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North Myrtle Beach Realtor returns to HGTV on spinoff series

Seeing film crews on the beach has been part of the routine for Jason Moore, who will appear on an HGTV series for a second time. Look for the North Myrtle Beach Realtor on an episode of HGTV’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation” premiering 9-10 p.m. Saturday.
Seeing film crews on the beach has been part of the routine for Jason Moore, who will appear on an HGTV series for a second time. Look for the North Myrtle Beach Realtor on an episode of HGTV’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation” premiering 9-10 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy photo

A North Myrtle Beach resident and Realtor has added another major list in his career, besides the Multiple Listing Service. Add TV listings to his calendar, for he’s returning to HGTV for a series episode premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Look for Jason Moore, from The Hoffman Group, on the next installment of “Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation.” In this episode, titled “Beachfront or Bust in Myrtle Beach,” Moore helps a family find a vacation home, with a father who grew up savoring summer trips to the Grand Strand. That fills a half-hour, Moore said of his role on this program, then the new homeowners’ renovations with a contractor fill the balance of the hour-long show.

Moore called this series, early in its first season, “a spinoff” from the flagship “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” series where he appeared in the past year on the episode, “Battling Budgets in North Myrtle Beach,” for which another couple shopped around for a place.

Speaking Wednesday afternoon, Moore said filming of his parts with the family for the episode airing this weekend happened this past autumn, and that the production company’s crew said at the time that only the series pilot had been completed.

Moore said although he doesn’t get to view the episode before it airs, he appreciates seeing “a lot of energy” go into filming in the time frame set aside. Thinking back to his role taped last summer for the half-hour episode of “Beachfront Bargain Hunt,” he said probably more than 30 hours was invested, thanks to filming in various sites, but still, that was not as involved overall as the featured couple’s own schedule with extra filming for their own scenes.

Floating fodder for the future

The production company for HGTV and Moore first connected, he said, through referrals, for his help and access to obtain signatures on “a release” for a comparable area property to be filmed for the main series. Upon his asking, and learning about, “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” from personnel on hand, Moore said he’d be interested in a project for a future show, and they didn’t forget him.

“This,” he said, looking ahead to the episode this Saturday, “was a different show, with basically the same premise, but this also has renovations.”

In a perk he appreciates most from his first TV appearance, Moore said his wife of 16 years and new business partner, Erin Moore – and their daughter and a friend, both ages 12, and their son, 7 -- had roles as “extras” helping bolster a cheer with the new homeowners “on the balcony” at the end of the program.

Moore, with a decade in the local real estate business and specializing in the oceanfront condo sector, said he had “glanced over” such TV series, but already was familiar with HGTV’s “House Hunters.”

Since his first “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” episode, he’s surprised, and grateful, for calls from people who say they had seen him on TV.

“I’ve even spoken with people who have never even rented here before,” Moore said. “I’ve had calls from people just watching the show.”

A Grand Strand resident since summer 1991, after moving from West Virginia, Moore said this real estate market has endured “ups and downs” the past 10 years, but a “gradual increase in value” has resulted in improvement.

“There are not as many distressed properties as there was before,” he said.

Erin Moore said her family of four watched their patriarch’s first bow on HGTV together at home, and she was still working on plans for this Saturday.

Seeing segments taped for TV production has been fun for the bunch, Erin Moore said, especially for the youngsters’ witnessing “the whole process of filming.”

She also said her husband’s exposure has been “good for business.”

“People will come up to him,” she said, “and ask, ‘Aren’t you the guy who was on the HGTV show?”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.

If you watch

WHO: Jason Moore of North Myrtle Beach, a broker with The Hoffman Group (www.jasonmoorerealtor.com)

WHAT: Featured in the premiere of “Beachfront or Bust in Myrtle Beach” episode on “Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation” series

WHEN: 9-10 p.m. Saturday and repeating at midnight-1 a.m. Sunday, and 8-9 a.m. July 28

WHERE: HGTV – channel 62 on Time Warner Cable (65 in Brunswick County, N.C.), 24 on HTC, 35 Atlantic Telephone, 44 Southern Coastal Cable, 112 Dish Network and 229 DirecTV

INFORMATION: www.hgtv.com/shows/beachfront-bargain-hunt-renovation/episodes/beachfront-or-bust-in-myrtle-beach

ALSO: Link from previous “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” episode with Moore – www.hgtv.com/shows/beachfront-bargain-hunt/episodes/battling-budgets-in-north-myrtle-beach

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