Local Realtor Dottie Gunkel To Be Featured On Cable TV Show – Chattanoogan.com

Local Realtor Dottie Gunkel To Be Featured On Cable TV Show – Chattanoogan.com
Crye-Leike clients Emily and Jeffrey Maddux during the My First Home shoot in downtown Chattanooga

Now in its third season, the show captures the buying process for this young couple, moving from Memphis to Chattanooga, and with just three days to find a dream home.


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 the TLC cable network reality TV show.


“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 Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. (EST) on the TLC cable network. It’s the story of a couple moving from Memphis 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 will also be frequently rebroadcast on the TLC Network. For program information go to http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/my-first-home/my-first-home.html and click on the TV schedule link to find weekly show schedules.


Dottie is based out of the Crye-Leike downtown Chattanooga branch office located at 1201 Market St.