No doubt about it, 2019 has been a big year for real estate reality TV. Whether your favorite fix is watching Marie Kondo declutter or seeing Christina Anstead (formerly El Moussa) go solo in her own new show, there’s been no shortage of excitement on screen. And, now that 2019 is drawing to a close, we thought it might be fun to take a walk down reality lane and review this year’s TV highlights.
So whether you need a little nostalgia kick or want to know what you might have missed (hey, there’s always reruns for some holiday binge-watching), behold some of this year’s biggest real estate reality TV moments that made us tune in and talk in 2019.
January: Marie Kondo declutters Netflix
But in the new year, Kondo took it to the next level with “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” a new show that premiered on Netflix.
In the series, Kondo makes house calls to help families change their cluttered lifestyle. There’s lots of tears, lots of progress, and lots and lots of trash piles.
The show inspired many Netflix watchers to clean out their junk drawers, plus it taught us all a new way to fold socks. Overall, it was a very tidy way to kick off the new year.
March: ‘Hoarders’ returns, messier than ever
After a “Hoarders” hiatus since January 2017, the show returned for Season 10—with a vengeance. The show is just as good (read: terrifying) as fans remember it, especially since this new season featured some particularly packed households.
In the season premiere, Andy and Becky Otter are tasked with cleaning their entire house in 30 days, or they might lose it entirely. To make things worse, the couple are adamantly opposed to changing their lifestyle. Becky even runs away at one point, and when Andy is asked to throw away a case of Mountain Dew that expired four years ago, he argues that the case has sentimental value. Yikes!
April: Chip and Joanna Gaines announce their new network
After the finale of “Fixer Upper” aired in April 2018, Chip and Joanna Gaines fans were so sad to see them go. However, they eventually resurfaced with the tantalizing news that they were launching their own network with the Discovery Channel.
“Our intention with this network is to create and curate content that inspires, encourages, and helps to build bridges across our communities,” they said in a statement. “We want honest, authentic programming that brings families together.”
The new network is slated to debut in 2020.
May: The ‘Property Brothers’ stars debut yet another show, ‘Forever Home’
Drew and Jonathan Scott have been HGTV staples since the premiere of “Property Brothers” in 2011. They’ve already had a few spinoffs over the years, including “Brother vs. Brother” and “Buying and Selling,” but these famous siblings were due for yet another series to showcase their home-flipping talents.
“Property Brothers: Forever Home” premiered in May, with a unique (for the Scotts) twist: Instead of finding a home for a family and fixing it up, they take a home a family already loves and fix it up so that the family can stay in the home for decades to come.
July: ‘Flip or Flop’ returns
Amid the stars’ very public divorce, “Flip or Flop” halted filming. Fans thought they’d seen the last of this hit show when Season 7 ended in October 2018. Yet almost a year later, fans were shocked when the show came back for Season 8 featuring Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead, now a divorced couple, working together once again.
These two may have had a rough 2018, but they came back strong for 2019.
September: ‘Brady Bunch’ house gets restored to its ’70s glory
HGTV’s latest (and grooviest) hit, “A Very Brady Renovation,” premiered in September, highlighting the restoration of the “Brady Bunch” house. And this task sure wasn’t easy, since the house we all know and love from the 1970s show was used only for exterior shots, while the home’s interior was in a studio elsewhere. It took a whole slew of HGTV renovation experts, as well as the original “Brady Bunch” actors, to make this epic renovation happen. Kudos to them for all of their hard work!
October: Leanne and Steve Ford publish a memoir
“Restored by the Fords” fans love the style that siblings Leanne and Steve Ford bring to HGTV. While Steve focuses on the construction aspect, Leanne brings her signature minimalist style to every home they renovate.
But these siblings upped their game when they came out with a memoir in October. Their book, titled “Work in Progress: Unconventional Thoughts on Designing an Extraordinary Life,” covers life, renovations, and their brother-sister bond. Leanne explained that their goal with this book was to “inspire people to relax and know that the creative life is full of mess-ups—but if you keep it loose, you’ll be fine.”
Not a bad lesson to carry into 2020, and beyond.