Brookwood High School graduate Megan King’s path to becoming a real estate agent and landing a feature on HGTV’s “House Hunters” wasn’t direct, but the seed that led to that opportunity and a blooming career were planted during her childhood.

King spent time as a child helping her father and uncle, whose company Kingsland Corp — now call The Hearthstone Group — built homes in Gwinnett neighborhoods and others around Atlanta. She and her brother would take care of various chores like sweeping and picking up trash around the new homes. They were paid for their labor with fresh concrete. King and her brother would get to be the first kids to rollerblade on the newly-cemented sidewalks. To this day, she smiles at the reminders of those days: new asphalt, wood shavings and mulch.

Perhaps that led her to career as a real estate agent, but in a backward way. Though she only decided to pursue her real estate license in 2016, her timing perfectly landed her into the cast of “House Hunters.”

She was in the Brookwood High School band and majored in music at the University of Georgia. After college and on a whim, she moved to Washington D.C. and served as an assistant to former Rep. John Linder, then spent time as a lobbyist.

She moved back near her hometown and decided to earn a real estate license in 2016. He new found proximity to her family led to her appearance on the show.

“My mom retired a year ago and she’s been working as an extra, and when some of the things that float her way, she saw a casting call for a realtor for ‘House Hunters,’” King said. “I made a YouTube video audition and heard back a while after. They were asking for assistance finding home for those types of shows.”

In the episode, which aired on April 30, King shows an Atlanta family the inside of three antebellum-style homes in suburbs around Atlanta. They start at a home in McDonough priced at $445,000, then a home in Fairburn priced at $369,000 before the family settled on a home in Newnan for $425,000 — approximately $40,000 under the original asking price.

While the episode focuses mostly on the family’s dilemma of comparing amenities from three opulent homes, King spent time detailing the history of some of the homes. The Newnan house was newly constructed and designed to look like a post-Civil War structure with a large, spacious porch and columns, but the Fairburn home was constructed by a 19th-century Confederate veteran and brick mason. He made the bricks for his own home, and some of the homes original features were still intact.

“A lot of the older homes look amazing and come with history, but have a lot of upkeep,” King said.

King isn’t shy in front of a camera, and she was eager for the exposure the show could potentially provide. Her first experience on a TV set was also a positive one, she said, and when the long days of shooting were over, she mingled with members of the crew like new co-workers. After a day of shooting in Newnan, they enjoyed each other’s company at a carnival.

“When I met the crew, they were all very low-key, warm, genuine people. No airs about them. The director and producer who came down from Toronto and la came in and they hired local Georgia crew. Everybody got a long fabulously. We ate together, laughed together.”

Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories in the county he grew up in.

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