'House Hunters' houses aren't always for sale?June 14, 2012
Millions of TV viewers tune in to HGTV's long-running House Hunters regularly; some people even claim addiction to the show. Who doesn't like snooping in other people's homes?
The show has a prospective buyer or buyers tour three properties, giving their critiques along the way on closet space, countertops and wall colors. At show's end, one home is chosen for purchase.
But how real is "reality" on the show? An account posted by one home buyer on the popular Hooked on Houses blog, causing a mini-uproar on the Web, says the show is almost completely staged.
Bobi Jensen, whose San Antonio house hunt was featured in 2006, wrote, "The producers said they found our (true) story - that we were getting a bigger house and turning our other one into a rental - boring and overdone. So instead they just wanted to emphasize how our home was too small and we needed a bigger one desperately. It wasn't true, but it was a smaller house than the one we bought so I went with it."
Jensen also wrote, "They didn't even 'accept' us being a subject for the show until we closed on the house we were buying. So then when they decided to film our episode, we had to scramble to find houses to tour and pretend we were considering." She added, perhaps most surprisingly, that "the ones we looked at weren't even for sale. ... They were just our two friends' houses who were nice enough to madly clean for days in preparation for the cameras!"
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