What's My Franklin TN Home Worth?: Listed Sisters Busted! HGTV Reality Show NOT So Real

Listed Sisters Busted! HGTV Reality Show NOT So Real

Listed Sisters Busted! HGTV Reality Show NOT So RealI was a fan of HGTV long before I became a real estate agent. Back in the day, Designed to Sell was my favorite show. Fast forward ten years and Fixer Upper has become my favorite. When HGTV announced that a new show was to be filmed in Nashville, I was excited that our area was going to be featured on national TV.

The show is a female version of Property Brothers. Literally. Twin sister, Lex, helps sellers rehab their existing home. While twin sister, Alana, helps them buy their dream home. I'm disappointed that HGTV didn't come up with an original concept. Instead, they took the success generated by Property Brothers and created a female version. But I digress.

Actually, I knew nothing about the show until I was contacted last fall by an agent representing Alana Barnett, the agent half of Listed Sisters. My client's home was chosen as a filming location for the series. My clients weren't too anxious to be put out of their home for an entire day, just so HGTV could have a beautiful filming venue. They were only interested in serious buyers.

Alana's representative assured me that the possibility of selling to these buyers was legitimate. They were pre-approved up to list price and ready to move forward with a purchase immediately. My clients reluctantly agreed and turned over their home for an entire day for filming. 

When the show debuted in March, I was anxious to see this new addition to the HGTV line-up. My client's home wasn't featured in that first episode but as a real estate agent, I was anxious to check the facts. As it turns out, the sellers in that first episode didn't even end up selling. After the renovations were complete, they decided to stay in the home. Even though, the program told viewers the home had sold for close to asking price.

Listed Sisters Busted! HGTV Reality Show NOT So RealI was so disappointed to see this. Not only as a long-time viewer of HGTV but as a real estate agent. Agents often get a bad rap. Consumers perceive that we're not always truthful and are only interested in making a sale.

While I do make my living by selling houses, it's my goal to be honest with all participants in a transaction. As a matter of fact, I have sworn to do that. So when I see real estate agents purporting that a house sold at an Open House event, when it didn't actually happen, I'm troubled by it. From what I can see, the house was never even listed.

I was easily able to obtain these facts through the public tax records and our local MLS history. After my initial shock and dismay, I immediately began to think of my clients. Remember they had been put out of their house and told that there was a legitimate possibility of a sale. This confirmed that they may have been duped by, none other than, a real estate agent. 

Since that time, I've seen other Listed Sister episodes showing buyers purchasing houses they didn't actually buy.

Back to my sellers. You've probably guessed by now that the buyers didn't purchase my client's house. Not only did they not buy it, but the show stated that 403 Letitia Drive was listed for $430,000 when it was actually listed at $484,900. Truth be told, our listing was priced much higher than the buyers were Listed Sisters Busted! HGTV Reality Show NOT So Realprepared to go. My listing shouldn't have even been shown to these buyers. I suspect my client's house was chosen because it was a beautiful home.

Curious, what happened to the sale of the buyer's home? The pre-renovation value of their house was estimated at $180,000. After $33,500 in updates, the sisters told them they could list for $250,000. As a matter of fact, they stated that the house sold at an open house event for $255,000. In reality, the house was listed for $215,000 and sold three weeks later for $205,700. The buyers/sellers took a loss on the sale of their home.

They did purchase their new home in Hendersonville as shown on Listed Sisters. It's too bad they didn't do better on the sale of theirs. Another reason why it's always best to hire an agent who knows your housing market well, rather than an agent who works the entire Nashville area or an agent who appears to be more interested in starring in a HGTV series.

As a result, I've begun to think that this may be a common phenomenon for HGTV programming. I would rather Listed Sisters be cancelled than report things that aren't true. It gives both the agent and HGTV a bad name. Not only are they deceiving the public, they are asking the participants on the show to do so as well.

Shame on you, HGTV. Viewers trust you to provide entertaining reality TV about the housing industry. Buyers and sellers are getting inaccurate information from shows like this. 

The moral of the story--don't believe everything you see on TV. It may not be true.

Listed Sisters busted! HGTV reality show, NOT so real.

Tammie White | Franklin Homes Realty LLC

About Tammie White, Franklin TN REALTOR®

Tammie White is a REALTOR® and Principal Broker/Owner of Franklin Homes Realty LLC in Franklin TN. Tammie works with relocation buyers looking to purchase a home in Franklin and the surrounding Williamson County area. She understands the way buyers search for homes making her an invaluable asset to Franklin home sellers. Tammie's website, www.FranklinHomesRealty.com, has become the premier search tool for buyers moving to Franklin Tennessee. She has been writing a real estate blog since 2009 and has been quoted in various publications including the LA Times, Realtor.com, Skype.com, The Tennessean and Williamson Source. Trust your home sale to the company who has sold 100% of their listings since 2012. Call Franklin Homes Realty LLC today!

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Comment balloon 82 commentsTammie White, Broker • April 20 2016 10:04PM

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Hi Tammie - it is no surprise to me the TV does everything they can to get viewers including changing the facts.  It is NOT reality TV!

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

No great surprise here. Did you also know that when buyers are looking at 3 homes on House Hunters, they've already bought the home! (Barrington has an expert that appeared on the show a few times - she told me how it works. Oh and yes that expert sells in Chicago as the expert, My God she lives and does her business in Barrington.) Expert my a**. Twisted is what I call it.

Posted by Corinne Guest, Barrington Home Buyer Advocate (Barrington Realty Company) over 2 years ago

Tammie,

The whole thing is staged, like Corinne Guest, Managing Broker said, the home is already bought.  This is REVERSED Reality...they are pretending it is happening, when it already happened.  We would advise people to decline TV crews.  And if they do, make sure that they leave a big damage deposit behind, and lots of insurance...

People are gullible even in So Cal TV Land.  Many agents in Los Angeles and Malibu want to be one of "those" agents, even though they appear as unethical sharks, people love the fact that they are on TV... A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 2 years ago

Tammie- it gives a new meaning to the word "reality" doesn't it.  What a shame because no one wants to knowingly be a part of that.  

 

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Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

HGTV needs a disclaimer before each program stating "HGTV provides this program as an entertainment service only."

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

An agent I know here was featured on House Hunters and the buyers had already bought and closed.  Of course you can spend $50K and raise your value by $100K and your contractor can do that in less than 6 weeks despite a cracked slab and mold!  They should call it BSTV.

Posted by Jeanne Gregory, The most important home I sell is YOURS! (RE/MAX Southwest) over 2 years ago

Wow, just wow! Thanks for setting us straight. I had buyers who were told not to contact the producer until they had already chosen their house, so I knew about that part but I didn't know some houses never sell or are sold for less than we see on T.V. and the homeowners are generally used to further T.V. entertainment purposes.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 2 years ago

Tammie, It's all just a bunch of "crap" to entertain and they don't care who is harmed by it.  There is an agent in my area that did a local flip it show. "Mr. Flip it" is now being sued by one of his investors for defrauding $6 Million.

I had the misfortune of doing a transaction with the fraudster and his team. I cannot say here what a real [blank] the guy is. I hope he rots in jail. 

Not only that, there are over 20 other law suits against the fraudster for non payment - mostly contractors that the fraudster did not pay for renovation the homes he flipped.  Among the lawsuits, two are Wells Fargo.  

I hope he rots in jail. Oh, Oops, I already said that. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 2 years ago

Hi Tammie - We saw pretty much the same dishonesty here when HGTV did a show featuring a home across the street from Mary's brother. The home wasn't for sale, the show removed all of the furniture to make it look vacant, and then claimed the buyers bought it. Total BS, which I get more than enough of on a daily basis without having to watch HGTV for more.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 2 years ago

OOOOOOOPS!  Busted.  I had a buyer who HGTV contacted after he made a contract on a home.  They wanted him to do a House Hunters episode with me as his Realtor and pretend to still be shopping for homes while they filmed.  He declined. 

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 2 years ago

It is reality tv built for entertainment and of course to get advertising dollars. Just like in the flip shows where the flippers are paid a salary and have sponsors, we should not try this at home. No fun being used.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

        The Real Estate Industry has become a culture of Lies and Half-Truths.  First Zillow with their phony estimates, then HGTV with these fairy tales.

     Experienced Real Estate Agents can see right through the bogus HGTV shows, but most of the Public believes this nonsense.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I see a new TV seriers... Real Estate on Reality TV.. Isn't Really Reality.  Real Estate Myths dubunked...   Oh maybe a blog :)!  

Posted by Kelly Turbeville, Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality (Keller Williams) over 2 years ago

What a behind the scenes article Tammie White .  Non of the "reality" shows are unscripted.  They are scripted, cast, and the end result is always done for ratings.  The favorite person is never voted off the island.  Too bad for you that you had to go through this.  Thank you for the good read, however.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 2 years ago

Reality tv just is not an honest form of entertainment due to the that actual reality is not that entertaining at the level that these producers want.

Posted by Matthew O'Hare over 2 years ago

One  of the first things I explain to new buyers or sellers is that real estate is not like any reality show they may see on TV

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Tammie White "Shame on you, HGTV. Viewers trust you to provide entertaining reality TV about the housing industry. Buyers and sellers are getting inaccurate information from shows like this." I echo your sentiment.  Re-Blog!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 2 years ago

Looking forward to reading more excellent posts from you - and just realized we were not currently following you - so fixing that now!  CLICK!!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 2 years ago

Hi again, Tammie

          A good rebuttal to HGTV and the Listed Sisters might be this classic 1980's MTV video, by Twisted Sister

            We're Not Gonna Take It!

      

 

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I've always enjoyed watching the shows - particularly the international ones.  That's because I love to travel and it's fun to see what kind of houses are in other parts of the world.

But . . . I've always known that it's not all that it's purported to be.  I didn't know, however, that it was this rigged and that misrepresentation takes places.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 2 years ago

It is amazing that some people believe what is on TV. I am always amazed when he agent shows a buyer a home with a feature the did/did not want. ie pool, 2 story, lot size, etc.  There agents appear not to listen to the buyers or have not discussed the property in any detail. I especially hate it when the buyer's top price is, ie $400,000 and they are shown a property of $450,000 and the agent acts like they just expect the buyer to be willing to up their price.  

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) over 2 years ago

One of those real estate reality shows came breezing through our area a few years ago.  And I learned, then, that they were less than "upfront".  The entire episode was "staged".. properties that the buyers were "looking at", were properties that had already been sold.  It was awful.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 2 years ago

Hi Tammie -- I cut cable about a year ago and must tell you I thought I was seriously addicted to HGTV and others for a while.  I feel much more FREE without that burden.

As you write -- it reflects badly on our industry with misleading story lines.  I'm sorry you and your clients had to go through this.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 2 years ago

No surprises here.  It is staged to create a drama.  The prices, process and timeline on these shows are unrealistic.  I was in 2 episodes of sell this house and saw similar stuff.

The problem of all of this, for those in the business, is that customers have unrealistic expectations on timelines and prices, and it then makes our lives much more difficult.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 2 years ago

Ever since I heard issues about the "Trading Spaces" program on TLC, and their disasters, & the fact this type of programming gives a perception of these things are done overnight, I have lost my interest. I feel it falsely empowers consumers to undertake projects they are not capable or experienced to perform. Therefore, I can tell you the only time I have watched (honestly, I don't know any of the shows names) any of these programs is in waiting rooms or when I am being tortured at relatives homes when they have them playing. I've never believed them and choose not to add to their ratings.

Posted by J.R. Schloemer, CRS (Kentucky Select Properties) over 2 years ago

Hi Tammie... this is some story. I knew that to a great extent these shows were very much staged, but not to the extent that you wrote about. Frankly, I'm horrified and I would hope that agents who get approached by HGTV will start saying no.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) over 2 years ago

Yup that's how it is with a local version of the classic house hunters format here. Usually the buyers have already bought a home and then they choose a couple to film. Or the show ends with them putting in an offer but the purchase never goes through. Its entertaining but not reality.

Posted by Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist) over 2 years ago

Whats next World Wrestling federation staging matches, if it's reality on TV, it's staged. No, Really.

Posted by John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (The K Company Realty) over 2 years ago

I've heard this told before, Tammie .. But never thought it as flagrantly conducted as you describe. Often wonder how these actions elude the CFPB or evade charges of false advertising. At minimum, these shows set false expectations for buyers and sellers ... And borrowers. I don't find THAT to be entertaining in any way.

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 2 years ago

Tammie White It is amazing that these shows appear to be honest and successful.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 2 years ago

WAIT!!! Are you telling me reality TV isn't Real!  Next you'll tell me the news media aren't all neutral and allow bias to influence their coverage.  

It would be in interesting experience, but not surpising that it's not truthful. 

Posted by Dan Tabit (Keller Williams Bellevue) over 2 years ago

Wow, I'm sad to see they're allowing this to happen. We as professional Realtors have so many hurdles to jump why allow this farce to go on and sour our good work. Its just like Realtor.com not being ours to govern.

Posted by Janine Boulay-Seibert, NC & GA Real Estate Broker (Remax Town & Country) over 2 years ago

That is really dissapointing! Im an avid watcher of HGTV but have never watched that one. Very Sad!

 

Posted by linda dischner, I am new to this industry and very hungry to learn (At Home kansas) over 2 years ago

Dear Tammie,

In our area, I have seen two houses that were made over by HGTV. Looked great there, but in person, the work was extremely shoddy. They almost did more damage, than improvement. Nice ideas, but once the wonderful furniture was gone, the solid gold turned out to be flaky gilding.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 2 years ago

All the artificial drama, short timelines and limited home choices turned me off many years ago. How many buyers have you worked with that choose one of the only three they toured? And how many buyers actually depend on the Realtor to select the homes they will see, and how many Realtors stand outside and instruct the buyers to go thru the home alone?

And the in the Survivor type shows, how much real danger can there be if the camera crew is right there filming?

Reality? Yeah, right!

Posted by Thomas McCombs (Century 21 HomeStar) over 2 years ago

Tammy

I've always suspected the misrepresentation was far beyond what we might have thought in these shows, even beyond the timing of sales, costs of remodeling, and so much more. After all, it's "reality" TV for entertainment purposes, not a doumentary. Sorry to hear you and your sellers when through all that, only to be disheartened and disillusioned.

Are they entertaining? No doubt. But for those of us in the business, we KNOW how it really works. Buyers and selelrs who make decisions based on what they see on TV are in for a big surprise.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

This is reality TV, although it is nothing like reality.  All of the reality television shows simply consist of "normal" people (most are probably wannabe actors or models) in situations created by producers in order to generate revenue.

When I was actively litigating cases, our law firm receptionist auditioned for a reality show and was cast.  It was some show where a bunch of young women live together in a house and do something (probably compete for a man) and have to be divas, difficult, and have cat fights with each other.  Each week or so, someone was cut.

She was a nice young woman, and she managed to survive the cuts.  However, she couldn't stand being on the show because it was so fake.  Nothing about this "reality" show was real, and the producers would always direct the women and tell them what to do.  If they got a good response, but the cameras didn't get it, the woman had to do it again.

I also participated in a similar show, and believe me, it is all mostly made up.  There might be a grain of sand truth in the general premise of the show, but that's as far as it goes.

I really think that this is a cost cutting measure, meant to increase revenues.  Why create shows where you have to hire professionals to perform, when you can get so many desperate people who will perform for next to nothing?  Getting emotional reactions in response to mean or rude things the producers say or do is not hard.

In short, real estate reality shows are not real.  Unfortunately, all of our potential clients watch these and think that's how things are done.

Posted by Althea Kippes, Esq., Serving all of Silicon Valley and San Francisco (Catarra Real Estate, Inc.) over 2 years ago

As a real estate appraiser I also have issues with these shows.  I can't tell you how many times I hear from a homeowner that HGTV just showed that a $25,000 kitchen upgrade adds around $40,000 in value...mean while the original Home Depot/Lowes kitchen was behind the what is common for the market.  Of course I hear, but, but, etc...

Posted by Anthony Vosilla (Tony's Appraisal Services) over 2 years ago

Tammie White - I never trusted them anyways! Now this is the proof -- thanks for bringing it to us. And yes, we need to worry about it because...

"It gives both the agent and HGTV a bad name."

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

I am convinced that there is nothing real about "Reality shows"

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) over 2 years ago

Wow Tammie, sounds like you were just a stage prop because it was a nice home. I remember this happening with a magazine shoot here in the Chicago area of one of my listings - after all that they only used a pic of the front of the house! 2 hours of shoots on the inside for what?

There was just another story about the whole HGTV thing as a sham for another program. The owners had to foot the bill for the entire reno before the show would film. Found out that most of the production costs were in that 'reno' money.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 2 years ago

I assumed these shows were staged but I never thought they were outright fraudulent!  Thanks for sharing your story!  I will bookmark for future reference  as I often have buyers tell me "Well on TV........." 

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) over 2 years ago

This is a very similar story for most all of their shows. The sad part is that our buyers and sellers beleive this is reality and expect the same results which are inflated and based on misperception and many times straight up lies.

Posted by Sheri Spain, Wake Co. NC REALTOR Apex to Raleigh to Wake Forest (Next Home Team) over 2 years ago

These shows are as dangerous as watching the news...Real life is the best show

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 2 years ago

Tammie,  it's disheartening to read the examples you gave of how untruthful the show is.  Just goes to show that all that glitters isn't gold when it comes to "reality TV".  Such a shame that they mislead people!

Posted by S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.) over 2 years ago

We have had several of these shows taped in town and the most recent sellers are suing Love it or List it for poor workmanship and trying to charge double for the work. http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/morning_call/2016/04/love-it-or-list-it-homeowners-sue-producer.html

Posted by Sheri Spain, Wake Co. NC REALTOR Apex to Raleigh to Wake Forest (Next Home Team) over 2 years ago

I'm not at all surprised by any of this. I'd be having words with those sistas if it was me. Sorry for your dissapointment, that sucks!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 2 years ago

Tammie White I had a contract to do the design work for 5 shows for HGTV a few years ago, and I can confirm that it is not "reality" but rather drama that they want to portray.  A seller usually has to sign a lengthy contract giving permission for their home to be used, and somewhere in the fine print is a disclaimer about disclosing the details (truth) ... so the show doesn't have to, unfortunately. Your clients should have asked for a healthy sum to allow the show to film there for the day (most of the production companies are willing to pay a decent fee, if asked).  If asked again, I'd not want to participate in one of these shows .... but admit I enjoy watching Fixer Upper!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 2 years ago

I'm not at all surprised that the facts are twisted. I love my HGTV shows, and even filmed an episode of House Hunters back in the day. The sales price was accurately stated, but other aspects of the show were exaggerated. In fact, even the producer made the comment to me that "Reality TV isn't real"! 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I have heard of the show but not watched it. Thanks for saving me some time. Ever since I read of the "Love it or List It' article of the homeowners who were duped in the situation with their ownhome, I can't bring myself to watch it. So many nos it drives me nuts. I need tjo save my sanity what's left of it. So sorry this happened to you and your clients.

Posted by Theresa Akin (CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP) over 2 years ago

Tammie what a bunch of bunk......I'm glad you busted them and I hope they read this and see it and change their dishonest ways.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

A high school classmate of my son and his wife were on one of the show a few years ago, While the "show" featues 3 houses they look at they in fact looked at several. They never found a house to buy in the alotted time but they asked them to play along and act like they bought one of the houses. They played along and were on TV.

Posted by Morris "Bill" Austin, Exceptional service is my standard expectation. (Team Price Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I used to be a fan of this network too, but after watching it for several weeks the inconsistencies started to mount up and I have not watched any of their shows now for many years.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 2 years ago

That is a bummer...you would hope that there would be some network integrity here...guess not.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

So sorry this happened to you and your clients, but it's not the first time this kind of story has made the rounds.  It's entertainment - sad when it doesn't even rise to the level of reality tv.  

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 2 years ago

That is a shame but not a huge surprise.  If HGTV was a real estate agent it sounds like they might lose their license, or at least have to deal with some ethics complaints.

Posted by Don Taber, REALTOR / BROKER / CRS / GRI (Our Town Properties, Inc., Wilson, NC) over 2 years ago

There was a "reality" series called Property Wars that filmed here in Phoenix for three years and revolved around three or four different investors in the area who bought homes at auction and flipped them. I worked for one of the investors on the show at the time they were filming and once I saw the show on television it was far from the truth. Most of the homes the investors bought on the show were short sales and not even auction homes even though the show portrayed them "bidding" on the houses at the courthouse steps. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 2 years ago

It is TV after all and supposed to be entertainment.  Just like the the seminars to buy with 'no money down' are not accurate either.  

Posted by Nancy Holloway (REgeneration Property Group 714.317.7140) over 2 years ago

If they misrepresented the price of a home you have listed I would think they could face consequences for that.  I know in my state they could. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Such a shame. I was a fan of this show. I live in Nashville, and was excited to see a local show on my fav channel! Seems like most of these shows are all scripted.

Posted by Janice Martin (Exit Realty Associates Brentwood TN) over 2 years ago

I have been wondering what is wrong with me? I see on TV all an agent has to do is hold an open house and multiple offers flock in or just show a client three homes and they pick one of them. 

I on the other hand want my clients to see as many homes as they need to see to find the one for them.

Last time I checked life is not a reality show. From what I see on the reality showes my life is much better than any show on TV. 

Posted by Alan Grizzle, Full Time Realtor, Lifelong Resident of Dahlonega (Chestatee Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Tammie, what a bummer!  And silly me, I thought that the HGTV network had some integrity.  

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Tammie, that makes me sad, but I can't say I'm surprised. So much of "reality TV" isn't real. How could it be? There must be a script. Nonetheless, the lies told in this case are inexcusable. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 2 years ago

That is entertainment.

There was a flip property show where the actors were local agents. I read a number of  agents blasted at them claiming deceiving tactics employed. They denied any wrong doing. However, other brokers have been complaining all along. To get people to start another "Tom Vu" seminar thinking it is that easy.    Tom Vu is now in pocker business these days and he lost his accident.  He admitted it is not easy.....

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 2 years ago

I can see the attraction to HGTV real estate shows, but I never watch them anymore. I get irritable and frustrated. Over simplification of one's most likely biggest lifetime sale/purchase is annoying and deceptive. 

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 2 years ago

Hello Tammie White 

I am not a big fan of many of the HGTV shows as their numbers on cost of renovations, etc...are always well off reality.  But some hosts are very entertaining (i.e. Fixer Upper).  I had not heard of this "Listed Sisters" show and I won't bother to view any thanks to your telling post!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 2 years ago

Hey Tammie!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Ugh.  Not surprised.  For the last several years I've enjoyed watching a variety of HGTV shows not because they represent reality, but because it is always interesting to see homes in other parts of the country.  Even if the prices and deals aren't entirely accurate it's interesting to to see the different styles and what $250K will get you in some parts of the country, versus San Diego.

Posted by Marti Steele Kilby, CRS, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA (Steele Group Realty) over 2 years ago

Was in the industry for many years. It's all about the ratings. Did not know that the lying was so blatant.  It's gotten worse since the invention of reality tv. So sad. 

Posted by Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP (United Realty Group) over 2 years ago

I use to watch HGTV. It's entertaining. I knew all those were not real.  Thanks for sharing I've never watched this show.  

Posted by Melissa Jackson, Helping You Make The Right Move (Citiwide Alliance Realty) over 2 years ago

None of the reality shows are "real". They're all scripted to a certain degree- some, much more than others. My advice to all agents who are tempted to go on such a show please be advised that the show has final edit. They make the show flow to their own desire. Although many may find these shows informative, the final version of the show is there to maximize entertainment value.

Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 2 years ago

Ratings, Ratings, Ratings! it's the same as: Location, Location, Location!

Actually, it's not always or even usually the Networks fault.  They are solicited with show ideas by independant producers.  If the "pilot" seems viable, they will usually do a contract for a certain number of shows and then move forward.

Shame on the PRODUCERS for not insuring an honest product.

Let HGTV know the show is bogus and it will get the attention of the folks who can pull it.

Posted by John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC) over 2 years ago

Tammie, what a shame. As a Realtor, you know fact from fiction but many who watch these reality shows don't. If it's on TV, it must be true. I'm sorry your sellers were put out of their home for an entire day only to find out they misrepresented the terms of the listing. It is a shame!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 2 years ago

Tammie White Just like people, if the ones behind the camera lack ethics, that will also be what is conveyed on the other side of the lens. I refuse to view any of these fluff shows, but the public eats them up and believes they are empowered to take over RE trasnactions without the assistance of professionals. Too Bad!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 2 years ago

Good morning Tammie. This is sad to read about but I am not surprised. When I was actively listing and selling in NJ, House Hunters was looking for people to feature who had already closed. My buyers were not selected but I knew that they wouldn't be featuring homes they actually saw. No reality, just hype.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

So disppointing to hear this. I love wathcing HGTV. My favorite is Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna are adorable and she is so talented. I enjoy watching House Hunters just to see how houses compare to my area.

Posted by Erica Love (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek) over 2 years ago

Tammie, this is a great article, thanks so much for posting it. I have posted on my facebook page, as education to my buyers and sellers, who get too much information from this entertaining fiction.

Posted by Marion Irwin, When you need Professional help.. (EXIT Realty Homeward Bound) over 2 years ago

Marion Irwin - Thanks for sharing with your consumers. The more they know about these shows, the better.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 2 years ago

Had not seen your original article but realized a while ago thse shows are not what they purport and many law suits have arisen from different shows especially those where wok has been done, often not to high quality levels. 

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 1 year ago

Nick & Trudy - Best to stay away from HGTV shows, especially, those interested in buying and selling.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 1 year ago

That's pretty disappointing.  I really like the HGTV shows

 

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 1 year ago

That is very sweet of you that you really expected the show to be real:)

None of them are. Just an entertaining, and often of not the best quality.  

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) 12 months ago

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