HGTV show called “Real Estate Intervention” Seeking Folks Looking To Sell Their Homes


This could be cool if they get someone from PoPville. They requested to be listed on the Columbia Heights Listserv and write:

“HGTV Casting DC/MD/VA homeowners who want to sell!
Are you a homeowner struggling to sell your house in this tough real estate market? Are you confused as to how much your home is really worth? Do you need some impartial real estate advice?

If that sounds like you, we can help!

A new reality real estate advice show on HGTV is casting for energetic homeowners desperate to sell. If you and your family live in or around the VA/DC/MD area and are battling the high stakes real estate market, we want to hear from you.

To apply, please contact us at: [email protected]

Please put “Real Estate Intervention” in the subject line and include the following information:

-Name, address and phone numbers
-Names and ages of everyone in the household
– A family photo
-A photo of your home
-When you plan to put your house on the market or the number of days your house has been on the market (please include current asking price)
– What are the stakes? Why are you moving and what’s your deadline?
-What kind of real estate advice do you need?
-Would you be opposed to staging advice to help sell your home?”

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  • Love this show but be warned, I’m not sure how much they help you sell your house. They just make you lower your price. The guy is sort of a douche, too.

    Basically if you bought your house at the height of the market in 2005 and are looking to sell for what you bought it for, they want you.

  • This show is horrid and depressing

  • I’ve never seen this show, but I’m surprised that they want to do it in this area…
    My friends are trying to BUY a house, and have been unsuccessful for most of the year, due to so many people bidding.
    The DC market appears healthy to me.

  • This show is actually *only* shot in the DC Metro area, and Baltimore, for whatever reason. I’ve seen a few episodes – they go all over the area. The only episode I saw that was actually in DC was in Georgetown. I heard there was a U St episode but I haven’t seen it.

    With some of the episodes you really feel for the homeowner who’s in a bind, but some of them are just delusional, and the host (who is not very tactful) will take them around and be like “This house is 2 blocks from yours, has the same floorplan but the kitchen is nicer. And it sold for $50,000 less than you’re asking.”

  • most of the HGTV shows are produced from offices in Bethesda, which is why they frequently highlight DC area homes, presumably to keep travel and production costs lower.

    also, JodiHeights, the point of this particular show is to take people who have unrealistically overpriced their homes to the point where they can’t attract bidders and then show them the error of their ways. and I agree, it’s a horrible show.

  • Anon at 4:56. Wrong. I’m ashamed I watch the show, but I do. They shoot it all over. Saw one last night in Austin.

  • I can hear the voice over;
    Host: “This young washington dc family is looking to move to nova.
    They want to escape the terrible schools and occasional killings, and find a home with a bigger backyard.”

    home owner: ” Ideally we would like to move somewhere with a functional government, good city services and fewer murders. We are looking for a neighborhood with good schools, and no crack houses. Our budget is small, around $1.5million.” ” and the commute will hopefully be less than 5 hours a day..”
    //kidding. i love you dc.

  • I don’t there’s anything “horrible” about the show but what is totally hypocritical is that it’s HGTV, which was the same network that in 2004-7 was running shows like “Flip this house” and selling the dream that you can get rich quick from real estate, and now they’re sorta trotting out these people in distress and lecturing the audience about the dangers of ARMs and getting in over your head.

  • The show is awfully dumb, and the hosts / interventionists just point out the blatantly obvious like “your house is overpriced, if you drop it 50K, it will sell.” That being said, I like to watch it to see the interior of some of the DC homes for sale because I’m too lazy / have better things to do on my weekend. That and because I’m poor.

  • I absolutely love this show. The realtor is based in Maryland, and so that’s why they only do houses in this area (the person mentioning an Austin episode is mistaken…though it is such a good show, that I could see flying the realtor out to have him opine on homes in different markets).

    I can see why people *may* be put off by the show, b/c sometimes there is a genuinely sympathetic person in a tough situation and many people don’t like to hear that there is very little that can be done to help this person and they have to take a loss (plus many are in the same bind, buying in the last few years and seeig their property values drop). BUT, there are a lot of very delusional people who are also featured and who have overpriced their home (sometimes FSBO, sometimes not), and its quite funny. Truthfully, if you comment on the GDoN posts, then it impossible to understand why you wouldn’t like this show. It is great.

  • The MO of every episode of this show is the same – find someone who desperately needs to sell their home and who has been trying unsuccessfully to sell it on their own, confront the homeowners with evidence – a sold home (where the sellers “got it done”) and a current comp that is a better home offered at a lower price – that the home is priced well above what the current market will bear, and watch the fireworks as the homeowners defend their price. Finally, a followup to see what the homeowners decided to do (lower the price, stick to their guns, rent it out for awhile).
    I loved this show when I first discovered it but not so much now because it’s become repetitive. The last episode I watched the agent was upset because the father and son he was working with seemed to accept his opinion that their home was priced too high rather than fighting him on that point. I guess there was not enough drama for the producers.
    In one show they did something that I consider to be extremely shady if not downright unethical. They were working with a couple in Arlington and went through the standard process of showing them how wrong their price was. In the followup segment the couple told them that they had an offer but the couple (rightly, in my opinion) would not tell them the exact amount. The host got indignant and asked for the taping to stop. Eventually, they pressed the homeowners into telling them the amount of the offer. The problem with this is that while it might make for good television, no real estate agent would ever disclose the terms of an offer until the sale has closed. It was not in the interests of this couple to have every homebuyer in Arlington know the exact amount of a pending contract on their home. And what happened? At the end of the show the coda on the screen said that the contract fell through. So now these homeowners are screwed because the entire market knows the price that the home is not worth.

  • re: rg @5:04p — you joke, but the U street episode had a couple with a house near Solly’s at 11th and U and they made a HUGE deal out of a comparable property on Clifton or Euclid b/n 13th and 14th. The owners kept saying “that neighborhood is so dangerous, you would never want to live there, and it’s 5 blocks to a metro, whereas we are 2 blocks”. I mean, I swear, its the real estate posts on this blog come to life. If you ever want to know who posts ridiculous crap on this blog, watch this show.

  • There are a lot of HGTV shows here because they use a production company based in the area. Despite impressions to the contrary, most TV shows are not produced by the networks they are on, but by independent companies who sell them to the network. They are relatively low budget productions and as such they try not to travel too much.

  • I saw that Arlington episode. First thing, there is at least a 6 month lag between taping these shows and when they hit the small screen (you can tell just by what season it is, plus they always feature a local restaurant / coffee shop, and if you are familiar with that shop, you can almost get it down to the month). Second thing, that homeowner was a douche–the wife wanted to tell the price but the husband was forbidding her (and I imagine, part of the deal to be on the show is that you agree to tell them details). I got the impression they “stopped” the show more b/c that homeowner has about to throw a hissy fit with his wife more than anything else.

  • @ Marcus, yeah, the host Mike uses that phrase “get it done” OVER & OVER. “See – Your neighbors got it done.” Another well-worn phrase is “value-add”: “This back deck is a HUGE value-add.” lol – you could play a drinking game with this show

  • [email protected]:26:

    That’s the only episode of this show I’ve seen and, like you, I immediately thought of the comments on this site when the woman said that.

    I used to live on 11th just North of U, so got a kick out of it the episode.

  • Read a NY Times article about HGTV and how they were confronting the recession. The execs basically owned up to the tact that they had relied on the flipping boom for so many years and that all those shows were largely out of touch with today’s reality. So they came up with a bunch of new shows that weren’t so conspicuous-consumption based (Real Estate Intervention, that show about Renters, some others that I can’t remember now), and they said they canceled or weren’t airing some other ones. The exces came out sounding pretty reasonable—and I wanted to hate them for helping to fuel the flipping boom too.

  • Marcus – there is a several month delay on this and most shows. Did you consider the contract fell through because the appraisal didn’t come back with the appropriate amount to secure financing? Usually a home doesn’t sell, because the entire market knows what a home is not worth… a home sells because the entire market, minus the buyer believes the home is worth what they pay for it.

  • hmmmm. the chance to mess with an entire network is tempting….
    step 1: list house 5x its value
    step 2: when the host argues to lower the price, go into an explitive ridden tyraid about house value, drug habit and owing money to russians, and threats
    step 3. fame and fortune.

  • ^^%#^#^#* should be LADEN %$#^@(@****

  • 1. There is a power button (off/on) on your remote.
    2. Mike Aubrey (the host) is totally hot.
    3. schadenfreude is yummy.

  • I love this show!! As others have said, it’s ridiculous that the Arlington couple didn’t want to reveal the offer since the show wouldn’t air until months later. Also that couple took out a zero down negative amortization loan and spent a bunch of money on renovations so they got themselves into their own mess. HGTV had all those stupid ‘flip this house’ shows so I think it’s only fair they have a show that shows the opposite side of the coin.
    My fave episode was the woman from Baltimore who had been on like 2 previous HGTV renovation shows…When the realtor took her to one of the comps she became a total drama queen about how unsafe the neighborhood was and said she was worried about getting shot, lol.

  • Monster Trucks: I saw that Baltimore one. I feel like in the “unsafe” neighborhood, you could see the cars on the street in the neighborhood (a number of them a lexus, escalade, etc.), which made it that much more hilarious.

  • Sabrina Soto can come to my house anytime.

  • I’m a Real Estate Broker and I LOVE this show. It’s like seeing me on TV because I also tell and show the delusional sellers the facts. They tell me about their brand new shower head and heavy duty nails in the wall, and that 3 year old carpet they just shampood with a dirty rental machine to justify asking 55K more than the better looking/located/cared for house that settled last week.
    The market is NOT about what you need, it IS about what you can get.
    Bottom line…any house in any condition and any location will sell at the RIGHT price. And that number is always dictated by the buyer, “good” market or “bad”

  • Given the amount of real estate-related content we read on this blog I think PoP needs a real estate intervention. No wait that’s me.

  • Absolutely love this show, and Mike Aubrey is NOT a douche. In fact there’s an episode about a couple where the husband had a new job in New York but they couldn’t sell their DC area home. Mike ended up advising them to stop trying to sell and rent it out instead – and that’s not the only episode in which he’s done that.

    He advises people to get informed. Many of these people don’t have detailed information about comps in their local area. He advises people to get representation. A surprising number of these people think that they’re saving money by not using a realtor – while doing nothing more than putting a “For Sale” sign in the front yard and listing on Craigslist, and in some cases limiting showing times because they still work full-time. He advises people not to overlook trivial fixes – someone mentioned a father-son duo, but those guys had exercise equipment in the basement with missing ceiling tiles to make room for the weight pulley system on a bench AND a clamp in place of a knob on the shower control!

    Are the most memorable episodes these crazy, delusional, formulaic homeowners? Yes. But the housing market bubble was driven by these same people. And it can be amazing to see how unreasonable even perfectly sane people become when confronted with a kitchen or bedroom that is clearly better than theirs from a real estate perspective – “I don’t think buyers are going to like this green paint, though!”

    It’s a great show.

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    lol… um, I think 2 out of 3 of these things are true

  • oh – comment got cut off. I was responding to victoria’s list.

  • This show has filmed in DC before. The realtor is based in Baltimore I think. He has showed up on other HGTV shows.

    I like the sow. I think most of the houses have been on the market for a while before they get on the show and if the house hasn’t sold at the price that it has IT HASN’T SOLD. No one want the house at that price and the owner need to own up to that. They also need to own up to the weaknesses inherent in the house (location) or the weaknesses that they have created (that one couple that turned a bedroom into a bad closet just advertised the fact that this place has no storage and since it was a bedroom that wasn’t staged as such it confused people).

    Some of these show were filmed when the market was much worse and I would hazard a guess that the sales price they though they could get was based on a better market. The owners needed to be re-educated. Sure he may have been a bit harsh but maybe that was the only thing that could get through to some of those owners.

  • I love the show. But I don’t get why people go on it.

    If I wanted some baldie coming round to tell me my house was overpriced I would just invite my dad over.

  • I love this show and think that Mike is great. Pretty much everything he says is right on. My two faves are the U St. episode and the woman in Old Town who had to sell because her roomates were leaving and she had lost her job. In the U St. episode, one of the bedrooms had been turned into a walk in closet and a laundry room which Mike said was a major mistake – plus, I think it only had one bathroom, or one full bathroom. The house next door is now for sale.

  • Anonymous 11:17-the house next door sold in September 2009 (according to the listing)

  • @Dirty – It doesn’t really matter why the contract fell through. What matters is that no real estate agent would ever disclose or allow his or her client to disclose the specific price in a contract until the sale closes. And whenever the show aired (6 days or 6 months later) the coda – which I assume was current – said the contract fell through. Even if there was some provision in the contract the homeowners signed with the show that required them to disclose the value of any final or pending deal they reached with a homebuyer, disclosing the purchase price before the sale closes is not the way to “get it done,” as the host would say.
    And yes, the guy in the Arlington couple was a bit of a douche. But I can’t see he was the doucheist person I’ve seen on the show.

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