One of our realtors here at Century 21 Excellence Realty was recently filmed for HGTV’s popular House Hunters show. Even though House Hunters is definitely one of my favorite shows to watch with my real-estate-obsessed family (the heckling is abundant), I have always suspected that something is not quite…authentic. Are you ready to hear the truth? Here are the three secrets that have kept the show running for a staggering 120 seasons.
1. The buyers are already in contract on a house
- Yes, that’s right. All this dithering about paint colors and kitchen counters is fake! The buyers were in contract on a house before filming even began. In fact, House Hunters doesn’t even consider a buyer until they have an accepted offer on the table! This means that two of the properties they buyers look at are just comparable listings chosen buy either the producers or the realtor and were never actually under consideration. Although this is frustrating to the viewer, it prevents the show from wasting time and money on filming a buyer who may decide not to buy a house after all.
2. You can often tell which house they’ll choose
The best part of watching House Hunters is trying to guess which of the three homes the buyers will choose. One way to tell before the big reveal? If one house is empty, and the other two are furnished, chances are the empty one will be the winner. Since the buyers are in contract, the previous owners have often already moved out by the time filming begins. Sometimes, the new owners have already moved in and the House Hunters team carefully empties each room, films it, and then reassembles it!
3. House Hunters compensates the buyers
House Hunters pays buyers $500 to participate in the show. Considering all the acting buyers do while viewing the other listings, the $500 check they collect seems pretty lean. However, that has been the pay rate since way back in season 1, so I don’t think they’ll be changing it.
So, next time you start to heckle the poor buyers who complain about paint colors in a house, just remember, they’re faking it! I still love it, though.