In a candid new interview for GuideLive.com, Remy revealed what it was really like to help a newlywed couple find their dream home on the reality show. “We spent close to eight hours filming one house of the three homes the couple will see,” she revealed. “It’s a 30-minute show; that’ll probably be less than 10 minutes on TV.”
Although the show is “not scripted,” Remy said that the production crew would ask her clients to constantly repeat themselves. “It’s not scripted, so the couple is saying how they really feel about it and their opinions on the home. To get the perfect shot, they have to continue to repeat their opinion over and over again. There were at least four good shots of each room or of each scene.”
Remy revealed that she was most surprised to learn that her House Hunters appearance required a certain dress code. “They told us to wear some solids — not prints — and to bring an extra outfit,” she explained. “I brought four extra outfits and they were like, ‘nope, nope, nope.'” Remy explained that she ended up wearing “something boring” — aka plain black pants, a blue shirt, and no accessories — for her episode, which is set to air on HGTV in a few months.
Interestingly, Remy’s interview isn’t the first time a House Hunters participant has opened up about their experience on the show. During a past interview with Entertainment Weekly, a homebuyer named Bobi Jensen accused the series of being “fake” because, prior to being selected for the show, the Jensens had already bought their new house. The other two home “options” included in their episode were just their friends’ houses that weren’t even for sale.
After Jensen spoke out, HGTV was quick to explain how the program’s filming works. “We’re making a television show, so we manage certain production and time constraints, while honoring the home buying process,” the network’s statement read. “To maximize production time, we seek out families who are pretty far along in the process. Often everything moves much more quickly than we can anticipate, so we go back and revisit some of the homes that the family has already seen and we capture their authentic reactions.”
It continued, “Showcasing three homes makes it easier for our audience to ‘play along’ and guess which one the family will select. It’s part of the joy of the House Hunters viewing experience. Through the lens of television, we can offer a uniquely satisfying and fun viewing experience that fulfills a universal need to occasionally step into someone else’s shoes.”