HGTV looking for a few good homes

Producers for the Home and Garden Television’s “My House Is Worth What?” are looking for a few good Hawai‘i homes to appraise.

“We kind of want to see what’s out there and see if there’s enough of a story there,” said supervising producer Drew Hallmann. “It doesn’t have to be ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.’ There just has to be a good story behind it.”

So far, producers for the show have seen a variety of houses.

“We’ve seen all sorts of old, new condos,” Hallmann said. “We’ve seen ranch houses in California and this place that used to be a warehouse that was turned into a loft. But it’s for people who are either looking to sell, people who want to downsize or people who want move to bigger houses. That, in a nutshell, is what the show is about.”

“My House Is Worth What?” debuted in August and is already one of HGTV’s top-rated shows and was recently picked up for another 26 episodes.

In each half-hour episode, the show tours three homes and gives an assessment of each home’s value.

“The Apprentice — Season 3” winner Kendra Todd hosts a number of segments, including the upcoming O‘ahu leg of the search.

Producers are looking for local real estate agents who will serve as experts for the show. They are looking for homeowners separately.

They aren’t scheduled to come to Hawai‘i until early next year, but are fielding interests now.

What interested

Realtors can expect

• After an audition tape has been submitted, decisions will be made based on the needs of the show in the Kaua‘i real estate market.

• Realtors chosen for the show will receive publicity and have a link posted on HGTV’s Web site. HGTV registered 80 million subscribers as of last year.

• There is no financial compensation for participating on the show.

• Expect to spend at least one full day shooting the episode.

What interested

homeowners can expect

• Submit a tape or DVD revealing the reason for wanting an appraisal on national television.

• Be ready to share what was spent on the home’s purchase and renovations.

• If chosen, expect to spend a whole day for shooting and interview.

• There will be no financial compensation for participating on the show.

For more information or to apply, contact the segment producer, Michelle Boland at michelle_boland@pietown.tv and/or complete an online application at www.pietown.tv/shows/myhouseisworthwhat.html.

Earlier this year, another HGTV show, “Look What I Did!,” visited Kaua‘i homes. Kaua‘i also recently served as the backdrop for two “Good Morning, America” segments.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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