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Property Brothers the latest real estate TV stars

By Connie Adair

A hairy naked tenant on a bed. Ten cats, likely lazy because the kitchen counter is covered in mouse droppings. A damp musty basement. The stuff of dream homes? Hardly. Unless you talk to Drew Scott and his twin brother, Jonathan, who wear glasses rosy enough to see past the horrors of such extreme fixer-uppers to the transformations that will turn them into dream homes.

Property Brothers Jonathan (left) and Drew Scott.

On their new television series, Property Brothers, Drew, a Realtor, puts his real estate smarts to work to help couples find a run-down home ripe for renovation. Jonathan, a licensed contractor, offers up ideas to transform the house into exactly what they want, all without breaking the budget.

The show combines what the brothers love: real estate and television. “Property Brothers is the perfect mix,” says Drew. He and Jonathan are no strangers to the film and television industry, acting and hosting television shows and in 2002, along with their brother JD, founding the Dividian Production Group. Dividian produces short films and has a number of projects in development.

As for their other love, real estate, despite being only 32-years-old, the Scott brothers have 15 years of real estate experience under their belts. In 1996, right after they finished high school, they moved from B.C. to Calgary, where they bought their first investment property.

They were inspired by a late-night television ad and ordered a book so they could learn how to make millions in real estate. They say most of that material wasn’t useful, but there were a few tidbits they put to use. They bought their first house, chosen for its location near the university, with only $250 down.

“Our agent said it couldn’t be done,” Drew says. “We did it. We bought a $220,000 house and lived for a year rent-free (they rented rooms to university students to cover their mortgage costs) and made $40,000 or $50,000 when we sold a year later.”

From 1996 to 2003 they invested in residential properties using local Realtors, he says. “After continually being told by Realtors that it’s impossible to do certain investments, and then proving them wrong, we decided to license and do it ourselves.”

Drew was licensed in early 2004, and Jonathan soon after.  They formed Scott Real Estate in 2004. Jonathan is broker at the boutique brokerage, which has its main office in Calgary. The brokerage deals in residential and commercial sales and construction projects. “I am a licensed agent with Keller Williams Elite in B.C. and Jonathan is a licensed agent in Vegas,” says Drew.”We have an investment company (Scott Real Estate Inc.) in Vancouver, Calgary and Vegas. However the show focuses on me as the Realtor and Jonathan as the contractor.”

Because the twins look so much alike, Jonathan has a new look for the show. “I’m bringing the plaid look back, and the Fabio hair,” he says.

Working with local agents and researchers, Drew and Jonathan tour fixer uppers together. Having Jonathan, who is also a master builder of luxury homes, offer on-the-spot ideas and opinions of what renovations are realistic is invaluable, Drew says.

On the show, a couple is first shown their dream home, then abruptly brought down to reality when they find out that the home is out of their price range. As agents everywhere can relate, buyers often have unreal expectations.

The brothers then guide the couple to fixer-uppers with potential. Jonathan comes up with design plans for two homes, working within the couple’s budget (some budgets are $50,000, others are $200,000). Using computer graphics, he shows buyers what the homes will look like after the renovation.

With smaller budgets, homeowners pitch in and help where they can in order to save money. In the first episode, the homeowners helped demolish a wall and install kitchen flooring. Episode one came in only $2,000 over budget. “I’ve been a contractor for years. What I quote, I try to stay within,” Jonathan says.

Once the couple chooses a home and buys it, renovation work begins. “There’s a lot of pressure. The buyers use their own money to buy and renovate the home,” says Jonathan.

This season’s 13 episodes are being filmed in and around Toronto. In later seasons, plans are to film on the West Coast, as well as in the U.S.

However, location doesn’t matter, the brothers say. The show teaches people how to turn a fixer-upper into the home they want, and shows what can be achieved when working with a professional Realtor and licensed trades.

“The show offers education, comedy and drama – all the essentials of a hit show,” Drew says.

Property Brothers is one more way to help people with real estate, and reaching viewers around the world, it is one powerful marketing program.

“We have had great response to hosting gigs, seminars and trade shows even before this series, but now that we’ll be reaching international markets, we expect a strong increase in our company’s activity. However since our company isn’t in many of the cities we are seen in, we strongly advise viewers and potential clients to work with Realtors from those market areas,” says Drew.

Filming keeps the brothers busy four to five days a week, some being 12-hour days. The worst experience? “There have been so many, Drew says. “The naked guy was definitely funny. Another house was marketed as renovated, but when we went through, it looked like it hadn’t been touched since the ’60s. There was wallpaper everywhere – walls, ceilings, on doors. They even wallpapered around the bathtub where you should have tiles or a waterproof membrane. This lead to massive water damage in the kitchen below. As nasty as that home looked, it would make for a beautiful transformation.”

The brothers live in Vegas and work on the series in Toronto, relying on a solid support network of Realtors and trade professionals to ensure their clients in Vancouver and Calgary are covered, Drew says.

And if real estate, television and film isn’t enough to fill their days, Jonathan is an award-winning illusionist and Drew is a second-degree black belt in karate.

Jonathan has produced a behind-the-scenes look at the show at (www.wnetwork.com/propertybrothers). “It has a lot of information and interesting happenings,” he says. However, it doesn’t include the naked tenant.

Property Brothers is on the W Network Tuesdays at 10 pm.

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  • Rett

    Would love for them to come to Toms River NJ. Especially after Super Storm Sandy. Need ur help !! p.s. out of all the tv reno shows on tv (love it or list it, kitchen cousins,etc etc) ur show tops them all. great job !! Please come to NJ

  • N.A.Chaney

    What happens to the rooms not shown as part of the renovation? Do they get the rooms ready to move into, or do they do nothing to them? I like the show and love seeing the end results, but often wonder about the other rooms.

  • kate dion

    The original show is awesome I’m hooked. Come to st catharines ontario! The show has definietly helped in being more open minded being a first time home buyer, although I wish I could have the brother do it for me the tidbits of info are a big help! The newest show however is good, yet I would like to see an average house (outside of the gta or vancouver). Example a 2-3 bedroom bungalo that most average familys live in outside the city! :)

  • Gina Mella

    I am hooked on this show. Jonathan and Drew are great to watch but I am so impressed with the outcomes of these fixer uppers and the amount of time they do it in. I would love for them to find us a home in Oakville or just renovate our own home in Oakville. We are a family of 4 living in a very small bungalow but it has a big back yard. I would love to see what Jonathan could do with this place. Keep up the good work guys.

  • Karina

    When Are you coming to Calgary!!!!!!! We need you here , Why all Tv show are in TGA or Vancouver. My husband and I need you! here in Calgary !!!!!

  • Debbie

    It would be a total pleasure to have these two bright sexy young men come and Renovate or help me find our dream home.. I love there show so much.. I watch reruns after reruns.. I would get right into Renovations and help them Bring it all Down.. What a pleasure it is to find two great guys with amazing talents like they have. Keep up the great job.. Jonathan and Drew
    If you ever come to New Brunswick It would be a pleasure to meet you Both!

  • Donna Norell(DN)

    Great show really inspirational.. I was wondering how people get picked to be on the show ? Is there an audition? If possible please let me know thanks DN

  • John in Kentucky

    hey guys. Really like the shows. Started watching them a few months back with teh wife! YES! the wife LOL:) Good fun and good information for all to see and hear from your show. keep up the good work….John in Ky!

  • VANCOUVER HERE I COME

    This show rocks! I love these guys. Their work is astounding

  • Hope Vandale

    I love these two guys and their show! Their designs and completed reno’s are amazing. I have often wondered about the other rooms of the home…..is any work done on them or are the homeowner’s totally responsible for any improvements done to them?

  • Helen

    I would just like to say I love the 2 of them , they are awesome! When I’m ready to buy a place I want Drew. Please come to Florida. Please!!!!!!

  • Phillis M

    My husband n I are a63 y.o. couple getting ready for retirement , we are absolutely hooked on property bros. we have been talking about downsizing for a couple of years now . We live in a beautiul cape, in a wonderful family neighborhood, for 40 years . We are former realtors, we’ve always done most of our home renos our selves. And therefor have a major problem trusting the pros. But the property brothers!!!!!! awesome , fabulous. We’ve been scouting the market for quite some time now and ar ot impressed ith much of anythng, especially after watching Johathon, and Drew.Of all HGTV programs I can”t say enough about my boys. So when are you guys coming to New Jersey????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We’re waiting for your knock on our door.

  • ada ibe

    how do i get the property brothers to help me sell my current house in bergenfield, New jersey and buy a bigger house?

  • leona

    i love this show i can t get enough of it.

  • Tammy Martinez

    These guys are fabulious with there work. Its amazing how they have
    transformed the most ugly homes into a dream home.

    Is it possible the Property Brothers can travel to Bakersfield, California?
    I have a home that in desprate need for a new look.

  • bonnie bross

    What a great show!!!!! Picking a real estate agent and a contractor is like picking a doctor. Trust most important!!
    The Twins make you feel what you want is important and they deliver. My husband and I love the show!! Thanks

  • Shahida'

    I just watched Jonatan and Drew on Global TV's Morning News. I hope they win the Leo award.
    I am curious to know if they build homes from the ground up in Vancouver. We own an older home here but feel it would be a waste of money to renovate. Maybe they could build a new home for us if they are in the business of new construction. It would be great to meet up with them.
    They are Vancouverites. They should do some work here.
    Love watching their show.
    Shahida

  • leila

    I want to know, on what planet would these renos cost so little. I'd like to book a flight.

    Buying a dump, and suggesting people can make it in to the dreamspaces they create, on the budgets they have, is totally unrealistic and extremely misleading…perhaps even a bold faced lie.

    Perhaps they could give some honest information on what it would cost an Average Joe who isn't featured in a tv show. We're in the beginning stages of a kitchen re-do….and I would like to get some of those magic dollars they use.

    All of that aside….I DO enjoy their show…but I view it with the knowledge that I am watching a show of fiction.

    • leona

      their not saying you as a non professional can do it in that budget. because they are pros they have their own crew come in and plus contractors always get a discount off at rona or other chains. so don t be so rude next time when you comment on something you don t know

  • Liliane Dubois

    Why do they buy derelict homes at market price?

    • leona

      because they are way cheaper to buy. it has been my dream to this when i win the million. especially those buildings that are vacant collecting dust. they would make fantastic condos. but that my dream

  • Hilda says

    l really like your show; how can l get my home to be renovate by you guys.
    l love beautiful home and a nice kitchen. Please help me.

  • Leslie in Charlotte

    I watch Property Brothers on HGTV here in the US. I wish some of the real estate shows would focus on the SE more. The price ranges on these fixer-uppers blow my mind. Toronto, California, NE (NJ or NY) people are raving over a crappy 1960's house with a 10 square foot patch of grass as a yard and willing to pay half a million for it. In the SE US, there are BEAUTIFUL areas where you'd get a 4500 sf new lux home in a gated community for that or little more. I just moved from home… a small 1400 sf customized ranch on four wooded beautiful acres… about $160K. In the areas where this stuff is filmed, I imagine that land wouldn't even be possible and the house would be worth $4-500K. Insane! No wonder all yankees drive teeny cheap cars, nowhere to keep them and no money to pay for them! (J/K) ;)

    Just, some of these places I wouldn't let my kid live in as a college rental and these people are paying out the nose for them!

  • marisol rendon

    I'm from erie pa. My boyfriend n I wish to buy a house soon but we have 5 kids from previous relationships n is very hard to find a house with so many rooms with our budget. I wish they travel everywhere. I love the work they do. I hope a dream of soo many years of having a house can come true .

  • marie

    i wish they would say their colours…they are great…and where are they getting these homes?

  • Jane

    I'd really like to have a little more information about the locations. Sometimes, the prices seem pretty low to me, but maybe my idea of "downtown" is different than theirs.

  • Doris Tovell

    I have renovated a home I bought that was a real dump. Of course, it couldn't compare to the homes Jonathan and Drew Scott renovate, but the show peaks my interest and I try my best to watch every episode. Please don't take the show off the air, it's a real treat to watch,.

  • Brenda

    I would love to know where they shop for furniture

  • Teresa Watt

    I love these two guys too. Please come to Calgary and look at my house, I dream everyday of it being updated.

    • brook

      i am only 12 and im a fan

  • Maria

    Would like to know where the Property Brothers get the furniture?

    • molli

      I Want to know as well

  • carmen rupprecht

    There is no way that a complete house renovation could be done on these small amts. of money. And in a short time span. So there are just a few rooms done… they do a good job. And their decorator does a great job.

    I wonder if the twins are identical? If Jonathon's hair was dark they would look exactly alike.

  • Sara

    I love this show BUT I just wanna know do they finish the rest of the house too? If they do then why don't they show it??? I don't care if its decorated or not..I just wanna see it fixed up! I'm thinking they must not completely fix the whole house otherwise why would the buyers be so nervous? Its a no brainer…they do awesome work and if they fix the whole house what's the doubt about? Come on…someone please answer my question! :)

    • Susan

      Yes, I always wonder about that too. Is the rest of the house left undone – what a mess that would be!

    • Barbara

      The only time you get to see the whole house is if it was included in the reno price. They do not show you rooms that are not included in the reno budget because they are unchanged.
      Jonathan does a beautiful job. Great show! I just hope off camera Drew helps him out with the labor. Hope they come to New Jersey as their prices are great.

  • Lisa

    Hey the BC boys need to come back home. I am shopping for a fixer upper in Vancouver or in Victoria.

    I love fixer uppers, have done 3 homes in my time.
    But it takes me too long to get everything together as I am a single mom with busy career and because i have to delligate much of the work I dont end up making a big profit.
    Come work back home Drew and Jonathan we need you!.

  • eve

    How i Can get on this show?? i need this guys 911

  • Candice

    Too bad the show is not realistic The time lines and budget are way off. They don't give proper budgets and you just can't renovate an entire "old" house in 5 weeks. Not possible. Nice guys but I don't think they do the renovation business justice.

  • Sharon

    Really like this show but would rather see more of the actual work being down to upgrade these old houses rather than watching the demolition. I like to see how things are actually done.

  • Dianne

    I love these 2 guys & their show.It always amazes me what Jonathan can do with his budget.My kids just bought a fixer upper in Ocean Park & had a $75,000 budget until he lost his gaming job just days before possession,now hes trying to do what he can & does not know what hes doing.They are supposed to be moving in with 2 little kids, May1st……..yikes,so maybe a fixer upper was not such a great idea here now.

    • vi

      I would like them to help me find a house and see them work their magic.. please come to MN!!.. Love their show!

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