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To be on TV, home­buy­ers have to agree to go along with the for­mat. “They didn’t even ‘ac­cept’ us be­ing a sub­ject for the show un­til we closed on the house we were buy­ing,” Texan Bobi Jensen, who was fea­tured on House Hunters in 2006, re­veals. “So then when they de­cided to film our episode, we had to scram­ble to find [two other] houses to tour and pre­tend we were con­sid­er­ing [them].” Other buy­ers have re­port­edly had homes in es­crow, and on the show’s ap­pli­ca­tion for Re­al­tors, it specif­i­cally asks when their clients ex­pect to close. Utah cou­ple Kim and Clay Chris­ten­son, whose episode aired in 2015, ad­mit to In Touch that they, too, had cho­sen their home be­fore film­ing be­gan, but de­clined to share specifics about the show’s process. “The tim­ing is one thing we’re not al­lowed to delve into too deeply,” she tells In Touch about her agree­ment with the show.

The search isn’t the only thing that’s staged. Par­tic­i­pants claim pro­duc­ers play up con­flict and ma­nip­u­late the truth to make the show more dra­matic. “They coach you a lit­tle bit,” Ash­ley says. Bobi’s fam­ily was even told they “needed to act out” a false sto­ry­line about need­ing a big­ger home, with pro­duc­ers go­ing so far as to “feed us a script,” she re­veals to In Touch. “I wish I hadn’t let them di­rect what the story was go­ing to be.” For one of the show’s spin-offs, House Hunters In­ter­na­tional, pro­duc­ers went even fur­ther. An­drew Chris­tian, an LA de­signer, bought a house in Puerto Val­larta, Mex­ico, in 2015. He closed on the home be­fore film­ing be­gan and tells In Touch, “All my stuff was moved in and then we had to move it out [for the show] and move it back in again!”

House Hunters re­mains un­apolo­getic. There are no dis­claimers in the show’s cred­its and HGTV side­steps the is­sue of the show be­ing faked by cit­ing time con­straints of the house-hunt­ing process. “The peo­ple you see in the se­ries are real peo­ple who have searched for, ne­go­ti­ated and paid for a home with their own money,” reads a state­ment from HGTV to In Touch. “We sim­ply shorten a very lengthy process for tele­vi­sion.”

But par­tic­i­pants be­lieve fans are be­ing duped. “I en­joyed the film­ing process but the chink in my conscience came while putting it out in the world,” ad­mits Bobi. “I feel like view­ers got scammed.” ◼

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