Nest Seekers adds ex-HGTV star, eyes new reality show

“Love It or List It” contractor Eric Eremita to launch new reality series

HGTV Star Joins Nest Seekers

From left: Eric Eremita and Eddie Shapiro (Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal with Getty)

A former star of HGTV’s “Love It or List It” is launching his next act with Nest Seekers International. 

Eric Eremita, who appeared as a contractor on the home improvement show, has joined the New York-based brokerage as an agent. He’s also developing his own reality television show with the firm’s in-house production company, Nest Media. 

“I’m looking forward to being a top agent, I can tell you that,” Eremita said. “I’m ready to jump in, and I’m ready to knock it out of the park.”

In his new role, the Staten Island native will partner with managing broker Christen Sachs sell homes in New York and New Jersey and work out of Nest Seekers’ headquarters at 505 Park Avenue. Eremita did not bring any listings with him to the firm. 

Eremita declined to share specifics about the new show, but a spokesperson for Nest Seekers said it would “combine his expertise in renovations with real estate.”

Eremita’s foray into reality TV began with a stint on Season 2 of HGTV’s “Brother vs. Brother,” a house-flipping competition series starring Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott, known as the Property Brothers. 

After wrapping up as the series’ runner-up, Eremita scored the leading contractor role on “Love It or List It,” where he filmed roughly 80 episodes before departing in 2019. 

Eremita later started working with a Staten Island-based brokerage. 

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“The world [started] opening up, and I got phone calls all the time. ‘Eric, I’m buying a house. Can you come take a look at it with me?’” Eremita said. “So I went from the boots to the Gucci loafers and I’m not turning back.”

He said he made the move to Nest Seekers after a friend suggested he meet with Sachs and CEO Eddie Shapiro. 

Shapiro has been on his own quest to add star power to the firm since 2020, when broker Ryan Serhant left to start his own brokerage after rising to prominence as a star on “Million Dollar Listing.” 

But Shapiro has yet to crack real estate reality tv on his firm’s own terms, though not for lack of trying. The brokerage has launched a few of its own productions including the London-focused BBC show “Crazy Rich Agents: Selling Dream Homes” and another called “Selling the Hamptons” on Max.  

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“We sometimes look at ourselves as almost like a talent agency as much as we are a brokerage,” Shapiro told The Real Deal last summer. “Real estate is a genre. It’s a genre of television and media that streaming platforms and the public cannot get enough of.”

The latest iteration of the Hamptons show only came about after a second season of a Netflix show called “Million Dollar Beach House,” featuring six Nest Seekers agents, never materialized after the pandemic. 

Three of the agents on “Million Dollar Beach House” moved on to star in “Selling the Hamptons,” though one cast member, J.B. Andreassi, has since left the firm for Compass. 

The first season of “Selling the Hamptons” premiered on Discovery+.