Our Appearance on the Huge T.V. Show, “International House Hunters”

Exciting announcement!!

Last year, as we were trying to buy our house in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico we were invited to appear on super popular T.V show, ‘International House Hunters.’ Considering it was Leslie‘s family’s favorite show, how could she say no? Despite my protestations, I was cajoled into it with the promise of a trip to Costa Rica, and subsequently, if somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to say yes.

The date was set, the 4 man crew arrived, and filming commenced. I can’t go too much into the details of it all, as we are legally and contractually forbidden to do so. What I can say is that, although it was five rigorous twelve hour days of filming, and all for approximately 23 minutes of air time, it was a really fun experience, and very interesting to see how shows like that are made.

The show will air in over 50 countries, and approximately two million people in the U.S.A alone will watch it. Now that’s scary. What is really scary is that Leslie and I have no idea how it will turn out. We haven’t seen a single second of footage, and of course we both think we’re going to look and sound ridiculous. But it’s too late now.

The show will air on H.G.T.V. on Monday in the U.S, 10:30 eastern time, and 7:30 Pacific time. It will definitely be on in the U.K. too, but as yet we don’t have the details. I’ll be sure to add them when I know.

In the meantime, here are a few still shots from the 5 days of filming.

If ‘International House Hunters’ is a show you watch and like, let me know what you think in the comments below.

And look out for the show on Monday…it might just be a laugh.

The crew...Jeff, David and Michael.

The crew…Jeff, David and Michael.

In the Jardine, San Miguel.

In the Jardine, San Miguel.

Close up.

Close up.

Trying to look cool. Epic fail.

Trying to look cool. Epic fail.

Pretending to work on my book.

Pretending to work on my book.

At the Rosewood Hotel with our agent Daniel.

At the Rosewood Hotel with our agent Daniel.

Twenty First Century Nomad & The Chic Adventurer on International House Hunters, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Twenty First Century Nomad & The Chic Adventurer on International House Hunters, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Pow wow in one of the stunning gardens on offer.

Pow wow in one of the stunning gardens on offer.

3.2.1 and exit.

3.2.1 and exit.

It really was exhausting work, and not at all glamorous. Leslie making the most of a rare chance to sit down.

It really was exhausting work, and not at all glamorous. Leslie making the most of a rare chance to sit down.

Twenty First Century Nomad & The Chic Adventurer on International House Hunters, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Focused, or pretending to listen to the same instructions for the tenth time?

Focused, or pretending to listen to the same instructions for the tenth time?

San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful city to live.

San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful city in which to live and call our permanent home base.

Now back working in Korea, we really miss it.

Now back working in Korea, we really miss it.

Trying not to spill ice cream down my shirt on international television. Classy.

Trying not to spill ice cream down my shirt on international television. Classy.

Director: "So Steve, what do you think about the houses so far?" Me: "I think that I wished I'd said no. I'm exhausted, and tired of repeating the same thing over and over again. Can I go to the hotel yet? No? How about a beer?"

Director: “So Steve, what do you think about the houses so far?” Me: “I think that I wished I’d said no. I’m exhausted, and tired of repeating the same thing over and over again. Can I go to the hotel yet? No? How about a beer?”

Twenty First Century Nomad & The Chic Adventurer on International House Hunters, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Horse riding with the 'Leisurely Horseback Riding' company was amazing.

Horse riding with the ‘Leisurely Country Horseback Riding‘ company was amazing.

We couldn't even eat without a camera in our faces...but at least it was free and delicious.

We couldn’t even eat without a camera in our faces…but at least it was free and delicious.

The 'reveal' scene on the lovely rooftop bar at the Rosewood, San Miguel's swankiest hotel.

The ‘reveal’ scene on the lovely rooftop bar at the Rosewood, San Miguel’s swankiest hotel.

Filming finally finished...Cheers!

Filming finally finished…Cheers!

Filming finally finished...Cheers!

Filming finally finished…Cheers!

Ahh, home at last.

Ahh, home at last.

8 Comments

  • Reply January 17, 2015

    Bob Garlitz

    We saw the show today. It looked great. Couldn’t believe the price was so low/reasonable since SM is so beautiful, famous and packed with expats. But we were there, what, twenty-five years ago. So exactly how did you get the offer to make the show? We’ve watched many and this is the point that always makes me most curious. Did you contact hgtv and offer yourselves or did they somehow “find” you?? Glad to see your novel is out, curious to take a look.

    • Reply January 18, 2015

      mogsaway@hotmail.com

      Hi Robert.
      Thanks for the comments.
      Yes, San Miguel is a beautiful place to live.
      I hate to shatter your illusions about the show, but it’s fixed. Leslie, my fiancee, had posted a blog about the house we already owned, and HGTV contacted us. We just had to pretend that house 2 wasn’t ours. So now you know. And because our ‘actual’ price was too low, we had to add $50,000 on for the benefit of the show. We actually paid just $100,000, not the $150,000 that the show suggests.

      Anyway, it was a great experience, and though somewhat reluctant, I did enjoy it.

      I hope you buy the novel, and even more, I hope you like it.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog. You can find out more about the book on my other blog, http://stevenmooreauthor.com/

      Cheers.

  • Haha I felt the same way while filming my episode (i.e. a bit embarrassed and ready for a beer!. Mine’s on tonight, so I was just trying to find some blog posts from other people who have also been on it. I’ve actually been too shy to watch ANY of the new episodes, but I’ll have to look out for yours on my DVR now. Have you seen yours yet?

    • Reply January 16, 2015

      mogsaway@hotmail.com

      Hi Jessica. It was fun and stressful in equal measures, wasn’t it. No, we haven’t really seen the full episode because we’re in Korea working, and it certainly isn’t on here, but we did manage to catch a few glimpses through Skype to California. It wasn’t as bad as we feared, though of course we will still be anxious about seeing the full episode.

      Barcelona. Beautiful city I haven’t spent nearly enough time in. So you’re from Cali…Leslie is from Santa Cruz, another cool town.

      Stay in touch, and we’ll look out for your episode too.

      Cheers.

  • Reply January 9, 2015

    Terri

    That is SO cool! Congrats. It’s a great show and I’m sure you two were wonderful. 🙂 ~Terri

    • Reply January 9, 2015

      mogsaway@hotmail.com

      Hey. It was a fun experience. We’ll see it for the first time after the rest of the world, as we can’t get it in Korea. Gulp.

  • Reply January 8, 2015

    renxkyoko

    Gonna watch this… and Congratulations !

  • Reply January 8, 2015

    Emily

    So funny looking at your pictures! Thinking of you guys doing this show makes me laugh out loud! No you can not quit half-way through, Steve! Not sure if I will be able to watch in Mexico, but I will see it eventually! Glad it all ended out well with a beautiful house 🙂

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