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Flashback Friday- Tiny House Hunters (2014-Present)

It has been said that bigger is not always better.

Tiny House Hunters has aired on HGTV since 2014.

The premise of the show is as follows: a home owner looking to downsize to a much smaller home, known as tiny homes. The subject(s) of the episode are shown three potential options. At the end of the episode, one home is chosen.

What I like about this show is that it proves that one does not need a huge home to be happy. Sometimes a smaller home is best.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-Beachfront Bargain Hunt (2013)

For some of us, the dream is own a house on the beach. Waking up to the rising sun and walking into the sand just steps from your front door is the vision of the perfect day.

Beachfront Bargain Hunt has aired on HGTV since 2013. The structure of each episode is the same as any other house hunting program on the channel. The subjects are looking for a new home. The difference is that they are looking for houses on or near the beach and they are on a limited budget. After being shown three different homes, a decision is made as to which house to purchase.

I don’t watch this show very often. But when I do, I feel like I am watching it as wish fulfillment. For me, it’s almost a what if scenario. What if I was able to purchase one of these homes? Where would I purchase it and which house would I choose?

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

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Throwback Thursday- Property Brothers: Buying + Selling (2012 to Present)

The process of preparing your home to be sold so you can buy another requires that the homeowner put their best home foot forward.

Property Brothers: Buying+ Selling has aired on HGTV since 2012. The premise of the program is that brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott step in to help the subject of each episode with the home buying process. But before the house can be sold, it requires some sort of renovation. While this renovation is being done, the homeowners are looking at potential new homes. At the end of each episode, the homeowner’s current home (post renovation) is sold and they will be moving into a new home.

Anyone who has read this blog knows that I have mixed feelings about the reality genre in general. This show, however, I like. It has enough of a high stakes drama to it, but it is not so derogatory that I feel my brain cells dying while I am watching it.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday: My Lottery Dream Home (2015-Present)

Winning the lottery can be described as wishful thinking. We often say “I will do x when I win the lottery or I will buy y when I win the lottery”. But for a lucky few that do win a significant amount of money, it can be life changing.

My Lottery Dream Home has aired on HGTV since 2015. The premise of the show is that the home buyers have won a significant amount of money playing the lottery. With their winnings, they are looking to purchase a new home. Host David Bromstad takes the home buyers to three potential new homes. At the end of each episode, a decision is made as to which house they will buy.

Watching this show is akin to wishful thinking becoming a reality. It’s as if the viewer is living vicariously through that episode’s subjects. What makes this show so curious and compelling is the question as to which home the buyers will choose.

I recommend it.

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A Very Brady Renovation Review

Fifty years ago, a little family show premiered. It told the story of the marriage of a widower, a widow, their combined family of six children and their maid. It was only on the air for five years, but this show is as iconic as it gets.

The show is The Brady Bunch.

Monday night, A Very Brady Renovation premiered on HGTV. Last summer, the house was used as the exterior shots The Brady Bunch was put on the market. Purchased by HGTV, the house is being renovated to match the set. Led by HGTV stars The Property Brothers and advised by the actors who played the Brady kids, each episode focuses on the renovation of a specific portion of the house. At the end of the season, the home will look like it came straight out of the Hollywood sound stage.

I really like this show. It is unique, entertaining and full of nostalgia with just enough of the home renovation process to easily ensnare home renovation show addicts.

I recommend it.

A Very Brady Renovation airs on Monday nights at 9pm on HGTV.

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Flashback Friday-House Hunters International (2006-Present)

Looking for a new home is never an easy process. It is even harder when one has moved to another country.

House Hunters International premiered in HGTV in 2006 and for the last 13 years, has been a staple of the network’s schedule. The subject of each episode is looking for a new home outside of their home country. On top of dealing with the usual decisions when it comes to buying or renting a new home, they must also contend with the idea that their standard of what a home should be does not always match with the possibilities that the realtor has presented to them.

I like House Hunters International. I like it because it presents a different view of the world while simultaneously reminding the viewers that the house hunting process is the same, wherever one is looking to live.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-House Hunters Renovation (2012-Present)

The process of looking for a new home is hard enough. Adding a complete renovation to the process is almost akin to asking for a major headache on top of the home buying process.

This is the premise of the HGTV program, House Hunters Renovation (2012-Present). The first half of the episode follows the homeowners as they choose from one of three possible new homes to purchase. The second half of the episode continues to follow the new homeowners as their home is renovated.

I enjoy watching House Hunters Renovation. Unlike other reality shows, I feel like I am learning something. It’s also groan inducing to watch the homeowners as they deal with the pitfalls of renovating their new home.

I recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-Flea Market Flip (2012-Present)

Finding something at a flea market is akin to finding a needle in the haystack.

The HGTV show, Flea Market Flip premiered in 2012. Hosted by Lara Spencer, the premise of the show is as follows: two teams are challenged to visit a flea market and find items that they can turn into something else. After they have found their raw materials, they go to a workshop where they rebuilt what they have bought into new household objects. After all three items are assembled, the teams are in a race to sell those items at another flea market at the highest price. The winning team earns $5000.

Flea Market Flip is obviously reality show. But from my perspective, the challenge of finding the items, rebuilding them and then reselling the items makes the show worth watching.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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Throwback Thursday-Flip or Flop (2013-Present)

Flipping houses, especially ones that are in less than desirable conditions is akin to real estate gambling. One never knows how much time, effort or money it will take to rehabilitate and sell the property until you get involved in the process of the renovation.

On the HGTV show, Flip or Flop, the formerly married couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa are in the business of flipping and re-selling houses. These houses are often in need of more than a simple cosmetic transformation, they often in need of a complete makeover. At the end of each episode, the house is completely redone and the hope is that it is sold for at a least a minimal profit.

Flip or Flop is one of those reality shows that is addictive, but in a good way. It’s not mind numbing, parents do not have to cover the eyes and ears of little ones and it’s entertaining.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-Fixer Upper (2013-2018)

The home buying process is not an easy one. Thankfully, there are a spate of home buying and renovation shows to help the home buyer with the home buying process.

Fixer Upper has been a staple of HGTV’s lineup from the time it premiered in 2013 until its final episode that aired earlier this year.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are a married couple whose business is home renovation. Each episode, a new couple is moving into the Waco, Texas area. After the couple is presented with three possible choices, they make a decision and the renovation process begins. Chip works on the renovation end of the process and Joanna works on the design end of the process. By the end of the episode, the couple is presented with their new home.

Fixer Upper is one of those shows that is surprisingly addictive. Chip and Joanna are both charming and real as they proceed with the home buying and renovation process. While it’s sad that the series ended in April, all good thing must come to an end at some point.

I recommend it.

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