House Hunter Not Legit?


If you’re a fan of the TV show Househunters on HGTV you may be in for a let down.

It’s always fun playing along and trying to pick the 1 out of 3 houses a couple will choose.

But a mini-uproar on the web is spilling the beans that the TV show Househunters is staged!

Bobi Jensen, whose San Antonio house hunt was featured in 2006, wrote, "The producers said they found our (true) story — that we were getting a bigger house and turning our other one into a rental — boring and overdone. So instead they just wanted to emphasize how our home was too small and we needed a bigger one desperately. It wasn't true, but it was a smaller house than the one we bought so I went with it."

Jensen also wrote, "They didn't even 'accept' us being a subject for the show until we closed on the house we were buying. So then when they decided to film our episode, we had to scramble to find houses to tour and pretend we were considering." She added, perhaps most surprisingly, that "the ones we looked at weren't even for sale. … They were just our two friends' houses who were nice enough to madly clean for days in preparation for the cameras!"

Jensen, says she's only talking about this now because her hairdresser encouraged her to blog about it. "They actually let you know in the middle of applying online (that it's not all real)," she says in an interview. "They say you have to be near closing on the house you've already picked, because they don't want to waste their time on anyone who's still in the decision-making process. And we knew we were a good fit because we already had a new house but hadn't moved in."

HGTV programming executive Brian Balthazar said in a statement about the show: "We've learned that 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. However, with a series like House Hunters, HGTV viewers enjoy the vicarious and entertaining experience of choosing a home — from establishing a budget, to touring properties and weighing the pros and cons of each one.

To maximize production time, we seek out families who are pretty far along in the process. Often everything moves much more quickly than we can anticipate, so we go back and revisit some of the homes that the family has already seen and we capture their authentic reactions.

So does this shock or disappoint you about the “truth” of the show?


  • We’ve heard stories about reality TV shows using different segments of video to make things more dramatic.

-) Antone Davis shared his experience on Big Brother

-) Carol Scott talk about scenes being moved around on Hell’s Kitchen

-) Look at the drama on DWTS, you’d think Max would be fired for acting like he does

* The bottom line is this. If producers have to make reality TV shows more exciting. What’s that say about reality and life? Does this mean all of us live boring lives?