Selling Sunset

Selling Sunset is the TV sensation that lifts the lid on the cut-throat world of Los Angeles property. Now its star agent lays bare the real cost of selling the world’s most luxurious homes

PHOTO: Mary Fitzgerald, one of Selling Sunset’s star agents, reveals what really goes on at The Oppenheim Group – Los Angeles’ most glamorous estate agency whose clients include Meryl Streep and Nicole Scherzinger. Pictured: Mary Fitzgerald (left and right), and on her wedding day to Romain Bonnet (inset). The stars of Selling Sunset (inset bottom).

Selling your home? There’s plenty you can do to attract buyer interest, from a fresh lick of paint to decluttering the rooms. Then again, you could simply hire a mermaid.

It might not be the first option that comes to mind but, when you work for The Oppenheim Group — Los Angeles’ most glamorous estate agency and the subject of Netflix’s smash hit reality TV show, Selling Sunset — every half-woman half-fish helps.

The show follows an insanely glamorous group of estate agents as they attempt to sell some of the most luxurious properties in LA, some on the market for as much as $75million (£58 million).

Former clients of the agency include Meryl Streep and Nicole Scherzinger and, during season three, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown was filmed looking for a home where, this being LA, he could hold wild pool parties.

The series also details the private lives of the agents (invariably fraught), gives us glimpses into their homes (gorgeous but not as lavish as those of their clients) and tells us how much they make once a sale has been completed. (On one house, sold for $35.5million, the agent made $1.2million commission; that’s more than £900,000).