credit www.mariettatimes.com WILLIAMSTOWN —
Andy Warhol uttered the quote “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”
Vicki Viers may not have been world famous for 15 minutes but she did double the amount of time to be famous Saturday night on the HGTV program “House Hunters.”
Viers co-owns and brokers, along with Rita Sjostedt, Select Properties Realty in Parkersburg. Saturday’s half-hour-long episode featured Brian, 40, and Jennifer Haught, 43, as the couple, along with their three children, Baylorm 14, Harbor, 12, and Annabelle, 10, who searched for a Victorian-style home in the Williamstown area. The couple was looking for a home with Brian’s desire of a waterfront view of the Ohio River.
Out of three homes, the Haughts found what was not exactly a “dream home,” but a major fixer-upper at 406 West Fourth St. in Williamstown. “A lot of the homes around here are move-in ready,” she said. “Every once in a while, you have one that’s not.”
For three days, Viers spent 10 hours a day with a crew from the Los Angeles area at the three houses. Just getting an opportunity to have an episode is a win in itself.
“House Hunters gets about 200 applicants a week,” said Viers. “It’s not easy. I had to be interviewed. I had to send in a video and I did a phone conversation.”
Just to jump from pre-production to the ending credits, the producer of the show has a familiar name — Bonaduce. Celia Bonaduce. Danny Bonaduce of “Partridge Family” fame. That’s his sister. And, according to Viers, House Hunters is ready to make a return to the area.
“They’ve already texted and are ready to come back,” Viers stated. “So we’re already looking. I’m HGTV’s agent for the area so we’re on the lookout for something. When that return would be, though, I don’t know.”
Viers remarked each episode has a production cost of $40,000-$50,000. “It is a very detail-orientated show,” she said. “Any house they are in, they photograph everything. They have to remove anything personal. They can’t show anything with a logo so they have to take it down. After the segment of that house, they gather up the pictures and put everything back in place.”
While Viers said most shows are aired within four to six months, the Williamstown segment “was filmed back in the summer of 2016. There are three new episodes a week.”
The West Fourth Street home was the third shown to the Haughts on camera. Initially shown, it was a fixer-upper. Eventually, though, according to Viers, “it was what the buyer wanted, which was close to the schools with a view of the river. Because it was ‘fixer-upper’ they got it at a good price and was basically a blank canvas to do to what they wanted.”
Viers said the Haughts paid approximately $160,000 for the home and went up in price for their bid “as the home had multiple offers. But with the purchase price, they still had almost $100,000 to do the upgrades to it.”