“We are an ordinary family, dedicated to unusual places and people,” explains Valentine, the second oldest son of the Kretz family, in the first episode of the series. Paris Agency: Exclusive Properties… New Netflix real estate documentary tackles the Parisian luxury real estate company. Kretz and partnersmatches this description. While at first glance, you might expect it to be something of a different Netflix hit in the real estate industry. Selling sunsetThe shiny, feline LA types in the Oppenheimer group are far from the Cretz family. The exploits of the Kretz family revolve at the center of this family-owned real estate company turned into a shop: Father Olivier, mother Sandrine and sons Martin, Valentin and Louis (plus Raphael, the youngest not yet involved in the family business). ).
This “ordinary” French family had relatively humble beginnings – her mother, Sandrine, was a schoolteacher and had an idea to go into real estate when her students’ families began asking if she could help them find new apartments suitable for their expanding families. … Over time, they became popular brokers for the Parisian elite, working mainly in the high-end luxury market (defined as properties sold for over € 5 million).
They mix work and personal life like no normal family can do without trying to throw each other off the castle tower. The commission is split equally among the participants in this five-member operation, and they work from the family living room, with their own swing … who seem to shout: Look how loving and capricious we are! During the same phone call, they might discuss the client list and ask who will look after the children that evening. In the first episode, the brothers even reveal that they are taking a break from work to get their grandmother on a dating site, casually joking that they can cut her age by ten years.
The main flaw in the show is its emphasis on family life at the expense of the show’s true dignity: property itself. First visit is an 800 square meter, millennial castle with 14 bedrooms and a listing price of 15 million euros. The castle and its owner are delightfully quirky, and it really is something to see how the richest people in France choose to decorate their historic homes (one of the highlights is the toilet, which has been equipped with a real throne). But it takes thirteen minutes of family introduction. Forgiven for the first episode, but not when you realize that the second episode takes a whopping twenty-two minutes of screen time before any property is shown, and spends twelve of those twenty-two on a lengthy family therapy session.
All real estate brokers know you are in control with the largest property asset … so why not Netflix do the same? Especially when these estates – French castles, coastal Spanish villas, historic Parisian mansions – are truly impressive. But luckily for all those updating Zillow, fast forward is a wonderful invention to have at our disposal in times like these. Because you want to watch Valentine take the young CEO by boat to a state-of-the-art € 12.5 million apartment on the banks of the Seine with a pull-out pool. And then a special hotel worth 6.5 million euros, designed by the same architect who created Hôtel du Louvre and Hôtel Crillon. Not to mention the episode in Ibiza where some very specific clients gaze affectionately at the hotel’s grass, but are not impressed by the infinity edge pool on the cliff.
If Netflix decides to give Cretz five more episodes, we hope they hit more than three objects in 50 minutes. But until then, we could still have a look at some of the best real estate films France has to offer.