"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....