I love this show. I love looking in other people’s houses, and I really love looking at them around the globe. Mongolia? Seriously? I was so ready for the big tents and camel stalls, but they have actual houses there. Who knew? And who knew how many people pick up and move across the world just because? Or buy “vacation homes” halfway around the world?
Here are some things I find kind of interesting:
1. No matter what country in which you may want to buy a house, no matter how far-flung in the corners of the earth, there is an American or British ex-pat realtor ready to sell you a house. Why do so many Brits and Americans want to go be realtors elsewhere?
2. Popcorn ceilings are a deal-killer. I don’t get that. They aren’t attractive, but is it that hard to fix? If you found the house with the layout you wanted, in the area you wanted, would you say no because of a popcorn ceiling? Let me tell you, I had a cracked foundation once. I could not sell that house to save my life. Cracked foundations are deal killers.
3. Granite countertops and stainless appliances are coveted the world over. Where did that start? What committee of interior decorators decided granite was the be-all to end-all?
4. People have some strange color tastes. Some house hunters can’t see past the paint, and sometimes, they think paint is ugly that I like. But if I were a homeowner, and I had a mural painted on a wall, I think I would paint over it before I sold.
5. Every episode of House Hunter includes the word, “entertain.” They say it so much you know the producer tells them too. Everyone is looking for place to entertain. Do people really entertain that much? I feel like I am missing something or doing something wrong, because I never think, “this would be a great area for entertaining.” I think, “this is where my nephew is going to sleep if he likes it or not.”
For me, I want a good location and plenty of bathrooms, which I think goes back to my early childhood and six people vying for one bathroom. Talk about a serious deal-killer. Makes popcorn ceilings look like a problem for a kindergartner.
Are you a fan of House Hunters? What’s the most exotic country locale you have visited with them? Where would you like to have a vacation home? What’s a deal-breaker in a house for you?