I like watching the international version of this show, mainly because I love seeing what houses are like in countries I'd love to visit. I like it better than the regular House Hunters, unless it's New York or Chicago or someplace like that. But what always seemed odd about both of these shows was that even with episodes 'produced' in 2008, they often referred to a seller's market - prices increasing, etc. Just didn't seem real in this current economy.
Anyway, we watched a show last night where a young couple were buying a house to convert to a B&B in Costa Rica. Again, it referred to a seller's market. At the end of the show (after they had been in the house 6 months), the show went back and I saw the name of their B&B. I looked it up on the web and lo and behold, they no longer own the place. So I googled the place and found the guy's blog. Turns out they had already bought it when House Hunters filmed the episode. The agent on the show wasn't the agent they used. They had already started making improvements to the house when they were filmed supposedly looking at the house for the first time. They had bought it in 2006, and after they had their baby, they decided they wanted to move back to the US.
He wrote about how hard it was to actually film the first show - hard to sound enthusiastic about houses when you've already bought your house. They had to do improvements that couldn't be seen during the filming. By the time the show aired in the US (in September 2008), they had already moved on.
So that explains why the show always seems out of date!