Ask the REALTOR: How realistic are reality shows like House Hunters, Flip or Flop and the rest?

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Published on May 23, 2018 / Last updated on May 23, 2018

Ask the REALTOR® is a regular video series in which I answer your most commonly-asked real estate questions, with a new Q&A posting every week. If YOU have a real estate question for me, drop me a note here.

This week’s question: How realistic are reality shows like House Hunters, Flip or Flop and the rest? Here’s the answer in this brief video, and don’t miss the transcript below.

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Hi. This is Cari McGee with Keller Williams Realty. Welcome to this week’s episode of “Ask the Realtor.” Every week I answer questions from buyers and sellers, and pretty much everyone in between, regarding real estate.

This week’s question is, “Cari, how realistic are shows like ‘House Hunters’ and ‘Flip or Flop’ and ‘Property Brothers,’ etc.?”

Well, I have not been on any of those shows. However, I have watched them all, and I can tell you — because recently there was a “House Hunters” episode filmed right here in the Tri-Cities, and, apparently, when you see the three houses that they have to choose from, the house has already been chosen. The house has already been purchased. So it’s all just smoke and mirrors as to “Hmm, which one will we go with?” They already know. Blows me away. Crazy.

But, in the sense of the basic gist of the show, which is going out, viewing different homes, and weighing the pros and cons of each home, that is absolutely what happens all the time. Sometimes, like in the current market, you do just have one or two or three to choose from. And sometimes, in certain price ranges or in different markets, you have 10 to 20 to choose from. So, in that sense, that’s realistic.

I think a certain amount of all those shows, though, is injecting a little bit of drama, and a little bit of suspense. So it’s not completely, 100% accurate and true to life, but it can be pretty close if you really look at what the premise of the show is.

So I hope that answers your question, and I hope you have a wonderful day. If you have any questions for me, by all means give me a shout via any one of the methods that follow on the next screen. Thanks so much. Bye, bye.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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