Showing homes is a rather routine affair.
But showing them with a television crew, director and producer in tow isn’t something they teach you when you get your real estate license.
Hilary Notario, a Realtor with RE/MAX of Reading in Spring Township, who will appear Friday night in an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters,” got a behind-the-scenes look during five days of filming last October.
In the episode, Notario shows three homes to Jared and Liz Trout from New Jersey who want to relocate in or near Berks County so they can be closer to their families.
“It was very enlightening. I had no clue what went into an episode,” Notario said.
Notario, a licensed Realtor since 2007, worked for Coldwell Banker before joining RE/MAX in January. She shows properties throughout the region, but it’s been tough finding inventory, she said.
“It’s a seller's market. Inventory is low, properties are moving,” Notario said.
Of course, the house hunters in these HGTV episodes presumably have looked at far more than three homes before making one of the largest purchases of their lives, but through the magic of television, viewers get to see them do it in just three visits, plus they get a neat plot line.
In the Trouts’ episode, the plot tension is scripted as ranch vs. colonial, as in “he’s looking for a raised ranch-style home with a rec room in the basement for his sports memorabilia” and “she’s hoping for a colonial-style home with an open concept living area for entertaining,” according to the promotional release.
What will they choose?
Spoiler alert: The Trouts, who graduated from Boyertown High School in 2000, eventually find their dream home, a 2,204-square-foot, four-bedroom colonial on a half-acre in Hatfield, Montgomery County, according to news reports.
The episode is scheduled to at 10:30 p.m. Friday on HGTV.