Macungie realtor, family spotlighted on HGTV 'House Hunters'
A Macungie realtor and a local family were featured on a recent episode of the Home and Garden Television show "House Hunters."
Realtor Lisa Graul-Oswald of Prudential Patt, White Real Estate and her buyers, Jon and Stacy Puliatte starred in the episode that put Macungie on the map.
Their episode was entitled "No Time for Projects in Pennsylvania."
The process began long before the air date, Oswald's broker suggested she submit an application for the television show.
Both Oswald and Jon and Stacy Puliatte filled out an application and created an audition tape for House Hunters. To their surprise, the show responded to their application in a week and wanted to begin filming April 1.
"I'm happy that Macungie got recognition," Oswald, a third generation realtor, said. "I think it is good for our community."
Oswald was working on and off with the family for three years, showing them houses within the area. The Puliatte family had narrowed down their choices of houses in the area for the show's taping.
Jon and Stacy previously resided in New Jersey. They sold their home, and resided with Stacy's parents while searching for the perfect home to raise a family in Macungie. Jon is the fourth generation owner of a family catering and deli business, located in Manhattan, N.Y. Jon chose to commute to New York on a daily basis for the good of their children. He said it is worth it to live in this area for his family.
"It's great for kids," Jon said about why he loves the area. "The schools are great. We toured the schools and toured the hospital."
The Puliattes said they enjoy the convenience, the people and the closeness to family all in a less-expensive area.
"The only bad thing about the whole thing is the commute, but in the grand scheme of things, I don't have to travel for work [and] I don't have to go to conferences; it's not really that bad."
Filming for a television show brought an unexpected experience for both Oswald and the buyers.
"It was an exciting experience," Oswald said about being on House Hunters. "The camera made me very shy and I'm not a shy person," she said, surprised about her reaction to the camera.
Being filmed while looking at a house is a different experience with a camera crew.
"If we didn't like a house, we would probably be there 10 minutes. On the show, we were there the entire day," Jon said. He said the show was shooting about five days and had over 40 hours of film for a 30-minute show.
The Puliattes are very satisfied with their purchase and also with their experience of starring in a television episode. "We're working on it constantly," Jon said, as they are turning their house into a home thanks to the help of Lisa Oswald and House Hunters.
The House Hunter episode will air again 10 p.m. Aug. 13 on HGTV.