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Selling Tampa puts the property porn back in the Sunset franchise and delivers on the drama

Meet the ladies who are Selling in Tampa (Picture: Netflix)

Selling Sunset has a little sister and, fortunately, she’s just as sassy. 

Netflix truly knows how to spoil us, releasing Sunset spin-off Selling Tampa a week before Christmas.

From Adam Divello, the creator of Selling Sunset and The Hills, the latest instalment in the property reality franchise immediately has a unique spin on its predecessor as it follows an all-Black female brokerage in the sunshine state of Florida.

We’ve just devoured season four of Selling Sunset, so is it worth heading over to the east coast?

Erm, absolutely.

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Sharelle is head boss at Allure Realty (Picture: Netflix)
Selling Tampa is heavy on the property content (Picture: Netflix)
Set your alarms, Selling Tampa arrives on Netflix on December 15 (Picture: Netflix)

Selling Tampa focuses on Allure Realty, the brokerage founded by CEO Sharelle Rosado more than two years ago.

She’s basically like ‘the Jason’ of the Tampa firm but with a lot more glam and, perhaps, more layers than we’ve seen from the Oppenheim Group boss so far.

Sharelle sets the tone for Allure Realty and she means business with no problems whipping her staff members into shape – and even cutting their commission, rather unapologetically, if it means well for the company.

However, in the same vein, Sharelle is a boss with empathy and has developed an obvious connection with some of her brokers, evidenced in her emotional heart-to-heart with Juwana Colbert-Williams who is privately going through a divorce, and her support of her mother whose house burnt down. A show like Selling Sunset can easily get away with being superficial and one-dimensional but these genuine moments of reality bring it back down to earth.

On the flip side, it’s not always hugs and air kisses with plenty of catty drama to keep us hooked.

It’s obvious from the start that while the Allure Realty ladies want to see each other win, there’s a lot of friendly and not-so-subtle competition to keep the dynamic between them spicy. Whether it’s Sharelle bumping heads with Rena Frazier’s strong and honest character, or the divide between the ‘nieces’ (Colony Reeves and Juwana) and the ‘aunties’ (basically everyone else in the brokerage), Selling Tampa is far from dull.

However, the spin-off’s overall strength is that it fills the void which many felt was lacking in Selling Sunset season four. That is, the focus on the property side of Selling Sunset which is half of the reason we all fell in love with the main show, right?

Florida boasts one of the most affluent property markets in the States and, where Los Angeles claims the jaw-dropping views, Tampa appears to excel in the square foot space of their sprawling mansions.

Sharelle founded Allure Realty two years ago (Picture: Netflix)
The properties come with hefty price tags (Picture: Netflix)
The ladies of Allure Realty know how to bring the drama and the fashion (Picture: Netflix)

In addition to the eye candy, we’re getting into some seriously pricey properties with one mansion listed for $8.5million and proving to be a thorn in Anne-Sophie Petit-Frere’s side – of course, nowhere near on the levels of Davina’s $90million listing that she inevitably failed to sell.

The most recent seasons of Selling Sunset have focused more on the Christine-centred drama, but Tampa serves up all the property content we’ve longed for.

Much of the storylines and dialogue gets into the nitty gritty of the actual property side of the brokerage – with personal drama sprinkled in for good effect – making it feel like we’re getting a real insight into another industry rather than just another reality show.

Plus, it’s also incredibly satisfying to see these Black women absolutely bossing it without heightened drama on the levels of the Love & Hip Hop and Real Housewives franchises.

Selling Tampa is a worthy follow-up of what began on the Sunset strip and we can’t wait to see more.

Selling Tampa season 1 is available to watch on Netflix from December 15.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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