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Where does HGTV find the people who look at their houses?

Most of the time the people on House Hunters or Property Virgins are so fucking bland but for once they hit casting GOLD with this crazy bitch in Jackson, Miss. who will only buy a home that speaks to her.

by Anonymousreply 10712/05/2012

What was up with her hair? Didn't anyone give her a clue? That house looked like a tear-down. Notice the "after" shots showed nothing but a few decorated rooms. I'll bet the place is falling down around her. Mess of Oprahfied crazy!

by Anonymousreply 111/28/2010

They probably find a realtor first and the first client of the realtor who agrees to go on air, gets the slot.

by Anonymousreply 211/28/2010

They are teaching people to be greedy and tacky

by Anonymousreply 311/28/2010

House Hunters is faked. The hunters are required to already be in escrow on a house before they will come and film. The 'hunt' isn't real.

In Canada they won't let them get away with this, Property Virgins is a Canadian show so it's for real.

by Anonymousreply 411/28/2010

You complete me, OP...

by Anonymousreply 511/28/2010

for the life of me, I still don't understand why granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are dealbreakers.

by Anonymousreply 611/28/2010

Thanks R4, you have destroyed House Hunters for me.

by Anonymousreply 711/28/2010

I'm partial to stainless also, but I will go with black. Anything else looks trashy/

by Anonymousreply 811/28/2010

Who wants hardwood floors in the kitchen anyway? Weirdos. That's who.

by Anonymousreply 911/29/2010

It's not just House Hunters, r4. I had a friend who responded to an ad and ended up on some HGTV show where they did 'designing for the sexes,' which meant they found something the husband liked, then something the wife liked, then something they both liked, and bought it.

The selected items were already pre-purchased (by my friend, not the show) and she and her husband had to go through a whole rigamarole where they pretended to be looking at a patio set or living room furniture when they'd already bought it. Then they had to sign documentation that they wouldn't talk or write about the experience.

by Anonymousreply 1111/29/2010

r10 - In the couples I've seen, both are obsessed with that crap.

by Anonymousreply 1211/29/2010

Always watch and the end of the show and see if it's Canadian HGTV, if it's American assume whatever you are seeing is scripted and fake. In Canada the HGTV programs get money from the government so they have to be clean.

by Anonymousreply 1411/29/2010

I like hobos

by Anonymousreply 1511/29/2010

r13 - No, the show paid for none of it. My friend and her husband got a small check each, but it was for being on the show, not as compensation for the money they spent on their house.

They'd already owned the patio furniture for a couple of months, but they had to go ooh and aah at an identical set at the store where they'd bought it. And it ended up being a pain in the ass, but they felt sorry for the HGTV producers and crew, who had to do dozens of these things a year.

by Anonymousreply 1611/29/2010

Interesting r 16.

And r 14, why on earth does the Canadian government subsidize HGTV programs?

by Anonymousreply 1711/29/2010

There was recently a horrible House Hunters in Cario, they 'bought' a $180,000 five flight walk up with no elevator. Obviously a complete set up, as they all are. It was scary, the family was scary, Cairo was scary and so was the flat they bought.

Many of the 'Hunters' seem to be real estate agents and have children who are.

by Anonymousreply 1811/29/2010

[quote] In Canada they won't let them get away with this, Property Virgins is a Canadian show so it's for real.%0D %0D But how real are Sandra's Rhino Tatas?

by Anonymousreply 1911/30/2010

I only watch International House Hunters. Does the same apply about escrow on those homes? I hope not.%0D %0D Last night, the fat blond dancer chick in Fiji who could only purchase a house that "inspired" her flat foot floogie was absurd. It's a vacation home. It's not a necessity. So, why all the unnecessary drama?

by Anonymousreply 2011/30/2010

When fat wife sees walk-in closet, she says to ball less husband:

"Where will we put your things?"

ENOUGH!

by Anonymousreply 2111/30/2010

I hate those shows. They DO teach people to be greedy, I agree.

by Anonymousreply 2211/30/2010

Some of the people are so dumb I can't believe it's completely staged, but I do. It makes sense. I mean. People walk into a house then reject it because they don't like the paint job or the carpeting. The comments from some of them make me want to just slap them. Slap them hard.%0D %0D I wonder about the landscaping people and the home remodeling people who hang out at Home Depot aho go to your house and fix up the yard etc, or make the house pretty. Who pays?%0D %0D I love Holmes on Homes, too. Some of the messes he has to fix are amazing! (And the contractor guys are hot!) Makes me afraid to call a contractor. Altho, I feel smarter now about doing it.

by Anonymousreply 2311/30/2010

I want Mike Holmes to come fix my house. At least I know it would be done the right way.

by Anonymousreply 2411/30/2010

[quote] And r 14, why on earth does the Canadian government subsidize HGTV programs?

The Canadian government subsidizes all Canadian television productions via tax credits.

by Anonymousreply 2511/30/2010

Doesn't there seem to be a disconnect between what the homebuilders build and what the buying public accepts? Are we all sheep who think we have to have granite countertops ($5000) and stainless steel appliances (it isn't the skin of the appliance that makes the difference; it is the inner workings). So many of the new subdivisions are going to be slums in 20 years because of poor planning.

by Anonymousreply 2611/30/2010

The problem with laminate countertops is the ugly patterns. I think it's done deliberately to get people to spend more on materials like granite.

by Anonymousreply 2711/30/2010

These shows capture everything that's wrong with people today. Living beyond your means, overleveraging yourself, making stupid financial decisions, all in attempt to keep up appearances and outdo the friends and neighbors. I love seeing a young couple in some city like Boston looking for a home that should have at least 3 bedrooms (for children that they won't be having any time soon), at least as many bathrooms, huge open concept kitchen with stainless steel appliances, huge granite-top island and countertops and dining room area because "they want to entertain" (they probably can't do scrambled eggs in reality). They can put down 20K but the bank approved them for a 400-500 K loan. Lovely!

by Anonymousreply 2811/30/2010

R-28 it's all over anyway. The bubble burst, no one can borrow against their equity for home imporvments and no one is buying homes or condos anymore.

by Anonymousreply 2911/30/2010

[quote] no one can borrow against their equity for home imporvments

What about those who have no mortgage but have considerable equity available?

by Anonymousreply 3011/30/2010

Many of the people buying properties lately are getting them for below the asking price. Most of the people selling their homes don't end up with offers and the show ends by saying "There was a great response to their efforts and they will likely get the price they want..." No they won't. %0D %0D A lot of the "home improvement" shows scare me. They remind you how easy it is to get ripped off by con artists. %0D %0D The show that blew me away was the woman looking for a property in the remotest part of Nicaragua for a surfing school for girls. Yes, sounds wonderful, but not in an unstable country belonging to the "Government of the Month Club." %0D I hope they invest in German Shepherds and an elaborate alarm system. %0D

by Anonymousreply 3111/30/2010

Why does everyone want a home office and a butler's pantry?

by Anonymousreply 3211/30/2010

How real are the Design on a Dime makeovers? I was watching one today where the designer noticed a table in the room (a family room the homeowners wanted to be able to double as a guest room) looked remotely Asian influenced. Based on that they pressured the homeowners to agree they loved Asian style and I said to my partner, just watch, they'll end up with a fucking Japanese restaurant in their basement.

Sure enough that's just about what happened. The DOAD designers are often so overly theme-y and since they are on a such a tight budget, so much of the stuff they come up with looks cheap and gimmicky.

What if the homeowners HATE the new design? Are they stuck with it?

by Anonymousreply 3311/30/2010

R32 the home office is so the husband can surf the net for porn and the butlers pantry is so the wife can store the 20 rolls of paper towels and toilet paper she bought at Costco.

by Anonymousreply 3411/30/2010

I find it funny when the couple only has about $20K to put down, are looking at the high end of their price range, and the female has the audacity to wrinkle her nose up at everything. Ewww..no granite counter tops..ewwww the bathroom hasn't been updated...ewww I don't like carpet

by Anonymousreply 3511/30/2010

I watch hese shows way too much, and I agree with r35, I want to scream when some douche walks into a dumpy house and gets all flustered about how trashy it is, but the douche's budget is $200k. Look bitch, you're poor. Accept it, and embrace the shit hole house because it is the best you can afford. %0D %0D The other thing that is fucked up is all these shit heads that expect the seller to pay closing costs ON TOP of accepting a lowball offer. Fuuuuck that. %0D %0D The chinky winky obviously closeted gay DC lawyer on tonights show was looking at a $600k condo - of course, he offers $560k and wants the seller to pitch in 3% for closing. Bitch, please. %0D %0D Futhermore, the staging shows where they doll up a house are a joke. They say the ubdget is $2k but they give the labor for nothing. They have Chico the electrician do all the work for free that would cost a normal person a small fortune. %0D %0D I do LOVE the hunky ginger with the enormous arms who is a carpenter on Designed to Sell. IWFHH. Hard. %0D %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3612/01/2010

Supposedly HGTV sometimes uses stuff that homeowners already bought or picked out and then the homeowners have to act surprised on these design shows.

by Anonymousreply 3712/01/2010

The only reason to watch these shows is because the carpenters and landscapers are so fucking hunky.

by Anonymousreply 3812/01/2010

To answer the original question - they solicit people to apply on their website, and the lower-budget shows sometimes place ads on Craigslist in the L.A. area. (They're always looking for people in L.A., because many shows don't have a travel budget.)

On House Hunters, the final houses have already been chosen or are in escrow. Then the producers find a couple of houses that the "homebuyers" can look at and turn down. It's all staged. In fact, I think the real estate agent on camera often isn't even the one who sold the house.

Apparently they placed fast and loose with a lot of the home-flipping shows during the real estate boom. Here's a link to a guy who had a home-flipping show and didn't even own the homes shown on camera:

[quote]McGee and others say Leccima%E2%80%99s episodes of %E2%80%9CFlip This House,%E2%80%9D A&E%E2%80%99s most popular show, were elaborate hoaxes. His friends and family were presented as potential homebuyers and %E2%80%9Csold%E2%80%9D signs were slapped in front of unsold houses. They say the home repairs %E2%80%94 the lynchpin of the show %E2%80%94 were actually quick or temporary patch jobs designed to look good on camera. Leccima says he never claimed to own the homes. While not acknowledging his televised renovations were staged, he didn%E2%80%99t deny it and suggested that A&E and Departure Films, the production company that makes the show, knew exactly what he was doing. %E2%80%9CAsk anybody who works in television how a reality show is made and you%E2%80%99ll find that ours was a very typical approach,%E2%80%9D Leccima said in a telephone interview.

by Anonymousreply 3912/01/2010

Is that real estate guy who comes into the house first, and advises the hostess on Design To Sell, Hayward Young, is he gay? He is so handsome in a preppy way.

by Anonymousreply 4012/01/2010

I live in California, and when I watch House Hunters, I get so stunned how cheap the homes are in so many other states. A track home in California is around 650,000. However, a mansion in let say Atlanta, is 3to 400,000.

I can understand why the young couples want at least three bedrooms. If the couple wants children I think that is a smart choice because if they buy a small condo, and have a baby in the near future, they would have to search for a larger place to live in.

The comments made by the Oprah and Nate worshiper saying, oh honey! this walk in closet is all mine! Its just an over used joke. I always roll my eyes when they say that. I can't stand it when the husbands say, I want a MAN CAVE! Whatever happened to dens? Besides, the jerk gets married, has a family, and he wants a space where he can still act like a single guy? I guess this is trivial, but I think fathers seem like they are turning out to be real jerks.

The demand for granite counter tops is nothing these days. I remember Sandra said once that there was such a demand for granite counter tops that now there is an overstock in stores of granite to the point the price went way down.

by Anonymousreply 4112/01/2010

Almost every time I watch those shows I end up wanting to find the supposed home buyers and beat them to a pulp. Watching them go through these houses, knowing full well they have already signed a contract to buy one of them before the show was filmed, and making their inane, idiotic comments about how small this is, or how old that is, or how out of date this is, is sickening. Watching some bitch walk into a master bedroom that is big enough to host a formal ball in and whine about "it's OK, but it's just so small. I don't think our furniture would fit in here", I WANT TO KILL HER!!

by Anonymousreply 4212/01/2010

My favorite part of these shows is trying to guess which one they'll pick, and laughing at the controlling domineering fraus and their whipped husbands. Pussy really does take all of the spirit out of straight guys.

by Anonymousreply 4312/01/2010

Please, people, House Hunters is scripted, it's not for real, it's a fraud...

The producers want to do these as cheaply as possible - that means fast and don't pay anyone. The producers run these people through everything very fast and prompt them on everything. In and out as fast as possible, do 5 in a city at one time... stuff like that.

by Anonymousreply 4412/01/2010

My mother loves House Hunters, House Hunters International, and many of the various other shows on HGTV as well. However, what drives her nuts is when people complain about the paint color or the furniture of the house, and the house has to be staged for the buyers. She said, Uhm? you aren't buying furniture people! My mother said, look, back in the 50's and 60's we looked through homes back then, and we didn't need anyone to define the rooms for us. We could envision what we like to do with the rooms. She said, we didn't need people to give us ides that this is a bedroom, or that room can be made into an office. Also, she said as a buyer that was up to you to change the paint color which wasn't a big deal. These people say, I don't like the color, ewww. Well then repaint the room morns! She just rolls her eyes, and can't get over how retarded these buyers are today.

by Anonymousreply 4512/02/2010

But I want a Man Cave!

by Anonymousreply 4612/02/2010

Anyone catch the "empty nesters" from Louisiana who wanted to "down size" but still bought a 3000 sf. house for some $500,000 in Georgia? Why, the others were just too darn *small*!!

by Anonymousreply 4712/02/2010

R-45 the producers of House Hunters know you don't like those things - that's exactly why they put those comments in! It's all scripted and makes you want to watch the show over and over again, rather like watching a train wreck! But - it's not real.

by Anonymousreply 4812/02/2010

HH is "real" as in the people do purchase the house.

They've just *already* purchased it.

by Anonymousreply 4912/02/2010

Did anyone watch the show My First Place last night? It was this young couple looking for a place in Pennsylvania, and they were planning to get married. The guy was so handsome that I was almost speechless. Jeesh! His fianc%C3%A9 is super lucky.

Also, there are so many guys who are married or who are getting married in House Hunters who are just studs! They are way hotter than the actors in today%E2%80%99s Hollywood.

I watched an episode of House Hunters some months ago of a guy in Canada who was single, and he was moving away from his farm. He wanted to move to the city to experience city life. He wound up buying a condo across the street from a cemetery. Has anyone ever seen that episode? Oh man! Honey, that guy is one of the hottest guys I have ever seen! just gorgeous! He was one of those Canadian studs.

by Anonymousreply 5012/03/2010

Man you just know those bitches on HH or My first Place or whatever it was tonight crying about the house not coming with the fridge are gonna end up in foreclosure if they haven't already.

by Anonymousreply 5112/03/2010

Oh R51, that guy was so hot though.

by Anonymousreply 5212/03/2010

R50 He was cute and smart enough to hire a decorator for the condo too!

by Anonymousreply 5312/03/2010

Pffft; the guy was frat-average.

by Anonymousreply 5412/03/2010

I'm sorry but the women on this show are always just miserable, controlling coozes. I feel so sorry for the husbands, I just want to hug them. And then when those bitches try to take over the full walk in closet and give the guys the a couple drawers. Dear god, I'm so glad that I'm gay.

by Anonymousreply 5512/14/2010

Is it just me or do a lot of these male realtors seem gay to you? BTW, a lot of these male realtors seem hotties as well.

by Anonymousreply 5612/18/2010

The wifes on HGTV are usually such bitches, they want it all. If not married run like heck guys,and I am a woman. Some of them are so controlling and don't let partner, husband say a word. You can almost see who will divorce later in life.

by Anonymousreply 5708/09/2011

It seems like HGTV has a spate of new design shows in the pipeline. They're showing a different pilot each week after Design Star. Maybe they're ACTUALLY becoming a design network instead of the real estate channel.%0D %0D Or will it be like the other cool design shows they have now which show once a week at some obscure time and prime time will still be real estate central?

by Anonymousreply 5808/09/2011

Love me some Josh Temple of Property Crashers. Cant figure out why people actually turn him down when he approaches them in the Home Depot or wherever. I would let him come and fix my house even if he was swinging a bloody axeQQ

by Anonymousreply 5908/09/2011

Why are the female real estate "experts" and interior designers always such nitpicking cunts on "Bang for Your Buck"? They always think house should be beige and bourgeois without a hint of personality.

by Anonymousreply 6008/09/2011

[quote]The chinky winky obviously closeted gay DC lawyer

I hope that doesn't mean what I suspect it means.

by Anonymousreply 6108/09/2011

Are these people sheep? Why do they all want: stainless steel appliances (most don't cook), granite countertops (NOTHING else will do), open concept kitchens (for all the supposed entertaining), onsuite (stupid word) master bath with double sinks (no one can use one of the other five bathrooms in the house, apparently), giant closet (for overweight and ill-dressed women), man caves (well, I can see that - man wants to escape the greedy woman he married), home theatres, 3000 square feet for a family of two or three...it goes on and on and is sickening. I predict next will be double toilets, as the couples seem joined at the hip.

by Anonymousreply 6210/04/2011

[quote] onsuite

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 6310/04/2011

R62, I've seen you raging all over the site, from threat to thread for over a year now against stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

What's your damage, to be so fixated on such a random taste in people?

I'm gay, certainly no "frau" and I don't find stainless appliances so offensive for those who like them.

Please share with us your suggestions for basic kitchen design. Are the appliances wood? White? Avocado? What is it YOU like R62? Please share with us finally so that you can exorcise this demon of kitchen taste which torments you so.

by Anonymousreply 6410/04/2011

well it doesnt make a lot of sense that anyone would make such an important and big ticket purchase such as a house with only seeing three options

by Anonymousreply 6510/04/2011

I want to know where they find people able to drop half a million on a "starter" home.

by Anonymousreply 6610/04/2011

Did anyone catch the closeted gay fellow who was color blind? It was his only defining characteristic. Everything was "but I'm color blind. How can I make an informed decision?" Really scraping the bottom of the barrel to get any drama in the episode.

I of course watched the whole thing.

by Anonymousreply 6710/04/2011

not r62 but I'm no fan of cookie cutter kitchens with cheap stock cabinets and cultured granite countertops. If you want a kitchen like that you can get one at Home Depot for about $5K. I certainly wouldn't dismiss a home that didn't have stainless steel appliances.

by Anonymousreply 6810/04/2011

[quote]I find it funny when the couple only has about $20K to put down, are looking at the high end of their price range, and the female has the audacity to wrinkle her nose up at everything. Ewww..no granite counter tops..ewwww the bathroom hasn't been updated...ewww I don't like carpet

Agree with R35. Poor and picky don't make for good companions.

The episode synopses usually give state the location and some indication of the family status: "A divorced mother and her two sons downsize in Denver" "Newlyweds must decide between a starter home in the sky or in the suburbs in Kansas City"

They should state the budget and whether they look at historic houses. Poor, first-time buyers looking for meager starter homes don't make for good property porn; and when the choice is down to three 5-bedroom cookie cutter new-builds distinguished only by the color of the guest bathroom or the shape of the backyard, who cares?

by Anonymousreply 6910/04/2011

What always gets me is people who are incensed when appliances don't come with the house. "But that's an extra expense!"

Bitch, a few thousand dollars isn't gonna break you one way or another, and if it is then maybe you shouldn't be buying a house in the first place.

by Anonymousreply 7010/04/2011

House Hunters is a complete fake. You have to already be in escrow before they will film you. They then fake a house hunt - they even have a script - finally they choose the house they were already closing on.

House Hunters cannot be filmed in Canada because it's a fraud and the government won't permit it.

All the HGTV shows filmed by the Canadian production company are for real - like My First Place.

by Anonymousreply 7110/04/2011

Fraud is a pretty serious word for a silly television show where the decision affects no one at all.

by Anonymousreply 7210/04/2011

Yes, R71. It's been mentioned that HH "is a complete fake" and that everything filmed in Canada is completely true -- a good five times already in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 7310/04/2011

To 'en suite', thank you, spelling police. :) Either way it's spelt, it's still a ridiculous word.

To R62 - the point is, these greedy sheeple are emblematic of what is wrong with US. Overly materialistic and spoilt whingers who believe they deserve the 'best' - though oddly, the 'best' is always what everyone else wants.

I grew up in Derry and we had second hand white (OMG) appliances and old furniture in a tiny estate flat (I had to share a room with my brothers!)- but you know, we had great times there with family and friends.

As to you being gay, who cares? Most couples on HH are hetero couples - though it's true gay pairs can be as bad as staight ones on that programme.

by Anonymousreply 7410/04/2011

Mea culpa - that's to R64.

To 'en suite', thank you, spelling police. :) Either way it's spelt, it's still a ridiculous word.

To [R64] - the point is, these greedy sheeple are emblematic of what is wrong with US. Overly materialistic and spoilt whingers who believe they deserve the 'best' - though oddly, the 'best' is always what everyone else wants.

I grew up in Derry and we had second hand white (OMG) appliances and old furniture in a tiny estate flat (I had to share a room with my brothers!)- but you know, we had great times there with family and friends.

As to you being gay, who cares? Most couples on HH are hetero couples - though it's true gay pairs can be as bad as staight ones on that programme.

by Anonymousreply 7510/04/2011

[quote]To 'en suite', thank you, spelling police. :) Either way it's spelt, it's still a ridiculous word.

Actually, it's two words...

by Anonymousreply 7610/04/2011

if you don't like stainless, you've obviously never cooked on a Wolf or Viking and are most likely too poor to own own.

Granite from Home Depot is shit. Find a place that sells authentic quarried granite or marble. But then again, you're to poor for that.

by Anonymousreply 7710/04/2011

In North Ireland, when used as an adjective, it is either hyphenated or ONE word. And still ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 7810/04/2011

[quote] if you don't like stainless, you've obviously never cooked on a Wolf or Viking and are most likely too poor to own own.

I'm too poor to even spell "one" correctly.

by Anonymousreply 7910/04/2011

I much prefer My First Place because it seems more real than House Hunters does. I do get a bit bored with the emphasis on Toronto. Then production company mush be based there.

by Anonymousreply 8010/04/2011

I think the point is, r77, that people on these shows usually write-off a house simply because it's lacking SS appliances, granite counter tops or they don't like the color of one of the rooms. These are easiest things to "fix" in a house you're buying, so it's a ridiculous show cliche.

by Anonymousreply 8110/04/2011

R45, I agree with your mother. What is this staging lunacy? We had a terrible time selling our condo (back when the market was hot) because people didn't like the colors, bare floors, "non-matching" furniture (vintage) and "clutter" (mostly books). We didn't like the beige walls, beige carpeting, country goose crap and "collectibles" in the houses WE looked at, but who cared? You're not buying the sellers' stuff!

I don't care if House Hunters is "real" or not, but man, I can't believe most of those people are paid enough to afford those houses. They're idiots.

by Anonymousreply 8210/04/2011

I like the fact the show is fake - makes it funnier. It's a big joke on us, but most or reality TV is.

by Anonymousreply 8310/04/2011

House Hunters is just so, so silly. No one takes it seriously anymore.

by Anonymousreply 8410/04/2011

I met Suzanne Whang last year at a charity event in LA. She was the former host of House Hunters and the MC for the event. She apparently is 'really' a stand up comedienne but her comedy is DREADFUL. She wasn't that nice and hated any reference to being on House Hunters. "Well, I was also on Vegas for a 5-series arc, ya know...." No, I don't know that and don't care.

House Hunters is ridiculous but mostly because these people are freaking LOSERS. No money, no taste. They all start out in shit apartments or living with their friends and then they say, 'and we have 2 dogs so it's really tight.' Well who the fuck told you to get 2 dogs if you're living in a basement apt??

And I agree, 'she's a kindergarten teacher in Louisiana and he manages a mailbox store' so combined, they make $40,000 and think they're RICH and living the LIFE. And they all want the stainless steel, double sinks, tray ceiling, 2 story entry, 2 car garage, man cave, and a fenced in yard for the dogs. My favorite is when they talk about how they're going to put their own spin on the place and 5 months later, it's nothing but cheap wall sconces and crappy art work from walmart.

by Anonymousreply 8510/04/2011

My red button issue with all these shows is when the couple makes the inevitable claim that they need certain attributes "for entertaining". First of all, most of the couples are so boring that I cannot imagine them having a boatload of friends. Secondly, what does it really take to entertain friends? Give them a choice of drinks, some salsa and a bowl of Tostitos. Done.

What I really can no longer tolerate are the quite wealthy philistines who want to own a million+ vacation home on a tropical island. These people truly exemplify the "ugly american" with their urgent needs (which 99% of the world could not even dream of possessing). The husband is usually fat and the wife is usually blonde and has work done on her face. They view mansions most of us would die for, but they are never good enough because you cannot see the ocean from the master closet (some such absurd complaint).

If there was ever a revolution on any of these islands, these fat male cows and their bleach blonde wives would be the first shoved up against a wall and shot!

by Anonymousreply 8610/04/2011

It's all a fun fairytale, all so unreal. I could write better scripts than they do on HH. The characters are always the same, the 'problems' the same, nothing ever changes. Maybe they just recycle the same 5 scripts over and over again. They are really coasting, but nobody seems to be complaining.

by Anonymousreply 8710/04/2011

I'm still waiting for HGTV to do "Defaulted!".

Kelly and Scott bought their dream house in Bellaire in 2007 for $950,000. Today, they owe more than its worth and have decided to walk away from the house. Scott, who lost his consulting job in 2010, recently accepted a fracking job in North Texas. Kelly, a stay at home mom, has decided to homeschool their two children, Emmaleigh, age 6 and Phloyd, age 8, when they relocate. They'll meet up with Grace-Ann, a rental agent, who will show this family some affordable rentals near Scott's new job.

by Anonymousreply 8810/04/2011

The worst one I ever saw was this young, just married couple. Both were about 25 and looking in Portland, Oregon. They were shopping for houses or lofts that were in the middle of the city and the budget was in the millions for a first home. Friend and I were watching and wondering how the fuck they got their money for that much house that young. She was total airhead bimbo so I don't think she could possibly work. She seemed the type who went and got the MRS degree so she could stay home and be a glamorous housewife. Granted I don't know much about Portland real estate but where I am millions will get you a house in an area where the A-list and elite live.

by Anonymousreply 8910/04/2011

Are the couples on House Hunters even real? Some of the husbands ping to high heaven.

by Anonymousreply 9010/04/2011

The couples must be real since you have to be in a legal contract on a house before they will talk to you.

by Anonymousreply 9110/04/2011

You all know of course that House Hunters is a complete fake. You have to already be in escrow before they will film you. They then fake a house hunt - they even have a script - finally they choose the house they were already closing on.

by Anonymousreply 9210/04/2011

OMG R88 - "PHLOYD"!!!!

LMFAO

by Anonymousreply 9310/04/2011

[quote]What I really can no longer tolerate are the quite wealthy philistines who want to own a million+ vacation home on a tropical island. These people truly exemplify the "ugly american" with their urgent needs (which 99% of the world could not even dream of possessing).

I had to quit watching HHI because of this. I got so disgusted at them buying million dollar plus homes with all the amenities you can get in the burbs at home. Why not just stay home? The "must have rooms for guests and entertaining" shtick is ridiculous. If you can't put guests up tell them to get a hotel nearby. You're entertaining area is outside or at a restaurant. It's not difficult. I'd love to buy some little bungalow on or near a beach somewhere and wouldn't mind if the kitchen was tiny without a dishwasher and granite counters. I'd love to find something like this to buy.

by Anonymousreply 9410/04/2011

Yeah, you are right it's so blatantly staged, the whole routine is tired. Totally unbelievable. Fantasyland.

by Anonymousreply 9510/04/2011

First time I've heard that, r92!

by Anonymousreply 9610/04/2011

I used to be addicted to HH, now I can't stomach it. It's the same thing in every show--stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, open floor plan, man cave, jack and jill sinks, a separate bath and shower in the master suite, huge deck for entertaining.

by Anonymousreply 9710/04/2011

r94, there are some very strict laws about Americans buying beach front property (instituted by Mexico) in Mexico.

by Anonymousreply 9810/04/2011

Really R98? I'm not surprised though. I've heard some countries have something to the effect that they could technically take away your property when they want or very easily or something like that.

by Anonymousreply 9910/04/2011

"The "must have rooms for guests and entertaining" shtick is ridiculous. If you can't put guests up tell them to get a hotel nearby"

Then in what way are they your "guests"?

by Anonymousreply 10010/04/2011

May I suggest that the women who need all that space for the abundance of smart dinner parties they give wear these.

by Anonymousreply 10110/04/2011

R100 I've had put company up in hotels before and even paid for it because I live in a one br cottage but I live in an area where a lot of people want to come visit. I pick them up and show them around hence they are essentially my guests. Most people understand if you don't have room.

by Anonymousreply 10210/04/2011

R89: So why does any of that make that episode of House Hunters the worst ever? It sounds like it's the worst ever episode because you begrudge the house hunting pair of having money to spend.

My bias is the opposite. Watching people who have no money to spend (and a long list of HGTV "must-haves") doesn't make for very interesting houses. For me, it's the houses that are potentially interesting, not the house hunters.

by Anonymousreply 10310/04/2011

Very funny..R96|

by Anonymousreply 10410/04/2011

R101, thank you for the levity. Probably the tweens and 20-somethings don't get it and do not even know who the woman is in the picture. I get this constantly "If it happened before my time, I don't know anything about it". This is the statement of a generation that is just primed for the system's collapse.

Anyway, thanks for the laugh.

by Anonymousreply 10510/04/2011

Isn't that sad R105? I grew up watching tv with my mom and grandma and get all the cultural references that will be lost to the new generation who won't know anything unless it has something to do with Kim K. or any other reality show. ILL, Leave it to Beaver and Mary Tyler Moore were part of growing up.

by Anonymousreply 10610/04/2011

I don't know seems like high school. I hate the show i'm 43 and still live with my mom and these 20 year old's barely out of high school are looking at buying a new home.

by Anonymousreply 10712/05/2012
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