Seattle buyer featured on HGTV’s House Hunters tonight at 11pm

An episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” featuring Seattle resident Valerie Sloane and her friend Mary Jo Reynolds will air Monday, November 7th at 11pm, and again later at 2am.

I played the real estate broker. It was a stretch, but I made it work.

You’ve probably seen House Hunters before where the premise of the show is a buyer decides to make a home purchase and then the agent “presents” 3 homes to choose from. By the end of the 30 minute show, the buyer decides which home to buy.

Valerie was renting a house in West Seattle and realized she wanted to move closer to the city and she was ready to be a homeowner. I showed her homes in the Central District, Seward Park, Mt. Baker, Madrona and Capitol Hill.

The HGTV producers try to create some drama about what the buyer will decide and even show the buyer and her friend making the big decision. However, it’s all faux, as the buyer has already bought and closed on the house by that time! That’s why some of the shows look like the buyers and the agent are acting. Because they ARE!

In real life, I took Val to look at dozens of homes, she bought one and then they went back and “re-enacted” the home search for the film crew.

Then, after Valerie moved in to the new home and fixed it up, the film crew came back and filmed an “after” segment to show how cute her new home is.

The buyer, Valerie Sloane, is a private tutor, but the family she works for did not want their children on the show, so my son Sam David, a student at St. Joseph’s School in Seattle, was the stand-in stunt double.

Don’t have cable? You can watch the House Hunters episode from the comfort of your computer screen HERE.

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8 comments

  1. Paul Chaney

    Marlow, my wife Amie and I just watched the show and really enjoyed the episode. I especially enjoyed getting the “scoop” on how the show is made. I had heard that reenactments were how it was done and your post confirms that. Good stuff!

  2. Marlow Harris

    Thanks Paul! It was fun to make and I made two good friends through the experience. I’m not sure if I could do it again, but I’m glad I got the opportunity to do it at least once!

  3. Bob

    I enjoyed the show. I was impressed with Valerie’s ambition and how great her house looked after the remodel.
    Also I would have never guessed that you weren’t a real estate agent. You may have a second career ahead of you.
    One questions though: How tall is Valerie?

    Take care.

  4. David Losh

    Also I would have never guessed that you weren’t a real estate agent.

    You may have a second career ahead of you.

    One questions though: How tall is Valerie?

    When it gets harder, and harder to find quality roles in television, Real Estate sales may be a way to make ends meet.

    The real question is, “how tall are you?”

    Happy Birthday, and I didn’t need FaceBook to remind me.

  5. Minerva

    Wow, so that’s how the House Hunters is done. Sometimes, reenactments or acting are really needed for the show to become juicy and interesting. :)