They Absolutely Must Have a Real Estate License
Even though it's a reality show, they have to keep their real estate license on the real real! Chrissy Teigen recently tweeted that she has never come across any of these agents in the LA market, questioning the legitimacy of our favorite agents. The Oppenheim Group put this to rest very quickly showing the receipts - their licenses!
They Still Have to Get Along with Their Off-Screen Coworkers
Honestly, just because you’re on TV doesn’t mean you get to act like you’re better than the rest of your coworkers. The cast knows this firsthand, because they still have to get along with their off-screen coworkers just like everyone else. #Stayhumble
The Producers Don’t Concoct the Drama
While the producers have the exclusive right to edit the cast however, they want, per their extensive contract, they don’t however influence the drama during the season. Chrishell told us on Instagram, "The show isn't scripted. If it were, I would be pissed! Who wrote that plot twist?!" referencing her divorce.
They Have to Sign and Initial So Netflix Can Edit Them
Speaking of the producers editing, each cast member signed their life away to the network allowing them to edit their on-screen persona for weeks on end. Producer Adam DiVello told Variety, “I can’t tell you how many hours we would sit in an edit bay just working on one scene. I think most reality shows would have turned it out in a day and we'll spend a week.”
They Can’t Influence How Production Portrays Them
Let’s be real, every show needs a villain. Sometimes the villain won’t even know that they’re being edited as the villain until the show airs, and there’s nothing they can do about it! Christine Quinn told Nylon, “There were certain things where I had trust in production, but they didn't have our backs. I was really surprised seeing the way they portrayed me."
They Can’t Actually Want to Be on the Show
What makes Selling Sunset different from other reality TV is that the cast can’t actually show interest in being included on the show. So, don’t act desperate ok? Producer Adam DiVello told Variety, "I tend to try to find the people who don’t necessarily want to be on TV.”
It’s All Work and No Play—All the Time
Like any other real estate agent, the cast members very rarely get a day off. It’s still a grind for them to score their next property and bring home that commission. In fact, Mary Fitzgerald sold a mansion over the phone while getting her and makeup done before she walked down the aisle!
Netflix Makes Them Cover Their Own Hair and Makeup
Speaking of hair and makeup, Netflix won’t foot the bill for their glam squad. Christine revealed to Page Six that she does her own hair and makeup for the show because “I’m just so great at it and I love doing it myself because I’m kind of a control freak.”
Some Girls Can’t Bring Their Spouses on the Show
We can’t help but wonder why Chrishell and Heather kept their men off the show, but the answer is less juicy than we’d like to think. Their competing contracts just didn’t allow it. Justin and Tarek work for NBC and HGTV respectively, and neither would let them appear on the show.
The Cast Can Appear on Other Shows
While their men can’t come on the show, this couldn’t stop Chrishell from going on Dancing With the Stars and Heather from making an appearance on Tarek’s show Flipping 101 after their engagement. A crossover episode, how nice....
They Are Still Responsible for Selling Real Listings
You would think the name of the show, Selling Sunset was self-explanatory, but the cast must still sign and sell real listings. If you need the proof, just visit the Oppenheim Group website and you’ll find all their real listings!
Office Romances are Totally an Option
Unlike your regular office, in-office romances are fair game in the Oppenheim Group. In fact, Jason Oppenheim allegedly dated Mary before they just decided to be friends. Afterall, it’s all about who you know in the real estate world.
The Brokers Can Pick Favorites
Picking favorites seems less than fair, but despite the gripes the brokers pick and choose which agents get the best listings. So, if you ever find yourself cast on the show, just know you’ll have to get in good with your broker before you bring home the big bucks (but your biggest competition for the top spot will obviously be Mary!)
They Can Work for More Than One Firm
You’d think these gorgeous agents would be locked down tight with their firm, but actually they can earn commission with other firms too! Well, as long as they’re not competitors of course. Maya Vander also works as an agent for Miami’s Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
They Can Leave the Oppenheim Group
While the show all started at the Oppenheim Group, the cast can move on to other firms. This is what Jason’s brother Brett did, and it’s also what Maya, Heather, and Christine are thinking about doing as well.
Their Income is 100% Commission
To make those coins, these ladies must be knocking on doors and slinging for-sale signs. Each agent’s income is solely based on the commission gained from each sale. Now it makes sense why they never get a day off!
Their Instagram Can Be Put to Good Use
Since the cast members are now famous real estate barbies, they can totally monetize their Instagram and earn some extra cash. Heather is apparently a social media guru because she earns the most per post according to 95-106 Capital FM. It’s all about the business, ladies!
They Have to Have Actual Clients
Along with real listings with real commissions, each cast member must also have actual clients! Who would have thought? However, not every client has to be on the show—just the ones that are comfortable making an appearance!
No Cap, the Houses Do Not Have a Price Limit
Because each agent’s income is based solely on their commission, they can earn a lot of money from the sale of a super pricey house. Christine told Nylon, “If I close on a $6 million house, I’m going to take a break for a little while, I’m going to take it easy.” But if she’s only selling those rinky-dink $2 million houses, she’s obviously going to keep working.
The Filming Schedule Sucks!
There's usually a break between filming schedules on most reality shows, but that’s just not the case for the cast of Selling Sunset. Apparently after season two, the cameras never stopped filming! Season three picked up only three days after season two ended. That’s insane!