HGTV is killing me!

Real Estate Agent with EastKy HomeFinders, Inc. (EKHF)

Now, don't get me wrong, I love HGTV.  Who doesn't enjoy watching buyers look at 3 homes and decide in less than 30 minutes which one they want to buy?  Oh if it was only that easy. . .

No, I am talking about expectations.  No one wants to buy a fixer upper anymore.  They want it already decked out, but still within their price range. 

Or the first time home buyers that want the type of home it took their parents 20 years to obtain.  Well hopefully one of the positives of the current economic times will be people learning to buy within their means.

There is always hope.  Happy New Year!!!

Comments (21)

Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Shannon, I inow what you mean.  I do love that channel, and it does inform sellers that they can't have an over-cluttered house and expect it to sell, but we are in a higher priced area than many of the shows depict, and folks who are looking to buy are mentally comparing what I can show them to what they saw on TV for much less, and they get discouraged.  I am often astounded at the prices elsewhere compared to California.

Jan 04, 2009 11:50 AM
Elayna Fernandez
the Positive MOM - Fort Worth, TX
BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful!

LOL you're so right. It's sickenning and I'm not even a Realtor.  I do love HGTV, which is how you got my attention. I don't usually watch TV but Design on a Dime is one of my favorite shows. Well there's many of them I love. Thanks for posting.

Jan 04, 2009 11:51 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT


I also wish it was as easy as on HGTV and writing up an offer after showing only 3 places.  I could not agree more with you in hoping that people's expectations get in line with their means.  With some clients, I have to recommand them many times early on to get prequalified so that we don't waste our time looking at homes beyond their means and even then, they seem to be wanting to look for houses at the hign end of their range instead of getting something more affordable where they can also save money on the side for rainy days. 

Jan 04, 2009 11:54 AM
Justin Ukaoma
Vizion KC - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate Investments

Welcome to ActiveRain Shannon!  Whenever I see these shows I just remind myself that its television and not the real world.

Jan 04, 2009 12:06 PM
Donna Harris
RE/MAX - Dallas, TX

What about that show that shows people crap and then shows them what spending $100k could do to the house. Then people are over-building for the neighborhood and will still be upside down when they want to sell.

Jan 04, 2009 12:06 PM
Rich Mielke
REMAX Results, Frederick MD - Frederick, MD
REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate

I love when they look at a perfectly good (fill in the blank, appliance, faucet or light fixture) and say, "it needs updating". It works, and it is in your price range.

Jan 04, 2009 12:08 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

You know, they put the buying shows together after the people have found the place, then they tape them in a couple of the others that they saw and ruled out.  It's all so scripted!  And we watch these shows waiting for buyers like this to show up on our floor duty shift!  Yeah!  Right!

Jan 04, 2009 12:13 PM
Jim Dvorovy
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
REALTOR - Canton Ohio Real Estate

I think maybe last week I have met the very first buyer that is actually looking to buy a fixer upper! Not only that, the husband and wife are in agreement on it, and the trusted adults advising them are also in agreement! Like you mentioned, most buyers want to move in, sit down, watch TV. If this transaction goes through, it will only be the second time in my 5 year career that it has happened.

Jan 04, 2009 12:14 PM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

I've watched a lot of HGTV in the past few days, as there has been NOTHING on TV.  I've noticed the same thing - Buyers expect, no demand, that everything is perfect from Day 1.  Not very realstic!

Jan 04, 2009 12:28 PM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Being a builder, I always wanted to have them do a show on my homes.  Its amazing how much they can get done in 30 minutes!


Jan 04, 2009 01:42 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Shannon,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you!


Jan 04, 2009 02:32 PM
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

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Jan 04, 2009 03:56 PM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Shannon, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

Best - Sash

Jan 04, 2009 10:25 PM
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

I think alot of these expectations also come from younger buyers - just haven't experienced alot.

Jan 04, 2009 11:29 PM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

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Jan 05, 2009 12:59 AM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi Shannon and welcome to active|rain.

I must agree with you. HGTV must be using the time lapse photography feature for ALL their shows. Buyer expectations are definitely at an all time high. 

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Jan 05, 2009 05:58 AM
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the Active Rain community. This is a great site with lots of information.  Have fun with it and hope to see more of your blogs soon!  We have a team of three outstanding full time agents to assist your buyers and sellers in Spartanburg/Greenville, SC.  Let us know if we can ever help. Again, welcome to AR!!

Jan 05, 2009 08:33 AM
Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Shannon....Welcome to ActiveRain.  This is a great community to network with others as well a great place to learn from other's experiences and knowledge.  I've enjoyed it; I hope you enjoy it as well.

Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Exit Prime Realty
Coral Gables, FL  33134

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Jan 05, 2009 10:03 AM
Jean Terry
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg, SC

Hi and welcome to Active Rain, a great site to network, share, learn and have fun. Good Luck.

Jan 05, 2009 04:36 PM
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate


I hope you keep going with the blog.  You're a good writer.

Jan 14, 2009 01:46 AM