Castles in the sun out, bungalows in as housing downturn affects HGTV mix

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NEW YORK - The United States' economic problems have changed the mix at the perpetually sunny HGTV.
The cable network that focuses on home style is spending more time on modest properties.
HGTV president Jim Samples says the network is airing its shows ''Property Virgins'' (hosted by Toronto real-estate agent Sandra Rinomato) and ''My First Place'' more frequently because viewers can better relate to stories about first-time home buyers than those seeking vacation getaways.
Two new shows called ''Real Estate Intervention'' and ''The Unsellables'' (another Canadian show) focus on fixing down-on-their-luck properties to bring them to market.

Geographic location: NEW YORK, United States, Toronto

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