Oh, Brother! Property Bros Dish in New Book

HGTV’s Property Brothers share real estate tips and tricks in their first book.

Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew (pictured) inspire home-renovation projects in 140 countries.
Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew (pictured) inspire home-renovation projects in 140 countries.
Photo by David Tsay

Identical twins Jonathan and Drew Scott, aka the Property Brothers, stars of the eponymous HGTV home-renovation show that’s viewed in 140 countries, continue to construct their media empire. Their new book, Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House is a New York Times best seller and also hit  number 1 in Amazon.com’s home category.

With Drew’s expertise as a real estate agent and Jonathan’s skill as a licensed contractor, Dream Home offers practical ways to find a house that reflects the owner’s personal decorating style.

“The book was a pure passion project,” says Jonathan. “It’s a comprehensive guide that organizes our best real estate and renovation tips, tricks and pitfalls. It’s the next best thing to having us by your side.”

Drew adds, “Dream Home is uncomplicated with everyday language that resonates with homeowners. We also included hundreds of never-before-seen images.”

A particularly helpful element of the book is its bargain calendar with seasonal shopping tips. For example, July is typically a great time to snag deals on home décor, tools and outdoor furniture.

“We love renovating spaces to maximize a home’s equity,” says Drew. “We actually sold our own residences and bought a compound in 2008 and modernized it so our whole family can enjoy it. That series, Property Brothers at Home, broke HGTV viewing records.”

What’s the coolest aspect of being on TV? “We’re one big family,” says Jonathan. “We especially like to bring HGTV stars on our show because we can benefit from their expertise and then hang out together.”

And the downside of being a celeb? “For me, it’s trying to run into Home Depot to pick up something fast, but then being recognized,” says Drew. “Another negative is that whenever Jonathan comes home, he thinks girlfriends are inviting him over for dinner, but they really just want him to weigh in on their flooring samples.”

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