- Buy Me
"Buy Me" is a
television programthat is currently aired on HGTVin the U.S.(since 2005), and on HGTV Canada(since 2003), where it is that cable network's most popular show. It is also seen in Belgiumand South Africa, either dubbed or with subtitles. It is produced by Whalley-Abbey Media Holdings(WHAM), which is owned by Debbie Travisand her husband, and produced " Debbie Travis’ Facelift".
It shows the entire process of selling a home, from listing the property, to repairing any problems with it, to
open houses, to the negotiations of the selling process. It covers all of the details of the process, including home inspections, and occasionally even mild arguments between the sellers and real estate agents. Occasionally the home fails to sell within the six-month period allotted, but in most cases (whether it sells or not) a postscriptof sorts is given by the narratoror in text, stating how things turned out.
The show is generally taped around WHAM's native
Montréal, and receives a Québec tax creditfor film and video production. A few more recent episodes are clearly shot around Vancouverin coastal British Columbia, and some in Calgary, Alberta's largest city. New episodes are being taped in the U.S., in both Raleigh, North Carolinaand Denver, Colorado. The show has been renewed for five more 13-episode seasons.
Apparently because the show is seen by both Canadian and American audiences, any obvious indications of the shooting location are eliminated, including the
blurring of street signs, and the omission of any place names by the narrator. Prices discussed are not changed or converted however, particularly since the U.S. dollarand Canadian dollarare nearly equal in value ( as of 2007).
A similar series, "
Bought & Sold", has started airing as of May 2007on HGTV in the U.S.
* [http://www.hgtv.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=75701 "Buy Me" at HGTV Canada]
* [http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/shows_hbyme "Buy Me" at HGTV (U.S.)]
* [http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/business/story.html?id=1c8b6a15-5f0c-4528-8d13-97ed524181cb&k=55261 "Montreal Gazette" article]
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