Thursday, March 10, 2011

We Were Almost Stars...Kinda

I was hoping to be able to announce some very exciting news on this blog but unfortunately it looks like this opportunity may have passed us by.

About a month ago I recieved a comment on this blog from a House Hunters International producer looking for couples that had recently moved abroad. Being a huge HGTV fan I was sure that this was some type of scam and that they would soon be asking me to send them a large check in the mail. After doing research online it looked like the producer had a legitimate connection to the network. Long story short after several emails and phone calls to London and New York we were asked to create a 5 to 8 minute video taking them through our house and talking about our transition overseas. During this entire process we were told that although they really liked us, we might not be chosen since we had not actually bought the home that we were living in. They have done one other rental story in the past but usually make it a rule to only feature people that had purchased a home. I was hoping to be chosen mainly because I had watched several episodes of House Hunters International before moving to Germany to try to prepare myself for some of the flats that we might be shown. I wanted to be on the other side sharing what we had learned about the differences of looking for a home in Germany vs. our home search in N.C.

The actual shooting process is pretty extensive. The network stated that they would bring in a moving company in the morning, move out everything in our place, tape the empty flat, and then move everything back that night. Yikes! We would then team up with our transition company to look at two other empty flats as well as our own as we discuss some of the ups and downs of flat hunting here in Germany. The entire process takes 5 to 6 days. They were also going to fly us back to the US to tape our life in Charlotte. I began to get excited about the possibility of gathering up our friends and going out to a great Charlotte restaurant where we could recreate our goodbye dinner. Truth be told I was also thinking about the Walmart run that I could make while I was there. Extra boxes of Bisquick and US syrup here we come.

Unfortunately, we got the call about a week ago that they had recieved such a large number of responses from people that had purchased homes overseas that they decided not to go with a rental. They did however, add that if a spot opened up, they would give us a call. Even though we did not get picked in the end I really enjoyed the application process. We also now have a little video talking about our transition and showing off our flat.

I found this whole process interesting and thought I might share it with other HGTV fans out there.

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