Selling Sunset's most Googled questions answered

Zoe Shenton
·6-min read
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Photo credit: Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

When it comes to a flawless reality TV formula, there's one thing for certain: Selling Sunset has it nailed. The show's luxury Hollywood real estate, outrageously glam cast, and wall-to-wall drama make it the perfect marathon watch. Basically, we're a little bit obsessed. And it looks like we're not the only ones, judging by all the Selling Sunset searches everyone's been making. Here's a rundown of some of the most Googled Selling Sunset questions along with the answers. You're most welcome.

How does commission work?

The Oppenheim Group agents don't earn a base salary and are only paid on the commission they make, which varies depending on the price of the property. Commission is basically a percentage of the full cost of the house they sell. For example, if an agent sells a house for $800,000 and are working with a 5% commission, the commission is $40,000. If Davina sells the $75 million listing and gets a 5% commission, the commission is a massive $3.75 million.

However, the full 5% of that commission won't all go directly to the agent. Maya Vander recently told the Metro: "Typically the commission on a purchase is 5%. The 5% is split into half for the person who represents the seller and the person who brings the buyer, so you end up with 2.5%."

Maya continued: "If I bring the buyer, I get 2.5% of the purchase price, but then Jason will take his cut because he’s the broker and he has the liability. Typically for a brokerage, it’s about 70/30 split. I would keep 70% out of the 2.5% and he would take 30%. And then we have to pay taxes."

Selling Sunset: What do they earn?

So, if the agents don't sell houses, they're not earning. However, a lot of them now have money-earning side hustles and are in a position to make money from their Instagram posts. As for who earns the most, The Oppenheim Group bosses Brett and Jason are the wealthiest in the office, worth a reported $50 million. Chrishell, also a successful actor, is up next with an estimated worth of $3-5 million. Christine is thought to be worth around $2 million, as is Davina - who has reportedly worked in the real estate business for 10 years. While Mary, Amanza, Maya and Heather are estimated to be worth $1 million each.

Selling Sunset: Is it real?

In a word: absolutely. After season 3 aired, Chrishell was asked by a fan if it was scripted and she replied: "This show isn't scripted. If it was I would be so pissed! Who wrote that plot twist?! But seriously, they can sometimes nudge us to address things but what we say is all us. Beware anyone that says otherwise. Gotta own it."

Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

Selling Sunset: Who bought the house?

This one's rather vague, so we're going to assume it's the $40 million, 20,000 square property in the Hollywood Hills with the 15-car garage, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms. After initially struggling to offload it, Jason sold it for $35.5 million (£26million) in December, making it a record-breaking sale for The Oppenheim Group. As for the $75 million Beverley Hills property, it's still an active listing on The Oppenheim Group website.

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Record Sale in the Hollywood Hills - $35,500,000

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Selling Sunset: What does Romain do?

Romain, 26, used to work as a pastry chef before quitting to pursue a career in modelling. He's repped by the Wilhelmina agencies in both New York and in Los Angeles. He's now also a full-time cast member on Selling Sunset.

Selling Sunset: Who is Adnan?

Luxury property developer Adnan Sen is the owner of the $75 million property Davina has been trying to sell, unfortunately without much luck. He spent over three years building the huge mansion, which boasts seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. As the owner of Sen Properties, his website lists a range of stunning homes to buy and rent in the most expensive areas of Los Angeles.

Selling Sunset: Who is Christine's fiancé?

Christine's now husband Christian Richard, 41, is a tech mogul who used to work as a software engineer but is now retired. He's thought to be worth around $20 million, which would explain the pair's luxury holidays and the $5 million home which he bought for them last year. Christine, who was introduced to Christian by a mutual friend, explains on the show: "Christian is big in the tech world, he went to MIT. He’s a software engineer and has worked for multiple companies, multiple development projects and he’s retired, but my job is really important to me."

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Selling Sunset: How many episodes?

There are eight episodes in a season and we have three seasons so far. There's no word yet on a season four, but we're holding out hope. Chrishell recently told fans, "We have to wait for them to give us the [official] pick up and then we can start shooting. So keep streaming to hurry them up 😉!"

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