HGTV’s Bought & Sold
Recently I was contacted by a public relations representative for Home and Garden Television to let me know about their new television show “Bought and Sold”. The ‘Bought and Sold” show for those of you who may be unfamiliar with it is a show which follows the trials and tribulations of realtors. Of course the show isn’t a completely new concept as other “home” networks have created similar type shows with some slight twist but the show’s promos seemed interesting enough so I told the representative that I would record the show since I was going to be out of town and watch it when I returned.
When I returned from my trip I watched the first episode of “Bought and Sold” and found that aside from the brilliant use of creative visual merchandising and marketing by the multi-million dollar listing agent Sam Joseph who had worked as Creative Vice President at Macy’s, the rest of the show was dull, predicatable and dated – showing a market that appears to be pre-housing bubble bust. I had no intention of watching a second episode because the first episode had failed to impress. However, here comes the “big but” I decided to hang in there and watch the second episode in the series – again based on the interesting promo teaser and my husband telling me that I should at least give it a second chance .
I watched the second episode this last weekend and was engaged from the beginning of the show until the very end. I really enjoyed the segments with Joanna and Jodi and their interactions with the soon to be divorced couple that had decided to sell their family home. The show showed it’s heart and I think that if it can continue with another episode consistent with the second one then the show will develop a wonderful following.
“Bought and Sold” can be an entertaing reality realty show (yeah – I know based on one pretty good show and hoping the rest are as interesting…) that helps outsiders get an insiders view of the real estate market, the agents and their interactions with each other as well asÂ their clients. As previously noted, the show is entertaining for a reality show BUT don’t expect to learn many great “Design to Sell” tidbits or home staging tips – I’d stick with The Decorating Diva favorite “Design to Sell” (with the superb Lisa Laporta) or if you’re into house flipping then any of the “Flip this House” shows. I also like “Buy Me” which is the buyers version of “Bought and Sold”.
I will watch upcoming episodes and update my opinion of the show as it progresses.
Quick Side Note: I mentioned earlier that “Bought and Sold” appeared to be dated prior to the housing bust but to be honest almost (probably all realty shows) are now dated. My husband and I joke that once the “house flipping” shows make there way to television then it’s time to sell your flip property fast cause the markets going down. Just an observation
The Decorating Diva is a luxury home design magazine and lifestyle journal dedicated to the concept of living a stylish and comfortably elegant life at home – joyfully surrounded by the beautiful things you love. Join, Carmen, The Decorating Diva’s founder, as she blogs about sophisticated, smart, stylish and beautiful decor for your home and shares her decorating and style advice with you. Follow her and several of our wonderful contributors on inspirational design trips as they explore enchanted lands both far and near – returning with a delightful treasure trove of design finds for your home.