"Property Virgins" is a reality TV program shown in the United States and Canada. It airs on the HGTV channel in both countries. The show bills itself as one that "takes viewers inside the intense world of house hunting through the eyes of first-time buyers." The host, Sandra Rinomato, helps first-time homeowners, aka property virgins, navigate the process of selecting and purchasing a home. As of March 2011, the show had filmed 10 seasons and counting. The producers often put out casting calls in cities but also accept emails from people interested in appearing on the show.
Get pre-approved for a mortgage. Pre-approval is a prerequisite for appearing on the show. Make at least two copies of your mortgage paperwork for use during the casting process.
Prepare the documentation you need for the show's producers. Create a budget that shows how much you can afford to spend, and make a list of preferred locations where you would like to move.
Write a personal statement about yourself and your home-buying circumstances. Include any details that may set you apart and make a good story for TV. For instance, mention if you have a very large family or are purchasing a home after years of living abroad or after multiple military relocations. Keep the personal statement to less than a page.
Take closeup pictures of you and your partner and a family picture to send to producers.
Email your personal statement, photos, budget, preferred living location and contact information to "Property Virgins" casting at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow up several weeks later if you have not heard anything, but do not pester the casting director because it will likely remove you from contention.
"Property Virgins" participants usually need to be available for at least a five-day shoot.
"Property Virgins" does not film year-round, and filming areas are pre-selected. Your casting submission packet may not work for the plans but could be put on file for later use.
Tallulah Philange has worked as a journalist since 2003. Her work has appeared in the "Princeton (N.J.) Packet," "Destinations" magazine and in higher education publications. She also has edited and produced online content for those publications. Philange holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from American University and a Master of Arts in communication, culture and technology from Georgetown University.