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

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Real Estate Broker 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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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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Austin Texas Homes, LLC

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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