Madison Hildebrand

Madison doesn't think Josh is considering his reputation when he's mastering the art of the deal.

on Sep 18, 20130

Real estate has never been so dramatic. . .

I think I said all I really need to say in the episode about Altman. The rest speaks for itself. Clearly he and I have different styles for doing business. Maybe he has a jaded perspective about what's ethical and what is not. Sure, we can all be master negotiators and manipulate certain situations to benefit ourselves. Regardless, your reputation, especially in sales, is the cornerstone to power. Josh Altman's practices, in my opinion, are very short sighted in this regard.

As for my clients in this episode, they popped up out of nowhere one day and were the nicest people. They were extremely efficient and really needed a house in two weeks. The best thing about my job is that every day is different, it's spontaneous, and, for better or for worse, I get to deal with all sorts of personalities.

54 comments
Rebound
Rebound

I think the show is pretty great as it is.  It has a good mix of personal and business and is very entertaining.  There is one certain thing:  you might all be successful real estate brokers, but you were all made for television.  you've found your calling.  

onaadams
onaadams

I like you, Madison.  Josh is the arch-enemy and Flagg is in between.  --  A perfect trifecta!!  Wish Flagg would make some comments.  He is very sarcastic and clever.  Hope his grandma is doing okay. 

rizball
rizball

You are wrong... your only job as an agent is to get your client the house... In his case, his clients liked both homes... Id tell them to double offer and see what happens. no ethical issues here. He will do his best for his clients. You have a job to do the same. If his buyer beats yours, the niceness of your buyer doesnt really matter. Making the deal happen is all that matters. Suck it up! His needling you about his superior skillset just puts you off your game.

serm
serm

After 6 Seasons of watching and following a show that I have truly enjoyed, I have had it with Josh Altman he is so unprofessional and I just can't stand him anymore!   This particular episode has finally made me stopped 

watching!  Yes I know it is TV but I am done!!!   Altman is sleazy, ingnorant and a very poor choice for a realestate agent in this day and  age!

 

Twitterbee
Twitterbee

Madison I like your professionalism keep it up.  Just for the record don't ever lower yourself to Altman's level.  The bigger man is always the quiet one.  Never hate the person who has hurt you. Forgive them, smile, brush your shoulders off and live like they have never existed. Our main goal in life is to focus mainly on ourselves first to be better then help those who can't help themselves.

penbooks
penbooks

TEAM MADISON.. Madison, for such a young fella, you show tremendous restraint and reserve in the face of a pathetically manipulative tool.  Alman is digging his own grave - and clearly needs no help to that end.

j94u
j94u

Yay! Way to go Madison! It's so nice to see you make Josh Altman look like an ass and your the one with the Class! Finally! 

nursejackie
nursejackie

I bought mt first property when I was 25 years old, and have continued to buy and sell properties (with an agent in NJ). Madison is someone I would definitely use as a real estate agent- Altman is super creepy, and I would never trust Altman!!!! Keep up the good work Madison, you are my favorite on the show! I don't know what Heather sees in that guy.

Brenny130
Brenny130

You all should take a look at the Altman Bros webite....it is such a joke!  They use up the entire site by telling everyone how wonderful and successful they are.   It goes on and on about all the uuber rich people they know and work with.  They show more pics of themselves and cars than houses.  There is nothing about the beautiful areas they work and the state of real estate in their state.  Absolutely NO HELP for anyone looking to research real estate and all hot air.  These guys must be so insecure.  Pathetic!  So embarrassed that they came from Newton, Mass...my stomping ground!

Jerseygirl2
Jerseygirl2

You and Josh Flagg make the show, Josh Altman is not professional and I would never hire him to be my agent! Just keep being you because "the cream always comes to the top!"

CaesarAndChloe
CaesarAndChloe

My comment isn't in reference to this particular episode, but I really feel that Madison comes off really strong in his sexual preference department.  I don't want that to be read in a derogatory way, but other realtors featured on this show, as well as the New York do not come off this way (who share the same sexual preference).  Googling over your hockey client on television is very offensive and not to mention unprofessional.  If my realtor spoke about me like that, I'd have second thoughts on who I should be hiring to sell my house.  And all those side comments made about "getting sweaty" with your partner with that uncontrolled giggle is very off putting.  Can we please focus on the theme of the  show, which is real estate and your day to day business ventures, rather than about your sex life? We appreciate you being candid about your personal life but let's draw a line somewhere. This is not Sex and the City and you are not Samantha Jones.

 

taniasveta
taniasveta

I have no doubt that Madison had done some pretty 'dark' moves in many cases to get a deal for his clients. This show is trying to portray him as a 'nice' guy for rating purposes. The way he kicked Heather to the curb is telling me he has teeth like many brokers do and should have if he want to serve his clients. It is clear that this show only showing the deals Madison done where he did not have to be 'outbidding' others to get a deal. Madison would never be making good money with a reputation of 'nice guy'. The way he bargained the 'cloudy windows' to get 16 grand discount could be perceived as 'shady' or not 'nice'. 'Nice' is relative to what? I noticed how Madison always looking for some issues in the property to drive the sale or purchase to 'his corner of interest'. Naive people may perceive it as 'shady'. Smarty people know that is how he drives the interest of his clients. PERIOD.

taniasveta
taniasveta

you have no idea what Realtors do to each other. The Realtor-wars are real and  I experienced personally some of them. 

The  war gets really ugly any time there is a hot house on the market...even during the down time. Trust me, you don't want a Realtor that will end up loosing to other brokers when you want to snatch a house. having 'nicely-behaved' Realtor most likely will result  loosing on the offer you trying to present. I put 4 offers in 6 months to 4 different houses...and i lost every one of them...because my broker was not as savvy as others that  where digging inside information, learning of competitive offers and knowing 'inside' ways of outbidding. All  those people commenting on how they want a 'nice' broker are just bluffing. my best friend is a broker...you should hear her stories of other brokers dark games. In Los Angeles getting a good deal on property does take a broker with a shark teeth. 

chicagobears99
chicagobears99

Just watching the show that Josh is screwing with Madison with the Malibue property I wish they would get Altman off of this show his ethicts are so sick can't stand the man or should say littleboy. Please Bravo get him off and use Heaher as the upand coming agent she should break up with Altman he is so evil!!!!!

 

webbwoman61
webbwoman61

You "handled" Josh very well!  How you kept from hitting him is beyond me.  He is such a snake, I would never use him to buy a house if he was the last Realtor on earth!  Stay true to yourself!

SuperMom123
SuperMom123

I only watch the show for Madison and Josh Flagg.  Altman is slimy and unethical.  I almost want to stop watching if Altman is going to remain on the show.  Gross.  He's even creepier than mushroom-head Chad used to be.  What is Heather thinking?

Tracirk68
Tracirk68

What Altman did made absolutely no sense, if he wanted to know if you were bidding on his house all he had to do was write the bid and he would find out immediately if there was another bidder.  The other Malibu agent wasn't catering to what Altman though was schmoozing in order to find out how low he could write and you weren't catering to him by telling him which house you were bidding on so instead of being a man and writing on the house he wanted, he played games with his clients money and that is one of the most unethical things I have seen in sales in a long time.  I don't thing he has as big an ego as he puts off, as I put on his blog he is obviously jealous of you I'm just not sure if it is because of your hair, height, good looks, or that you have a personality but it is becoming very sad to watch.  Watching Altman makes me miss Chad and his creepy relationship with his dog!

Jessieandkitty
Jessieandkitty

If keep handling your business and clients with integrity you have showed so far.....you will continue to reap the rewards.  Don't let Josh Altman get to you....he'll be working for you one day :)

lynnwhitlock
lynnwhitlock

Yo have integrity.  Josh Flagg seems to as well. Which is something we can not say for all of the realtors on the show.  

 

Altman has a huge ego and is basically out to feed it as anyone else's expense.  Even a client.  He thinks he is a winner and may come out on top for a while or with other smarmy people like himself but in the end he will lose.  Why would anyone with an intellect broadcast being that unethical? 

la12ce
la12ce

The way Josh Altman behaves is unethical. He will trip himself up in the end. Reputation is Everything and word gets around. He says it himself, he will do Anything to make that sale. There is a difference in trying your absolute best and crossing over the line. He is a shark and people do not like sharks...in or out of the water.

susanzavagli
susanzavagli

I hated the way Josh played you  there was no need for that behavior.......Josh defines P---K to a T

grub
grub

Ooooh Josh Altman is like you said so oily! I hope he loses clients when they see this episode and how he was not serving them to get them the best deal, but driving up the prie just to frustrate you and increase his commission. What a used car salesman he is at heart. Plus he is just creepy, greedy, and classless.his gay dig was vile. He is vile. What a slug.

denb
denb

Altman is one BIG reason to quit watching this show.  He is just disgusting.

livlovlaf
livlovlaf

Josh is a sleazy realtor. I believe he gives real estate a bad name. To see his vindictive and spiteful way of doing business makes me sick to watch. Honestly I am not sure why Bravo would even want to stoop to Josh Altmans level and give him a second of air time means the network does not consider how it makes them look. I have the world of respect for Madison. As for Heather she is a snake laying in the grass. Waiting for her moment to take what she can. Maybe if her and Josh continue their so called relationship she can do what she does best and take Josh for all he's worth and run. I have no sympathy for Heather. She took advantage of Madison's kindness and honestly what comes around goes around. Karma is a bitch.  Anyone who thinks Josh is a someone you would want within a foot of you is someone with very low morals. How Josh even looks in the mirror at his balding head in the morning and doesn't throw up from living in his own skin is beyond me. Pure evil. In the end good always overcomes evil. I put Madison up there with the very best. I would hire Madison in a flash. Biggest of Hugs to you Madison how you keep your cool around Josh is commendable. That's all i have to say about that.....

Oceankitty
Oceankitty

Josh Altman is worse than short sighted. He reminds me of a used car salesman with a real estate license! I feel sorry for his brother if they become partners, because since he's shown his true colors, I'd be surprised if their company is able to even get off the ground. Not only is he unethical, sleazy, and conceited, he's nothing but a loser! Remember, what goes around comes around. And Josh, you're a clown who's a legend only in your own mind!

lizwatch@aol.com
lizwatch@aol.com

Josh makes me so sick.  Makes Real Estate Agents look so sleazy!

pkpltd
pkpltd

I agree wholly with Katie28 - well said !  I've had business associates that were much like Altman - what goes around comes around and this behavior of his will catch up to him - & will be unrecoverable !

Katie28
Katie28

Totally agree with you as to Altman.  If I needed a home, he is the LAST agent I would ever  work with!!!!  Greasy as they come!  He doesn't understand the word professional and he has been showing who he really is!!!!! I hope and pray Heather sees him for who he really is and gets out a.s.a.p.!

You are adorable......as is Josh Flagg.... and you both are very professional too!

whitelacereno@yahoo.com
whitelacereno@yahoo.com

 @serm

 I so agree with you ...  Josh Altman is totally disgusting.  He is greedy and arrogant and so unprofessional and unethical.  I am amazed buyers can't see this.  The way he dresses should tell people what type of person he is ... come on Josh, get a clue, you're selling real estate ... really ?!? and in your case, your clothes does not make the person.  Heather, wake up !!!!

whitelacereno@yahoo.com
whitelacereno@yahoo.com

 @nursejackie

 Well said !!  Real estate companies have classes in ethics.  It is quite obvious that he has never attended any.  Producers probably thinks this makes for good TV, but, in my opinion, it is very sad that there are really people in this world like Josh Altman.  Heather, don't walk away --- run as fast as you can !!!!

cindy8w
cindy8w

 @QBOL Working for the seller used to be true because of fiduciary responsibility.  However, now there are sellers agents and buyers agents.  It is all disclosed before negotiations.  From what I have seen, Altman is only working for himself.  He strong-arms both buyers and sellers.

 

As a former realtor for more than a decade, I know unprofessional from others in the field.  Altman meets all the criteria for unethical realtors.  He and others like him give the business a bad name.

Bravobug
Bravobug

@CaesarAndChloe ...are you kidding, have you not seen Fredrick?

DButterfly
DButterfly

 @CaesarAndChloe If they simply focused on real estate and not at all on the personalities and personal lives of the agents, nobody would watch. They might as well turn to HGTV and watch those home buying shows!! And seriously, you think the other locations do not have agents dwelling on their sexuality. PUH LEEZ!!! Can you say Frederik????

Char_Lee
Char_Lee

 @CaesarAndChloe Madison doesn't control the editing of this show, Bravo does. They pick and choose which parts of the extensive hours of footage to show viewers for a reason. Many viewers, myself included, do want to see that part of the cast's personal lives. While I agree the hockey player episode did show Madison being a bit too friendly, every single cast member on this show and on MDLNY have displayed questionable behavior in terms of inappropriate sexual comments or otherwise unethical actions. I'd say Madison's has been the least offensive, particularly compared to Josh Altman, who comes off as not just a slimy realtor, but also a despicable human being. Maybe you've missed the episodes of MDLNY when Ryan S. has been overtly sexual with his clients and his employees, but his behavior seems far more unprofessional than Madison's, collectively. And frankly, I'd rather see a realtor inappropriately flirt with a client than see a realtor screaming and threatening another realtor during a full open house. That would be Josh Altman, again.

Twitterbee
Twitterbee

 @taniasveta

Heather misrepresented Madison while she was working with him by agreeing to partner up with Josh with a prospective client.  Should have asked Madison first.  Not a good business move she should have known better.

 

BarbarainNY
BarbarainNY

 @taniasveta I agreed with Madison about the windows that needed to be replaced. People who are buying wanted a home that is move-in ready.

Twitterbee
Twitterbee

 @taniasveta

Here we meet again taniasveta...seems like you and I should be locked into a bidding war but then there would be a turf war. That would be fun but not in the best interest of either of our client's.  So for now we will just have to enjoy our blog bantering. Have a great night!!

lynnwhitlock
lynnwhitlock

 @taniasveta Altman admitted that his clients had already purchased the other house and he did not withdraw the offer on the second one.  That was not looking out for anyone but his own stupid game against Madison.

Julian3
Julian3

 @la12ce

 So true, And Altman is putting his delusional self on TV for heaven's sake.. Not too bright to show oneself as a  P--ck on a national broadcast. .

reya_407
reya_407

 @Katie28 I too agree with you. I cannot believe that Altman is considered such a great agent.  I would never buy a house from him.

DButterfly
DButterfly

 @lynnwhitlock  @taniasveta In business, especially sales, it is all about the customer. And yes, Josh was NOT tending to the needs of any customers. He was tending to the needs of being immature and arrogant. It was his attention getting story line, period. 

Oceankitty
Oceankitty

@lynnwhitlock @Oceankitty Couldn't agree more. Love them both!

Julian3
Julian3

 @reya_407  @Katie28

 After showing who he is on TV, very few will. He is capable of screwing anyone to up his commission.. Buyers beware!