By Amanda V. Stepp-Marcum
Several months ago I received quite possibly the greatest email an agent could get. Subject: Would you like to be on HGTV? Ummm yes! Who has to even think about that!?
I’m a true fan of all HGTV shows, from Property Brothers to (of course) Fixer Upper and couldn’t believe I was being contacted by the same company responsible for the programs I watch—and obsess over—daily. In the email, the producers from A Sale of Two Cities said they found me online because of my strong marketing presence and asked if I had any clients searching for a home in my Richmond, KY market, priced around $500,000 to be featured on the show.
Luckily, I had one family who fit the description perfectly. Then, the hard part … my clients had to agree to be on TV, too! They said “yes” (thank goodness) and about six months later, after many emails back and forth and much preparation, an HGTV production crew arrived—two camera men, a sound guy, directors and more—to tape from sun up until sun down for three FULL days.
However, those 72 hours weren’t all happy clients and perfect camera shots, (it isn’t as easy as it looks on TV). My long days of filming were filled with lots of do-overs, high heel changes, makeup and hair retouching and of course … smiling!
But it was all worth it. The end product aired on June 1 and my life will never be the same! I can now advertise myself and my business “As Seen on HGTV” and I couldn’t be more proud of the positive light the show brought upon my amazing hometown of Richmond!
AMANDA V. STEPP-MARCUM is an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Foster, REALTORS® in Richmond, KY and a member of the national REthink Council. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.