20 Show Secrets HGTV Doesn’t Want to Tell You

Do you watch the real estate and remodeling shows on HGTV? They are quite popular, and crews are out constantly filming new episodes of the half-dozen or so shows. But if you dream of getting on one of them, you should keep in mind that they are TV shows made for entertainment, so what goes on behind the scenes is a little different than you may have imagined. For one thing, they probably won’t help you find a home to purchase.

Apparently when Beachfront Bargain Hunt was just starting out, it was easier to find participants who had already made their purchase.

According to Laura who was featured on an episode of the show filmed in Belize, the producers contacted her and her husband because they “had recently purchased a property on the beach that fit the parameters they were looking for.” The show filmed the couple touring their own home, as well as two nearby properties that just happened to be vacant at the time.

Apparently, Property Brothers only takes homeowners who have already purchased a home.

Many people apply to be only Property Brothers only to find they don’t qualify. Why? They haven’t already found their “dream home.” This is what is written in the casting packet sent out to anyone who applies: “Our onscreen Realtor, Drew, will present the houses to you, but, off-screen, your Realtor is the one who completes your deal. We need to state that we will only feature people who have purchased a property.” For that matter, Jonathan, typically just “wears his tool belt and plaid shirt in solidarity” with the show’s lesser known (and not as good looking) crew.

That also applies to Fixer Upper, and House Hunters wants people who are already the process of buying a home. But that’s just ownership. There are quite a few other secrets behind HGTV shows you'll want to read at Housely.


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The original "Remodel Your Home in a Week" show's first house was nearby. After a drink or two, the non-disclosure wore off and tales of $50,000 hush money and bathrooms with fixtures glued onto tiles came out.
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