Comments on: Authenticity of HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ Questioned http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/06/authenticity-of-hgtvs-house-hunters-questioned/ The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:41:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: Anna Walsh http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/06/authenticity-of-hgtvs-house-hunters-questioned/#comment-4502191 Anna Walsh Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:38:59 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=238041#comment-4502191 What I don't understand is people getting upset about this. To apply for the show on the HGTV website it clearly states that you have to have a house you have recently closed on- that is a requirement for the show!! How does this surprise anyone? The whole point in watching the show is indeed to try to pick which house the people pick. Noone said it was real!! Nor does the show claim to be as such. I have learned that they always pick an empty house so if they view three houses and two have furniture in it then they will most likely take the empty house. I just don't get why this was a scandal- they even showed it on GMA this morning- December 2012. What I don’t understand is people getting upset about this. To apply for the show on the HGTV website it clearly states that you have to have a house you have recently closed on- that is a requirement for the show!! How does this surprise anyone? The whole point in watching the show is indeed to try to pick which house the people pick. Noone said it was real!! Nor does the show claim to be as such. I have learned that they always pick an empty house so if they view three houses and two have furniture in it then they will most likely take the empty house. I just don’t get why this was a scandal- they even showed it on GMA this morning- December 2012.

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By: Pat http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/06/authenticity-of-hgtvs-house-hunters-questioned/#comment-4090111 Pat Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:33:59 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=238041#comment-4090111 I am not surprised at this at all. I don't think it really affects the show negatively. If someone picks a house and are not approved etc, before the show is aired, it's a waste of time. I am sure there are probably a lot of homes that are not suitable to be shown on air, which is why they need to have "back-up" ones. I will continue to watch the show. You have to remember, every "reality" show is staged in some way or another. Some more than others. I am not surprised at this at all. I don’t think it really affects the show negatively. If someone picks a house and are not approved etc, before the show is aired, it’s a waste of time. I am sure there are probably a lot of homes that are not suitable to be shown on air, which is why they need to have “back-up” ones. I will continue to watch the show. You have to remember, every “reality” show is staged in some way or another. Some more than others.

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By: Joan http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/06/authenticity-of-hgtvs-house-hunters-questioned/#comment-4070961 Joan Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:36:50 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=238041#comment-4070961 On an episode a couple of years ago, it was never revealed that the prospective buyers were one of the largest residential real estate developers in our area, and I think that at least one of the three homes they toured was one of their own products. Not only that, but this particular builder's homes are featured on the HGTV website in the section called HGTV Front Door. On an episode a couple of years ago, it was never revealed that the prospective buyers were one of the largest residential real estate developers in our area, and I think that at least one of the three homes they toured was one of their own products. Not only that, but this particular builder’s homes are featured on the HGTV website in the section called HGTV Front Door.

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By: Shannon http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/06/authenticity-of-hgtvs-house-hunters-questioned/#comment-4070371 Shannon Sun, 17 Jun 2012 14:47:59 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=238041#comment-4070371 Not surprised at all. I watched an international episode that followed a Navy family looking for a home in Italy. They tried to push some ridiculous claim that this family, who would be in the town for maybe 2 years, was looking to buy a home rather than rent one of the pre-approved homes through the Navy's housing office. The use of a local realtor is EXTREMELY rare, as the Navy has their own housing officials to show families homes. One of the homes was a new build without appliances, and the family acted like that was a problem - even though the Navy provides families in the area with appliances at no cost for use during their stay in the town. Those of us familiar with the community, having lived their before, knew from the beginning of the show which house would be rented, as it was the only one "on the books" with the housing office. For people not familiar with overseas military housing practices, it probably looked real. But, a lot of us know the truth. Not surprised at all. I watched an international episode that followed a Navy family looking for a home in Italy. They tried to push some ridiculous claim that this family, who would be in the town for maybe 2 years, was looking to buy a home rather than rent one of the pre-approved homes through the Navy’s housing office. The use of a local realtor is EXTREMELY rare, as the Navy has their own housing officials to show families homes. One of the homes was a new build without appliances, and the family acted like that was a problem – even though the Navy provides families in the area with appliances at no cost for use during their stay in the town. Those of us familiar with the community, having lived their before, knew from the beginning of the show which house would be rented, as it was the only one “on the books” with the housing office. For people not familiar with overseas military housing practices, it probably looked real. But, a lot of us know the truth.

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By: Sue Parent http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/06/authenticity-of-hgtvs-house-hunters-questioned/#comment-4067571 Sue Parent Sat, 16 Jun 2012 13:38:15 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=238041#comment-4067571 So very sorry to hear another disappointing report of "fixed" TV shows. I just lovED (past tense) to watch this show as have millions of others, but, no more. Now you can tell your sponsors how sorry YOU are you duped the public that trusted you. Shame on you! SRParent So very sorry to hear another disappointing report of “fixed” TV shows. I just lovED (past tense) to watch this show as have millions of others, but, no more. Now you can tell your sponsors how sorry YOU are you duped the public that trusted you. Shame on you! SRParent

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By: Pam http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/06/authenticity-of-hgtvs-house-hunters-questioned/#comment-4064411 Pam Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:29:00 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=238041#comment-4064411 I always felt the show was staged, but now I know for sure that it is. Imagine my shock when just last week I happened to catch the new episode in which my own former house was featured. We recently sold our home iin College Station, TX and moved all of our belongings out the day before we closed on it. The episode showed the couple who bought the house looking at it, empty, as if they were seeing it for the first time. In reality, they already owned it. In addition, I think in order to add to the "suspense" of which house would they choose, they exaggerated the negative points. They said the carpet was "nasty" "disgusting" and "gross" and even showed stains on it that were not even there when we moved out! It actually was quite insulting to us, if anyone we know was watching the show and recognized it as ours. I always felt the show was staged, but now I know for sure that it is. Imagine my shock when just last week I happened to catch the new episode in which my own former house was featured. We recently sold our home iin College Station, TX and moved all of our belongings out the day before we closed on it. The episode showed the couple who bought the house looking at it, empty, as if they were seeing it for the first time. In reality, they already owned it. In addition, I think in order to add to the “suspense” of which house would they choose, they exaggerated the negative points. They said the carpet was “nasty” “disgusting” and “gross” and even showed stains on it that were not even there when we moved out! It actually was quite insulting to us, if anyone we know was watching the show and recognized it as ours.

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By: openeyes http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/06/authenticity-of-hgtvs-house-hunters-questioned/#comment-4062571 openeyes Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:46:05 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=238041#comment-4062571 every show like this is always far fetched, they shoot all shows like this with different points of veiw with a camera. example is swamp people, all these shows are staged in some way becuase if they didnt edit it and redo all the actions then the shows would be boring. every show like this is always far fetched, they shoot all shows like this with different points of veiw with a camera. example is swamp people, all these shows are staged in some way becuase if they didnt edit it and redo all the actions then the shows would be boring.

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