Sunday, June 3, 2012

Our Househunters Episode




Update:  It appears our episode has been removed from HGTV's website.

I put a small part on YouTube.  I wrote a follow-up post here.

18 comments:

  1. That is so fun!! I had no idea you did the show. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. That is so cute! I think I need the after house hunters story! You couldn't have stayed in that house too long...when did you move to Omaha?

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  3. i remember hearing about this when we lived in vg. so glad i could finally watch it! the girls are so cute and little!!!

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  4. That is so cool! This may sound funny but i dream of being on that show. I watch it all the time. I remember you tell ke about that. I loved watching it. It made me miss you and your cute family. I hope everything is going well with your new house remodel!!

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  5. That is so cool! This may sound funny but i dream of being on that show. I watch it all the time. I remember you tell ke about that. I loved watching it. It made me miss you and your cute family. I hope everything is going well with your new house remodel!!

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  6. I posted your story about being on "House Hunters" on my blog today. Thanks again for sharing it with my readers. I think they're a little shocked to learn how fake it all is! Always fun to get the behind-the-scenes scoop. :)

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  7. Out here in Boston, MA you were on WCVB tonight. They did a spot about your experience and House Hunters being fake. I, like many others, have stopped watching the show since I found out how fake it is.

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  8. Why did you do the show knowing that it was fake? You knew ahead of time what they were planning to do...so why do it?

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  9. @Anonymous: That's a good question! I guess it didn't surprise me at all. I'd been involved in house hunting and real estate long enough to know that there were never exactly 3 choices every time, and things changed and fell through inevitably (in real life). So I guess I always knew it couldn't be completely true. That didn't stop me from thinking it would be fun to be on my favorite show. I guess that's why I'm still shocked that everyone else is so surprised. I just gave an interview to a fellow blogger as a "behind the scenes" that she has done before. Neither her nor I EVER expected it to have national attention, because she had reported it years ago as well. I guess we lived and learned!

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  10. you have to know its not feasible to actually go on house hunting trips with people, just the time & money factor. and if after all that they don't even buy a house. and inevitably some of the houses they looked at were since sold..you know there is some staging, plots being created to draw the audience in. i just love looking at all the different houses & prices there are out there. i love to guess which house they picked. learning about different cities & countries is also awesome.
    the one thing i don't like is couples who are rude to each other.
    i love to know the square footage, about all the rooms as in #'s, (bdrms, bthrms). i want to see as many as they have time to show, how its laid out.
    i miss suzanne whang, but she has moved on in her life & i wish her the best.

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  11. Sorry I'm so late to the party in writing this, I guess it's taken me a little time to gather the courage to speak up. The timing of your story hitting the press was a godsend for me. Our episode aired in April of 2012 and like you, everything was fake (we already owned the house, they thought our apartment was boring so they changed the story to say we were living with my in-laws, etc.), but the worst part about it was that my husband and I (particularly me) were portrayed as spoiled rich kids who were unrealistically picky and who were rude to our Realtor. All of the houses featured on our episode were beautiful, and I would have been happy to live in any of them, but you would never know it by watching our episode. You'd think I was some high maintenance wife where nothing was good enough.
    It was our fault for being so naive and being so willing to follow the instructions of the director of the episode. He thought it would be great if I flipped out over an outdated bathroom, and convinced me to oblige him with an over-the-top performance. I was so naive about it that it actually took a while for me to realize that we had been demonized. I could tell that the director knew exactly what he had done to us, because after the show aired, he said something like "I'm glad you liked the episode and that you're not mad at me." When our episode first aired, I was amused because the way we were portrayed was so ridiculous, but then I realized that most viewers took it very seriously.
    There were the comments on local message boards that we were such an "annoying couple" and that I needed to take a "chill pill." We even received anonymous hate mail (sent to my husband's workplace, which was featured on the show). How stupid of me to not realize that people would believe the whole thing was real! I was both hurt and shocked that people would react that way (and also stunned that my acting was actually believable - I've never acted in my whole life, never took a drama class, nothing. Maybe I have a career in television?).
    We live in a small state, where I think only two episodes of HH (including ours) have ever been taped, and it feels like the whole state watched our show. So when we talk to people about our episode, the first words that come out our mouths are "it was all fake, and we were acting the whole time," but nothing corroborated my story more than when your account hit national headlines. So thank you so much for that!
    The whole fakeness of House Hunters has ruined the show for me, and I simply take no pleasure in watching it anymore, let alone any reality TV show, for that matter. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't.

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  16. That can be a learning experience for you! Congrats on your TV debut! With regards to house hunting, in reality, looking for a perfect residence can be a pain, and at times, frustrating. You have to look at lots of houses just to be turned down or rejected. But when you find the one house that fits your criteria, you can say to yourself that, “Hey! I just found my dream house, and it is all worth it!” That is what I told myself when we found our current home!

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