Ranked as a top Los Angeles Realtor®, Michael Bergin has been helping Southern Californians buy and sell homes for 14 years. He founded the Compass Studio City office and is host of The American Dream real estate TV show.
Why did you decide to host the Southern California Lifestyle/Real Estate TV show The American Dream?
It was a no-brainer. This show was a perfect fit for what real estate is all about. We get to highlight not only the homes that I list but also the neighborhoods surrounding these homes. The first thing people think about when looking for a home is the location. So why not show them what makes these areas so special? From restaurants to local events to schools, we dive in and show these off.
How does the TV show help your clients?
Honestly, who doesn’t want to have their home featured on an Emmy-nominated show with more than 10 million viewers per month? But to go even further, it gives us an incredible opportunity to spell out the special qualities of the home along with highlighting something very special about the neighborhood.
What are the most challenging aspects of the show?
Ha, how much time do we have? Even though I was an actor and best known for being on Baywatch for four years, I still get nervous in front of the camera! It helps that I shoot the show with my wife, Joy, who happens to be a natural at it and makes it fun. But I don’t think those nerves will ever go away.
Secondly, it’s very challenging to narrow down what we will highlight in the neighborhood. There is so much to choose from—especially in Los Angeles. We do our best to think of what the audience would most like to see.
How do you find the time to shoot this show and still be a top agent in Los Angeles?
The show is shot once a month, and it helps that my wife produces the episodes. So she works on the in-depth aspects of the show and tells me where to be and what to say—while I still get to focus on real estate.
How does The American Dream differ from the other real estate shows?
It’s completely unscripted. No one is making up drama. We focus on the positive aspects versus the other way around. And it’s more of a lifestyle show. Yes, we feature homes, but we spend more time talking about the areas and what makes them special. We ask viewers who we should feature next. Let us know if you have any ideas for us!
Photographed by Linda McPherson