Two Smithfield real estate agents will be featured in an upcoming episode of a new national television show called “Funding the American Dream”.
The show, which is in its first year of production, is a spinoff of “The American Dream” by Ignite Now Media CEO Craig Sewing, which is in its eighth season.
“The American Dream,” according to its website, highlights the lifestyle and real estate market in cities and metropolitan areas in the United States. Its spin-off “Financing the American Dream” will feature Jay and Amber Hassell of the Countryside Real Estate Group based in Smithfield Station.
The couple will discuss the Smithfield housing market in an episode that airs on Bloomberg on November 28 at 3:30 pm The episode will also include footage from Smithfield’s Bacon, Bourbon & Music Fest on October 2.
“The show is about real estate, but it’s also about lifestyle and culture,” said Benjamin Smith, host of the show for the Hampton Roads area, who, like the Hassells, lives in Smithfield. He moved here almost a year ago.
The original concept for “The American Dream” was a show run by a realtor, Smith said. But the fallout also includes lenders in each market.
“I’ve been a lender for about 18 years, how,” said Smith, who is the local team sales manager for Texas-based Caliber Home Loans.
“As a veteran, I tend to focus most of my energy on VA loans,” Smith said.
Through his job, he met the Hassells and ended up asking them to take part in his segment on the show.
“They just seem very involved in the community here… Jay and Amber have as much love for this city as I am getting,” Smith said.
Smith has big plans for the spin-off, including hopes for an interview with Virginia Beach-born singer and record producer Pharrell Williams, though nothing is set in stone yet.
“We’re looking to connect with great people… Hampton Roads has more of a place in the world than we think,” Smith said. “We feel so small market, but with all of us together, it’s really not.”