'House Hunters' is Fake?
HGTV's Hit 'House Hunters' May Not Be So Real
Fans of the HGTV real estate show House Hunters, take note--it may all be fake.
Then again, no one ever said reality TV was "real."
Still, most would assume that a show on HGTV that follows home buyers as they review potential houses would be on the up-and-up.
Not necessarily so, as one couple who appeared on House Hunters said it wasn't all it appeared to be.
Bobi Jensen and her husband, who were on the show in 2006, actually had to buy the house before filming their episode of the series!
Jensen explained, "They kind of wait to make sure you close on your house and that you're actually going to be ready to film for them."
She recently blogged about the experience, noting that producers wanted them to find homes to look at. She explained, "It felt like we just had a few days to scrounge up some houses to look at and it was our responsibility to find the houses ... And, finally, the producer just said find any houses you can. Just find something."
It turns out the Jensens looked at friends' homes in the episode -- friends who weren't even selling their houses.
HGTV programming executive Brian Balthazar explained that it's typically not done this way, but the husband in the episode was the real estate agent.
He noted, "In fact, and she references this in her article, they made the decision to show their friends' homes because they couldn't find one."
Balthazar explains there's nothing fake about House Hunters: "You're seeing real people finding the real home of their dreams. And that's all spelled out right on the show."
Jensen said she felt bad for calling them out on the behind-the-scenes action, adding, "It was fun, I just really enjoyed it. I love walking through houses. I love talking about houses."
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