HGTV's 'The Property Shop' does Realtors no favors
Londono is pretty much a parody of a high-powered real estate agent with her big hair and outlandish persona. Of course, nearly every real estate reality show has obnoxious stars -- Jeff Lewis on Flipping Out, Armando Montelongo on Flip This House and Chad Rogers on Million Dollar Listing, just to name a few.
Watch more AOL Personal Finance videos on AOL VideoBut people like Jeff Lewis -- known as much for his obsessive compulsive disorder as for his real estate prowess -- are interesting to watch. Londono isn't. She's just not likable or interesting in the way that the stars of the better shows like this are. She's a self-described "born salesman" and it shows: She's every stereotype of real estate agents on the planet condensed into an aerosol can and sprayed into an over-sized 'do. She's a loud, fast talker, over-animated and obnoxious. She visits people who have the nerve to try to sell their homes without an agent -- and then erupts in a fit of rage when she finds out the couple she had told needed her sold their home on their own -- and saved themselves a 6% commission.
With two of the buyers she's working with, Londono is also the listing agent on the property which, she notes, creates the potential for a conflict of interest. But that doesn't seem to bother her too much, and with a double commission on the line, she keeps busy prodding buyer and seller to move out of their comfort zones on counter-offer after counter-offer.
With public respect for real estate agents at an all-time low in the face of tanking real estate values, this show does little to help the industry's cause.
The Property Shop airs on HGTV at 10:00 PM ET on Mondays.