I hate to shatter illusions about this show, but I read an exposé that featured interviews with a few of the house-hunting folks who appeared in episodes. It's all rigged. The house hunters already live in the places they pretend to choose and the show finds two other places they pretend to consider. Sometimes those other places belong to friends of theirs. My favorite episodes are the ones in which young Americans on a tight budget move to an expensive European city and are shocked to discover how much lower the standard of living is over there. A budget that would get them a nice place in Biloxi or Shreveport only gets them a 250-square-foot apartment in Paris or Rome with a half-sized fridge under the postage-stamp sized kitchen counter and a window looking onto an air shaft, a far cry from the two-bedroom open-concept-kitchen dream home with outdoor space they hoped for before their illusions were shattered.--fleg
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