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Old 02-21-2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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House Hunters - now I've heard it all

I'm currently watching House Hunters, and there is a 30-ish age couple from Boston who are looking for a vacation home in Charleston. In introducing the couple, they normally say a little something about they do for a living. She said that that she used to work in the IT field, but that she quit to become a stay at home mommy -- to their two dogs!

To borrow one of my favorite phrases from the 80's.... gag me with a spoon!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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I'm watching it too. What a nutter! She also gasps with horror when a horse drawn carriage goes by.

They must have buckets of cash. $500,000 for a vacation home, and she doesn't even work? Wow!
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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I remember the episode where they were looking for a home with a special place for the lady's pet turtles!
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I'm watching this same episode! They must have been one of those few people who made a fortune during the Dot Com boom several years ago.
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I laughed every time she whined about a fireplace. Exactly how often do you think she will be able to use that fireplace in CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA? Maybe twice if she happens to hit Charleston on vacation when it is a tiny bit cool. Charleston is normally as hot as a firecracker.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:43 AM   #6
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Love how they bought this vacation home and now are using it for "glorified" camping. Furnished with only a blow up mattress. Looks like someone will need to go back to work to afford furniture for the vacation home.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:56 AM   #7
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I'm currently watching House Hunters, and there is a 30-ish age couple from Boston who are looking for a vacation home in Charleston. In introducing the couple, they normally say a little something about they do for a living. She said that that she used to work in the IT field, but that she quit to become a stay at home mommy -- to their two dogs!

To borrow one of my favorite phrases from the 80's.... gag me with a spoon!!!
I saw that too and thought I mis-heard. I turned to my husband and said "did she really just say what I thought she said?"

Of course, I also once saw an episode where the buyers needed a view for their cats.

And how the heck was this woman shocked that they has horse drawn carriages in Charleston? Presumably she's been there before?
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:06 AM   #8
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I'm currently watching House Hunters, and there is a 30-ish age couple from Boston who are looking for a vacation home in Charleston. In introducing the couple, they normally say a little something about they do for a living. She said that that she used to work in the IT field, but that she quit to become a stay at home mommy -- to their two dogs!

To borrow one of my favorite phrases from the 80's.... gag me with a spoon!!!
Nah, I don't take much stock in the descriptions they give of the people on the show...did you ever notice that they are never a grocery store cashier, a janitor, unemployed, etc? They always make the descriptions of the couples career sound more upscale and glamorous than it probably actually is. She used to work in the IT field could mean she worked for Geeks to Go, He is in finance could mean he's a bank teller...whatever. I'm guessing that 'she quit to be a stay at home mommy to her dogs could mean that she's mentally unstable and had to take a LOA from her job to participate in intensive therapy with those anxiety dogs. You just never know what kind of spin they are putting on these things, and you know they are going to try to make the people look better as much as possible.
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I laughed every time she whined about a fireplace. Exactly how often do you think she will be able to use that fireplace in CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA? Maybe twice if she happens to hit Charleston on vacation when it is a tiny bit cool. Charleston is normally as hot as a firecracker.
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Nah, I don't take much stock in the descriptions they give of the people on the show...did you ever notice that they are never a grocery store cashier, a janitor, unemployed, etc? They always make the descriptions of the couples career sound more upscale and glamorous than it probably actually is. She used to work in the IT field could mean she worked for Geeks to Go, He is in finance could mean he's a bank teller...whatever. I'm guessing that 'she quit to be a stay at home mommy to her dogs could mean that she's mentally unstable and had to take a LOA from her job to participate in intensive therapy with those anxiety dogs. You just never know what kind of spin they are putting on these things, and you know they are going to try to make the people look better as much as possible.
Agree. There was a thread here a while back that said the whole show is basically fake. Sometimes they already bought the house they want, and then they go out and find houses to tour for the show as if they are making a decision. I keep watching it, though.

I prefer House Hunters International, but I'm sure things there are just as fake.

It makes me look around my house--no fireplace, no granite, very small, etc. and wonder if it'll ever sell.
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Is this the one that was freaking out over the "age" of the home they looked at? It was from the 1800's and she was all worried about it and the realtor was like, this is a newer home, some go back hundreds of years?
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I watched that episode too. That woman seemed nutty to me.

My favorite episode: An American couple looking for a house in Norway. There must be something with Norwegian tap water. Each house they see, the husband will take out a glass from the cupboard and use it to catch some tap water to drink. Totally grossed me out.

Also, I laugh every time when young people complain how they hate it there is no elevator for a 2nd or 3rd floor apartment. I mean healthy, young people with no small children!
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #13
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It's all staged anyway. The couple has already purchased a home (usually in the last year or so) and the other homes are either friends' homes or homes that happen to be on the market nearby. They move the couple out of their home (hence why most are empty or have very little furniture, usually covered) and then film them looking at the three homes. They are also told to embellish a lot. Stories are written around them. Don't believe what they say are their "must haves" because they actually already have them and were not necessarily why they purchased the home in the first place. They also fly the couple/family back and forth to film the before and after shots ( when there's a distance move). My father is a real estate agent and he was contacted about 7 years ago to do the show. He had to decline because my mom was going through chemo and he was taking time off to be with her. I now only watch to see the types of homes and price ranges in different areas.
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I would want a fireplace in Charleston, especially during:

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Nov..................54
Dec..................46
But look at the average high temps as well - my point was that there aren't many times when their vacation of a few days will coincide with one of the relatively few nights when a fire wouldn't be too hot. I thought she way overreacted about the fireplace.

She was also an idiot about the carriages and I also laughed at the camping part. Really, half a million dollars and all you're going to add is a blow up mattress and a card table?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:35 AM   #15
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The last episode I watched the woman just "had to have a doggie door" So your going to pass up an amazing house because it doesn't have a dog door. Really??? 20 dollars and 20 minutes is going to keep you from buying a house?!?!?
I love the episodes where they find people who are so freaked out about the color of a room. Ever heard of paint people.
Where do they find these people? and yes I know it's all staged but come on already.
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