We're On HGTV! (Home & Garden Television)

Watch Broker/President of Dwellings Unlimited: JOY SANTIAGO & CLIENTS,


Earlier this year, Boo Young & Jay Diem searched for their new home in Detroit.  Joy Santiago (Broker, Dwellings Unlimited, LLC) took them on the ultimate "HOUSE HUNT"! 

Which will they choose?

1. Large Indian Village Home
2. Riverview Condo at Book Cadillac
3. Riverview Condo at Riverplace


Last Fall, HGTV filmed 4 homes in the Metro Detroit area, for"My House is Worth What?" a realtiy TV Show about house values around the country. 2/4 homes were in Indian Village, 1 in Southfield and 1 in Royal Oak. 
 showcasing the amazing home of my good friend, Gail Ross. (AIRED AUGUST 30, 2009)

Joy & Gail with Film Crew at the filming of "My House Is Worth What"

Sunday August 16, 2009 at 12P EST/PST.

The home featured on August 16th, is the beautiful home of Jordan & Brad in Detroit's Historic Indian Village.  Don't miss it!

Indian Village Detroit, Home of Jordan Medeiros & Brad Kenoyer


"My House is Worth What?"

"My House is Worth What" in Southfield, MI


Rodney Howell's Home Shot in Fall 2008 Photo by:ANDRE J. JACKSON/DFP

On Sunday March 22, 2009 Rodney Howell, Salon owner and Interior Designer, and Joy Santiago Realtor/Real Estate Broker,
will be on HGTV's (Home & Garden Television), show-"My House is Worth What?"-a reality show about house values around the country.

The second of 4 segments that were shot in Fall, 2008,Originally Aired on Sunday, March 22, 2009 on HGTV.

Rodney Howell is owner of Hairshion Salon in Southfield, and an Interior Designer whose work will be featured in his own home that will be on the show. (

Homeowners Evaluate the Equity They Have in Their Home
Episode HHWW-1307
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Originally Aired March 22, 2009 12:00 PM Eastern/Pacific, AND 3:00PM Eastern Time

Mike and Kim want to know if they have enough equity in their Chicago home to pay for a kitchen renovation. Then, Rodney plans to sell his home in Southfield, Michigan, in order to find a home with lower expenses. And in Kansas City, Pat and Julie have made so many changes to their home that they're not sure of the value they've added.


"My House Is Worth What" in Indian Village, Detroit MI


Watch the RE-Airing of this Episode
Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 12 Noon, EST and PST

(Originally Aired on HGTV, February 10, 2009)

Home of Michael Tyson, Indian Village

In the spring of 2009, Joy Santiago will be featured as the Realtor Expert with 4 Metro-Detroit homeowners on HGTV's (Home & Garden Television), show-"My House is Worth What?"-a reality show about house values around the country. 

The first of 4 segments that were shot in Fall, 2008, will be airing on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 11pm (EST).  The Show will feature a beautiful Indian Village Home in Detroit and it's owner, Michael Tyson.

A Detroit Homeowner Wonders Whether More Renovations Will Add Value to His Home

Episode HHWW-1306

Originally Aired February 10, 2009 11:00 PM e/p & February 10, 2009 3:00 AM e/p

Melinda lives in Burbank, California and wants to know if this is the right time to sell her home and whether doing more improvements will pay off for her. Meanwhile, Leanne and Ben are planning on starting a family soon and they would like to know how much their Indianapolis starter home is worth so they can start making plans. Finally, Michael wants to know if he should could continue doing renovations or stop while he's ahead in his home in Detroit.

Detroit Free Press Article from Fall 2008, filming of

"What is my house worth?" as featured in the Detroit Free press, Sunday September 28, 2008

September 28, 2008
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Joy Santiago, Rodney Howell take direction from Kristina Dkokic, HGTV Producer

HGTV producer Kristina Djokic, right, readies Rodney Howell and real estate agent Joy Santiago for filming at Howell's Southfield home.

Gail Joy & Film Crew on HGTV ShootJoy Santiago, Gail Ross, Doug & Paul (Film Crew) for HGTV shoot day 4 in Royal Oak

Ever wonder what your house is worth? Given the falling home values across southeastern Michigan, it's become an all too common question.
But HGTV has some answers - at least for a few lucky metro Detroiters.


The network paid a visit this month to four Detroit-area homes that will be featured on its show "My House Is Worth What?" The HGTV program follows local real estate experts as they help homeowners estimate the market value of their homes.


Two houses in Detroit's Indian Village, a home in Southfield and one in Royal Oak were filmed for episodes that are to air in the spring. The new episodes are to air at 7 p.m. Sundays and at 11 p.m. Tuesdays. HGTV selected Detroit because it wanted to show a good cross-section of cities across the country.


"With the current state of the economy we wanted to show homeowners the best improvements they can make to increase their homes' value," said Holly Schwartz, segment producer for the show. "A lot of press about the real estate market in Detroit has been glum, but there are things people can do to keep their home's value in check."


Hair stylist and interior designer Rodney Howell, 46, is among those to be featured. He said he is excited HGTV picked his Southfield home - and Detroit.


"I was so happy when they contacted me because they wanted to feature Detroit. It was a really good opportunity to get a good light on Detroit," said Howell, whose house was chosen because of its artistic design.


Howell's house has an open feel with a two-story living room, tall doors, vaulted ceilings and unique colors and textures on the walls. He is the first owner of the 9-year-old, 1,850-square-foot colonial, which he purchased for $216,000. The home has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, two fireplaces, a first-floor laundry room, a deck and an attached two-car garage.


Howell has made improvements, including finishing the basement, adding marble to the foyer and putting glass art in the entryway.


Joy Santiago, a real estate broker and owner of Dwellings Unlimited in Southfield, said Howell was a good fit for the show because of his home's style and his outgoing personality. The show found Santiago, a longtime friend of Howell's, on her Web site ( in May.


"I did the audition tape, and they liked my spirit and energy," said Howell, who regularly hosts parties at his house. "They told me to send in a head shot and resume for a possible show."


"He was a natural choice," said Santiago, 40.


As part of the show, HGTV experts tour the homes, evaluating the positive and negative features and assessing whether renovations have increased the value. Experts also offer advice on potential remodeling projects that might help boost the price of the house.


Howell hopes to downsize to a condo if his home is valued at at least $280,000. It appraised at $295,000 three years ago.


Santiago said spectacular lighting, decor and newer construction are good points about Howell's home. However, its location on a main road and needed kitchen upgrades may affect the home's value.


Other homes to be featured:


*An ultracontemporary 1,700-square-foot, two-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bath, two-story condo in Royal Oak. It has a wraparound deck and was purchased three years ago for $550,000. The owner wants to know whether she would get her money back if $5,000 were put into the deck. A landscaper was interviewed to show what he would do for $5,000 to improve the value and make it more inviting, Santiago said. The owner plans to add shrubs and other vegetation to the deck.


*A 3,600-square-foot house in Detroit's Indian Village. The owners have done extensive renovations to the five-bedroom, 31/2 -bath home. They want to determine whether they are on track and not overspending.


*A 6,000-square-foot house, also in Indian Village. The owner wants to know whether it's better to do a basement or a bathroom and bedroom renovation to lift the value of the five-bedroom home.


What's being evaluated


Southfield: This 1999 two-story home is 1,850 square feet, has three bedrooms and four baths.


Royal Oak: This 2005 loft is 1,700 square feet, has two bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.


Indian Village: This 1911 colonial is 6,000 square feet, has five bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths.


Indian Village: This 1901 Tudor is 3,600 square feet, has five bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.


Contact BRENDEL HIGHTOWER at 313-222-8776 or at






ANDRE J. JACKSON / Detroit Free Press


HGTV producer Kristina Djokic, right, readies Rodney Howell and real estate agent Joy Santiago for filming at Howell's Southfield home.


ANDRE J. JACKSON / Detroit Free Press


Producer Kristina Djokic, 33, and cameraman Paul Lenzi of Lake Orion film at Rodney Howell's home in Southfield.




CAPTIONWRITER: Rodney Howell added improvements such as glass art in the entryway and marble floors to the foyer of his colonial-style Southfield home.




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