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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061127663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061127663
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

In their irresistible novel, Hot Property, Michele, Samantha, and Sabrina Kleier—the stars of HGTV’s hit real estate reality show Selling New York—bring readers past the doormen and into the glitz, gilding, and gossip of Manhattan society.

Elizabeth Chase and her daughters, Kate and Isabel, are the leading ladies of New York City real estate. At Chase Residential, their family-run firm, they spend their days walking the city’s highest society through the most luxurious properties in the most fashionable neighborhoods.

Though the town houses have marble floors and the co-ops park views, life behind closed doors isn’t always as glamorous as it seems. From the enigmatic Countess who just won’t make an offer to the billionaire mogul seeking more than an apartment from his lovely realtor, from backstabbing brokers to cutthroat bidding wars, the Chases’ work keeps them on their toes. But life is about to become even more complicated. Just as Isabel and her boyfriend decide to take the next step, Kate finds herself with a broken heart and an uncertain future. And when Chase Resi­dential’s very existence is threatened by a terrible betrayal, the family comes together to save the business that is at the center of each of their lives.

Hot Property gives readers a peek inside the white-glove-protected doors of New York’s most exclusive enclaves—from the Upper East Side to Tribeca and back up to Central Park—while telling a story of family, loyalty, and all the other things money can’t buy.

About the Author

Michele Kleier is the president and chairman of Gumley Haft Kleier, one of Manhattan’s premier real estate brokerages. The mother of three children—Samantha, Sabrina, and Jonathan—she lives on Park Avenue with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their three Maltese, Lola, Roxy, and Dolly.

Before entering real estate, Samantha Kleier was the youngest vice president in the history of the entertainment public relations firm Susan Blond Inc. She lives around the corner from her mother, with her husband, JP, and their children, Chase and Caroline.

Sabrina Kleier began her career at NBC’s Access Hollywood, where she created and produced “Hot Spots,” a segment covering what’s hot in New York. She lives a couple of blocks away from her mother and sister, with her husband, Robert; their son, Cooper; and their shih tzu, Dixie. Samantha and Sabrina—now executive vice presidents at GHK—are both graduates of the Horace Mann School and the University of Pennsylvania. The Kleiers are costars of HGTV’s hit reality series Selling New York.

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Customer Reviews

There is not really a plot.
Assunta Sciarretta
Even the supposed intriguing characters were a total disappointment by the end of the book.
L. J Noren
I can't finish Hot Property.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AF on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
ugggh! maybe i should have read the reviews. i thought this book would be a guilty-pleasure read. mmm, maybe, but take out the pleasure. i got a sample on kindle and, based on the first pages, was fooled into thinking there might be SOME character development. the book quickly devolves into a catalog of three womens' "FAVORITE!" things. from their waiter, to restaurant, to shoes, to jacket, to what they like to do and eat. on and on and on. with absolutely no plot or character development. by the middle i inwardly cringed everytime i saw the word favorite. and, after enduring a self-centered rattling off of everything the authors love, i didn't even come away with some insight into the new york luxury real estate market other than (big shocker) people are difficult and customer service can be exasperating. What?!:) Okay, maybe I shouldn't write this immediately after trying to finish the book--which I just can't do. the bitterness is showing:)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lolala on November 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
With a none-existent plot, zero character development, laughable sentence structure and a ridiculous overabundance of exclamation points, the authors, as well as the editor, should be sued for fraud and/or malpractice. They're certainly guilty of larceny, in that they stole however many hours or minutes a reader might have wasted with it, and could also be held responsible for several ruined Kindles, smashed after being hurled against the wall in the frustrated search for even the tiniest degree literary merit.

How did this ever get published? Merely because the authors, upon whose lives the book is not so loosely based, are the stars of a marginally rated reality show on a second tier cable network? Many reality stars "write" books, and some of those books are actually worthwhile, because smart and savvy editors and ghost writers usually do the heavy lifting in making sure the end product is at least readable. A monkey with a Neiman Marcus catalog, a restaurant guide and a Manhattan real estate directory could have done a better job.

I can't believe I even took the time to finish this "book," but I kept thinking, "surely something interesting will happen...of course a plot will develop eventually...I know that any page now one of the characters will face a trial more significant than an unflushed toilet during a showing. As it happens, we're subjected to the accounts of two vacuous, materialistic 20-somethings and their domineering mother as they shop, visit salons and spas, eat candy, text and deal with clients and co-workers whose unremarkable stories seldom have resolutions. Apparently the three never argue, fail, screw up, experience self-doubt, break a nail or even have a period.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MED on December 18, 2011
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There is no plot. There is no character development, or even characters. It is a thinly veiled retelling of the Kleiers personal story - where they live, where they eat, who they know .....

The prose is awkward. The book is full of name dropping of restaurants, celebrities they have sold homes to and the jewelry they like to wear.

On Selling New York they are interesting - here they are not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blair on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a poorly written, self-aggrandizing book! The main characters are compared to Natalie Wood, Sophia Loren, and Reese Witherspoon and are constantly talking about designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, perfume... There is no dramatic arc and no character development to support the plot. Scott, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kate, loves her and leaves her again and again, but suddenly gets his act together and decides to go to law school and propose marriage - and this plot development comes out of nowhere basically. I know the publishing industry is in trouble (I work in it) but must it continue to publish so-called books by empty-headed, vain, self-important people that have no literary merit whatsoever????
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2011
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In a way, reading Hot Property: A Novel was a bit like leafing through the pages of tabloid magazines. It definitely offered more than a peek into the glamorous lifestyles of the wealthy New Yorkers, especially those in the market for very expensive property.

The story showcases The Chases, who own a real estate company that caters to those wealthy clients. Elizabeth, the matriarch, is bookended by her lookalike daughters Kate and Isabel (one dark, one blond). And their cute little dogs go with them everywhere.

Sometimes I wanted to turn away, as if I might overdose on the splendor of it all, but I kept turning those pages. Because, despite the glitz and glamor, there were intriguing little morsels tucked away: Teddy Wingo, a man who is up to no good; and a very strange Countess, Delphine, who looks at all kinds of properties, but never seems to buy anything. But always sends Isabel delightful goodies after each showing, thus keeping her appetite whetted.

The descriptions of the property were matched only by the wonderful dining establishments, the clothes, and the shoes. By the time I reached the final page, and finally satisfied my curiosity about Teddy Wingo and Delphine, I was quite ready for it to be over, though. I was especially annoyed by the endless descriptions of characters that looked like one or another movie star. Please! Describe the character, don't take the lazy way and toss in a movie star lookalike. The first or second or even third time, it was kind of cute. After awhile, not so much.

Nevertheless, because the story was somewhat captivating and there was a bit of a plot, and the writing voices were believable, I'm giving this one four stars.
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