This HGTV classic has been on the air for over two decades, House Hunters follows potential home buyers in their search for their new dream home. With the help of their agent, potential buyers weigh the pros and cons of several homes, eventually choosing the best one for them. The show checks back with buyers after they’ve had a chance to settle in, too, to see what kind of changes they’ve made to the property and how they’re settling in. The beloved real estate TV show has sparked many spinoffs, such as Tiny House Hunters, House Hunters Outside the Box, and Houseboat Hunters, to name a few.
Another HGTV favorite, Fixer Upper follows professional house flippers Chip and Joanna Gaines as they look for the perfect house to flip. Each episode focuses on a different area with its own unique real estate market, where the Gaineses must choose one property out of three potential buys to flip. Once the house with the most flipping potential has been selected, the show documents the flip from start to finish, with all the nitty gritty details of flipping a house from scratch. Each home is finished off with impeccable interior design by Joanna, with styles ranging from the more traditional to mid-century modern.
Flip Or Flop
In a similar vein to Fixer Upper, Flip Or Flop takes a look at real estate from an upcycling perspective. The show follows Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa, two Orange County real estate agents turned house flippers, as they purchase and flip fixer-upper properties. Tarek and Christina got their start in property flipping during the 2008 housing market crash, and have been flipping rundown properties ever since. Prior to the crash they had been hot-shot real estate agents in the Orange County area, selling multi-million dollar homes, but as the market changed they chose to adapt and shift focus to a more hands-on form of real estate. Today they flip homes all over southern California, renovating and reselling homes for a profit.
Property Brothers is a Canadian real estate TV show hosted by licensed real estate agents and brothers Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott. Like Fixer Upper and Flip Or Flop, Property Brothers centers on homes that require a bit of TLC. The Scott brothers team up with potential home buyers to help them find a home that is both within their budget, and with a few renovations and upgrades, has the potential to become their dream home. With the use of state-of-the art CGI, the brothers illustrate each house’s potential with a few repairs and renovations. The show has been running since 2011 with episode locations that span all over the US and Canada showcasing a wide variety of real estate markets.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
When you are looking for a bit of real estate themed escapism, The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes fits the bill perfectly. The 2-season and 12-episode miniseries follows hosts Caroline Quentin and Piers Taylor around the globe as they explore unique and exceptional homes, like the 747 Wing House in Malibu, CA. Each episode focuses a select few extraordinary homes in a particular country, with a complete walkthrough of the interior and exterior of each home, a detailed exploration of the architecture and décor, and a brief summary of the history of the house. The BBC Two series was picked up by Netflix, and is available for streaming in the US.
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