7 Surprising Facts About Buying Beverly Hills’ Ben Belack

In case you love watching actuality TV, principally as a result of actual property runs rampant on the display and in your coronary heart, keep tuned to Actual Tea. Inman’s Dani Vanderboegh sits down together with your favourite celeb brokers to get the news on the most recent releases, go behind the scenes, and spill the tea on all of your burning questions from final season.

On Netflix’s Shopping for Beverly Hills, which facilities round a few of America’s prime producing groups within the ultra-bespoke L.A. market, viewers had been handled to a behind-the-scenes take a look at the interworkings of Mauricio Umansky’s The Company, together with romances, household squabbles, rivalries, heated competitors, elaborate occasions and a number of the most costly actual property within the nation.

With eight simply binge-able episodes, Season 1 of BBH dropped in November 2022 and rapidly turned one of many trending Prime 10. In April, Netflix introduced its Season 2 renewal. There’s no official launch date (as a result of that’s type of how Netflix does issues), however the forged began filming on Monday, so fall is conceivable.

The present follows a bunch of comparatively new brokers as they discover ways to promote ultra-bespoke Beverly Hills properties underneath the tutelage of uber-successful group leaders at The Company. Smart-cracking, straight-shooting, always-good-for-a-laugh Ben Belack was among the many mentors, able to dissuade hubris if wanted.

The Ben Belack Group is the No. 16 group in Beverly Hills (268 in California), and it at present boasts seven members and “a half billion in actual property offered,” in response to the group’s web site.

However earlier than we get into Inman’s dialog with Belack, right here’s a fast replace on a number of the between-the-seasons, inter-office group actions:

  • Getting wooed with a much bigger workplace area, advertising stipends and different perks, Ben Belack was confronted with heavy recruitment from Compass, however after a heart-to-heart with Mauricio within the season finale, Belack was capable of get a number of the issues on his listing, and finally determined to remain on and develop with The Company. He says he couldn’t see himself wherever else.
  • Mauricio nonetheless runs The Umansky Group with daughters Farrah Brittany and Alexia Umansky.
  • Joey Ben-Zvi has left The Umansky Group to type his personal group, the BZP Group (Ben-Zvi Piller Group), with Brandon Piller.
  • And former Million Greenback Itemizing LA stars James Harris and David Parnes (each already with The Company) have merged to type Bond Collective with BBH‘s Grauman Rosenfeld Group, led by steady-handed and fantastically eye-browed, Jon Grauman. The newly shaped group is projected to grow to be a top-10 mega group nationally. Nevertheless, after I spoke to Harris across the time that the most recent Million Greenback Itemizing LA season aired, he indicated that there are not any plans for the Brits to look on Shopping for Beverly Hills at the moment, however he could be open to actuality TV sooner or later. Castmates Kevin Stewart and Brandon Graves are on the newly shaped Bond Collective as effectively.

With a brand new season within the works, we needed to get to know Belack a little bit higher and discover out all the pieces that’s occurring with filming, workplace dynamics and romances. What ensued was an extended chat that ranged from his ex (and secret new “girl”), to nepo-babies, to Scandoval, and Inman realized some enjoyable private tidbits about Belack alongside the way in which. Listed below are some shocking belongings you don’t learn about Ben Belack.

1. You’ve most likely seen him on TV, other than Shopping for Beverly Hills

If Belack seemed acquainted if you binged Shopping for Beverly Hills Season 1, it’s most likely as a result of he’s completed visitor spots on exhibits like: Jane the Virgin, Contemporary Off the Boat, Veronica Mars and extra, in response to the actor and his IMDB web page.

In a enjoyable twist, Belack visitor starred on Contemporary Off the Boat as a purchaser in an episode the place Constance Wu, the matriarch of the ’90s-set present, is schlepping her youngsters from summer time open home to open home as a result of they don’t have air con. Wu finally ends up deciding she’s higher than the agent and will get her actual property license, a typical purpose brokers get into actual property. Belack performs considered one of her purchasers.

Having already completed some performing as a toddler in commercials, Belack labored in hospitality, beginning out bussing tables at 14, as he pursued an performing profession. The cash-in-hand profession was good as he auditioned for performing roles and labored his approach into tremendous eating.

“My ultimate job was at Spago; I used to be there for 5 years. I used to be blind-tasting wine 5 nights per week, with a 130-page wine listing. And considered one of our sommeliers, as he was leaving, stated to me, ‘You recognize, you single-handedly account for 25 p.c of our wine gross sales a yr. Alone. You, by your self,’” Belack stated.

“So [eventually] I acquired my license, my actual property license as a result of somebody stated I can be good at it,” he defined. “That’s it. I don’t even bear in mind who that individual was; I don’t know.”

2. Though an actor, Belack wasn’t a fan of the thought of actuality TV at first. Tom Ferry modified that

When he was first beginning out within the enterprise, the fact TV commonplace was extra like Survivor.

“I assumed [reality TV] was tacky, after which I went to a mastermind with Tom Ferry, who’s the world’s finest actual property coach, in fact, and Jay Abraham,” Belack stated of the unique 12-person occasion that attendees needed to qualify for. “And there have been a few massive takeaways that I acquired from it. One of many largest takeaways was about being preeminent in your market. And I used to be considering to myself … it’s extra essential to be identified than to be good. So I shifted my entire technique to being identified.”

A part of that technique was making one YouTube video per week for 2 years. “Ben Belack Beverly Hills Tremendous Realtor” was born.

3. Suppose ‘Beverly Hills Tremendous Realtor’ is tacky? He loves the hate

Though fellow brokers on Shopping for Beverly Hills like to rib him in regards to the cheesiness of his on-line presence, Belack loves it.

The branding and title had been type of thrown collectively on the spot. “As a result of I used to be too lazy to think about one thing else and didn’t decide [Beverly Hills Super Realtor]. I stored it, and now individuals like it, and folks hate it — and that’s what I need. I need to be polarizing as a result of individuals bear in mind polarizing. And look: Some persons are like, ‘That man’s a mega cheese!’

Just lately, somebody acknowledged castmate Jon Grauman in one other metropolis, and the fan advised him, “I don’t like that Ben man.”

Grauman relayed the story to Belack, “And I used to be considering to myself, why the fuck is Jon telling me this proper now? After which Jon stated to me, ‘You’re very polarizing.’ And I used to be considering to myself, that’s what I need. However I didn’t assume I used to be so polarizing on the present,” Belack stated.

“[I’m] cool with it. My vibe attracts my tribe,” he stated in regards to the haters.

4. He’s not relationship Amanda York

Though each are nonetheless thriving at The Company, the couple parted in November 2022. They simply weren’t one another’s individual, Belack advised Inman.

He stated she has custody of their canine, and so they have solely seen one another in passing a couple of instances because the breakup.

They filmed rather a lot throughout final season collectively, however most of it didn’t make it into the present. Belack stated that what did make it wasn’t in any respect what he would have guessed once they wrapped, however he was proud of the present.

He did trace that there’s a new someone however has but to disclose who (extra to come back). He did say he likes a girl, and your typical actuality TV star most likely doesn’t match the invoice, although he has had a couple of workplace hookups.

5. His mama raised him to be a gentleman

“I used to be raised by a really female lady-like, robust hustler. Belief me … this was not a homemaker. She commuted to New York day-after-day [from Philadelphia], so I could possibly be at a superb faculty, however she nonetheless wouldn’t enter a constructing except I open[ed] the door for her. We wouldn’t eat till my serviette was on my lap. And she or he was identical to, very female in that approach and really ladylike and really conventional.”

“This lady I’m seeing now … [she’s] very female and conventional … I believe as a result of I’m a gentleman naturally … we’re vibing,” Belack stated.

When requested if he cared to share who he’s relationship, he stated he needs to attend till she’s snug with this actuality TV factor and offers the inexperienced gentle to go public. Gentlemanly, proper?  

6. His tackle Scandoval

OK, so in the event you don’t already know by now, on the long-time Bravo present Vanderpump Guidelines, (and that is going to be a really boiled-down model of the story as a result of this column isn’t about that present till considered one of them will get an actual property license) Tom Sandoval cheated on his 10-year+ girlfriend Ariana Madix with fellow castmate and buddy Raquel Leviss.

In case you’re utterly clueless, as this TikToker places it in Pals phrases: Think about if Chandler cheated on Monica with Rachel, and so they’ve stored it a secret for 7 months.

OK, now think about it blows up so massive that CNN is masking it, Howie Mandel is getting bombshell exclusives (despite the fact that he’s seemingly utterly unaware of what’s occurring), and each movie star underneath the solar is getting requested for his or her take.

Right here we’re.

When requested about Scandoval, it seems that Belack really went out with Ariana Madix.

“You recognize what’s humorous is she is going to most likely by no means bear in mind, however I went out with Ariana some time in the past via this lady that I used to be pursuing who’s been on Vanderpump a pair instances by the title of Jenna Willis,” Belack stated. Small world.

Right here’s his sizzling tackle Scandoval on the whole:

“I believe that what Tom did was not proper. I do assume individuals have completed approach worse in relationships to one another, notably once they come to an finish. As an off-the-cuff watcher of that present, to me it felt like they had been finest buddies for just like the final a number of seasons. And I do dip out and in of it. There’s solely a lot I can take as a 44-year-old man.

And I believe that one or each of them ought to have been grownup sufficient to only say our romance [has] burned out. And I believe as a result of he wasn’t ready to try this. That doesn’t essentially fall on her. However I believe that he simply did one thing volcanic. To blow it up.” 

7. Regardless of seeming nepo-baby feedback — it’s all concord

On the present, each behind the cameras and in entrance of peers and even Mauricio himself, Belack makes feedback like, “It’s should be good to be the boss’s daughter,” when Alexia Umansky secures the $7 million itemizing that she grew up in. And he’s not alone.

Clearly, in case your dad is the boss, you may need some benefits in getting the itemizing over different brokers (or it will seem that solution to outsiders a minimum of), but in addition you need to work twice as exhausting to show your precise credibility and worth, each to purchasers and colleagues (who could discuss trash behind your again and keep away from being truthful to your face as a result of of your dad). All of that is explored all through the primary season.

When requested how a “self-made” man navigates in a world that’s rife with nepo-babies, Belack stated, “Actually, it’s very, it’s actually exhausting for somebody who’s self-made to navigate ambition internally in addition to a way of skilled fueled entitlement … and yeah, I imply, in our enterprise, individuals rent their sister or no matter it’s … however your first deal getting handed to you? I’m identical to, effectively, [where are my real parents]?”

When reminded that he did ask Mauricio to undertake him in jest (most likely?), he advised Inman, “He so damage my emotions!”

Mauricio responded to the ask with one thing like if he knew he was going to have Belack as a son, he’d be actually pleased about having 4 daughters.

“He actually damage my emotions when he stated that … However he fucks with me rather a lot,” Belack stated laughing whereas explaining that Mauricio even likes to pile on when others are giving Belack the enterprise. All in a brotherly type of approach.

On-camera, it looks like everybody likes to rib Belack, and he offers it proper again, however the phrase is that everybody is tight, even Joey Ben-Zvi, who’s painted to be considerably of a frenemy.

Belack, although not but able to reveal who, did point out {that a} new conversational sparring associate can be on Season 2. We sit up for seeing the way it all performs out.

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