Netflix's newest binge-worthy reality show, Marriage or Mortgage, follows 10 engaged couples who must choose between having their dream wedding or buying their dream home. Because, the catch? They only have the funds for one. Enter: real estate agent Nichole Holmes and wedding planner Sarah Miller, who help each pair decide which is the better option for their future... all while throwing in added perks, like bonus home renovations and free extravagant floral designs.
Both weddings and real estate have become hot topics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which is mentioned in certain episodes of the show. Still, at least one of the couples were able to have a big, over-the-top wedding, so given the crowd-size restrictions mandated during 2020, it's only natural to wonder when this all went down.
So... when exactly was Marriage or Mortgage filmed?
Co-host Sarah tells Women's Health that the show started filming in "the later end of 2019" and wrapped in 2020.
"Whatever the couples decided, it ran back into 2020, so if they chose wedding, of course we had to fulfill the wedding and if they chose home they moved into their homes," she adds.
In order to keep everyone safe, the production followed strict COVID-19 precautions. "I mean, especially nowadays—which I think is amazing—there's protocols that have to be taken to even have a larger wedding," Sarah explained. "Every single vendor had to follow protocols—masks, sanitizing, all of that kind of stuff. Safety was first, 100 percent."
The real estate side of the show didn't require as much planning, but Nichole still had to be careful while showing the couples prospective homes. "We just had to do it much more carefully and with a lot of care and that’s what we did," she tells the publication.
The real estate industry has become one of the least-predictable sectors during the pandemic, with high demand and a low supply for houses on the market. "But it has still been very relevant in Nashville," Nichole adds. "Interest rates are still super low, so people are still very much interested in buying houses and, in fact, we don’t have much inventory. We can’t keep up right now since we don’t have that inventory on the market."
The couples still found ways to celebrate major life milestones during the pandemic.
"Buying a house or having a wedding is a super emotional process, and the state of the world isn’t going to dampen their spirits one way or another on that," Nichole says. But personally, she doesn't believe it's smart to invest in a wedding, especially now.
"There were instances where the people chose a wedding," she said. "And I mean, I could empathize; I could understand where they were coming from. Do I still think it was a sound financial decision? No. But I still respect their wishes and saw it was important to them at the time."
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