Amanda Farabow has been a real estate broker for seven years and recently joined up with the Realty One team. She focuses on real estate all over the Triad but was wanting to expand her business Realty One provided the perfect opportunity to expand to more real estate in Winston-Salem. In March 2018 Amanda had the opportunity to appear on HGTV’s Log Cabin Living, a great experience for many different reasons.
As a person who has always loved homes, whether it’s remodeling, finding new ideas for décor or just watching other people make real estate decisions, it only makes sense that I would be a huge fan of HGTV. Of course I was excited, but also somewhat shocked, when I got the call from the producers of Log Cabin Living asking if I would be willing to be part of their show.
In each episode of Log Cabin Living, viewers follow a family as they search for a log cabin for their next home. It’s really a symbol of leaving the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives behind and finding a retreat where you can relax and get away from it all. On the show people are finding log cabins from Arizona to Ohio and right here in North Carolina. For our show, we got to spotlight a log cabin right here in the Triad.
I was working with a family who had one major criteria for their search: they were looking for a house with a garage big enough for their boat. There were some other factors at play, as the buyer was a doctor who needed to be close enough to High Point Regional to still take call. In my search for properties I stumbled upon this log cabin, which has a High Point address but is in Davidson County, far enough from the hectic traffic of the city to make the home feel like a relaxing retreat. That’s how we ended up on Log Cabin Living. The producers of the show had found the house online, and contacted the selling agent to set up the show.
When my clients saw the log cabin they immediately fell in love with it. They loved the layout of the house and the natural wood. It really gives them a feeling of being a million miles away from everything, even though he’s only five minutes away from the hospital.
It was a little nerve-wracking at first to have the cameras on us at all times. That’s not something I’m used to when showing houses! But I just showed the house like I would any client. The crew with HGTV was just wonderful. They made us feel relaxed and at ease.
It was also meaningful that HGTV documented my work with this particular client. Before they became my clients they had been my neighbors, so I was close to the family and really enjoyed the opportunity to help them find their new home.
I didn’t know when our episode was going to air, and it came on late on a Saturday night. The next day I woke up to a Facebook feed full of people saying they’d seen me on TV. It was my little experience with celebrity, my 15 minutes of fame. I’m grateful to HGTV for the opportunity to showcase my abilities and get a chance to be a part of this adventure.
Check the HGTV website to find out when Log Cabin Living airs on TV. Amanda was part of Season 8, episode 2, “Carolina Cabin Chase,” which first aired February 2019.