Explore Real Estate Reality TV Options for Every Mood and Interest
Online streaming services have gotten into the reality TV game, with increasingly engaging (and sometimes absurd) offerings about topics ranging from dating to home improvement. With so many options, it can be tough to decide which show to binge first.
Netflix’s top hits in recent years, for example, include The Circle, in which a group of strangers, all isolated in separate apartments, can only communicate through an online platform in an effort to gain popularity and win $100,000. Real estate content is especially abundant in the reality TV scene, from soapy workplace dramas to shows that feature luxurious, aspirational properties across the world.
With new content debuting on online streaming services all the time, if you’re looking for a real estate-themed show to watch as you unwind after work, there’s never been more to choose from.
Real Estate Reality TV to Watch
Our list includes shows from both streaming services as well as traditional cable and broadcast channels, as long as they’re available on-demand online. After all, reality TV is meant to be binged.
If you’re obsessed with HGTV and looking for a twist on something familiar, you might want to try Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, the new show from Chip and Joanna Gaines, who head up a home improvement, interior design, and lifestyle empire out of Waco, Texas.
The married couple hosted the original Fixer Upper on HGTV for five seasons from 2013 to 2018. In it, they “convince homebuyers to buy the worst house on the block and make it beautiful,” the show’s website says. “They then help transform the diamond in the rough into the home of their client's dreams.”
The reboot is part of the couple’s new TV network, Magnolia Network, a partnership with Discovery that will replace DIY Network in January 2022. The new channel initially was expected to launch in 2020, but it was delayed by the pandemic. Fixer Upper: Welcome Home debuted on the Discovery+ streaming service and Magnolia Network app in July. The Magnolia app, which features 150 hours of unscripted programming, is free to Discovery+ subscribers.
Additionally, Magnolia Network offers several other new real estate and home improvement shows, including:
Restoration Road with Clint Harp, in which Harp, a carpenter, “hits the road in search of incredible historical structures across America that are in need of restoration.”
First Time Fixer, which follows first-time home renovators.
The Cabin Chronicles, which “explores the architecture, design and human connection behind beautiful cabins and their surrounding landscapes.”
Home Work, which documents a couple’s journey to turn a 20,000-square-foot historic school into their family home.
Recommended drink pairing: Sip a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc as you try to emulate the incredibly classy and polished Joanna Gaines.
If a soapy, over-the-top glimpse into life as a luxury Los Angeles real estate agent sounds like your idea of fun, you’ll love Selling Sunset, a three-season Netflix show that follows the Oppenheim Group, a high-end real estate brokerage.
The show’s first season was released on Netflix in 2019, and its second and third seasons were released in 2020. It has been renewed for its fourth and fifth season.
The show, which is “one part real-estate porn and one part office drama,” features absurd storylines like real estate agent Christine Quinn throwing a “burgers and Botox”-themed open house, The New Yorker says.
It should be no surprise that Selling Sunset executive producer Adam DiVello was also behind some of the earliest — and most iconic — reality TV shows of all time. He helped develop Laguna Beach when he was an MTV executive, and he later left the network to create and executive produce The Hills.
Recommended drink pairing: Channel the most glamorous version of yourself while drinking a Cadillac Margarita made with Grand Marnier. Just because you're not selling million-dollar homes yet doesn't mean you can't splurge on some fancy drinks.
If you’re interested in a game show-style take on first-time homebuying, consider Mortgage or Marriage, in which a real estate agent and a wedding planner compete to persuade couples to spend their savings on either an extravagant wedding or a down payment for a house.
The show’s first season was released on Netflix this year, and it has already proven to be polarizing. Many critics have argued that buying a home is nearly always the smart decision — after all, owning a house can set you up for financial success for decades to come. The Daily Beast points out that the show puts “a cheery spin on the grim situation” that many young people are facing in this housing market, as homebuying becomes an increasingly difficult feat.
But all of that aside, it’s a fun, lighthearted show that examines two life-changing, emotionally-charged decisions that many young couples face. Why not come along for the ride?
Recommended drink pairing: Take three shots of tequila. (Extra points if you make it into a drinking game.) Sometimes watching people make questionable choices is more fun when you’re making a few questionable choices of your own.
If real estate-themed reality TV is your jam, there are so many more titles to choose from. And no matter what you’re watching, it can be fun to see the industry from a new perspective — even if it’s a bit over-the-top or unrealistic. Happy streaming!
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