WATCH: The Shocking Truth Behind HGTV's House Hunters
One woman opens up about her experiences from appearing on the show twice.
Tonight's plan was simple. Sit on the porch, sweet tea in hand, make a dent in your summer reading list. Go to bed early. But then you walked through your living room. Then you discovered HGTV's House Hunters was on. Then you were five episodes in and the clock was nearing 11:00pm.
As any fan of the HGTV hit knows, the show has a way of luring you in for endless hours at a time. But when home buyers hit the ground running with a real estate agent to look for their new digs, is what we see on TV the real deal?
Sorry, fans, not quite. In a recent piece on Slate, Elizabeth Newcamp — who appeared with her husband on both House Hunters International and House Hunters — reveals what goes on behind the scenes. "One time we’d already closed on the house we 'chose' in the episode; the other time we’d already lived in our house for a year," Newcamp shares, going on to explain the couple even faked living in a hotel in Navarre Beach, Florida for the sake of their most recent episode, which aired on June 20th. The couple was paid $500 for their episode in Florida and $1,500 for their episode in the Netherlands.
While Newcamp admits the houses they looked at in Florida on the show were indeed up for sale and their real-life real estate agent accompanied them on their TV journey, they exaggerated their feelings for the sake of drama and had to re-shoot scenes multiple times for the camera. Of course, it's important to note that Newcamp is only one of the show's many, many participants and experiences likely vary by episode.
So what does HGTV have to say regarding the show's veracity? A rep for the network shared this statement, per the New York Post:
HGTV has brought viewers enjoyment with ‘House Hunters’ for 20 years and we hope they will continue to enjoy the series, not only for the entertainment value, but also for the practical home buying and selling knowledge that they gain from the viewing experience. ‘House Hunters’ is about the journey to find a perfect home. The people you see in the series are real people who have searched for, negotiated and paid for a home with their own money. They move in and make it their own. We simply shorten a very lengthy process for television.
Regardless of what goes on during the filming process, Newcamp maintains that fans should continue to support the show. "You should absolutely enjoy House Hunters. I still do. Don’t worry about how these people with these jobs afford these houses. Enjoy the real estate and enjoy the fake arguments."