Who put Realty into Reality TV, Conversations from Cape Cod

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Who put Realty into Reality TV? Conversations from Cape Cod

    I think most of us know This Old House which began in 1979 on Boston’s PBS affiliate, WGBH as a one-time 13 episode program with Norm Abram and Bob Villa. Today you can watch This Old House on A&E Television.  In it’s earliest seasons the program focused on renovating older homes of modest size and value in the Greater Boston area. Today it tends to focus on higher end luxury homes and it no longer focuses specifically on New England properties.  Count on two Yankees from Boston to revolutionize television, because I think these two fellows started the Home Improvement Movement on television today!

    Today, while browsing through my local program guide on TV, I counted at least twelve programs whose focus is on home flipping and/or selling.  From simple staging techniques to extensive renovations HGTV has six programs with Secrets and Designs to Sell your house!  You can Flip This House or Flip That House depending on whether or not you are watching A&E or TLC!  You can climb The Property Ladder and find The Real Deal. You can even find out what your House is Worth before we all begin Flipping Out on Bravo with a neurotic House flipper from California! From Buy Me to Get It Sold, it appears Reality TV is into Realty!

    I figure that with all this focus on Real Estate on television we Real Estate Professionals would find ourselves with a boatload of well-informed clients to work with.  Instead I am finding these shows are producing Buyers with  very high expectations and Sellers who are still reluctant to make their properties marketable from the Get-Go! Talk about Frustration!

    Maybe that’s because there is only ONE program on TV that is just about BUYING a home and it is my personal favorite,  HGTV’s House Hunters. I watch this program as if it were a Game Show and I need to pick the Home the featured Buyers are going to make an offer on! It’s FUN and if I say so myself, I’m pretty darn good at it!  I think this program is particularly good because it focuses on Real People buying Real Houses with all their Features and Flops before all those Designing folks get their hands on the properties!

    I am thinking maybe more shows like House Hunters need to be television.  I am already tired of the shenanigans of these self proclaimed Flippers and their dysfunctional families and friends, who are more the focus of some of these programs than the actual process of flipping a home!  Does anyone really care about the Flipper’s potbellied pig or if there are onions in their salad?  I think not!  I’d rather see the Flippers try to take out building permits, get the local Board of Appeals to approve a project, or what really happens when a Buyer doesn't bother with a Home Inspection prior to closing a deal. Now THAT'S Reality in Real Estate!

    I wonder how long Reality TV will be interested in Real Estate?  Like the Game Show craze of the 70’s, will the Wheel of Fortune spin and interests wane in flipping or flopping, buying or selling?  Or is Realty TV here to stay? Pass me the Clicker, please.


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Nancy,

You would think from the listing side, that the sellers would spiff up their homes without being told. Sometimes you tell them and tell them until either they "get it" or the property becomes shopworn. I feel like knocking on their head at the same time saying " Hello???Is anybody home??"

Sep 09, 2007 01:40 AM #1
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Nicole Kraus
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It is funny how you mention that House Hunter's is one of your favorite shows, when this is the show that is least like reality.  If I only had to show four houses and my buyer's then choose one, I sure would not have to work the hours that I work now, let alone have concerns of income in this bad market.   

Sep 09, 2007 01:51 AM #2
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Nancy Webber
Coldwell Banker Atlantic Realty - Brewster, MA

Lori; You had me laughin' out loud! Sometimes just the lights are on!  I agree it IS frustrating trying to get past a home owner's emotional ties to their "Stuff", usually all over the house too!  I do suggest to my client's selling that they might check out some of the shows I mentioned and I also suggest professional staging. Guess our best bet is keep knocking! Thanks for your post!

 

Nicole; Thanks for pointing out the Major flaw with House Hunters, that they make the process look so darn easy. Look at 3 properties and BOOM! Magic! Your find the Perfect Place.  I think people know that isn't reality.  My thing with ALL these programs is how UN-real the whole Reality TV concept is, but folks are hooked apparently.  What I do like about House Hunters is that, to me, the people looking are real folks with real needs who look at real houses. just MHO. Thanks for your comment.

Sep 09, 2007 10:37 AM #3
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Hi Nancy,

I also like House Hunters and I also try to pick out which house I think they will choose. It's not always the house I would choose for myself and I have to argue with myself about that. Kind of keeps you in practice listening and studying the buyers wants and needs. Wish there were a game I could play and be scored doing the same thing. Of course then I would get spoiled with the show only 3 homes thing:) I find it hard to keep showing homes when the buyer is never happy with any of them, even when all of their priorities are there. Sometimes I wonder if they are just getting out to socialize for awhile!

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Karen;  Hi!  Glad to see I am not the only one who watches House Hunters like a game show! And there's an idea for an Xbox game developer!!  I agree with you about the tire-kicking Buyers out there!  I have heard of a Realtor out west who wears a pin that says " If You Ain't Buying Today, Get Out Of My Car!"  I have also heard more than a few Realtors share their stories of taking folks out who were apparently just going out on a tour of the Town at the Realtor's expense!  I call that Professional Bonding!  I'm guilty of spending too much time with Non-Buyers myself. I am trying to only have people who are Ready, Willing and Able to buy in my backseat!  Takes asking the difficult questions of those Buyers, but my gasoline bill has gone down! Thanks for the comment!
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