First Time Homebuyer Realty TV Show To Feature Crye-Leike, REALTORS Agent And Her Clients In Upcoming Segment On The TLC Cable Network

First Time Homebuyer Realty TV Show To Feature Crye-Leike, REALTORS Agent And Her Clients In Upcoming Segment On The TLC Cable Network
Crye-Leike, REALTORS Agent Dottie Gunkel gets ready for her close-up with the My First Home production crew at the company's Downtown Chattanooga branch office

CHATTANOOGA, TN., Every new home purchase is special for Chattanooga Crye-Leike, REALTORS Agent Dottie Gunkel.  She knows from experience it’s especially so for a first time buyer who has never been through the process of buying a home before.


Little did Dottie realize back in September 2008, just how amazing the home buying process would turn out to be for her clients Jeffrey and Emily Maddux.  The newlywed couple buying their first home in Chattanooga was going to have it “start-to-finish,” captured for a TLC cable network reality TV show called My First Home.


“I heard that the TLC network show was looking for interesting stories and I immediately thought Emily & Jeffrey would be perfect,” said Dottie. “They’re a great couple that was moving from Memphis to Chattanooga and had only three days to find their dream home.  I loved them and the show loved them too and realized their situation would make a great story.”


The My First Home 30-minute episode, featuring Dottie, Jeffrey and Emily, will make its broadcast premier on January 31, 2009 at 9:00pm (EST) on the TLC cable network.  It’s the story of a couple moving from Memphis, Tennessee back to be near their families across the state in Chattanooga. But with their lease up on their rental, and a vacation just around the corner, they have just three days to find the perfect house.


“My ultimate goal with Emily & Jeffery was to make the process as stress free as possible,” said Dottie.  “We all enjoyed the experience, even with the added involvement of the production team capturing the whole experience on video.  It was so exciting.”


In each half-hour episode of My First Home, viewers get to meet a prospective buyer as they seek out a place to call their own. From touring the real estate and picking out the perfect house, to waiting through escrow, to the final exchange of keys, viewers get to follow these real estate novices through the highs and lows of buying a first home.


“Many first time homebuyers have a tendency to apologize when they can’t find their dream home quickly,” said Dottie.  “This is a huge commitment so they need to know that it has to be the best home for their needs and budget and sometimes this takes time.”


Dottie puts a lot of her own TLC to work with first time homebuyers.  She’s been helping people buy and sell homes in the region for years and her experience in real estate goes back a lot longer working many years with her husband Stan and his custom home building company “Dream Builders.”  Dottie knows the process of construction and buying a home from foundation to closing.


“The first process in home buying is to be pre-qualified from a lender to knowing what price range to consider,” said Dottie.  “When beginning to search for their dream home we need to distinguish between the buyers wants, needs and what they can realistically afford.  Looking for homes without this process can become very discouraging for the buyer so you have to start right.”


Dottie is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee and Georgia, working with buyers and sellers throughout the Greater Chattanooga, East Tennessee and North Georgia Region.  She specializes in all types of residential real estate sales with a focus on first time homebuyers, new construction, relocation and investment properties.  Dottie is a member of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors (CAR), Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR), Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR).


“I am passionate about real estate,” said Dottie.  “I invite everyone to join with me and celebrate homeownership and try to tune in and watch Chattanooga newcomers Jeffrey & Emily Maddox go through the ups and downs of finding and buying their first home in the city.”


The episode’s broadcast premier is Saturday, January 31, 2009.  It will also be frequently rebroadcast on the TLC Network.  For program information go to and click on the TV schedule link to find weekly show schedules.


Dottie is based out of the Crye-Leike, REALTORS downtown Chattanooga branch office located at 1201 Market Street.  For all your real needs or personal referrals, please contact Agent Dottie Gunkel by phone at 423-240-0283, email and you can find her on the web at


Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,500 licensed sales associates based out of 126 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2008, the Crye-Leike organization attained a sales volume in excess of $4.2 billion with 25,871 homes sold.