You know the show on HGTV called ‘House Hunters’ (a guilty pleasure for some of us), well it turns out, it’s not quite as “real” as it claims to be. Gasp!
Hooked on Houses has a first person account of the things that going behind the scenes.
One woman named Bobi recently spoke out about her experience on the show and how much of it was fabricated for television.
The biggest surprise of all in this situation is that they wouldn’t let her appear on the show unless she already closed on her new house. That means not only did she have her new house locked in but she had to fake the whole search on television.
Says the woman of one scene:
When they decided to film our episode we had to scramble to find houses to tour and pretend we were considering…My hubby hates ‘being fake,’ so the fact that they had us do 5 or 6 takes on each scene drove him nuts.
The publicist for House said in a statement:
We’ve learned that the pursuit of the perfect home involves big decisions that usually take place over a prolonged period of time — more time than we can capture in 30 minutes of television. However, with a series like House Hunters, HGTV viewers enjoy the vicarious and entertaining experience of choosing a home — from establishing a budget, to touring properties and weighing the pros and cons of each one. We’re making a television show, so we manage certain production and time constraints, while honoring the home buying process. To maximize production time, we seek out families who are pretty far along in the process. Often everything moves much more quickly than we can anticipate, so we go back and revisit some of the homes that the family has already seen and we capture their authentic reactions. Because the stakes in real estate are so high, these homeowners always find themselves RIGHT back in the moment, experiencing the same emotions and reactions to these properties. Showcasing three homes makes it easier for our audience to “play along” and guess which one the family will select. It’s part of the joy of the House Hunters viewing experience. Through the lens of television, we can offer a uniquely satisfying and fun viewing experience that fulfills a universal need to occasionally step into someone else’s shoes.
Will you still watch the show knowing that it’s staged?