US reality TV stars go house hunting on Coast
THESE three young Canadians could be worth millions to the Sunshine Coast.
The trio, who have swapped snow and mountains for sun and sand, are starring in a US cable TV show - one of the most popular in North America.
House Hunters International attracts about 10 million viewers each time it airs.
Sara Kumpt, Mollie Bingham and Lisa Widmer, all 24, are from British Columbia.
They have headed Down Under to live, work and study on the Coast.
And their exploits - particularly finding a place to live - are being filmed for the US reality series.
House Hunters globe trots from Sao Paolo to Prague and London to Cairns, following the trials of people looking to rent a home.
THE girls have been friends since school.
Lisa came to Australia two months ago and the others quickly followed.
Sara is studying business at the University of the Sunshine Coast and works with Lisa at ABC Dental in Buderim.
Mollie is studying nursing at the university and works at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital.
"Lisa was here and told us how good it was," Sara said.
"Mollie and I couldn't resist. I like the lifestyle - the beach, the sun.
"And the Australians I meet are a lot of fun. I always wanted to come here.
"It feels like home, yet it's completely different."
Anita Poteri Auckland of Itchy Feet Media, based at Kin Kin, produces and directs the Australian and New Zealand episodes of the series.
"The girls moved here, found work, went house hunting and found a lovely place at Alex," Mrs Poteri Auckland said.
"They saw three properties."
The girls were friends at Kelowna, a town at the foot of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Mollie said they went to school together.
Instead of going skiing at Big White, Mollie now surfs.
"It's all about balance but you are not strapped in like a snowboard," she said.
While Canada and Australia are similar in many ways, the girls said our weather took a while to get used to.
The average winter temperature back in Kelowna is about minus-7 degrees currently.
And it seems our slang is proving a problem.
"It's hard to understand," Mollie said. "It's very laid back, especially on the Coast. We like the differences."
But they have found the cost of living higher than they expected.