If the amount of real estate reality shows on television is an indication of their popularity, then this genre is a runaway hit! One of the more popular shows is House Hunters on the Home Garden Television (HGTV) cable network.
HGTV’s Home Hunters takes prospective homebuyers through three homes, offers viewers a quick guessing game as to which home they will choose and half an hour later we see the final pick and the happy family move in. But, just how real is this real estate reality show that millions of viewers tune into every week?
In the ABC News clip below, correspondent Amy Robach shares the experience of Bobbi Jensen and her husband Casey, who were featured on an episode of House Hunters in November 2006. According to Jensen, show producers would not accept them until after they had already purchased their home. Once they were accepted, Jensen said, “It felt like we had just a few days to scrounge up some houses to look at and it was our responsibility to find the houses.” So Jensen asked friends to let them use their homes, which weren’t on the market for sale.
So, is HGTV guilty of faking reality TV? Or, do viewers of the show expect a certain level of production for a process that can take months to complete? Take a look at the news clip and decide for yourself!
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