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1 hour ago, Kohola3 said:

I liked both him and his friend.  She was pretty funny with some her comments and it was clear that she was throwing in objections just for the script.  That view on the one he chose was incredible but they never did address the parking problem.

I doubt that there was a parking problem. The househunter and his annoying (Big Bear!) friend parked the car they arrived in, as did the realtor.

The house he bought was exactly what he wanted. The others were meh. While the last one was a cabin, it was hardly a true A-frame.

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While I enjoyed seeing vacation houses in the California mountains, two of those places would not be what I would want.  I agreed with the buyer in wanting some privacy, and a view.  Who wants to step outside and be surrounded by houses on all sizes on postage stamp size lots.  Might as well buy a condo that has the amenities you want.  I liked the house he chose, and hope he can upgrade it to his style.  It does have a nice view, if you ignore the road just below it.

The wife of the St. Petersburg couple certainly was Debbie Downer/Nancy Negative.  Someone said she reminded them of Lilith from Frasier.  Yes!!!  That's exactly who I was trying to figure out she reminded me of every time she opened her mouth.  I think by the end of the episode the husband might have really been asking himself why he married her.  I bet if he had said he loved the sky being blue, she would have had a negative comment about it.  I think the house they bought met all of their needs, well, his anyway.  I didn't care whether she got anything she wanted by that point.  The first house they looked at was totally boring, IMO, and I like contemporary style.  Too gray and cold for my taste.  Yeah, that would have appealed to her.       

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10 hours ago, Pickles said:

The Florida couple tonight. Wow, they did not appear to even like each other. She was particularly snarky and condescending. They said they met in high school. It may be time to part ways, unless they just enjoy being miserable. 

That woman was a sourpuss.  Plus, she had a flat, nasally voice that I wouldn't want to listen to.

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Watched a Denver episode late last night, daughter was moving out of parents home, stayed there a few years (?) to save up for a condo.  She had a budget of around $450k.

Stressed how she didn't want a lot of upkeep as she was busy with her career.  She does however, say it with me, wants something with charm and character.

She takes along her sister to view the properties.  One is new loft condo in an old church.  Two is a stand alone home that the sister is loves.  House was built in the 1940's, so has c & c, but there's a yard, plus the rooms are really kind of choppy.  Third is a modern condo in a high rise in downtown Denver.  All brand new, so not a lot of c&c.  

The vocal fry, especially with the sister, drove me insane.  I watched to the end only to see which one she picked.  I knew she wouldn't go for the house, which was what the sister wanted.  They showed her in the newly gutted loft (former church building).  She'd kept everything that had charm and character, but was redoing everything.  The place was under budget by at least 100k, so  guess she had money to do all of that and was ok with living with her parents a bit longer (guess they were ok with it, too).  

I would think with the snow they get in Denver, a garage or covered parking would be a priority, but it wasn't mentioned at all.  I know my attached garage is a very good thing, just with cold, snow, rain, hail, whatever, and I'm just in OH (not the snowbelt).

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5 hours ago, Kohola3 said:

I liked both him and his friend.  She was pretty funny with some her comments and it was clear that she was throwing in objections just for the script.  That view on the one he chose was incredible but they never did address the parking problem.

I really liked them too! I was married at a friends house in Lake  Arrowhead which was on a narrow road with no parking. Their house was a tad lower than the road and cars under the influence would miss turns go down into yard stopping at the house. It’s so beautiful up there. I went and checked prices and amazed that the friends house was worth 239 000 after owning it for 40 years. Lots of movie stars have always had places up there since it’s a relatively short trip.   Full time residents stock up with supplies because they can be snowed in for days. 

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There was an episode on last night with a couple buying a house at the beach in Texas. It was interesting to see that they could purchase nice houses so close to the water for a relatively low budget.

Snark alert!! That wife's purple and orange ombre hair dye job and her tattooed arms were so ugly it was difficult to even look at her. During the intro I thought she was her husband's wacky mother.

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2 minutes ago, CruiseDiva said:

That wife's purple and orange ombre hair dye job and her tattooed arms were so ugly it was difficult to even look at her.

She's one of those "we're so unconventional" people that has to keep reminding you how quirky she is.   Their poor kid looked mortified as some of their antics.

I am thinking that some of those places are cheaper by virtue of the fact that they are prone to hurricane damage because of their location.  I can't imagine they would survive a direct hit by a Cat 5 hurricane and the storms are increasing in intensity every year.  Yeah, they are on stilts for the storm surge but I would be worried about the structures being sound enough to withstand really strong winds.

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I forced myself to finish watching the St Pete couple since my sister has a house there and I went househunting with her.  It was tough though.  That woman was so so unpleasant.  I fail to see why he married her.

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6 hours ago, Kohola3 said:

She's one of those "we're so unconventional" people that has to keep reminding you how quirky she is.   Their poor kid looked mortified as some of their antics.

I am thinking that some of those places are cheaper by virtue of the fact that they are prone to hurricane damage because of their location.  I can't imagine they would survive a direct hit by a Cat 5 hurricane and the storms are increasing in intensity every year.  Yeah, they are on stilts for the storm surge but I would be worried about the structures being sound enough to withstand really strong winds.

At one point the husband endearingly leaned over to his wife and called her "Snookums", I kid you not. The look of horror on their son's face was priceless. I got a big chuckle out of that. I tuned in later but did not realize they were somewhere in Texas and I fell asleep before they chose their final choice.  They were an odd couple, imo. 

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13 hours ago, hoosier80 said:

Watched a Denver episode late last night, daughter was moving out of parents home, stayed there a few years (?) to save up for a condo.  She had a budget of around $450k.

Stressed how she didn't want a lot of upkeep as she was busy with her career.  She does however, say it with me, wants something with charm and character.

She takes along her sister to view the properties.  One is new loft condo in an old church.  Two is a stand alone home that the sister is loves.  House was built in the 1940's, so has c & c, but there's a yard, plus the rooms are really kind of choppy.  Third is a modern condo in a high rise in downtown Denver.  All brand new, so not a lot of c&c.  

The vocal fry, especially with the sister, drove me insane.  I watched to the end only to see which one she picked.  I knew she wouldn't go for the house, which was what the sister wanted.  They showed her in the newly gutted loft (former church building).  She'd kept everything that had charm and character, but was redoing everything.  The place was under budget by at least 100k, so  guess she had money to do all of that and was ok with living with her parents a bit longer (guess they were ok with it, too).  

I would think with the snow they get in Denver, a garage or covered parking would be a priority, but it wasn't mentioned at all.  I know my attached garage is a very good thing, just with cold, snow, rain, hail, whatever, and I'm just in OH (not the snowbelt).

The things they don't mention are so odd.  Parking should have been.

I thought the 3rd place was good for her, I would have picked the house, so of course she went with the 1st.  Higher assessments than a high rise (the high rise was shockingly reasonable) is odd, but the amount of reno she's doing is impressive, I'd love to see the results on an update show as the bedroom was why I thought that place was a no, so I'd love to see how she manages it in that space (with the larger bathroom and closet and apparently no loft)..

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22 hours ago, Ohwell said:

That woman was a sourpuss.  Plus, she had a flat, nasally voice that I wouldn't want to listen to.

I didn't like her at all. Very flat affect and a mean personality. And why was she dipping her feet in the pool when she still had sandals on?

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14 minutes ago, Empress1 said:

And why was she dipping her feet in the pool when she still had sandals on?

For the same reason the moron walk into the shower or climb into the tub with their shoes on. Just stupid.

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18 hours ago, CruiseDiva said:

There was an episode on last night with a couple buying a house at the beach in Texas. It was interesting to see that they could purchase nice houses so close to the water for a relatively low budget.

Did you happen to notice the color of the water in a closeup they had of some waves?  Brown.

I've always thought that part of the Texas coast is ugly.  Or, well, all of the Texas coast, actually, except for maybe South Padre Island, way down at the tip, where the water is kind of almost blue.  Or maybe more accurately rising only to the level of not-brown.  

It just goes to show that not all coasts are created equal.

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St. Pete couple. Yikes! He married her?! I’m sure he regrets that decision. The only thing that bother me about him were his teeth. I’m weird that way. The cottage house was cute. It was expensive at $442,000 though. It had a cool pool & tiki bar which sold me. Wait! He's really married to her? 

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Washington DC, two masters, another where I liked the two they did not pick and not the one they did.  Likely location (which was not discussed) would cast light.

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Austin episode tonight. Anyone familiar with the areas chosen? 2nd condo was definitely very close to downtown but with their 2 large dogs, I am so glad they chose the home with a large yard.

They chose the 3rd home which was my favorite. My son lives in Austin, within the city limits, a 15 min drive from downtown. 1st time there I was shocked to find he had a sizeable 80' x 100' yard. That is unheard of in the NYC boroughs. I am just wondering if the house they chose was actually in Austin proper.

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The episode last night in Greenville, SC with the husband/wife architects. She really annoyed me. So much talking. She was clearly in command and her husband seemed just like a potted plant. Of course, immediately you knew they would go with the house that was stripped down to the studs. It was ridiculous when they toured other houses and the wife was talking about changing the roof line, moving the front door, etc. Good lord. Just build a new custom home! On a superficial note, that couple and the agent---what a toothy bunch.

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Pickles, I totally agree with everything you said.  The wife wasn't going to shut up about anything that wasn't her "style", and clearly if she didn't design it, it wasn't going to be her style.  Everything from the front door to the cabinet hardware was subject to criticism.  The husband must have the patience of Job to listen to her all day.  I'm sure she's 100% in charge of that renovation, because is something gets moved 1" w/o her approval it's not going to be her style.  Maybe we'll get to see the house on a future episode of HHWATN.  Time for HGTV to film a few of those because it's been a couple of years since we've seen any.  

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24 minutes ago, laredhead said:

The wife wasn't going to shut up about anything that wasn't her "style", and clearly if she didn't design it, it wasn't going to be her style.

Which begs the question - why buy and existing home?  Why not just design and build one that is to your taste?

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Kohola3, in my town, people are buying $500,000+ houses, tearing them down and building custom houses to get into a desired location.  Very few vacant lots are available, and when they are, the prices are almost as much as those with houses on them.  Perhaps there were no available houses w/in their price range in their desired location that could be torn down and a new one constructed for what they were willing to spend. 

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1 hour ago, laredhead said:

Kohola3, in my town, people are buying $500,000+ houses, tearing them down and building custom houses to get into a desired location.  Very few vacant lots are available, and when they are, the prices are almost as much as those with houses on them.  Perhaps there were no available houses w/in their price range in their desired location that could be torn down and a new one constructed for what they were willing to spend. 

I live in the Seattle area.  I walk weekly on a trail behind this house.  It was sold for $740K a year ago, was mostly demolished, and I have watched from the back side as it deteriorates, exposed to weather and vandalism.  I guess they ran out of money.

A similar-era house near me was purchased for $900K and totally demolished.  The new construction, a huge boxy house, is filling the entire lot.

A huge investment - I wonder how much profit they expect?

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New Haven, CT: I liked that couple. They were down to earth and funny. As cheap as they got the first house, they could do a good bit of reno. Would like to see how it turned out.

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9 hours ago, LittleIggy said:

New Haven, CT: I liked that couple. They were down to earth and funny. As cheap as they got the first house, they could do a good bit of reno. Would like to see how it turned out.

I like that they were very humble and weren't making crazy demands like going into historic homes and expecting open concept/granite counter-tops/huge walk-in closets.

But the house they purchased was a dump. I hope they're able to renovate it for their family. I'd love to see them on a "Where Are They Now?" episode. 

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I missed part of the intro but I thought both of the New Haven couple were photographers?  And I thought the guy mentioned something about them being homeless at some point?  I didn't get if they were really homeless or if it was just a figure of speech.  Anyway, I got the impression that their budget compelled them to buy the cheapest place, and they'd just have to live with the dump (and it certainly was a dump) until they were able to make repairs/renovations. 

All I can say is, good luck to them and I'd like to see them on a WATN episode, and how much they spent on renovations. 

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18 minutes ago, Ohwell said:

I missed part of the intro but I thought both of the New Haven couple were photographers?  And I thought the guy mentioned something about them being homeless at some point?  I didn't get if they were really homeless or if it was just a figure of speech.  Anyway, I got the impression that their budget compelled them to buy the cheapest place, and they'd just have to live with the dump (and it certainly was a dump) until they were able to make repairs/renovations. 

All I can say is, good luck to them and I'd like to see them on a WATN episode, and how much they spent on renovations. 

The husband now has a job at Yale. They are staying with his mother.

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3 hours ago, LittleIggy said:

The husband now has a job at Yale. They are staying with his mother.

Oh, ok thanks.  They still bought a dump though. 😃  

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I liked the New Haven couple, too.  I don't think they were living-under-a-bridge homeless, or even living in their car, but that there was a lost job involved and resultant financial reversals, and they couldn't live where they were living, and moved in with his mother.  That's the impression I got, anyway.  If we had a narrator, perhaps it could have been a little clearer.

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2 minutes ago, LittleIggy said:

Why have they taken away the narrator?

Probably to save $$$. I'm glad they got rid of the stupid he wants/she wants fake drama. I haven't checked but they might have reduced air time to sell more commercials.

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While I think they could have cut back the he wants/she wants stuff, I do think they should have kept the narration for the beginning of the episode.  

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8 minutes ago, chessiegal said:

Probably to save $$$. I'm glad they got rid of the stupid he wants/she wants fake drama. I haven't checked but they might have reduced air time to sell more commercials.

I'm glad they took away the unnecessary recaps, but it doesn't seem to translate into longer time spent looking at the actual homes. Yeah, they probably increased the number of commercials. 

On 5/31/2019 at 6:49 PM, javajeanelaine said:

I forced myself to finish watching the St Pete couple since my sister has a house there and I went househunting with her.  It was tough though.  That woman was so so unpleasant.  I fail to see why he married her.

Ha! She actually said, "Well you married me." And he replied, "Yeah. I did" without an ounce of emotion, which speaks volumes.

She has to be one of worst wives I've seen on HH, while the Dallas husband who took the home office has to be the worst husband. 

Why do couples go on this show whose marriages/relationships are that toxic? 

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7 minutes ago, topanga said:

Ha! She actually said, "Well you married me." And he replied, "Yeah. I did" without an ounce of emotion, which speaks volumes.

I don't think they had kids yet, right?

I've got two words for that guy:  GET. OUT!

Naw, three words:  GET. OUT. NOW!

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4 hours ago, Ohwell said:

I don't think they had kids yet, right?

I've got two words for that guy:  GET. OUT!

Naw, three words:  GET. OUT. NOW!

And they had been together since high school! 

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15 minutes ago, Pickles said:

And they had been together since high school! 

Ahhh, so that explains why he acted so whipped.  Over the years he's been lobotomized.

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The Omaha episode last night with the physician daughter moving back to be closer to family. I was surprised she wanted such a large home, assuming she would be living alone. Maybe she had a significant other, but he/she didn't want to be filmed or maybe this woman just likes a lot of space. She got a lot for her money. Think she paid $522k. The mother reminded me of a SNL character. I could totally understand her concerns and her "helpful" comments, but she kind of made me laugh how she said some things--she was against the home gym (said the daughter needed to get out and meet people), the mom's experience with butcher block counter tops (not sanitary), etc. 

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I didn't understand why the Omaha single woman needed so much house even is she had a significant other.  Oh well, she can afford it so it's her choice.   The mom acted like she was auditioning for an HGTV show.

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My guess is the Omaha house hunter was buying the right size house for resale, and even though you plan to stay there forever, there's always the chance of a job change or something.     

I don't know if the Portland episode was new or not the other day (my cable guide is less than accurate), but I really loved the two house hunters, and I think they'll do a dynamite job fixing that house into a show place.    

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On 6/6/2019 at 12:00 AM, LittleIggy said:

New Haven, CT: I liked that couple. They were down to earth and funny. As cheap as they got the first house, they could do a good bit of reno. Would like to see how it turned out.

I liked them too.  And the wife could find work as an actress.  The way she was raving about the house with the fireplace, I was sure they'd choose that one.  Price was $130K, and while they did get a house for just $98K, they'll probably put at least $30K into making it into what they need.

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Walden, NY: Yikes. They seemed like a nice couple till they started arguing over the home office. The husband actually said, ‘After the divorce...’ Uh, yeah, you don’t joke about things like that. At least not on national television. 

And when the husband said they could install a pool to use as a babysitter for the kids, the wife agreed. Huh? I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt that she didn’t hear exactly what he’d said.  Although they both referenced hiding from the children several times throughout the episode. Do they even like their kids?

But I agree with the wife about privacy. It’s nice living near family, but having 3 different sets of in-laws living on the same block must have been annoying for her. 

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I thought that the Walden, NY guy probably bought that house because of all that family surrounding his house.  He must have been reared in a close family environment and wanted the same situation after he moved out of his parents' house.  At any rate, I do understand wanting to have some distance between your house and all of the in-laws.  The husband referenced that having some privacy might get the couple closer again, so maybe the in-law situation was an interference in their marriage.  The realtor seemed to be very frank about the couple's arguing too.  The wife didn't smile much, and I do hope that moving helps all of them.  Of course, this is fictional reality, so we really don't know what is going on there. 

I liked the settings of all of those places.  You really get a lot of land in Walden, and it looks like a lovely place.  Wonder what taxes and utility bills are like there?

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7 hours ago, topanga said:

Although they both referenced hiding from the children several times throughout the episode. Do they even like their kids?

Yes, I came here to say that I don't think I've ever seen an episode where the main objective of the buyers was to HIDE from their kids.

I thought that the ranch #3 was beautiful.

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