TV’s newest property show: All aboard the house hunting bus

July 27, 2011 at 4:37 PM Leave a comment

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

So far this year we’ve had Caroline Quentin saving country manors in Restoration Home; Sarah Beeny being dramatic in Help! My House is Falling Down; Mary Portas taking a pop at estate agents in Secret Shopper; and Kirstie and Phil trading property details for swimming togs in Vacation, Vacation, Vacation.

All aboard the property bus: First stop home ownership

Now it seems ITV is readying itself to climb aboard the TV property bandwagon with a new offering – intriguingly named Drive to Buy.

As far as we can tell, the concept is a kind of Amazing Race meets Escape to the Country hybrid and, to be fair, it’s a new one on us.

Essentially the programme  features four pairs of house hunters in a bus driving around various bits of the UK and looking at three homes for sale at discounted prices.

The house hunters are all looking for similar properties at similar prices and the competition part of the show comes down to the fact that each pair can make just one official bid on one of the properties. The sting in the tail is that offers can only be made immediately after viewing the property and before the bus drives away from the home – after which the property goes “off the market”.

Unfortunately the identity of the host is still top secret, although we think Jonnie Irwin or Jasmine Harman would look great in a bus driver’s hat.

While we wait to find out who’ll be collecting the fares on the Drive to Buy bus, house hunters keen to test their property poker faces against home buying rivals can now apply to take part in the show.

Applicants need to be in a position to buy a property from August this year and should contact production company Renegade Pictures for more information and an application form by emailing  or calling 020 7449 3298.

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