Fredrik Eklund

Get to know the man behind the high kicks as Fredrik opens up about life in Sweeeeden and falling in love with NYC.

on Jul 8, 20130

Welcome back to Million Dollar Listing New York! I like this episode on 250 Bowery because it reminds me why I got into real estate to begin with -– to set records, create the records, and have people talking. So this week I thought I would tell you who I really am. I mean, where I come from. You might have asked yourself while watching the show -- how did I get here? What did I do before I got into real estate? And where is my drive coming from? I think it's more interesting to use this forum to tell different stories than just to commenting on what you just saw in the episode… Anyway, here it is:

OK, you know I grew up in Sweeeeden, between Norway and Finland in Northern Europe, which is far away from the big and glitzy Manhattan –- and, yes, it’s very cold and dark during the winters. It is not Switzerland (some Americans confuse the two). And there are no ice bears walking around on the streets -- just a bunch of tall, blond people with blue eyes who love vodka, dance the frog dance on Midsummer Eve (intoxicated by the former), build safe cars, design inexpensive furniture you put together yourself, roll out stores with inexpensive clothes all over the world, and write catchy pop-music you love to hate.

I have a three year older brother, Sigge, who is a bestselling writer of books, plays, and films. He is married to Malin and together they have three beautiful kids. They live in central Stockholm and every time I’m with them (it’s never too often), time stops and I’m in bliss. Like this past week out in Fire Island where Derek and I, again, discussed having kids of our own. More on that later.

56 comments
BlackIsBeautiful
BlackIsBeautiful

Fredrik YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Lol at all these haters, they have nothing else to do but hate on you all day long that's why they can't sell any units! It must be their depression talking!!! Keep it up!! Black is beautiful!!!

plainsman
plainsman

I liked Fredrik, but no more.

 

Outright lying about housing availability in Manhattan in the midst of a transaction is immoral, unethical and a breach of duty to clients. Whatever he thinks of Ryan, it has no place in the market or transactions. There are clients' interests involved and no one wants to watch brokers ignore that in pursuit of petty personal disputes.

 

That Fredrik would engage in this behavior before an audience in the millions marks him as a potential sociopath to be avoided. You cannot do good business with bad people.

Sploozy
Sploozy

this back story still does not explain why he is such a monster and a bully. He was raised with love and acceptance...I just wonder why he is so cruel to other people..Watching him put Ryan through all those stupid moves and then bullshitting him about the prices on that Bowery building just made him look like a complete monster. He did the same thing to Luis..promising him something and then completely back stabbing him and then throwing that green muck on his expensive suit...Frederick is a bully..plain and simple. He has low self esteem and needs to make others look bad in order for him to feel good about himself...when he was sitting alone in his office drinking champagne and telling Ryan he was at a "5 star restaurant with some friends" spoke volumes about him..he is lonely, afraid of rejection so he rejects first...he is lonely and depends on his fiance for emotional support..what surprises me is that he found anyone to put up with his pathetic behavior.. So many people say "Frederick is my favorite"..to them I say, "you have to go look in the mirror to find out why you like that type of personality because you may have issues yourself."..

debandy527
debandy527

Fredrik, You are adorable and you make me laugh.  I enjoy this show so much.  I love Ryan and Luis too and I learn so much from all of you.  I go completely nuts when you drive Ryan and Luis out of their minds!  I wish you all much success and happiness.

Gulfgirl703
Gulfgirl703

Fredrick, Fredrick, Fredrick. It will all come back around and bite you hard. Regardless of your success and 'touching' bio, you truly appear a shallow, sadistic man and you giggle and high kick about it. Get your money and short lived fame now and remember, nothing lasts forever. I would like to be happy for you and enjoy you on the show but as times goes on, I can't. I know it doesnt matter to you though. You make for good tv I guess.

Mikkel_Rohde
Mikkel_Rohde

Fredrik! You're amazing! You're my role model! I will be coming to New York all the way from Denmark tomorrow and i would love to meet you! When i'm done with education as 23 year old in about 8 years, i will move to LA to be the best real estate broker there! I wont fail i refuse to! HIGH KICK!

remoses
remoses

Hi Fredrik, I love the show and I am absolutely blown away by you!  I truly enjoy watching you take care of business. I often find myself in amazement when you sell a big listing.

Way to GO! Which brings me to the point of my contact to you. I have the great opportunity to work with a realty company in California and I really want to put my best foot forward, and do this! I am returning to my home and am just totally excited. I would really love to learn how you do business, would you please consider being my mentor.. I realize it is a lot to ask but to be the best you should learn from the best!!! I am creating my Future!

I hope to hear from you and congratulations on your wedding

regina_moses@hotmail.com

Your friend and colleague

Regina

pink29
pink29

You are amazing and I love watching you. You are so funny and smart and everything to be in a great show. Just be careful with the marriage thing make sure you are backed up. You are smart but when we are in love we become blind just saying.

lydiawiensch
lydiawiensch

I absolutely adore you Fredrik. I watch the show because you make me laugh. I love the interaction you have with  Luis and Ryan and how competitive you are.

You aren't afraid to show your emotions and the joy, sorrow, glee and cunning you display are a refreshing change. Your genuineness makes people root for you to do well and are happy when you do!!!. 

I love you and Derek is a keeper for sure!

 

 

TexasThoughts
TexasThoughts

I love watching your success, you kindness with your pets and how thoughtfully you treat your husband. I am also a top producer in my field and understand the drive and tasks that are needed to continue to stay there.  Your creativity is fabulous to watch and I respect you fully.  Now in Texas, I did live in New York and loved that city for the same reasons.  You should visit Houston sometime!  Looking forward to your wedding and loved loved loved your blog.  Nice to know where you came from.

212MSolutions
212MSolutions

Fredrick - take a trip out to Forest Hills Gardens in Queens - I think you'll like it. You and Ryan should start your own show - sort of like the modern day Odd Couple. Cheers!

Bravofn
Bravofn

Thank you for sharing - always looking, never giving up, using what talents and experience and attitude - that what isn't there will be there (your hit record and internet company) - you're just a wonderful person to watch.

Bravofn
Bravofn

Fredrik, I have been looking on the web for more info - and it's strange that the exact questions I was wondering, you're putting on here.

My reason is that I am looking for what drove you to succeed - the beginning of your wonderful fairy book life.

skinnydi
skinnydi

Okay, so I just saw this last episode on the DVR, and although you may not like Ryan, you both have a lot in common.  Ryan can be cocky and we see how he has paid for it - a former frat brother, and just generally bad karma seems to come his way.  After jumping into the pool.at your open house, I think he deserved a little of it back, and you did that, but what bothers me is this price change on the units on Bowery.  This makes you look bad, and the other thing that makes you look bad is inviting a bunch of brokers and tempting them with what they can't have due to your huge obscene waiting list.  If you were the one going to a meeting like this and someone tempted you, but then said "sorry", I have a waiting list, I think you would have been livid for having your time wasted as you wasted theirs.  Shame on you for this.  Watch what you do to others.  It will come back in spades.

 

jbenny
jbenny

Fredrik--You appeared  petty when you abased Ryan.  Not a good look for you. 

patty.shanahan
patty.shanahan

I was not a fan at first, until you went home and we all saw your human side. I have done a 180 since then and I look forward to seeing you every week

@seasonedviewer7
@seasonedviewer7

Blah blah blah.  You want it all and do not care who you humiliate to get it. 

taniasveta
taniasveta

everybody complimenting Frederic with his blog and biography...but something he admited from his past from the first time he was filmed is not mentioned in his biography....and during the lunch with Ryan where Ryan did the highkick, Ryan repeated this past profession of Frederic....what happened Frederic? you think we did not hear you when you said it yourself?

Dolphin3636
Dolphin3636

What you did to Ryan was perfect. He deserved it  big time. I had fun washing the last episode. 

Kymmie
Kymmie

You...are...awesome!!!

cassie920
cassie920

Fredrick,

Thanks for the background..really are liking you this season.  You are the man in real estate.

grub
grub

You are a manipulative sadist, which I'm sure you take as a compliment.

Andrea91745
Andrea91745

Mr. Fredrick, I'm a big Bravo TV fan, and a reluctant broker fan.  During the first season I tuned you off...to put it politely! As I've continued to watch, I see your point of view.  I actually see that you are a dynamo, as I see myself!  I admire you!  You're handsome, in love, and daring the opposition to say that you are anything but the best. Dare I say... I relate!!  My son now wants to be a broker, and he's only 14 yrs old!  Great work!  Any chance on swaying a young crowd, maybe through classes for the L.A. area.  I'm born and bred L.A. and we need that European touch always!  KIT a.carrizosa@hotmail.com.  Spread your wisdome!  Much love.  Andrea

luvbravo1
luvbravo1

Fredrick, thanks for sharing this blog about your life!  I love this show because you crack me up!!  Even though you can be mean I see you are vulnerable and likeable and I can't wait to see what you are going to do next  You have accomplished a lot and are a great success!  Good luck and congratulations to you and Derek on your up coming marriage. 

tulip805
tulip805

He is obviously very smart and successful, but his ethics are questionable. Yes, Luis didn't follow his directions and deserved to be called on it. But that was no excuse to humiliate him in front of other people. He likes people to grovel to him (i.e., Ryan). He seems to have a sadistic side to him.

my4cats4
my4cats4

Fredrick - you're very, very interesting, funny and could have your own show!  After reading your blog, I understand the depth of your intelligence (unlike so many reality stars).  I find you maybe a bit mean but as I'm typing this, it's obvious, you could really shoot for the stars!  Who knows the real Fredrick . . . I'm sure you're smart enough to realize karma is a bitch; however, it's always a fine line in the brutal NYC real estate mkt. 

bojangles
bojangles

Fredrik, I care for you not at all after getting to know you better the past couple of episodes.  But your story is fascinating and I'm very appreciative that you chose to tell it instead of rehashing the current episode. I raise my glass to the great success you've made of it in New York but can't help wonder what it's cost you in the humanity department.  message to Derek:  if you're dining with someone and you want to tell them they're full of it - then just come out and tell them to their face.  The whispering into Fredrik's ear was offensive.  You actually made Ryan look good and that's a feat. 

samsung
samsung

My man ! I was SO proud of you on the episode I caught today on my DVR!!! You showed that Ryan that he cannot play you! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA at first I was concerned he was gonna get one over. Your so nice I thought oh no way. Then you proved your the man and punked that punk. Thanks for being the best.

 

syber
syber

It think you're married now, yes?  Hope you got that Prenup.

syber
syber

Fredrik, you should be bottled and sold to everyone who needs a Business 101 Lesson.  Better yet, Bravo should make a Survivor-like reality show.  Outwit, Outsmart, Outsell.   

 

 

Kate108
Kate108

I have been a fan of this show since it originated. Fredrik is a great example of someone who is intelligent, smart and savvy, usually a good dresser, who sells tons of NY real estate but who is fundamentally a self-glorified individual whose word means nothing.  In other words, a creep with a capital C.  Fredriks  underhanded and sneaky ploy in setting Luis up to sell an apartment when Fredrik already  had a buyer reveals a serious lack of character.  I wouldn't trust him as far as I could see him.

 

lindasqd51
lindasqd51

You are very arrogant and phony.  Give me Luis or Ryan as an agent any day.

Cornflkchk1234
Cornflkchk1234

I just wanted to say you and Derrick make a gorgeous couple

TinaW.
TinaW.

Fredrik, love, love, love you.  But I must caution you that Karma is a "btch".  So, although you may be having a grand 'ole time putting Luis and Ryan through these torture tests, it may jump up and bite you in the a$$ in the future. Honestly, what have they ever done to you that was so horrible or that stopped you from getting what you wanted?

NameChange
NameChange

Thank you for generously sharing some of your personal history.  This was your most interesting blog entry!  [BTW, a friend of mine who left the US to live in Sweden several years ago is busy translating your father's books into English.]

 

But back to the show:  I laughed out loud at the scene of you teaching Ryan to do the high kick.  But all the other putdowns:  not so much.  an the preview of you informing him about the price increase doesn't look so funny, either.

funnyg480
funnyg480

I started watching this cause I wanted to see the homes and glad I did:) I didn't like Fredrik to much but, now he grew on me and I love him. I hope they have him get married on the show I would love to see that. You two look sooooo cute together wish you all the happiness that life brings. I think Louis made a BIG mistake not working with you he could have learned sooo much from you . I guess everyone has to do things there own way. I have you guys recording and need to go watch you LOL. Keep up the good work:)

sanB54
sanB54

I was going to say the same thing! Karma! I don't think you are a very nice person. Derek, I would think twice about marrying Fredrick. If things go wrong, you could be doing the high kick out the door.

chucktaylor68
chucktaylor68

Although I found the exchange with Ryan groveling hard to watch I absolutely loved his high kick and the black and white replay. Stellar!

guku
guku

Now im confused, At first I thought Louis was just a knucle head, Im not liking the repetion of two incidents that are starting to portray fredrick as having malicious intents and not so caring. I know you have to be smart but then Fredrick you know karma is a "B"  I dont see ryan letting this go as Louis did, I think you gonna pay for this later on.I love you Fredrick but I dont want you to be portrayed as a mean person two times. I dont like this

Apoxandra
Apoxandra

No I have started watching you guys and I don't want to wait for next season! I love you guys you are entertaining, dedicated, and easy on the eyes. Besos!

MariaFlores
MariaFlores

Beautiful story. You are so intriguing! Happy to be the first to comment. Would love to meet you one day!

 

Maria

Sploozy
Sploozy

 @debandy527  you must be just like him to approve of his behavior...he is a bully and you must be one yourself.

Sploozy
Sploozy

 @Gulfgirl703 I LOVE YOU...YOU SAID EXACTLY WHAT I DID..HE IS PATHETIC and a big fat bully...he may have all the money in the world but when he is an old lonely man with no one to love him, he will have to cuddle up with that money to keep him company. Ryan and Luis are good people who work hard and don't have to trample on others to gain their rewards...Frederick is so pathetic.

Sploozy
Sploozy

 @skinnydi Frederick has the biggest Karma sandwich coming his way..I only hope they are there to film it...it was so satisfying to see his "900 people waiting list" diminish to 0,,,there is NO WAY he had 900 people on a waiting list...NO WAY IN HELL...His karma is so bad...what he did to Luis was exactly the same thing he did to Ryan..he is a big fat liar and it is all going to come back to him. I wish Ryan and Luis the very best and it is going to be so awesome when they leave him in their dust. You work hard, and are nice to people..it will come back to you in spades...if you walk over people and treat them horribly, it will come back to you in spades...can't wait to see Frederick get what he deserves!!

 

taniasveta
taniasveta

 @syber he got it ALRIGHT...it is videotaped on the show the conversation about prenup....So, verbally they videotaped the agreement. Frederic is no dummy. You have to learn to read between the lines...Conniving people get ahead of people that have ethics. Frederic is ahead because he is conniving

Harrieth1
Harrieth1

 @Cornflkchk1234

 Derrick is a phony.  Marrying for Love/???   Think not!  Nice life style and no prenup.   More like it.

Harrieth1
Harrieth1

 @sanB54No prenup.  No problem for Derrick!  "If people really love each other , not prenup necessary".  I paraphrase Derrick.  A painter?????  You have tgot to be kidding.

taniasveta
taniasveta

 @chucktaylor68 yes...Ryan was perfect in his imitation of Frederic antique move...i was laughing my head off 

debandy527
debandy527

 @Sploozy I wrote my comment before seeing the episode where Ryan was told there was only one apartment left and Ryan got the call from his client in the car.  I wasn't happy with that behavior on Fredrik's part.