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HGTV "Beach Front Bargain Hunt" is FAKE

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"Beach Front Bargain Hunt", season 16 episode 2, is about one of my listings at 254 North End Blvd in Salisbury, MA.  It was listed for $219,000 and sold over a year ago with a few upgrades for $227,000.


This HGTV show represented it as listed for $275,000 and gave the buyer agent credit for selling it for negotiating the price down - credit which the agent gladly took for the sake of publicity.


We are know that these "Reality" shows are not reality.  In this particular case, these buyers had long purchased a property yet were shown as shopping, and acted as though they were seeing the unit they already owned and had furnished for the first time!   But the worst was the misrepresentation on price and the agent's willingness to go along with it.  


We spend our time educating buyers about pricing and what they can expect from negotiations.   Shows like this give buyers completely unreasonable expectations and make those of us who warn buyers not to expect this kind of discount look bad.  "Flip or Flop" is another example of luring consumers into a fake reality at thier expense....

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John P. Wells resides in Newburyport, MA.  His 16 year career in real estate varies from buyer representation, listing agent, development and planning, and adult community design.  His interests in architecture and construction are invaluable to his clients.  His true interest in helping and guiding others contributes greatly to the enjoyment that his clients experience in the real estate process. 

John has a serious background in marketing and has learned how to use the internet to build his business and sell your home.  Check out his series of websites through HappyInNewburyport.com.    You'll find client reviews, links to his other community websites and everything about living in Newburyport right there!

John invites you to create your own Property Finder account at http://www.mlspropertyfinder.com/login.asp?agentid=BB700224


Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign



                                   Thank you John P. Wells 

Aug 12, 2017 05:39 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning John.  And unfortunately, most of those who watch these shows have no clue and don't believe us when we give them the truth.

Aug 13, 2017 05:24 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning John. An example of why the public has a hard time with reality. Enjoy your day!

Aug 13, 2017 05:29 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning John. I find that these shows are beyond the pale too and are more staged than real. Too bad.

Aug 13, 2017 05:41 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I did a video on youtube about the fakeness of Flip or Flop and when a few months had over 40,000 views and people wishing me dead in a few comments. People wnat to believe this is reality and the fact that they are so vicious in their comments is disturbing.

Aug 13, 2017 05:53 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

 In our Sellers' market that would be quite a trick...too much of HGTV is not

really in our minds, "too much a good thing"...it is a fantasy land people would like to think exists !

Aug 13, 2017 05:54 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Thanks so much for revealing the fictitious world that these shows' thrive in. I gave-up on these programs years ago, particularly when the public began referring back to episodes as truth and as believable as Z's zestimates.

Aug 13, 2017 05:55 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I almost had the opportunity to be on a show with a couple hunting for a log cabin. The problem was, we didn't have enough log cabins on the market. 

"That's not a problem," said the producer. "We will use the home they currently own and then can use a couple other homes that have sold recently and basically recreate the buying process."

In other words, let's all pretend this is happening even though we all know it's not.

Aug 13, 2017 06:58 AM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Its all staged and for entertainment purposes only. Unfortunatly, the public thinks its real.

Aug 13, 2017 07:21 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

What!! Reality TV is Fake?? 

And I was wondering why my buyers didn't pick one of the just 3 homes I'd shown them (that for the most part didn't have many of the features they were looking for)...

Thanks for sharing, John P. Wells 

Aug 13, 2017 07:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi John

"Reality TV" for HGTV is such a misnomer, but so many believe what they are seeing. The deliberate misrepresentation is particularly disturbing. How about a disclaimer at the satrt of every show - the story you are about to see is fictional.


Aug 13, 2017 07:56 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

John first off all Great to Meet You!  Thanks to Kathy I didn't miss your post.  And I'm not surprised one iota about these shows being 'fake'.  But....the public keeps watching them and thinks it's how it really works.  Time after time we have to educate our buyers that HGTV is not reality but rather fiction.

Aug 13, 2017 10:38 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

One of my listings was used as the also ran several years ago - the buyers in that case also had already bought their new home.  Sort of shakes your faith in people (LOL) 

Aug 13, 2017 11:07 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A realtor had his show and claimed he is a movie star on his resume. It got blasted on the internet as fake by several real estate professioners. He defended his ego. Not long ago he was charged using investors funds for personal gain and profit was written off with faked receipts.   

Aug 13, 2017 06:27 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

 "acted as though they were seeing the unit they already owned and had furnished for the first time!"

I hope the entire world sees your post. 

Aug 14, 2017 07:31 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

How amazing many of us in the world of Real Estate are covered by RESPA rules, but TV shows can mislead and misrepresent the facts to buyers.  I too enjoy these shows but also know the reality these HGTV shows.

Aug 14, 2017 08:05 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Just wrote a post on this very topic recently, John P. Wells ... yours and mine could go hand-in-hand.  I know these shows are supposed to be entertaining .. but they do real damage.  Consumers' expectations are set when watching them.  They see them as somewhat educational.  They are not ...


Aug 14, 2017 11:33 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

It is amazing how many of these shows purport to be reality but the only reality is in the minds of the "fan!"

Aug 14, 2017 12:16 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I stopped watching HGTV years ago...the staging shows are pretty ridiculous. Unfortunately, viewers think they know all there is to know about staging and real estate from watching these far from realistic reality shows.

I love that you are sharing your experience to shed some light.

Aug 15, 2017 10:20 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

One of my favorite sayings is... "Perception is Reality"

I usually follow that one up with one like this... "They can't spell stupid without u".... or "they can't spell gullible without u".

I watched a couple of the shows a few times and instantly realized they were fake...  and quite frankly should be against the law...

Sep 11, 2017 01:00 PM