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It's Easy To Tell Who Is Watching HGTV

 

Meeting a lovely family at one of my properties this week, it was easy to tell the entire family is a fan of real estate TV. 

When asked what they liked about the home and what would they change, they immediately started talking about liking the open concept.

They were ready to move walls, knock the back of the house out, add a great room, a bigger dining room, add an electric loft room (I had to look that one up) an en-suite bathroom and a few other "simple" upgrades.

They love wood floors and when I said there is hardwood under all the carpet... just pull it up.

(BTW  I checked before listing the house with my small pair of pliers.)

 

And then  the response. I don't want to do any work...we  want a turn-key home.

Hmm...maybe this is why after twenty years...they are still renters.

 

En-suite...I don't remember hearing that term before "reality" TV.

Do you?

 

Could these shows possibly be slowing down the buying process?

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

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Comment balloon 23 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • February 04 2018 03:24PM

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Isn't HGTV precious?  They set the vernacular, and then buyers come to us asking for stuff and we are baffled.  "En suite.  You mean, attached?"

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 5 months ago

These TV shows give buyers and sellers unrealistic expectations.  Especially buyers

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 5 months ago

Chris Ann Cleland Yes I do mean attached  but it is fun listening to the TV viewers become  'experts' on Real Estate.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

William Feela That's what we are seeing...unrealistic ecpectations.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

I remember working with a couple during the 1980s.  They were skinny on cash, but said they were willing to sweat some equity by purchasing a fixer.  THEN, they watched the movie, "The Money Pit."  I had to start from scratch, and ended up selling them a new house.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I've heard the term "en suite" down here.  It's a fancy way of saying the bathroom is in the bedroom.  Now, electric loft room, you got me on that one.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) 5 months ago

Love that your post ended with a thought provoking question: "Could these shows possibly be slowing down the buying process?"

The researcher in me is curious (:  Fun post!

Posted by Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., MRP, Buy and Sell with Confidence (Buy and Sell Oklahoma LLC) 5 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat At least you sold them a house. Guess we cannot let our clients near the TV...too much influence over their buying decisions. 

 

Thank you for the Old Fart's Feature

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Elyse Berman, PA, CRS I better start watching TV again.  I need to get educated.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., MRP I have a feeling you will be writing a post on your research findings!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

In your final statement, you questioned whether reality tv may be slowing down the buying process.  I'm honestly not sure.  However, I do think its encouraging renters to own, and promoting the idea of a fixer upper.   Many buyers who weren't able to think outside of the box when envisioning a remodel now have a better idea of visualizing the improvement process and are more encouraged to look at fixer uppers.  Also, please explain this motorized loft; I'm intrigued.  

Posted by Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction (E*Rae Real Estate Group- Powered by eXp Realty LLC) 5 months ago

Margaret, I find it that it all depends which market you are looking at, in my market the first time home buyers if they are considering a house need to think 900-1200 sq ft of living space and for a fixer from $900k-$1.5million depending which pocket they are looking... now with that said they will need about another $150-$200k to fix it up and yes looks easy on TV it breaks their heart when I tell them six month approval process followed by 3-4 months of getting it done...so might as well pay for a year and not live in the house...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 5 months ago

Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert When I find out, I will surely let you know. I tried to find out but she was describing an attic loft with lots of light. Not sure where the electric came in.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. Our market is no where near yours. Can not imagine a first time buyer over a  million with huge repairs. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Well, Bless their hearts Margaret! Reality TV is for 'entertainment purposes only' in my opinion, especially the show where home buyers only see 3 homes and wallah! they are under contract in less than a half hour. Sheesh!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) 5 months ago

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! They move in the next half hour, gut the kitchen on Monday and have it finished with a dinner party planned for the weekend. Nothing to it!! Thanks for playing along

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Hi Margaret

The symptoms of over-zealous HGTV watching comes up often, including realistic expectations, and the scripted lingo. But it does seem to inspire some buyers to be willing to take on some projects, even those massive remodles that get done in 6 weeks and on budget!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 5 months ago

I did a negative review in a video on Flip or Flop telling people don't try this. I received comments telling me that I should die. People take this crap seriously.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 5 months ago

Jeff Dowler These shows are extremely popular and watched by many buyer who are checking out our properties. It is fun to listen and realize where they are getting their information.

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Uh oh Joe Pryor Not a good idea...kind of like telling America you don't like apple pie!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

These HGTV shows along with DIY and house flipping shows, corrupts the minds of many buyers and homeowners.  Then they attempt what they see on TV and it never quite turns out.

Posted by Shawn and Angela Miller, Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS® (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate) 4 months ago

Shawn and Angela Miller Just left you a message.

You are right...it doesn't seem to turn out like it does on TV :)

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

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