The two agents from the HGTV show “Mountain Mamas” believe that Montana is the next real estate market poised for explosion. A lot of people are moving to the state for the nature and the state’s luxury market is growing at breakneck speed.

The “Mountain Mamas” show, which aired in August, features Bozeman-based Trecie Wheat Hughes and Jackie Wickens showing clients the potential in aging and run-down Montana homes. In each of the episodes, Wickens will fix up the construction of the house while Hughes spruces up the interior design.

Trecie Wheat Hughes

“It’s two women in Montana running the show,” Wickens told Inman.Most of the homeowners we had on the first season are all clients from real estate who bought their houses with the intention of renovation.”

Now that the show has aired, Hughes and Wickens have switched brokerages — from PureWest Christie’s International to Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties. We talked to the two agents about starring in a show, the attention that followed, and the state of Montana real estate here:

How did you get an offer to star in “Mountain Mamas”?

Hughes: Jackie and I have both done another show on HGTV called “Living Big Sky” but we had not met each other yet. Jackie was shooting an episode and I just happened to be at the same place at the same time. One of the cameramen asked Jackie if we had met and from then on, it all went kind of crazy. We started working together immediately and then once HGTV found out that we were working together, they asked us to do a show. And then we got a pilot and a sizzle.

What’s a sizzle?

Hughes: A sizzle is literally like a four-minute teaser reel where they put together a quick concept and show the personalities. That has to go through the first round of screening and then if that gets approved you get a pilot and if a pilot goes well then you get a show. So it’s like the first hurdle on the path toward getting a show.

Jackie Wickens


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