I've read of this being very staged, so the BF and I have been crawling the web for many of these people after being frustrated is seeing so many people near or around our own ages being able to just pick up, leave jobs and buy fabulous homes in exotic places. On one recent episode, we're treated to the house hunting of Paul Sloan and his wife Suzanne, (she's originally from Tahiti). We're shown that Paul has had enough of his hectic lifestyle as a marketing exec. in Los Angeles. And, being told by both the narrator AND Paul Sloan himself, he's decided to quit his job, pick up the wife and son, (Maui. Yes, their kid's name is Maui.) and move them to Tahiti... to find a house with a budget of $700,000.00 Paul states that they'll be living solely on their savings and that he has no job. It even shows him coming home for allegedly the last day of his job. The wife is over-the-top high maintenance, and they eventually settle on a home within their budget and are shown to be living happily ever after on the island.... Only, it isn't true. Digging up information on this guy, (we used Lexis and Google as well as FaceBook and LinkedIn), we found out he never actually left California and is the director of sales and marketing for the tourism arm of San Louis Obispo, California. Paul Sloan Tweets under his own (@pstahiti1) name and it's clear from his social media postings he lives nowhere near Tahiti, or at least fulltime. On his private webpage, his profile states he's operated diving schools in Mexico, the Caribbean and.... TAHITI!! SO: The Sloans are apparently better off than we've been left to believe, they operate businesses in Tahiti after the show portrays Paul as a complete newcomer to the islands, and they live, at least most of the time, back in California. Yeah, I know we knew these shows were heavily staged, I just thought we'd have some fun with getting the lowdown on some of their subject matters and finding out as much as we could on one of these couple, and of course I wanted to share it with my DL friends. SERIOUSLY HGTV?!?
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