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Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 1:21 p.m.

Cable TV's 'House Hunters' focusing on Ann Arbor couple

By Bob Needham



"House Hunters," the long-running cable TV show that focuses on people looking to buy a new home, will feature an Ann Arbor couple on a new episode Monday.

According to a summary of the episode, "Rob works in advertising and his girlfriend Amanda is a middle school Spanish teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They'd like to find a home by their one-year dating anniversary and have enlisted the help of Rob's mom. Rob would like a home with historic charm and character, while Amanda prefers more modern amenities.

"They're also at an impasse about where to settle; Rob would like to stay in Ann Arbor, while Amanda likes the nearby town of Plymouth. Rob's mom certainly has her work cut out for her, since this newly-dating couple rarely see eye to eye when looking at houses."

The premise of "House Hunters" is to follow home buyers as they look over three possibilities.

The new Ann Arbor episode airs at 10 p.m. Monday, March 26 on HGTV. It is scheduled to be rerun at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 5:31 p.m.

The picture in this article is funny. It looks like the wicked stepmother saying "Clean that fireplace Cinderfella!

say it plain

Fri, Jul 13, 2012 : 10:40 p.m.

I'm surprised this thread is still open lol... hey, given that the news is that House Hunters is totally faked, *this* one must have been too! I hope the Entertainment Reporter knows the deal with this show now, because for some reason over in Business Review they're pretending it's not! Are you guys bound by any sense of journalistic ethics *at all*?!


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 11:33 a.m.

I watched this episode of House Hunters last night, and people really need to back off these kids. I am a young professional as well, and you need to cut these kids some slack. Fact is, many young adults in their age group, have not even graduated from college, are STILL living with their parents, and have barely begun to make a life for themselves. These two young people, have been educated, lived on their own, decided to make the step to live together, and then buy a house together. New York times just posted an article last week that the divorce rate in this country is 57%! I don't blame these kids for wanting to live together and be committed to finding out all they can about each other before an engagement. I view it as being smart and proactive. I didn't view the girl as demanding at all...frankly, besides their preference of city and modern v traditional...they were really on the same page! Don't forget this is reality TV as well, and I am sure some of this/much of this is fabricated. Maybe there is some unhappy marriages and jealousy roaming around these comments, but I for one thought this couple had it together, and were more mature than most 28 year olds out there. Not to mention, they seem to have a mutual respect for each other, and looked very happy.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

He's buying a house with his girlfriend of less than one year because he believes in a lasting relationship. The picture tells us a different story. It shows his girlfriend taking pity on him as he's on the floor. His mom looks like she's telling him to 'sit'. Where's his dad? Obviously not there to tell him to stand up and act like a man.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 11:03 p.m.

Rob and Amanda seem like a wonderfully nice couple. They are clearly in love and preparing for the long term which is terrific. It is great that Rob's mom is so supportive. Anyone hating on them is being ridiculous. I wish them luck in house buying and in their life together. I'm looking forward to watching the episode.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

Plymouth is good, I don't blame them. Dating 1 year or not, I wish I had the money to buy a house.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 4:21 p.m.

I think this story is sweet. You guys are terrible. They should have put this episode on the air February 14th.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 7:41 p.m.

Why would she want to increase her commute?


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 2:22 p.m.

(I do live in Ann Arbor and wouldn't live anywhere else in Michigan, and wife is a teacher in A^2 who loves living in the community.)


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 2:17 p.m.

1. For her, Plymouth > short commute. 2. Have you actually commuted within Ann Arbor? Locally streets are 30-35 mph limits with townies driving 5-10 mph below that, and traffic lights are timed so you hit them all. The freeways go all the way around Ann Arbor. Commuting from Plymouth may actually be faster. 2. There are teachers who do NOT want to live in the community where they work; they don't want to run into students/parents when they go out to movies or dinner.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 7:25 p.m.

Call me old fashioned...but buying a house together to celebrate your one-year dating anniversary doesn't sound like a good idea. But hey, I'm just an old guy. I don't know what a Bieber is, dub step, and can't even read a tweet without getting mad about texting shorthand.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 12:26 a.m.

So when is it appropriate for you as an old guy? My "old guy" grandfather proposed to my grandmother after dating less than three months. On their one year dating anniversary my mom was on the way. The marriage really didnt work out though, it ended after 52 years, since my grandmother decided to up and die and all.

Frustrated in A2

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.

I must be old fashion as well because I thought the same thing. If they can't agree now, it just gets worse once you say "I do".


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

my vote is for plymouth. Just saying.


Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 6:18 p.m.

This whole story seems odd to me. First of all, the picture is weird. The blond woman (Rob's mother?) appears to be treating him as a pet, trying to get him to lie down on the ground. Secondly, this couple has been dating less than a year, and they are looking to buy a home together? With the help of his mother? Is she a realtor? And they "...rarely see eye to eye when looking at houses." And each prefers a town 20 miles from the other? How about a different title: "House Hunters - Impending Disasters."