What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a pretty straightforward series about buying a house. Although the content is tame overall (aside from a little bleeped language), chances are the subject matter won't appeal to kids.
What's the story?
REAL ESTATE ROAD TEST follows potential buyers as they look for a new place to call home -- with the added fantasy element of getting to spend a night in each of two possible candidates. Designer/host Doug Wilson shepherds the families through the process, giving them a few choices before they pick two to "road test."
Is it any good?
It's never entirely explained how the folks who own the homes have set up the road test, but it's clear that getting that extra opporutnity can make a big difference in which home gets bought. One couple was completely split on two prospective choices -- he liked one, she liked the other. After the road test, the split actually remained -- but with each now preferring the home he or she previously didn't like.
The show is reasonably engaging, and the storyteling is pretty basic. But there's not much here to excite someone who's not a real estate junkie -- in other words, don't expect kids to care.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how the home-buying process really works. Ask kids why they think the people on the show get to spend a night in a house they're thinking about buying, when most people can't. How does that affect the process? Families can also discuss the trend of real estate themed TV shows. Why are
they so popular? Are they supposed to be entertaining or informative?