Bravo's ‘Million Dollar Listing’ to be set in South Florida for first time
06/22/2014 12:17 PM
06/22/2014 12:41 PM
Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing is sizzling itself up for the new season with the grand properties, sexy lifestyles, South Beach drama and the finishing touch of Botox that only South Florida can provide.
The show will be set in South Florida for the first time, starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The show has aired six seasons in Los Angeles and three in New York. The Miami franchise features another first: a female broker.
Fort Lauderdale-born Samantha DeBianchi, founder of luxury broker firm DeBianchi Real Estate, joins the season’s all-star cast as the only South Florida native in the bunch.
DeBianchi, 29, graduated from Florida Atlantic University at 20 and earned her master’s degree by 22 from Nova Southeastern University. At 25, she created a nightclub-management course for Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and opened her real estate firm.
She is the underdog against two of the biggest names in Miami luxury real estate, but she is bringing diversity to a male-dominated show.
“There are a lot of female real estate agents out there, so it’s about time we had some female representation,” DeBianchi said.
She will be vying for top listings with Douglas Elliman agents Chad Carroll, executive vice president of the luxury real estate powerhouse, and Christopher Leavitt, who holds the record for the largest condominium sale in Florida history at $34 million for two triplex penthouses at the Residences at the Miami Beach Edition.
“The way that the three of us interact, I think the viewers are going to love it,” Carroll said. “You couldn’t have three more opposite people.”
Carroll is an Ohio native who came to Miami in 2009. Since 2011, he has closed on more than $200 million in sales. The past two years he was named Douglas Elliman’s top broker, earning him the nickname “King of Closing.”
In a city where other kings, like LeBron James, still reign, and where egos swell like ice cream sales in the heat, Carroll might be in just the right place.
“Everybody wants to be the best,” he said. “They’ve just got to beat me first.”
Egos will clash all season long as the properties get grander and the commissions more lucrative.
The competition could be particularly fierce between Carroll and Boston native Leavitt.
“We are both very, very good at what we do,” Leavitt said. “While we are competitive, we have our different niches and different markets.”
Leavitt has been working in the real estate industry since he was in high school, when he scored an internship with a Palm Beach real estate firm. In 2013 alone, he sold more than $120 million in luxury real estate. He has been in Miami since 2009, bringing with him versatility and 15 years of experience.
DeBianchi will be juggling the stress of the business and the competition with the two male stars. Tears will flow.
In a promo for the season, Leavitt tells DeBianchi, “It’s going to be very challenging to get listings when you’re up against someone like myself.”
She pursed her lips at that.
“Despite what these other guys have to say, I’m just as good as they are, if not better,” she said.
When Carroll says in a promo clip that there is no competition for him in Miami, DeBianchi is quick to remind him, “Yet.”
She said her personable approach and focus on pleasing her clients puts her ahead of her male costars. But viewers can expect the drama to escalate as she battles to hold her own.
The promo ends with DeBianchi in tears: “They are such evil people.”
Also on the ticket for this season: romance.
Rings will be flashed, proposals attempted and relationships tested.
Carroll is shown in the promo looking at a $177,000 engagement ring, presumably for longtime girlfriend and Delray Diva host Jen Stone.
“The past three years have been the most amazing years of my life,” he tells her in the trailer.
“What you will see is an amazing relationship progress and see how that all unfolds throughout the season,” Carroll teased.
DeBianchi also has wedding fever. She is shown teasing boyfriend Jeff Stark with a photo of a gargantuan, cushion-cut diamond ring.
He rolls his eyes.
“It’s going to happen when you least expect it,” he tells her in the promo.
As for Leavitt, 41, he’s keeping his options open.
He said there will be some movements in his personal life as the season progresses. Viewers can expect twists and turns.
And Botox. It is Miami, after all.
In the promo, Leavitt is asked whether he has previously had Botox done at what seems to be a dermatology appointment.
“A little bit,” he admitted.
It’s all the things a Miami-based show is expected to be. Bikinis, South Beach, plastic surgery and some impressive marvels of real estate.
“There’s some good, awesome moments, and there’s definitely some bad moments in there,” DeBianchi said. “It’s definitely a roller coaster of everything.”
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