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Old 02-03-2011, 08:54 AM
 
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This is t.v. and it is filmed andthen edited. For all we know this couple could have looked at 10 houses on camera and in editing it was pared down to 3. In regard to price, and overbudget, sometimes the budget is for the realtor's benefit. I know when I am making a big ticket purchase I don't tell someone I want to spend x but I can really spend y. In regard to how they get their money, they might have terrific jobs, made smart investments, an inheritance etc. etc. Who knows...and why even care?
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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True, but some of these shows really make it seem as though it's unreasonable to look at more than three homes, which is silly. I always laugh when the host laments: will John and Jane ever find the right home?
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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True, but some of these shows really make it seem as though it's unreasonable to look at more than three homes, which is silly.
I never got that feeling but then again, I take anything I see on t.v. with a grain of salt. Other than of course REALITY t.v. I believe everyone from NJ is like the cast of Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of NJ...you know because it's REAL.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Eastwood, Orlando FL
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House Hunters is very staged. These people are already under contract for one off the houses. HH isn't quite as stages as HHI is though. Tons of articles about this on the internet
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Parkland, FL
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Coming up now on House Hunters is a Boston couple expecting their first child looking for a home with a budget of 430K! I can't imagine adding a child to the family and putting ourselves 430K in debt at the same time (Even if I was well to do off) Wonder if they are still living in the home they bought
Most likely they have wealthy parents.. When I lived in Boston, it seemed that EVERYONE got financial assistance from their parents to pay their rent, mortgage, or even go out. I'm sure this happens everywhere, but it seems VERY common in Boston.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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House Hunters is very staged. These people are already under contract for one off the houses. HH isn't quite as stages as HHI is though. Tons of articles about this on the internet
Yeah, I always wondered how it seemed like they have infinite time to decide and they always get the house.

As for looking at only three houses, I always assumed they look at more but only showcase three.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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House Hunters is very staged. These people are already under contract for one off the houses. HH isn't quite as stages as HHI is though. Tons of articles about this on the internet
This is exactly what happens. If you notice, a lot of the houses they look at also are generally empty. I'm sure they have a hard time finding "filler" houses to film in. Not sure what seller would agree to have a film crew come through when they obviously aren't interested in buying the house.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Eastwood, Orlando FL
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This is exactly what happens. If you notice, a lot of the houses they look at also are generally empty. I'm sure they have a hard time finding "filler" houses to film in. Not sure what seller would agree to have a film crew come through when they obviously aren't interested in buying the house.
Sometimes they are sloppy. I have seen episodes where the furniture you saw them using in their old home magically appears in one they are looking at. There was an HHI France episode, where they guys motorcycles you saw him riding at the beginning was parked in the driveway of a house he was supposed to be seeing for the first time..
I don't care that it's staged. I just love looking at all the houses.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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I've wondered many times how many of the people who were on that show pre-recession ended up losing their homes. It always amazes me how they will have set a limit on how high they can go, the realtor will show them a house $50,000 over their budget, and then at the end, they go, "Well, we chose the house with the big back yard that was over our budget," and they show them living there months later, happy as clams and without a care in the world. Of course, I realize that this is TV, but still, just once, wouldn't you like it to end like this:

(four months later): "Well, we realize now that we bit off more than we can chew. We are already getting behind on our payments, and the train station behind us that we thought would be convenient to live by is actually really, really loud and well-lit at all hours of the night and day and we can't get any sleep."

Uh-uh. Not on HGTV, where every day is sunny and every homebuyer is happy, happy, happy!
I've wondered the same thing. I'd like to know how they are doing now and if they think their home is still an "investment".

Also, what is amazing to me and they will tell you the people's jobs and then their budget and they just don't match. For example: they are both junior high school teachers with a combined budget of $450,000 with a $10,000 down payment. And then instead of saying they should spend less than the $450k and then use the $10k, they say they can spend up to $460,000. Horrible advice.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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I'm wathing the Waltham Brighton Framingham one online. I had no clue you could get that much house and yard in Framingham for around 390K. I think we'll be looking for a house in a few years closer to 300K, maybe Framingham is a good place to look since I work in this area... I'd love a yard that big

Although I did like the waltham house too... Cant wait until we're actually looking
There are tons of options in Metrowest. Framingham has some nice areas and good values when it comes to single family homes....
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