WHAT WE'RE WATCHING: 'House Hunters' gives look into home buying
I'll be honest, I'm a sucker for HGTV. A few weeks ago, I wrote in this space about a guilty pleasure I had -- watching "The Celebrity Apprentice." Since writing that, I've noticed there are a lot more shows that I could have included in that gui...
I'll be honest, I'm a sucker for HGTV.
A few weeks ago, I wrote in this space about a guilty pleasure I had - watching "The Celebrity Apprentice." Since writing that, I've noticed there are a lot more shows that I could have included in that guilty pleasure category.
One of those shows is "House Hunters," which airs at 9 on weeknights on HGTV.
Maybe it's the inner housewife in me, but I'll admit, I think I've watched the entire collection of "House Hunters" on Netflix.
It's a show my mom has been hooked on for years, and for some reason (maybe because I'm somewhat nearing house-buying age), I've become interested in it, too.
If you haven't seen it, "House Hunters" traces people doing just as the title implies - hunting for houses.
The show begins with each episode with people listing the criteria that their dream house would include. Then, the focus of the show shifts to the people touring three different houses, and it concludes with them selecting their favorite.
There isn't anything particularly glamorous about the show - It's just people searching for a new home. But, in a weird way, I've learned quite a bit from watching this guilty pleasure show.
While watching "House Hunters," I've learned all of the buzzwords to make me sound smarter when searching for a home.
For one thing, in watching it, I've learned that it's impossible for me to be pickier than some of the people on the show. I've seen people complain about which direction the house faced to whether or not ghosts lived or have ever lived on the property, among other ridiculous wishlist items for potential homeowners.
In a more practical sense, I've learned that granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are a must, while carpet and not having a double vanity are deal breakers.
In all, this guilty pleasure show has probably taught me more about what to look for when buying a house than I'd care to admit.
Recently, however, the "reality" of the show has come into question, with claims being made that the show is already predetermined because the couples on the show have already purchased the house they choose in the end. But to me, that doesn't make a difference.
Few shows, if any, are 100 percent real, and that shouldn't deter somebody from watching a show such as "House Hunters."
For now, I'll just watch the show, enjoy it and dream about maybe one day purchasing my own dream house with an open concept where I can entertain guests.