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HGTV's 'Beat the House' female star another Suzanne Sugarbaker

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Baby boomers who enjoyed it when Linda Bloodworth-Thomason shined a hilarious light on southern women of Georgia in the late ‘80s with her “Designing Women” television show have even more to rejoice about now. That’s because HGTV has managed to update CBS’ mostly-female southern comedy by reviving the war between the sexes (as well as the North and the South). And they did it all in one fell swoop. The Home and Garden experts did it with their new “Beat the House” reality show, which airs for the second time on Jan. 14 at 11 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. PT.

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And in an exclusive opportunity just hours before the second show of the season, the Atlanta Top News Examiner managed to snag some home-buying tips from one of the stars of that new show, to help Georgia women find their own version of an HGTV Dream Home. But first, let’s talk about the show’s southern female star.

JoJo Jones hails from Middle Georgia, in the city of Macon. She is a Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) and a Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) all rolled up into one: sass and charm. But she isn’t designing homes like her fictional counterparts from Atlanta; she is selling them. And the unfortunate northerner who has to go up against her to woo potential homeowners to buy his recommended property instead of hers is Christopher Kromer. Poor guy, he never stood a chance.

Kromer doesn’t know it, but he has lost the battle with the female southern television viewers before the show ever aired. And it isn’t through any fault of his own, mind you, as he is a savvy real estate agent in his own right. But the South is still the South and southern women like a feisty girl like JoJo when it comes to giving them advice. After all, we don’t want a man telling us that staying in our budget is more important than getting a house that is already to move into on the spot. Yet that’s what he told the last homebuyers.

JoJo, on the other hand, tried to give those home buyers that kind of service in the first show—and it isn’t her fault they were not southerners and didn’t take her wise advice. But Kromer might not get so lucky tonight, and he wouldn’t have even then if he hadn’t catered to the male buyers’ unwillingness to part with a buck. That wouldn’t happen with a southern woman’s husband; price is no object when it comes to a dream home—or a happy wife.

Macon, Georgia’s top-notch realtor has plenty of practice finding the right home for her southern clientele, and she is willing to share some of these exclusive home-buying tips in advance of tonight’s show, because she really appreciates all those designing women out there.

JoJo’s 5 Tips For Finding Your Dream Home:

  1. Find an agent who is knowledgeable about the market, and who has the confidence to go to bat for you. Buying a house is a negotiation. (Southern interpretation: Be armed)
  2. Know how much you can spend by making a plan with a mortgage company before you begin the process of looking for a house. (Don’t live beyond your means)
  3. Write down your home “must haves” – things that you won’t compromise.
  4. Be ready to jump when the right house hits you. (Don’t let the grass grow under your southern feet)
  5. Think outside the box. Be open minded; the possibilities are endless. (Listen to your realtor!)

According to a recent U.S. News and World Report, baby boomers are expected to be retired for much longer than their parents’ retirement. In fact, some baby boomers will spend more time in retirement than they spent in the workforce. And that means they better love the home they spent their money on because they will be living in it a long time most likely.

So check out HGTV’s “Beat the House” co-star JoJo Jones if you are in the market for a new home, as she is determined to help future retirees get the right house now. And you can take advantage of her tips for free.



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