Enter to Win $20,000 HGTV Yard Makeover! Casting Now for HGTV's "Curb Appeal: The Block"

Real Estate Agent with Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty BRE Lic. #01793143

hgtv logoAre you embarrassed by your home? Did you run out of energy, funds or ideas on a project? Does your house have peeling paint? Is it painted in neon yellow? Or is completely dull? Is the landscape overgrown or dead? Is the driveway cracked? Can you see your house numbers from the street? Has your house lost its charm? Is the porch too small?

As of May 18, 2010, HGTV is currently casting fun, outgoing, vivacious homeowners and their homes in the San Francisco Bay Area (within a 30 minute radius of San Francisco) to be featured on the 3rd season of HGTV's "CURB APPEAL: The Block" makeover show. They are looking for homeowners who want to update their front yard/house, and you must live in a single-family home - not a condo.


If your home is selected you will receive a $20,000* makeover and be featured on the television show.

According to HGTV, you should please submit the following:

1) photo of the outside of home from street/curb (please stand at your curb when taking this photo)
2) photo of just the house (medium shot)
3) photo of homeowners showing personality
4) name of homeowners
5) cell phone numbers
6) occupations of homeowners
7) neighborhood & city you live in; including address
8) why your home is the eyesore of the block

HGTV says, "We are looking for homes and great stories. We really want to know why and how they became the eyesore on the block."

*If you are selected, a 1099 tax form will be submitted to IRS as a gift from HGTV.

HGTV says to send your entry TODAY! Homes get selected quickly! Good luck!

Please send to: curbcasting@johlt.com

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Kevin McGinnis

Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty

Serving Marin County

(415) 725-1911 Direct Line

(415) 384-4121 Fax

BRE Lic. 01793143


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Anonymous #15
Talk of the neighborhood

Hi Hgtv.  love your show but your do it yourself weekends makes me laugh,  I live in Pa and 5 years ago I talked 6 0f my neighbors  to move with me around the corner to a new develiopment. I started out great with professional land scaping but thats where it stoped. But my friends keep going they moved into the back yard,  everyone except me and girfriend Sue nextdoor. We are the funny joke that we are open to the woods so the deer can join us for a cook out lol. We are the last houses to go in and we backup to a wooded area, the homeowners put up a white PVC fence that runs the leanth of the nine houses ..except Sues and mine, we have a old metel with bob-wire with big holes in it ,YES! bob-wire. Our yards are small 110 x 45  you would think we could figure somthing out. We have had pavers and concrete Co out, but they pull up to our homes and the price gose uo 100% We are both out working in the front mulching and planting but when it comes to out back we are the joke of the neighborhood lol... Our friends have side they will all get together and have a yard party but after a few drinks and some plastic furniture we move to another house ...with some great yards. We are not lazy we just need some cost efficient Ideas  so our friends stop laughing. 

Thank you 

Talk of the neighborhooh 

May 07, 2012 12:04 PM
Anonymous #16
Jean Estes

I'm in a big mess...my retaining wall is falling...The railroad ties that sustain the wall are rotten...sink holes have develped in the yard in front of the wall...my foundation is in jeopardy...and... I now have snakes nesting in between the rotten ties...YUCK...I hate snakes! Would you consider coming to Birmingham, AL to just look and advise me on what to do...!!!! ~J


June 03, 2012 08:52 AM
Anonymous #17
Fran Brennan

June 12, 2012

Hi John:

I love you, your show and all things HGTV !  You are always so creative and inspirational!!

Will you ever consider coming to Florida??

Right before the recession hit, my husband, Michael, moved from up North and bought an old ranch home on the Caloosahachee River in Fort Myers, Florida.  The river is a beauty . . . a mile wide pouring out into the Gulf of Mexico (it looks like we are on the ocean!). You have to see this spectacular view for yourself!!  And it is such a peaceful and calming environment. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford built winter homes on this magnificient river which is intercoastal and runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean!  It was a dream come true for us and we have worked very, very hard to rennovate the interior of our home which is now complete. Before the recession hit, Fort Myers was slated to become the next Fort Lauderdale.  We are still holding on to that dream! . . . and our dream of finishing our home in paradise.

I have watched many episodes of Curb Appeal, dreaming of how beautiful our home could be someday with your creative ideas and magic touch!  Our daughter and son-in-law gave us our first grandson in February 2012 and now our son and daughter-in-law are expecting twins in November!  It would be a blessing for them to be able to spend time with us in tropical paradise and have mini vacations while also getting away from the freezing ice and snow of long Vermont winters.  We have created a little tropical paradise internally, but externally we are a disaster and lack more than curb appeal!  I love gardening and flowers and cannot wait to plant.  I also dream of having a hydroponic garden where we can grow organic vegetables for the family, neighbors and those less fortunate in our community.  If my hyproponic garden is a success, then perhaps we can find a donor who will create a larger community organic garden for the poor people in this area.  The recession and unemployment have hit this area very badly.

In December, 2011, I required a tri-level artifical disc surgery on my neck and have been diligently doing therapy to get back to normal so I can work on the exterior yard with my husband.  I developed a right frozen shoulder due to the surgery and had to have that fixed and more therapy!  I was laid off from my job and have not been able to find new employment yet.  Our lawn and front view are an eyesore. I have an oak tree in front of my home that hides the beautiful character of our remodeled home. The circular drive needs repaving, the front and back yards need landscaping.  I want so dearly to create that special tropical paradise on the exterior just like we have on the interior, but I had to use all of my savings to pay for my cervical neck surgery, as the insurance company will not pay for M-6 discs since they are not FDA approved in the USA yet.  M6 is manufactured in the USA in California, but we USA ciitizens cannot get the only disc on the market that exactly mimicks the full rotation of a real disc!  M6 has been CE approved in Europe since 2005 and is used with great success!

With no funds left for the exterior renovation, it will now take us years to complete the outside and have a place for our kids and grandkids to enjoy!!

Our next door neighbor is a senior citizen and although she so tries to maintain curb appeal, her home's interior and exterior need desparate help! You and your team are so fantastic with helping others . . . please help us with some of your magical "curb appeal"!!  I can promise you that delicious home-cooked meals will be served to you and your team . . . and Michael and I are ready and willing to pitch in and help in anyway you can use us!!

I look forward to hearing from you and hope I can get you to come to our little piece of paradise very soon!!

With great hope and anticipation . . . Warmest personal regards,

Fran Brennan



June 12, 2012 09:31 AM
Anonymous #18
Beatrice Hernando-Rosa

Hi John

I love your show and all the beautiful things you can do and transform a yard. My yard is in desperate need of your touch. Our problem is that we live in a cul du sac (corner house) and our property is everyone's playground, kids from all over the neighborhood come over play on the swings and get on the trampoline and their mothers sit on the bench that are on my property and enjoy my property . I work hard to keep my yard clean and looking nice....They are enjoying the yard more than my family is. I had to take down the trampoline because the neighbors kids used it more than mine. My daughter is now 15 but she barely got to use it because they tore it up. Not only that I am tired of picking up dog poo because everyone walks their dog and well I can't get grass to grow either. I would love to be able to enjoy my yard with my family and not worry of stepping on poop bombs. 

My husband is a police officer/ retired military. He is not able to help with all the yard work now because he got hurt on the job and is out with rotator cuff injury, both shoulders. So it is all on me. Can you help me I would really appreciate it. Come to Philadelphia and I will make sure i cook for you and make you the best Mexican dish you have ever had. promise!

Hope to hear from you.

Beatrice Hernando-Rosa

March 01, 2013 06:35 PM
Anonymous #19
Marie C
Hi I just brought a house in west palm beach fl. It just over a acre, I plan to build a pole barn to do horse boarding. I have nine rescue dogs and one brought dog, four rescue cat and a pony. I am in the middle of adopting a family of children and want this to be the dream home that every kid wishes for. While I quite handy I think I may need a bit of help. Thanks Marie
August 25, 2013 10:56 PM
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