Gaithersburg resident and real estate agent Mike Aubrey says it was never his plan to become a reality TV star.
Aubrey will be featured in cable network HGTV’s new series, “Power Broker,” a behind-the-scenes look at the highs and lows of buying a new home. The RE/MAX Realtor, who has also starred in HGTV’s “House Hunters” and “Real Estate Intervention,” will be shown helping buyers across the country with his sharp negotiation tactics and years of expertise.
Aubrey, once a career firefighter in Howard County, said he was drawn to real estate.
His friends had always told him he should be a salesman, he said from the show’s set in San Francisco. He eventually became licensed to sell real estate in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
While he was working, reality TV star Sabrina Soto was looking for a place to live in D.C. while they shot the show, “Get It Sold.” Soto found a condominium his broker owned, Aubrey said, and he met her to make the deal. The show’s production company later called Aubrey to do a one-minute guest spot on the show.
“It’s free advertising, why wouldn’t I?” he said.
After he did the spot, he got a call from the president of HGTV, and “Real Estate Intervention” was born. Aubrey teamed up with Soto, a staging expert, to help homeowners sell their house.
“TV is cool, and I like it, but my first and foremost thing is my real estate business,” Aubrey said. “To the chagrin of my personal life,” he added.
Aubrey has flown 145,000 miles since Nov. 1 for his work with HGTV, he said. Rather than spending months on set, he flies out to the location for a few days, then travels back to his home in the Lakelands.
People often recognize him on his trips around the country, but he gets the most attention in Gaithersburg, he said.
“I was in real estate a long time before I was on TV,” Aubrey said. “Most people who live [in Gaithersburg] knew who I was because of my real estate business.”
He said home buyers in the Washington, D.C., area are lucky to live in a robust real estate market.
“It’s an absolutely phenomenal time to buy,” he said.