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House Hunters International Ecuador: All 14 Episodes

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Love it or hate it – House Hunters International is a powerhouse affecting thousands of future expats.

In this post, I’ll share some reflections about our HHI experience a few years ago. And I publish a full list of all 14 House Hunter International episodes filmed here in Ecuador.

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This is part of our Ecuador Expats Series. Do you live in Ecuador? Share your Story here

Our House Hunters International Experience

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Drew helping with the boom mic.

It’s been almost three years since our Ecuador episode of House Hunters International aired for the first time.

Since then, we’ve heard from hundreds of expats who told us that they have seen our episode and that it influenced their decision. Either to make the move or not – and where they eventually relocated to. It seems that many expats felt that if our family could successfully move to South America then they could too.

Because of some discrepancies between the episode and our actual story, we wrote a behind the scenes post. The errors ranged from funny to kind of important (like where we were from and the name of our new province in Ecuador).

Because we had an established readership (who knew our actual story) we felt compelled to clarify these details. After it published, our piece contributed to a number of posts calling the show’s process a “scandal”. Even after three years, we still received daily visitors from the Hooked on Houses exposé. 🙂

Of course, the majority of people that all television, by nature, has a level of staged elements. Most reality television isn’t as candid it appears. House Hunters International calls their shows “reenactments.” The major facts are true, but the timeline is almost always skewed. It would be impossible to actually view just three properties and make a buying decision – especially given the hundreds of episodes they’ve filmed. They simply use a recipe that makes good television.

Update (April 2015): Our full episode is now available on our YouTube channel. Watch it now.

I found that our episode is available on Amazon Instant Video:

I was hoping to share links to watch the other episodes, but our episode is the only one available.

We were contacted a while ago and asked to do a followup episode. While we enjoyed the initial filming and it was a great experience for Drew, we decided against it. It just wasn’t something we wanted to do again.

House Hunters International Ecuador: All 14 Episodes

House Hunters International Ecuador has covered Esmeraldas, Puerto Cayo (3), Quito (3), Cuenca (2), Manta, Salinas (2), and  Cotacachi.

  1. Ecua-Do or Ecua-Don’t in Esmeraldas, Ecuador Sarah and Selby have dedicated their lives to helping others, often through non-profit and volunteer work. They have a lot in common, i…
  2. Living la Vida Local in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador Steve and Dana have grown tired of their small town in Arkansas and decide to take off on an adventure into the unknown in Puerto Cayo,…
  3. Trading City Life for a Beach Paradise In Puerto Cayo, Ecuador Sean Kelly and his wife Dahiana Cedeno are ready for a complete lifestyle make-over, from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles to a sma…
  4. Migrating to Quito, Ecuador As children, Kelly and Nate were both raised abroad. They both attended an international school in Ecuador and later on went to college…
  5. A family finds a peaceful life in Cuenca, Ecuador. Bryan and Dena Haines had a successful advertising business in Toronto, Canada. But the grueling pace and stress of their working lives… Watch our episode: A Relaxed Life in Cuenca
  6. Surf’s Up in Manta, Ecuador Garrett Parker lived his whole life in insular Alaska. It wasn’t until college – and his father moving away to Ecuador – that he began…
  7. Condo vs. House in Tropical Salinas, Ecuador Most dream of retiring early, but Will and Janis wouldn’t have it any other way! But the reality of kicking back in Will’s native Ecu…
  8. Chicago Realtors Search for a Vacation Home in Salinas, Ecuador Chicago realtors and empty nesters Hector and Kim, love living within walking distance of Lake Michigan. But, they would like to take a…
  9. Couple Searches for Ecuador Getaway Texan businesswoman Barbara has been working to convince her husband Dean, an oil worker, to buy a vacation home in the remote village …
  10. Juan and Diane Fulfill Their Dream of Buying A Second Home In His Birthplace Of Cuenca Ecuador Ever since Juan Moreno immigrated from Cuenca, Ecuador to the United States, he’s dreamed of eventually owning a home there. He and his …
  11. Dysfunctional Home Over three decades ago, Irene and Marcos moved from Ecuador to start a new life in their suburban home. Thirty-five years later, the co…
  12. You’ve Got The Quito My Heart After Laurel fell in love with Hugo while doing volunteer work in Quito, Ecuador, she decided to move from San Diego and live with him …
  13. Beach Front House Hunt in Puerto Cayo A family of four searches for a home on the beach in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador.
  14. Leaving Illinois for Ecuador Space and price matter most in this young family’s home search in Ecuador.

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Were you featured on one of the these episodes? We would love to hear from you! Please comment below – we would love to discuss an interview of your experience and where you are now.

Your Turn

What area are you looking at? Do you enjoy these episodes? Has HHI influenced your decisions? Please share it all in the comments below!

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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad – Ecuador’s largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

9 comments… add one
  • Martha g Luke Jul 10, 2015, 8:32 pm

    Hi! I am moving to cuenca equador in 2.5 yrs when my son is finishd with college. I am grateful to the expat comunity that posts their information and insite on Equador. I just found this and I am looking forward to your blog.
    Thanks again
    Martha

  • Gary Jones Apr 1, 2015, 10:11 am

    You mention that there was an episode about Cotacachi but I don’t see it in your list. Do you possibly have a link?

  • Natalie Feb 11, 2015, 3:46 pm

    Dear Bryan and Dena; I chose to join my elderly mother in Quito, Ecuador where she resides. My disadvantage is the language barrier…I am actually more isolated and alone in this country, because my mother is my sole significant relationship. I have tried unsuccussfully to sell my home on my own, but the locals in the Historic Center will NOT buy property from an extranjero or foreigner that they cannot communicate with. What do you suggest? Natalie

  • Hector G. Quintana Jan 18, 2015, 1:29 pm

    Bryan,

    The Ecuador episode “Secret Santa Elena” also missed your list:

    Just an FYI.

    Hector

  • Rubio Dec 27, 2014, 10:27 pm

    Thanks for this list. Since we decided to move to Cuenca next summer my family had become big fans of HHI. It was a bit disappointing to learn about all the staging but you still learn a good amount about local real estate prices and what’s available. We are glad we found HHI and are looking forward to our own house search in Cuenca in a few months. Keep up the great work!

  • james smith Dec 26, 2014, 6:16 pm

    why did you not include the episode on Gary and April Scarborough from Cuenca to Puerto Cayo?

    • Bryan Haines Dec 27, 2014, 7:03 am

      When I searched on HGTV, these were the 12 that came up. I looked this morning and found two more episodes about Ecuador. A few weeks ago (since I wrote the post) HGTV updated their site and the search feature now pulls up different results. I’ve updated the list (now with 14).

      Thanks for the heads up!

  • Eric Lutz Dec 26, 2014, 9:06 am

    Thank you for your comments on “House Hunters” I always enjoy reading your latest comments. I know that some older folk have made major moved in their lives. That is good. But as I have stated in the past for the rest of the days that my wife and I have left, we are very comfortable in the Maritimes. This winter in particular, No Snow , Dec 25th +15 c . I pulled carrots from my veggie garden, They were as fresh as in August, Amazing indeed!! You folks have a good day , take care. A reader of your blog… Eric

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