Reality Real Estate

Posted by Kristin Barry on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 11:12am

I’m not sure if this is an admission or a confession but… I binge-watched a “reality” real estate show last night. 3 episodes worth and I’m not gonna lie…I feel dirty. Not dirty dirty but train wreck dirty. I couldn’t take my eyes off it! It was like watching everything that isn’t remotely accurate about this profession we call “Real Estate” flash in front of my eyes…and I feel cheated.

Let’s see…”realtor guy” shows 3 totally different homes to a completely affable couple who can’t decide on what home they like because…they are ALL COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. How is it possible that said couple had a budget of $2.5million and were interested in a city loft/townhouse, a small waterfront abode AND an larger, eclectic home in an “artsy” part of town? Truth is…they weren’t. But, here we are (the couple and I!) touring all of these properties wasting everyone’s time when he could have pared down their requests, targeted the appropriate properties and let’s roll.

Of course, that wouldn’t create the drama or the storyline nearly as juicy. And that’s exactly where these “reality” shows have us all duped. It’s not the end goal. It’s the journey. And much like the traditional, everyday version of playing Realtor, the journey makes it awesome. So, needless to say, I have now set my DVR to record all future episodes including re-runs because dammit, reality sucks. Just don’t tell ‘em I’m watching…

Happy shopping, “Realtor Guy”

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