House Hunters: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets
After nearly 20 years in production, HGTV’s House Hunters has become one of the most popular home reality series on TV. Debuting in 1999, the show attracts 25 million views a month. It also prompted 13 spin-offs including House Hunters International, House Hunters Off the Grid, and Tiny House Hunters. Despite the show’s formulaic nature, it continues to be a guilty pleasure for both established and inspiring homeowners. But like any reality series, there’s some behind-the-scenes secrets that contribute to the show’s success. Here’s our list of 10 things you didn’t know about House Hunters.
10. The Show Is Staged
Like most reality shows, House Hunters is largely staged. In 2012, the blog Hooked on Houses broke the news that the show was scripted. HGTV confirmed the news by saying that the show’s producers like to have a quick turn-around, and select participants that have already chosen a home prior to filming.
9. Not House Hunting
In fact, the participants have not only chosen a home, they’ve already bought it! House Hunters’ producers search for participants who have recently purchased a home and are in escrow. The 2 other homes featured in the episode are not actually options for the participants. Rather, HGTV states that the “other two choices that are filmed, are only shown to allow viewers the option of making the choice themselves.”