“Offering Sundown,”the real estate truth reveal steeped in southern California’s uber-luxury market has actually taken pop culture by storm. What lags the program’s success throughout these restricted pandemic times? We connected to a couple of REALTORS ® in hopes of discovering what makes “Offering Sunset” different than its real estate reality predecessors.
The first season of the Netflix Original series premiered in March 2019, in some way completely leaving my notification. The second season of the Los Angeles-based truth program premiered in an entirely brand-new world in Might 2020, one in which almost every element of life had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the program reflects service and life in a pre-pandemic world, it catapulted to the forefront of pandemic popular culture, relatively overnight.
It began with text messages from buddies saying, “Have you seen Selling Sundown?!” Soon there were memes and tweets about the twin REALTORS ® who ran the company, the functions of a $40 million property, and whether Christine, a particularly bold representative on the team, was a bad guy or a hero flooding my social media feeds. The agreement was overwhelming: With only eight 30-minute episodes per season, this program was difficult not to binge. However why?
“Selling Sundown” has to do with the Oppenheim Group, a shop realty brokerage headquartered on West Hollywood’s well-known Sunset Strip. The program follows the expert and personal lives of twin brothers Jason and Brett Oppenheim (Brett has actually given that left the brokerage) and seven of their agents: Amanza, Chrishell, Christine, Davina (who has actually also left the brokerage), Heather, Mary and Maya. Executive Manufacturer Adam DiVello, of “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” fame, has actually brought his signature intense, sweeping shots of Hollywood and positive, interstitial music to this year’s breakout show.
Viewers follow the group as they deal with professional issues like favoritism, celebrity customers, task management, serious asking cost disagreements ($70 million, anyone?), and even a major sale by Mary, while she is rather actually preparing yourself to walk down the aisle at her own wedding. However, like any effective reality program, the genuine entertainment is available in the type of the cast’s interpersonal relationships. Mary and Jason used to date, Amanza goes through a serious custody fight, and Chrishell (spoiler alert!) discovers her television-star husband wants a divorce by means of text message– simply 45 minutes prior to the tabloids learn.
And those are just the major occasions. In between sales, the ladies have time for a lot of smaller sized clashes, like whether Mary secretly had two bachelorette parties or if Christine was too mean-spirited when she named a beverage at her party after her associate and castmate, Chrishell, calling it the “Two-Faced Tonic.” (Ouch.) From a “Goth Barbie” wedding event to Taye Diggs’ house hunt, “Selling Sunset” has something for everyone.
To me, the lure of the program was in how far away it felt from my truth. The glittering rooftop pools, the “Burgers and Botox”-themed open house, and the (typically gauche) designer clothing all developed a much-needed sense of escapism. This sentiment was echoed by many of my buddies, a few of whom were entirely new to the real estate reality show genre. Even though the program centers around unfathomably big financial transactions and very real individuals, the cast appears so larger than life that the entire thing feels, to many audiences, like low-stakes drama compared to our present truth.
I, however, am not a REAL ESTATE AGENT ®, so obviously the show feels like escapism to me. I asked a few of our members to assist me get to the bottom of the “Selling Sunset” phenomenon.
Like me, Kirsten Keller, ABR, a representative at @properties in Downers Grove, Ill., started seeing the show when the second season premiered in Might and knew instantly that the show was not always suggested to “display REALTORS ®, “however to offer home entertainment. This is Keller’s mindset toward other genuine estate-focused reality reveals too. She constantly keeps in mind that every market is different, and these agents are operating in a manner in which works for their market, even if it would not work for hers. She discovered Chrishell’s season one storyline, as a brand-new agent learning the ropes while trying to harmonize a tightknit group of big characters, extremely relatable.
Beth Lowe, CIPS, a representative at Coach REALTORS ® in West Sayville, N.Y., has enjoyed the show from the start, and sees it as a workplace drama, or something more similar to Bravo’s “Real Homemakers” franchise, than a program about real estate. Lowe watches for the drama and the lovely homes, the exact same factors she sees “Million Dollar Listing.” Though she can not personally connect to the stories depicted on the show, she values that all of the agents are females, and more properly reflects the gender makeup of lots of brokerages compared to other, more male-dominated property shows.
Other REALTORS ®, like Krista Matthews, an agent with Lamacchia Real estate in Woburn, Mass., took a bit longer to enter into the program. She watched a few episodes when it initially premiered, but it didn’t stick for her until the 2nd season. Matthews believes shows like “Selling Sunset” and “Million Dollar Beach Home” are popular because of the starring function of the gorgeous homes, but the agent drama in “Selling Sunset” certainly helps.
The REALTORS ® I talked to all felt the program neither portrays anything resembling their own daily or office life, nor shows how they communicate with fellow REALTORS ® and clients. They also noted the majority of REALTORS ® do not work in the high-end market, so whatever from the whopping commissions to the designer clothes just does not ring true to their experience.
Like any pop culture phenomenon, the show is certainly not for everyone. However, if you, like me, are excitedly waiting for a fourth season, it’s looking assuring that the cast will return. But stay turned for word from Netflix. Anything that assists to make pandemic life pass quicker will definitely have a captive audience! Plus, I can’t wait to see Christina, Mary, and business in their designer masks.