From Our House to Yours: The Andersons

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Local Realtors Create Dream Home with “House Hunters Renovation”

By Anna Robertson Ham

Two of Williamson County’s very own favorite realtors – who also happen to be married – were recently featured on HGTV’s show “House Hunters Renovation.” Cameron and Reid Anderson have each worked in real estate for several years, giving them many advantages for when they were ready to find their new home together. They had been residing in Reid’s home, or “bachelor pad” as Cameron described it, and it was time to find a home they could make into their own while blending both of their styles. They both wanted a house with character, but with the ability to renovate – and they were willing to show it all on national television.

Their “House Hunters Renovation” journey actually began with clients that Reid was working with at PARKS Realty. In October 2016, House Hunters approached the PARKS Realty office and asked if any agents had clients looking to buy a home in the greater Nashville area that was in need of updating, and with the willingness to participate in filming for the show. Reid thought of some of his clients initially, but they decided to go with new construction instead of a reno project, which had Reid and Cameron toying with the thought they might be willing to do the show themselves. “We jokingly let ‘House Hunters Renovation’ know that, although my clients no longer fit the bill, we found ourselves searching for a historic home in Franklin to renovate. . . Surprisingly, they asked us to audition in their place. We started the auditions at the end of 2016, then found out early 2017 that we had been selected to be featured on one of their episodes,” explains Reid.

When it came to finding a house that fit their needs but also needed a facelift, Reid and Cameron knew where they wanted to be located and worked off their strengths and differences to find the perfect place. “If you have seen the episode, you see that Reid and I are polar opposites. Reid is steady, methodical and grounded in all his decisions. I am the creative thinker, but tend to be impulsive,” Cameron says. “The one thing we absolutely knew was that we wanted to be as close to downtown Franklin as possible. We think it’s the best place in the world! As we were searching, I would show Reid homes that were in the area that had character then share ideas for what we could do to renovate. Reid would piece in the logic and plan for the project. He was great at taking a vision and playing out if and how we could make it happen.”

They did finally find the perfect house and project located right in the heart of Historic Downtown Franklin. The stone bungalow-style home had character and potential for their visions to come to life. After the home purchase began, so did the renovation journey with a camera crew to boot. Those that know Cameron and Reid, or that watched the show, were entertained by the dialogue, sense of humor and family dynamics seen throughout the episode. “If you’ve met us, you know the Anderson’s are the life of the party! In all honesty, we think having a family so centered around real estate was the most interesting perspective. Our family has three agents on board who are knowledgeable about the market and the industry so it made for fluid conversation. It was strange being on ‘this side’ of the contract – but we had fun being the buyers for a change,” says Cameron.

Viewers were also right there feeling the pain of unexpected expenditures and challenges that the couple faced during the renovations. “The tight timeline was a big challenge! We were fortunate to have Majors Construction doing the renovation. They actually finished the project early and did a wonderful job! Also, Reid and I undertook a few smaller projects of our own. . . Needless to say, we won’t be doing that again! Other than that, as many buyers are experiencing, increasing prices in the housing market limited our overall home selection,” Cameron explains.

Two of Williamson County’s very own favorite realtors – who also happen to be married – were recently featured on HGTV’s show “House Hunters Renovation.” Cameron and Reid Anderson have each worked in real estate for several years, giving them many advantages for when they were ready to find their new home together. They had been residing in Reid’s home, or “bachelor pad” as Cameron described it, and it was time to find a home they could make into their own while blending both of their styles. They both wanted a house with character, but with the ability to renovate – and they were willing to show it all on national television.

Their “House Hunters Renovation” journey actually began with clients that Reid was working with at PARKS Realty. In October 2016, House Hunters approached the PARKS Realty office and asked if any agents had clients looking to buy a home in the greater Nashville area that was in need of updating, and with the willingness to participate in filming for the show. Reid thought of some of his clients initially, but they decided to go with new construction instead of a reno project, which had Reid and Cameron toying with the thought they might be willing to do the show themselves. “We jokingly let ‘House Hunters Renovation’ know that, although my clients no longer fit the bill, we found ourselves searching for a historic home in Franklin to renovate. . . Surprisingly, they asked us to audition in their place. We started the auditions at the end of 2016, then found out early 2017 that we had been selected to be featured on one of their episodes,” explains Reid.

When it came to finding a house that fit their needs but also needed a facelift, Reid and Cameron knew where they wanted to be located and worked off their strengths and differences to find the perfect place. “If you have seen the episode, you see that Reid and I are polar opposites. Reid is steady, methodical and grounded in all his decisions. I am the creative thinker, but tend to be impulsive,” Cameron says. “The one thing we absolutely knew was that we wanted to be as close to downtown Franklin as possible. We think it’s the best place in the world! As we were searching, I would show Reid homes that were in the area that had character then share ideas for what we could do to renovate. Reid would piece in the logic and plan for the project. He was great at taking a vision and playing out if and how we could make it happen.”

They did finally find the perfect house and project located right in the heart of Historic Downtown Franklin. The stone bungalow-style home had character and potential for their visions to come to life. After the home purchase began, so did the renovation journey with a camera crew to boot. Those that know Cameron and Reid, or that watched the show, were entertained by the dialogue, sense of humor and family dynamics seen throughout the episode. “If you’ve met us, you know the Anderson’s are the life of the party! In all honesty, we think having a family so centered around real estate was the most interesting perspective. Our family has three agents on board who are knowledgeable about the market and the industry so it made for fluid conversation. It was strange being on ‘this side’ of the contract – but we had fun being the buyers for a change,” says Cameron.

Viewers were also right there feeling the pain of unexpected expenditures and challenges that the couple faced during the renovations. “The tight timeline was a big challenge! We were fortunate to have Majors Construction doing the renovation. They actually finished the project early and did a wonderful job! Also, Reid and I undertook a few smaller projects of our own. . . Needless to say, we won’t be doing that again! Other than that, as many buyers are experiencing, increasing prices in the housing market limited our overall home selection,” Cameron explains.

Construction: Majors Construction
Interior Design: JoAnne Haynes
Lighting: Flambeau
Countertops: Smokey Mountain Tops
Furniture & Decor: Nadeau Nashville, Franklin Factory Antiques, Estate Sales, Garden Delights, Joss & Main and Sherill. Most of the unique items are family heirlooms and gifts from Cameron and Reid’s parents.

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