Why the hell are those people buying that house?
House Hunters. Followed by House Hunters International, but only if I've been really good.
Admit it, you've seen it. Someone wants to buy a house. They have a ridiculous list of demands. A realtor takes them to three almost identical ones where they overlook major architectural flaws to complain about things like the paint color of the bedroom or wonder if their IKEA dining room table will fit.
However, ShallowGal suspects things are a little suspicious lately in house buying land. Yes HGTV I'm looking at you.
Let's investigate. Take the Smith family of Mobile, Alabama.
The Smiths have very specific demands: five bedrooms and a backyard pool. They have a budget of $270,000. Let's see what the leprechaun plans to show them. House #1:
The leprechaun clearly showed this house first because it reminded her of home
House #1 has five bedrooms and a backyard pool. Mission complete. . . or is it?
House #2: has four bedrooms and no pool.
Approximately two out of every three episode feature a child-less couple who worry that the otherwise perfect home they've been shown doesn't have enough yard for their dogs. My friend Sam likes to call that "nothing a 39 cent bullet won't solve."
Back to the Smiths. ShallowGal considered moving to Mobile when they showed the adorable House #3:
(1) House #2 has 4 bedrooms and no pool. House #3 costs $290,000.
ShallowGal rocked the fifth grade. Only house #1 meets their criteria.
But host Suzanne Whang has a secret. House #2 has a bonus room that could be a fifth bedroom. And mom was actually "tired of being the pool man." (2) It was a setup. There was no way you could guess the right house you GIANT LOSER. (Emphasis HGTV's. They are so mean)
Every episode ends the same. The happy family shows how they painted their new house taupe and then hosts a party, usually featuring the realtor as the guest of honor. Everyone toasts their new house, and the fortune they made from tricking America.(3)
1) ShallowGal has a budget of $26.44 and wants a house with 4 full baths, a home theater and a nanny suite. HGTV ?
2) SG watched several times to make sure she wasn't tired of doing the pool guy. That would be an even better show.
3) Much like blogging, the economics of rigging House Hunters eludes me. But somebody's getting rich here, trust me.