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Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Hasn't happened. But two things: 1. RE is local. 2. Reality television is made for your entertainment, it is not made for your buying or selling situation. (They probably have that fine print somewhere in there, too...)

Jun 19, 2016 11:28 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Terrific!  Have you tried "The Walking Dead" or "iZombie"?  They have great entertainment value too!

Jun 19, 2016 09:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would say I enjoy watching some of the shows too to compare it to real life real estate. Even real estate agents like a little fantasy and a way to escape.

Jun 19, 2016 11:07 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

(groan)  Just helped a seller this week that insisted that between the info he got from Zillow on marketing time and the public tax record, that he would make an offer based on acquisition cost on the part of the seller and what my buyer believed to be his cost of improvements.  Nevermind that the offer was $30K below what I told him was market value.  

Since he wasn't hearing me, reality sank in when the seller didn't even respond or counter.  His second offer was definitely more serious.  Why?  He listened to his agent.


Jun 19, 2016 09:35 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We all know the trut!  I always think to myself, "They will find out the hard way",  but I just smile and make a nice comment.  No sense arguing.

Jun 19, 2016 01:22 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I just laugh it off with a "that's not real, it's television".

Jun 19, 2016 11:23 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Remember the rule: Anyone who says they know when they don't remains blind to the subject and to life itself. A fool for a client is upon all who do

Jun 19, 2016 11:21 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin This is funny and I feel for you. Tell her you will only show her three houses and she has to buy one of them just like they do on HGTV.

Jun 19, 2016 11:51 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'd explain how scripted those shows are and also explain that real estate is very local, so what she saw on HGTV in one area might not apply to ours. Thus far, the only comments I've had about HGTV is that they watch it and know it's important to stage a home properly.

Jun 19, 2016 09:10 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I enjoy HGTV, too - when I need a little comic relief from the REAL world of real estate.  Although those Property Brothers are awfully yummy.

Jun 19, 2016 08:58 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

The Know-It-All...We just let them "talk"!

Jun 19, 2016 08:05 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - seller needs to learn TRUTH from us! We know the REAL stuff, lot more than those REALITY shows...

Jun 19, 2016 04:02 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Maybe they should hire hgtv.

Jun 19, 2016 01:12 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I did a video on some fallacies on Fix or Flop, one respondent said he hoped I die soon. 

Jun 19, 2016 12:33 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

They need us for a rational look at the market..back to real sold figures and reality!!

Jun 19, 2016 11:44 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I explain reality

Jun 19, 2016 11:36 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Unfortunately, reality TV is so real!  

Jun 19, 2016 11:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

It happens to stagers as well.  I usually let them talk and then when they see the smile on my face, most of them realize that HGTV is television and we're in the real world. 

Jun 19, 2016 10:07 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I never experienced too many clients who contradicted me....I don't have patience for it and it came through loudly and clearly, in my own not so subtle way!!!

Jun 20, 2016 01:13 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

My father  tells me all the time what he saw on some HGTV show as if he is offering me advice. I keep telling him it's scripted and they aren't filming in real time. 

Jun 20, 2016 12:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Step away from the TV and back into real life.

Jun 20, 2016 12:19 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

There is reality and then there is TV. What does your seller want?

Jun 20, 2016 12:01 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I've never met anyone that dedicated to HGTV yet, thankfully. I do get comments here & there, but I think many are starting to realize how make believe even HGTV is...hence "TV".

Jun 19, 2016 11:10 PM
Sandy Williams
eXp Realty, - Sarasota, FL

I just look at them and say, you know that is just a TV show, right?  It's a story, for ratings and money.

Jun 19, 2016 11:00 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Fred Griffin most of us have heard this from clients, friends and family over and over. Smile, as several commenters here have said.

 Erie, PA is long way from Hollywood--- most of time I don't even need to say that line.

Jun 19, 2016 10:08 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Come on Fred , step up your game to sell a property in only 1 hour ! 

Jun 19, 2016 09:27 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Let's get real...

It's a discussion about what is really happening in our current market. 

Jun 19, 2016 09:23 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Sellers need us to give them the through, not the media hype.

Jun 19, 2016 06:21 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I try to explain to the that the shows are made for television and that a lot of it is not realistic.

Jun 19, 2016 12:57 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I just explain that we live in Kenosha, WI ... that I've been buying and selling real estate for 22 years successfully, and that we live in the "real world of real estate" -- and that HGTV is great for entertainment but that you can't depend on everything you hear and see on those programs -- if you do you will not be playng with a fair deck when it comes time to negotiating, etc.  That's where I come in!  

Jun 19, 2016 12:20 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It happens all the time Fred. I try to just deal with it and not let it show.

Jun 19, 2016 11:39 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think you have to just smile 

Jun 19, 2016 11:32 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is just an entertainment show.

Trust me or you want to trust Hollywood.


Jun 19, 2016 09:52 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I like what some members suggest.  Show 3 houses in an hour and have the buyers select one to buy.

Jun 20, 2016 11:10 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This reminds of a line  in the movie E.T.  As the kid is taking ET to his spaceship on his bicycle, his friend asks him; Well, can't he just beam up?

And Elliot answers:  This is "REALITY" Greg!  Sounds to me this is someone that does not understand the difference between FICTION TV and REALITY! A


Jun 20, 2016 09:16 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's scripted.

Jun 20, 2016 05:37 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Fred - I'd rather strangle myself with a necktie (if I could still find one) than listen to that.

Jun 20, 2016 05:22 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Show her three homes and then ask which one she will buy.  That's the way they do it on HGTV.

Jun 20, 2016 04:28 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I explain to them how staged reality TV really is.  Heck, one episode of Flip or Flop, they were working on a house and made it seem like a quick flip... only thing was when the episode started Christina told Tarek "I'm pregnant" and by the end when the open house was on, she was close to being due!


All of those shows are scripted.  Even Storage Wars had the producers hiding items in each of the lockers once purchased.  The reality is much different.


Luckily, I'm involved with flippers and know how the real world actually works, so I can "educate the educated."

Jun 20, 2016 04:19 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

TV shows and the real life are two different worlds. My wife and I watch all the home improvment and cooking shows (if the Blackhawks are not playing).

I get a kick out of "Love it or List it", when they show they spent $80,000 to improve their house and now the value has gone up $120,000!! Only on TV.

Jun 20, 2016 03:21 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

It amazes me how they think this show is so turn. 

Jun 20, 2016 02:48 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

HG TV is very popular, and you can learn new and interesting things from the different shows.  I haven't yet had a client want to 'educate me about every show and every character' Fred Griffin.  I wouldn't think they had seen 'it all' pertaining to real estate, just by being a fan though, and, they are not seeing the true time and effort and cost involved in some of the projects.  And what is 'staged' for the public's interest?  Seeing the 'Before & After' is not the complete story! 

Jun 20, 2016 01:29 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

When did she start believing everything on TV?  Before or after I dream of Jeannie?

Jun 20, 2016 01:26 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Yes that it is not real and some is staged. I tell them about a show base don a neighbor buying a lake home all filmed after they had already close, including looking at homes they were never going to buy, because they already closed. 

Jun 19, 2016 11:45 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It will most likely only get worse. Grin. Bear it. And, move forward.

Jun 19, 2016 11:10 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Fiction is fiction and reality is reality. Want reality to go wrong, base it on fiction!

Jun 19, 2016 11:07 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I get this quite often - in fact those people who do the flipper show are advertising to do seminars in the area.

I can't wait for all the new investors who think they can buy a property for no money start calling me

People need to turn the TV off once in awhile

Jun 19, 2016 11:01 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Thisis primarily a Chris Ann Cleland solution.

"Your offer will be ignored. Absolute silence."

I even share my personal experience with a program that featured a property here in Dunedin FL.  The agents involved and those of us watching could see there is nothing real in a reality show.

But real estate agents are perceived to have an agenda therefore not being fully honest. Even when the 'silience' becomes reality, they see conspiracy. In one case, the buyer purchased a FSBO, to prove their point, at great expense.  You bet your A$$ that sale was used in every agents local comps.

"I showed them!" is the buyers claim to victory.

Jun 19, 2016 10:05 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Well for one thing they are not interpreting things correctly. Is a TV show real life? I think not & it's been proven that most of those programs are ironically 'just staged'.

Jun 19, 2016 09:37 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Share the facts they need to make a good decision.

Jun 19, 2016 08:37 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i think they all know that reality television is fiction, just need to remind them that nothing they see on tv is anything but make believe

Jun 19, 2016 10:32 AM