which any good agent would never count.

4. Everyone knows Josh Flagg is not my favorite, however, if you check the MLS he also outperforms Madison. Wrong again Madison.

5. For reference, I've had 19 sales ranging from $700k all the way to $8.8 million in the past six months. Total this year alone $140 million sold.

6. Maybe next time Madison Hildebrand wants to try and flex, he should research his data better as he clearly has no idea what he's doing.

7. No matter how many staff Madison Hildebrand hires, he'll never be able to replace Heather. And everyone knows she ran his business for him when he actually did sell something years ago.

8. Madison is however No. 1 in one category, and that's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. CONGRATULATIONS Madison Hildebrand! You officially have more time on your hands than the rest of us. While you are busy tweeting 25 times a day, I'm busy working for my clients. . .Good job buddy

I have now spent too much time on this. . .I just felt the public was owed the truth.

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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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