I'm Going To Be On House Hunters!!!

Real Estate Agent with Amerivest Realty

Well, an upcoming TV appearance seems reason enough to revive the blog, right?   

In case you haven’t heard; I’m going to be on HGTV’s House Hunters!  (Did you know that’s the #1 ranked show on HGTV?!?!)

In mid-July, my buyer-clients filled out a general casting application on HGTV’s website.  They were then contacted to fill out a full application, release forms, and submit an audition video.  In turn, I had to complete release forms, fill out an application – which asked questions about our geographic area, our current market conditions, and what it was like to work with Jordan and Dawn.  And, then…. I had to make an audition video. 

I was given instructions to stand during my video – and to keep it between 2-3 minutes long.  With my old Flip camera – I was a savvy video-editing machine, but (at least I’ve been led to believe that)the Flip software is now defunct.  So, I broke out my newer camera – and was determined to get through my entire 2-3 minute talk without needing to do any editing.  Laura patiently filmed many takes (one in which I referred to my buyers as Jawn and Dordan) before I said, “Good enough!” and attempted to upload my video to the designated HGTV video receiving portal.  Which… of course involved using technology, which is my enemy… 

After trying several times to upload my video (and fearing that I was going to look like an idiot for having (without my knowing) successfully shared it five times), I made my first nervous phone call to an HGTV producer.  I was instructed to just upload my video to YouTube… where it has remained.  If you’re curious to see what a 'winning' HGTV audition video looks like, this link will solve that mystery:

I emailed the HGTV producers the link to my YouTubed audition video on July 29th – and instantly received an email saying that our episode would be pitched to network executives later that week. 

Tentative filming dates were discussed – which I’m sure is all accounted for when our episode is being pitched.  It’s a little unnerving to think about a conference table full of people watching my little video – discussing all the pros and cons of taking a chance on the nerdy Realtor that has a lot of books.  (The image that comes to mind is that of the Harvard admission department watching Elle Woods’ video application in Legally Blonde…)

On August 6th we received an email saying that the network was just waiting for approval from one more executive.  And, on August 8th we received the “You’ve Been Approved!” email along with more release forms to complete.

Stepping back in time a little bit… this wasn’t the first time that buyers of mine have applied to be on the show.  (They do this unprovoked by the way... I don't go around begging all of my clients to apply to be on reality TV.)  I had one other couple that made it as far as communicating with a producer, but the timing that the show needs for filming just didn’t work for them.  Here’s where I’ll pull back the curtain a little bit: 

To be on House Hunters you need to either be under contract on the house you’re buying – or gasp – you need to have recently closed on your new house, but not yet moved in.   You also need to still have access to your previous home.  And, really - the show prefers the buyers to have full access to both their new home and their previous home for a span of several weeks...  I guess there may be some exceptions to this rule….  (I’ve been watching On Demand episodes of House Hunters to study-up a little bit, and I don’t remember seeing the couple’s previous home on the last episode I watched…)  At any rate, my buyers were under contract when we started this process, but have since closed on their new home. 

I’ll go into more detail as our first filming days are rapidly approaching.

I think I’m most anxious about the next step - choosing which outfits to wear…


Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Tara, congrats on your upcoming appearance. I look forward to reading all the details.

Aug 21, 2014 06:33 AM
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Another great post , really enjoyed this one today.  Can't wait for the next one!  Liz Harris

Aug 21, 2014 09:40 AM
Brian Force
Dallas, TX
Work With the Best!

Congratulations, should be an amazing experience and residual advertising!

Aug 21, 2014 09:48 AM
Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR
Addison Wolfe Real Estate - Doylestown, PA
"Bucks County PA Homes"

Hi Tara, congratulations and that's very cool!  I look forward to seeing the episode and seeing the post you write after the show with the details. 

Aug 21, 2014 10:47 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Congratulations and thank you for sharing details of the process! Good luck to you - I'm sure you'll choose just the right outfits. 

Aug 21, 2014 10:54 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Better you than me! I would be terrified!  This will propel you forward! Congratulations!

Aug 21, 2014 11:07 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Tara,

How fun!  Enjoy shopping for the perfect outfit and keep us posted on the air date!

Aug 21, 2014 11:23 AM
Jacilyn Wheeler, REVA
Moxie Virtual Services - Asheville, NC
Less STRESS helps you be your BEST!
Congrats! What a wonderful opportunity! Good luck!
Aug 21, 2014 02:15 PM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Have watched the show. A couple of agents in the area here have done that. Hope it was a great experience for you.

Aug 21, 2014 02:39 PM
Anita Allen
Levin Rinke Realty - 850-377-4410 - Pace, FL
Your Realtor for NW Florida, Pace/Milton/Pensacola

Congratulations.  It should be great advertisement for you.  I would be scared to death but would enjoy shopping for the outfit.  

Aug 21, 2014 04:54 PM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Congratulations Tara Winfield ! Sounds like a fun experience and great publicity. I am glad you have clients who want to sign up for being on TV. Good luck & have fun.

Aug 21, 2014 09:46 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Sounds exciting, hope you keep us informed on the process and let us know when it airs, congrats.


Aug 22, 2014 12:14 AM
Tara Winfield
Amerivest Realty - Naples, FL

Thanks again for all the support.  I am largely terrified at the moment:)  We've had some scheduling obstacles, but we're on track for our first day of filming on Wednesday!  I edited my post a little bit... I wrote that kind of late at night, and was disappointed in how I explained a few things when I re-read it the next morning...  At any rate, I've got a few 'real life' deals to work on first, but then I'm hoping to write a new post later today.


Aug 22, 2014 02:48 AM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Irvine Realtor®

That's really neat, Tara.  Wishing you lots of fun!

Aug 22, 2014 02:51 AM
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

I would be beyond terrified and completely tongue tied. I freeze in front of the camera.  Congratulations Tara and good luck for a successful shoot.

Aug 22, 2014 04:07 AM
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Congratulations!!  That is amazing.  I watch the show a lot....I will look for you!

Aug 22, 2014 04:47 AM
Merline D Pennant - New homes, Short Sales and Pre-foreclosures
Regal Realty of the Treasure Coast LLC - Port St Lucie, FL
New City, New Towns, New homes

Now I know how the buying process is so perfect on TV.  No multiple offer situations.  Congratulations.  Well done enjoy the perks that come with this.

Aug 22, 2014 08:02 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Tara~ What fun! I've often wondered how the process worked for that show.

Aug 22, 2014 03:17 PM
Rod Pierson
Wilson Realty Inc - Redding, CA
Northern California - An Agent you can trust
Tara, I watched the link you posted, I was thinking it was your audition, are things fallen into place and will you have the schedule to post in AR? Good luck and have fun
Aug 27, 2014 12:35 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


can you share your experience about being part of the show?

What did you learn from it?

Mar 28, 2015 04:12 PM