House Hunters - now I've heard it all

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  1. izzy

    izzy "It's not the heat -- it's the stupidity"

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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!!!
     
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  3. emer95

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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!
     
  4. Southernmiss

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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!
     
  5. ::danielle::

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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.
     
  6. DVCLiz

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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.
     
  7. mom2d&b

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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.
     
  8. mdsoccermom

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    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?
     
  9. scrapquitler

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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. :confused3 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.
     
  10. Topper

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    I would want a fireplace in Charleston, especially during:

    Month..........Avg Low
    Jan..................43
    Feb..................46
    Mar..................52
    Nov..................54
    Dec..................46
     
  11. Pixiedust34

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    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. :happytv:

    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. :)
     
  12. Heidict

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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? :lmao:
     
  13. KennesawNemo

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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!
     
  14. bdcp

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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.
     
  15. DVCLiz

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    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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    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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  18. angwill

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    My favorite had a wife who was afraid of any home that was already lived in because it might be haunted by the ghost of someone who died in the house. Every house they saw she would mention the possibility that someone died in it and it was haunted by their ghost. I am talking homes built in 1980 too. She of course picked the newest house. I wanted to slap her.
     
  19. JoBird

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    Born and raised Charleston girl here.

    A fireplace in Charleston does get used- every now and then.

    Most days however, it's too warm for it. There were many many many times growing up I begged my dad to start a fire and he said it was too hot. Especially at Christmas when we would have loved nothing more than to have a roaring fire to go along with our short sleeves we were running around outside in. ;)


    It's in the 60s in Charleston this week, btw. Perfect, considering how hot is gets super fast.
     
  20. Jaya

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    Have you noticed that they usually pick the one they've complained the most about?

    And.. they all seem to have realtors who don't listen to them. Their budget is $400,000, they have to have four bedrooms and three baths and they want a 2-story. The realtor takes them to $500,000 ranch houses (that are only a "little" over their budget) with three bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. I think after the second house that didn't match my criteria, I'd be finding a new realtor, how about you?

    The one thing that's a hoot on the international shows is that they usually start out saying they want to experience life in Italy or Greece or Guatamala or......... and expose their children to different lifestyles and then proceed to complain bitterly that the apartments are small, the ceilings are low, the bathrooms only have showers, the kitchens don't have granite countertops or dishwashers, and there's no assigned parking. They'll insist they want to live in "historic" buildings and then complain that the fireplace is ugly or the layout isn't "open concept". Helllooooo.......maybe they had just better stay in Houston or Chicago or Los Angeles?

    I'll swear that I'm not going to watch another episode and then BAM! there I am back at the TV watching another episode.
     
  21. Tinkermommy

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    I might have put the thought in her head that land can be haunted too. :rolleyes1

    Wasn't that the case with the movie "Poltergeist"? :rotfl2:

    This show drives me crazy. People think of the weirdest excuses. Just own that you want what you want.
     

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