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July 25, 2018
Sioux Falls real estate agent Ashley Bartholomaus makes her second appearance on the HGTV series “House Hunters” next month.
But this time, she’s both the Realtor and the home buyer.
Bartholomaus, who is part of Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls, got a call to appear again on the show late last year and told the producer she was in the process of looking for a home herself.
“She warned me they don’t often do the agent as the buyer because they can’t have another agent step in for energy, so we both have to have a high-energy level,” she said. “I said, ‘You’ve never met my husband. It will be fine.’ ”
Like many featured on the show, she and her husband, Tony, had different ideas for what they wanted in their next home.
She wanted something more contemporary, while he liked older homes and didn’t want as many stairs.
“I wanted a kitchen because I entertain a lot, but one I could make my own,” she said. “We had outgrown our home and had long term in mind.”
They wanted to spend between $225,000 and $300,000 and were hoping to stay in central Sioux Falls, although “for what we were looking for, we had to expand our search to other areas of Sioux Falls,” Bartholomaus said.
The episode will air at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 7, but it was recorded last December on what Bartholomaus said felt like the coldest week of the year.
Add in the holiday season and her two kids’ schedules, and coordinating the hours needed for “House Hunters” was a challenge.
When she last appeared in a 2014 episode, she committed only three days as the Realtor featured. As the buyer, it was double.
“It was a lot of work. It was about six days, and having been through the experience, I knew that we wanted to highlight what we do in our everyday life and businesses we frequent or support,” she said.
Some of the destinations shown will be the Butterfly House & Aquarium, where the family has a membership, and the Washington Pavilion, where she wanted to highlight the new attractions.
While she can’t reveal details of the home search, she said she’s looking forward to seeing it unfold on “House Hunters.”
“It was not an easy decision for us,” she said. “We were very lucky that while we have different ideas with what we wanted, we’re both reasonable people and could whittle it down to the best options and go from there.”
Sioux Falls real estate agent Ashley Bartholomaus makes her second appearance on the HGTV series “House Hunters” next month. But this time, she’s both the Realtor and the home buyer.