Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Yes, I watch these programs & practice my 'eye roll' when I see the BS unbelievable. Makes flipping WAY tooooo easy looking.

Dec 04, 2015 02:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Skillful editing and just a bit of sleight of hand.

Dec 04, 2015 01:13 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

YES! and my clients realize it too, after they go through an escrow or a remodel project; that's their number one comment:"HGTV LIES!!!"

Dec 04, 2015 12:17 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes it does, however there is a caveat.

Like all reality shows, those who watch state they know it is not true, but they keep consuming the stuff and they carry paper suggesting 'they believe."

How often have you heard from a buyer or seller, "Do you watch HGTV? No you probably do not because you live it."

As professionals, we see these programs as overt transgression upon truth. Consumer are seeing 'ideas' presented in an entertaining story line. We need to trust that those numbers, the numbers banished about by shows on HGTV, Zillow, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars are perceived by the consumer for the fabrication they are. 

We, however, in the privileged space allowed us by the consumers we meet, can provide encouraging although a sobering reality.


Dec 03, 2015 11:32 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I think that those who seriously watch this network find so many contradictions between the shows to really take any of them seriously.


Dec 04, 2015 05:52 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Yes it is all for entertainment.  Some of this stuff just can't be real.

Dec 04, 2015 03:06 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

YES. It's TV. Scripted and fluffy.
And yet, the lure and glamourization seeps into the subconscious . . . even I would go ooo, ahhh, wheee if I allowed myself to watch. They are good at what they do.

Dec 04, 2015 02:06 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Absolutely!  I even did work on 2 episodes and they were completely unrealistic and would never be done in real life that way.

Dec 04, 2015 12:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I can vouch for that.  The final home is already bought.  They just go through the motions.  It does give people the wrong idea, no doubt about that.  If people don't realize that this is entertainment, what does it say about them?  Would you want to work with them?  A

Dec 03, 2015 11:38 PM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Yes, they are about as fake as they can be, but only if you look at them in real terms. If you look at them for inspiration, they can be super helpful! 

Dec 03, 2015 11:32 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

It is entertainment.  The real process and issues would not be very entertaining!

Dec 03, 2015 11:28 PM
Jillian La Rocque
St Thomas, VI

Well, it may be so but a reasonable thinking adult is likely to recognise that it just can't be that simple in reality.

Dec 03, 2015 11:26 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Yes. And they only show the good ones mostly.


Dec 03, 2015 11:24 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's much like the media reports - clip cutting and putting their own spin on the outcomes!

Dec 17, 2016 10:08 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - Yes, those HGTV shows are very unrealistic, are you kidding me. How many fix and flip people do you personally know who make a ton of money on almost every deal, even though they come up with all these issues they never expected, and make so many mistakes along the way.

If it was truly that easy, and you could make $50k plus on every flip, even though you don't know what you are doing, everyone would be doing it.

And yes, Alexandra is right, those home buyers have already purchased their home prior to any filming. Then they go back and act like they are showing the buyers a choice of 3 homes. We know because we had a friend on the show.

Nobody would watch the shows if they really showed the truth.

Dec 06, 2015 12:56 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance


Dec 04, 2015 09:44 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington that's their business - show business! And like many other 'reality' shows, people are attracted to something that may not be REAL in life!

Dec 04, 2015 03:36 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

yes, it is staged.

Dec 04, 2015 01:22 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I actually think that HGTV does a pretty decent job with some of its shows.  Flip or Flop is one that comes to mind.  They tend to be careful with permits and don't don't sugar coat the issues that can come up.

Dec 04, 2015 12:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Absolutely. They make it look easy and easy to fund. They also show big profit margins which is not the case in my area.

Dec 04, 2015 12:11 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes it absolutely does.  Most people understand it is not real life, but there are a couple who don't get it.

Dec 04, 2015 11:28 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

They definitely distort reality, but they have to.  Some have super tight deadlines and people working around the clock.  The drama is staged and you can almost smell the script as it happens.


The days of those people overpaying for auction homes with no budget in mind has gone away in my area.  Those people lost their shirts.

Dec 04, 2015 08:01 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

In a word...YES...if flipping were that easy wouldn't this be "Active Flippers" ?

Dec 04, 2015 06:19 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Not in my area, investors are very careful these days and do their research. They usually work in groups. SoCal houses are too expensive and majority dreamers-flippers were burned. 

Dec 04, 2015 05:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Absolutely! Some of the quoted costs either leave out the cost of materials or cost of labor! And, everything is made as easier job than it truly is!

Dec 04, 2015 04:12 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington Sure they do! They are not very realistic.

Dec 04, 2015 03:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Absolutely, it looks like it doesn't take long, and the costs are minimal.

Dec 04, 2015 03:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Is the Pope Catholic?

Dec 04, 2015 02:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes they do.  And, for the flippers and re-modelers they grossly understate the actual costs involved.

Dec 04, 2015 02:19 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is not even infomercial. Just fun to watch people.  

We are trained to classify these people in the category of eligibility and readiness.....

Dec 03, 2015 11:33 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Absolutely it is distorted. Consumers skills aren’t as good, it takes them much longer than a pro, etc.

Dec 03, 2015 11:27 PM