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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