Snohomish twin sisters Lyndsay Lamb, right, and Leslie Davis pose inside one of their local remodeled homes that will be on their new HGTV series “Unsellable Houses,” which starts Feb. 4. This home in Everett went on the market last week. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish twin sisters Lyndsay Lamb, right, and Leslie Davis pose inside one of their local remodeled homes that will be on their new HGTV series “Unsellable Houses,” which starts Feb. 4. This home in Everett went on the market last week. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Twin sisters do makeover magic to local homes in HGTV series

New “Unsellable Houses” focuses on transforming modest Snohomish County homes into hot properties.

SNOHOMISH — These twin sisters are bringing Snohomish County real estate to reality TV.

What’s up with that?

Real estate agents Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis are the makeover mavens of “Unsellable Houses,” a new series that airs Tuesdays starting Feb. 4 on HGTV. The sisters work their magic on modest homes in desperate need of help.

Promos have started running on the network of the show that will bring global attention to Snohomish County, hopefully the way “Fixer Upper” transformed Waco into a trendy Texas town.

The homes in the 11 episodes of the first season of “Unsellable Houses” are in Everett, Marysville, Bothell, Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Lynnwood.

The 38-year-old twins are identical, but you won’t be seeing double. Lyndsay has brown hair, bangs and glasses. Leslie has flowing blonde hair and a sock cap.

“In sixth grade she cut bangs, and she said, ‘I’m having bangs from now on,’ ’’ said Leslie, who is three minutes younger. “So I’ve never been able to have bangs.”

“I claimed them,” Lyndsay said.

They sound alike, though. They speak in unison, repeat each other, finish the other’s sentences and mirror hand gestures while exchanging back-and-forth banter.

The remodeled kitchen of the modeled Everett home that will be in an episode of the HGTV series “Unsellable Houses” (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The remodeled kitchen of the modeled Everett home that will be in an episode of the HGTV series “Unsellable Houses” (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The series is by production company High Noon Entertainment, whose hits include “Fixer Upper” and “Cake Boss.” The company contacted the sisters in 2017 after seeing YouTube videos of them singing car karaoke with a GoPro and dancing with homebuying clients to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

This led to a pilot on HGTV last spring about an 1890s house in Everett that wasn’t selling until the twins took over. It sold the network on their screen charisma. They landed a deal to do 11 shows, for starters.

The focus is on homes between $350,000 and $500,000. In many areas of the country, this still buys luxury digs, not a starter house.

A March episode is about a three-bed, one-bath Everett rambler at 1307 Pinkerton Ave. that recently went on the market for $375,000 after a four-week renovation by the twins. The house is in the Pinehurst neighborhood, not far from Cascade High School and across the noise barrier from the Boeing freeway. The sisters said the home received multiple offers within two days on the market and went over the listing price by about $30,000.

“The sellers of all the homes will be on the show, but not the buyers,” Leslie said. “A lot of the buyers don’t even know they are HGTV homes.”

Lyndsay does the spending. Leslie does the spreadsheets.

“Lyndsay is ridiculously creative. I have to rein her in,” Leslie said. “I am so incredibly cheap. I shop in her giveaway pile. Everything I’m wearing is her hand-me-downs. Other than this cap, I bought it at a hardware store.”

“She knows how to run a business. I cast vision,” Lyndsay said.

“We are the epitome of yin and yang. It’s like the perfect marriage. If I could marry my sister, I would,” Leslie said.

Growing up in Snohomish, they were the LaCourse twins. Both married their Snohomish High sweethearts. Their husbands were roommates in college.

“They knew that they were marrying two women, not one,’” said Lyndsay. Or maybe it was Leslie.

Snohomish twins Leslie Davis (left) and Lyndsay Lamb give each other a high-five at an Everett home they staged for HGTV. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Snohomish twins Leslie Davis (left) and Lyndsay Lamb give each other a high-five at an Everett home they staged for HGTV. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

The twins live a mile apart, and have 14-year-old sons who are best friends. Leslie also has two younger children.

They began their careers in their 20s in marketing and sales for their aunt Tina Kuna, co-founder of Dream Dinners, which now has franchises nationwide. With three young children, Leslie later became a stay-at-home mom. Lyndsay started selling homes and opened Lamb Real Estate at ReMax Town Center in Mill Creek. Leslie got her real estate license to help out while Lyndsay’s son went through extensive cancer treatment eight years ago. He’s cancer-free now.

The TV show is separate from their day job, but the homes become their listings.

The sisters do the staging, painting and design. Jeff Lawrence, owner of JL Remodeling of Lynnwood, does the construction.

“The premise of this show is to take a more reasonable budget — $20,000, $30,000, $40,000 — and make the improvements and invest it where it’s going to make sense to sell the home and make the client more money,” Leslie said.

The sisters plunk their own money into the house, then split the profit with the seller.

They put $40,000 into the Pinkerton Avenue home for a new driveway, bathroom renovation, kitchen revamp with butcher block countertops and refinished floors to bring the 1955 place up to speed for 2020.

The 1,152 square foot home was built in a day when closets were small and everyone shared one bathroom. The new buyers will still have to share one.

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter: @reporterbrown.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Marysville
1 pedestrian dead after car crash on I-5 south of Marysville

Around 5 p.m., a car crashed into a pedestrian along I-5. Investigators believed a man had parked on the shoulder to refuel.

FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Do Snohomish County lawmakers want a 2020 presidential rematch?

The Herald contacted seven Republican legislators representing parts of Snohomish County about their primary choice. Five did not respond.

A man walks by Pfizer headquarters, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in New York. Pfizer will spend about $43 billion to buy Seagen and broaden its reach into cancer treatments, the pharmaceutical giant said. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)
Pfizer backs out of Everett manufacturing plant after $43B Seagen deal

Pfizer finalized the acquisition of the Bothell-based cancer drug developer in December.

Photo provided by 
Economic Alliance
Economic Alliance presented one of the Washington Rising Stem Awards to Katie Larios, a senior at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Mountlake Terrace High School senior wins state STEM award

Katie Larios was honored at an Economic Alliance gathering: “A champion for other young women of color in STEM.”

A view of one of the potential locations of the new Aquasox stadium on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 in Everett, Washington. The site sits between Hewitt Avenue, Broadway, Pacific Avenue and the railroad. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
20 businesses could be demolished for downtown Everett stadium

Some business owners say the city didn’t tell them of plans for a new AquaSox stadium that could displace their businesses.

Kathy Purviance-Snow poses for a photo in her computer lab at Snohomish High School on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, in Snohomish, WA. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
To ban or embrace ChatGPT? Local teachers fight AI with AI — or don’t

“It has fundamentally changed my teaching in really stressful and exciting ways,” an EvCC teacher said. At all levels of education, ChatGPT poses a tricky question.

In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 7 is displayed during a debut for employees and media of the new jet in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FAA gives Boeing 90 days to develop plan to fix quality, safety issues

The agency’s ultimatum comes a day after a meeting with CEO Dave Calhoun and other top Boeing officials in Washington, D.C.

Firefighters respond to a report of a smoke alarm going off in the 100 block of West Main Street in Monroe on Monday morning. Fire officials confirmed the fire was coming from living quarters above Good Brewing Co. (Provided by Snohomish County Regional Fire and Rescue).
Fire damages apartment above Monroe brewery

Good Brewing Co. on West Main Street was listed as permanently closed Monday.

Tom Ceurvorst picks up his food order at Big Chicken on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Free ice cream Wednesday for Shaq’s birthday at Big Chicken in Mukilteo

Sign a card for the NBA Hall of Famer and restaurant founder. Shaquille O’Neal turns 52 on March 6.

Flowers for slain trooper Chris Gadd begin to collect outside Washington State Patrol District 7 Headquarters on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Police: Lynnwood man consumed cannabis, beer before crash into trooper

Trooper Chris Gadd, 27, was stopped along I-5 when he was hit and killed early Saturday. Troopers suspect Raul Benitez Santana was impaired.

Madi Humphries, 9, Rose Austin, 13, and Eirene Ritting, 8, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
No grades, no teachers: Inside a Bothell school run by student vote

Each day at The Clearwater School, 60 students choose their own lessons. It’s one vote per person, whether you’re staff or student.

SonShine Preschool inside First Baptist Church Monroe is pictured Friday, March 1, 2024, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
SonShine preschool in Monroe to close at the end of the year

The preschool, operated by First Baptist Church, served kids for 25 years. School leadership did not explain the reason behind the closure.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.