Move over, Chip and Joanna Gaines — there are new home show hosts in town! Well, sort of. HGTV’s newest home buying show House in a Hurry runs much differently than the others we’ve gotten used to seeing from the network.
The premise — and each episode — are different by design, and fans seem to be digging it so far.
Here’s what ‘House in a Hurry’ is all about.
As its name indicates, the potential buyers featured in the series need to act fast. And even that is an understatement.
They have 72 hours to find a home in an unfamiliar city for varying reasons and real-life circumstances (think military families, job changes, and beyond). Spikes your anxiety just thinking about it, right?
As if home buying wasn’t stressful enough without the serious time crunch, many of the featured buyers have children, are searching in highly competitive housing markets — you name it, and the challenge is there.
According to HGTV president Jane Lateman, “House in a Hurry is house hunting on steroids. These families are under a serious time crunch to buy a home and sometimes things reach a breaking point — it’s a real roller coaster ride!”
So who are the ‘House in a Hurry’ hosts?
Good question, and this is where the plot twist comes in. The host changes every episode! The series relies on local realtors to run the show, with a different one per city and episode.
The person or couple’s own real estate agent doubles as the episode host, which is really a win/win, because they know the clients and the city like only they can.
This puts extra pressure on the real estate agents, who are already helping couples buy homes within a near-impossible timeframe.
But it also puts them in the spotlight under extreme conditions, potentially drumming up new business, even for clients who aren’t in such a homebuying hurry.
Meet some of the realtor hosts.
Perhaps the most familiar face is in the “Independence in Indiana” episode, which featured WWE wrestler-turned-realtor Kevin “Thorne” Fertig. Kevin brought charisma and confidence to the show, and helped his buyers find a spot to be closer to their family.
In “Taking Chances in Tucson," a family enlists realtor Alexander Prewitt. Of the experience, he writes on Instagram, “I feel truly grateful to have gone through this journey with my clients, super cool family of 5 with 2 special needs kids."
"Best part hands down was my time with my clients, who are now close friends. It was crunch time, tons of urgency, lots of nerves, and lots of excitement,” he continues.
Week after week, they pull off miracles for families around the country, making House in a Hurry definitely worth the watch.