Spotlight Turns on Miami in Bravo Reality TV
LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION…
the stars shine brightly on South Beach for Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing Miami,” airing on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Expanding into the sexy city of Miami, three luxury real estate agents battle it out in the world of high-end real estate. With a surging market in South Florida, properties sell for record rates and agents cash in on massive commissions like never before.
Business can get heated as the brokers attempt to make a name for them and outshine their competition by landing the next big listing. The cast includes real estate moguls Chad Carroll, Chris Leavitt, and Samantha DeBianchi.
Carroll is executive vice president at luxury real estate Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate company on the East Coast. Determined to make a name for himself in the competitive local real estate market, Carroll has closed more than $200 million in sales since 2011 and was the company’s top broker for the past two years. “Having cameras follow you around took a little while to get used to but after a few weeks I forgot they were even there,” Carroll said. “This is an incredible opportunity to be able to publicly display my business and I feel honored and privileged to be a part of it.
Leavitt, a top broker at Douglas Elliman, became interested in real estate by helping his parents select and purchase investment properties. Leavitt sold more than $120 million in 2013. “I thoroughly enjoyed the filming process,” he said. “As a graduate of USC film school, it was really cool to see how the whole process happens and unfolds. … It was a challenge because many clients and customers didn’t want to film, so it forced me to expand my business to make more deals on camera. It is amazing how we can make things happen when we challenge ourselves.”
DeBianchi, founder of DeBianchi Real Estate, represents a number of athletes, entrepreneurs and investors. Her drive for excellence coupled with her “over-the-top, out-of-the-box thinking” led her to move quickly to the top of the real estate game with $25 million in sales in just three years. “It definitely isn’t something you’re immediately used to doing but I had a lot of fun filming,” she said. “It truly captured all types of different aspects of my life … the ups, the downs, and everything in between.”