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Old 02-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #31
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This show annoys/amuses me too. I get a kick out of the very young couple who is buying their first house with a shoestring budget and wanting a huge house with all of the bells and whistles. Your budget is $80,000. You're not going to get your dream house.

Equally annoying is when the realtor encourages them to go over their budget. Yes..that's great advice.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:39 PM   #32
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I don't think it's all staged, I have a cousin through marriage who was on the show two years ago.... she was looking for homes on the market, the only thing with her, is that she saw a house she wanted to look at outside her target neighborhood and Sandra didn't really want to show her that house... After a little pushing Sandra brought her to see the house and that's the house she bought. I can't say they didn't edit the show (they did) but each property was an actual property for sale and she was an actual buyer who then married my cousin shortly thereafter.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:45 PM   #33
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I don't think it's all staged, I have a cousin through marriage who was on the show two years ago.... she was looking for homes on the market, the only thing with her, is that she saw a house she wanted to look at outside her target neighborhood and Sandra didn't really want to show her that house... After a little pushing Sandra brought her to see the house and that's the house she bought. I can't say they didn't edit the show (they did) but each property was an actual property for sale and she was an actual buyer who then married my cousin shortly thereafter.
That's Property Virgins, not House Hunters.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:36 PM   #34
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I like the show, because I like seeing the houses, especially the international shows. However, I don't believe they are "real" (like most other "reality shows".)

A couple years ago, we went to Tahiti. Since then, I get emails trying to "temp" us back. A couple weeks ago, I got an email from a luxury home vacational rental vendor. They said, watch House Hunters on xxx, they are featuring 3 of our homes! They attached lots of pictures of the homes. I watched, and sure enough, a LA couple was moving to Moorea. The 3 homes they were choosing from were the exact 3 homes from my email. At the end, they "bought" one of the homes.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:05 PM   #35
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I'd quit my job in a second to be a SAHM to our pets! Lol ok, I'd also spend my day working for our bulldog rescue organization and volunteering for hospice, but yep, in a second if we could afford it.

Count me in as someone who starts screaming at the tv over the spoiled brats on that show. "no granite, no walkin closet? I simply cannot live here." funny, I've lived without those things all my life and I don't feel deprived. I don't wallow in self pity over the lack of granite in my life.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:43 PM   #36
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I'd quit my job in a second to be a SAHM to our pets! Lol ok, I'd also spend my day working for our bulldog rescue organization and volunteering for hospice, but yep, in a second if we could afford it.

Count me in as someone who starts screaming at the tv over the spoiled brats on that show. "no granite, no walkin closet? I simply cannot live here." funny, I've lived without those things all my life and I don't feel deprived. I don't wallow in self pity over the lack of granite in my life.
I doubt the people on HH do either. It's stages and they are told to say that.That's why they all say it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #37
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Some of my favorite buyer complaints are:

Ooo. The paint color!
Ooo. We'll have to replace those rugs! (Sometimes the rugs are brand new but unappealing to buyer, sometimes the rugs are worn and soiled. What's a seller to do?)
Ooo. Laminate counters!
Ooo. Walk-in closet, but it's too small!
Ooo. Only ONE walk-in closet in the Master BR!
Ooo. This $80,000 house won't fit our California King!
Ooo. The Master shower is in a gold frame! The tub has no Jets! There is only one sink! I don't like all those Mirrors!
Ooo. The basement of this $100,000 house hasn't been upgraded!
Ooo. There's no Fridge! Or, there's a Fridge but it's not stainless. Or, it's not side-by-side, or it's not French Door.

In most cases above these homes have "the right things wrong." These are things that are deducted from the selling price, but cost little to upgrade and can mostly be done by the new homeowners. If you buy a home with these faults, for a few bucks you gain lots of equity. It's a no-brainer - especially if the house is in the right neighborhood, right school district, etc.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:49 PM   #38
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I'm going to start a drinking game.

Drink everytime a couple looks at a walk-in closet and the wife says to her husband, "but where are you going to put your clothes?"

Drink every time a couple walks into a kitchen and someone says "I can just picture myself cooking here."

Drink every time a couple says a space would be perfect for entertaining or dinner parties.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:56 PM   #39
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I'm going to start a drinking game.

Drink everytime a couple looks at a walk-in closet and the wife says to her husband, "but where are you going to put your clothes?"

Drink every time a couple walks into a kitchen and someone says "I can just picture myself cooking here."

Drink every time a couple says a space would be perfect for entertaining or dinner parties.
I'll add one: Drink every time a couple walks into a kitchen and someone says, "I hate this kitchen. But I don't cook."
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:59 PM   #40
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I'm going to start a drinking game.

Drink everytime a couple looks at a walk-in closet and the wife says to her husband, "but where are you going to put your clothes?"

Drink every time a couple walks into a kitchen and someone says "I can just picture myself cooking here."

Drink every time a couple says a space would be perfect for entertaining or dinner parties.


I was watching one a couple weeks ago where this couple and their young child were searching for a house. They had a fairly big budget, she didn't work. He wanted to be on the north side of town, close to work. She wanted to be on the south side of town, so she could be closer to her sister. The looked at three gorgeous homes... one where he could see his work, one right in the middle of the two, and one close to her sister. She kept whining, saying "but we're so far from my sister" and you can guess what house they bought. He was going to drive 1.5 hours each way to work, so she could stay home and play with her sister. Ugh, I wanted to smack her.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:16 PM   #41
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Let's add in all those couples who absolutely cannot abide a bathroom without a double vanity... how on earth will they both get ready for work??

I'll type reallllllyyyyyy slowly in case any of them are reading: You take turns!!! One person gets up a little earlier and gets ready. Then, when the first person is done, there's all that room for the second person.

I love the show; I love looking at all the homes and at what's typical where. But the people on the show are enough to drive you to drink!
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #42
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I'm going to start a drinking game.

Drink everytime a couple looks at a walk-in closet and the wife says to her husband, "but where are you going to put your clothes?"

Drink every time a couple walks into a kitchen and someone says "I can just picture myself cooking here."

Drink every time a couple says a space would be perfect for entertaining or dinner parties.
I'll add one more:

"This is a great space for entertaining."

Or any use of the word "space." I'd be drunk in 5 minutes!

There was one show where a woman HATED toilet paper holders attached to the wall, and she also hated houses that had a lot of electrical outlets. Aren't those a good thing?
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:02 PM   #43
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I'll add one more:

"This is a great space for entertaining."

Or any use of the word "space." I'd be drunk in 5 minutes!

There was one show where a woman HATED toilet paper holders attached to the wall, and she also hated houses that had a lot of electrical outlets. Aren't those a good thing?
I've also seen an episode where the woman hates a formal dinning room. Seriously? Can she just use it for some other purpose?
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:32 PM   #44
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Shows like this have ruined the housing market. Buyers have unrealistic expectations. I built a home eight years ago and we were transferred five years later. I was so frustrated by potential buyers telling me the fixtures were dated, etc. the family that ended up buying the house didn't like my black granite counters and replaced them with a different color! Such waste! We had stainless appliances, but they replaced them with a more upscale brand.

Very frustrating!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:35 PM   #45
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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!
She may be a nutter, but they have done something right. Good for them.
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