I Should Probably Send Thank-You Notes to HGTV and TLC

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Real Estate Agent with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I realized today that I owe at least a small debt of gratitude to cable channels like HGTV and TLC, which are full of real estate TV shows. They have done a marvelous job of setting expectations with buyers, sellers, and they've motivated prospective agents as well. On the flip side, I recognize that they might make things seem a bit too easy. Nonetheless, I have frequently benefitted from the lessons my clients have learned therein.

A few thoughts on this:

FOR BUYERS: I've noticed that I've had a good number of clients who really enjoy watching shows like "House Hunters", "My First House", and others. Consequently, it seems that some of them expect that they will only look at a few homes and we'll get a contract in place quickly. I know that "House Hunters" features three homes, and they're able to wrap things up neatly in 30 minutes. Needless to say, I appreciate the idea that we don't have to visit a virtually endless number of homes to make a solid decision. I recently had a buyer that seemed to expect that we wouldn't look at more than a handful of properties. 

FOR SELLERS: Many times I can credit television programs for some of my seller clients who already have a strong understanding of the basics of home staging and decluttering, which makes my job a good deal easier. They also seem to respect that proper pricing is critically important part of marketing the home.

FOR AGENTS: I have been in expansion mode as we move closer to 2014, having recruited a bunch of new and experienced agents in the second half of this year. More than likely, we will have twice as many agents next spring as we had this past spring (roughly 30). One interesting thing I've noted, particularly with younger, newer agents, is that they frequently mention how much they LOVE watching real estate shows. It would seem that these shows have inspired a whole generation of budding agents.

On a sidenote, I once had a very close call with "House Hunters" years ago, but it didn't work out. The process is an interesting one. In a nutshell, the client is required to audition by submitting a video. I only had one client at the time that would have worked with regard to their timing, and they didn't make the cut. The casting director promised me that I would get on the show, then she ended up going on maternity leave and quitting her job. My brush with fame...

Thanks for reading!

 

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Jason Crouch
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Austin Texas Homes, LLC

Since I really don't watch these shows much at all, it's interesting to see the negative comments. I stand by what I said above, but I understand that there are bad points as well. The reference to Hitler was surprising.  :)

December 06, 2013 07:28 AM
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Catherine Robles
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These shows are great to watch.  However I agree, they glamorize it and simplify it to fit the months of work we do into a half hour show.  Sometimes they do highlight the challenges, but not always.  

Hey, I hope to get on a show someday too! Good luck with that going forward.

December 06, 2013 09:36 AM
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Tammie White
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Jason, three seems to be the magic number with me. Recently, every buyer contacting me through my website has visited three properties and wrote the offer. I attributed it to looking at homes on my website for months and already knowing what they wanted. Maybe, it's really the influence of shows like House Hunters. Whatever the case, I like the new trend.

December 06, 2013 10:24 AM
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Stephanie Stringer
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I would have to say House Hunters is one of my favorite shows to watch. Besides the housing hunting piece with the clients, in some of the episodes they bring in the loan processing piece and I appreciate that because being in the loan origination business potential buyers need to know that a pre-approval letter is critical to start the process.   Besides the letter, it's always good to start gathering the loan documentation needed upfront so the loan officer can review to avoid any hiccups.  Building a relations with a loan officer and a client is critical to make the mortgage process go smooth. 

 

December 06, 2013 10:29 AM
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Kelly Bogan
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Apparently my clients are NOT watching House Hunters! Great post.

December 06, 2013 10:47 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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We can say, HGTV and TLC are the exceptions to negative or positive headlines about the real estate market. 

Sooner or later, you'll have your 'fame' and 'spotlight' - you just need to be there!

(And yes, keep on writing posts that get featured and I'll keep on reading them! Welcome back, once again. Hope to see you soon in Millionaire Club!)

December 06, 2013 11:14 AM
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Rats, I thought you were being facetious and I just love a good snark. Darn. Oh, well, I was on House Hunters; it was fun, and I like the show, but it's not real.

December 06, 2013 11:16 AM
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Jason Crouch
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ELIZABETH: I know it's not real, but it honestly has set a lower expectation with some of my clients about the proper number of homes they expect to see. Snark is a definite part of my repertoire - give it time.  :)

December 06, 2013 11:23 AM
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Connie Harvey
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Jason, look at you! back 2 days and already writing features again!! Sooooo glad to see you here!

December 06, 2013 11:53 AM
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William Feela
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Some of the media shows have done welland others have given me much of a headache.

Good top see you back.

December 06, 2013 12:56 PM
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Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City
I used to watch "House Hunters" but it is so unrealistic and makes things look so easy. They don't mention the frustration of working with incompetent lenders who are non responders which I dealt with recently. On the other hand, it would be cool to be featured on the show for publicity purposes.
December 06, 2013 07:01 PM
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Jordon Wheeler
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Hey Jason,

How is it going?  Good to see you back in the FEATURE light!  I like your perspective regarding HGTV and not-so-real reality TV shows.  I too think they help bolster the idea of homeonwnership.  By the way I too had a brush of fame with House Hunters.  Just could never find clients who had the time and personality to do the show.

Best of GREAT sucess to you always sir!

December 06, 2013 07:05 PM
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Laura Cerrano
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HGTV and TLC

were Pinterest before it was Pinterest

December 06, 2013 08:54 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Jason, I think they've done a great job of convincing sellers that it really is important for their home to look fabulous when it goes onto the market. 

December 07, 2013 06:07 AM
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Bryan Robertson
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While I think those shows are entertaining and they do, on some occasions provide accurate information, they most often create too simple an image.  It's TV so I understand that but let's face it, House Hunters makes it look way too easy.  A little disclaimer on their part would be nice.

December 07, 2013 06:37 AM
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Ron Tissier
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My experience with HGTVs House Hunters is that the Buyer actually looks at many homes and must narrow their choices down to three properties.  By the time the show airs, the Buyer has long since purhcased and closed on their home.  In other words, House Hunters is a show, "after the fact". 

Cheers! 

December 07, 2013 07:05 AM
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Jason Crouch
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Ron: You're correct. House Hunters requires that the client already have a home under contract before they are even considered for filming. As the agent, I would have had to find two other properties and garner permission to use them for the show. That's why it's such a nice, tidy package of a show (and utterly unrealistic, but still responsible for setting a different expectation with some clients).

December 07, 2013 09:16 AM
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Karen Feltman
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You were "almost famous"!  Your call to fame.  :)  I agree that these shows do more help than hurt our industry.  It gives sellers and buyers good solid advice in negotiating and decluttering.  Thank you for sharing!

December 08, 2013 01:33 PM
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Randy Shamburger
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They definitely make it look easy but good points/tips are shared with the audience...if they're listening. 

December 08, 2013 04:32 PM
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John J. Woods
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   I'm a general contractor.  If you think shows like "House Hunters" make the process look much easier than it is, you should try watching "Exteme Makeovers - Home Edition"!

 

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