REAL Estate versus Reality Television

Let's get this out of the way. We've all watched reality television at some point. It's become so predominant in our culture; watching people live their daily lives out on the screen. Following a family through the ups and downs of any given situation. And of course, we've all been glued to the TV at one point or another watching a couple search for their first home, a family work their way through a renovation nightmare, and have seen a perky host welcome a family back into their dream home. It's easy to get caught up in the mystical process that happens in 30 minutes, so let's talk about the big differences between real estate on reality TV and the REAL estate world.


Most times, real estate shows portray a transaction as a seamless (except for that one perfectly timing snag in the plan) process, starting and wrapping up in 22 minutes. Of course, this isn't an accurate timeline. Let's not forget that this piece of content is being produced to wrap up in it's given time slot (unless it's a to be continued...episode). Anyone who has purchased or sold a house, understands that this isn't the case. Real estate can take some time. It's important not to set your expecatations based on a television show. What they don't show is all the work that goes into a transaction behind-the-scenes. The paperwork, the communication with important contacts and networks, the inspections and strategies put in place to negotiate.


There's a big difference between staging homes and home staging. Home staging is the strategy used to make a home look like the best version of itself. Staging a home can be a scripting strategy. On television, home buyers may be wowed by a beautiful home, but the reality is that sometimes those homes arne't even for sale. Let's not forget that television content is made for entertainment. In some cases, TV hosts take viewers on a journey through homes that have extremely large budgets and many people behind their beauty.

Let's be honest. Reality television can be entertaining, but there's nothing like the real world. Watching a home owner get the thrill of finally selling their home is nothing compared to the real life feeling of making a sale or finding your dream home.
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