The battle for the OC is about to begin!
Are YOU ready for it? Our newest Bravo show, Real Estate Wars, premieres this Thursday at 10/9c and, trust us, you want to be watching. The show centers on two top-performing real estate teams in Orange County California.
Rival teams, Team McMonigle, led by John McMonigle and Team Relegance, lead by JoJo Romeo, come head to head on real estate listings in the beautiful OC. With a history of bad blood between the two heads of each team, some insane drama goes down on the first season.
In order to get to know the cast prior to the premiere episode this THURSDAY, October 5th at 10/9c on Bravo, we spoke with some of the cast members. First up is the head of his namesake, The McMonigle Group, none other than John McMonigle.
The real estate mogul has been named one of the most influential people in Orange County, has been named the Wall Street Journal’s #1 agent for five years in a row, and lives an unapologetic life of luxury!
Get to know John better by checking out our interview with him below!
CP: What are you most excited for viewers to see in the first season of Real Estate Wars?
John McMonigle: Well, look- I mean, one of my main motivations for doing the show was to really shine a light on how beautiful the lifestyle is in Orange County.
CP: From what I hear, the real estate is crazy down there!
J: You know it’s beautiful, it’s clean, it’s crime free — it’s peaceful. It’s a wonderful quality of life.
CP: What was one of your favorite moments to film during season one?
J: Just watching our team perform, you know. Just seeing one of our youngest, Hunter, kind of come out of his shell and cut a couple big deals. And watching Hoda just perform- as she can. It’s just really fun to watch our team step up to the plate and perform so extremely well.
CP: What do you want viewers to know about you before they watch the show?
J: You know, I have always approached this business as a servant. People who meet us can’t believe how humble you are. I come in and, really, just, build & serve. It’s about trying to serve people and to honor their ambitions in whatever they are trying to achieve. And I think that will show up during the show. It’s not about me, it’s about other people’s goals and ambitions.
CP: Since you deal with gorgeous real estate on a day-to-day basis, can you describe what makes up your fantasy home?
J: Well, you know,there are 31 flavors at Baskin Robins and I like them all. I really love every style of architecture if it’s well done. So you know, it’s funny, I used to sell clothes when I was in college and I had an amazing wardrobe because I wanted everything I sold.
When you sell real estate it’s the same thing, you want everything you sell because you see so many great flavors, and if you ask me today, what I would design if I had a vacant lot? I mean, really it depends on where it was. I would probably design something more modern, but if it were on the bay I’d probably design like Cape Cod.
C: What are three things you tell a client to ask before they even consider buy a home?
J: Search your gut and what is your lifestyle. Do you like to see your neighbor? Do you like to walk around? Do you want to walk to a restaurant? Do you like your privacy? Because we have a myriad of different lifestyles just right here in this little bubble of Orange County and they offer so many different things.
Some of us, you know, say ‘I don’t need to see my neighbor. My privacy, you know, I just want space.’ If they say, ‘oh my gosh I love to walk around,’ then you know- I’ll put them on the bay. If they just love to see the waves crash and go surfing – I’ll put them in front of Laguna or something like that. So I just have to listen to what they tell me and what their passion is about their lifestyle.
C: Finally, in one sentence, can you describe what Real Estate Wars is?
J: Well, first of all – it is a lot of fun. It’s a competition. There’s nothing better. You know, we are in football season right now and my gosh I am having so much fun watching college football and all the smack talk. It’s just absolutely fun to compete against another team and have a little smack talk. To go at it professionally against each other; Real Estate Wars is all about that. It’s about us competing with another team, outperforming them, and watching how they operate.
We are a team that is very disciplined and we have a lot of infrastructure. We have a lot of accountability. I watch the team we are competing against and there is no leadership. They are operating totally different. So just to watch all of that is really, really interesting.