The powerhouse actual property agent turned actuality star from the Netflix collection “Selling Sunset” is within the midst of a serious life recalibration after the tragic loss of her third child, a stillborn.
The present, which simply filmed its fifth season, options Vander and her actual property dealer castmates, Christine Quinn, Chrishell Stause, Mary Fitzgerald, Davina Potratz and Heather Rae El Moussa. But after the yr she’s had, Vander advised The Post she’s unsure if she has it in her for one more season.
Family is extra essential than ever earlier than for Vander, whose husband and two children live in Miami, removed from the hustle of the present’s LA market. And with her new impartial brokerage getting off the bottom, she’s prioritizing her life within the Sunshine State over the dramatic actuality present.
“Just because of the logistics, going back and forth, and my kids. I kind of got away with it for Season 4 and 5, but it’s been tough, too,” Vander defined.
The clean slate shall be one thing of a distraction from the trauma she nonetheless offers with day-after-day, the 39-year-old advised The Post.
“I know I have no choice but [to go] back to work and my old routine,” Vander mentioned. “That being said, it’s been difficult to still process and seek answers.”
The household nonetheless doesn’t know why their son Mason didn’t make it. Vander discovered concerning the stillbirth on Dec. 9, 2021, simply weeks earlier than he was due. As they await the post-mortem outcomes, they’re processing their grief in remedy.
“We go every Friday to the cemetery to visit our son,” she mentioned. “Life is great, but unfortunately, [it’s] not always perfect — not always fair.”
Vander, who hopes to get pregnant once more within the new yr, has additionally been open concerning the expertise of dropping her son.
“I hope that me sharing my very personal experience with stillbirth helped other women just knowing they are not alone,” she mentioned.
In the meantime, she’s setting her sights on her profession. She began her personal agency, Maya Vander Group, and has launched an actual property course.
“I want to show people how they can get into the business and inspire people to follow their dream,” Vander mentioned. “My business in Miami is really doing well. I started my own team here. I have a few girls that work with me. And the market in Miami is great.”
Before she constructed her empire, Vander moved to the US from Israel when she was simply 20 years previous, following an American man she had met whereas touring.
“I followed him for love, and it didn’t work out,” Vander advised The Post. “I was heartbroken and it was around the time I got my real estate license. And I took a chance. Everything happens for a reason.”
Six years in the past, Vander joined the “Selling Sunset” brokerage, the Oppenheim Group, because the agency’s first feminine agent. She met the group’s founder, Jason Oppenheim, by way of mutual mates after knocking on individuals’s doorways within the Hills searching for properties to promote.
“He had just opened the office at Sunset Plaza. In LA, everybody knows each other. So one day he actually approached me, and said, ‘Hey, do you want to come work at my brokerage? I just opened it.’”
When she determined to hitch, there have been simply three individuals on the agency, together with his brother Brett Oppenheim. Heather Rae El Moussa was the following girl to hitch. Christine Quinn then got here aboard with her ex boyfriend — Peter Cornell — who was on the heart of the most recent season’s drama. Then, Mary Fitzgerald, who had been courting Jason on the time, obtained her license and joined the agency.
When the present was first picked up by Netflix, Vander had simply relocated to Miami with her husband, David Miller.
“Once we relocated, we started filming three months later. And I basically rented a place in LA and flew back and forth,” she defined.
Vander is lucky that Season 4 and 5 have been shot back-to-back, which made it simpler. But for Season 6, she has no plans of returning as a full forged member.
As the present grew to become a industrial success, Vander had already given beginning to 2 youngsters, and he or she was on the fence on what to do. After all, flying forwards and backwards between the West and East Coasts each week was not perfect.
“I cannot be an absentee mom.”
But that’s not the one motive she may not return, she mentioned. Vander additionally revealed that she wasn’t pleased with the course the previous couple of seasons have gone, displaying her as somebody who was the “instigator” between Quinn and Stause’s drama.
“I love Season 1, because they do show equal airtime with each of us, both personalized and the real estate aspect of it, which, you know, we are real estate agents. So I love that they show both aspects in Season 1.”
Vander pegged Quinn because the “perfect character for reality TV,” as she supplies the “drama, fashion, funny lines” and understands why she was on the heart within the newest season.
“But in Season 4, it would’ve been nice covering more real estate, and showing more of the drama of real estate. This business is not just making a phone [call] or selling a house over the phone. It takes more than that. We have very emotional sellers and buyers.”
“It was entertaining but . . . there are seven other women in that show that do real estate,” she mentioned. “Frankly, I don’t really care about the drama.”
Meanwhile, Vander can’t reveal an excessive amount of of her non-public life, though she desires to, including that as a result of her husband has a job in finance, he can’t be related to a actuality present.
“That is another thing that works against me. I cannot share too much of my personal stuff that would ruin my husband,” she defined. “I would love to show my kids, but flying with two children under age 2 in a COVID environment, I unfortunately couldn’t do it.”
Plus, she mentioned, the completed product wasn’t all the time well worth the trouble of leaving her life behind.
“I found that I flew just for people to see one line in the back of the office.”