I never thought my son and I would bond over HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.
Of course, thirteen years ago when he was born I was simply trying to keep him alive. And not run myself into the ground trying.
But here we are all these years later hanging out and watching a real estate show where buyers tour three, sometimes four, houses and then decide which one to buy.
Why have we bonded over this show? Because I certainly couldn’t bond with him over Minecraft and Pokemon. Plus, It’s fun to hear the buyer’s wish list and budget, peep inside other people’s houses, and then guess which house the buyer will pick.
Oh, who am I kidding? We bond by poking fun at the buyers’ rock-solid wish list, supposed budget, and then the compromises they make on both their rock-solid wish list and their budget.
Together, my teen and I have made some scintillating observations from watching Beachfront Bargain Hunt. It’s our honor and duty to share these with ya.
First, there are no “bargains” on Beachfront Bargain Hunt. These people are paying more for a “bargain” beach home than I paid for my everyday house.
Second, the buyers ALWAYS comment on big bath tubs. “Ooo, honey, look at that bath!” they’ll say. What adult takes a daily bath? I haven’t since I was eleven. Plus, my mom has one of those huge Jacuzzi tubs in her house and NEVER uses it because it takes two hours and 527 gallons of water to fill up.
Third, the buyers ALWAYS comment on the entertaining space. Who are these people? You’re moving to the Dominican Republic away from everyone you know because you love the beach. You have no friends anymore to entertain. And aren’t you always going to be at the beach? Moreover, as an introvert, I object to all that entertaining. I would want a nice place where it’s quiet and I can sit with a good book.
Fourth, most of the buyers SWEAR they want a single family home. Fast forward twenty minutes and their moving into a condo with a gorgeous view of their neighbor’s patio, but they’ve got a big bathtub and plenty of space for entertaining.
Finally, the buyers on Beachfront Bargain Hunt ALWAYS cave on their budget. “I know my budget was $650,00,” they’ll say, “but we just fell in love with Playa del Cocos Locos and we had to have it at $1,200,000.” Uh huh.
Do you watch Beachfront Bargain Hunt or its various iterations like Lakefront Bargain Hunt, Island Life, Caribbean Life, House Hunters, House Hunters International, and more? Why do you watch?