“Selling Tampa” Is Your Next Reality TV Obsession


If you’re still in the mood for a reality TV show starring little office dramas among beautiful female realtors after finishing the lackluster fourth season of Sunset sale, you’re lucky.

Sell ​​Tampa, a new Netflix show from Adam DiVello (Laguna beach, The hills) released today, features all the women of color in its cast – and the stakes are higher and the drama more exciting than in the original.

In the latest iteration of the real estate franchise, Sharelle Rosado is the lead agent and creator of Allure Realty brokerage. Rosado, a big-hearted individual and a down-to-earth entrepreneur, is engaged to former NFL player Chad Johnson. Throughout the season, she tries to strike the delicate balance between fostering a family environment within her brokerage house while keeping the dissent of subordinate agents at bay, while trying to be a mother and make herself. a name in the highly competitive real luxury industry. real estate, a difficult market for black women to excel.

The other agents are just as interesting. There’s Tennille Moore, whose face always reflects whenever there’s any craziness going on; Alexis Williams, Moore’s enemy and office slacker, an unofficial designation she shares with Karla Giorgio; Rena Frazier, one of the brokerage’s longest-serving employees who has her own aspirations; and Juawana Colbert, the coworker who rubs people the wrong way because she takes her job a little too seriously while getting close to the boss, Rosado. Anne-Sophie Petit-Frere and Colony Reeves are, without a doubt, remarkable additions, as they are close friends who define themselves as the “nieces” of the brokerage house while the other agents, a little older with somewhat chaste sensibilities, are the “aunts”. Another interesting aspect of the series is that the agents all fill somewhat stereotypical roles that we all come to expect in our own workplaces.

Sell ​​Tampa avoids the mistakes of the previous season of Sunset sale focusing on multiple dramas throughout the 10-episode first season instead of letting a personality – like Christine Quinn – hemorrhage the show’s stakes. Basically, they’re all complex, unpredictable human beings who all have enough screen time for their own disparate tensions with each other to breathe and develop, the perfect recipe for a must-see reality show.

One of the main points of contention revolves around salary and remuneration. The atmosphere on Sell ​​Tampa recalls a start-up, and as Allure Realty is growing but not yet established like, say, the Oppenheim Group, Rosado is taking drastic action without considering feedback from other employees. During a scene where there is an office-wide meeting, Rosado informs agents that their pay will be docked, with the commission split going from 95/5 to 80/20.

Understandably, this abrupt and unexpected change creates pockets of gossip among the women in the office, with officers deciding how best to approach Rosado about the changes. Frazier, who has been with the company longer than most agents, berates Rosado. She asks questions about where their pay cut money goes in terms of work expenses and whether or not employees can expect subsequent pay cuts. It’s a delightful time for anyone who’s ever been in discussions with their own employer about money, but the way Rosado changed pay (without a good warning) goes against her mantra of working at Allure is like working with a family. If they are part of the family, why not have the decency to approach the agent to let him know that you are going to have a major impact on his livelihood? At its heart are real world issues addressed in Sell ​​Tampa, especially when it comes to employees who feel undervalued.

But that’s not the whole show – it often feels like Game of thrones located in a tropical location because all the agents are so calculating that you can never really tell where some people’s loyalty lies. There is the drama of divorce and the ensuing shame that arises once people find out; thefts from suspected clients and attempted poaching of illegal talent; hilarious conversations about what, exactly, qualifies as professional attire; and Beyoncé cosplay. The first season of Sell ​​Tampa has it all, making it the perfect low-stakes frenzy watch for the upcoming holiday season that will leave you wanting more. ●


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