Foreclosure Boom is a Boon for Southwest Florida Realtor's New Reality TV Show
While the nation is suffering through its worst foreclosure period in decades, for Southwest Florida Realtor, Tom Bruzzesi, it's business as usual. Tom's foreclosure adventures are documented in a new reality TV show, "The Foreclosure Shoppe," produced by Florida's InTroubleZone Productions.
RealtyTrac Inc., a company that tracks national foreclosure rates, recently reported a 112% increase in filed foreclosures in 2008 compared to first quarter 2007. And according to a recent Naples Daily News article, Lee County saw 2,460 foreclosure filings in April 2008, and Collier County had it's own unhealthy share of 641 filings during the same month. While this dark news may be depressing to most people, it isn't scaring away Southwest Florida Realtor, Tom Bruzzesi of Thomas Realty and Investments. But then again, it takes a lot to scare Tom. He had to learn to be fearless at an early age.
Tom, who grew up in New Jersey, suffered a near-fatal childhood accident and developed a horrible case of gangrene from poor after-surgery care. He eventually healed but was left with huge, visible scars on his head and thus became a target of childhood torment. In order to survive the daily abuse, Tom developed thick skin and adopted a bully mentality in order to defend himself. "I had to be the toughest kid in the grade because I was always getting picked on for the way I looked," Tom recently divulged.
Tom moved to Southwest Florida 13 years ago with absolutely nothing but his passionate drive to become successful at something. Soon after arriving to the Cape Coral region, Tom discovered the real estate business and quickly mastered it. In the past 5 years, Tom purchased over 300 foreclosed properties and sold 90% of them to date. So far in 2008, he has already purchased 21 foreclosed properties and he's just getting started.
Not one to settle for the mundane, Tom decided to go one step further in his exciting career and wanted to document his daily foreclosure adventures to share with the masses. Tom hired Hollywood-style video production company, InTroubleZone Productions, to help him develop his vision of producing a show which would share his vast foreclosure knowledge with viewers in an entertaining, yet informative, way.
Tom knew that InTroubleZone Productions was the right company for the job after watching their popular cutting-edge "V8 Muscle Bikes" series (http://v8musclebikes.com) and their entertaining "Platinum Man" commercials for Fort Myers Toyota (http://platinumpreownedvehicles.com). He was also impressed that they were able to tolerate his zany, quick-witted, and intimidating personality, which also happens to be the magical main ingredient for his new high-energy reality TV show, "The Foreclosure Shoppe."
In each episode of "The Foreclosure Shoppe," camera crews follow Tom on a typical wild and crazy day at the office. Tom (affectionately nicknamed "The Maniac" by his peers) confesses that he is a master at frustrating people. "I know how to get underneath their skin and throw off their bidding strategies," Tom admits. From irritating bidders at the courthouse, to walking through his purchased properties for the first time, to evicting tenants that won't leave, to picking up his large paychecks, viewers get an inside pass to witness Tom navigating through the messy foreclosure process.
InTroubleZone Productions is now in the process of pitching Tom's show to major TV networks for national syndication and hopes to put Southwest Florida on the TV map.
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