Looking for great real estate shows that you can binge-watch over the weekend?
Below are eight of the best real estate agent-related TV shows. These reality shows document everything from unique architecture, beautifully designed interiors, scenic locations, and the daily lives of real estate agents working in the country’s top markets.
"Property Brothers" is a Canadian reality television show that has been on HGTV since 2011. It features twin brothers Drew Scott, a real estate agent, and Jonathan Scott, a licensed contractor. The show follows the two as Drew scouts neglected houses to purchase, and Jonathan renovates them. Together, they help families find a fixer-upper and turn it into their dream home, sticking to a strict budget and timeline.
"House Hunters" is one of the oldest real estate shows. It has been around since 1999 and has spawned a franchise with various spin-offs. In the original “House Hunters,” the show follows buyers as they work with a local real estate agent to choose between three different properties. Buyers can be families, couples, or just individuals looking to buy or rent. Several spin-offs include “House Hunters International,” “House Hunters on Vacation,” “House Hunters Renovation,” and “House Hunters: Million Dollar Homes.”
Another popular show on HGTV is “Fixer Upper,” featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Gaines are a married couple who own a home renovation and redecoration business in Waco, Texas. The series ran for five seasons and ended in 2017. On the show, the Gaines show a home buyer three fixer-upper homes in the Waco area. Once a home is chosen, Joanna designs it, and Chip works as the main contractor. The show is known for having popularized a “farmhouse chic” interior design.
Flip or Flop
“Flip or Flop” is similar to “Fixer Upper,” but takes place in Orange County, California. The show stars real estate agents Christina Hack and Tarek El Moussa. The show has followed the couple since 2013 as they buy bank-owned homes, short sales, or foreclosed homes and then renovate and resell them for a profit. You can find “Flip or Flop” on HGTV.
Tiny House Nation
“Tiny House Nation” began in 2014 and can currently be found on Netflix. The show follows buyers around the U.S. interested in tiny homes, which are structures no bigger than 500 square feet. The show features renovation experts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin as they help families build the perfect tiny home.
“Rehab Addict” focuses on historic homes that require renovation. The show has been airing since 2010 on DIY and HGTV. It follows Nicole Curtis, who travels around Minnesota to fix historic homes at risk of demolition. Curtis then preserves and restores the homes to their original appearance, rather than modernizing them. The homes are often pre-World War II homes.
“Amazing Interiors” is a Netflix series that documents homes with unusual interiors. The homes often have normal exterior appearances but unique rooms. For example, some homes are part-time museums or feature indoor aquariums or roller coasters in the backyard. The show doesn’t have a host or narrator. Instead, each episode showcases three unique homes, with the main focus on one currently being constructed or renovated.
“Curb Appeal” is an HGTV show that has been airing since 2002. The show focuses on updating the outdoor surroundings of a home, including the paint, landscaping, and fences. Architect and interior designer John Gidding hosts the show. Each episode features a real home and homeowner, who receives advice from several guest experts on what changes should be made to the home.
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