Pretend You're on House Hunters and We'll Guess What Era Your Decorating Style Is From

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By: Teresa McGlothlin

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You have three houses to choose from and one big decision to make! Pretend you're on "House Hunters" by sorting through the choices any real estate agent might give you, and learn which decorating era has influenced your style. Your interior design sense doesn't have to match the kind of house you buy, but it does make things easier. 

Since 1999, hundreds of prospective home buyers have been hitting the airwaves in search of their perfect dwelling. Led by an agent and a camera crew, they view three homes based on their wishlists. Sometimes, the houses are a hit. Other times, they are a huge miss. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential homeowner, and make the call by answering the questions in this quiz. Once you do, it will be easy to see which era has shaped the way you view real estate!

Whether you like the looks of clean industrial spaces or you are taken with the wacky world of the Victorians, your home choices will reveal your style. You're not opening your wallet to buy a house, but you should pretend like you are. It's the only way to tell what decorating era has inspired you most. Will it be the era you think it is, or have you mixed and matched your way into something brand new? 


You asked to be shown a brownstone in the city, but you're at a townhouse in the suburbs. Do you think your agent is insane?

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Would you sacrifice a formal dining room for a master suite?

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You love everything about a property except for its location. Is it a dealbreaker?

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Would you stretch your budget to get a move-in-ready home that meets all your needs?

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Which one of these wish list items is non-negotiable?

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You've found your dream home, but it needs a little work. Will you do it yourself?

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If you and your buying partner disagreed about your final choice, how would you settle it?

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You were not looking for an unfinished basement, but now you have ideas. What would you do with it?

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This house smells weird! Will you be able to look past it?

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Are you more like Chip or Joanna Gaines from "Fixer Upper" when you look at homes?

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Would you say yes or no to a completely renovated 1920s bungalow?

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Do you need an outdoor space the size of a patio or a small park?

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Curb appeal is important! What sort of entryway impresses you the most?

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There's shiplap everywhere in the house you're viewing. Does it appeal to you?

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Greek Revival or a traditional ranch? What size house is right for you?

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You were not expecting HOA fees. What might convince you that it's not a bad idea?

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A house ticks all your boxes, but it doesn't have a garage. Are you still into it?

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Your budget is not going to go as far as you thought. What are you willing to sacrifice?

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Do you need brand new appliances, or will you be OK with the old ones for a while?

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You're ready to make an offer on the perfect house. Do you come in at asking price?

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There's no walk-in closet. Does it take a house off your list?

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After getting a mortgage, you'll need ways to save money. Which energy-saving feature should your house have?

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What bygone house decorating trend would make you cringe to see in a potential home?

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There are some cracks on the living room wall. Does it concern you?

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You're surprised by a pool in the backyard. Are you up for the maintenance?

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Do you really need a shower in the spare bathroom?

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You're going to have to replace the flooring in the living room. What kind will you use?

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The office is in the attic. Is that acceptable?

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Are you looking for a family home, a retirement home or a vacation home?

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If a home bordered a woodlands area, would you be OK with it?

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