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Old 07-22-2009, 03:34 PM
 
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In case anyone is interested, HGTV's show "Property Virgins" is showing episodes they filmed in Austin this last Spring. I think they've shown 2 episodes so far, don't know how many more there are in the can. They show new episodes on Monday at 8pm Central. The most recent one was "Opposites Attract"

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Old 07-22-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Dripping Springs , TX
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On a related note, I saw an episode of Property Virgins where a woman from Austin had moved to Toronto and was trying to buy a house. Boy was she in for a shock!! Everything is so small!

Having just done the opposite and been quite blown away with the size of some of the rooms in a typical Austin house versus a Toronto area house, it was quite funny to watch.
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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Was that the woman who was all about everything being bigger in Texas? For some reason I thought she had come from Dallas. I imagine that would be a shock!
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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On a related note, I saw an episode of Property Virgins where a woman from Austin had moved to Toronto and was trying to buy a house. Boy was she in for a shock!! Everything is so small!

Having just done the opposite and been quite blown away with the size of some of the rooms in a typical Austin house versus a Toronto area house, it was quite funny to watch.
I saw that one, too. I remember wondering if people outside of Texas got annoyed with her saying "In Texas..." all the time. They don't usually mentioned where they're moving from so often.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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I might tune in just to see what areas they roam through. I admittedly don't pay much attention to the first time homebuyer shows on HGTV because they never seem to showcase first time homebuyers on limited budgets (sub-200k). It's all mostly "I want a $400k" condo or "I want a $350k house downtown with a massive yard" types. I can't relate to those people.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Southwest Austin
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I don't get cable so I've never watched any of these real estate shows. I've only seen a few snippets while traveling and watching cable at a hotel. An agent in our office was on one though and he told me it was all staged. They filmed him with a buyer who was already under contract on a house going and looking at houses again until they got to the one that was under contract and pretended that "this is the one". So, I don't know how realistic they are given that.

Steve
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I saw a property virgins that took place in Austin recently. It had these 2 people on there approved to up to $400K, but looking to stay around $325K. They were SO picky and the homes they were being shown were absolutely gorgeous.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Down the road a bit
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Saw the show, the couple was trying to stick to 145K, so it was a good episode for many folks to relate to. Of course, they went a little beyond that, but looks like they got a nice box with a gorgeous yard! They were likeable people, too -- and never once did the woman say, "Oh, that closet will be for MY stuff!!"
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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They were looking for a possible fixer-upper, but seemed thrilled and appreciative of the granite counter tops and nice finishes in the place they did buy.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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I don't get cable so I've never watched any of these real estate shows. I've only seen a few snippets while traveling and watching cable at a hotel. An agent in our office was on one though and he told me it was all staged. They filmed him with a buyer who was already under contract on a house going and looking at houses again until they got to the one that was under contract and pretended that "this is the one". So, I don't know how realistic they are given that.

Steve
"Property Virgins" seems pretty realistic...they go through the bidding/negotiating and sometimes walk away because they didn't get the house they wanted or they realized they needed to save more or earn more before even buying a house. I could see how "House Hunters" could be staged. They look at 3 houses and then announce which one they bought like...tada..."we went for house #3!"
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