I caught an episode of this last night and was surprised to see this year-old forum here. From the way HGTV promoted the show, I thought it was premiering last night.
But I did enjoy the episode, which was the one described below:
Couple, wearing dueling leather jackets in every scene, based in the Toronto area, that could only afford $225k due to their combined debt (motorcycle/car payments/$10k in credit cards). They were forced to look way East of the city. They hated the first two properties and loved the last, although Sandra seemed a bit put out that the woman wanted to bring her mom through for approval before making an offer.
My first reaction to the couple was on the negative side. They didn't seem all that committed to each other, making vague mentions of marriage in the future, maybe. Now, I realize some people just aren't into the whole marriage thing, which is fine, but quite honestly, these two didn't even seem committed to the living together thing. So I did wonder at why they wanted to sink $226K into a house that neither one of them could afford on their own. Heck, they probably found it really hard to afford it together.
Overall, I thought the show was a snarking good time. Clueless buyers, "tell it like it is" expert. All in all a recipe for a great show.
However, something about it just struck me as sad. I kept picturing the bank foreclosing on these two once they realized that buying more house than you can afford is not really a good idea, ever. Pencil in an hour (isn't that what was said?) commute both ways, and I can picture one or both of them bailing in less than a year, leaving the bank with this dream home. Lord, watching these real estate shows is depressing.
Of course, a "cup is full" person is probably reading this saying, dear lord Henry's Mom, why are you so darn negative? I'm sure those two go-getters did just fine!
But somehow I can't picture two people with something like $16K in credit card debt (he had over $10K alone) and brand new cars and a new motorcycle deciding that tightening their belts is a good thing. Call me cynical, but I kept picturing a little storm cloud hovering over their dream house, just waiting for the right moment to ruin their dreams.