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In Touch (USA) - - Realitynews -

House Hunters has been a mas­sive hit for 17 years. Reg­u­larly draw­ing more than 25 mil­lion view­ers a month, the half-hour re­al­ity show, which has launched 12 spin-offs since the start of 2011, has helped make HGTV one of the coun­try’s most­watched ca­ble net­works with its sim­ple premise: Prospec­tive home­own­ers view three houses and after some in­tense de­lib­er­a­tion fi­nally choose one.

But it’s all just an elab­o­rate ruse. Home­buy­ers who’ve starred on the show have re­vealed a big se­cret in the course of an In Touch in­ves­ti­ga­tion: They ac­tu­ally chose their dream home long be­fore cam­eras started rolling. “You’re al­ready closed on the house,” Ash­ley Brinkman, whose episode aired in Septem­ber, tells In Touch. “They want you to be closed so it’s of­fi­cial be­cause oth­er­wise it would kind of be a waste of time for them to fly out some­where and film [the whole process].” Pro­duc­ers from Pie Town, the com­pany that makes the se­ries, then recre­ate a false ver­sion of the home search over three to five days of film­ing. “There’s not re­ally a whole lot of re­al­ness,” Ash­ley ad­mits. “It’s fake.”

THE SEARCH IS FIXED She’s like, ‘What mat­ters is that peo­ple en­joy watch­ing it.’” FOL­LOW­ING THE SCRIPT

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