HGTV lies

I love HGTV. When I am in control of the remote I am always watching HGTV and it seems like the name of the channel should be changed to the House Hunter channel because thats about all that is on. Maybe not always the show titled House Hunters, but show after show of people buying houses. They make it all look so easy. 23 year olds have 20+ thousand ready for a down payment and they of course have a preapproval letter. They are buying 200 thousand dollar homes and worrying about the color of the granite in the kitchen. None of these people look stressed. None of these people look like they have gotten about 2 hours of sleep. None of these people look like they comb Zillow, Trulia, and the MLS daily.
 Real life is way different. There are divorces that mess up your credit, and years of repairing to be right on the cusp of being qualified. I'm still not sure how people barely old enough to have graduated college have that much money for a down payment, or jobs that can pay a mortgage of that amount.

In real life there are houses that fall through and backups that come available. There is fixer uppers but no Jonathan  to remodel them for you. The agents are never like Drew.
 HGTV needs to get back to the good old days of people slapping some paint on a wall and adding some pillows. I can redecorate. I can paint, I just can't stand to watch the unrealistic approach to home buying.

As an update my house fell through and now I have about 4 inferior backups. I'm hoping for a miracle. When people ask me what I'm looking for in a house they are always surprised when I say, I want the smallest yard I can get. Something big enough for a pool and an area for westley and that's it. I am not picky about what the house looks like inside or out because paint is cheap and ugly wallpaper can be removed. You would be surprised at how many houses I've looked at that have the entire inside papered. I'm not afraid of a fixer upper as long as nothing construction related needs done. My grandfather may have been a contractor but I am not, and he has passed. That would just not be a pretty outcome. Also I need cell signal. You would think in todays world that we would have cell service everywhere. That's not the case here. I also don't want to have to drive more than 15 minutes from the center of town. That's it. That is pretty much my only criteria for purchasing a house.

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  1. It can definitely be frustrating. I hated house hunting. My husband is a realtor so he house hunts every day.

    The thing I hate the most about HGTV is when people whine about the paint. Seriously? No. Are the bones of the house good? Are the major things (roof/heating/electrical/structural) sound? Is the location good? Those are the things that matter.

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    1. I've told my agent I have no idea how she does it. I've had to refill my migraine meds. I guess its different on the other side. Another thing that kills me about HGTV is on love it or list it, the guy always gets huffy that the couple wants to stay in their neighborhood. I live in a small town and I still want to stay central to downtown. I am just not a country living kinda girl. Nature scares me lol.

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  2. HGTV pisses me off to no end, I'm with you what happened to Flea Market Flip? I can flip crap I buy at a flea market. I can't however buy a 100 year old house and remodel it like Nicole Curtis does (although I wish I could). Show me something I can do for myself once and a while.

    I was just thinking the other day how much I miss Trading Spaces, do you remember that show?

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    1. I loved trading spaces. I also miss designers challenge, and what was the name of the show where they take an expensive room and makeover a room like it for a ton less? Design on a dime, Color Splash (although I guess that does air like once a month.) I love shows like that.

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  3. Oh girl- I swear these first time home buyers on House Hunters have no idea of reality!! We are under contract on our first house- so that's pretty much all I've watched over the last few months, and they just make me want to throw things at the tv!

    And I agree with Kelli- I miss Trading Spaces! That show was awesome.

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    1. Its inane. I can't imagine ever going through this process again. My current front runner is a 4 bedroom. So I should have room to grow. I have visions of turning that extra room into a closet.

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  4. great post! i'm obsessed with hgtv but I also get so annoyed with the "I hate this paint color" people or the ones who have a tiny budget and want granite, walk in closets, move in ready etc. our house is old and needs some fixing but I'd rather have that than us having bought a house way over our budget. oh and our house cost about half of what my fiancé alone (without my income) was approved for. it looks like so many of the people on those shows end up spending exactly what they were approved for which is insane. oh and I love the property brothers - the filet-o-fish thing is hilarious!
    -- jackie - jade and oak

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    1. I know! The agent probably asked me 200 times what I was approved for. I don't care what I'm approved for, I care what I can still have a life after buying.

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  5. Lies, it's all lies! I could never house hunt. I'm like, one and done. If I don't get the first one I look at, the first one I want, I probably won't keep looking. I'm lazy.

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    1. I'm lazy too. Sadly all the rentals that allow pets are complete dumps. I refuse to get rid of my boy....maybe the cats. I may keep Tiger because he and Wes are BFF but the others could go.

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