Five Interesting Facts about the Scott Brothers

January 23, 2017  - by 

by Tyler Stahle and Miryelle Resek

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, Jonathan and Drew Scott, more commonly known as the Property Brothers from the popular HGTV show, will grace the RootsTech stage as keynote speakers at the world’s largest family history conference. At RootsTech, the brothers will talk about their unique family ties and the can-do attitudes their family fostered, their positive outlooks, childhoods, careers, and their shared passions for the entertainment industry and for buying and renovating property.

You might be familiar with their show on HGTV or their line of Scott Living Collection home decor. Here are five interesting facts you may not know about the Scott brothers:

1. Entrepreneurship runs in the family.

The twins have been entrepreneurs since they were seven years old when they started JAM Enterprises (which stood for Jon, Andrew, and Mom). As a team, they sold decorative hangers adorned by nylon, which sold by the thousands. Perhaps this is where they got their eye for turning something ordinary into something extraordinary.

“We would go door-to-door in our neighborhood, and people thought it was cute,” said Jonathan in an interview with Parade.

Their older brother, JD, is also involved with the Property Brothers TV show. He hosts behind-the-scenes coverage of the twins online, and he helps grow the family business with his out-of-the-box approach. Together, the three Scott brothers founded Dividian Production Group in 2004—a company that helped indie films with content writing and directing. Eventually, this company helped the brothers launch their own projects.

2. They love entertaining.

Both Jonathan and Drew began their entertainment career when they were eight years old. They dressed up as clowns for local parades, birthday parties, and other kid-friendly events.

“We were 8 years old, and my dad said we had to get a job,” recalled Jonathan in an interview with Real Style. “We were thinking of different things. We saw that there was an ad, like, ‘Learn how to be a clown, and you’ll be hired for parades.’ We thought, ‘That sounds awesome!’ We did that. We were actually making pretty good money as kids.”

Eventually Jonathan, tired of the makeup, chose to go into magic.

“I [segued] into doing more magic as opposed to the clowning and it built from there,” he told Real Style. “I won a lot of awards for my illusions. My illusions are a full Vegas-style show where there’s music and dance and special effects and all kinds of stuff.” 

The brothers have also acted together in Breaker High, and later acted individually—Jonathan appearing on The X-Files and Drew on Smallville and Madison.

The two have been on comedy sketches, played in the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and with the Harlem Globetrotters, and have recorded country songs, one of which was number 38 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

3. They’ve been involved with real estate since they were teenagers.

The Scott brothers were ahead of their time, restoring houses before it was a popular thing to do. With $250 down, they bought their first house across from the University of Calgary—and ended up selling it for a $50,000 profit.

Their success with flipping homes was so profitable that they continued, and they started a real estate and construction business known as Scott Real Estate, Inc., which eventually caught the eye of producers and led to the beginnings of Property Brothers.

4. They are country boys at heart.

Growing up on a ranch in Vancouver, Canada, means that country living is secondhand to the brothers. Some of their fondest family memories include hiking, camping, canoeing, and horseback riding. The Scott brothers say their strong work ethic is a result of the early-morning responsibility of caring for and feeding the family’s various farm animals.

Drew and Jonathan Scott even went back to their roots to help family friends renovate their country ranch in under 10 weeks. Both of the country songs they recorded debuted in their Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch series.

5. Their relationship is built on trust and friendship.

From competitive bagpipe playing to karate to working together, the brothers have spent an enormous amount of time with each other. So how do they manage to not get on each other’s nerves?

In multiple interviews they talked about how they immediately address any problems or issues they’re having. “We say what’s on our mind, good news or bad news,” said Jonathan in an interview that appeared in the Deseret News. “People always are asking if we ever argue and fight and, to be honest, we don’t.”

The Scott brothers also enjoy making each other laugh, whether with magic tricks or pranks. It’s just one more piece of evidence that shows the brothers enjoy spending time with one another and have a great relationship.

Register for RootsTech today, and don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the Scott Brothers.

 

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  1. Is there anyone out there that is working on getting information from the Germany Archion archives system on John georg Biller that married Maria Catherine Schumacher?

    1. Have you tried looking at the Germany Marriages Index 1558-1929. These Indexes are in English.
      Below is a quick search on FamilySearch. See below. The spelling on these records is not consistent but if your work at it you may find your people. I am just a researcherer but have found some lines way back on these Indexes.
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      Joh. Georg Biller
      mentioned in the record of Joh. Michael Nörr and Barbara Biller
      Name Joh. Georg Biller
      Gender Male
      Daughter Barbara Biller
      Other information in the record of Joh. Michael Nörr and Barbara Biller
      from Deutschland Heiraten
      Name Joh. Michael Nörr
      Spouse’s Name Barbara Biller
      Event Date 16 Mar 1734
      Father’s Name Nörr
      Spouse’s Father’s Name Joh. Georg Biller

  2. I absolutely adore the brothers and their show. Everything I hear about them is always good. Talk about talented men!
    So refreshing to find brothers who get along so well and together are so successful! My dream is for them to find me a home and work their magic…I’m sure millions share that dream!!!

  3. Thank you for the laugh this morning. “Growing up on a ranch in Vancouver.” I doubt a ranch has ever existed in Vancouver. According to on-line bios and interviews, the brothers were born in Vancouver, They grew up and attended high school in Maple Ridge, an urban/rural municipality east of Vancouver, that only became part of the regional Metro Vancouver government in 1995. While growing up there they lived in three different houses, two in town and one bordering Golden Ears park. It is stated they lived on a five-acre horse farm, though how long they were on that property is unknown. After high school the family moved to a “ranch home” in Alberta, during which time they attended the University of Calgary. Where exactly the “ranch home” is located and if it was a working ranch is unknown.

  4. It’s a rare trait to be talented and entertaining and these two are all that. Love their shows and I can’t tell you how many tips, tricks and ideas we’ve learned from them. 🙂

  5. The show last night showed their mom and dad…their father looks so familiar… was he on a soap opera on tv? If so…which show. I used to watch everyday…but haven’t for maybe 20 years!?

  6. Enjoy their productions very much. Such a good variety, and working with their family projects is so entertaining. It is awesome to see them as such a strong and caring family! Margo, Birmingham