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Location Location Location is yet another property show but it is one of the originals that has stood the test of time. That may be all due to the fact of the presenters and their wealth of property knowledge or just that they are easy to watch. I really enjoy the banter between them and you can see that they really are the best of friends as well as work colleagues. The presenters are of course Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer who have been there from the start back in 2001. Kirstie is the daughter of a Baron and so can be known as The Honourable Kirstie Allsopp. I do find her to be quite posh at times but when paired with Phil, she seems to be more down to earth. Phil is the warm, gentle laidback of the two while Kirstie is the straight talking, knocking down walls half. They complement each other perfectly. The show shown on Channel 4 over an hour long features a family who are looking for a specific type of property and after giving the pair their details Kirstie and Phil set out to try and find them their perfect home sometimes being a bit far off the mark but most of the time hitting the nail on the head. On occasions even the couples themselves can't agree on what they want and don't want. One woman will absolutely fall in love with a property and the partner will be looking with his head not his heart. There have also been times when the budget doesn't match the aspirations of where they want to be and what they want. This is quite frustrating for the presenting pair and you can instantly tell they are not amused but I always feel if you give Phil and Kirstie your complete full budget they almost always find a property over budget just to test the buyers and show what they could possibly get for a little bit more. Some couples you can just tell that they are not going to be easily impressed when you know they have been searching for a couple of years and have seen over 100 properties. The only way Kirstie and Phil could help them is if miraculously a new property was to come on the market. if the couple haven't seen a house they like by now, just because these pair are there isnt going to help the finicky couple. They are normally shown at least 3 or 4 properties and if a family are overjoyed with one of them and want to make an offer then Phil and Kirstie will give them advice on how to go about getting it and sometimes will even ring the estate agent and do the talking for them. After settling in about a year later one of the presenters will go back and see how the family have settled in to their new home, usually having an additional family member! I like this part of it as you can see how different one person's view of a property makes the house feel completely different. For me these types of programmes are just a chance for me to be nosey into other people's properties and for me to dream that one day I could have a perfect view and just an acre of land would be nice. I love the chit-chat that the presenters have when they are discussing the family/property and how they can take the Michael out of each other as close friends do. Phil seems to calm Kirstie down. My only annoyance at this show is that I have never seen then looking for a low budget property, it always seems to be at least £200k if not nearer or over a £1m. Or a £125k for a one bed apartment in London. I would like them to look at my budget of properties to actually see all over the country what I could get for about £130-40k. I know it's not much in this day and age but the average house price is £160k at the moment. A programme spin off from here is Relocation Relocation, which sees a couple/family who are looking to buy a property in the country/coast and also another property in the city for one of the couple to be nearer to work during the week. This I just don't understand how a father can live away for the week and leave the mother with the children all week and only see his children at the weekend. I understand the commuting side of it but why then move your family further away from where you work? I suppose people do what they think is right for their family.
If you look at the television guide for what's on during the day you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out that the listings are full of property programmes; it seems we just can't get enough of them! 'Location Location Location' was first aired by Channel 4 in May 2001 and has been one of the most popular property shows on television ever since. It is presented by the dynamic duo of Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, who have many years in the property game and a vast amount of experience between them. They offer sound advice regarding the current market and what various budgets will buy etc. Each episode lasts an hour, yes an hour, quite a long time I think you'll agree (Channel 4 obviously believe this show to be a winner giving it that much time everyday of the week). Every episode follows a different couple in their quest to find the ideal property for the budget and set of unique requirements. We find out a bit of background of the couple, as well as where they would ideally like to live, the sort of property they're after and why; plus the all important question of budget because after all this decides whether the whole thing is actually possible! Normally, it's a tight squeeze and there has to be some compromise. People who choose to be on this show have normally been looking for a while and tend to be overly fussy, thus making Kirstie and Phil's job a bit of a nightmare, which makes good viewing because Phil in particular doesn't hold back when it comes to how he feels about the couples! Some of them are very frustrating, unwilling to compromise and have unrealistic aims based on the budget they have at their disposal. Most of the time the argument centres around the size of the house and the amount of land that comes with it. The thing which separates this show from all of the other property shows is that it actually follows the couple's quest from start to finish. Many of the other shows will offer three or so properties and they either like or dislike and that's the end of the show; not this one. Kirstie and Phil pull out all of the stops and show the couple property after property which they believe ticks all or most of the boxes depending upon the budget. If the couple don't seem happy, they sit them down and talk, ask them why they haven't found the right property yet and what they're missing etc. It works and is far more interesting as a prospective buyer / viewer than other property shows as you get more of an incite. Personally, I really like the show and tune in whenever I can because it is never boring, everybody enjoys nosing at property and you learn an awful lot. Also Kirstie and Phil have made it their personal mission to get the government to scrap stamp duty for first time buyers on property under £250,000. I have recently purchased my first place, but feel this is an excellent idea and something which the Conservative party are behind apparently. For me it is the best property show out there. 5 Stars. If you would like to be on the show you can apply at: www.channel4.com/4homes/on-tv/location-location-location/ Here you will also find credit crunching tips plus the latest news and views on the housing market. Thanks for reading, feel free to comment. Beanie8844.
If you're the kind of person who, when it's starting to get dark and people have put the lights on but haven't yet drawn the curtains, you can't resist having a nosy as you walk past, you will love Location Location Location! I am one of those people I have to admit and watching this really is just like a quick look round strangers bedrooms and living rooms. I've watched this pretty much from the beginning, about 2001 Channel 4 started broadcasting it shortly after myself and now husband had bought our first house together. I had enjoyed the whole househunting experience and now I could do it every week but without the hassle of doing the moving myself! Initially the programme was a half hour weekly episode hosted by property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer and each week would be in a different town or area and feature someone who needed help finding their dream home. It could be a couple of first time buyers or an retiring couple looking to downsize. More recently, the show has grown to an hour in length but this time features two sets of buyers, in the same town but often at opposite ends of the spectrum such as a single young professional with a £125,000 to spend to a wealthy businessman and his family with £800, 000 or more to spend. But the focus is the same and these people need Phil and Kirstie's help to find a home. The show starts with a brief summary of the area in tonights's show then Kirstie and Phil meet the buyers and find out a bit about them, what they are looking for in a home, where they want to be, essential features the house must have, budget etc etc. Kirstie and Phil then draw up a shortlist of what they think might suit, then proceed in turn to show the buyers around these houses. This is the good bit, where you get to have a nosy around. It is also where it can get frustrating. A lot of the buyers are ok and realistic about what they can and cannot afford. But some of them are so picky and it's often the ones who have the biggest budgets who have the biggest gripes about almost everything they see. It is amazing to see perfectly good homes being rejected because it won't house the home cinema or people who expect to get a four bed house within their budget in the very best area or that's not on a busy road and are gobsmacked when Kirstie and Phil point out it just can't be done. They are not magicians, yet I think the buyers expect them to be. Just because Kirstie and Phil are with them, they can't make house prices fall or add paddocks and extra bedrooms with just a 'tap tap tap' of Kirstie's shoes. Kirstie does tend to get more frustrated and irritated with them for these reasons than Phil does and she is quite funny when she gets cross and often with very good reason. I would want to wring the necks of some of them. She and Phil are a great partnership and tease and wind each other up like a pair of old marrieds. You can tell they are genuine friends. I did like the original format better of the half hour episode rather than the two sets of buyers they feature now. With the two, you do get to look round more houses but I do find myself forgetting what I've seen and getting them mixed up as to which buyer is considering which house. The original was better where it focussed on just one buyer and it felt like Kirtie and Phil were giving them sole attention. Now they tend to flit between the two buyers and it seems as if they are often needed elsewhere, with one of them having to dash off to help the other couple. But I do like this programme and generally do tune in, it's great in that Kirstie and Phil test people's boundaries by showing them properties they wouldn't normally consider.It's great to see people really liking something or somewhere they never would have viewed if they had been househunting themselves. Kirstie and Phil make a great team and I think she's be great to go on a girlie night out with! And she wears fab shoes! So if, like me, you can't resist peering in that living room as you walk past tonight and wondering what the decor is like, switch on Location Location Location! It airs on Channel 4, the last series was on Thursdays, but you can catch old episodes on More 4 regularly.
Location Location Location has been running since 2001 on Channel 4, which is almost hard to believe, but then it is also hard to remember a Channel 4 schedule without it. Another contradiction is that it is seen by some as a instigator of the property price explosion (mainly in a negative way) but also just a response to it! Initially it ran for 30 minutes an episode, but this was extended to 60 minute episodes in recent years as its popularity exploded. Essentially, it follows two couples as they look for a new home in two different areas and with two different desires and requirements. The hosts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are meant to help them through this and this is where the fun begins. Phil is an easy going, charming sort whilst Kirstie is a whirlwind of energy and feistiness who tells the couples exactly what she thinks, particularly if their expectations and demands are not met by their budgets. She also has the nickname "basher Allsopp" due to her proclivity for suggesting walls that could be knocked down during viewings. The show has featured locations all over England and Scotland and wide variety of properties. What has been nice in the last couple of years is that per show they will generally feature one well-off couple looking for the perfect home up against a couple who are far lower down on the property ladder. That said, some of the demands of those featured, particularly those on the wealthier end are quite infuriating - especially when even a lot will not go a particularly long way. I think that this is a useful programme for just about any aspiring or current homeowner. When my husband and I bought our first home not that long ago, I felt that we went into it with our eyes fully open and relatively well informed. It really is amazing what you pick up from it. But also, its good if you have an interest in homes and are just really nosy! Alsopp and Spencer are fantastic together, pitching it just right between informative and lecturing. They also have a great sense of fun about them. Currently shown on Channel 4 and repeated on More 4 pretty much constantly. The show also has a couple of spin-off shows - a yearly rundown of the best places to live in Britain, and Relocation, Relocation - generally featuring couples who want to buy two properties in quite diverse places - even in Europe. In conclusion, this is a very interesting show, probably not to all taste but presents information regarding property in a indulgent and informative way.
Location Location Location first aired in 2001 and is shown on Channel 4, currently on Thursday evenings. The show is presented by two property hunters, Kirsty Allsopp and Phil Spencer, and each week they try to help two couples find their dream home to buy. The show has been described as "property porn", as that's really quite accurate! Each show begins with a discussion with each couple to define their list of requirements for their new home and their budget, then they are shown a number of properties which meet their requirements. Quite often, these properties include house styles or locations that the couples may not have originally considered, but that turn out to be ideal for them. The shows usually end with one or more offers being made on houses, most of which are eventually successful. I'm always amazed by how pernickety some of the couples can be when it comes to choosing a house - I know it's a big decision, but you'd be amazed by some of the things they come out with! For example, there was a recent show where a couple had been shown a fabulous house that ticked all their boxes, but complained because the driveway was facing the wrong direction and that there was only one road into the house, so they thought they might get bored of driving up and down the same road each day!! The success rate of Phil and Kirsty is high - even when they're dealing with couples who have already viewed literally hundreds of houses and haven't been able to find one that suits. They seem to have good contacts, so they're able to get access to properties which haven't quite come onto the market yet - very helpful! I'd be very happy to have Kirsty and Phil helping me to find a home, although I wouldn't want to be featured on the show as they do tend to bitch about the couples behind their backs quite a bit!!
Location, Location, Location is the forerunner in the tv shows dubbed 'property porn'. It is hosted by Kirsty and Phil, a very successful pair of property developers and tv presenters in their own right. Each episode follows a familiar format. Two couples with something in common (area, budget, requirements for a house, career or similar) are featured, having lost the will to house hunt. Kirsty and Phil will proceed to find some amazing examples, in areas or styles they had not considered. By the end of the show most of the time they will have found the dream home, and we see the couples moving in to their new house. Kirsty always throws a strop, and Phil is always left to talk rationally about their requirements. However I can no longer watch this show. Kirsty especially continually ramps the property market, insisting falls are not happening, prices only go up, and you are missing out on the 'ladder' by not buying immediately. This just drives me around the bend to be honest and stops me wathcing the show!
Yet another property show on channel 4 which i constantly complain about yet find myself watching on a regular weekly basis. Hosts: Kirsty and Phil Format: The show centres around two sets of househunters with a budget, area of interest and list of desired facilities - eg. 3 Bedroom Family Home with Garden in The Wirral. For the first half of the show, each set of househunters is given a mentor (either Kirsty or Phil) who will show them about three properties each of which will have something wrong about it. After the second advert break, Kirsty and Phil will call upon each other for help and everyweek without fail, Kirsty will start getting irritate by at least one set of househunters. Eventually, (mostly anyhow) the couples will be presented with a dream home 9/10 going over their inital budget and will put an offer in with the aim of buying the property. A short recap is shown at the end showing what the househunters are up to 6 months later. Good Points: - Easy to watch and quite entertaining - Kirsty often comes out with some great one liners - Good to know what you can get for your money - Nice to see what is available in different parts of the country Bad Points - Predictable, every week Kirsty will get annoyed, the househunters will get stressed and Phil will act as the calm maker in the middle - Not always up to date, especially with the current economic climate. This programme is good for general viewing if you have nothing to do on a Thursday night - I wouldnt take what you see as gospel though
I have said before how I really enjoy watching the TV programmes on Channel 4, especially the ones they have on at 8pm. How to look good naked, 10 years younger, How clean is your house, Property Ladder and my all time favourite The Home Show. They just seem to put really good shows on at 8pm and Location Location Location is one of these shows. Location Location Location is a property show which can be found on Channel 4 on a Wednesday at 8pm, it is on for an hour. It follows property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer as they attempt to find houses for couples who have tried on their own unsuccessfully. Every week they have two couples on or two sets of people who are trying to find a house. Each week they will be in a different part of the country and both the couples featured are usually looking for a house in a similar part of the country. Kirstie usually helps one couple and Phil the other, although you do find they come together and Kirstie will help Phil, and vice versa. The house hunters have a set budget in mind of what they would like to spend on their new house and Kirstie and Phil have to try and find them something within this budget. They will also have a list of do's and don'ts such as detached, 4 bedrooms, big garden etc. They can be quite specific in their requests. Kirstie and Phil will then show them 3 properties each in an attempt to find them their dream home. You usually find though that the couples can be very picky and they have in fact seen and dismissed lots of houses before they have even come on the show. It can be hard work sometimes for Kirstie and Phil. At the end of the show if the couples have found a property they are interested in then Phil or Kirstie will then try and negotiate a deal for them. It is positively surprising how often they do actually get houses for people and on occassions getting the houses for less than the asking price. The thing I like most about the show is the presenters, Kirstie and Phil have a great rapport and are obviously good friends. They take the micky out of one another and are not afraid to say what they think about the house hunters, Kirstie especially. They do make the show entertaining to watch. One thing that I don't like is that the majority of the time the house hunters have got loads of cash to spend, the budget is very often over £500,000 and I would prefer to see a few more lower budget houses. Although it is nice to see all the expensive houses. Location Location Location is an entertaining show with two great presenters and I always try to make the effort to watch it when it's on.
Location, Location, Location is a property show shown on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 8pm, each series runs for approximately 8 episodes, 60 minutes an episode (including advert breaks) and it tends to run throughout the summer. The show has become so popular that it has even launched another similar show aptly named Relocation, Relocation much like Big Brother's Little Brother is to Big Brother. The show has been running since way back in 2001 and since then it's popularity has soared through the roof. It's presented by Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, both property experts in their own right, they scour the country, helping confused property buyers find the right house to suit their needs. During the show Kirstie and Phil will take on two different buyers, usually from the same area who have become stuck in a rut when it comes down to finding a house or a flat. Each presenter will aid one buyer each and occasionally both Phil and Kirstie will team up to help especially picky buyers find their dream home. Location, Location, Location is different from other property shows, usually I avoid shows of this nature like the plague as there have become so many of them, you're most likely to find them showing during the daytime which is one reason that makes Location stand out from the crowd. It's managed to score itself a prime time TV slow which already speaks volumes about how popular this programme has become. The sole reason that I watch this show is for the presenters, the two of them work brilliantly together and it's hard to think that they're not actually a couple because they constantly bicker as if they've been married for 10 years. Phil and Kirstie share great chemistry and it's what keeps the show interesting. Kirstie has a fiery temper on her and is always there to back up Phil, when Phil's having trouble with some buyers he'll always call in 'The Muscle' known as Kirstie because she's bound to put them in their place. Kirstie is a straight talker with a very dry sense of humour, she tells it like it is and her favourite word is 'compromise'. Often in the show they'll come across buyers (mainly females) who think they can have it all on a very limited budget, Kirstie is always the first off the mark to tell them that it's not going to happen and the way she does it is very comical, it's hilarious to see the faces of the newly crushed buyers who have just been told by Kirstie that their dreams aren't going to happen. She's harsh but honest and gains a lot of respect for her approach to buying. She's always a friendly person and you can tell that the buyers always grow to trust her implicitly on her recommendations. Over the years Kirstie has becomes somewhat of an unwilling sex symbol with her voluptuous figure and long flowing brunette locks, which is something that Phil likes to tease her for on a regular basis. Phil is the more unperturbed and laid back of the two and is always willing to let Kirstie take centre stage to sort out any difficult buyers. It can sometimes be obvious from the start when there's going to be some animosity between the buyers and Kirstie, not in a negative way but you can tell when Kirstie is going to have to put her foot down and put everybody in line. Phil is just as good as his job as Kirstie, if not better, to my mind Phil is the brains behind the pair whereas Kirstie is the brawn. Generally if Kirstie is having trouble she'll call in Phil and Phil will find them a house that will suit their tastes and requirements. The two presenters work brilliantly together and always have a great rapport, they wind each other up like brother and sister which is especially funny to watch as Kirstie will always win the argument with her witty one-liners. There are some shows which I feel drag on a little as the buyers are just so picky, the best contestants are when you've got a husband and wife where the wife blatantly rules the roost and the husband is willing to buy anything to keep his Mrs happy. These are the contestants which Phil and Kirstie work best with too because Kirstie will always side with the hot tempered female whereas laid back Phil will agree with the worn out husband. Some couples can be extremely rude and judgemental, they come across as very arrogant and of course Phil and Kirstie just have to go along with it but it's someone's home that they're slating, I know I wouldn't like someone to come into my home and point out everything that's wrong with it. The show can sometimes be a little misleading, some of the shows have been recorded a year or even two years prior to being shown on TV meaning that they're behind the credit crunch. This can lead to the prices of houses being a little iffy but of course it still makes for entertaining viewing. This show works how every other property show on the planet does, it works off the intrusively inquisitive nature of people. There's something extremely satisfying for people to be able to snoop around other people's homes and make judgements over what they like and dislike. This show brings out the creative side in people too, after seeing the potential that some houses have it makes your mouth water and think how exciting it would be to be able to do that yourself and make a nice little profit out of it. I think it would be nice if sometimes Phil and Kirstie had a budget for a family on minimum wage could afford, it would make the show more realistic and would give an insight to a lot of first time buyers about what they could potentially own because you see numerous first time buyers on the show who believe that with a budget of £170,000 they can buy a 4 bedroom semi detached house in London! Most of the buyers featured on the show have quite healthy budgets, mainly around £400,000 to £600,000 so it's nice to see what you can get for that amount of money and it means that the show doesn't go too over the top with budgets that Joe Public will never be able to afford. I like the episodes where Kirstie and Phil go back to visit former buyers who they've worked with, some have made drastic changes to the properties and it's fantastic to see what can be done with a little bit of time, effort and a lot of money! Occasionally they'll visit buyers who backed out of deals that Phil and Kirstie arranged for them and then impulsively bought the first house they come across solo, this must be infuriating for Phil and Kirstie because effectively their work was all for nothing but it's still entertaining to hear what Phil and Kirstie say to each other out of the buyers ear shot when they've viewed the house! Overall, I think this is by far the best show of it's kind and if you haven't seen it you must give it a chance. It's something that doesn't require a lot of brain power, you can simply sit down with a glass of wine after a long day at work, put your feet up and relax with a bit of gentle comedy from two property masters.
Location, Location, Location is a channel 4 property program, the programs gets its name as property experts say Location, Location, Location are the three most important factors when buying a house. The show is presented by Kristie Allsopp and Phil Spencer I think these two work so well together and bounce really well of each other, up until seeing them on the Paul O'Grady show I thought they where a couple. The show was first aired in may 2001 it was a 30 minute show where Phil and Kirstie help a couple find a house. Since 2007 the show has changed a little, it is now a 60 minute show and Phil and Kirstie help two couples with different tastes look for a house in the same city with the presenter going back a forth between the two couples. I did prefer the original lay out of the show as I do find it a little confusing with the back and forth between the couples. It is some times hard to keep track of who has looked at what house and what kind of house they after. I do love this show I loved shows about properties I think this is the nosey part of me I like seeing inside other peoples house, it does give you some ideas of what I could do with my house. Some times it let me live in my little dream world of what house that I would buy if won the lottery
Location, Location, Location (or just 'Location' as it shall henceforth be referred to in order to stave off RSI) is a perfect example of a show that has finally found its' raison d'etre (or 'raisin deter' as my spell check is trying to insist!). When it was just pure, unadulterated property porn it was something I'd stick cocktail sticks in my eyes to avoid watching. Why? Well...where to begin? Firstly, there's something just excruciatingly self-satisfied about the 'wholesome' toothy twosome of Kirsty and Phil. The way they could hardly stop themselves from gurning wildly into the camera and the squirming sense of self satisfaction they exuded, induced by the knowledge of just how clever they were. "Look", they seemed to be saying, "You're all plebs and couldn't possibly know anything about something as complicated as finding somewhere to live. We're incredibly posh and have made oodles of money from speculating with the old trust fund, so why don't you let us show you how it's done?" Then there were the ghastly people who they chose to drag around Bristol or Newcastle or whichever town they chose to Blitzkrieg with their smugness that particular week. Nobody ever wanted to buy the houses they saw of course...in fact I can't recall a single transaction take place on the odd occasion I watched. No, the real reason they were there was to; a) get their faces on the telly, a primary objective of any vacuous wannabe yuppie, and b) tell the world that they had two gazillion pounds to spend on a loft conversion in Walthamstow. But mostly I think I hated this programme because it helped to ramp up the property market, which in turn artificially inflated the economy and fed the avarice and stupidity of the banks and their poor, misguided deluded customers who rushed headlong over the cliffs into the pit of debt in search of the dream. The dream that Kirsty and Phil promised could be theirs as they beckoned them in and led them by the hand around a succession of tacky terraces and sickly semis. Ah yes...the 'credit crunch'. Or 'downturn' or 'recession' or whatever you want to call it. Don't look so clever now Phil and Kirsty do you? But here is where we come to the reason why it's now fun to tune in. You see, the world's going to Hell in a handcart but the producers just can't stop churning this stuff out because they don't know what else to do. So now we can see the sweat on their brows as they try desperately...oh so desperately to persuade some poor sap that this might actually be a good time to chain himself to a five hundred year mortgage for a two-up two-down. And sometimes I swear you can actually see a flicker of fear through the painted on grins as if they're both aware that at any time they're about to be rumbled for the charlatans they are. They rode the bandwagon when the living was high, and now that it's out of control and hurtling downhill fast, they just can't get off because they don't know anything else. The sense of schadenfreude is just delicious. And now Kirsty has dumped Phil to tell us all how to beat the credit crunch she actually helped to create by teaching us to knit our own jam, or whittle an oven. So yes, now is the time to watch this god-awful show, in order to wallow in how stupid the gruesome twosome look still peddling a message that left town a long time ago. Enjoy.
The idea behind location location, is that Phil Spencer and Kirsty Alsopp are property experts, each week they help somebody find a home or sometimes two in a new area. The idea being that they pick a lot of homes, talk us and the potential buyers through them and the buyers hopefully pick one of those at the end of the show. Unfortunately part of the appeal of the show is that anybody picking a new home is going to be incredibly picky as it is a huge investment, therefore we are treated to people being mean about the properties or incredibly picky making life harder for Phil and Kirsty. The show is an hour long and is shown on Channel 4, unsurprisingly since the credit crunch the show is not shown as regularly and even Spencer has felt the crunch with one of his property businesses going under. Generally the show followed rich people looking to upgrade or buy two homes one for work one for pleasure, I always found this distasteful and am glad we no longer have to watch this programme so often it seems to encourage having lots of properties which is great for some people but not first time buyers, it seemed to appeal to the upper middle class or those who aspire to it and rarely showed people who simply wanted to get on the ladder, it started that way but ended up being a show for richer people. I can't imagine the show will make a comeback anytime soon in view of Spencers financial troubles, and who needs property advice now anyway. The show worked when property prices were rising and everyone was making money but right now it is not relevant.
Location Location Location has been on TV for a fair few years now, and it's never lost its appeal with me. I find it so interesting seeing what you money buys you all over the country, and basically getting the opportunity to snoop inside wealthy people's homes (and a lot of them are rather rich, let's face it!). The presenters, Phil Spencer ad Kirstey Allsopp have a great repartee between them, and the banter really helps to give the show personality and direction. in recent series', they've also become more candid in their opinions of their clients, who are sometimes - let's face it - incredibly picky, elitist and downright spoiled! 'Location' is as much an interesting insight into other couples, their relationships and how they make their decisions and interact with each other. It's rather a comfort to know that me and my other half aren't like some of them! This show gets repeated on More4 quite a bit - often in a Sunday afternoon 'marathon' - perfect for lazy/hungover days when you can't be bothered to peel yourself off the sofa! It's aspirational too - we can all dream that one day, we too will somehow be able to afford an £800,000 house in the Cotswolds...I certainly do! Seeing other making decisions and weighing up the relative benefits of location, price, condition, etc against each other have also really helped us to better inform ourselves in our own house-buying decisions. It's also a good education in what to look for and how to negotiate when speaking to Estate Agents. Especially interesting now that we're in turbulent times in the property market.
Soon Location Location Location will be doing an MP special where they find three houses in a year for our corrupt members of parliament all with the potential for them to make loads of money by claiming the full expenses allowances on them before they sell up and make a profit, they will have to rush as hopefully after the next election voters will have kicked most of them out. The actual show is hosted by Kirstie Allsop and Phil Spencer, the two are professional property hunters and in each programme they take on the task of finding properties for members of the public who will have certain criteria that they want, things like a holiday home that has space for a studio workshop or a second home in London for business purposes. They will then go and find a selection and take the participent around each to show off the different features to see if they can find either the dreamhome or at least one that fits the bill. Both are great at their job and very natural on camera and it is fascinating to see what they will come up with, sometimes the peoples expectations are totally unrealistic but others will actually make an offer and enter into an agreement to buy. An interesting property show which makes good afternoon viewing when you want to veg out.
Well, the title says it all really. Kirstie and Phil are the loveable presenters of this programme. As they are so likeable you do tend to believe what they say. Look further and you realize that they do actually know their stuff. They find properties for couples, families or friends who want to move away to a different area. They are given a price range and requirements and a general area. And, away they go. I like the fact that the buying couple get to see the houses with Kirstie and Phil so they can ask any questions. The duo also give advice about changing the property, such as making two small bedrooms into one large or swapping a bedroom for a study etc. Kitchens usually need to be altered too and help and advice is given as necessary. Only fault is that sometimes they do find and show properties above the price the buyers have stated - does this encourage them into debt. On the whole a great programme. It shows us what to look for if we are moving house too.