Pat Starnes Snippets: Filming for House Hunters

Filming for House Hunters

This is my first post! I want to share my experience in working on HGTV's House Hunters. While I can't give away any trade secrets. I can say the experience was fun and rewarding. Other agents were envious when they heard I was on national television, clients were impressed: "My agent is famous!", and I promoted the episode through the local media to maximize my exposure.

I wasn't selected for the show because I was the most successful Realtor in my area. I was given the opportunity because of my quality website and the internet presence I have in my marketplace. Yes, I had to be able to carry myself in front of the camera, and yes, I was nervous! It was interesting to learn how the show was produced and there was a little acting involved, multiple takes, etc. But the show was good and when it aired, I had a small party with friends over to celebrate.

Bottom line is this: Find a way to position yourself as the expert in your field. Take every opportunity to maximize your presence, like joining Active Rain and writing a blog. The more you do to make yourself visible cannot be a bad thing, as long as it's in good taste.

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Pat specializes in Residential and New Home Sales 

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Brandon, Pearl, Ridgeland, Flowood, Madison and the Ross Barnett Reservoir area

 Pat Starnes, Broker Associate

Front Gate Real Estate, 6700 Old Canton Rd., Suite C

Ridgeland, MS 39157

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Are you looking to buy or sell a home in the Brandon MS market? Call me!

Comment balloon 6 commentsPat Starnes-Front Gate Realty • July 18 2008 04:32PM

Comments

Glad you had fun.  Thanks for sharing.  Veronica

Posted by Veronica DeCarolis (Weidel Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Hey, Pat -

Great exposure - can you please send me your autograph.  Before it gets too expensive over E-Bay, I mean!

I, too, had a client on House Hunters.  Trouble is, the program contacted him DIRECTLY, and he never let me know!  (A bit of a toxic relationship here).

All of a sudden, after 60 days on market, he was beginning to follow all of the staging advice I was giving him weeks earlier.  After the filiming, of his nearly century-old farmhouse in Oak Park IL - one of Chicago's oldest suburbs - he sent out an email to all of his friends (I got it third-hand, through a mutual friend) about all the great tips he shared with the House Hunters crew.

My thoughts and ideas were never mentioned!

Unfortunately - the house still has not sold - becuase these clients would never tackle one basic thing.  (Yeah, you know what's coming, right?) Here it is -

THE PRICE WAS TOO @#*&*(&^ HIGH!

And they wouldn't change it, because their house was now a House Hunters house!

All in all, however, I believe the show has created more awareness as to the importance of properly staging a home prior to sale - but you still need to work on that PRICE CORRECTLY THING - no matter what.

Congrats again on your HH Experience!

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) almost 11 years ago

Wow -- cool. It's nice to hear of unique opportunities out there -- good for you!

Posted by Patricia Murray (Premiere Plus Realty Co.) almost 11 years ago

Its' really hard to find clients who are willing to go on camera and give up the amount of time that is required. I'm not really certain that viewers even notice the agent . . . I say this because i am slated to film later this month. So when is your show airing?

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 10 years ago

We have an active web presence.  Our Georgian development was featured in a local television show called ShowMe St. Louis for a 10 minute spot on the old City Hospital No. 1.  We alse have been featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, Chicago Tribune and New York Times and have appeared on every local news program at one time or another.  The common thread was our website.  Oddly, we have had trouble securing reprint rights.  You would think that they would make it easy and affordable for real estate companies to secure reprints. 

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com) over 10 years ago

That was very cool Pat. I completely agree with getting yourself out there and networking. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Scott Mazza (Stewart Title of California) over 10 years ago

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