GTA Realtor uses puppets and catchy lyrics to sell his mother’s house
Erin Nicole Davis
In a video aptly titled “My Mom’s House,” GTA’s realtor Arty Bassinski showcases her mother’s spacious, freshly listed four-bedroom Caledon home.
In this video, however, the show’s star isn’t the $2 million house (although that’s fine); it’s a handful of singing puppets resembling Muppets. And the video will leave viewers with a catchy tune in their heads (and, subsequently, their homes too) for hours.
The video opens like a typical real estate ad video taken by a drone. But it quickly takes a fun and entertaining turn when the over-the-top puppets appear out of nowhere, singing about the house and offering their comments on its features (everything from its moldings to the finished basement).
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This isn’t the first time Basinski, a Real Estate By Bike realtor, has gone off the beaten path to list videos. It all started in 2019 with ‘little yellow house‘, says Basinski. “My client is a singer; I pitched the idea of doing a music video and she loved the idea, so we collaborated on a ‘rap’ video about her house,” he explains. “I’m not a rapper by any means, but in today’s mainstream rap standards, absolutely….[laughs}.”
When it came time for his mom to list her home, Basinski jumped at the chance to create another unique video to get people talking (and singing along).
While Basinski wrote the song and puppeteered, the video quickly became a team effort.
“I bought the two main puppets from my friend Morgan Joy from DramaWay and the fox from Red Pepper Spectacle Arts,” he says. “Dan Guiry sang the song; Matthew Krist and his granddaughter Sophia acted as puppeteer; and Fred Yurichuk shot the footage from the drone. Basinski’s mother, Nela Basinski-Clark, even makes an appearance, showing up in the living room playing the synthesizer.
While Basinski is a real estate agent, he’s also been making music for decades and is passionate about diving into the world of video creation. “I wanted to work on a video series called ‘Homes of the Weird and Wonderful,'” he says. “I made a video but I would like to continue a few more this year and work with a production company on it.”
As for Basinski’s mother’s house, it’s still on the market, according to the GTA realtor.
“We had an offer that just didn’t measure up, and someone verbally confirmed they’ll be making an offer at the end of the week once they’ve settled their overseas finances. Basinski explains. “So there’s still a chance this beauty is yours!”
In the meantime, those looking for fun entertainment can watch some of Basinski’s other videos. “My favorite was called ’84 Eddy’, a daft punk inspired videoBasinski explains. “And another video that I did for random fun was called Real Estate By Roller Skate.
(Oh, and good luck getting “My Mom’s House” out of your head… “It should be you, it should be you, it should be you…”).
Erin Nicole Davis
Erin Nicole Davis is a Toronto born and raised writer with a passion for the city, its urban affairs and its culture.
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