This episode was one of the ones that pretty much expose the fakery of the show, though. Two move-in-ready houses with upgrades, and a seafront place that was bare almost to the studs. No appliances, no nothing. I have a very hard time believing anyone looking at House #1 and House #3 would also be in the market for House #2. What real estate agent in their right mind would even show them such a property? No, my money's on they were interested in a renovation to begin with.
Whenever I see an episode in which there is some renovation that is being done, I know that is the house that is selected.
While I can believe someone might be open to a move-in ready home as well as a home needing major renovation, I can't believe that anyone would actually put a house up for sale that is obviously in the middle of a renovation.
While there might be truly exceptional circumstances in which a renovator dies or goes broke, the reality is that no one is going to half renovation after tearing the house down - especially with the frequency in which it is shown on HH. Even if the whole house isn't shown, a ripped up bathroom or kitchen is another giveaway as to the home being the one already bought.
And I also thought WTF in terms of wanting a home that was indoor/outdoor living as I didn't think this was generally thought to be necessary in the English climate despite their locating in a more temperate part of the country. But then I also think that balconies in cold climates are seldom used as much as people think they will be.
This is a good point. Even other shows/sitcoms of that era depicted rather "normal" looking homes for the people that lived in them. And then came Carrie Bradshaw and then, even more "outstanding" Bravo's reality types, etc etc
There was a show on Lifetime with Jennifer Love Hewitt playing a woman who becomes a hooker because her deadbeat husband runs off and the home she lived in was a showcase with a huge kitchen - large island - huge stainless appliances. The epitome of the HH wet dream. When I saw it, I thought WTF because the husband was a construction worker and she was a stay at home mom with two kids. I know this is Texas but even there people with that kind of net income would be living in a FAR more modest home.