Monday 26 November
BBC One Northern Ireland, 7.30pm
A new property series for BBC One Northern Ireland begins on Monday 26 November at 7.30pm.
As house prices in Northern Ireland rise, many home seekers are finding it increasingly difficult to get onto the property ladder.
Home Seekers, a three-part series for BBC One Northern Ireland follows the trials and tribulations of people on a quest to find a place to call home. It hears from those hoping to buy, rent and invest and the estate agents competing for the best price for their clients.
Filmed during the summer of 2018, a couple from Brighton who have travelled to Northern Ireland to find a new home on the Ards Peninsula are one of the first Home Seekers featured. Will the cottage they spotted online live up to their expectations? Nick Allen who is originally from London is looking for a bargain. He’s hoping to find an investment property to renovate for the rental market. And an estate agent tasked with getting a buyer for a stunning multi-million pound mansion near Lisburn gives the grand tour.
Throughout the series Home Seekers hears from many of the characters involved in the estate agent and housing market business in Northern Ireland. They include the self-confessed flamboyant Portadown-based estate agent Owen Matchett, whose flowery suits and marketing stunts help him seal the deal as he films his own take on the Holywood blockbuster film, Mission Impossible.
The programme also looks at the reality of finding a new home here, as first time buyers weigh up their options, renters in Belfast struggle to find a home and virtual reality gives home seekers a chance to see their future homes. It also looks at the high demand for new-build developments and viewers witness the stress involved as a four-house property chain nears completion day.
Home Seekers is made by Waddell Media for BBC Northern Ireland.