House Hunters International TV show turns spotlight on Bermuda
Two Bermuda real estate agents will feature on popular TV show House Hunters International next week.
Nakia Warner helped a family from Vancouver find a new home on the Island, while Rebecca Dunstan helped two young women from London relocate.
The show is one of the highest-rated programmes on Home and Garden TV [HGTV], and the two episodes were filmed in Bermuda in May. Ms Warner, 30, from Southampton and Ms Dunstan, 26, from Smith’s, were chosen after doing successful screen tests for the producers.
Ms Dunstan said of her television experience: “The show I’m in is about two best friends who came to Bermuda and were looking for a house. They weren’t entirely sure what they wanted, and so my strategy was to show them three very different places a condo close to town, a place with a pool a bit further out and a place in Somerset.”
Ms Dunstan said viewers will have to watch the programme, to be screened on Sunday, September 4 at 2.30am and 11.30pm, to find out which home her clients, Katie Tornari and Emma Snelling, chose in the end.
When it was first revealed in April that the show would be filmed in Bermuda, Tourism Minister Patrice Minors said: “This represents an incredible opportunity for exposure of Bermuda to millions, by showcasing some of our incredible properties.”
Ms Dunstan, who has worked for Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty for almost three years, agrees the programme will showcase the Island at its best.
“They did other things besides house-hunting. They did a boat tour and there is some footage of Dockyard, and the days we filmed were just breathtaking,” she explained. “It was a great opportunity, an amazing experience, and I met some great people.”
She’s not had a chance to see the programme yet, and will tune in along with her colleagues, friends and family, when it airs on September 4.
“Everyone’s really excited, but it makes me nervous,” she said. “I’ve not seen any of it so I’m pretty excited to see it as well. They want to show it on a big screen in the office, but I’m not sure about that.”
Ms Warner, 30, has worked for Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty for five years. She helped the Baillie family, from Canada, find a new home. She showed them three very different homes, and the programme featuring them will air on Monday, August 29 at 4.30am and 9.30pm.
“I had to do a video screen test before being chosen for the programme but it wasn’t that bad for me because I’ve done a lot of video tours for my properties,” she explained. “It was very exciting to participate. I’ve never done anything like that before it was very hard work standing in heels all day for take after take.
“My friends and family have all the dates down and are ready to watch it. We’ll all be watching it together. I definitely have a few nerves but I’m very excited to see it.”
Traci Baillie, who features in the programme together with her husband Justin and two children explained: “We are a Canadian family who recently relocated from Vancouver to Bermuda for work. We were asked if we were interested in participating in the show by a friend.
“The goal was to tell others about our move and we thought it was a good opportunity for our children, as it would be a great record for them about this amazing opportunity to live on this gorgeous island with such wonderful people.
“We absolutely love Bermuda and all the people who live here. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have this experience of living in Bermuda. We are proud to be the first to represent Bermuda for the show and hope we do it justice. “
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