If you're a big fan of HGTV, then you're probably dying to know what it's like to be featured on one of the network's most popular shows, and what happens after the camera stops rolling. We already know that Fixer Upper's clients on , and that the homeowner's final decision on . And now, we're getting an insider's look at another hit series.
A home buyer featured on a 2014 episode of House Hunters, Michelle Becker of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently explained what the experience was like to the after she became a finalist in the paper's local home-renovation contest. Let's just say the buying process didn't go down exactly how it was depicted.
Becker's real-estate adventures were featured in the episode titled, "Twenty-Two Year Old Seeks Victorian Fixer-Upper in Pittsburgh." Two years and several remodel projects later, the home has been beautifully transformed and she's thrilled about her purchase, but the filming process was much more different than what she was expecting. Here's what we learned from her experience.
1. You don't have to be in the process of looking for a new home to be on the show.
When Becker was selected to be on House Hunters and started working with the film crew, she had already closed on the property two days prior. In fact, another buyer was in the process of purchasing one of the homes that Becker and her boyfriend "looked at" on the episode. In other words, the other home tours were just "for show."
2. You have to be ready to commit a big chunk of time to filming.
If you want to be featured, the show requires that you devote eight hours each day over the course of five days for filming.
3. The producers want you to be critical.
The film crew asked Becker and her boyfriend to make a negative remark for every positive comment they made about a home. They were even asked by the producer, "can you be more dramatic?"
4. The crew is really fun and friendly.
Becker said she thoroughly enjoyed filming and working with the show's team — she's even become close friends with one of the producers.
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