Des Moines, Realtor to be Featured on House Hunters - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, Realtor to be Featured on House Hunters

By: Jason Rantala


Next week, the Des Moines metro will be featured on the popular television show House Hunters. Little did realtor Margie Monachino know back in July, she would also take part.

Margie was hand selected by a couple she was showing a house to.

"They said just act like yourself," said Monachino.

It was quite a process to get on the show. It involved submitting a tape and competing against 10 other realtors from markets around the country.

"It's a lot more work than it looks."

Shooting for the story took five days total, with multiple takes.

"It was very time consuming during my busy time and unlike some other reality shows I don't make money."

Margie says they chose her not only because of her sparkling personality, but also because of how well the Des Moines housing market is doing.

"Last year we boomed."

She says our metro is one of the top areas for real estate sales, with strong home values and a stable economy, all in a city that's continuously growing.

In the show, Margie is helping a couple find a compromise between a fixer upper and a nicer house.

Right now, only Margie and those with the show know the outcome. The rest of us will just have to wait and find out.

"I probably can tell you they found a great compromise between the two." 

The first ever Des Moines edition of House Hunters airs one week from today, January 29th at 9 p.m.

Margie is hosting a viewing party to celebrate.


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