A Closer Look At Why Property Brothers Is Totally Fake
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A Closer Look At Why Property Brothers Is Totally Fake


In the world of home improvement dramas, Drew
and Jonathan Scott are kings. The Canadian twin brothers have created one
of the most compulsively watchable shows in the home-decorating universe. But is everything what it seems? Not exactly. Here’s why Property Brothers is totally fake. “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” Although a tiny fraction of the Scott brothers’
clients may actually be shopping around for a house, it seems most of them already have
their home picked out, if not under contract. “Please pray that this house is in our budget.” Jonathan told Popsugar, “We have homeowners who have identified a
house that they already like. Because everything moves so fast for the show,
we have found that it doesn’t work well for people who haven’t even started searching.” In short, the walking-around-looking-at-houses
portion is often just for show – as is the drawn-out, dramatic deliberation between the
buyers as to which home they’ll choose. “I’m the realtor. That’s my job.” Considering most clients already have a house
picked out, you can guess that a healthy percentage of the folks on the show aren’t necessarily
using Drew as their real estate agent. Yes – if you see some back-and-forth offering
and counter-offering happening on an episode, it’s probably legit. But for the folks who show up already holding
the keys to their new house, Drew’s just there to mug for the cameras. “Alright cut that’s a wrap on the brothers!” “See you guys!” “Time to go home.” However, sometimes the brothers will indeed
change the homeowners’ minds. Jonathan told Popsugar,
“Sometimes when we’re showing them other houses, because of the resources that we have, we
can do more than they would have ever been able to.” Don’t get us wrong; it’s not like Property
Brothers leaves its projects unfinished. But only about half the house – between three
and four rooms worth – gets stripped down, rebuilt, and furnished to the gills with the
Scott brothers’ help. “I have some ideas about things we could do
with the space.” Folks who appear on the show get to pick which
rooms the brothers renovate, and even then, there are rules. According to MSN, homebuyers can get either
their kitchen or their bathroom redone, but not both. If you want to be on the show, you’ll have
to make some tough choices about where you truly need that signature touch. “Jonathan on the show would like you to believe
that he does all the work. But in reality, I’m the puppet master.” Jonathan is the face of the Property Brothers
renovation machine, but he’s definitely not the muscle. While he puts in an appearance at pivotal
moments, one Reddit poster who auditioned for the show claims the bulk of the work is
done by local contractors. If you’re selected to be on the show, wear
something comfortable because Jonathan’s gonna put you to work. “Have you done construction before?” He told Popsugar, “If we find that our budget is taking hits
left, right, and center, I’ll jump in and do even more because I’m not charging for
my time, or we’ll get the homeowners to jump in and do more.” Considering how much eye-rolling and infighting
goes on between Property Brothers’ prospective homebuyers, you could be thinking every couple
on the show filed for divorce once the cameras stopped rolling. The truth is, the drama is likely just another
cultivated element of the show that makes it more watchable. But it’s not strictly limited to the clients. A 2017 profile in The New York Times revealed
that during the filming of Season 5, Jonathan Scott once yanked a toilet out from the floor,
but that the moment reportedly didn’t have enough drama. So producers had Jonathan shoot the scene
while… “[Walking] into the small bathroom again,
acting surprised as he spied the toilet.” “I don’t do this for just anybody. I do this because I love you.” Another time, strong winds reportedly knocked
a metal chimney off the roof and onto the driveway of a house the brothers were renovating
the day before a scheduled shoot. So the producers then re-created the “high-intensity
moment.” According to the Times, the director ordered
more workers out front, and when he hollered “bang!” the workers pretended to act surprised. Drew then supposedly ran outside to tell the
crew, “Go inside, guys! I don’t want you to work outside; it’s too
windy!” As contrived as the majority of the drama
on Property Brothers might be, there’s one thing about the show that’s definitely for
real. According to many folks who’ve appeared on
the series, Drew and Jonathan really are the nicest twin home renovation team on the planet. “This is proof! These are tears of joy on my shirt.” Unlike other renovation shows, the Scott brothers
let you keep all the staging elements, because it was all worked into the budget. Jonathan Scott told Popsugar, “Every one of our shows, where it’s a homeowner
moving in, they all keep the furniture. I’ve heard that some other shows take it all
away and I was like, ‘Uh […] That’s a jerk move.’ You get someone to fall in love with a room
and then you’re like, ‘See ya!’ So no, everything that you see on TV stays.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
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90 Comments

  • Sally Clay

    Those shows r totally fake. Anytime,where they turn a well watched daytime production into celebrity worship, can change the format.

  • Chamber 151

    You said totally fake Nicki…after watching your video it seems you described it as partly fake. Your click bate is totally fake ma’am.

  • True Stories with Ms. Sherry Wiens

    Didn’t one of these brothers die recently 🤔💔I don’t think there’s any need to pick apart the television show that’s left in their memory💯 not everything is as it seems and I really don’t think anybody really needs to point it all out ❣️

  • Shilow Dawn

    So the boys give the decor and Joanna takes all out. What a bench. Ha! Those Orientals. Hard nosed biz peep. She 's so beauteous tho.

  • Carla Sophia

    Its sad when ppl feel the need to do something like this, its a show, of course some stuff its not like.. real. By watching it, i already knew they didnt renovate the all house, of course some ppl already had bought the house, they have a timeline to do these things, and some houses had kitchen and bathroom done, so get your facts straight or at least watch some episodes. Its reality tv, even the stupid Kardashians have a script.

  • MissStilissimo

    Well, otherwise the show that so many of us are enjoying would not be possible. They are still doing a great job!

  • Monifah Lucas

    Fake or not, it's the only show I watch for home decorations. Its really good compared to other people that just come off as rude and unwilling to work with the client

  • Corinne McLeod

    Nothing new here. Contractual work has to be done by local contractors in case there are repairs post-renovation.

  • Heather Sedgwick

    Drew married my son's ex girlfriend who is such a sweet person I love the show their awesome 👍👍👍👍👍 great people too .best wishes to them all ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  • Eric Engvall

    1:34 Only renovating half the house? That's actually music to my ears. Lest landfill waste, more original house.

  • small footprint

    That's amazing that they leave the staging furniture and decor. Not so sure that is true of… say… Fixer/Upper?

  • Genelle Long

    Property. Brothers is just what they advertise. Brothers help find a home, or help already chosen homes get renovated. It cant all happen in an hour so some of the remodel is done in stages. Johnathan refers to the contractors who do the work as his guys…which is true they are subs, if you watch the show nobody ever says they remodel the entire house. Jo Gaines works with Wayfair on her interiors and her clients can choose if they want any of the staged stuff but then they pay for it. Its not as fake as you make it sound.

  • Dndneneje Eehehehe

    Never have I once watched the show and thought “I’m going to call the Property Brothers.” So why does it matter that it’s fake?

  • Bean David

    I am shocked at how expensive the remodels are. For $150,000 we can build a 3-4,000 square foot house from scratch. Not including the land.

  • Starbits7

    Umm….they're pretty up front about all the rules. It's in the contracts and they talk about it in interviews. And contractors do several jobs at once, often bouncing from project to project. Many stick to the co-ordination of projects rather than get hands on. They have Project Managers that work on the daily with the construction workers & trades. That's normal. That seems fairly realistic. I know contractors and a couple interior designers and while these kinds of series edit and have the power of television, they often show the truth. It's just weeks & months condensed into 30-60 mins. So yeah we won't see everything…duh.

  • Angela Springett

    Its a show for crying out loud! 99% of the people seem more than happy. Great show which I will continue to watch

  • trenton ferrell2006

    This video honestly makes me so mad saying it’s fake to ask for help by the people I’d like to see you fully renovate a house in 7 weeks by yourself

  • Pamela Wing

    I've had enough of them and their shows. I love they way they come up with some total disaster that will bust the budget, and it's often something that could be seen during an inspection. Oh the drama. I just would like to see some new types of programs on HGTV, they as so much all the same. Oh yea, the sledge hammer putting the hole in the wall. Most of the people can't even lift the hammer. So,. those who enjoy it, keep enjoying it. I'm just bored with it.

  • Sandra L. Moralez

    Great guys ! I don't think anyone was under the assumption they did all the work themselves So nice to have a show on TV that even my children can watch and I don't have to worry about fast-forwarding any scenes or
    worry about the language
    It's refreshing since it seems like most shows feel like they have to throw in things to keep it from actually being family friendly

  • William Wallis

    This is the problem these days. Get a good entertaining show, always some jerk wants to put it down. It's TV, of course it's made to entertain.

  • Peggie Green

    All for "show"!! For money, !! They think they are so dam "good looking"! That they are "worthy"! They are a disgrace!!😞😞

  • Tui Aiono

    Don't you have anything to do but put celebrity down?? Are you unhappy with you life, that almost every you tube video of yours is putting others down?? Get s new hobby!

  • Wenny Eva Wenny

    I still love the show, l love the good looking twins, and l love the design. Anyway why are you telling us this?

  • Billie Edwards

    We're not surprised its tv and they can't do every room, they never showed that they did every room. Most people know that due to tv land, time, and keeping a fan base that everything is not going to always be legit. Stop hating.

  • tonyeahh

    Choose between having their kitchen or their bathroom redone? There's plenty of episodes where they do both though.

  • vonda denson

    Ah dud we all know that it's not what it seems to be. If a person believes everything they see on TV is an idiot. 🙄

  • Dalton Gregory

    I think we are all so tired of these FAKE shows and the arrogant fake stars. To call these reality shows is simply ridiculous.

  • Alfred Anton

    Unlike some other shows they do finish the job. Yes it's true the homeowners as already baught thier house for the show to renovate. Anyone with a brain also knows local contractors are used. The real purpose of the show is to entertain but CDC also gives one an idea of the process of buying & renovating as ting homes and thier potential pitfalls in doing so. Of course it would be nice for the show to acknowledge the contractors while doing the renovation. Again the show is about the process thus showing looking for a house, then negotiating price and some things to look for in the buying & renovating ie. the importance of having a contiguous budget as well. The show is also about the designing elements. All in all it's entertaining and doesn't appear to have the phoniness like some shows. If you really want to criticize a show on the channel these are my 2 favorite outright phony shows " love it or list it" .. I would never hire these 2 because they really do show thier incompetence besides the show is heavily scripted. The second is " Flip or Flop" in my opinion it's a lesson in not how to flip houses. Again heavily scripted. As for the Property Brothers show is scripted but it doesn't come across as heavy habded.

  • Cindy Ellis

    Everything you state here is already well known. If you have any sense at all you know that most of the decisions are already made. It seems that there isn’t already enough “garbage” in life that you need to invent stuff to have something to say

  • liam devlin

    Dont care, they may stage bits for entertainment otherwise it could be boring…its a great show and far better than some other reality shows.

  • Jim

    They have done many 2 story row homes and never touch the 2nd floor! Also do people really pay for all the crap Jonathan furnishes their house with? Does Wayfair give it to the owners? Is it all taken away after the cameras turn off? If they keep it was it in the budget? A little too goofy for 2 41 year old guys. What is up with Drew at 6'5" marrying a china girl midget? I still think Jonathan is gay. They just pity the other brother and throw him a bone $$ for appearances?

  • Jo

    All HGTV shows have the homes purchased before they tape. Same for Fixer Upper, House Hunters, etc.
    You make it sound like this is such shocking news.

  • Samuel Tantala

    I will continue watching the show because I love it. All else doesn't really matter to me because I knew most of it e.g the construction workers bit. I prefer not tasting sour grapes.

  • S S

    Don't you worry about white people being extinct anytime soon..you watch a full afternoon of Property Brothers and you'll find there is plenty of white procreation going on in the suburbs. Families with 5 to 10 kids and expecting are doing fine.

  • Ann P.

    I mean…. nobody really thinks the brothers did EVERYTHING, right?
    I'd like to think of them as glorified TV hosts. And it's not unrealistic for a TV host to have a real estate agent license, or being some sort of a developer. With the resources they have, they can pretty much pay someone to finish everything 😉

  • Simona S.

    BS title. Totally fake? Of course not everything you see on TV is the real deal,but who gives a flip? I love their show and the most important thing is that they give good advices about decor and you can see a lot of reno ideas. This info is very valuable for me since I bought new house and have to renovate.

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