A Place in the Sun’s Jean Johansson opens up on ‘tough’ house hunt ‘Was a journey’

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A Place in the Sun presenter Jean Johansson has been a staple on the Channel 4 series since 2018, and during that time she has helped many house hunters to find their dream holiday homes. However, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the 39-year-old admitted it is sometimes difficult to meet her house hunter’s expectations.

Speaking about managing her guest’s criteria during one episode, Jean began: “It was tough and as always on A Place in the Sun it’s a journey, isn’t it?

“There are a few [properties] that maybe don’t suit them.

“And so, just like every episode there are ups and downs.”

The property expert went on to add her job as a presenter is to try and meet their expectations, but at the same time, she must be realistic.

Jean continued: “I think we’re all bargain hunters and inherently we all want to spend the least amount that we can.

“We often get bargain hunters and part of our jobs as the experts and presenters is to manage those expectations.

“We are on their side, but we also have to manage the expectations as well.”

When Jean is shooting for an episode, she meets with her house hunters on the Sunday before the search so she can get to know them better.

She also is able to offer advice and tips to her guests for the week ahead.

“On each show, we start filming on a Monday and on Sunday night we have dinner and drinks with the house hunters with no cameras before we even go out filming,” Jean added.

“That’s a good time to sort of get to know them before there are any cameras rolling.

“That’s when we will manage expectations and we’ll give them any tips.”

Last year, Channel 4 bosses were forced to halt production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This meant the presenters were unable to travel abroad to film.

However, when the travel ban was lifted, Jean and her co-stars were able to travel but with restrictions in place.

At the time, they were only able to film in the green listed countries. However, now Jean is able to travel to more sunny destinations.

Speaking about what it is like on set for guests and crew, Jean explained: “We still keeping the distance and you will see that on camera.

“We’re still being safe, and in terms of our two-metre distance, the whole crew are aware of our social distancing.

“But we’ve learned to work that way, we’ve been working that way for over a year now.

“So, it’s kind of been built in us to stay safe on location.”

A Place in the Sun airs weekdays at 3pm on Channel 4.

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