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House Hunters International on STX
A couple of nights ago I saw the latest HHI form STX. It featured Mike from Ziggys gas station and deli.
Was much better than the one with the jerk who ended up being a shill working for the agency.
That's funny, I haven't seen the most recent but I remember the jerk. Until then, I have never seen an episode where it ended in a really really low and insulting offer and the couple didn't end up buying a house, after stringing along the realtor for a year after exhaustive showings . The house hunter always buy a house in the end, but not that episode.
@ margaritagirl.....if you're reading this, just how "real" is the experience? Can you even tell us, or are you bound to some contract?
(FYI...margaritagirl was also a buyer on an HGTV show.)
I just hate to see posters ragging on Doug and Lindy (the couple on the aforementioned show). First...Doug can't really be a "shill working for the company" if he is indeed "stringing along the realtor". I know those remarks were made by different people, but he can't be both.
Just saying I doubt it's "real", anyway.
I haven't seen the most recent show. I always enjoy watching because we have "insiders knowledge". Probably the most interesting thing to look for is price. I do not own here now, I rent. However, if you check my older posts, I have always complained that USVI real estate pricing is way too high and very slow to react to market trends. I own property in California that has dropped in price by 50% during this real estate adjustment. St Croix property prices have barely moved during this time, but they have barely sold....Ok, the asking price for many condos has been reduced quite a lot, but they are still not flying off the shelf because they are still overpriced. ( remember,the insurance and homeowners fees are very high,so that is part of condo cost).
We all know that most property here is held by local families who never sell and mainland buyers who usually do not "need" to sell. That has kept the selling price artificially high. I think it has hurt the dynamics of the real estate market. I see that asking prices, particularly on condos have been going down a bit, and sales reflect those lower prices. USVI real estate is still no bargain. You can go to the Florida Gulf coast and buy a nice ocean view condo for $69,000. I don't want to live there, but the price is attractive.
Back to House Hunters, I saw the show with the couple living here who made offers and still did not buy. I agree they did the right thing.They made a fair offer then walked away until sellers decided they really wanted to sell. We should all do that.
Seriously? He is a jerk for a low offer? Oh boo hoo... those poor realtors being strung along? you must be joking. The realtor is an agent for the seller and is motivated by a commission (6% on houses 10% on land). their legal obligation is to the seller to get the highest price for the property and their monetary obligation to themselves to make the most in commission via that higher price. If the poor strung along realtor didn't want to take this prospective buyer, I'm certain she was free to tell them to find another realtor.
Maybe it's just because of my working-class upbringing, but it seems to me that most of the buyers shown on HHI who are shopping in the Caribbean feel like they need so much that I'd never consider asking for. On the last one, they showed a house that had ocean views AND a pool. If you're close enough to the water that you can see it, why do you need a pool? And the woman fussing because the house had tile countertops instead of granite annoyed me, because the tile is a pretty good step up from the cheap Formica in the apartments I can afford. It showed them complaining about the prices of the homes, but if they weren't looking for all the bells and whistles, they wouldn't be looking at houses that were at the top of their price range. I just don't get it.
Sorry, it wasn't me. Can't remember who it was. They did post here after the show.
Sorry about that. I have my posters confused, I guess. Who was it???? They bought at Gentle Winds Condos. It was a couple, with 2 sons.
I have to agree with stephy, sometimes it's annoying how "picky" the buyers are, but that just goes back to my original thought that the show isn't "real". I mean on the show with Doug and Lindy, the broker (Honnie Edwards) goes to the Realtor, (Ness Fennessey) and tells her to hurry up and make the sale. I mean really! How set-up and, as mentioned, cheesy, was that?