I feel like this was already somewhat well known, but just in case: “House Hunters,” the HGTV show about people hunting for (wait for it) houses, is probably not a documentary-style depiction of reality as we know it. Rather, it’s an entertainment program wherein the veneer of reality is merely used to delude viewers into thinking they are watching something real, which they very likely are not.
This news comes courtesy of the blog Hooked on Houses, which published the story of someone named Bobi. She described her experiences being on the show, and her story does not sync up at all with the process shown to viewers. She claims the show basically faked the entire house-hunting process, from the homes they toured (which belonged to Bobi’s friends, and were used simply to make it look like they were considering other options) to the selection of the final house (they had closed on the home before being accepted to the show, she said).
Now, this is all Bobi’s story, and we do not know for certain if this is accurate or not. So all of this must be taken with at least one portion of one grain of salt. BUT, as the A.V. Club points out, Hooked on Houses has highlighted issues like this in a post back in 2010. And, anecdotally, people I know who watch this show (or, like me, are married to someone addicted to watching this show) say that they heard somewhere or read somewhere once that the show is definitely fake.
These claims stating that the show is fraudulent often come from the same type of source: Someone has a friend or a relative or someone who was on the show and reported the same basic experience. A friend of mine reported the same basic thing. His relatives (I believe an aunt and uncle) appeared on “House Hunters International” and told him that they had already bought their house, so they had to pretend to look at two others to get on the show. This story, like many others, comes from someone who knows someone who was on it.
Bobi’s story, if it is real, is a firsthand account. The moral of this story is never to trust anything or anyone on television, ever.