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The faceThe hairThe voiceWhy does that real estate agent seem so familiar?Because, in that only-in-L.Akind of way, there's a good chance the agent is also an actor, reality show personality or has had some other brush with fame.The last decade's real estate bubble and bust spawned more than 20 reality cable television shows devoted to home buying, selling and flipping, so the odds are that some of those agents will end up at an open house near youBroaden the spotlight to music and acting, and the recognition factor climbs even higher."There's been an explosion of celebrities," said Stuart Fischoff, a professor emeritus of media psychology at Cal State Los Angeles"There are so many different venues for people to become celebrities." var adSkipCounter = 0; At age 17, Sharona Alperin was the inspiration for the song "My Sharona," a No1 hit by Los Angeles band the KnackToday, Alperin sells high-end real estate in West Los Angeles working for Sotheby's International Realty, Sunset BoulevardAlthough she had been selling real estate for more than 20 years, Alperin's website doesn't shy away from her connection with the energetic rock anthem, blasting it on the home page.A recent addition to the ranks of real estate licensees is Stuart Damon, who played DrAlan Quartermaine on "General Hospital." Stuart Damon, who ended his role of 31 years on the soap opera in 2008, teamed up with his son Christopher Damon six months ago to establish Damon Group within Joyce Rey's Coldwell Banker office in Beverly Hills.An actor for five decades, he keeps a foot in both worlds having made several appearances on "Days of Our Lives" this year while laying the groundwork for his real estate businessIf strangers give him a puzzled glance, he just volunteers who he isIt's an ice-breaker."Even when I'm at Coldwell Banker, sitting at the office meetings, I'll be getting these strange looks: 'Who are you? Do I know you? Haven't I seen you before?' And we'll strike up a conversation," Damon said"There's just a general feeling of friendship and a kind of closeness because they know who I am, even though I was playing a character."This feeling of a personal intimacy where none exists is called a parasocial relationship, according to Fischoff, who has studied the celebrity phenomenon"You feel you know them but all you know is the personaIt's illusory."But that desire to chat with DrQuartermaine, rather than Stuart Damon, doesn't sell housesDamon's standard operating procedure for sorting out the fan phone calls from serious inquiries: "I will ask them what price range they are looking in and what areaJust ask those two questions and you'll know whether the person is for real."Damon, 73, is realistic about the limits of celebrity to move real estate"People are very smartIt may be an opening of a door, but they are interested in selling the house or buying the propertyIt's who is going to do the best job."So the agent team, which is focusing on the luxury market in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, attached themselves to veteran agent ReyPerhaps it sounds a bit strange coming from a Daytime Emmy winner, but "carrying her name" has cachet, Damon said.His son Christopher, 34, who also comes from the entertainment industry, rode the rise in reality television to success working behind the scenes on such series as "Survivor," "The Real World" and "Big Brother.""Reality TV incentivizes real estate people to get a night gig as a celeb," said Fischoff, senior editor for the Journal of Media Psychology"They think, 'Then my day job will just blossom.' "In the case of Hilton & Hyland agent Chad Rogers, that's not far from what happenedHe was approached by a production company to audition for the docudrama "Million Dollar Listing.""And I got the role of Chad RogersSo it's a good thing I knew how to play that character," he said"I'm exactly who I amIt's like an advertisement for my business as opposed to when you are a celebrity playing a role."The "Million Dollar Listing" gig has resulted in clientsWhen Texan Michael Jen came to town looking for a house, he contacted Rogers' officeJen's wife had watched the show.Another time, Rogers and a client were standing in front of a $7-million house in the Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills, discussing the propertyA Starline Tours bus drove by, stopped and then backed up."We look at each other like 'What's going on?'" Rogers said"Then the driver picks up his microphone'We have a celebrity agent doing what he does best: selling housesTake your pictures now.'"Being on television also has helped Rogers, 33, attract show business clientsHe has worked with Kristin Cavallari of "The Hills," actress Paris Hilton and radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier, among others.A desire for stardom by association leads some people to seek out celebrity agents, Fischoff said"They want to buy into the celebrity classIt has a bragging rights connection."1 | 2 | Next/* Javascript deferred */var addthis_options = "digg, twitter, facebook, stumbleupon, delicious, friendfeed, buzz, slashdot, reddit, mixx, fark, linkedin, aim, google, myspace, newsvine, technorati, tumblr, typepad, wordpress, more";var addthis_exclude = "print";var addthis_pub = "archivedigger"; function fixDoubleButtons() { if (jQuery('#mod-sm-badge-top .st_pm_button .stButton').size() == 0) { setTimeout('fixDoubleButtons();', 500); return; } var query = '#mod-sm-badge-top .shareThisEmailIcon .st_pm_button .stButton'; if (jQuery(query).size() == 2) jQuery(query + ':eq(1)').remove(); query = '#mod-sm-badge-top .shareThisShareThisCompact .st_pm_button .stButton'; if (jQuery(query).size() == 2) jQuery(query + ':eq(1)').remove(); query = '#mod-sm-badge-bottom .shareThisEmailIcon .st_pm_button .stButton'; if (jQuery(query).size() == 2) jQuery(query + ':eq(1)').remove(); query = '#mod-sm-badge-bottom .shareThisShareThisCompact .st_pm_button .stButton'; if (jQuery(query).size() == 2) jQuery(query + ':eq(1)').remove(); } function removeCommentsButton() { if (jQuery('.comments-container .comments-counter').size() == 0) { setTimeout('removeCommentsButton();', 500); return; } jQuery('.comments-container').empty(); jQuery('.comments-container').remove(); } removeCommentsButton(); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-f', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails---archives', placement: 'Below Article Thumbnails - Archives', target_type: 'mix' }); MORE:Seizure Led to FloJo's DeathHis 104 scores make his caseRestaurant review: South Beverly GrillBrutal Murder by Teen-Age Girls Adds to Britons' ShockComaneci Confirms Suicide Attempt, Magazine SaysAdvertisement if(navigator.userAgent.indexOf("MSIE") >= 0){ setTimeout(function() { //Fixed IE issue- Ref Bug 17996 var openxframe= frames["openxi-339767"].document;; openxframe.write('if (!window.OX_ads) { OX_ads = []; } OX_ads.push({ "auid" : "339767" });'); window.openxframe.close();; },200); }else{ var openxframe= frames["openxi-339767"].document;; openxframe.write('if (!window.OX_ads) { OX_ads = []; } OX_ads.push({ "auid" : "339767" });'); window.openxframe.close();; } FROM THE ARCHIVESComic actor Chris Kattan lists in Hollywood Hills WestJanuary 8, 2014Celebrities and the wealthy find ways to keep home sales...October 16, 2012M-m-m-my career in real estateFebruary 18, 2010A peaceful Los Feliz oasisApril 5, 2009

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