Turn on the tube and kick back in your favorite spot on the couch. Research needn't be so tedious all the time: real estate is on TV, too, and here's a bunch of shows from which you can glean tips, advice, inspiration, and good oel' entertainment about the real estate industry -- whether it's about flipping, investing, or remodeling. Tune in to:
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Bravo)
A reality show that, as the name implies, is all about brokering high-end property in the City of Angels. Million Dollar Listing follows four real estate agents and their various professional and personal struggles and triumphs in dealing upmarket property in Beverly Hills and Malibu, in California. The show has spawned three spin-offs to date: Million Dollar Listing New York, Million Dollar Listing Miami, and Million Dollar Listing San Francisco.
Property Wars (Discovery Channel)
Even Discovery Channel has its own reality TV show about real estate. In Property Wars, a group of professional homebuyers and investors in Phoenix, Arizona must determine whether they're going to snap up a foreclosure without setting foot in the home. Each episode opens with the investors gathered in front of the foreclosure -- the sight of it, its facade, the only thing they're permitted to inspect. Should they buy it or not? Meanwhile, their bidder is on location at the auction of the home.
Get It Sold (HGTV)
No buyers? No worries -- in Get It Sold, real estate experts are asked to come in and look at a home. Why isn't it selling? They'll determine the factors and advise its owner; meanwhile, Sabrina Soto, professional stager, will come to the homeowner's aid. Sabrina will suggest and implement an array of staging tips and techniques, giving the home a makeover sans expensive remodeling. Finally, once the finishing touches are complete, an open house is held to snag up a buyer at last.
House Hunters (HGTV)
What goes into the decision to buy -- or not to buy -- a new home? House Hunters explores the question and the emotional experience of house hunting by following individuals, couples, and families in their search for a new home.