Property Brothers

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Mild real estate and renovation reality is worry free.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series takes a positive, optimistic approach to finding a dream home. While homebuyers are often reluctant to buy a fixer-upper, the brothers show how hard work and determination can turn dreams into reality. Setbacks are handled rationally.

Positive role models

The brothers are extremely likable, polite, and professional at all times, though they occasionally gripe about picky or nagging homebuyers. Potential buyers are middle class folks from all walks of life.

Violence

Nothing violent, but there's lots of knocking down walls and breaking apart cabinets and other structures. Renovation mishaps sometimes lead to spark-yielding electrical shorts. Frustrated homebuyers occasionally get short-tempered.

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Language
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Consumerism

Logos for Kenmore, Lumber Liquidators, and other companies are sometimes visible in the background.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasionally a celebratory wine or champagne toast is poured after the job is finished

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Property Brothers is a real estate and renovation show that offers some information and inspiration about buying, renovating, and even decorating a home. Despite some images of home construction-related logos (Lumber Liquidators, Kenmore, etc.) and an occasional champagne or wine toast, there isn't much to worry about here. It's not the kind of thing kids will clamor for, but parents and kids might enjoy the show together.

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What's the story?

PROPERTY BROTHERS is a Canadian reality series starring real estate expert brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott helping people purchase extreme fixer-uppers and renovating them into their dream homes. After shocking potential buyers with the sales price of a move-in ready home that meets their every desire, the brothers convince them that purchasing a cheaper, outdated house and updating it will give them the home they want at a more affordable price. Real-estate agent Drew shows them potential house options, and helps buyers narrow them down to two choices. Contractor Jonathan then uses computer graphic images (CGI) to show them what each house can look like after they are redone. Once the buyers decide on the property they want to buy, Drew works to help them purchase it, and Jonathan works hard to repair and upgrade it within their limited budget and time frame. The process doesn't always always go as expected, but the brothers do everything they can to make sure that they have happy clients when it is over.

Is it any good?

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Property Brothers offers a fun and interesting wake-up call to viewers who are thinking about purchasing a home by underscoring the actual costs and the many difficult decisions involved in both buying a move-in ready home, and in renovating an outdated one. It also shows how buyers have to be ready to deal with unexpected problems and costs during renovations, especially when dealing with older homes, in order to ensure that that the structures are safe, secure, and up to code.

The brothers are definitely likable, but the show's real entertainment value comes from seeing the fixer-uppers -- which range from old and dirty to hideously ugly -- and then actually looking at the finished product. Homebuyers and homeowners alike may get inspired by what they see here, but ultimately, there isn't much here for kids to get particularly excited about.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of real estate-related shows. Can viewers rely on getting valuable information about buying and/or renovating properties from TV programs? Do you think the beautiful renovations featured on these shows and online are as nice and/or finished in real life?

  • What TV shows are fun for your whole family? Do parents like kid shows, or do kids like any grown-up shows in your house?

TV details

Cast:Drew Scott, Jonathan Scott
Network:HGTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written bycostam February 3, 2015
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Property scammers

Well where do I start , first they bring you to a beautiful house wich you can't afford , then they bring to houses that are 50 years old then they say that they can make it look modern, but anyone smart will never deal with these guys
Adult Written byIzzy3 January 27, 2015
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The Most Surprising Staple Show

I watched one episode of the Property Brothers with my family and we were all hooked. It is seriously fun for everyone. It was absolutely surprising when I went to a friend's house and bonded with her mom about the show, and even more surprising when I went to University and a guy brought it up, solidifying our friendship. I had no idea so many people were into it, but considering the show's quality I really shouldn't have been so surprised. The brothers have superb TV personalities. They have great tolerance in high-stress situations (home owners concerned about renovations), are hard-working, are light-hearted, and are sincerely working for the home owners' best interest. Even when a brother does a lot of work and a home owner changes their mind, they are very complying without being dishonest about the problems the home owner caused. They are absolutely great with kids and animals too! They really show how to be tolerant and giving. They occasionally give something special to the home owners, and sometimes they even receive something in return. They are super appreciative of any thoughtful gifts. The show is centred on buying a house and renovating, but there is no stress on consumerism. Sometimes items are brought off the street and given a little face-lift, other times they are bought from regular distributors. The focus is always one hundred percent on the home owner though (maybe with an occasional quick glimpse of a brand or a Subway sandwich). I love the devotion to the customer. It is a great show suited for all ages and good for quite a few laughs as well! This show has become a staple for my family and friends.
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