I want you to know that I’ve read the reports that your House Hunters (and probably most of your other programs) are all staged, that you do not get into the picture until the hunters have found a house to purchase. I want you to know I really don’t care – in fact, that might make it better, because maybe that means some of those people are not really so unable to compromise, so exacting in their demands. I mean, they kind of do use the same terminology all the time; “it’s not granite”, “I want real wood not plastic wood”, “the appliances aren’t stainless steel”, “this would require a complete renovation”, “this could be a deal-breaker”. I do not expect from you complete and total honesty – I do expect that in relationships, but not with TV – just as I recognize that none of what is classified as “reality” TV is real. At least not real in terms of my world, or the world I’ve been exposed to.
If, however, some of the budgets of these hunters are real – $700,000+, heck even 500,000+ for first-time buyers, I have to tell you I think maybe there is another world out there. Either that, or these couples are strapping themselves into a situation that could well become untenable in the future if things do not go exactly as they have planned. I remember, in my days of being an escrow officer, buyers signing loan documents with payments of $5000 a month and thinking if ever either of you loses your job or is unable to work, you are going to be in a world of hurt. Life has this habit of throwing up stumbling blocks. If we are not prepared, we will indeed stumble. Or fall. Or crash and burn.
What your show does for (to) me, besides provide easy-to-watch entertainment, is make me think “redecorate”; “redo kitchen”. Oooooh, I like those floors, those colors, that style. Ooooh, I think I don’t ever want granite countertops. Oh my gosh, I could not live with that! In which case, now I sound like your hunters. Uncompromising, ungiving, demanding, sometimes very selfish. Life is give and take you know – he might have to give up his living on a golf course, she might have to give up living on oceanfront.
You make me realize if your hunters were looking at my house, they’d probably use all or many of those terms I listed before. We’ve been here for 13 years now, so yeah, my kitchen is dated. But it works for me. My carpet is beginning to need replacing, and I’d really rather have laminated wood (yeah, guys, plastic wood!) in the entire front part of the house, the main living areas. I dunno about you, but in my life you do not always get what you want. Sometimes you have to live with what you’re dealt. And you have to love it – you don’t have the option of listing it.
Speaking of loving it or listing it – how come these people, these homeowners, set the budgets for Hillary and David, and might be willing to raise the budget for David to find them a new house, but never ever for Hillary, who inevitably discovers water in the basement (maybe these homeowners should pay a bit more attention) and has to fix problems that would/could become larger problems as time goes on, but yet they never ever feel an urge or need to increase her budget? “I want it all, and I expect you to make magic, not me to accept responsibility”. The world obviously turns around those people. Silly me, I thought we were but dots (sometimes cogs) on the wheel.
So HGTV, while I think some of your hunters are just flat-out spoiled, expect too much, are unwilling to bend, to compromise and would be impossible to live with – that’s okay. Your world is my entertainment, not my reality. My reality is my home, my place of peace, my deck with birds and birdsong and loyal puppies that want to spend time with me, to play ball with me, to walk with me. My reality works just fine – it’s not perfect, but it works.
My reality is playing kickball with the Bailey girl.