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Three Homebuying Lessons From Two Decades of House Hunters

Three Homebuying Lessons From Two Decades of House Hunters

 

HGTV’s House Hunters was one of TV’s first real estate-focused reality shows—and, 20 years later, it’s still going strong and one of the HGTV shows that is fairly close to reality!  Over the past two decades, House Hunters (which showcases real buyers as they tour different properties in search of their dream home) has lifted back the curtain of the homebuying process. House Hunters often gives viewers invaluable lessons into how to successfully find the right home.

 

Homebuying Lessons

 

recent article on Realtor.com outlined some of House Hunter’s top lessons for buyers. These are 3 lessons that buyers often ‘miss’ homes because of the following:

 

  1. Choose three criteria for your wish list. In a perfect world, your home would have everything on your wish list. But the chances of finding everything on your wish list is slim to none—so narrowing down your list to three key criteria (like four bedrooms, updated kitchen, and at or under-budget) will help you focus on what’s really important.

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  3. Be realistic about your budget. If you don’t understand the market—and what your budget will get you in said market—you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Research the area where you want to buy (and what your money will get you) so you can be realistic about your budget.

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  5. Don’t get caught up in the staging. So many homebuyers get turned off by aesthetic details (like paint colors or odd furniture layouts) that can be easily changed. Make sure you’re looking past the staging and aesthetic issues and are seeing the full potential of the home.

Bottom Line

Reality shows may not have a reputation as being authentic but, if you’re buying a home, there are definitely lessons to be learned from the past 20 years of House Hunters episodes. However, the best lessons come from hiring a real estate agent with a lot of experience under their belt. Looking to buy a home in Charlotte? Let’s talk! Call or text me at (704) 491-3310.

 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • December 02 2019 01:39AM

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Morning Debe.

The boss has three at least objectives.  The master bedroom and bath, living room and kitchen must live up to her expectations or, we move on.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 1 month ago

Good morning Debe. Sage advice to keep emotions in check and reality in the forefront. Easier said than done. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 1 month ago

Hello Debe - Twenty Years...I didn't realize it's been that long.  Reality?  Well, the reality of the real experience versus the experience viewers see on this show is a conversation starter.  That's for sure.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 1 month ago

Good morning Debe - good points.  Knowing what you really want is the best start I think.  Then you can prioritize the top 3 things.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 month ago

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS the lines on the home in your photo are magnetic....  and the three points to pay attention to are "spot on".... staging surely has its benefits for the seller.. "the eye buys" but as far as a buyer is concerned, the home must be imagined vacant so the "true picture" can be the focus.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 1 month ago

This is very good advice to share with prospective home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS,

Keep it simple and you did and you hit on the right criteria! Great job.  This is why your clients trust you. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 1 month ago

Debe your ending conclusion is the right conclusion no matter how good a TV show is.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 1 month ago

This is a good article. In my area, I find buyers are not fooled by staging methods. Many can see the forest through the trees and nobody wants to be fooled when things are out of scale.  

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 1 month ago

Oh and the wifey is always the one that calls the shots when it comes to kitchens & baths, don't we, James Dray?!!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

Good Evening, Wayne Martin! Sometimes keeping those emotions in-check is not as easy as it sounds. As they say, easier said than done sometimes!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

I know, right?! I can't believe it's been 20 years and honestly, this is one of the FEW reality shows that has any basis of reality! The show definitely does get the conversation started, for sure!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

So true, Grant Schneider! We do a wants vs. needs list and that is ever-so helpful, especially in keeping the emotions out of the decision-making when it comes time to make that final decision.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

Thank you, Barbara Todaro! I agree and boy, have I realized lately how vacant houses simply do NOT sell as quickly or for as much as stated homes! I have experienced it with buyers first-hand this week - thinking the rooms were too small but, were the same exact size of similar homes that were furnished/staged. As you said, I love it when they 'imagine' the vacant home, not see it vacant! LOL

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

Thank you so much, Roy Kelley! I hope you and Dolores have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

Thank you so much, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®! Simplicity does work well when teaching our clients, doesn't it?!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

You are so right, George Souto! Or, yes, I think I am right about that! LOL

Have a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

I think the problem with doing the staging that is out of scale is that it does tend to make buyers see the home as 'it must not be big enough for...' mentality. I love authentic staging - and keeping things to a minimum but, full-size is preferable.

Enjoy your weekend, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

Good Saturday morning, Debe.

Have a very special weekend.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

And, I hope you had a very special weekend as well, Roy Kelley!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 month ago

One of my colleagues was selected to be on an episode of House Hunters - but it was so time consuming to get approvals from the buildings to film that they ultimately went with another agent that had a client search that required far less hoops for the crew to jump through.

Posted by Adam Feinberg, NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist (ANCHOR ASSOCIATES) 10 days ago

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