What really goes on behind all those real estate signs? Rookie agents Molly O’Malley and Valentino DeMitri find out as they learn to swim with the sharks. A witty exposé written by an industry insider.
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Molly O'Malley and Valentino DeMitri are rookie real estate agents who must learn to swim with the sharks. When they are recruited by the top agency in town, Molly and Val dive into dangerous waters alongside neurotic colleagues, vindictive office staff, dueling managing brokers, eccentric lenders, and crazy clients. No punches are pulled in this often witty, sometimes tragic, exposé of the real estate industry. Written by an industry insider, RED HOT PROPERTY reveals what goes on behind all of those FOR SALE signs.
The business of real estate will never be the same...
Molly had passed the federal and state real estate exams the first time she sat for them, which she had been told put her in the minority. She had been pursued by recruiters from a variety of agencies, but had chosen instead to approach the unapproachable and—for some reason she couldn’t quite fathom—had been hired to work as a real estate agent in the most prestigious agency in one of the most upscale communities in the eastern foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Thanks to one very odd psychic and her demented bird, the former barrio-dwelling cocktail waitress had begun a frightening new adventure.
Molly sat with three other new recruits in the lobby of the realty offices of Broker’s Best of Blackstone. They were waiting for their orientation session. The surrounding ambiance was rustic, like the country western bar she had recently worked at in Denver: rough-hewn wood paneling, drop-beam ceilings, flagstone floor, rodeo art on the walls, Clint Black singing “Like the Rain” in the background. The receptionist was total cowgirl, white Stetson and all.
Molly shared the luxurious leather couch with an amazingly good-looking, sexy man who had introduced himself as Valentino—“call me Val”—DeMitri. The stylish short brown hair, classic GQ suit and tie, snazzy Italian loafers, charming smile, and the alluring cologne started to suck Molly right into his appeal until he began a conversation with her. His manner was what her daughter referred to as “carbonated”: effervescent, sparkling, delicate, graceful, and undeniably effeminate.
“Are those contacts or are your eyes really amber?” Val asked. The question wasn’t new to Molly, everyone she met thought she wore contact lenses to turn her eyes their unusual shade.
“My father was an extraterrestrial,” she said. The truth was she had no idea who her father had been.
Val giggled. “And let me guess—curly copper hair, flutter of freckles—your mother was terrestrially Irish?”
“ET and Maureen O’Hara; your childhood must have been entertaining.” Val’s voice was gentle. Molly liked him.
“Never a dull moment,” she said, which was true, but not in a good way.
Molly’s unique eyes turned to the facing couch and the two other recruits. The fragile, blond beauty had introduced herself as Summer Courtland and the young Asian man was Ben Chang. They were all so different from her. Molly felt out of place, isolated and alien as usual. Fear flooded; her own inadequacies threatened a tsunami; the myna bird taunted warnings.
It was then that they were summoned to the broker’s office. As Molly stood up her knees buckled and she sat right back down. Val stopped and offered her his hand.
“What the hell am I doing?” she whispered. “I can’t do this.”
Val’s hand squeezed comfortingly. “You can do it. Trust me; I’m the queen of courage.”
Despite herself, Molly laughed. “Soon to be the queen of real estate?”
Val’s warm brown eyes widened and flashed fire. “Omigod. What a great professional motto. Totally inspired. I’ll use it.”
Molly was startled. “Really?”
Val tossed his head in a defiant gesture. “Never, ever, be ashamed of who you are.”
Writer With Local Ties Pens Novel On Inside Dealings In Real Estate
By Rosemary K. Otzman, Editor
Devin O'Branagan wrote her first stories as a child curled up in the cupola at the top of the Riggs house at East Huron River Drive and Martinsville in Van Buren Township where she lived with her mother and grandparents.
Last week O'Branagan, now of Longmont, Colorado, published her third novel. This one is an inside look at the real estate business and after you read it you will never look at another real estate agent the same way.
"Red Hot Property" tells the story of a rookie real estate agent who almost loses her soul as she gains successes in her new career. Some of the language is for adults only.
O'Branagan creates some unusual supporting characters to go along with the evolving Molly O'Malley, including a strangely loveable gay real estate agent, dubbed the "Queen of Real Estate," dueling brokers, crazy clients, and homicidal guests to open houses.
The story of what goes on behind all those lawn signs is a good primer on the business. The parts about how much it costs in various fees to be an agent is startling and makes one rethink whether those agents really earn those large payments.
O'Branagan even works in a thinly disguised description of the Riggs house on page 100, and also her beloved Australian shepherd, Jazz, who died last winter after being at her feet and encouraging her through the long days and nights as she penned this novel – her best, so far.
The Jazz character is called Talisman in the book and the Riggs house is re-located east of the Rocky Mountain foothills on the Colorado plains.
O'Branagan is a successful real estate agent in Colorado and as the market slowed, she turned to her first love, writing. This is a lucky break for her readers.
She draws compelling characters we care about and puts them in dangerous situations. When the book ends, the reader wants more.
The book was published by Infinity Publishing and can be ordered online at www.RedHotNovel.com or call 1-877-BUY-BOOK. It is also available at Amazon.com and other book-selling locations.
O'Branagan is an animal welfare activist. She is creating a new character to spend time with Talisman in a sequel to her book, called "Red Hot," which is now being written.
O'Branagan said the new character could be based on the animal companion of a lucky winner. She has set up a charity raffle where the winner will see his pet's name and likeness in print as a character in "Red Hot."
All donations will be made directly to Best Friends Animal Society, the world's largest sanctuary for homeless, abused, and abandoned animals. To participate in the raffle, visit www.RedHotNovel.com .
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