I guess I’m blogging about this because I don’t understand this show’s hold on me. I never, ever miss an episode of House Hunters International. Here’s the “official” description of the show from HGTV’s website:
This spinoff of the wildly popular HGTV House Hunters globe trots from Sao Paolo to Prague. Home hunters and their real estate agents check out all sorts of architectural styles and work through the idiosyncrasies of buying real estate in other countries. In any language, home buying is an emotional experience.
It’s highly formulaic and, using the “parsimony principle” – showing the same footage multiple times as “recaps,” it must be fairly cheap to produce. A couple, usually very prosperous, goes looking for a new home in some glamorous part of the world. They are shown three different properties (I bet they see many more but are edited down to three) and then they choose one. At the end of each episode, we get to see the couple in their new home telling us about what a great choice they’ve made.
I sit there being snarky and judgmental about the couples’ motivations and desires. I guess which property they will choose and wait to see whether or not they’ve made the “correct” decision.
I know that voyeurism is involved in this “guilty secret,” but given that I will never buy a property at home or abroad, why the heck do I like this show so much? Beats me.