"Debuting Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, Scoring the Deal follows Jason Abrams, real estate specialist to the pros, through the fast-paced world of real estate for the world's best professional athletes. Known as the "Jerry Maguire of real estate," Jason's intense drive ensures that his clients are taken care of on every level. He serves not only as a broker, but also as concierge and tour guide to sport's biggest stars."
Who's tuning in for the first episode????This message has been edited. Last edited by: TheAbramsTeam,
Surely you jest! if these forums were monitored, HGTV admin would realize we don't give a fig about the rich & famous
TOTALLY agree with you. Another program I WILL NOT be watching.
Get some programs the AVERAGE person can relate to.
I don't mind coming to work. But that 8 hr. wait to go home is a drag.
The Abrams Team, sorry that responses so far haven't been too excited about the premise of your new show but I have to say that there is not a thing about it that appeals to me as well.
I don't buy tabloids, magazines about celebrities or watch television shows featuring them. Nothing against them, but I actually simply find their lives boring and without substance at least as they are portrayed in the media.
So, to answer your inquiry, will I turn into the first episode? Probably not. Just not interested in how celebrities survive buying a new house and being entertained as they do...
Also suggest you drop the "Jerry Maguire of real estate" cheesy label.
Just that self label sounds unappealing.
Who is Jerry Maquire anyway? Know I have heard the name ~ does it mean anything to me when it involves real estate? No...
HGTV, You really should monitor these boards to see what your viewing audience is interested in watching.
It was a movie, Idaho, starring Tom Cruise.
HGTV doesn't announce new series here so this appears to be another personal advertisement. Have a feeling that clicking on the embedded link directs readers to his firm's website.
BTW, does HGTV usually reserve the 11 p.m. timeslot for reruns and/or infomercials?
Needless to say, we'll pass.This message has been edited. Last edited by: BearCat49,
Idaho - my only contribution to this thread is ..if you didn't see "Jerry McGuire".. you missed one of the best movies of all time.A great night.. just cozy up with some popcorn and.. watch the DVD...and enjoy!!!.This message has been edited. Last edited by: real estate lady,
Thanks for cluing me in about Jerry Mcquire, BearCat and REL - I don't watch many movies (would rather read) although DH brings home at least 4 DVDs from the library every week so maybe I'll ask him to check it out. The newspaper carrier left us a huge canister of popcorn yesterday (that time of year ) so already have that part handled!
Don't forget Kleenex - this movie is a tearjerker and you'll also laugh yourself silly.This message has been edited. Last edited by: real estate lady,
I confess, I'm one of those who can hardly stand to watch Tom Cruise on the screen. At least the film was made before Renee Zellwegger began to take herself too seriously.
IR = Even if you don't remember the movie - from the 90's it is the one where Tom Cruise is yelling through the telephone and started the catch phrase - "Show Me The Money". Enough said.
As for the television program - sorry, but I really don't see the need to watch something about some smarmy sales person helping a newly rich young person blow their money. When what they really need is a really good sound financial planner for when their career does not do what they think it will. Too bad there are more smarmy salemen than good solid advisors for these guys.
Although I did not start this thread, your post was brought to my attention to respond.
My name is Jason Abrams and I am the "smarmy sales person" of which you are speaking about. I would love to speak with you about who we are,how we operate, and why for over the last 10 years we have been on the forefront of changing the culture of shopping habits of Pro athletes. In fact, as you will see in the show we insist that all of our younger guys rent homes instead of buy them. We work in conjunction with great financial planners nationwide and try to stick budgets that foster long term sustainability for our clients. Take a 5 minute call with me to get me to know me a little bit better 480-299-0805. That goes for anyone that would like to learn a little more about me.
Thanks for the response, I'm glad you are not one of those who swoop in post rah rah stuff about you program never to be seen on the boards again.
I am glad to know you do understand some of the financial pitfalls that these young people find out the hard way.
If you want to be taken seriously as someone really trying to help these guys make good financial choices i would suggest getting rid of he Jerry Maguire comparisons.
JMHOThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Charming,
Charming you should call him you may get some Carolina biz from the Sports World. I have sold
sports clientele here including the BUCS.
Course, if we were on some of the programming, we probably would blow the publics' socks off with our genius negotiation and marketing skill set....just sayin..
Surely, HGTV has gotten some ideas for shows..and TV copy from our posts and others on the board. NO matter, we are here in good faith ..for free.. for years... giving good real estate advise to strangers who are asking for our help...and we do not hesitate.
Maybe they'll send us a twinkie or a Ding Dong.This message has been edited. Last edited by: real estate lady,
Jason, you get a bit of acknowledgment for posting back but less credit for saying that you weren't the one who started the thread in the first place ~ does the production team's right hand not know what the left hand is doing?
Jury is out ~ I may watch the first show or, at least, record it but I still have reservations that it is anything in which I would be interested. Sorry, just not into the whole celebrity and big money house hunting thing...
My firm has a marketing department that works on all of our social media and message board postings. It is amazing how powerful of a tool social media has become in the real estate world!
The nickname was bestowed upon me from the marketing and PR world
Please DVR or watch the first show. If you would be so kind to give it a chance that would be much appreciated. I have every intention of meeting you all back here the day after it's airing to either get accolades of some sort or blasted!
Totally lame! Sounds like HGTV continues to go down the "National Enquirer" path of dangling tid bits of voyeurism in our faces.This is not Bravo, please stop with the faux reality, and the obsession with celebrity. It's so old news.
Aren't there any new ideas out there?
Oh, and Tom Cruise is such a weirdo, why would you glom onto his brand?
Here is a sneak preview video of the show! We would love some feedback from everyone! Especially Charming and Idaho!
Thanks for sharing the link.
Thank you for not being as over the top as the Jerry McGuire comparison would indicate. On the clip that I watched you seem to be a caring professional who knows his clients and does your best to find a property that fits their needs. You are doing on a grander scale what most of us try to do for our out of town clients on a much smaller and more limited scale. This message has been edited. Last edited by: Charming,
Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we have all fallen for the false premise of the Drama Queens that seem to be most of the HGTV shows.
But, as you can see, we are "cured". I doubt sincerely that HGTV will allow your program not have the amount of "drama" that their shows seem to have tons of.
I will think of your show as just the same as any other, until, I can read, that is actually different than all others. So, I will give you the benefit of the doubt. for the time being.This message has been edited. Last edited by: rker321,
Probably not a 'match' for what I like to watch.
BTW, I loved the movie 'Jerry MacGuire'; it was a first movie DH and I saw together ')
Well, Jason, I watched the clip but my reservations remain the same. It's not so much the "smarmy" agent business (as Charming described ~ don't worry she and I are friends here on this board!) that bothers me as much as the fact that I simply am not interested in "over the top" luxury homes and the celebrities involved with them.
And that is the problem I foresee ~ that the premise of the entire show is flawed. Not everyone is awed by celebrities and/or how they live, at least I'm not. Not only am I not "awed" ~ I'm just not interested ~ plain and simple.
I live in a very nice property but celebrities' homes or lifestyles just don't interest me. I will DVR the first show though and post back after it airs. Wishing you luck but I think you are going to have to have an uphill battle if many others feel as I do.
Edited to Add: I understand that these clients are pro-athletes and not just the run of the mill entertainment celebrities. ESPN is probably in the top five of channels getting air-time in this house so that's a plus BUT do I care how they live off the field, court or track? No, sorry. This message has been edited. Last edited by: Idaho Resident,
Thank you so much Charming!!! It is so scary to put yourself and your family on TV without knowing how you will be received by others. I cant thank you enough for taking the time to watch it. Really, thank you.
Wait a minute, is this a show about some multimillionaire celebrity or athlete that is either buying or selling their home?
Well, in that case, not interested. sorry, it would be very difficult for me to relate to such and enviroment to make it pleasant for me to watch.
I am not in the dreaming buisiness and I am not in the habit of living my life thru others.
:P what's the liklihood HGTV will feature the NBA player who was traded to another team and can't sell his zillion dollar condo
Abbrams - curious to know how you go state to state..licence wise..do you get licensed in all those states??
REL, Very simple answer here. I'm sure he associates with a local real estate agency ~ it's done all the time ~ totally legal and aboveboard.
Well, Jason, looks like you were right about the media/social network buzz. Question is: will the show deliver? I'll give it a fair chance considering my reservations posted above as long as you agree to post back the next day. Fair enough?
I too refer clientel to other state RE agencies and receive a referral fee through my broker, but don't go to the state to help sell the property. I believe that may be questionable under the law. That is why I was asking the question, and was hoping to find out from Abrams.This message has been edited. Last edited by: real estate lady,
We work with a local affiliate agent in each major city we go to, you will see in most of the episodes that both myself and my partner Kristen are escorted by our local affiliate agent to all the showings. It works a little different than a referral that most agents are used to dealing with because we are still very much involved in the entire process. If either of you would be interested in finding out more about how that process works please feel free to give me a call, I would be happy to explain it!
And yes Idaho! I would love to discuss with you and everyone else what you though of the show after January 8th!
Thank you for the preview. I'll watch it just as soon as I marry some RICH sugar daddy and we move out of my comfy 1,240 sq. ft. home that cost $97,000. When we are in the market for a $5-$15 million dollar home with 2,130 - 7,000 sq. ft home I'll maybe tune in. Until then, I think I'll slum it with us regular people.
I don't mind coming to work. But that 8 hr. wait to go home is a drag.
Thanks Abrams.I look forward to the show. Remember raw emotion sells...key to programming. Good luck to you and your crew.
Thank you to any of you who got a chance to tune in last night for the premiere episodes of the show! Please let me know what you thought!
Sorry, Jason, but I realized that I forgot to set the DVR when I woke up this morning and saw it was Jan 9th ~ knew there was something I meant to do on the 8th ~ so no comments here; again sorry.
Since HGTV is fairly notorious for their re-runs, do you know if it will be re-run? And, if so, when? I will definitely make a point of recording it next time around....
That is ok Idaho! I know they re-aired later that evening, but I am not sure when again they might re-run the first episodes. Check it out next week for sure, on the 15th, the show will have have June Cato and Joe Haden!
I too missed it. Hope to catch it on the 15th.
Hey, I remembered just in time to set the DVR tonight to catch this new show. BTW, the name of it is "Scoring the Deal" - don't think OP ever included that in the initial posts!
I saw the show and it was enjoyable..fast moving..however I would not refer to cooperating Realtors as Affiliates - sounds like a bank branch.
Thanks for tuning and and for the feedback guys! It looks like we are having some success! Hopefully HGTV will be running a second season and we can take in any suggestions you have!
I watched an episode of "Scoring The Deal" last night, the one where the family moves to New York to be closer to their investment in a play.
I liked that the show had a good balance between the personalities and the homes. I wasn't familiar with the athlete (can't even remember his name) but they were a pleasant family who I could identify with ---other than those millions of dollars they had to spend!
I would've liked to have seen more details of the homes they were offered; flooring, countertops, appliances, etc. After all, THAT'S the reason I watch HGTV.
And, in the end, I would have liked to have learned how much they actually paid, especially since the fact that the house was over their budget was a significant point in the episode.
I'll probably watch additional episodes when the description indicates an interesting type of home or location. And I'll ask my husband if this type of show interests him. My guess is that it will depend on which team the guy plays for.
Thanks for the feedback Annett! We will make sure to bring all this up with the producers during our meetings about the next season!
Well, Jason, I'm back with my review and have to say that your new show is a winner in my book! Yes, I'm surprised as you know how skeptical I was about the entire premise but it works! I've now seen four of your shows and have some comments to make to others as well as you about those shows.
To others: give this show a chance. Forget the so-called "luxury" and celebrity aspect that turned many of us away before even the first show and see it for yourself. For Jason, lose the corny "Jerry McQuire" reference, you don't need it and it makes you sound tacky.
As for the shows themselves? I'm a fan and will watch the remainder of the season. Why? Much to my surprise, you have actually come up with a novel idea ~ HGTV appeals mostly to women who love to watch house hunting/selling and renting. Throw in the pro athlete aspect and some men might be willing to watch with their wives as well.
What did I like so far? You and Kristen are great co-hosts ~ sincere and down to earth about the tasks you undertake; the athletes (so far) come across as everyday people (although the prices in which they are dealing are anything but everyday for most people) but, as I said above, it works.
I like that it seems to be split between Buying and Selling/Renting in the 4 episodes I have seen so far. First one was someone buying with the second half hour - 2 distinct parties - one wanting to sell and the other needing to rent. Like that pattern and also liked especially the episode that showed the financial adviser involved - hands on. I believe that was a criticism earlier, rightly so, before we had seen the first show.
So, so far, everything I've said is a thumbs up - now for the aspects I did not like. It's good to end the show with the handshake deal BUT that isn't the end of the deal as we all know and it simply isn't fair to leave your audience hanging. You need to either address the issues within the show itself or have a "follow-up" message displayed across the screen as the credits roll; otherwise, individuals will simply not take your show seriously.
You need to detail EXACTLY what the deal ends up being or you will lose your audience with the platitudes used so far: "And every one lived happily ever after." For example, the property the Catos' choose was far above their budget, did the seller reduce, did the Catos' agree to the higher price or something in-between? The rental for the 25 year old male athlete with the claw-foot tub and no shower? You said "if that problem is resolved, is it a deal?" Apparently it was a deal but how was it resolved? Did the landlord do renovations/install a shower? Reduce the rent to compensate? Or did the show pay for the shower installation to make the deal work?
Those are only two examples of leaving your audience hanging - it might work in prime time BUT viewers of HGTV want to know the bottom line and are rarely satisfied with glib responses so you have some work to do there. But over all, I think you have a really good production of a novel idea going on... Hope it continues.
PS. Just being picky here, but if you choose to use the quote function here on the message board, put the quote at the top (instead of the bottom) so we can know what it is that you are referring to.... please.
PSS. Last thing and probably just a personal preference of mine, could you restrict the use of "sick," "sexy" and "fly" to one use per episode? Any more than that is over-kill....
First, thank you so much for giving Scoring The Deal a chance! I am thrilled that you found it as entertaining to watch as I had hoped. Honestly, we have very little control of how the final show is edited, but I did pass on all of your idea to the powers that be. One of things that makes my job so interesting is that we can be looking at $5M homes one day and $2,000 rentals the next. That serves to keep my days very interesting indeed! I really do feel blessed to have Kristen in my life. She is the world greatest business partner and I am super happy that our friendship is poking through. Thanks again for watching!!!!!
Hi Jason, glad to see you are posting over here. I replied to the posting in the Fan Favorites about my view of the show but saw these posting and thought I would come here. I totally agree with Idaho about letting the audience know what happened at the end of the show. I probably won't watch again this season but maybe next season if some changes are made, who knows. As a regular viewer I want to know (like how the Selling New York/LA shows do it), what actually happened - could be just a little blurb that comes across the screen at the end that tells us if they actually bought the property and if they got it for less (doesn't need to be totally specific) or if the deal fell through and the person is still looking. I need closure!!!
Really enjoyed this at the time... I might actually watch it again. Everyone should watch this... has some really good info in it,
Just wanted to touch base and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We filmed a second season of Scoring The Deal and hope it will be airing soon!
I had the pleasure of spending a few days with Kendra Todd last week (many of you may remember her from "the glory days" as I have seen it referred to in these forums) She is doing great and misses HGTV and all of you guys!
I took all of our advise back to the powers that be and really worked hard to eliminate the cliff hangers in the new episodes.
What do you guys think about the shows that have been airing lately? Any complaints you want voiced?
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