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“Million Dollar Listing Miami” celebrates series premiere

Cast members party at South Beach's Pearl at Nikki Beach in advance of June 25 debut

June 19, 2014 11:15AM
By Francisco Alvarado

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From left: Chad Carroll, Samantha DeBianchi and Chris Leavitt and Carroll with girlfriend Jen Stone (credit: Francisco Alvarado)

From left: Chad Carroll, Samantha DeBianchi and Chris Leavitt and Carroll with girlfriend Jen Stone (credit: Francisco Alvarado)

The stars of the upcoming Bravo reality show “Million Dollar Listing Miami” joined dozens of friends and colleagues on South Beach Wednesday night to celebrate the premiere of the first episode, which airs on June 25.

As well-heeled party-goers sipped wine and knocked back mojitos, cast members Chad Carroll, Samantha DeBianchi and Chris Leavitt strolled the red carpet and posed for photos inside Pearl at Nikki Beach.

The trio beat out other Miami luxury real estate professionals after a year of multiple interviews and vetting by producers of the show, which has featured brokers selling high-end properties in New York and Los Angeles in past seasons. The series revolves around the work lives of young, energetic and successful brokers. According to Bravo, viewers will get an inside look at selling glamorous real estate in South Florida and the people tasked with making those deals happen.

Privage Condominiums and Warren Henry Auto Group sponsored Wednesday’s bash.

Carroll, executive vice president at Douglas Elliman, told The Real Deal that being featured on “Million Dollar Listing Miami” is an extraordinary opportunity to gain exposure for his business.

“It’s a chance of a lifetime,” he said. “You are going to see the selling of the Miami lifestyle and everything that comes along with that.”

Leavitt, Carroll’s co-star and colleague at Douglas Elliman, told TRD viewers can expect a “totally different spin on this genre of television.”

“Million Dollar Listing” fans will see a lot of drama, sexiness and fun, he said.

“We are genuine characters,” Leavitt said. “We are not acting. We are ourselves at all times. It’s real and raw.”

  • Sleeping in the garden

    What a bunch of want to be’s

  • 007 Man

    I can’t wait to watch the show and I think the Cast selection is great EXCEPT it would have been awesome if the first Woman Realtor that was chosen for the Franchise would have been one that’s equally as successful in sales volume as the 2 guys that are on the show. There are beautiful and successful women Realtors in South Florida who have very high sales volume. Maybe they were contacted and declined to participate in the show or were interviewed and not chosen or maybe they work for Brokerages that don’t allow their Agents to participate in Reality TV Shows but I don’t know since I’m not the Casting Director.

    Congratulations to Samantha DeBianchi for being a smart young woman who’s hard working, owns her R.E. Brokerage, graduated from College early, and is quickly climbing the Ladder of R.E. success, BUT her sales volume isn’t anywhere close to the level of what’s expected of Agents on Million Dollar Listing. Even the Casting Call for the Show specified that the ideal candidate “must have a high volume of multimillion dollar listings”. Samantha always has very few listings and most aren’t usually multimillion dollar listings.

    The Show Bios state that Samantha has sold around $25 Million worth of Real Estate in the last 3 years. That amount is certainly commendable and way above average, but it doesn’t qualify for the truly upper echelon of sales production. Chris is said to have sold over $120 Million worth of Real Estate in 2013 alone and Chad is said to have sold over $200 Million worth of Real Estate in the last 2 years.

    Supposedly, Bravo conducted a serious vetting process of the Realtors who were chosen for the show, so they obviously knew that Samantha was “up and coming” and wanted to add that twist to the plot of the show, like Luis on Million Dollar Listing New York having a sales level that’s below Frederik and Ryan.

    When contacted by the show, Samantha could have declined since she knows her sales level isn’t at the very top and knows that will be scrutinized and magnified by being on TV, but she must have decided to give it a shot anyway since it’s an opportunity for business exposure.

    • Peggy Thorpe

      Compared to New York. This show is obnoxious The cast is boring and trite. Can’t watch

  • local realtor

    what an embarrassment for Miami…she is a idiot…the other nelly one is despicable and tacky…the property was low-brow for Miami… there are AMAZING properties on the market…why can’t they showcase these? Answer: any realtor with high-end clients with any dignity would not allow the circus in their own homes. If you have to say you have class…you don’t have it! This is all about acting and creating drama and gives legitimate realtors a bad name.

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