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The Truth About the ‘Fixer Upper’ Pilot


“House Party” is realtor.com®’s official podcast about the overlapping worlds of real estate and pop culture, hosted by Natalie WayErik Gunther, and Rachel Stults. Click the player above to hear our takes on this week’s hot topics.

This week we decided to take a walk down memory lane and rewatch the very first episode of “Fixer Upper,” the iconic HGTV show that made Chip and Joanna Gaines household names. The decor was questionable at best. But we also had some realizations about what was probably happening behind the scenes. Were the houses preselected? Was the homeowners’ “all-in budget” only a fraction of the money that actually went into the renovation? We delve into all of it.

Other topics we discuss:

  • Busybody neighbors in the age of coronavirus and the 911 dispatcher who was shamed for not staying home
  • The most popular home items on Amazon right now
  • The most ’80s mansion we’ve ever seen
  • This week’s celebrity real estate winner and loser

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Want to chime in? Have your own crazy home-related story you’re dying to share? We’re all ears, eagerly waiting to discuss all of your burning real estate questions on “The Mailbox” segment. Email us at podcast@realtor.com, follow us on Facebook, or tweet us @housepartypod on Twitter.

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