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House Hunters International

Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:10 pm

Anybody else a fan. I really can't get enough of this show. Anyone have a favorite episode/destination?
 
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RE: House Hunters International

Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:01 pm

I too am a huge fan of House Hunters International, but not regular House Hunters.

Favorite destinations are any of the European ones. I liked one they did out in the Azores, and one in particular in Amsterdam. There was one in Dubai, too, that I liked.
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Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:05 pm

Love this show. Love love love love. It's always fascinating. The Caribbean ones are usually the least interesting to me. Europe (particularly Portugal) and Asia are the best.
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RE: House Hunters International

Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:12 pm

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 2):
The Caribbean ones are usually the least interesting to me. Europe (particularly Portugal) and Asia are the best.

Agreed with the Caribbean ones. Too many episodes on those locations to care anymore. We get it...there are nice beaches!
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RE: House Hunters International

Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:47 pm

I actually really like this show too - both House Hunters and House Hunters International. Great way to see different cities across the world and of course the real estate market in those cities.
 
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RE: House Hunters International

Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:00 pm

I'm definitely a House Hunters International addict. Wish I could get the shows on my Roku (anyone know how?).

Much like ScarletHarlot, I turn the Caribbean ones off right away. It's the same thing over and over again.

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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:09 am

I used to enjoy this show until I learned that the entire thing is staged and then was usually able to figure out which house they were going to buy because more often than not only one house would be empty!

For example, I know for a fact that the episode about Dominica was filmed in a house that the couple had been living in for almost three years by the time the episode was filmed. They actually had built the house themselves.
 
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:03 am

I LOVE House Hunters Int'l! My family would sit down together and watch a lot of the HGTV shows.

As others have said, the Caribbean ones are so repetitive and boring now. I prefer the European ones. And the few Middle East (Isreal, Dubai) episodes were a nice surprise. I also love the African ones (Botswana?, Egypt, SA). I would like to see more.

But there is this newer show that I just saw a few weeks ago where it shows American families living abroad. The episode I saw was about Tokyo and how CRAZY expensive it is (from housing to fruit!). I think the show's concept is great!
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Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:23 am

I love the show. I actually love the ones where they end up in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. Makes me want to move there
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:27 am

Quoting luckyone (Reply 6):

Where did you learn this? I'd like to read more...
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:30 am

My wife came onto this program as something to watch after lunch.

I enjoyed it with her for awhile, but it wasn't too long before I got the feeling, just as "luckyone", that the whole thing was staged.

She watches it alone now.
 
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Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:34 am

I love the House Hunter shows where the Americans are moving to Europe or Asia, and the Americans bitch and moan that there aren't 3 full bathrooms in the houses presented and that the kitchens don't have new cherry wood cabinets or stainless steel restaurant-grade appliances. One American couple moving to Budapest from NYC was the ABSOLUTE worst - you could tell that the wife was a complete sociopathic bully and that the poor husband was utterly scared to death of making her unhappy in the house hunt.
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:44 am

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 9):
Where did you learn this? I'd like to read more...
Quoting luckyone (Reply 6):

I used to enjoy this show until I learned that the entire thing is staged and then was usually able to figure out which house they were going to buy because more often than not only one house would be empty!

I'm completely bummed to find this out. The Mrs. and I watch this show a lot.

http://money.msn.com/saving-money-ti...98c3bc-594b-4b45-bced-3053a9c4a1bd

"I contacted HGTV's media relations department and asked for a comment. Here's part of the response I got back:

As you know, the pursuit of the perfect home involves big decisions that usually take place over a period of time -- more time than we can capture in 30 minutes of television. ... We're making a television show, so we manage certain production and time constraints, while honoring the homebuying process. To maximize production time, we seek out families who are pretty far along in the process."
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:08 am

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 11):

I was going to mention this, but glad someone else beat me to it...the ignorance of some (mostly American) people is just astounding! You are moving to somewhere ELSE, which is not going to be like the place you just came from. GTF over it please...and thanks!

We are somewhat spoiled in the US, yes I get that, but don't carry that over onto a show and make the rest of us look bad. My parents own plenty of property in Portugal, and I by no means expect the same over there as I do here. Anyone who does any research prior to moving would know this...
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:16 am

The three brands of it are entertaining. I enjoy seeing the different homes in different areas especially the prices. Its a decent show but I also fall asleep to it often 
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:29 am

I absolutely love House Hunters International--especially the ones filmed in the UK, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand.

I lived in London for 3 years (2004-2007), and really, really miss it. So I am quite chuffed when a London or UK episode comes on, and I get to see the housing market there. I plan to move back to London, some day. I would love to have a nice studio or one-bedroom flat there (I am a bachelor, and will remain so for the foreseeable future, so that is all the room I need) in either a townhouse row or a tower block, in the centre of London.

I would not mind having a flat in the new "Shard" tower at London Bridge--just across the street from my alma mater, King's College London (Guy's Hospital campus)!

All the other European episodes are equally attractive to me--ever since I first travelled to Europe in 1994, I have been bitten hard by the Europhile bug. HHI is a great way to see the European housing markets.

I also love the ones filmed in New Zealand and Australia.

So far, I have not seen one filmed in Calgary, AB, where I will be moving at the end of this year for my postdoctoral fellowship. I would love to see the housing market in Calgary, so I know what to expect (once again, I'm interested in a studio/1BR flat in a downtown tower block, close to transit and everything; I don't need a suburban house).

Like everyone else, I immediately ignore any episodes filmed in the Caribbean or other beachy destinations. I have no interest in tropical or beachy destinations; I want to be in a beautiful old European city.

As for the domestic USA brand of House Hunters, most of the episodes I have seen feature generic suburban houses or McMansions or things like that. However, I have seen some gems--like mid-20th century houses, or old houses, or urban flats. As long as it has character in it or history or style, I like it. But the cookie-cutter tract houses and McMansions induce a yawn.

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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:38 am

I got addicted to HGTV while laid up with a broken knee in November 2010, particularly House Hunters and House Hunters International. I actually prefer the domestic version to International (I primarily watch for decorating ideas, storage solutions, etc.) but LOVE LOVE LOVE the Caribbean ones. Yes, they're repetitive but it's always nice to have that dream of "Here's what my money could buy if I won the lottery."
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:59 am

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Anybody else a fan. I really can't get enough of this show.

I am a big addict of House Hunters and, in particular, House Hunters International. Between the two of them that's half the available space in my DVR.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Anyone have a favorite episode/destination?

I like the ones where they go to places where all the homes have a lot of character, like Merida (in Mexico) or Morroco (the Medina homes). I also enjoy the ones in places that are dear to my heart, like Boston (New England, in general), New Orleans or New Zealand (the Paris one tend to be very depressing, once you see how much real estate costs there and how tiny the apartments are). As others have said, the Caribbean ones tend to be boring, but I do enjoy watching the Fiji ones (as they tend to have amazing homes).

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 2):
Europe (particularly Portugal) and Asia are the best.

Really? I really don't tend to like the ones they shoot in Portugal - it is usually a bunch of Brits trying to move to the ass-end of Portugal countryside yearning "for the simple, laid-back life" in a half-crumbling old farm-home. They do realize the 21st century has actually arrived in Portugal, correct? The country isn't that big, even in the middle of nowhere you can get all the modern comforts, let alone near Tomar (near where they have shot a few episodes, and which is close to one of the most industrialized areas in the country).

Quoting luckyone (Reply 6):
I used to enjoy this show until I learned that the entire thing is staged

Thanks for ruining it for us.   To be far, if I was buying a home I would look at a lot more than three alternatives...

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 11):
you could tell that the wife was a complete sociopathic bully and that the poor husband was utterly scared to death of making her unhappy

Ah, I love those episodes, where you have a really high-strung control-freak wife, or someone who just wants to spend all the money the couple has and some it doesn't have. Got to feel sorry for the poor husband, but feel glad when he gets his wishes.
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:04 am

I like the show, but the show is mis leading. Nobody buys a house after seeing only 3 houses. I don't know how many houses they show people buying but it way more than 3. And did you ever notice when the buyers set their budget the house they pick is over the budget a lot. And when one of the 3 houses is un finished the buyer almost always picked the un finished house.
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:35 pm

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 17):
Thanks for ruining it for us.

Haha no worries. To be fair I waited until it was asked.   

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 9):
Where did you learn this? I'd like to read more...
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:30 pm

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 18):
Nobody buys a house after seeing only 3 houses.

I've seen quite a few episodes where they'll say they've seen X number of houses before this one, the producers are simply showing their top three options.
 
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:40 pm

Quoting luckyone (Reply 6):
I used to enjoy this show until I learned that the entire thing is staged and then was usually able to figure out which house they were going to buy because more often than not only one house would be empty!

The easiest way to figure out which one they buy is to pick the most expensive one.

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 11):
I love the House Hunter shows where the Americans are moving to Europe or Asia, and the Americans bitch and moan that there aren't 3 full bathrooms in the houses presented and that the kitchens don't have new cherry wood cabinets or stainless steel restaurant-grade appliances.

That is the most infuriating part. That or when they realize their ridiculously oversized king sized bedroom set won't fit in a
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:26 pm

enjoy the show very much!!! Always smile when the budget is "small" and they want it all   or complain how everything is not big enough...compare to their home back home  

New country new rules! When I moved to beautiful Canada I moved up!! all bigger compare to the good old CH  

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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:41 pm

Quoting Flyer732 (Reply 20):
I've seen quite a few episodes where they'll say they've seen X number of houses before this one, the producers are simply showing their top three options.

I'd always thought that was creative editing to keep the show under a half an hour. I figured they had looked at more and the producers just show a sample of the ones they looked at.

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 15):
So far, I have not seen one filmed in Calgary, AB, where I will be moving at the end of this year for my postdoctoral fellowship. I would love to see the housing market in Calgary, so I know what to expect (once again, I'm interested in a studio/1BR flat in a downtown tower block, close to transit and everything; I don't need a suburban house).

I doubt you'll see an episode in Calgary Francis. It seems like most of the Canadians on this show are looking somewhere else for a winter getaway.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 21):
The easiest way to figure out which one they buy is to pick the most expensive one.

That's not always true. The one we saw on the Sunshine Coast near Brisbane the other day the couple rented the cheapest house they "looked" at.

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 13):
I was going to mention this, but glad someone else beat me to it...the ignorance of some (mostly American) people is just astounding! You are moving to somewhere ELSE, which is not going to be like the place you just came from. GTF over it please...and thanks!

I don't know, I think you see that across the board. I remember the episode in Thailand or somewhere, where the Australian yoga teacher was looking for the best "zen" place she could find. Or, the Australian (not to pick on Australia) who moved to Croatia. Both mentioned space quite a bit.
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:00 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 23):
I don't know, I think you see that across the board. I remember the episode in Thailand or somewhere, where the Australian yoga teacher was looking for the best "zen" place she could find. Or, the Australian (not to pick on Australia) who moved to Croatia. Both mentioned space quite a bit.

No you are right with that. I'm referring more to the people who go "oh this is not how it is in the States" etc...when they are in Europe in particular.
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Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:35 pm

As an aside, are any of you fans of Rick Steve's travel shows on PBS here in the US? If you're in the Pacific Northwest he's fairly popular. I admit that's way off topic, but it seems all of us are interested in the same thing.
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:37 pm

Does Suzanne Whang host the International version of House Hunters? I get a kick out of both shows. Especially on the domestic version when a house with funky dated stuff is being shown.
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RE: House Hunters International

Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:42 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 25):

Indeed. When I go and visit my parents on select weekends (they don't have more than basic cable) he is always on PBS with his shows...and he does a great job. Very informative and un-biased.

As an aside, and this is borderline stupid, I really like the "techno beat" they play near the end when they are reviewing the 3 home selections. I suppose that no one knows the name of the beat, do they?

I've searched high and low and can only assume its something produced only for the show.

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Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:19 am

I do watch the show every now and then, it is interesting to see what real estate looks like (and costs) in other countries.

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 24):

No you are right with that. I'm referring more to the people who go "oh this is not how it is in the States" etc...when they are in Europe in particular.

Europeans tend to do that too. All Euros (including me) that I know who live in the US had not realized that having a washer and a dryer in an apartment is considered a "luxury" around here. We didn't nag about it much, though.
 
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RE: House Hunters International

Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:10 am

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 17):
Really? I really don't tend to like the ones they shoot in Portugal - it is usually a bunch of Brits trying to move to the ass-end of Portugal countryside yearning "for the simple, laid-back life" in a half-crumbling old farm-home. They do realize the 21st century has actually arrived in Portugal, correct? The country isn't that big, even in the middle of nowhere you can get all the modern comforts, let alone near Tomar (near where they have shot a few episodes, and which is close to one of the most industrialized areas in the country).

I just love being able to see Portugal. It's not generally on the radar over here - I'm sure you noticed this more than me! I do agree that it does tend to be annoying Brits that they show in Portugal.

The best episodes are the ones where the people are really open to getting into the culture of their destination.

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 15):
As for the domestic USA brand of House Hunters, most of the episodes I have seen feature generic suburban houses or McMansions or things like that.

I live in a generic suburban house, and was quite tickled recently to see an episode where the people were buying a house just a few miles from me. One house they looked at immediately looked familiar. It was built by the same builder as our house right around the same time as ours. I am pretty sure I know what neighbourhood it is in. A lot of the fixtures and finishes were the same as our house. It was really interesting to hear the prospective buyers critique that.

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RE: House Hunters International

Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:27 am

I don't find this show amusing or entertaining in the least. The main reason is the people who look for these 2nd homes in the Carribean or elsewhere.

Now, I am a uber-capitalist and am laissez-faire when it comes to the economy, but the rich and rich wannabes/noveau riche types who are featured on these shows have no sense of how they come across on the TV screen.

The typical show is some noveau-riche 50 something man from Charlotte who made a nice living who is now married to a much younger 30ish wife. They have a Brady Bunch type of dual families from previous divorces, and the man and woman are now shopping for a vacation or 2nd home.

The man often looks like a poodle, and the woman comes across like a spoiled rich socialite who loves to "entertain" and nitpicks at the fact that this condo is "ghastly" and "lacks sophistication".

Remember, I don't begrudge their success or envy it. Not at all. I am happy for them. The point is that one should show more tact when on the show and don't come across as some caricature of a rich bored couple with money but no sense.

I much prefer the regular House Hunters (domestic) show. It has young people just starting out after marriage who have a limited budget and are looking at the house of their dreams, starting a family, etc. It is the exact embodiment of the long-ago American dream. A dream, unfortunately, that is fast becoming unrealistic for most folks due to this economy and general American decline.
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Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:52 am

When the House Hunters show first aired about 11 years ago it was kind of funny. When the buyers would walk into the house you could see the obvious displeasure on the wife's face. You just had the feeling that this was not going to turn out well. Usually the wife put on the bitch face if she didn't like the place. The show has since cleaned this all up.

My favorite buyers are the ones who have seen 100 houses and still haven't found what they want yet.

Back in 2001 I was looking for a house and I asked my estate agent if she had ever seen the show. She said yes she has and she remarked "And people are really like that too!".

BTW, for those of you who are into the "home flipping" shows. My agent said she hated those people. On television they do it right. In real life most flippers just paint, throw in new appliances and then ask 40% more for the house than they paid for it.
And she took me to one of those "flipped" homes. Paint overspray everywhere. High gloss paint on all the walls and the ceiling. It had stainless steel appliances, but they were the cheapest ones you could find. And flooring was the rock bottom budget variety.
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RE: House Hunters International

Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:28 pm

Quoting dragon-wings (Reply 18):
I like the show, but the show is mis leading. Nobody buys a house after seeing only 3 houses.

I guess I'm a nobody. We looked at 1, then looked at 2 more, then went back and looked at number 1 again a different day. Then signed on it  
Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 15):
So far, I have not seen one filmed in Calgary, AB, where I will be moving at the end of this year for my postdoctoral fellowship. I would love to see the housing market in Calgary, so I know what to expect (once again, I'm interested in a studio/1BR flat in a downtown tower block, close to transit and everything; I don't need a suburban house).
Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 23):
I doubt you'll see an episode in Calgary Francis. It seems like most of the Canadians on this show are looking somewhere else for a winter getaway.

Different show, but Property Brothers are in Canada for the most part. However, they don't tell you which city they're in.
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