Would You Buy the First House You See? Married at First Sight Comes to Dallas

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Mr. and Mrs. Stewart — we know that this happy couple won’t be auditioning for “Married at First Sight.”

Married at First Sight is an American reality television series based on a Danish series bearing the same name. The format created in Denmark has been adapted in the USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland.  The series features three couples, paired up by relationship experts, who agree to marry when they first meet. The couples spend their wedding night in a hotel before leaving for a honeymoon, woo hoo. Upon returning home, they live together as a married couple for eight weeks. Thereafter they can choose to stay married or divorce. The show has been around for five seasons and is coming to Dallas in a few weeks to film here.

SOS the Dallas show needs candidates, mostly hetero guys, but anyone who is willing to participate according to the terms — get set up, then see if it all works — can apply for the show.

When I first heard about the show, I was a little skeptical: how can you marry someone you have just met at first sight? Of course I applied it to real estate: who buys the very first house they see?

Turns out, a lot of people. I couldn’t find hard core statistics, but according to HOUZZ, a lot of people fall in love with the first house they see:

Looked once and knew I would buy it. Even the selling agent said he knew I was his buyer. Had to convince hubby

Sometimes that first look is even on the internet!

And then I found that actually, the show has done a pretty good job at playing matchmaker.

Well, at least in some seasons. Season one: two of the three couples are still married. Not so great stats on Season two: all three couples split — one even got a restraining order against her hubby. Season three, zip. (Who were those matchmakers?) Season four, two of the three couples are still married. Season five, all three couples are still married (and trying to get pregnant!). What are those odds, about 50/50, 60/40?

I’m sure the Dallas matchmaking will be much better. Lisa Turner is an LA friend who is casting this show. She tells me she wants to get the word out loud and clear.

I’m casting for Married at First Sight and this season will be in Dallas. I’m looking for eligible single men & women who want to find their life partner and are willing to….get Married at First Sight.

I know you know EVERYBODY in Dallas, and I was wondering if you would help me get the word out. 

I know two people who WON’T be casting J.P.Piccinini, who got married a couple of weeks ago, and Evan Stewart, who got married last weekend. But I know there are some single agents out there and I mean, at the very least, you might not come home with a spouse but … maybe a new client?

Mr. and Mrs. J.P.Piccinini
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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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