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At the end there were two neighbors, and her best friend who was on the house hunt was with her.    I think the husband was in a wheelchair, since he was sitting in the picture in the beginning, and the woman and her son (?) had their hands on what looked like handles.    It could be he was having treatments, or only wanted to move once, so he wasn't at the house yet.   I don't think the third house bathroom was big enough for accessibility.     I imagine the change from the huge tub to the shower needed to be done for the husband to live there full time.  

I think the insurance on the first house would be expensive, because it was at ground level.      The second and third were on stilts, which greatly reduced the insurance costs.   

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9 hours ago, debraran said:

I liked this one also and for the first time, it seemed David took more than the 3 homes he usually takes from realtor, although amount was the same in showing. He also will ask if they want to see more now but that is of course not part of the setup of the show.  I assume they are usually bought first so the couple might not be together in showing them, I know my husband wouldn't want to be on TV.

The second home was nice and you don't get elevators often in homes.  I liked the fireplace and deck. No shower! I would be the same way, not a bath person. ; )

I liked the third home and color. I wonder how much insurance is so close to the water for these type of homes. I can bet it would be high.

I think they would be happy in either and am glad they love it.

I have a feeling her husband is disabled or has trouble walking since David made a quick remark that elevator would be good for her husband when in the second home. I thought that was her neighbor at end?

Yes she got the house near her friend who toured with her. Good point about the buying of the house before and the husband. Honestly though, I’d want a bath, because I love them.

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The story of the win was so cute on tonight's episode.   The wife's voice was a bit much, but I couldn't tell if it was just her natural voice or not.    

I love their choice of the first house with the great kitchen, and that everything was done, and there was an en suite.      They have great taste, we have the same granite.    The dog was so cute.  I know they were talking about the busy street, but after a snowstorm, they'll be glad their road was cleared first.     

The second vintage house would have been a money pit.   I couldn't tell if the backyard garage was shared driveway and garage, or not.   

The third was OK but definitely needed some updates for the kitchen, like granite or quartz counter tops.    The bathrooms were OK, but I liked the first house's master bath so much better.    I liked the deck, but I liked the first house back yard much better.  

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I was looking forward to this episode, my daughter went to school for 4 years in Worcester MA and I love vintage homes.  Worcester can be gritty but does have lovely areas.  I hope they can afford the home later.  With my early 20's salary, a home worth 400.000 would have been too expensive for me to keep up with taxes and other home costs etc.  You get about 650,000 so if they invest the rest well, should be fine. (and family might be well off)

The first was lovely, but not really "vintage" kind of plain rooms with molding etc.  Loved the tub though and bathroom.

I didn't like the second as much, but do love the vintage stairs, saw that in a home near me and thought it was so cool.  The older home I saw though had a lot of Victorian touches and built-ins.

I liked the third, not cabinets but better than mine. : )  Kind of lackluster for the money but master bedroom/bath was nice. Very crowded, all of them, near neighbors but that's the area. I can see my back and side neighbors but the last home, on deck, you can see a lot of them.

I think they picked a nice home and although she was a bit grating voice-wise, seemed like a nice couple.

And being in the NE, I agree, be where they plow first. lol

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The reason he did not choose to buy in Chicago is most likely it is way too expensive for what you get plus taxes are out of control and it is not safe the closer you get to the city! 

Actually, a property in a big city like NY, Chicago or San Francisco is EXACTLY what I would buy and use it for a vacation place.  I would get a condo with incredible views and a doorman and a first-floor garage and then continue to live in my small town on a daily basis.

Chicago is NOT dangerous.  Since the city is basically a series of small towns knitted together, you can easily stay out of the gang-ridden areas and get a delightful place in an area like Andersonville, just blocks from the lake and close to shops, restaurants and transportation.  In NYC, a family member had a wonderful one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, a block from the East River with a view of the Statue of Liberty, for only $1,300 a month.  And she parked her car on the STREET.  

One of the financial magazines did a very thorough article on one of the winners of the HGTV Dream Home and they broke down all the expenses and challenges.  The winners wanted to open a bed-and-breakfast to help with expenses but the neighbors got together and made sure the zoning stayed single-family.  

***  Tangentially related:  60 Minutes tonight is doing a piece on people who win multiple lotteries.  **** 

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David's first double winner.   I can't imagine winning $100,000 and then weeks later winning $750,000.      I loved the first house, and the fact it was near the daughter and grandson was great.  I'm glad he chose that one.    

The second was OK, but the angled kitchen looked small and awkward, and the living room looked small too. 

I loved the third one, but it didn't look as homey as the first one, and the location wasn't as good.  

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I thought they had double winner before, maybe "second chance" doesn't count.

First was nice,  wish the back had fenced in yard, might help with traffic. Second was different, I thought angles would be cool for someone but I don't like it as much.  I don't see why you need a really large bedroom but I guess he had to say something. : )

The third, I liked the look, love that brownstone type exterior. Lot of stairs for older individual but very nice.  End units have a lot of perks others don't. No bath on second floor with kitchen?

I wonder what the common fees were?

I hope he enjoys his home and how sweet he could help daughter. He seemed to talk about selling one day and that wouldn't be in my mind at the time of buying I guess. Maybe he feels it will be too much as he gets older.

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I was thinking that the daughter might move eventually, and the man knew that, and he would move too.     

Even though I'm not expecting to move, I always consider resale.   You never know what life will throw at you, and it's miserable to have a house that won't sell.  Also, if a house has bad resale value, you might have made a mistake about buying in that location if it's because of increasing crime, bad schools, or a number of other factors.  

Also, I'm sure all three townhouses had HOAs, and some are much better run than others, so buying in a development with higher costs, or that's not well maintained could be a deal breaker for many buyers.    I really like the first floor master for him, since he was medically retired from the military.  

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On ‎2‎/‎2‎/‎2019 at 6:27 AM, debraran said:

I thought they had double winner before, maybe "second chance" doesn't count.

If I understand correctly, you take your losing scratch ticket and enter it in a drawing for a "second chance" drawing.  So a "second chance" winner is not a double winner.

I would not want a townhouse with all those stairs, especially the third one (even though it was pretty).  I can't imagine hauling all my groceries up a floor.  I liked the one he chose, the master was on the lower level.

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I loved the new episode last night about the man who won so much, and was looking at wonderful houses.    I love that the one year update showed him still with the girlfriend, and the kid, but mostly for the kid, in that great custom house.   I don't know if it's his kid too or not, but they were so great together.     I love how he made everything what he wanted.    

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I was glad to see a winner from my area of Philadelphia. Although, he didn’t buy anywhere near the city. It was funny David he wanted a modern house but later realized he just wanted new. Obviously, they are two totally things but at least he was honest about it. He seemed like a nice guy. The non girlfriend thing is funny. They were still together but not together. I guess there are worse things that could happen, right? The house was pretty big but I didn’t care for the dark exterior house color. The inside was nice though. 

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On 2/9/2019 at 12:34 PM, ByaNose said:

I was glad to see a winner from my area of Philadelphia. Although, he didn’t buy anywhere near the city. It was funny David he wanted a modern house but later realized he just wanted new. Obviously, they are two totally things but at least he was honest about it. He seemed like a nice guy. The non girlfriend thing is funny. They were still together but not together. I guess there are worse things that could happen, right? The house was pretty big but I didn’t care for the dark exterior house color. The inside was nice though. 

I like what he decided to do with his custom house. I liked the location too with the pond. 

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My on demand still doesn't have it which is odd, but maybe later in the week. I like when people are close too, actually had the Milford CT guy just half hour away. Did he win a lot?

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On 2/11/2019 at 12:16 PM, CrazyInAlabama said:

I believe it was $4 million, in the gambler in Philadelphia area show from last Friday. 

I just saw it, the girl seemed a little uncomfortable during the tour, but it is awkward to be filmed and scripted. Some do it better than others.

I loved the floor to ceiling windows, the pond and scenery. I don't know how far out he was from a city but I'd probably go a little nuts too. ; )

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I understand why lottery big winners wouldn't want to advertise themselves on TV, and certainly not show the city and house in which they live. But I'm surprised whomever conceived of this program didn't seem to consider this. At all.

Every week I become more disillusioned with the show's premise. This season it became obvious to me many of the participants have budgets equal to or lower than the budgets of average homebuyers on other HGTV programs, such as House Hunters - especially house hunters in states known for their high cost of real estate, such as California.

So I roll my eyes when David gets all excited over (supposedly) "get[ting] to spend" $250,000.00 of a lottery winner's million dollar prize, knowing in some states $250,000.00 would barely get someone a toolshed on a tiny plot of land. Places where the average price of a starter home is often upwards of $750,000.00 - let alone buy them a "lottery dream home". 

Actually, I don't see any reason for the participants of this show not to be on House Hunters instead. Just mention during the TH at the beginning of each episode, in which the participants normally explain why they're moving and what they're looking for, the money for the home is coming from a lottery win - and be done with it!

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1 hour ago, TwirlyGirly said:

Every week I become more disillusioned with the show's premise.

You know which home they will select, because there's always the < wink wink > "does the house come furnished?"  To which David replies, "we can negotiate it in the offer".

But then, if they already own the home, and they've already moved in with their furnishings, whose house are they in at the beginning meet-and-greet, where David comments on how cute their home is?

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I loved all three homes they looked at tonight.     The couple were so hysterical.    The condo was way too small, the second was fabulous.   

 The second I saw the third one was furnished, and then the pool and casita that were so fantastic I knew it was their house,     I knew we would hear the magic phrase "can we get it with the furnishings". I loved the third house, it was so lovely that I would have been really sad if it wasn't their choice. 

With a $15 million win, even after taxes, if the third houses wouldn't have been their pick they could have bought it anyway.     

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2 hours ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

I loved all three homes they looked at tonight.     The couple were so hysterical.    The condo was way too small, the second was fabulous.   

 The second I saw the third one was furnished, and then the pool and casita that were so fantastic I knew it was their house,     I knew we would hear the magic phrase "can we get it with the furnishings". I loved the third house, it was so lovely that I would have been really sad if it wasn't their choice.  

I could live in the pool house and be happy a happy camper. It was the best option and best house. $15 Million on a scratch off!!!!! Dang!

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8 hours ago, ByaNose said:

I could live in the pool house and be happy a happy camper. It was the best option and best house. $15 Million on a scratch off!!!!! Dang!

40 is a lot to pay for a scratch off but she did get it back : )

I agree, first too small, I didn't like all the white in the second one but that can be changed. I do like vintage looks, molding etc and everything was so plain. I did like the lake though.

The third had them all over it so a good pick for them.

I tried 20 dollars scratch off once and lost and that hurt. I don't know if I'd ever be able to do 40 but I still will occasionally buy my 3-5 ones. ; )

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Last nights 'new' episode was a clip show of the three house hunts that were the most expensive.    The people from Minnesota, who had the German Shepherds, and bought the lovely house, the people from the Hamptons (the husband that wanted a lot of bathrooms, I really liked him, and his wife too), and the people who bought the mountain top house in California.  

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16 hours ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

Last nights 'new' episode was a clip show of the three house hunts that were the most expensive.    The people from Minnesota, who had the German Shepherds, and bought the lovely house, the people from the Hamptons (the husband that wanted a lot of bathrooms, I really liked him, and his wife too), and the people who bought the mountain top house in California.  

I remember the update for the mountain house earlier, his son was sick. https://people.com/home/mega-millions-lottery-winner-selling-california-house-photos/

Sad reminder, money can't buy health, better treatments, but not health.  I hope they find a buyer.

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I loved the repeat buyer in Massachusetts.   She was the one who bought the house with her two daughters, fixed it up, reconnected with her high school love, and then the daughters were moving on, and she and boyfriend will get their own place.    Apparently, she made a bundle on the first house too.     

I love that the couple wanted something cozy, and not a mega mansion.      All three houses were lovely, and I like that the woman picked by the one that had the best location, and had the most critical infrastructure already updated.     The one they picked was so nice, and peaceful.    

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10 hours ago, CrazyInAlabama said:

I loved the repeat buyer in Massachusetts.   She was the one who bought the house with her two daughters, fixed it up, reconnected with her high school love, and then the daughters were moving on, and she and boyfriend will get their own place.    Apparently, she made a bundle on the first house too.     

I love that the couple wanted something cozy, and not a mega mansion.      All three houses were lovely, and I like that the woman picked by the one that had the best location, and had the most critical infrastructure already updated.     The one they picked was so nice, and peaceful.    

I liked it too but and love those type of homes. I'm not a modern type at all.

Kind of tacky of David to ask him (jokingly) if that is why he hooked up with her but hey, most people had it go through their minds. Maybe why she said NO marriage. ; )

I liked the original show also and how she reached out to some fans who had questions. They seemed "real".

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On 2/23/2019 at 9:35 PM, CrazyInAlabama said:

<snip> [T]he people from the Hamptons (the husband that wanted a lot of bathrooms, I really liked him, and his wife too) <snip>

Ah...but he said "baffrooms" - and it made my ears bleed every time he said it...

And really, if you need to be within a few feet of a bathroom at all times, maybe use part of those lottery winnings to see a doctor? Because a healthy body normally allows one to walk a few yards to relieve oneself when one gets the urge...

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The reason the man in the Hamptons episode wanted so many facilities is that the daughter and wife would hog the bathroom in their current apartment, and he couldn't get in to use one.   

I loved seeing the huge beach houses in tonight's new episode.     It was a nice change from smaller houses people look for.      I really liked all three houses, and really loved the third one.     The water views and access in the third house were spectacular.   

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On 3/3/2019 at 12:37 PM, TwirlyGirly said:

Ah...but he said "baffrooms" - and it made my ears bleed every time he said it...

And really, if you need to be within a few feet of a bathroom at all times, maybe use part of those lottery winnings to see a doctor? Because a healthy body normally allows one to walk a few yards to relieve oneself when one gets the urge...

Wow that’s a little harsh.  Maybe he hasn’t seen a doctor and you don’t know that? 

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   the newer the episode the more tattoos david has...He has so many on his arm it just looks like a giant mishmash, I find it distracting, but he is a funny guy!...I don't get it either that these people are on tv nad telling the world they won the lotto and we see what house they bought....so states keep the winner name confidential....if you live in a state that doesn't  then claim it under a trust or corporation so your name is not released, that's why you go to a money planner when you win, not like that dope who just won the mega last week, blabbing all over the place, went right to the lottery office the next day so you know he didn't take the time to talk to a planner...and he said those who were nice to him before he would help but anyone who wasn't nada....oh and his ex said she didn't care how much he won (300 mill I think) she still didn't want him back!!! how big of an ass must he be for her to say that

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7 hours ago, sue450 said:

   the newer the episode the more tattoos david has...He has so many on his arm it just looks like a giant mishmash, I find it distracting, but he is a funny guy!...I don't get it either that these people are on tv nad telling the world they won the lotto and we see what house they bought....so states keep the winner name confidential....if you live in a state that doesn't  then claim it under a trust or corporation so your name is not released, that's why you go to a money planner when you win, not like that dope who just won the mega last week, blabbing all over the place, went right to the lottery office the next day so you know he didn't take the time to talk to a planner...and he said those who were nice to him before he would help but anyone who wasn't nada....oh and his ex said she didn't care how much he won (300 mill I think) she still didn't want him back!!! how big of an ass must he be for her to say that

Wow, that is something, re the ex, either he would never take her back or if he wanted too and she said No, he was a total ass and understandable. Money makes some think they can do whatever they want and people will listen.  Ugly combo.

I did notice that some people on show have their real names or first names but one woman didn't. She won near a friend in Massachusetts and wanted a small home she could afford in an expensive area. Didn't seem like much more prices were sky high. I looked up recent winners and she wasn't there but then I saw her picture and name was different. David did laugh when he said here name initially, maybe that was something she needed to feel safer from people doing what I did. 😉

The last one with the beach houses was kind of a yawn for me, they all looked the same in some ways or maybe I've seen enough. lol  I really like older vintage homes and they only had a show like that for a year, but it was fun looking at the oldhuge  Victorians with all the nooks and crannies and built-ins, balconies and window seats.

Sometimes I dislike the homes picked or wonder why David picked the ones he did to show,  but he probably doesn't want to outshine the one picked by them.

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Keep in mind different states have different disclosure laws regarding lottery winners and many don't allow you to remain anonymous as the lotteries are administered by a state agency and are thus subject to sunshine laws.  Only a handful allow you to remain completely anonymous, some make the information public no matter how small the win, some have a dollar amount threshold, some hold the info for 30/60/90 days.  Most people don't think to create a trust or an LLC (or don't have the filing costs) to claim the ticket or would even know how to go about doing it so it would be tax advantageous (i.e. setting up a MD or DE trust or corp).  Also, people do dumb stuff when they get that much money and start spending it before they have it in hand.  

That said, I like David.  He has a very gentle and calming way about him while still being high energy.  He's not judgy of people and their preferences and doesn't try to impose his style on his clients which is so nice to see.  It's also nice to see people trying to live within the confines of the money they've won and not have unrealistic expectations or going overly ostentatious.  It's also nice to see people who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford a home buy one.  I also find it gratifying that so many people are buying older homes instead of building/buying new.  The most prominent feature of your front facade should not be the hole through which you drive your car; I really despise that particular architectural trend.  

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I loved the young couple from Las Vegas.    The houses were all spectacular, and I loved the house they picked.    I didn't like the last house, it was lovely inside, had a great backyard, but all of the neighboring houses towered over the house.    

I loved the kitchen in the house they picked.   The island, and the floor plan was spectacular.  

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I lived in Vegas most of my life so it was nice to see it portrayed as a normal city and not all glitz and glamor - looking at your Flip or Flop LV.   I'm sure it was exciting to win $320k, but for him being a professional gambler, I would think they would be a little more cautious with how they spend their money.  I didn't hear what she did for work, so maybe she's the breadwinner and his winnings are "extra".   I'm glad they picked the 2nd house - I loved it too!  If they wanted a big backyard, they should have definitely went with an older home.  Most of the ones built before 1990ish have larger lots.  My parents house was built in '79 on a pie shaped lot because it was located on an "inside corner" of a cul de sac.  At 1/3 of an acre, it was considered HUGE by Vegas standards.  I had to laugh when David said there were so many "funky" neighborhoods around the city.  I have to disagree...most of the neighborhoods are just tract homes and if you go to custom built neighborhoods, "funky" wouldn't be the word I would use to describe them.  

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On 3/16/2019 at 5:37 PM, juliet73 said:

most of the neighborhoods are just tract homes

I thought the houses on the street all looked alike - I might get confused as to which one was mine.

Nice couple.  Maybe they are using the $320k in addition to the $$ equity from the sale of their home....

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$1.6 million winner, professional poker player moving to Vegas.     This better be a bunch of fabulous homes.  The husband is funny, and the wife is a hoot.     Why is David wearing his pajamas to show the first house?   

The first house needs a ton of work. and it's right next to the highway.    I didn't like the backyard.    

The second house.   Tony the Ant Spilotro?  They used to separate family, and business so it's very logical it was the family home.         $500k worth of jewels hidden?   That house is not really high end is it?   It's very dated, but the pool is fabulous.

The third house.   I like the front entrance.   I love the second floor bedrooms, with that huge balcony.  The backyard  is spectacular, and perfect for the couple.      

I can't believe they picked the first house, right next to the highway, and on a corner.  Of course, they "bought the furniture" with it.    I hope they fix the yard up a lot, because it needs work, and the wall removal with an island will be great for the kitchen.  

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Glad to have found this topic. I've only started watching this show in the last couple of months. Love this show and the host, David. I like living vicariously through the different lottery winners and guessing at which home they will choose.

The subject of winners being allowed to remain anonymous was mentioned upthread. From doing a little internet research, I found that their are six states--Kansas, Maryland, Ohio, Delaware, North Dakota and South Carolina that allow winners to remain anonymous; Georgia is currently considering doing so as well. Frankly, I think that people should have the option to remain anonymous in every state and Washington, D.C. that has Mega Millions or Powerball. There are just too many predators out there looking to separate folks from their money by conning them or by more violent means.

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