'House Hunters' Exposed as Fake by Woman on the Show -- but We Don't Care

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houseAre you addicted to House Hunters on HGTV? I am. I've been hooked on that show ever since it first came out -- and I really can't get enough of it, especially when the episodes feature homes in fun or exotic locations. And that's why I was so disappointed to hear about new evidence suggesting that most of the House Hunters episodes are set up and completely fake. (A reality show that isn't 100 percent real? No way.)

A woman who appeared on the show now claims the entire tale of her family's big move that was showcased on her episode was made up by producers -- and wasn't even close to reality.

Supposedly the reason for their move was changed by producers, who said they needed a much bigger house. And the woman also claims they weren't allowed to appear on the show until they had already closed on the house they chose. I guess that part sort of makes sense, because it does seem unlikely for families to narrow the field down to three houses, select one, and have the offer accepted every single time. The show would be kind of a bummer if the house hunt didn't end with the family purchasing an actual house.

But the part of this woman's story that really felt like a huge letdown was how the other two homes the family toured on the episode were chosen. Apparently they weren't even on the market -- they were the homes of two of her friends! And if her story is true and this happens on other episodes as well, then the credibility of the show pretty much goes straight down the drain.

Most of us who watch House Hunters aren't dumb, and we know the people on the show have probably toured all of the homes in question before, despite having to act like they're walking into them for the very first time. But I honestly was under the impression that the three homes were on their short list of potential properties, making the final decision real and valid.

I guess the big question is whether or not I'll still watch the show even though there's a possibility that it's not real at all. And my answer? Yeah, of course I will. But at least from now on when they don't pick the house I like the best, it will make a lot more sense.

Will you still watch House Hunters even if it's fake?


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Kelli... KelliansMom

Oh course I will still watch lol. I just like seeing the houses and places they are at. Not the people looking at the houses

jinxmom jinxmom

(sigh) I love hgtv and this show.  I'm sad now but I'll still watch it b/c I love it. lol

CPN322 CPN322

No. I've never watched it and now I don't want to.

nonmember avatar Jackie Wilson

LOL I called that a looooong time ago. However, I still think the show is fun. I'll still watch.

junecat junecat

So these people go in and criticize their friend's houses just to pretend they don't want them?  That seems really silly.  And what about the real estate agents - are they real or actors, I wonder?  I have pretty much stopped watching regular House Hunters anyhow and now watch only the International shows - I like seeing how they live in other countries.  Now you have to wonder if these houses are really even IN a foreign country - geez!!!

Cynthia Parten

I actually have known it was fake fort a while, but that doesn't stop me from watching. It's stil entertaining. But I know a woman who was actually looking for a house and she applied to be on the show because she thought they could help her with the process. But she received an email from a producer stating that she had to be under contract for a house already before they would consider her.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yes I will, no surprise though, you can tell the couples talking are scripted or have already been there done that kind of thing, which makes sense since they have already closed on the house. It is always obvious.

Tink Zomby

you are all zombies *bang*

nonmember avatar acp9489

HGTV doesn't really hide this fact. I submitted a friend's info to be on the show. The production company wrote back saying they had to show proof of the approved mortgage loan and have basically already purchased the new residence.

Karmi... KarmicChild

Either way, it is still a good show to watch if you plan to purchase a home some day, as it gives you a lot of information and tips.  They have brought up several points (especially when it comes to things in the house you should check before buying) that I would not have considered.

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