Hit HGTV show 'House Hunters' films episode in Region – The Times of Northwest Indiana

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A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Cinematographer Logan Siegel shoots exteriors of the home before heading inside to shoot the main program.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Coca Cola is the theme for the home’s kitchen.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Cinematographer Logan Siegel shoots exteriors of the home before heading inside to shoot the main program.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Producer Lori Gómez chats about the home that was built in 1904 with realtor Marc Staples.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Realtor Marc Staples talks about the home’s Coca Cola decor in the kitchen.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Producer Lori Gómez chats about the home with realtors Eric Siedschlag and Marc Staples, right.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Realtor Marc Staples talks about the home’s Coca Cola decor in the kitchen.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Cinematographer Logan Siegel shoots exteriors of the home before heading inside to shoot the main program.
The hit HGTV show “House Hunters,” an institution on cable television for decades that’s become as familiar as wallpaper, has been filming an episode in Northwest Indiana.
The long-running show shot footage of a home in downtown Crown Point on Thursday. A crew shot footage for an episode following a couple searching for a home in Northwest Indiana that will air in six to nine months, said Marc Staples, an associate broker for Better Homes & Gardens Connections in Crown Point.
Staples and Better Homes & Gardens Connections are listing the 119-year-old house at 500 S. Court St. for sale.
“It was built in 1904. The previous owner passed away,” Staples said. “It’s super cool, a walk through history, like stepping back in time.”
The American Craftsman-style bungalow stands two stories tall with a basement. It’s a 2,629-square-foot house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
It was listed eight weeks ago at an asking price of $350,000.
Regardless of what the couple decides, it’s likely to be off the market by the time the show airs, Staples said.
“It’s right off the square,” Staples said. “It’s within walking distance of restaurants and Bulldog Park. You can watch the parades and it’s close to the Lake County Fairgrounds. It’s an old, historical, charming home.”
Staples said it speaks to the strength of the Northwest Indiana housing market that it’s being featured on such a popular home-hunting show.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” he said. “I just changed brokerages to a growing brand here. The market’s getting a lot of attention. Northwest Indiana is definitely a strong real estate market due to low taxes and general affordable.”
Staples said he’s a fan of the show, which debuted in 1999 and has filmed nearly 2,000 episodes.

“It shows the real side of real estate,” he said. “It shows how hard it can be to make a decision and pick the perfect house.”
“House Hunters” is produced by Pie Town Productions and follows people searching for a new home, picking one of a few options by the end of each episode. The ending shows the new homeowners in the home they ultimately picked later, explaining what it meant to them, how they’ve settled it and how it changed their lives.
The show that sticks to a strict formula averages more than 1.3 million viewers per episode. It’s been described by the Washington Post as “HGTV’s crown jewel” and an “unstoppable juggernaut.”
As its popularity has soared, it’s employed 1,590 crew members who have filmed episodes in 146 countries. It’s generated multiple spinoffs, including “House Hunters International,” “House Hunters on Vacation,” “House Hunters: Where Are They Now,” “House Hunters Renovation,” “House Hunters International Renovation,” “House Hunters: Million Dollar Homes,” “House Hunters International: Million Dollar Budgets,” “House Hunters Family,” “Island Hunters,” “Houseboat Hunters,” “House Hunters: RV,” “Tiny House Hunters,” “House Hunters Pop’d,” “House Hunters Off the Grid,” “House Hunters Outside the Box,” “House Hunters: Comedians on Couches,” House Hunters Comedians on Couches: Unfiltered” and “Car Hunters.”
The show is often a subject of parody on social media, with the seemingly unrealistic budgets of the eponymous house hunters becoming a popular meme.
“HUSBAND: ‘I am a used aquarium consultant.’ WIFE: ‘And I am my town’s crier.’ HUSBAND: ‘Our budget is $875k,” one user posted on X, the social media network formerly known as Twitter.
“On the next House Hunters… HIM: I paint watercolors of dead possums. HER: I’m a stay-at-home harpsichord teacher. Our budget is $923,000,” another user posted.
The show’s producers may have been interested in filming an episode in Northwest Indiana because of its robust housing market in recent years, Staples said. The National Association of Realtors just named Highland one of the hottest housing markets in the country.
So far this year, 6,110 sales have been closed at a median sales price of $241,000 in Northwest Indiana, according to the Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors. The median sales prices climbed to $250,000 in August, the most recent month for which data was available, despite the high interest rates that have shrunk the pool of and budgets of potential homebuyers in recent years.
Crown Point in particular has been a strong market, Staples said. 
“It’s a safe community. There’s a lot of growth,” he said. “There’s a great school system. It’s a convenient location with two Interstate 65 exits in Crown Point for commuting to Chicago or Illinois.” 

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A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Cinematographer Logan Siegel shoots exteriors of the home before heading inside to shoot the main program.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Coca Cola is the theme for the home’s kitchen.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Cinematographer Logan Siegel shoots exteriors of the home before heading inside to shoot the main program.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Producer Lori Gómez chats about the home that was built in 1904 with realtor Marc Staples.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Realtor Marc Staples talks about the home’s Coca Cola decor in the kitchen.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Producer Lori Gómez chats about the home with realtors Eric Siedschlag and Marc Staples, right.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Realtor Marc Staples talks about the home’s Coca Cola decor in the kitchen.
A home currently listed for sale on S. Court St in Crown Point will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Cinematographer Logan Siegel shoots exteriors of the home before heading inside to shoot the main program.
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