'Million Dollar Listing L.A.' Heather vs. Madison, you be the judge

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Josh Altman and girlfriend Heather on one side of the ring vs. Madison Hildebrand on the other. Who should viewers root for in this nasty and personal cat fight about commissions on Million Dollar Listing L.A.?

UPDATE----August 9, 2012---Heather is in a gold bikini dancing in Josh Altman's music video of "I Sell the Dream." Altman is a rapper and you can catch it, here.
During the latest episode of Million Dollar Listing L.A. entitled "Broker Blowout" the brewing bad feelings burst to the surface, almost ruining the unique broker open house put together by Josh Flagg. Heather lost her temper and tossed her wine in Madison's face, after which Altman and Hildebrand exchanged nasty words loud enough for the neighbors to hear. Read more on Josh's personal dilemma as his partner Colton declares himself.

In his show blog, Josh Flagg had this to say. "I really don't know who I think is right and who is wrong. I can say that I think they are all handling it very unprofessionally."

Heather and Josh Altman's case:

Heather worked for Madison Hildebrand for three years. She was fired after Madison learned that she had taken a co-listing with boyfriend Altman without discussion with him. The co-listing was not planned that way.

Heather is seeking $7,000 in commissions for properties she sold prior to her termination that closed escrow after. Her position is that she is owed the money for work performed and Madison disagrees, relying on the terms of a contract he says they agreed to.

When Josh brought Heather along for a listing interview with a seller of multiple properties, he expected that she would get one listing for herself under Madison's agency and he would get his own. The seller decided to test the two together since he didn't know Heather's track record.

Josh Altman wasn't about to ruin the opportunity with this seller and Heather didn't insist that they call Madison first. Altman and Hildebrand don't much like each other anyway, but getting a co-listing means they are in business together.

Heather thought that getting half a commission and earning the respect of a seller who could become a regular customer was a good deal for her and Madison. Update: the stalemate continued in last night's episode.

Madison Hildebrand's case:

Madison is of the opinion that as the owner of the business, he gets final word on listings, including the price, the terms and whether or not a listing is taken in the first place. He expressed himself on his own show blog. "As far as I am concerned, the two of them are perfect for each other -- each will screw the other, or anyone else, to get attention or a deal closed."

When Heather acted on her own it was a violation of his trust. Because of the ill feelings between him and Josh Altman, he expected Heather to know better than to go out on an appointment about a listing and not advise him.

The fact that a decision was made to take the listing and split the proceeds of the commission with Josh Altman made matters worse. Because he was blindsided, Madison wondered whether there was a need for it to be co-listed. Was Heather giving her boyfriend half when she didn't have to? Where do her loyalties lie?

Why isn't this settled?

The situation got worse because Heather tried to explain via telephone. She didn't come to the conversation armed with her facts. She missed an opportunity to give Madison enough background for him to realize that she expected to get a solo listing when she arrived at the appointment.

Because Heather kept calling Madison to plead her case she was told to get herself a lawyer. Madison was no longer going to speak with her about the matter. In sneak peek video of next week's episode, we see Heather did what she was told.

With Josh Altman involved Madison is unlikely to be reasonable. Now that a lawyer is on the case, will matters get worse or are we almost done with this argument? Stay tuned. A lawyer's letter came but it wasn't from Heather

Million Dollar Listing L.A. airs new episodes on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET on Bravo, with replays during the week. Image: Wikimedia Commons


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have always loved Madison but he lost me with how he handled the whole Heather thing. Maybe he had a right to fire her for the listing incident but he was being a brat way before that. She was his assistant for 3 years and eventually she wanted to move on and do more with her career and he took that as a 'betrayal'. He's been whining about it ever since and it seemed inevitable that he would fire her eventually.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
As a real estate agent myself, I agree with Madison that Heather did not act in his interest which, as his employee, she should have. Her personal relationship with Josh Altman went beyond personal into professional and became a conflict of interest. She should have made a clean break from Madison. His offer to her of a 2 week severance was generous and she should have taken it graciously and moved on. The less said about Josh Altman, the better.

from someone in the business. Perhaps if Heather had not been fired for cause she'd have a shot at the commissions. What do you think?

Submitted by Lets see the co... (not verified) on
I think the contract has to be seen by Lawyers and let the lawyer handle it, as it is a legal issue. I don't favor any of the realtors over another, but being in RE myself, if I were in Madison's situation, I would feel that what Heather did was insubordination. She made a decision without calling Madison, who she clearly worked for. They all have cell phones, and a phone call from Heather to Madison could have possibly averted this travesty. That said, the lawyers will look at the contract, I sure would like to see it myself! I also think it does not help matters that Josh is constantly inserting himself. Heather is a young woman who has a head on her shoulders, and if he wasn't constantly on her, I think she and Madison could have possibly taken care of this. Josh, in this instance, should realize, he has an emotional investment in Heather, as did Madison. Josh should step back and let them handle it. Glad to hear there is a contract. Good thinking on Madison's part. I wish them all well.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Commissions were always at his discretion....so legally, he owes her NOTHING. Further, Madison OFFERED HEATHER A SEVERANCE CHECK when he let her go, AND SHE DID NOT TAKE IT!!! She is becoming just as pompous, arrogant, obnoxious, stuck up, full of herself as Josh Altman is. They should take their big schnozz's and leave Madison alone!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree...I can't see how Heather is doing herself any good and I am surprised that she is contemplating suing over $7000 if that is what is going on, it seems like after paying a lawyer (assuming it's not Josh that is 'advising' her) she is going to get very little of that seven grand. It is really weird that Josh Altman is pushing her to involve herself in this knowing the situation, that he is pushing her to make scenes and ruin her own professional reputation in the area (and nationally). It's almost like he is so callous he is willing to use her for drama but not care that it could end her career before it really starts.

Heather's reputation had to be considered in her fight for the $7,000. It might not be worth it in the end, unless it is all driven by Josh who we know has a bug up his butt about Madison.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
you're right. josh is getting heather to behave uprofessionally which is going to ruin her. he's isn't going to stay with her anyway. how dumb is she, really(?). i'm just glad he's ruining himself too. i would never do busines with such an arrogant, greedy, egotistical jerk such as he. i'm glad he's on the show so all can see his obnoxious behavior. he's ruining himself & poor stupid heather.

Submitted by Lynn (not verified) on
While Madison may not have liked his relationship breakup with Heather, he was minimally owed professional courtesy with regard to the listing situation. He had, and has, every right to now view her actions as suspect. Heather knew that these two men didn't like each other, and it seems as if she was, in fact enjoying setting the two of them off - it makes her feel more desireable. If Madison doesn't have her charged with battery, she should count her lucky stars. The 2.5 seconds she felt justified in what she did aren't worth the fact that she showed herself to be, in fact, a brat, childish, reactionary, and a puppet of Josh's. Not to mention how she embarrassaed everyone there with no regard for anyone but herself. While I might have been sympathetic to the money situation before, to some degree, she completely lost my regard for her when she threw the wine. No one deserves to have that done to them. A private apology is in order.


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