What Most People Don't Know About Million Dollar Listing

Bravo's Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles has entertained fans for well over a decade, giving viewers an inside glimpse into high stakes real estate deals, lavish listings, and dramatic feuds between top agents. Since its inception in 2006, the reality series has weathered cast shakeups (most notably the exit of OG Madison Hildebrand), physical fights, weddings, babies, and much more, all while inking some pretty hefty real estate deals in sunny Los Angeles. 

As of summer 2020, the show is now a whopping 12 seasons deep. Over the years, it became so successful that it even prompted a few spin-off versions, including Million Dollar Listing New York, Million Dollar Listing San Francisco, and Million Dollar Listing Miami. Let's take an in-depth look into the hit Bravo series and what really goes on behind the scenes of everyone's favorite real estate show and its agents Josh Flagg, Josh Altman, Tracy Tutor, James Harris, and David Parnes.

The agents weren't always real estate pros

If you assumed that the Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles agents came out of the womb closing real estate deals, you're wrong. Take Tracy Tutor, for instance. It turns out Tracy initially wanted to be an actress, like a lot of young hopefuls in Hollywood. 

In an interview Tutor did in November 2019 with her alma mater, USC School of Dramatic Arts, she revealed that it was her background in theater that equipped her with the tools necessary to be successful in real estate. "Having a background in theatre and performance was a huge part of why I am successful in real estate. If you don't understand what connects to people, you are never going to be successful in sales," Tracy explained.

Josh Altman, another wildy successful agent on Million Dollar Listing, also came from a much different background before becoming one of LA's most successful listing agents. According to The Altman Brothers website, Josh moved to LA and started working in the mail room of a music management company. He wasn't bitten by the real estate bug until later, when he realized he could invest in a home with zero money down and then flip it for a serious return on investment. After that, the rest was history for the Altman brother.

The agents even list their own homes

When it comes to wheeling and dealing with the agents of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, everything has a price, even their own homes. People reported that Tracy Tutor even listed her very own home for a cool $23.9 million back in 2019. Tracy spent gobs of time meticulously renovating the house from top to bottom. "It was a long process because we went a little crazy and had to take it a room at a time," the agent confessed. 

But make no mistake, when it was time to move on from the house that she'd poured so much heart and soul into, Tracy had zero qualms about sticking a "for sale" sign in the front lawn. "It's time for a new chapter for my family and I," Tracy told People. "We have had a lot of fun times in this house, but I am ready to turn the page and start fresh." And when asked if she had any specific prerequisites when it comes to the buyer, Tracy responded matter of factly: "Whoever can write the check!" 

The cast once shaded Selling Sunset

Shots fired! As reported by People, on a recent episode of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, the Million Dollar Listing cast had some pretty shady things to say regarding Netflix's Selling Sunset cast of characters. According to Tracy Tutor, Netflix got the premise of the show all wrong. 

"I have mad respect for women in real estate in Los Angeles, and I just think [Selling Sunset] is not about selling real estate — I think it's about dating bachelors in the Hollywood Hills and it really actually should be a Bravo show," Tutor said. 

She then went on to give the cast some advice. "But, that being said, you know, if you want to sell real estate, maybe kind of come on over to our show and figure out how that works," she sneered. Well then. It's safe to say that Tracy won't be doing any deals with the Selling Sunset's agents anytime soon.