BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


The Hyde Park home Michael and his brother finally settled on.

The Hyde Park home Michael and his brother finally settled on.

BGSU alum featured on home-buying reality show

BGSU graduate Michael Wickert and his twin brother, Matthew, got a glimpse of the spotlight during the filming of “Property Virgins,” a reality show airing on HGTV.

Michael Wickert standing in the flower garden in his front yard.

“Property Virgins” showcases several first-time buyers during the home-buying process.

“Twin Trouble,” the episode featuring Michael and his brother, will air at 10 p.m. Sunday (June 29). Additional showings will be at 2 a.m. Monday (June 30), 6:30 p.m. July 20, 11 p.m. Aug. 7 and 3 a.m. Aug. 8.

Laughing, Wickert said he and his brother were chosen for the show because they’re “unique.” Even though he was joking, he may have been correct. “Property Virgins” typically focuses on young couples who are either dating or married, and the twin brothers gave the show a different spin, he explained.

Michael received an environmental policy and analysis degree from Bowling Green in 2002. He works as an environmental scientist at URS Corp. in Cincinnati.

Although filming was a “surreal experience,” Wickert said, he is glad it’s over. They would typically start in the early morning and finish around 11 p.m.

Describing the experience, he said it was very different having cameras follow him. They spent up to four hours filming in houses that would ordinarily have taken him and his brother 10 minutes to view on their own. Because it was such a lengthy process, the camera crew didn’t follow him through all 35 viewings, only filming at three or four of the houses.

For Michael, the hardest part of the experience was making the final decision on a house. As the network describes the episode, “Twin brothers are ready to invest in a house together, but they don't see eye-to-eye.”

“We’re similar in many ways but we’re also polar opposites,” Michael said. Because they each have different tastes, they argued a lot before coming to a compromise, he said. 

The brothers eventually decided on a house in Hyde Park, the same neighborhood their parents reside in.

June 23, 2008