In Wednesday night’s episode of ‘House Hunters’ on HGTV, a Brighton couple was featured hunting for their first home.
Inside the Midtown Athletic Club, Mandy and Ed Gigliotti and their friends and family watched on TV as the couple went the process of picking a home.
Mandy could have found a their own home through the conventional process, but for her that would have been no fun. The Gigliottis auditioned for ‘House Hunters’.
“The auditioning process is pretty lengthy,” Mandy said. “You have to go through phone conversations, you have to do a video application. With Abbey (Mandy’s sister and realtor on the show) being involved, you have to have a realtor application.”
The Gigliottis were selected, and in the show, they were torn between three homes.
“We really just wanted something that wasn’t cookie cutter,” Mandy said. “So when we found it we really new this was going to be the one for us.”
Mandy’s sister and realtor on the show, Abbey Friend, said it wasn’t easy.
“They were on completely opposite ends of the spectrum,” Abby said. “Mandy wanted that starter home while Eddie wanted that forever home.”
The Gigliottis were living in an upstairs apartment on Monroe Avenue in Brighton. They were looking in the city for their home, but space became an issue.
“I really wanted to four bedrooms, at least two full baths,” Mandy said. “And being in the North Winton — it’s really hard to find that plus privacy.”
In the end, they closed on a 4-bedroom home in Perinton that sits on six acres of land.
“I joke I brush my teeth in all of the bathrooms because I have so much space,” Mandy said.
Mandy also says she compromised more than her husband, meaning this could be their forever home chosen through an unconventional process.