Last week House Hunters International asked Frank and me if we would like to be featured on one of their shows doing an episode about house hunting for rentals here in Cuenca. This version of HHI is just another spinoff of the house hunter’s show. It was pretty exciting to be asked to do one of their shows and we gave it some careful thought. But we are not the type of people, well Frank isn’t anyway, (LOL) who just jumps into something without doing the due diligent research first. What would the consequences of such a move be?
We did our research and investigation about this show and it is a very contrived reality show. Viewers do not realize that when they watch this show the people in it our actually “acting”! But that is not the scary part, the scary part is how they can and will slant anything they want from the four day shoot into their favor and say and do whatever they want. It's pretty much like watching the news or reading the newspaper. Is that what you want? we don't think it is. As our readers already know, we have our own show already.
This is why we have decided not to do their show. We have a reputation to uphold for our readers and for ourselves and we feel it will do more harm than good. We have a pretty large readership now and our readers truly have an expectation from us and we believe we owe our readers the low cost Cuenca, not the hyped up Cuenca with inflated rents. HHI is a very popular and well-known cable television show and for us to go on this show and pretend we like the hyped up rents and real-estate prices would be contradictory to what we teach people about on our Cuenca frugal blog.
We believe that if we were to go on this show it would inflate rental prices even more and that is something we are not willing to do. We cannot stop others from hyping up Cuenca with high priced rentals and real estate prices, but for us it is not an option. We love being the Frugal blog about Cuenca and we love being able to tell our readers about how not to be a gringo target and how to find good rental deals.
We live in a pretty nice rental now for only $250 a month and we know there are other rentals out there for this price as well. If we were to go on the show we would be asked to look at high priced rentals that are actually out of our price range and that is not who we are.
This is how the show works and why we won’t do it: They open the show up with how we moved from South Carolina all the way to Cuenca to make a new life for ourselves. Then they show us three rentals in Cuenca, one being the home we are in now. They take everything out of our house and pretend like it is just one we are looking at to possibly rent. We would be expected to act the whole time. If it were our show our slant would be how to find three nice but economical houses or apartments between the price ranges of $250 to $350. We would want to talk about the three factors to look for when searching for these rentals. And the three things not to look for when finding these rentals.
The shows slant would be to show us expensive, gringo inflated rentals that in reality we would never consider in a million years looking at or telling our readers about. They would get a very popular real-estate agency involved like Caldwell Banker or Remax, both of whom are actually here in Cuenca and they would show us $500 on up rentals. Frank and I would have to “act” like these overpriced gringo rentals are something we would consider renting. Of course, in the end we’d have to say they are not really in our budget and we choose the $250 rental, the home we’re really in.
The bottom line is the show is really contrived and artificial, which is nothing like our videos we already have on YouTube. The videos we make for our viewers are never rehearsed—what you see is what you get…To see us on television would be like watching two people you already know and have become accustomed to seeing on YouTube and then be expected to not really know them once you saw the show. We know that are readers would be disappointed and we’d probably lose much of our devoted fans if we did the show.
You see, we already know that if you do your due diligence you can find a decent rental at the local prices of between $250 and $350. At least at this time in Cuenca. Things are changing, however in that area but we do not want to have any part of that new change.
Anyway, in the end of the show we would obviously pick out the house we are in now as the one we choose. They pretend like its 3 months later and they put all the furniture back and they show how we have adjusted to our new home, ladda, ladda, ladda.
We want to know what you think. Are we making the right decision by forgoing doing House Hunters International, or do you think we should do the show? What you think means a lot to us—we wouldn’t have this blog if it wasn’t for our devoted readers. You can leave a comment at the end of this post, or email us directly and tell us your thoughts.
PS…sorry about the ebook (DIY Cuenca Guide Book) not on the blog yet, we’ve been truly busy lately with newcomers coming to Cuenca. Besides that, more and more people keep writing in to tell us what they want to see in the ebook, and some of that takes more research. Frank the editor takes his time when working on the contents of the book. We want to make sure it is going to have everything in it to make your stay or move to Cuenca the least stressful, least expensive, and the most fun!