As Seen on TV
Behind the scenes with East Bay Realtor Andrew Greenwell, one of the new stars of Million Dollar Listing San Francisco.
Andrew Greenwell got his start in real estate at 19 and sold his brokerage three years later. In 2011, he moved to the East Bay, where he led a team to nearly $1 billion in annual sales before creating a new firm, Venture Sotheby’s International Realty in Pleasanton. Now, Greenwell is closing deals on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing San Francisco, which premieres July 8 at 10 p.m.
Q: How much of what we see on television is real?
A: The deals are very real. Real Housewives will film in four months, but ours is the longest shoot because you have to wait for the houses to close.
Q: How do you balance client privacy with the demands of the show?
A: Not all my clients are on television, but some people want to be on TV. We even had kids flying home from college to be on the show.
Q: How do you differ from the other brokers on the show?
A: I have the utmost respect for both of them, but we definitely, uh, butt heads. Roh [Habibi] is all about the deal; he just wants to close. Justin [Fichelson] is an amazing networker. I bring business experience: Buying a house is a lot like merging a company.
Q: You deliver some hilarious one-liners in show teasers.
A: I have zero tolerance for messing around. The other guys have been in the business less than three years; I have a lot more to lose. So yeah, I’m outspoken.
Q: Do you think real estate is prime for reality TV?
A: God, yes. You can’t fake real estate drama. The houses have to close. But we’re not throwing wine in each other’s faces—well, I know I didn’t.