Season 10 of Million Dollar Listing: LA is HERE!
Can you believe we’re already three episodes in? The fourth episode of the 10th season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles is this Thursday on Bravo at 9/8c and we can’t wait for you to watch it!
Sure, it has only taken 10 seasons for those rowdy real estate agents on MDLLA to be joined by a woman, but Tracy Tutor Maltas has FINALLY arrived and she’s already to changing the game.
I mean, have you SEEN the first three episodes? Come on, she’s AMAZING!
We got the chance to catch up with Tracy before the show premiered and asked some questions about her life, her work, what it’s like joining the cast of MDL LA and working alongside Josh Altman.
Get to know Tracy with our interview below!
Chelsea Perrotty: You are the first female broker in the MDLLA franchise history – what’s its like making your mark in a (thankfully no longer) male dominated industry?
Tracy Tutor Maltas: Well, in my opinion it’s not a man’s business. Over 50% of realtors are actually women. We technically dominate that market. I will say being the first woman on such a successful franchise in it’s 10th season is an incredible honor and opportunity that I don’t take lightly. It’s exciting and you know, these boys are tough! They are really good at what they do but I think I do bring something a little bit different to the table.
C: Can you go into a bit more detail on what you bring to the table over the other boys?
T: Well, listen. I mean, they’re boys. I’m a woman. You know, I’m a mother of two. I have an 11 year old daughter and a 9 year old daughter. I’ve been married to my husband for over 17 years. I just think I have a little bit… I’m not really interested in fighting like children. I’m interested in doing deals – and performing for my clients. It is a total shark tank out there and these boys bite. So I have to be able to bite back.
C: You work with Josh Altman a lot and have a very brother/sister dynamic. Can you expand a little bit on that?
T: Josh, I’ve known for a very long time – we have a great relationship. I’ve known Heather [his wife] as well. My husband is friendly with Josh too. So, we have an interesting dynamic that is sort of outside of the office. It allows me to give him a little bit of a cheek – you know when his head gets a little bit too big or his ego gets out of control. It gives me great pleasure to sort of pop the balloon a little bit.
There’s not many people that will take on Josh Altman because he is really good at what he does and he is really tough. BUT- I know where his weak spots are and I know he is a really good dad and a really good husband. I just keep that in the back of my mind when I poke at him.
C: Do you have any real estate tips you tell all of your clients that you are kind of surprised that they didn’t already know?
T: First and foremost – declutter. Every homeowner thinks there house is the most special house on the block. You have to as a owner and a seller take your ego out of it for a minute and trust your real estate agent.
Number 2, you have to take all personalized belongings from pictures to knick-knacks and you have to declutter. Everything has to go. Most people don’t have vision, so the less personalized the space is the better.
I always say that light is key. If there’s trees in the way or a “tropical landscape” – people don’t like dark houses. Cut back the plants for light and if you’re into purple, all dark colors need to come off the walls except for accent spaces- like a powder room could be black if that is your thing.
C: How do you keep such a tight knit family while working in such a competitive market?
T: Well, I don’t. I don’t have that mastered and I definitely struggle with it. Every career woman who is a mother and a wife struggles with it. It’s in the forefront and it’s what people are talking about in the workforce right now.
I certainly haven’t mastered it and if someone has- please write the book and show me! If I’m giving 100% to my client on that given day I’m giving you know- 70% to my family. It’s a constant struggle between the two.
C: You know at least you are honest about it and you know not everyone is honest about it. Since this is your first season on MDLLA, what is it like adjusting to cameras following you around. Did you learn anything surprising about the whole process?
T: I think I learned to trust the team- you know I came in as the first female on the show and I think my guard was up a little bit. I had to develop that sense of trust with producers and the crew that, you know, they wanted the best for me and they want this to be great and me to be great.
I think that that grow and that transition you may or may not see it in the show. For me I know exactly when it happened. Once I kind of let go and said no apologies – you know, whatever I say and whatever I do is me. However it is cut together it is cut together. I don’t have any regrets about it all.
C: What is one of the moments you are most excited to see play out on this season of MDLLA?
T: There’s two but what comes to mind first is several scenes with my friend and client Bradley. He started a new career where he guts the big houses and flips them. Those moments are from one of his first houses and he let me be a part of it.
I think our dynamic from great great friends into a business relationship is pretty funny to watch. You know his nerves and me kind of tiptoeing around all of that I think is going to be a really fun thing to see play out.
C: Why should fans tune in to watch you on the 10th season of MDLLA?
T: I think fans should tune in this season because i think the show is going to bring something different. Whenever you add a female into any environment, we just bring something a little bit different. I think fans have tuned in for 9 years because they love the show. But eventually they want to see something new and different and I’m exactly that.