The Property Brothers are an open book in their new memoir, It Takes Two: Our Story, as Drew and Jonathan Scott, both 39, give People a glimpse into what readers will find among its pages. “We didn’t want to cut anything out of the book,” Jonathan says. “We talk about all the highs and all the lows.”

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Success didn’t come easily for the Vancouver-born brothers. Jonathan was filing for bankruptcy while Drew was racking up $100,000 in debt after spending thousands pursuing his real passion. “We had been doing real estate for some time, but I missed my passion, acting,” Drew explains.

“I went to Vancouver to pursue that, and I was taking acting courses, networking and doing all the things I had to do to make sure that I was being seen,” he continues. “In the end, that experience was really important because it created the buzz for our first auditions, which got us on TV and made it worth it.”

Jonathan, on the other hand, was pursuing his dream of being a magician, but a miscreant crushed that hope. His props and equipment were stolen, effectively putting the twin out of business. Nevertheless, he learned an important lesson that day.

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“It really turned out to be a game-changer for us, because we realized how any reckless decision you make can leave you vulnerable,” Jonathan explains. “Now we’ve put due diligence in and strengthened our financial situation.”

The Property Brothers are already looking forward to the next chapter of their lives: family. Drew and his fiancee just bought a new home in Los Angeles and Jonathan has babies on the mind with his girlfriend. “Of all the success and everything we’ve achieved, I think I’ll be a great dad,” says Jonathan. “That’s going to be exciting.”

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