Fact: If you’re a House Hunters on HGTV fan, you’ve probably wondered where they find enough stupid couples that would buy a home from only three options. Sorry to burst your vicarious bubble, but HGTV employs what they have dubbed “scripted reality”.
The couples are already in the process of closing on the home they select on the show!
So, why even bother with the other two houses? For one thing it allows the viewer an opportunity to weigh in on the decision making. Also, it wouldn’t be much of a TV show if there weren’t homes to tour or pros and cons to measure.
Not only are the house hunters not hunting houses, they must draw on latent acting skills to properly “wow” the granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.
Then comes the big reveal, which is always, always identical. One person says, “I think we need to eliminate one.” A serious-pretend conversation follows where they discuss the good, bad and indifferences of the two remaining houses. In the make believe happy ending, the couple selects the home they are already buying. They kiss and call the realtor.
But, viewers get the warm fuzzies when they pick the right home. Is there really any harm done?
And what does the couple take away? Couples get $500 for participating in a segment of House Hunters.
Heck, we figured they would at least score the down-payment! You can watch House Hunters on HGTV.