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House Hunters and House Hunters International are two perennial favorite HGTV reality shows, both of which follow a homebuyer’s adventure as they scout, tour, and finally select a home. We get a peek into the real estate markets all over the world in this highly watched show, touring condos, townhomes, and all sorts of houses during the 30-minute show.

Of course, while this show is considered “reality TV,” you don’t see everything that’s happening as the buyers are looking for their next home, says Ebby Halliday Realtor Cynthia Lopez, who starred in an episode of House Hunters that debuted in January. We got an exclusive interview with Lopez, and she offered a lot of insight into the popular HGTV series.

“I had never really watched the show,” Lopez said with a laugh, but her clients, De’Andre and Tasha were big fans and had already been talking to the production company.

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881 Berkinshire Front

Just listed today, this Old Lake Highlands home is practically a celebrity! Its owners, Steven and Ashley Walton, found this beauty during a whirlwind search on HGTV’s House Hunters show in 2011 and again on House Hunters: Where are they now in 2013.

“In 2010, my wife and I decided to move out of our small Uptown apartment and buy 881 Berkinshire Dr. in Old Lake Highlands because we wanted a project,” Steven said. “Fast forward almost 4 years (and many projects) later and we are ready to simplify our lives and move back to the city to be closer to our jobs in downtown/Uptown.”

Ashley and Steven Walton went on 'House Hunters' in 2010 to find 881 Berkinshire. They're now selling the Old Lake Highlands home.

Ashley and Steven Walton went on ‘House Hunters’ in 2010 and find 881 Berkinshire. They’re now selling the Old Lake Highlands home.

This beautiful home, a charming post-war traditional in a fabulous neighborhood that is super close to White Rock Lake, is listed with Lauren Valek Farris with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Team Whiteside for $269,000. Today is its very first day on the market, and considering the competition in the $200K range, it may be it’s last!

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This is a must-read for anyone who watches HGTV’s House Hunters and almost has an aneurysm after some of the really ridiculous things homebuyers say when they’re followed around by a camera crew.

Chris Illuminati has gone and done something I’ve been wanting to do for ages: The Guyism.com blogger has turned some of the absolutely dumb things first-time homebuyers on House Hunters have said into memes. Any real estate aficionado likely cringes every time they watch these newbs tour listings looking for their “dream home.” SPOILER ALERT! Unless you build or plan to do extensive renovations, your “dream home” doesn’t exist! You’ll have to compromise!

Still, this is just hilarious, and fits much of what drives me crazy about this show. The cool, collected voice of host Suzanne Whang is the only thing about House Hunters that keeps me from going bonkers.

Make sure you read this somewhere far away from coworkers or sleeping babies, as you’ll be cracking up and saying “DUH!” over and over, much like what you do when you watch an episode of House Hunters. Here are a few of our favorites (All photos are from Guyism.com):

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Have you heard any of these when showing a house? What’s the most annoying thing a first-time homebuyer says when touring a listing?

This is a must-read for anyone who watches HGTV’s House Hunters and almost has an aneurysm after some of the really ridiculous things homebuyers say when they’re followed around by a camera crew.

Chris Illuminati has gone and done something I’ve been wanting to do for ages: The Guyism.com blogger has turned some of the absolutely dumb things first-time homebuyers on House Hunters have said into memes. Any real estate aficionado likely cringes every time they watch these newbs tour listings looking for their “dream home.” SPOILER ALERT! Unless you build or plan to do extensive renovations, your “dream home” doesn’t exist! You’ll have to compromise!

Still, this is just hilarious, and fits much of what drives me crazy about this show. The cool, collected voice of host Suzanne Whang is the only thing about House Hunters that keeps me from going bonkers.

Make sure you read this somewhere far away from coworkers or sleeping babies, as you’ll be cracking up and saying “DUH!” over and over, much like what you do when you watch an episode of House Hunters. Here are a few of our favorites (All photos are from Guyism.com):

wall-color-1 Laminate Floors HH magic-2 countertops-4 crown-molding-7 house-party-1 closet-1

 

Have you heard any of these when showing a house? What’s the most annoying thing a first-time homebuyer says when touring a listing?

Shopping for a home can be nerve-wracking. When you’re actively looking for a home, most often you’re dealing with a deadline, a budget, and an unrealistic wishlist. It’s hard, trying to make concesssions with your spouse and trying to compromise on what is a need and what is a want.

Our home search was no different. We knew what we wanted in a home (at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage, a sizable backyard, an address inside the city limits and a low price) but it took a long time to refine those points. And this was in a time before good real estate photography was a must for agents!

I kept imagining myself as one of those super-picky clients on HGTV’s House Hunters, when I should have been looking at things more like the clients in Property Brothers.

After about a million and a half showings (thanks for being patient, Ken Lampton!), we found the perfect little fixer-upper in East Dallas. Even after signing and initialing out lives away (OK, 30 years), I kept up the search. Only this time I wasn’t dealing with deadlines, budgets, and a second opinion.

Looking for houses when you’re not looking for your house is immensely liberating. It also helps you glean inspiration from what other homeowners are doing to build equity (even sweat equity, but we won’t go there!) and make the most of their investment.

So even five years into our 30-year mortgage, I’m keeping the home search alive.

Do you have a unique real estate story? I want to hear it! Email me at jo@candysdirt.com!