Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed a discernible shift in priorities for prospective homebuyers in House Hunters and related shows? Rarely do I see whiny new grads talking about the need for two sinks in the bathroom and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. It seems like people in the shows I am watching are far more reality based, willing to make compromises, etc.
I’ve also noticed that people lately seem to spend a lot more time thinking about their pets and fenced in yards. I’m wondering how much of this is a reflection of the sustained downturn in the economy, and people are just being more rational. It used to be on older episodes people would go in with a budget, then end up buying a house 50k over budget. It happened so often that mom and I wished there was a follow-up show on all the old episodes to find out how many are now in foreclosure. But recently, it seems like most of the people profiled are more pragmatic.
Or maybe it is just me.