Netflix reality series “Million Dollar Beach House” has a million problems


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Netflix reality series “Million Dollar Beach House” shows a group of realtors in the competitive Hamptons housing market. While the show may seem like an interesting, business-driven series, it is drama-based and better suited for a reality TV audience.

From “Property Brothers” to “Love It or List It,” real estate shows are incredibly popular. Viewers watch the shows for interior design inspiration, to learn the cost of renovations, or even just for entertainment. Real estate programs feature many areas of the country—from quaint towns in Mississippi to busy cities like Los Angeles and New York.

Unlike its well-known predecessor “Selling Sunset,” reality series “Million Dollar Beach House” is a mediocre attempt to capture the challenges of being a real estate broker in a luxury housing market. 

The series was released Aug. 26 on Netflix, focusing on five realtors who work for Nest Seekers International. The show follows how the realtors perform their jobs, their personal affairs, and the real estate market in the Hamptons.

The first episode shows potential, with a nice balance of real estate and drama, but as the series progresses, all hope is lost. By the second episode, the arguments become annoying and are no longer entertaining. The series is extremely repetitive, making it a challenge to watch. Series such as “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “The Bachelor” are able to draw viewers in with diverse arguments and exciting plots, but “Million Dollar Beach House” fails to do so.

The real estate aspect of the show is drowned out by the petty arrogance of the realtors, who are an embarrassment to the real estate profession. The features of the homes are briefly mentioned, and then followed by 20 minutes of childish arguing—in front of potential buyers. It is disappointing to see brokers who work in a competitive market act so immature with millions of dollars on the line. The arguments could have been solved with ease, but were dragged out to create “good” TV. It’s safe to assume that this show was staged, as are many reality shows. 

Traditional and simple open houses are a great way for realtors to converse with buyers while giving them a tour. The realtors in “Million Dollar Beach House” spent upwards of $30,000 out of their own pockets to hold unnecessarily extravagant parties which served as their open houses. They claimed that they needed to create an image to lure in buyers, and they did—an image of privilege and wastefulness. Hundreds of people attended the parties, with only a few having serious interest in purchasing the houses. The realtors would drink and get into intense arguments with one another, taking attention away from the house and attracting all of the attention to their nonsensical bickering. Many of the houses shown in the series are still up for sale, reflecting the realtors’ skill.

Despite the many problems in this show, there is an audience for it: reality TV fanatics. For those who do not care about real estate and just want to see drama, this show will deliver. It’s rich in pointless arguments and ignorant people, like most reality shows. The realtors are certainly cause for laughter; it’s interesting to watch how their thoughtless actions influence their peers and their job. 

All in all, “Million Dollar Beach House” was a huge disappointment to real estate lovers, with a generally negative response from the community. With the unprofessionalism of the realtors and the time-consuming arguments, it is safe to say that this show decreases the legitimacy of real estate and casts a poor shadow on Netflix.