If you click on HGTV (Andover cable channel 32) on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. [Editor's note: HDTV reported a new time and date; the date and time changed since this story ran in the print edition] , you just might recognize the real estate agent.
Local agent Krystal Solimine of Andover, was selected by the popular network, which specializes all things home and garden, for an episode of "My First Place."
It's a show about first-time home buyers and the issues they encounter during the process, like financing snafus, termites found by home inspectors and the angst of being outbid for one's dream home. She said the network was in the midst of targeting the suburban Boston housing market and asked realtors to try out for a spot on the show.
"I sent information in and was really surprised when they called," said Solimine, who has been with RE/MAX Partners on Park Street in Andover for three and a half years. She formerly worked as a realtor in the Lynnfield area.
Producers asked her for a somewhat lively client to film and she had an ideal first-time home buyer. He's Andrew Hamilton, 24, of Peabody.
"Andrew really hit it off with the camera crew," Solimine said. "He was perfect for this."
The show focuses on the buyer's top three choices for a new home. While Hamilton saw houses in Andover with Solimine, he did not choose any of them. Rather, he decided to stay close to his parents' home in Peabody. Hamilton, who insisted on yard space for gardening, favored a two-bedroom, one bathroom home that received multiple offers. Solimine suggested tuning into the show for the rest of the story.
"He was really great for this...it's a fun, energetic show and out-of-the-box for them," Solimine said. "That's all I can say about it."
Filming lasted 10 to 15 days and Solimine is not sure what scenes were cut or how often she appears in the episode. She will find out with viewers on Feb. 24.
"I learned how much time is involved in producing a television show. It's crazy! They film over and over and over," she said.
Solimine will be the guest of honor as her husband, Vincent Bono, is hosting a viewing party for some 100 guests at their Surrey Lane home on Feb. 24. The couple has two children, Vincent, 9, and Sophia, 5. Both Bono children attend Sanborn Elementary School.
"I have no idea what the show will be like and to be honest, I am a little nervous," she said. "I guess I'll just hope for the best."