Selling Tampa

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A scene in Selling Tampa.
A scene in Selling Tampa.
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Selling Tampa




2.5/5 Stars


Along the Florida coast, Allure Realty stands out among the crowd. Owned by military vet Sharelle Rosado, this all Black, all-women real estate firm has its eyes set on dominating the Suncoast. These ladies are equally as fun as they are fiercely ambitious, with all of them vying to be on top of the lavish world of luxury waterfront real estate. Sharelle has big plans for her brokerage and won't let anyone or anything get in the way of making her dreams a reality.


I'm not ashamed to say I'm a big Selling Sunset fan. I only recently got into the luxury real estate business – by that, I mean I can sell you a home the same way I can perform triple bypass surgery on a patient after 18 seasons of Grey's Anatomy – but I did binge all four seasons of the Netflix show in a weekend, and just in time for the release of Selling Tampa. Though the women of Allure Realty are equally badass, I'm not entirely sold on the spin-off just yet. But I do believe there's a lot to look forward to with these ladies as they take over the luxury waterfront real estate market.

Let me begin by talking a bit about Selling Sunset, which sees the women of the Oppenheim Group dominate the Los Angeles luxury real estate market. The homes are modern, the views are breathtaking, and the women who sell them are beautiful, impressive, and a little nasty on occasion. Of course, there's a lot more going on at the Oppenheim Group than simply selling sunsets. There's a lot of 'she said this behind my back'. A very clear villain is Christine Quinn, and don't even get me started on Davina – we'll talk when she finally sells that $75 million listing.

There isn't a shortage of beautiful views and compelling drama in this show, but the blindingly obvious downfall of Selling Sunset is the lack of representation. Enter Selling Tampa with a Black, all-female agency, which is also Black-owned, and I didn't need any convincing to start the series right after wrapping Selling Sunset. However, it took me a little longer to get into the show.

For the sake of reviewing the show for what it is – a reality TV series that follows the lives of a group of women who sell luxury real estate – I'll speak about it in the same way I did Selling Sunset. The homes and views are stunning, albeit less modern and not quite breathtaking, though I guess this is a different kind of grandeur, but the women are, as I've said, equally impressive, with conflicts that are far less catty. The drama behind the scenes takes a little longer to unfold, though – I got bored at times – but the arguments that result seem to stem from bigger issues, like starting one's on brokerage instead of a comment made in passing that was simply taken the wrong way.

I wonder if this is why I took so long to get into it. Is it because the drama isn't as trivial? Oh, man. Is it me? Am I the drama? I don't think I'm the drama. Maybe I am. Am I the villain? I don't think I'm the villain...

Clearly, I'm living for some kind of spectacle, and Selling Tampa may just have taken its time getting there. By the end of the first season, though, without giving anything away, I was a little more hopeful that things would get better.

Selling Tampa may not be the million-dollar listing I'd close on just yet, but I wouldn't write it off.

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