Where do they get these people for House Hunters?
July 11, 2011 8:25 AM Subscribe
Can someone explain House Hunters to me? Particularly the "International" version. I thought the housing market was dead flat?
posted by dukes909 to Work & Money (43 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
This show is on HGTV here in the USA, everyday, usually several times a day (it seems like anyway).
The premise of the show is 1 or 2 people looking to buy a house; they examine 3 houses during the show, then proceed to buy one of them. The international show jas people buying a vacation/ retirement, or a home to move to overseas.
The thing is, more often than not, these are very expensive homes! $500k, $750k, $1million+ are not uncommon. 3,000, 4,000, 5,000+ square feet homes! I watched one about a couple buying a house in Costa Rica and the guy was complaining that the homes the realtor was showing them were not "on the beach". The realtor explained that Costa Rica has a nature preserve buffer and so they wouldn't be able to buy on the beach. This guy kept going on about "I'm disappointed I can't live on the beach"...?
Am I living in a different reality than this show? Foreclosures all around, job market crappy, and on this show people are bitching because their lakefront home in Slovenia doesn't have granite countertops. There seems to be no shortage of people / buyers to be on this show either. Did I miss the gravy train somewhere?