What does reality TV get wrong about real estate? Let's start with everything

  • The real estate industry is no cold prospect to reality television.
  • Fast flips and dazzling deals are found on every channel, but not one of them gets it right. Then there are show characters who just make the profession look bad; "The Bachelorette's" luxury real estate agent villain is a timely example.
  • Actual real estate drama exists: lost prospects, the missed appraisals, the broken closings. I long for a real estate reality show in the vein of "Cops" -- let's show the nitty gritty.

The real estate industry is no cold prospect to reality television.First, the general public absorbs shows of the HGTV variety that vastly oversimplify the homebuying transaction (looking at you, House Hunters). And then you’ve got those show characters who just make the profession look bad. This season of “The Bachelorette” is a timely case in point.