Property Brothers

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Property Brothers
Property Brothers logo.png
Genre Reality
Starring Drew Scott
Jonathan Scott
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 131 (as of March 15, 2017)
Running time 45 minutes
Original network W Network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release January 4, 2011 (2011-01-04) – present
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Property Brothers is a Canadian reality television series that is produced by Cineflix, and the original show in the Property Brothers franchise. It airs on W Network in Canada and HGTV in the United States. The series features identical twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott (born April 28, 1978) who help home buyers to purchase and renovate "fixer-uppers."[1]

Drew is a real estate expert who scouts neglected houses and negotiates the purchases. His brother, Jonathan, is a licensed contractor who renovates houses. Together, the Property Brothers help families find, buy, and transform fixer-uppers into dream homes on a strict time-line and budget.[2][3]


In 1996,[4] Jonathan and Drew Scott first began working in the real estate and design fields to financially support themselves as actors.[5] However, after ten years went by with little to no acting jobs, Drew decided to return to acting full-time.[6] He was offered a gig as a host of a real estate competition show that ultimately didn't materialize.[7] But, when it was discovered that he had a twin brother who was also in the real estate business, Cineflix pitched the idea of a reality show with each of them in different roles.[5][7] They filmed a pilot for the show in 2009.[8] About six months went by with no offers, when (off the strength of the pilot) the W Network in Canada ordered a full season;[8] meanwhile HGTV passed.[8] Aware of the show's success in Canada, HGTV condensed the existing episodes to 30 minutes and aired them on a trial basis.[8] After the show scored number-one ratings for its timeslot, the network picked the show up for distribution in the US.[8]


Historically, each episode started with Drew showing potential homebuyers a house with everything on their wish list, but that was over their budget. However, beginning with season 10, he began to explain at the start that the home exceeds their budget. Afterwards, the brothers show them fixer-uppers usually with potential to become their dream home. After the buyers narrow it down to two houses, the brothers use computer-generated imagery to reveal their re-imagined vision of the home after renovations.[citation needed] The graphics are made by an outside company using the software ,[citation needed] and costs about $10,000.[9]

The show has a condensed timeline of the renovations. Typical of home improvement shows with an accelerated renovation format, the brothers have three experienced crews work on the house to finish in the 4–7 week timeline. Additionally, the brothers have a dedicated team, their permits are ready prior to construction, and their projects take priority with suppliers.[10][9] They work with real project budgets set out by the buyers,[2] and include a contingency in the case of unexpected expenses.[9] The buyers own the property and pay for the remodeling, but the show is able to provide about $20,000 to $25,000 worth of cash and furnishings.[11][9] The brothers do not charge for their services.[9] The total budget presented is for the three or four rooms featured on the show; the rest of the renovations are done off-camera on a separate budget and timeline.[9]

The first season was recorded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[12] For the third season, the show was recorded in Austin, Texas, for half of the year and Toronto for the rest.[11] Part of the reason for the move was the fact that American audiences couldn't relate to the higher market prices in Canada.[9] The brothers returned to their hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia to film in 2013.[10] In 2014, the show recorded several episodes in Atlanta, Georgia and Toronto. Between 2015 and 2016 they filmed in Westchester County, New York.[13][14]In 2017, they will be filming in Nashville, Tennessee.


Drew (left) and Jonathan Scott at the 2015 World Dog Awards

At the show's start, Jonathan Scott (a licensed contractor), and Drew Scott (a real estate agent), had managed real estate holdings for nearly 15 years.[citation needed] In 2004, they founded Scott Real Estate, Inc., a company that oversees the sales and construction of residential and commercial projects, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Las Vegas.[3]

Drew and Jonathan started buying and renovating property when they were teenagers.[15] They bought their first house when they were 18 years old. After renovations, they sold it a year later for a $50,000 profit, while attending university.[16] However, before going into real estate as a profession, the brothers tried acting. Both Jonathan and Drew appeared on the Canadian television show Breaker High. Drew had a role on Smallville and Jonathan was on the X-Files.[15] The two also did improvisational comedy and Jonathan became an illusionist. They decided to go back to school for construction and design. Their business soon grew and they were approached to do the television show.[15]

Both brothers are licensed real estate agents. Drew was licensed in early 2004 and continues to be a licensed agent with Keller Williams Elite in British Columbia. Jonathan became a licensed agent in Las Vegas when they founded their firm that same year. But for the show, Drew is shown as the real estate agent and Jonathan as the contractor.[12]

They founded Dividian Production Group in 2002 with their older brother JD. They live in Las Vegas.[11] Both brothers stand at 6' 5" tall.[17]

The show is dubbed in Spanish by the same voice actor.[15]


The show has consistently been the highest rated on HGTV during its run. It is broadcast in 140 countries and territories.[18] The fifth season attracted more than 10 million viewers between 24 – 54 age demographic, and consistently ranked as a top five cable program among upscale women in the 25 – 54 age group.[19] In 2016, the show averaged 1.3 million viewers weekly.[20]

Consumer Reports put it on its list of best home improvement shows, saying, "We all wish Drew and Jonathan were our big brothers—and that they’d help us find our dream home."[21]

Property Brothers has been nominated for multiple awards, including a Cablefax Award and Outstanding Structured Reality Program at the 2015 Emmy Awards.[22][23]


Season HGTV Season Episodes Filming Location First aired Last aired
1 1 13 Toronto January 4, 2011 (2011-01-04) March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)
2 2 13 Toronto October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20) January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31)
4 13 Austin February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) May 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)
3 3 13 Austin/Toronto January 9, 2013 (2013-01-09) April 3, 2013 (2013-04-03)
5 13 Vancouver August 28, 2013 (2013-08-28) November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)
4 6 13 Atlanta March 12, 2014 (2014-03-12) August 27, 2014 (2014-08-27)
7 13 Toronto January 7, 2015 (2015-01-07) May 17, 2015 (2015-05-17)
5 8 14 Westchester County October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07) February 10, 2016 (2016-02-10)
9 13 Westchester County February 17, 2016 (2016-02-17) November 2, 2016 (2016-11-02)
6 10 N/A Westchester County November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) 2017 (2017)

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  1. ^ Wilson, Jennifer (14 October 2011). "'We have the same creative spirit'; Drew and Jonathan Scott — twin brothers — are the perfect designing duo". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Interview: Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott Fix Up Canada". Real Style. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b HGTV. "Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott". Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  4. ^ HURT, MELONEE MCKINNEY (May 2012),"Bet on the House". Men's Health. 27 (4):66
  5. ^ a b Glionna, John (March 8, 2015). "Twins Flip Homes and Expectations". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Kurutz, Steven (August 21, 2014), "Hey, Here's an Idea for a Show". New York Times. 163 (56600):D1-D7
  7. ^ a b Berk, Nancy (August 14, 2015), "Property Brother Jonathan Scott Discusses the Power of 15-Minute Renovations". Parade. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e Scott 2016, p. 21
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Hussain, Tania (March 13, 2012), "The Two Skillful Brothers Scott: TV's 'Property Brothers' Finding and Building Dream Homes". West Life Bunny. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Gold, Kerry (March 18, 2013), "The Property Brothers are back home – and on the hunt for bargains". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  11. ^ a b c Nicole Villalpando, "Property Brothers transforming Austin homes for TV", Austin American-Statesman, February 25, 2012, accessed May 1, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Adair, Connie. "Property Brothers the Latest Real Estate TV Stars". Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "HGTV's Property Brothers Finish Run in Atlanta" (29 April 2014) RadioTV Talk
  14. ^ Propety Brothers Filming in Westchester" (3 March 2015) Lohud
  15. ^ a b c d Lauren Brown (20 June 2012), "10 Amazing Secrets About HGTV's Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott—AKA Your New Crushes". Glamour. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  16. ^ Cockrell, Katie (7 February 2011). "Meet the Property Brothers". Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  17. ^ Sanders, Keri. "13 Things You Didn't Know About HGTV's Property Brothers". Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Scott 2016, p. 298
  19. ^ "HGTV's Property Brothers return with 2nd seasons of Buying and Selling and Brother vs. Brother" (Press release). Scripps Networks Interactive. November 21, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2017. 
  20. ^ Blas, Lorena (November 21, 2016), "The twin 'Property Brothers' are stars of HGTV". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  21. ^ Consumer Reports staff (March 2015), "The Best & Worst Home Shows on TV". Consumer Reports. 80 (3):31
  22. ^ "Program Awards". Cablefax. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Property Brothers Awards & Nominations". Emmys. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 

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