Jonathan and Drew Scott, stars of the HGTV series “Property Brothers,” manage to squeeze out enough time from their hectic filming schedule to make 12 to 15 public appearances a year. One of those stops brings them to Fresno to give an hourlong seminar at noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, during the Fresno Fall Home Improvement Show at the Fresno Fairgrounds.
On their cable show, the twins help couples find fixer-uppers and transform them into dream homes. So you would think the audience would bombard them for suggestions about remodeling a house, design tips or construction advice.
“The question I always get asked is ‘Will you marry me?’ ” Jonathan Scott says.
Just know, if you opt to propose, Scott’s not against the idea of getting married. He’s just more concerned about chatting about the real estate and construction businesses that have made him and his brother TV stars.
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The Scotts started buying and renovating properties when they were teens. Jonathan Scott is a licensed contractor and Drew Scott is a real estate agent. They have been in the business for nearly 15 years, including launching Scott Real Estate Inc. in 2004 to oversee the sales and construction of residential and commercial property.
Both brothers started acting when they were young, but they never expected to host some of the most popular home shows on cable TV. The acting experience helps them during personal appearances.
“We both have a background in improv so we always love to see what the audience has to throw at us,” Scott says. “The main thing we want to stress is that because we are filming all over the place, this is the one opportunity where fans get to ask us questions.
We are very interactive. People who come will get to see a different side of us than they see on the show.
Other than the wedding questions, the brothers often get quizzed on how they renovate a whole house on such a small budget. The answer: They only do a few rooms for the show and finish the rest on a different budget.
Other questions include: When they will address handicapped accessible houses? (Answer: As soon as someone pitches a good story.). And, what big mistakes do people make when doing a renovation? (Answer: Not hiring a contractor for a major job.)
Their appearances often spark ideas for their TV shows – they make their way through the exhibits to see new products.
Having time to make local appearances is getting tougher. Along with their current series, the Scotts will saddle up for “Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch” debuting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, on HGTV. They will help renovate the 2,400-acre Rocky Mountains estate for their family friends.
“A lot of people don’t know this, but we were ranch kids – we grew up corralling horses, herding cattle and working hard on the farm. So we can’t wait to take this trip down memory lane to help out our dear family friends,” Jonathan Scott says.
As part of the telecast, the brothers also will perform “Hold On” and “Let the Night Shine In” – their first country music singles. Both songs were written by Jonathan and Drew, along with Nashville-based songwriters/producers Victoria Shaw and Chad Carlson.
The brothers enjoy making public appearances like the one in Fresno because it’s about the only time they get to meet face-to-face with fans. And fans have responded: They have broken attendance records at all but one venue where they have appeared.
“The only place we got beat was at the Mall of America,” Scott says. “We were beat by One Direction.”
Tickets for their appearance her can be purchased at www.fresnoshows.com. Prices range from $8 to $50.
The $50 Golden Ticket gets you home show admission, preferred seating for the seminar, a meet-and-greet with the Scotts and an autographed photo. There are only 45 Golden Tickets for sale.
If you only want to attend the noon seminar, the cost is $20. Tickets to the home show are $8 and do not include the seminar.
The Scotts’ show is planned for the outdoor Paul Paul Theater, but if bad weather is in the forecast it will be moved indoors to the Industrial Commerce Building.
10th Annual Fresno Fall Home Improvement Show
- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 6; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 8
- Fresno Fairgrounds, 1121 S. Chance Ave.
- 800-987-7899, fresnoshows.com