‘House Hunters’ follows local couple on search for new home

March 28, 2018

A couple’s search to find a house in the Sioux Falls area will air April 5 on “House Hunters.”

Lindsey and Casey Swenson taped the episode with Aaron Rietsema of Hegg Realtors in October. The show, which will be broadcast at 9 p.m. and again at midnight on HGTV, follows them as they look at three houses in Sioux Falls, Brandon and in between.

“We filmed five eight-hour days plus a half-day for 22 minutes of TV that will air,” Lindsey Swenson said. “It gives you a whole new perspective on what it takes to make a show.”

For the Swensons, who were living in Hills, Minn., the goal was to find a house closer to their jobs. Casey works at Spartan Motors in Brandon, and Lindsey is at Northwestern Mutual in Sioux Falls. Casey also wanted to be part of a volunteer fire department.

Here’s the description from the episode notes: “A young family is on the hunt for a larger property in the Sioux Falls area of South Dakota. She wants a cozy, ranch-style home with a finished basement, but he’s looking for a farmhouse with a large yard and room for a workshop.”

Swenson said the production crew made the taping fun.

“They definitely put you at ease,” she said.

“The one thing they told us was to have an opinion,” Swenson said. “You don’t have to disagree and argue but have an opinion. … It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we just wanted to have fun with it.”

The taping was Rietsema’s second with “House Hunters.” A production crew also filmed a search with a Sioux Falls couple last year that aired in November.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “The thing that surprises me is how fast it goes. You think that it will take a lot of time, but the crew works pretty efficiently. They do a good job of making it light and entertaining.”

Rietsema said “House Hunters” producers have told him they’d like to come back again.

“They like this area. It’s well taken care of, and the town shows well. There’s lots of amenities that you didn’t know were here.”

‘House Hunters’ returns to Sioux Falls

‘House Hunters’ follows local couple on search for new home

A couple’s search to find a house in the Sioux Falls area will air April 5 on “House Hunters.”

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