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Behind the scenes with East Bay Realtor Andrew Greenwell, one of the new stars of Million Dollar Listing San Francisco.


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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.

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