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HGTV is casting for its show “My First Place” in Philadelphia, Portland and the Washington D.C/Baltimore area. If the first-time home purchase process isn’t daunting enough, the application for the show is twenty five questions long, with little more than a promise of a “once in a lifetime experience,” “a specially chosen gift” for your home, and—-now this is good—-a complimentary copy of your own episode—-Anyway, not my thing (not that I’m in the market.) But clearly HGTV‘s millions of viewers feel differently. The press release is below, and here’s the HGTV “My First PLace” application.

HGTV is looking for fun, high-energy people in the areas of Philadelphia, Portland and Washington DC/Baltimore who are buying their first place! Singles, couples and families are all invited to apply.

My First Place is returning for a seventh season that will again focus on the trials and tribulations of looking for, bidding on, and buying your first place — whether it’s a single family, townhouse or condo. We’re looking for fun and interesting people in Philadelphia, Portland or Washington DC/Baltimore who are willing to share their personal and financial struggles during the home-buying process.

We’ll follow you for approximately 8 shoot days over a 3-month period during some of the more stressful (and rewarding) days of your life, so if this sounds like fun, please apply! In addition to the once in a lifetime experience, we are able to reward homebuyers with a specially chosen gift we think will make your house feel like home. You’ll also receive a DVD copy of your episode giving you a lasting memory of the process to cherish for all time!.

My First Place has new episodes airing now at 10:00 PM Eastern on Sunday nights, but be sure to check your local listings!
My First Place Application Rules

  • PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT travel more than 90 minutes (by car) outside the selected cities. Please be sure these locations and time ranges work for you!
  • The IRS requires that we file a 1099MISC for you on re-sellable gifts totaling $600 and over. This includes lamps, furniture, art, etc. but not materials or services. We require a signature on this form before taping, but it is your responsibility to file it with the rest of your taxes for 2009.
  • If this sounds like an exciting, fun experience to you (we think it is!) and you are planning on buying your first place soon in or around Philadelphia, Portland or Washington DC/Baltimore, then please fill out the questions below.

We will contact you and let you know what the next step is!