Next Step Realty: NYC

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Competitive real estate reality show lacks originality.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Sales, money, professionalism, competition are themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Agents more competitive than friendly to each other.

Violence

Arguing.

Sex

Strong innuendo, crude references.

Language

"Bitch," "piss"; bleeped curses (mouths blurred).

Consumerism

It promotes the Next Step Realty company. Instagram, Apple products, local NYC venues visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of wine, cocktails, champagne, and the like.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Next Step Realty: NYC is a reality show about young real estate agents working and playing hard in Manhattan. There's lots of sexual innuendo, immature arguing, iffy language ("bitch," "piss," bleeped cursing), and plenty of drinking. Its stars are from the Next Step Realty brokerage firm. Instagram, Apple products, and city venues also are visible. Older teens might be drawn to the drama, but younger kids won't be interested.

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What's the story?

NEXT STEP REALTY: NYC features the 20-something agents of Next Step Realty as they work hard to lease apartments, earn big commissions, and enjoy life in the Big Apple. Company CEO Blair Brandt works with Director of Client Relations Erin Wilson, who oversees top agents such as Matt Bauman, Bri Coughlan, and Margit Mary Weinberg, who just happens to be dating the boss. But it doesn't always go smoothly, and it's up to Erin and Anna Cogswell, the director of client hospitality, to deal with it. Meanwhile, Blair has to manage his cofounder Edward "Field" Hucks, who spends more time developing his personal pursuits than he does the company.

Is it any good?

This series, as with many reality shows, combines dramatic behavior with competition as young real estate brokers hustle to match demanding millennials with expensive rental properties in New York City. As they push to secure their commissions, which can be as high as $10,000 for a single client, they also do their best to outshine each other hopes of moving up in the company.

Folks who tune in might learn a few things about hiring a broker. Others might simply be stunned by just how expensive and cutthroat the New York housing market is. Nonetheless, outside of these details, the overall series doesn't really offer anything particularly new or exciting to the real estate reality TV world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to become a licensed real estate broker. What do they need to learn to do the job? Is it as competitive as they make it seem on TV shows such as this one?

  • Why was this real estate brokerage given its own reality show? Is it because it's successful? Because it's in New York? Or because of the clientele it caters to?

TV details

For kids who love reality

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