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'Property Brothers' Casting for Reality TV's Next Fixer-Uppers

Image: 'Property Brothers' Casting for Reality TV's Next Fixer-Uppers Drew Scott left, and Jonathan Scott from the HGTV series "Property Brothers."

By Clyde Hughes   |   Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 11:09 AM

Drew and Jonathan Scott, better known as HGTV's "Property Brothers," have begun casting this week for a new season and if that goes as well as the show's recent ratings, they will have no problem finding fixer-uppers to transform for young couples.

The Canadian twins – Jonathan, a contractor and Drew, a real estate agent – have three seasons of the show in the books on HGTV and on the W Network in Canada. The Daily Beast reported last year that nearly 19 million watched the show in 2012 in what writer Itay Hod called the "crack cocaine of reality television."

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The Property Brothers announced Wednesday on Facebook they are currently casting in Toronto and the post had received more than 363,000 likes in less than 24 hours.


The brothers specialize in turning fixer-uppers into affordable dream homes for younger couple in a course of two months, often turning doubting buyers into true believers.

"To add to the drama (this is TV, after all), the brothers take them to places that look like they were pulled straight out of a 'Breaking Bad' set," wrote The Daily Beast. "At first, the couple is apprehensive, if not downright appalled. There's stress and crying… but in the end, Jonathan, the contractor twin, delivers big time. Within five to six weeks, he manages to transform the dilapidated house into a real estate gem that would make Lisa Vanderpump squeal with envy."

The brothers told PopSugar.com that they realized their skill for real estate in their teens.

"In the 12th grade, we started discussing ways we could fund our creative endeavors and came to the conclusion that real estate was the way to go," Drew Scott told PopSugar. "We bought every book, VHS tape (dating ourselves), and infomercial program we could get our hands on to learn everything we could about real estate. … We made the plunge when we graduated high school, buying a $200,000 house with only a $250 down payment. We sold that place after a year for a profit of $50,000. A light bulb went off and we knew that we could turn our skills into something great."

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