Macon realtor starring in HGTV show | Arts & Culture
Macon native Joanna "JoJo" Jones never thought she'd end up working in real estate, let alone the co-host of a national TV show on HGTV.
The Stratford Academy grad used to run a retail store called the Midnight Pickle, when her friends who worked as realtors told her she could quit selling clothes and sell houses.
In 2000, she got her real estate license and joined Sheridan Solomon as a realtor, where her bosses say her "gift of gab" comes in handy helping people find the right house for them.
Then, earlier this year, Jones got a call from her niece who also works at Sheridan Solomon asking if she would do an interview with HGTV. She agreed, but asked if she could wear her tennis clothes since she was playing tennis after the talk.
Turns out, HGTV was scouting for a "Southern, vivacious realtor with a big personality" for their new show "Beat the House," and thought Jones fit the bill.
Jones is co-starring with New York-based real estate broker Christopher Kromer in a show where couples have a house in mind that they're looking to buy, and Jones and Kromer each find another house they think works better. At the end, the couple decides between the three houses.
Jones says it makes the show fun and gives it a competitive edge viewers will enjoy.
Jones spent two months living in a Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City while she filmed the episodes in New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester County, NY.
"Beat the House" airs on HGTV Tuesday, January 7th at 11 p.m.
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