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What does reality TV get wrong about real estate? Let’s start with everything

As the public's perception of this industry is morphed by television's portrayal of fast money and easy deals, agents get a raw deal
  • The real estate industry is no cold prospect to reality television.
  • Fast flips and dazzling deals are found on every channel, but not one of them gets it right. Then there are show characters who just make the profession look bad; "The Bachelorette's" luxury real estate agent villain is a timely example.
  • Actual real estate drama exists: lost prospects, the missed appraisals, the broken closings. I long for a real estate reality show in the vein of "Cops" -- let's show the nitty gritty.

As Bravo's million dollar listings dazzle viewers with the glamorous real estate lifestyle and DIY fast house flip tutorials flaunt investor winnings on every home improvement channel, the real estate industry is no cold prospect to reality television. I'm not pulling the cover off of any dark conspiracy when I say this: The tightly edited and remarkably short-on-insight shows in this shag carpet-thick broadcast milieu won't really give cynics of the real estate profession a reason to change their wallpaper. First, the general public absorbs shows of the HGTV variety that vastly oversimplify the homebuying transaction (looking at you, "House Hunters"). And then you've got those show characters who just make the profession look bad. This season of "The Bachelorette" is a timely case in point. I can't help but wonder if the career choice of this show's latest lovelorn, mustache-twisting cretin inspired ABC producers to once again edit real estate professionals with a pejo...