"House Hunters" is fake, according to a woman who was featured on the series.
According to the blog Hooked on Houses, the HGTV series didn't accept Bobi as participant on the series until she and her family already closed on the house they were buying. When it came time to film the episode, Bobi told the blog that they "had to scramble to find houses to tour and pretend we were considering." Some of the properties weren't even for sale, they were homes of friends, according to Bobi.
EW contacted Bobi and she backed up her Hooked on Houses claims, but said touring houses not for sale is not the norm and only occurred because realtors in her area that had houses listed wouldn't agree to being on the show. "I think they were afraid we’d show their house in a bad light," she told EW.
The Huffington Post reached out to HGTV regarding the claims and the network responded with the below statement.
We've learned that the pursuit of the perfect home involves big decisions that usually take place over a period of time –more time than we can capture in 30 minutes of television. However, with a series like "House Hunters," HGTV viewers enjoy the vicarious and entertaining experience of choosing a home -- from establishing a budget, to touring properties and weighing the pros and cons of each one. We're making a television show, so we manage certain production and time constraints, while honoring the home buying process. To maximize production time, we seek out families who are pretty far along in the process. Often everything moves much more quickly than we can anticipate, so we go back and revisit some of the homes that the family has already seen and we capture their authentic reactions. Because the stakes in real estate are so high, these homeowners always find themselves RIGHT back in the moment, experiencing the same emotions and reactions to these properties. Showcasing three homes makes it easier for our audience to “play along” and guess which one the family will select. It’s part of the joy of the "House Hunters'" viewing experience. Through the lens of television, we can offer a uniquely satisfying and fun viewing experience that fulfills a universal need to occasionally step into someone else's shoes.
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