14 Dec Million Dollar Listing’s Heather Bilyeu
WITH 10 years experience, Heather Bilyeu has been involved in over $300 million of real estate transactions. She stars in Bravo’s hit reality series Million Dollar Listing, which follows the most buzzed-about real estate gurus of Los Angeles’ high-end real estate. The show airs in over 250 countries year round, averaging 1.6 million viewers per episode.
On becoming a realtor: I was born and raised in Las Vegas. At 17 years old, my mom encouraged me to get my license and I started selling homes, moving to LA when the market crashed in Las Vegas in 2008. To get the license I had to take a 5 day crash course and that was it, however the only way to know real estate is from experience.
About 8 years ago, I moved to LA and became an assistant to a very high powered broker in Beverly Hills – so that I could learn the ins and outs of LA real estate.
On Listings: I specialize in high end homes from $1- $5 million, primarily from the Sunset Strip to the Hollywood Hills area, but I have sold homes from Downtown to Venice. I don’t say ‘no’ to anyone who wants to engage me as a broker, because if I don’t know the area, I will get the help I need from someone on my team.
On Bravo: I wanted to work for someone who specialized in beachside properties. I was able to get a position with Madison Hildebrand, who had been on the first season of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing. Six months after I had been working with him, we found out they were doing a second season. I asked not to be on camera. They said that was fine, but all of a sudden they started to tie me into the storyline – which slowly became a recurring role. Then I met my fiance, Josh Altman, who was new on the show, and Bravo couldn’t have planned it any better…We are engaged now and planning a family. I have done 5 seasons so far.
Current position: I worked for Madison for 3 years. I was handling all the facets of brokerage and was essentially a real estate agent. I decided to leap out on my own and I joined Hilton and Hyland. I am now working with the Altman brothers and doing the TV show as well.
On future plans: My fiance and brother-in-law work together and we are growing our team, which now stands at 8 agents. We are planning on opening more offices on both the East and West coasts.
On other interests: In addition to real estate, I am a motivational speaker for real estate professionals and entrepreneurs – females in particular. I get a lot of inquiries from women, wanting to know how I broke into the business.
Most valuable room in the house for resale: Kitchen
Best gadget to add prior to selling a house: Nest
Best neighborhood for value: Bird streets in the Hollywood Hills
Most up-and-coming neighborhood: Carthay Circle
Most expensive house you ever sold: $8.99 million
Least expensive house you ever sold: $180,000
Fastest you have ever sold a home: 1 day on market