Rowhouse Showdown

For some, real estate TV is the ultimate in ego gratification.


An excerpt:

Are you struggling to sell your house? Did you have a renovation nightmare? Does your dwelling have its own story to tell?

If so, you might be a candidate for help from a television home show.

But it’s not easy. “We are inundated with people wanting to be on our shows,” said Allison Page, general manager for HGTV and the DIY Network. It’s not unusual, she said, to sift through 100 or so applications a week.

And why are so many folks clamoring for a shot to be on a show? Some of the shows pay for the labor and materials that go into improvements, some simply offer free publicity and the vaunted 15 minutes of fame, but simple house pride explains the motivation for many wannabe guests.


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