The Colorado Springs housing market is smoking hot.
Nobody knows that better than Michelle Blessing, a Realtor for ERA Shields Real Estate, whose selling skills will be featured at 8 p.m. Friday on an episode of HGTV's "House Hunters."
Denise Rosier and Christy Dueck, an L.A. couple, called Blessing about one of her listings 18 months ago. Rosier was already familiar with Colorado Springs after attending Pine Creek High School.
"We hit it off," Blessing said. "They weren't sure they were going to move here at first. I had to talk them into it."
Eventually, they approached Blessing about applying to the show, and each submitted short videos and resumes. They were told the popular show receives about 100 applications a month and to not get their hopes up. It came as a surprise to be selected, but Blessing thinks she knows why.
"They were looking for different things," she said. "'House Hunters' likes a little conflict. Denise really wanted a studio because she's a musician, and she likes mid-century modern, artsy kind of houses. Christy was more budget-oriented, and she likes a traditional craftsman-style house."
Blessing showed the women 25 to 30 homes in the region, focusing on the West Side for its easy access to mountains and trails. The two selected three homes in the Woodmen Valley, Star Ranch Road and Skyway areas, and film crews spent one full day at each house in May. A fourth full day was spent with the couple as they walked around the city and talked about their decision. They also spent a full day shooting at their California home before arriving in the Springs.
"It was fun because they're fun people and the camera crew from L.A. was a lot of fun," said Blessing. "But it was also really tedious. We had to do shots multiple times."
The couple moved to the Springs in early July and aredeep into house renovations. They plan to join Blessing at her house for a viewing party.
"We'll eat pizza and drink whiskey since that's what they like to do," Blessing said.