I was cleaning up my inbox this morning and came across an email from mid March of this year from a producer at Pie Town Productions:
Hi Greg!I hope this email finds you well.
I am a show producer for HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters and would love to chat with you
about taking a homebuyer on a tour through one of your homes on either Apr. 7 or 8.
It would be a one day film shoot with a crew of just four people, two home buyers, and a real estate agent. We’d light it well, would be sure to treat it with respect, and would be done in 8 hours of shooting. The purpose of this tour is just to highlight the features and benefits of the house, and compare how it fits with our home buyer’s wishlist (she is looking for a tiny house with rustic elements).
Her budget is under $25K, so I was hoping you might know of a Durango model we could film (it looks, on your website, like this may be the lowest priced of your houses – yes?).
I would love to chat with you today if you have even just a moment.
She also followed up with a phone call during which time I learned that the homebuyer had already bought a house and they basically wanted to try and recreate the whole process just to get something good on film I respectfully replied back:
Hi,Don’t think I’ll be able to help you. We are currently building a spec house but it won’t be complete by then. Furthermore, it would be more in the $35k range and I would not mislead viewers into thinking they could get something like that for $25k.Thanks for reaching out,
Thanks for your reply. Your houses really are beautiful – I can imagine they wouldn’t fall into such a low budget range.Would you happen to have a line on any houses which might fall somewhere close to this budget line?They can be located in CO, AZ, CA, or OR.Or do you happen to know of anyone who might own one of your houses, valued at around this price range, who might be open to letting us film a tour of it inside the home? Shoot date would be either Apr. 7 or 8, and we can compensate house owner for time and transport of house.
Hello again,My houses typically are at the lower end of pricing, at least for a new house. Do some research and you will see that 30-40k is very reasonable for a tiny house. The norm is closer to 50k. People have a very skewed reality regarding this. Material costs alone can run $25k. The only way you are going to find a house that cheap is used, and probably not very interesting. Try looking at tinyhouselistings.com. I would never ask any of my current customers to do what you are asking unless they were actually trying to sell their house. The “fakeness” of these reality shows is really not a good thing for the movement and I would encourage your network to move more in the direction of true reality rather than prioritizing entertainment.Best regards,