Locals get TV ‘celebrity status’

2016-04-27 06:00
‘Guiding your Home’ - Cornelius Cooper (left), Dianne Fisher Smith (third, left) and Tracey and Eric Aissing (middle).x Photo: supplied

‘Guiding your Home’ - Cornelius Cooper (left), Dianne Fisher Smith (third, left) and Tracey and Eric Aissing (middle).x Photo: supplied

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AN Amanzimtoti estate agent, and a family who are buying a home, are about to become celebrities as they will be featured on the M-Net Home channel programme Guiding your Home.

The opportunity presented itself this year, when Dianne Fisher Smith from Harcourts was among numerous estate agents nationwide who entered a competition to feature their area and listings on the television programme.

Fisher Smith succeeded and became one of around 15 agents chosen to feature on the show.

“Each agent had to choose two buyers to feature with them in the show and introduce them to the audience. I choose Tracey Aissing and her husband Eric, because I had sold their house, I knew what they wanted and we have good chemistry,” Fisher Smith explains.

“The experience was extremely nerve-racking and mind-blowing at the same time. I wanted to show off our amazing town and boost sales for all of us in the industry,” she added.

Fisher Smith picked two of the top destinations in Toti to be featured - The View Boutique Hotel & Spa and 305 Iphala Road.

Tracey returned Dianne’s compliment: “Dianne sold our house, I taught her children and we have a great relationship and she knew exactly what we are looking for. My mom will be moving in with us and we were looking for a home with a separate granny flat. We have seen some places that we were happy with, but we kept losing out as the buy was subjected to us selling our home,” she said.

The couple then decided to first sell their home and rent until something suitable came on the market. It proved more challenging than they thought and they have been renting for quite some time.
“We are very specific and narrowed the area we would like to buy in down to a number of streets,” she said.

Explaining why they took up the challenge, she said the TV show was something out of the ordinary and sounded like fun, plus there was the opportunity to find a home through it all.

“We had to submit a video clip of our family - we have three children Joshua aged 10, Daniel aged eight and Tannah aged six, and were happy to be selected.

“It was lots of fun. The pre-meeting was scheduled at 305 Iphala Road, where we told the audience what we were looking for. Dianne lined up three houses for us to look at and did not tell us beforehand,” Tracey said.

The crew went ahead of the couple and set everything up, filming each room. They then conducted separate interviews asking the couple what they thought and Dianne what she thought about the different homes.

“The director, Cornelius Cooper, was relaxed and professional making the filming easier on us. The idea of seeing yourself on TV is still a bit intimidating, but it is for a good cause. One gets such an opportunity only once in a lifetime,” Tracey said.

Dianne Fisher Smith thanks everybody for their good wishes.

“I got the most amazing support from this community, and would like to thank them for everything they have done. I was supported by so many people, who I have not seen in ages. A special thank you to Tracey and Eric, I could not have asked for better buyers,” said Dianne.

Guiding your Home will be screened from 30 May 12pm on channel 176 and several times for the remainder of the week during different time slots.

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