Jayne and Mitchell Englander are renting their bedroom home. With the birth of their second child only three months away, these first-time buyers are under the gun to find a perfect home, get financing and move in before the new baby arrives. The house they buy must be within their budget and in move-in condition yet still satisfy the demands of the growing family.
After owning a home in the suburbs for five years, Judy and Barry Wallace have grown tired of maintaining and repairing a house. For the past eight months, the couple has been renting a downtown apartment, but that has been less than ideal. Now the Wallaces want the best of both worlds--a maintenance-easy condominium with the flexibility that comes with ownership. Can a loft space in the heart of the city fulfill all of their needs?
Lisa and Bob Wadley recently relocated from Tennessee to Southern California. This was a big move for the couple, and it was made more difficult by the difference in housing prices between their old and new neighborhoods. Facing the prospect of settling for a much smaller home than the one they left, the couple is determined to find the best possible house for their money--one that will have three bedrooms, a good-size kitchen and it they're lucky, even a swimming pool.
Linda and Michael Green have lived in 10 homes since they were married 14 years ago. Now they've decided that the time is right to start searching for house No. 11. Their current home is the first residence the couple has owned, so although they are experts at house hunting, they are facing a new challenge this time around--buying a new home and selling their old one at the same time.
Marci and Dan Powers have been saving up for many years, waiting for the right home to come along. They have been doing their looking on their own, without a realtor. After struggling to find an affordable home, the family is becoming discouraged. Finally, an ideal situation presents itself. If things work out, the Powers may be able to buy a home in the middle of a renovation, complete the construction themselves and save a little money in the bargain.
Shaun Cooley has been renting an apartment on his own since finishing high school at age 16. Now 19, Cooley has been working as a computer programmer for three years now, and he has amassed a sizable savings. He'd like to put his money to good use and buy his first home. Helping him in this endeavor are two of his childhood friends who have recently started a career in real estate. Together, Cooley and his realtors Steve Erdely and Chad Ceretto, are in the market for a perfect first house. Even if they locate that perfect home, his short credit history may prove to be an obstacle to securing a home loan.
Nikki and Warren Dow moved into a tiny apartment because of its fabulous location by the beach. Now they are tired of having their bed in the living room and having to move everything around when they want to prepare dinner. They want to buy a house. Helping them to do it is Neda Joncich, a realtor who is also Nikki Dow's sister. They miss out on a house because they don't mind up their mind soon enough. When Nikki finds one she thinks is just right for them, but she and her husband must decide whether to make an offer after seeing it only once--in the dark.
Arthur Patterson is a bachelor who is eager to downsize from his 36-year-old fixer-upper house to a more manageable place that requires less maintenance. Because Patterson has grown rather attached to his current neighborhood, he is hoping to find a house or condominium in the near vicinity. With the assistance of his cousin and realtor Linda Dionisio, Patterson will be selling his house and searching for a smaller home that is more in tune with his busy lifestyle.
Amie and Mark Bradford are ready to leave apartment living behind. The problem is, most single-family homes in the neighborhood that the couple loves are out of their budget range. With the help of realtor Nick Peters, the Bradfords hope to find the perfect compromise between apartment living and a costly new home.
Jaye and Ken Kopp are renting a small house with a spacious garden, but want to trade it in to buy a larger home with a maintenance-free yard. They start out on their own, but they run into a like-minded realtor Chris Brotman, along the way. Together the Kopps and Brotman find a house that is just the right size, and with a little something unique to fit the Kopps' taste.
Karen and Greg Cowell and their two young children have outgrown their current house. They want a bigger place with enough room for them and all their toys. Unhappy with the previously owned homes they see with realtor and close friend, Debbie Kelly, they decide to have a brand new house built. They sell their house and move into a rental while the other is built. They then discover that they might be able to do even better.
Dr. Mimi Greenberg has set about fulfilling lifetime dreams since her early retirement began several years ago. She is a frequent traveler, but when she is at home, she enjoys the apartment's view of the mountains. She said she has always wanted a home by the sea, however, so she has set out to find a full-service condominium with a view of the ocean. Dr. Greenberg is also physically disabled, so she has certain special requirements for her new home. Her realtor, Gloria Hicks, understands her needs, but she also understands that sometimes buying a new house is not the only way to get what one wants.
Maria and Alex Romero have just moved to a new city with their two young boys. They are living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment and have only a few days to find a house before Alex goes out of town on business. Their realtor Mary Allen has the challenge of finding them a house that is move-in ready in a matter of days... literally.
Marilee and Fred Karlsen have spent the last 27 years happily raising their children in the same house. Now that they've retired, they are determined to trade in their days of yard work and home maintenance for leisurely riding their bicycles along the beach. They said they are ready to downsize and want to do so near the ocean. The problem is finding a house that is the right size for the two of them with a big enough kitchen for Marilee. They also want a place that will provide a beautiful backdrop for all the art they have collected over the years.
Francisco Pugliese bought his tiny condominium while he was still a bachelor. It was perfect for him, complete with a beautiful open floor plan and interesting architecture. Now that he is married to Maria and they have a 7-month-old named Frankie, things are a little crowded. They are searching for a house with a yard that works for a family and are hoping they won't have to sacrifice their love for good design and beauty to get it.
A man searches for hillside home where he can also display his art collection.
Nora and Armando Santana moved into their current home just after their wedding, four years ago. This three-bedroom, two-bath 2,000-square-foot home has served them well, but with a second child on the way they are ready to move on to something larger. They also want to find a place that is closer to Armando's work--he's been enduring a one-hour commute each day. Though they won't have the high property value with a new home, the neighborhood they are considering is known for its strong school district--a major plus for the kids as they get older. Real estate agent Melinda Biezonsky has already shown the Santanas more than 100 properties, but no one is ready to give up on the search.
Michelle Schrobilgen is a magazine photographer who travels all over the country shooting pictures of beautiful homes. She's recently moved back home from New York City to be close to her mother, Linda. After renting a tiny walkup in Manhattan, she is ready to spread out and buy her first home. Meanwhile she's camping on her mother's couch. She is looking for a small house with vintage fixtures and Spanish architecture. She needs something with minimal upkeep and a backyard for her two dogs. Family friend and real estate agent Jessica Van Aken steps in to help Schrobilgen with this challenge.
Banker Shannon Wexler and her husband, David, a cinematographer, are thinking about starting a family. Before they do that, they need to take another big step--from renting to owning. They love the two-bedroom house they rent, but they long for a three-bedroom home with a grassy backyard, home office and two-car garage. They also love to entertain, so they want a formal dining room and a larger kitchen with a dishwasher. Helping them with their search is longtime friend and real estate broker Leslie Lackman.
Since finishing college, Cristina Castaneda has been saving money by living with her parents. They own a four-bedroom home with two baths and a pool. Between her parents, her sister, herself, and now her 6-month-old baby, Isabel, this home is filling up pretty quickly. She is ready to move on and buy her own home, preparing for it by working two jobs. She is looking for a three-bedroom, two-bath home with carpet for Isabel to play on inside and a nice yard where she can play outside. She needs to stay near her family because they take care of her daughter when she's at work, and she would consider renting out the third bedroom to help offset her mortgage if a place in the area was too expensive for her tight budget. Real estate agent Amber McClatchey accepts the challenge of finding a suitable home for Castaneda.
Janine and John Sun have been married for nearly two years, and during that time, they have saved a lot of money by living in John's parents' home. The time has now come for them to take that money and get a place of their own--Janine is seven months pregnant. Owning a home before the baby is born is a top priority. They want three bedrooms in a family friendly community that is closer to Janine's work. Their budget is tight because only she is currently working (John is a graduate student), so they'll be relying heavily on real estate agent Janet Elson to help them find a home in their price range.
With two dogs, a cat and a home-based business, Frances and Keith Young are running out of space in their two-bedroom, one-bath rental. They are looking to step up to a three-bedroom place with a large fenced-in backyard. They need that extra bedroom as a storage unit for the pet toys they peddle to raise money for animal rescues. Frances also wants to have enough room to house the washer and dryer that has been living in the garage. After two unsuccessful months searching on their own, they hook up with real estate agent Jon Lafferty to try to seal a deal.
For the past few years, aspiring singer-songwriter Seana Fisher has been living in one apartment after another, while working as an executive assistant to build up her savings. Now, the songbird is ready to change her tune by leaving apartment life behind and buying a house. That means saying goodbye to the 700-square-foot apartment where she lives now — a garage converted into a guesthouse that sits on an alleyway. She wants a house with more convenience, laundry area and a yard for her pets. Helping her on this house hunt is one of her oldest friends, real estate agent Heathermarie Griffin.
Single parents Lisa Abarta and John Hight are getting married, and that means their two very different families are going to need one big house. Lisa has a 14-year-old, and John has a 7-year-old, each of whom would like to have their own bedroom. Real estate agent Sharon Hays is eager to help this blended family find a place that works for everyone.
Jeff Shank, a special effects artist, is about to turn 40. While his work may be a childhood dream come true, his home has some catching up to do. For the past two years he has lived in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom 1,000-square-foot condo. He loves the kitchen because of its mid-century modern style and the living room for its large windows overlooking the street below, but the floor plan leaves a lot to be desired. He is looking for a midcentury modern home, with a large eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms and a yard for gardening. Realtor Keven McConnell intends to help him find just that.
Ron Badener is a successful chiropractor who has enjoyed living in his modest one-bedroom apartment, just two blocks from the ocean. The small space has allowed him to lead a carefree lifestyle, but he is running out of room. With his 40th birthday fast approaching, he has decided it is finally time to buy a home. He loves the beach community and would like to find a three-bedroom home with a large grassy backyard (he wants to adopt a dog), pool and garage for his motorcycle. Realtor Marcus Kassin is determined to help Badener find his dream home before his birthday arrives.
Allison and Mark Meyerson live in a historic hillside home in the Hollywood Hills community of Laurel Canyon. They love the area, but not the positioning of their house--it stands 50 steps above the street. In addition, their kitchen is smaller than those in more modern homes, and the detached guest bedroom is a constant source of headaches. They know that buying in the hills will be an uphill battle, but they want to give it a shot. Helping them in the hunt is real estate agent Patrick Martin.
Eula Fritz inherited the only home she's ever lived in when her grandmother passed away four years ago. For many years Eula, her mom, and her grandmother all lived in the house. It's a special place full of memories, but this two-bedroom, one-bathroom home is older and it doesn't have a lot of storage space. She realizes that it's time to move on. It's going to be hard to leave behind the only home she's ever had, but she thinks her grandmother would understand. She will be accompanied on her hunt by her mom and real estate agent Harley Ramsey.
Teacher Courtney Lichterman loves everything about her one-bedroom apartment--the building, location and even the neighbors. But she also likes collecting things, and that's where she runs into trouble. Her collections are spilling out of the closets and off the shelves, and her pug, Tennessee, needs a place to play. Real estate agent Brian Bord is determined to help her find just the right home.
Justin Sloggatt runs a growing film and video production company from inside a shrinking one-bedroom apartment. Now he's on a mission to buy a house for both business and pleasure. He'll need room for all of his equipment and a small staff, plus a generous private space to unwind at the end of the day. Not surprisingly, this budding entrepreneur is on a tight budget. Can he find an affordable fixer that's not too hard to fix?
Ellie and Anthony Perico bought a pristine new home in the suburbs when they got married. But now, two years later, they are fed up with the long commute and miss their family and friends back in town. Ellie, a high-school teacher, and Anthony, a probation Officer, really like their spacious two-story, but aside from their two Akitas, there is no one to share it with. They have decided to give up their suburban palace and search for a place closer to home.
Marsha Payne is a single mother of 20-something daughters Monique and Melanie, who both still live at home. Mom Marsha believes it is time for them to leave the nest and find a place of their own. Marsha's mother bought her a home when she was starting out, and now she wants to pass along that tradition to her girls. They are looking for a three-bedroom home near their mother's house. Real estate agent Alvin McGilbray signs on to help them find everything on their wish list.
Jill Bigelow and Gabriel Morales own a successful restaurant. They dated for several years before moving into an apartment together four years ago, but now they are ready to sign their final rent check and buy a place to call their own. While they love their current neighborhood, it is pricey, so they will have to move farther out to find a place they can afford. They don't mind having a long commute and they are not opposed to a fixer-upper, as long as they can find a home that is worthy of their hard-earned profits.
Sixteen years ago Rosana and Edward Chermisqui left Brazil and moved to Beverly Hills, Calif. A few years later they bought what they thought would be a starter home. But after raising their two boys and making lots of upgrades, the Chermisquis are still there. Now the couple is finally ready to trade up, and this time they're searching for a home with a few more amenities--things like an entryway, guest bath and an open floor plan for entertaining. And they definitely want to stay in Beverly Hills! Real estate agent Laurent Bertet will help them with their hunt.
Mario Cunha is a successful clothing designer who moved to California from Brazil several years ago. He has outgrown the small one-bedroom apartment that doubles as an office and is ready to find a space of his own. He wants a house with at least two bedrooms and room for an office, preferably one that needs some work. He is eager to use his talents as a designer to create the perfect house. Real estate agent Cliff Wadama is on board to help him in his quest.
Kristine Sabella and Allen Yang fell in love two years ago at a local theater group. The free-spirited, young couple quickly got engaged and moved into a one-bedroom apartment while they planned for the wedding. They soon realized that one bedroom wasn't cutting it, so just three months before the big day, Sabella decides they should buy a house before the wedding. To help them sort through all the options, they have enlisted the help of real estate agent Heather Bergdahl.
Megan and Mike Corcoran are ready to let go of their hip, urban loft and move to a more traditional house in the suburbs. They have grown tired of trudging down nine floors and across two city blocks to walk their dog, Dot. Plus, traffic downtown can be so treacherous, the couple has had to do many of their errands on foot. They are looking for a two-bedroom house with lots of closet space, a huge yard and tons of charm to match their style. To help them make the leap they have enlisted real estate agent Rita Navarrete.
Like a lot of newlyweds, Dana and Anthony Behar wanted to buy a house as soon as they were married, but because of the red-hot market, they have had to keep that dream on the back burner for the last three years. They currently rent a two-bedroom apartment that they are quickly outgrowing. They are looking for a three-bedroom, two-bath house with a big backyard and large master suite. They love to entertain friends and family, so a nicely sized kitchen and formal dining room rank high on their list. They have spent the last three months searching on their own, with limited success, so they have gone to real estate agent Michelle Silverman for some professional help.
Maricela Hurtado and Robert Marinovich are getting married soon. They currently they live in separate rooms in his parents' home, but they are intent on finding their own place before their wedding day. And they aren't willing to settle for just anything. They want to focus their search on specific neighborhoods that are halfway between each of their workplaces. They want plenty of character and charm and will happily move into a home that needs some work as long as it is structurally sound. In fact, they look forward to adding a Spanish flair to it and have friends and families standing by with their tools ready to help. Realtor Beth Vickers intends to help them find the single-family home of their dreams.
When Lili married Brian Lillie she became Lili Lillie--and that was just the beginning of the fun. They bought a condo, which they updated themselves, and settled into nicely with their dog, Ringo, and their collection of monkey art. The condo's been great, but now they're thinking of starting a family, so it's time to trade up to a larger home with a private yard. Can this offbeat couple tear themselves away from the condo they love and find a new place that suits them?
Colleen McCurdy and Armen Kaprelian want to buy a home before their wedding day. She lives with her parents, while he lives in a two-bedroom bachelor pad with Colleen's brother, Ryan. With the ceremony just 10 weeks away, the pressure's on. They are looking for a condo or townhouse with at least two bedrooms and enough storage space to accommodate two converging households. They may have to consider a fixer-upper or move farther from their jobs and friends, but they are willing to make that sacrifice in order to start off married life in a home they own together. Family friend and real estate agent Dianne Pawlowski is eager to help them meet that goal.
Andrea Peterson and Michael Gonzales want to begin their married life together in a new home. Right now they live in two different places--he rents a town house, and she owns a condo. They are looking for a modern three-bedroom with an open flow that is closer to Peterson's work. Real estate agent Robin Zacha signs on to help the newlyweds.
Marji Knowles and her husband, Michael Tibbott, fell in love with Maui while on vacation and decided to move there from California's Silicon Valley. They are looking for a two-bedroom, two-bath condo with the right layout and furniture, since most homes in Hawaii come furnished. Real estate agent Donna Hansen is eager to help this couple with their search.
Noelle and Matt Beaver currently rent a home in Ft. Worth, Texas. The 1,400-square-foot home has three bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths and a spacious backyard, and is located in an older neighborhood. They would like the remain in that neighborhood and buy a home with a utility room, large kitchen and both a living room and a floor plan. Real estate agent Terre Zeigler steps in to help with the search.
Stephanie and David Jeffers were drawn to the upscale Fort Worth, Texas suburb of Ridglea Hills because of its woodsy beauty and proximity to good schools. They love their traditional 2,800-square-foot ranch-style home, but they are starting to run out of space, fast. It's no wonder, with four kids, who all share one bathroom! They would like to find a larger house--at least four bedrooms and three baths--in the same neighborhood. They also want a kitchen with an eating area that is separate from the family room as well as a downstairs master suite, so they can enjoy a little peace and quiet time away from the kids.
Retirees Linda and Tom Ahlers live in a 5,000-square-foot home in Corvallis, Oregon, just an hour and a half south of Portland. They have always dreamed of owning a vacation home, specifically a floating home, or houseboat, on Seattle's Lake Union. Government regulation mandates that only 487 houseboats can exist in Seattle, so competition is fierce. The Ahlers have spent the last 15 years waiting for the right floating home to come on the market. Their real estate agent, Rick Miner, specializes in houseboats and offers to show them a few new listings. Will this trip mark the end of their 15-year house hunt?
Married five years, Wendy Ito and Bud Hum have settled nicely into their Chicago home. Their South Loop neighborhood is a mere five minutes via elevated train to their jobs downtown. It's also a dog-friendly community with plenty of places to walk their pups, Maggie and Hershey. But once winter rolls around, Chicago becomes less appealing. Fed up with the frigid snowy season, they decide to look for a place to melt away the winter blues. They settle on Las Vegas, where they were married. We tag along as they take a whirlwind weekend house hunt with agent Bart Zimmer.
Brian Cottrell and Forrest Cain thought buying a home in Dallas was a far-off possibility, at best. But once they investigated the market, they realized their big dream was a possibility if they were willing to compromise on location and/or take a fixer-upper to get a price within their budget. So now they are ready to ditch their tiny downtown apartment and head out to the suburbs, where they will have more room for their three feisty pups, Lindy, Ginger and Bailey. Realtor Mel Thoman helps with the search.
Angie and Adam Vincze recently moved their family (they have had three kids in the last five years) to Angie's hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. They are now renting a place while they adjust to their new city and look for a permanent home, but it's been three months and they still haven't found anything. With their lease about to run out, it's crunch time! Their search for a four-bedroom house with three baths and a game room for the little ones is now in high gear. Can they find all this in the right school district before their lease is up? Realtor Bill Merrill thinks so.
Podiatrist Frank Campo loves his top-floor two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in the historic North End neighborhood of Boston. In fact, is in the same 18th-century building as his office, which makes for a very short commute. His rooftop container garden is a relaxing haven from the hustle and bustle of city life, but he longs for a total escape. Fond memories of family vacations spent in Provincetown, a seaside community on the tip of Cape Cod, have spurred him to look for a vacation home there. Realtor Sam Hardee, a local, is eager to help Campo find the perfect place for weekend getaways.
In the last six years, Texas natives Rebecca and Jason Pate have lived in four different homes. Now that the couple is ready to start a family, they want to make one final move--into a larger house in their current Austin neighborhood. They want more space than they have now, but because they're do-it-yourselfers, the couple is flexible when it comes to the style of their new house. Helping them with their search is real estate agent Kevin Scanlan.
Sisters Aimee and Jennifer Ellison are searching together for their first home in southwest Minneapolis, Minn. They currently live in separate apartments in the Uptown area and have decided to put their heads and their pocketbooks together to buy a house instead of renting. They are looking for a home that has a warm comfortable feeling and some character. A yard and a garage are also important, as well as a kitchen large enough for entertaining. Real estate agent David Wells signs on to help them find a place.
Curtis Bridgeforth is a Las Vegas entertainer, who for the last 12 years, has been the lead singer of the world famous music group, The Platters. For the last two years he and the band have had a regular gig in Las Vegas, and he has been living in extended-stay hotels. But now he feels that it is time for the curtain to fall on his nomad lifestyle. Real estate agent Susy Martinez signs on to help him search for a place with enough room to accommodate visits from his extended family as well as entertain friends and bandmates.
When Ann and Craig Turkel announced they were going to buy a vacation home in the Palm Springs area, their friends thought they were nuts. That's because this Southern California couple does not even own their primary residence in Santa Monica. They're determined to raise their son, Ben, in the trendy "North of Montana" section of this vibrant beachside city, but they simply cannot afford to buy a home there. So they've decided to hang on to their cozy rental and buy a second home out of town. The Palm Springs area is an ideal location because it's only a couple of hours away by car and it has all the golf, tennis and wide-open spaces this family wants.
Shelli Piva and Mitch Galerkin have always dreamed of having a cozy little vacation cottage on the coast of Northern California, but hectic work schedules and soaring prices have all but dashed their plans for a weekend getaway. But they are determined to find a weekend home near where Piva grew up, Bodega Bay. Although only 100 miles from home, Bodega Bay is a world apart, with just 950 residents. The coveted beachside locale and limited inventory drive the median home price to $675,000! Can this couple find a cozy getaway without completely breaking the bank? Real estate agent Thera Buttaro intends to help them find out.
Savannah, Ga., natives Dana Boyd and Tony Griffin have dreamed of buying a waterfront home all their lives, and now they are ready to make that dream come true. They are looking for a house in Richmond Hill, a marshland community just south of Savannah. Boyd would like the home to have good feng shui, while Griffin's main concern is a boat dock and access to deep water. Real estate agent LaTrelle Pevey, who helped this couple buy their current place in the city, has agreed to help them look for their new country home.
Dicky Mopper and his fiancee, Tania Doubleday, are both realtors living in Savannah, Ga. Before they get married and blend their two families and pets, they want to find a new home. They would like to stay in the Savannah and find a place with at least four bedrooms, a porch or yard for the children and pets, large kitchen and game room. The one thing they disagree on is location--he prefers the historic downtown area, while she wants to stay in the country near the marsh. The search is heating up as they each try to sell the other on their vision.
Newlyweds Veronica and Carl Morgan adore their home in their sleepy hometown of Arbutus, Md., just outside of Baltimore. But with their ever-expanding canine family, it's time to find a house with a lot more room. Carl trains German shepherds, and as his clientele grows, so does the dog-to-human ratio in the Morgan home. Plus, the couple worries about the dogs disturbing their neighbors. Luckily, Veronica is a realtor and so is her father. Can the two work together to find a larger place before their current one becomes a kennel?
When Oakland, California, residents Lisa and Clay Siemsen bought their home three years ago, they were carefree newlyweds. But now they have two small children and are looking for a more kid-friendly environment. They have narrowed their search to the nearby city of Orinda, but the price range is high. With so much on the line, they have turned to real estate agent Cris Maltzman for help.
When longtime Chicago resident Barbara Correll isn't busy with graduate school or her full-time job, she's dreaming of owning her own condo. After turning 30, she decided the time was right to leave her tiny 600-square-foot apartment behind. She is ready to turn in years of living with miniaturized appliances in the kitchen and a bedroom the size of a closet in exchange for a two-bedroom, two-bath loft-style condo with plenty of room to grow. Realtor Joe Dupor has his work cut out for him.
Joanna Littlefield and Todd Derma have six weeks until they say "I do." But with their lease up on their Chicago apartment just the day before their wedding, it's crunch time to find their first home. They are looking for a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in their current neighborhood of Andersonville. They would also like to have a second bathroom, onsite laundry, and a parking space for Todd. Real estate agent Rene Talavera takes on the challenge.
New Yorkers Alexis Romer and Kevin Verronneau need more room in their tiny Upper East Side apartment. Her pack-rat habits and burgeoning jewelry business have taken over every inch of the one-bedroom place. They love their location, but the tiny galley kitchen and small bedroom leaves them no alternative but to move. Can real estate agent Phyllis Pezenick help this couple snap up a new home before they bust out of the old one?
Stephanie and Bryan Bolick have been married for a year and now have a baby on the way, so they want to plant their feet in a new home--and soon. They currently share a 1,200-square-foot Cape Cod-style house with two rambunctious Labrador retrievers in Wilmington, NC. They want a larger place in the Monkey Junction neighborhood, near Carolina Beach. They would like it to be one story with at least three bedrooms. Guiding them through the real estate maze is agent Buddy Blake.
Nico and David Lecon are natives of Madrid, Spain, that have recently moved to Miami Beach with their young son Alex. They love living across the street from the beach and within walking distance of everything, but their one-bedroom furnished apartment is just too small. They are ready to take the plunge into the fast-paced real estate market and purchase a home in the family-friendly city of Coral Gables. Realtor Jason Smith intends to help with their search.
After Helen and Rich Green got married eight months ago, they moved into her two-bedroom, one-bath cottage-style home that was built in the 1920s. That's when they discovered that her 900-square-foot Seattle beach cottage was too small for the two of them. They work together all day at a local TV station, so when they get home, they'd like to have some space of their own. They have their heart set on staying in the area, so they have turned to Helen's previous real estate agent, Summer Boyd Jones, for assistance with the search.
Elizabeth and Brian met 18 years ago while stationed at an Air Force Base in New Mexico. Since then they have lived and traveled all over the world. Four months ago they moved to Colorado Springs with hopes of staying put for a while, but then Brian was offered an irresistible job in Phoenix. The plan was for Elizabeth to stay in Colorado while Brian commuted. But that all changed, thanks to Rebekah Lynn, the couple's newly adopted bundle of joy. Once she came onto the scene, living separately during the week was no longer an option. Elizabeth sold the Colorado home, and she and baby moved into Brian's tiny 1,100-square-foot Arizona apartment. Now it's time to buy a larger place. Realtor Alex Inskeep signs on to help.
The Logar family has had enough of rural life. Having outgrown their three-bedroom, one-bath home, they now want to find a larger place in the nearby town of Washington, Pennsylvania. Can they do it without spending more than $200,000? Real estate agents Mary Jane and Tom Sertik intend to help them do just that.
Alicia Ulrich has spent the last 25 years traveling the globe for work, and now, she's ready to play, by finding a vacation home in her favorite corner of the world: Oahu, Hawaii. Can she catch a break in a pricey market, or will she wipe out? Real estate agent Robin Stephens Rohr signs on to assure that doesn't happen.
Carrie Morgan is moving to Nashville to start her residency in pediatrics, and she needs to find a place to live. She only has six weeks to find a house, move all of her things from her parents' house in Kentucky and get settled before reporting for duty as a doctor. Real estate agent Scott Evans sets out to show her as many places as he can in the short time frame.
Barbara Meyer and Nelson Cysneros are a young, fun-loving couple with lots of spunk. Along with their 13-year-old daughter Katie, they have been living in a 1,000-square-foot San Diego condo for two years now. Though it is small, they are close to all the hot spots of San Diego. Plus, Nelson is just five minutes from work and minutes from the ocean, where he goes scuba diving, and Katie's school is within walking-distance. Despite all the advantages, they still need more room. Realtor Joby Francis intends to help them find a place with more space.
For the past five years, IT specialist Nick Marulli and his partner firefighter/paramedic Tim Bennett have shared a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home in Crofton, Maryland, a suburb 20 miles outside of Baltimore. But life in the suburbs is getting a little dull for these guys. They hope to trade life in the sleepy suburb for the excitement of the city life near the historic Baltimore Harbor.
Professional book editor Brenda Copeland has been living in her pint-size, 300-square-foot apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for eight years. Sharing the space with her two roommates, cats, Chester and Spanky has not been easy, and using her sofa bed as a guest room leaves her virtually no room. So Brenda has finally saved enough money for her own place, but with the super-competitive and super-expensive housing market in Manhattan, she hopes she can find something she can afford. Real estate broker Michelle Churchill signs on to help.
Gerarda Shields and Bill Taylor are a young New York couple who are ready to take the next step in their relationship and buy their first place together. Though the couple loves spending time with each other, the three hours of commuting between their two places has just become too much. They want to find an affordable co-op near where they first met five years ago in the Riverdale area of the Bronx. Real estate agent Eugenia Foxworth signs on to help them find the perfect space with an updated kitchen, plenty of closet space and a terrace that is in their starter-place price range.
Gerarda Shields and Bill Taylor are a young New York couple who are ready to take the next step in their relationship and buy their first place together. Though the couple loves spending time with each other, the three hours of commuting between their two places has just become too much. They want to find an affordable co-op near where they first met five years ago in the Riverdale area of the Bronx. Real estate agent Eugenia Foxworth signs on to help them find the perfect space with an updated kitchen, plenty of closet space and a terrace that is in their starter-place price range.
After living in New York for several years, voice-over artist Yvette Lowenthal moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Now she's back in Manhattan and renting a studio loft in the Financial District for $3,000 a month. Tired of being far away from work, shopping and New York's happening nightlife, she is now ready to buy a one-bedroom apartment in Midtown Manhattan. With her two shaggy roommates, dogs Licky and Spirit, in tow, Yvette she is prepared to plunk down up to $500,000 to find just the right pad. Real estate agent Michele Lee agrees to help with her quest.
When Allen Sibley and Corey Benson moved to New Fairfield, Connecticut, the only place they could find was a summer rental. Now, five years later, they are more than ready to buy a home. They have been browsing listings for a year and have set their budget at $500,000. Real estate agent Evelyn Schuster signs on to help with the house hunt.
Bernadette Scott, originally from Agoura Hills, California, is a merchant marine in the communications department on board the US Naval Service's Saturn. She not only works aboard the ship, but she also lives there, even when she is not deployed. Her living quarters are tiny, and she shares a shower with three other women. After five years of ship life, she is ready for real estate agent Becky Little to help her find a home on land.
When Memphis, Tennessee, natives Allison and Greg Swearingen got married three years ago, she moved into his 1,100-square-foot home. She was able to make over the former bachelor pad, but after three years and a lot of hard work, they both realize that no amount of elbow grease can make the place any bigger. They want a home with a larger kitchen, hardwood floors, more bedrooms, room for a home office and a nice yard for their two dogs. Real estate agent Lee McWaters signs on to help them find a larger place.
Newlyweds Allison and Robert DiNardo and their dog, Freckles, share a home in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. The DiNardos want to own a more spacious place they can call their own. They hope to stay in Rosemont because of its convenient proximity to the Potomac River, but the high prices may be an obstacle.
Homebuilders Dee and Michael Kirkbride love living and working in the Washington, D.C., suburb of McLean, Virginia. In fact, this hard-working couple builds several large homes there each year. Their current place is a little more than 6,000 square feet, which is plenty of room for the couple and their two Maltese dogs. But one feature they cannot build is a beach, so the Kirkbrides have decided they want a beachfront vacation home. The search is on for a place in the coastal community of Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Real estate agent Teri Trefftzs signs on to help them with their search.
Judy and Ken Castagna decided to try life in a condo. After living in their attached Ann Arbor, Michigan, condo for only a year, the couple has decided that they are just not condo people. So, now they are looking to move back into a home with the help of real estate agent Vicki Larmee. They would like considerable privacy, a large yard and plenty of space for when their granddaughters come to visit.
Realtor Danette O'Neal relocated to Atlanta after evacuating New Orleans to escape Hurricane Katrina. Though her cousin Ilene has been kind enough to let her stay with her in her Decatur home, Danette is ready to put down her own roots in Georgia. She is confident that her 16 years of real estate experience will help find a home for her and her 17-year-old son.
Amy and Alon Tatsas and are excited about making the move from one musical city to another, as they leave jazzy New Orleans to start their medical careers in the country music capital of the world, Nashville. The doctors currently reside in a tiny one-bedroom condominium with their two dogs. They would really like their first home to have plenty of space for them inside and a large yard so their dogs can play outside. Real estate agent Zach Goodyear sets out to help them find just that.
Aaron and Eleanor Hulett are Southern California natives who love the outdoors. Most days, this active couple can be found relaxing at the beach, roller-blading or bike riding. Now they want to expand their outdoor options and buy a vacation home in Big Bear, a quiet ski town only a few hours from their home in Orange County. The Huletts have up to $300,000 to spend, so they are hoping real estate agent Chuck Hurd will be able to find them a place they can afford.
Although college professors Suzanne Spoor and Steve Canaday have enjoyed renting the quaint Annapolis, Maryland, townhouse that they share with their twins, Zachary and Tyler, they are ready to make the move and become first-time homeowners. The couple is hoping to find a place with plenty of room for the boys to play that is still close to the campus, where they each teach. Realtor Amy Juras signs on to help.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, college sweethearts Valeria Sams and Kerrado Williams returned to the metro D.C. area where they grew up. Valeria, a human resources consultant, moved back in with her mom and sister, and Kerrado, a loan officer, moved back in with his parents. But now, after three years, the couple is ready to take the next step and move into a place of their own.
Dawn Evans and her son, Tyler, currently live with her parents in the Atlanta, Georgia, suburb of Decatur. After 30 years, she is ready to move out on her own for the first time. Dawn and Tyler are looking forward to finding a place with plenty of room so they can each have more personal space. With the help of real estate agent Sheri Pettus, Dawn is excited to find her first home in the suburb of Stockbridge.
The starter home that Dorothy and Diarra Weathers bought near downtown Detroit, Michigan, has become much too small for their growing family. The Weathers are ready to move out of the city and find a home in an area with good schools and parks for their three young daughters. Real estate agent Paul Pellerito is targeting the upscale suburb of Grosse Pointe, which he thinks will be perfect for the family.
With a young baby growing fast, Dexter, Michigan, residents Julie and Steven Wineman have decided it's time to move to a larger house. They hope that their real-estate agent Kathy Toth will be able to find them a four-bedroom home that is in their price range and located in the same neighborhood they have grown to love.
Holly and Steve Hartell, their daughter, Nellie, and dog, Grady, live just outside Alexandria, Virginia, in a charming family-friendly area called Del Ray. Their 1,200-square-foot two-story starter home lacks storage space for Steve's nine bikes, and there isn't much room for Nellie to play. They are ready to look for a bigger place, and they would love to stay in the same neighborhood. They have enlisted the help of realtor and fellow Del Ray resident, Jennifer Walker to help them with their search.
After nearly three years in sunny Naples, Florida, Lavon Portman has decided to return to Louisville, Kentucky to be near her daughter and two grandchildren. Although she loves the spacious and contemporary feel of her Florida home, Lavon knows she can get a larger place for a lower price in the buyer-friendly city Louisville. With only one week to search, she relies on the help of her real estate agent and friend Linda Blue to help her find exactly what she wants.
When Justin, a systems analyst, got a job in Atlanta, he did not know what to expect. Six months later, he has fallen in love with the city and is ready to buy a condo. He wants to find an updated place that has a balcony and a view of the Atlanta skyline. With the help of real estate agent Anu Sethi, he begins his search in Midtown.
Newlyweds Katy and Steve Harrington live in an 850-square-foot rental apartment just outside Boulder, Colorado, in an area called Superior. While their place is nice, it's way too small. They can't wait to find a place where they can spread out. Their budget constraints mean that they might have to search a bit further away and focus on the tri-city area of Firestone, Frederick and Dacono, located north of Boulder. They have enlisted the help of realtor Dawn Geerson-Matesi to help with their hunt.
After living in their Dearborn Heights, Michigan, home for 20 years, Sharon and Keith DeGrandchamp are ready for a change and want to buy a new house. Their grown sons, Curt and Gary, still live at home and will be making the move with them. And with son, Gary, as their real estate agent, Sharon and Keith feel confident they’ll be able to find what they want. But will working with family really make their search easier?
Amy Solano is a 25-year-old career woman who has been living with her parents while saving up to buy a place of her own. She is finally ready to leave the nest, and she is a little nervous but also very excited to become a homeowner. She hopes to find a place with everything on her list without spending more than $215,000. Real estate agent Ryan Zinn signs on to help with the house hunt.
When Seana Fisher was ready to upgrade to a house, her oldest friend, real estate agent Heathermarie Griffin, took her to the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles and helped her find a 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath, art-deco style home. The place had as much personality and pizzazz as Fisher herself. Now, two years later, her life has changed dramatically. She has adopted another dog, and her music career has taken a new turn. She is ready to trade torch songs for country music, and is packing her bags and moving to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee. She wants to be close to the downtown music studios and clubs, but she wants a more residential feel than her ultra-urban L.A. neighborhood. Real estate agent Audra Thomas tackles the challenge.
Kelly McCreary, a 28-year-old account representative and part-time gymnastics teacher, currently lives on the outskirts of Wilmington, Delaware, a city known for its tax-free shopping. She is a self-professed shopaholic and packrat who has collected so much stuff she has outgrown her two-bedroom condo and has decided to buy a townhouse with more space. She wants to keep her search in or near her current neighborhood, and she's staying in familiar territory by re-teaming with Joan Goloskov, the realtor who helped her buy the condo she's in now.
Stacy Kish, originally from Connecticut, settled in Warwick, R.I., after college and has been living in a cramped one-bedroom rental that has given her a bad case of the blahs. She has been saving her cash and is now ready to strike out and buy her first home. Real estate agent Alayna Berek helps with the search.
Michael Kalil, an event planner at a popular Boston bar, is ready to leave his tiny, rundown apartment and buy a condo in his same North End neighborhood. But the commitment-phobic Michael is having trouble finding a condo he can stick with so he's asked pal and real estate agent Toni Gilardi for some help. Together, the duo are hoping to find the perfect move-in ready two-bed, two-bath condo that is within Michael's $500,000 price range.
Debi and John Perry have been living in Taylorsville, Utah, with their three young children. John has started a new job at Hill Air Force Base 30 miles away, and the long commute means he spends more time away from his young family than he likes. The Perrys have decided to sell their house in Taylorsville and move closer to the base. Helping them with their search is real estate agent Jenifer Meller.
Fayetteville, Georgia, residents Kenya and Hason Graham are feeling squeezed in in their three-bedroom home. Though they have plenty of room outdoors, the Grahams want more room inside for their two sons, Riko and Aaron. They are hoping to find a move-in ready house with an open layout, roomy garage and large yard that is in the same great school district as their current place.
Paula Antonevich and Patrick Sanders have lived in Seattle for a couple of years, and they’ve enjoyed all the city has to offer. Now they’re ready to buy their first home. When Paula moved into Patrick’s 800-square-foot rental, his place went from cozy to cramped, so they have begun looking for a home in the town of Everett, Wash., 40 miles to the north. Helping them out in their search is realtor Aleta J. Kennedy.
Laurie and Jeff Smith's family is of the many military families currently living at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. Their base housing is fine, except that it's so cramped that only two of their four children are able to live with them. The rest are staying nearby with their grandmother. After 13 years of moving from place to place, they want to buy their own home, with enough space to bring their family back together under one roof.
After living in New Orleans for a year, Romy Kittrell and her husband Lance Vargas are ecstatic about finally buying a home. Lured by the decadent food, classic architecture and soulful music that seems to lurk around every corner, this eclectic twosome has been renting a two-bedroom shotgun-style home in the upscale neighborhood of Bayou Saint John. With a modest budget of $175,000, they are ready to start looking for a home in the less-expensive Algiers Point, just across the Mississippi.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Austin, Texas, is the little suburb of Round Rock, which has grown rapidly in recent years, thanks to the high-tech companies that make their home there. With so much happening, it's no surprise that 20-year-old Nick Cottingham wants to be a part of it. He currently owns a condo on a golf course that he really loves, but it's just not enough. He has decided to buy a home of his own and as a bonus, his parents are giving him the down payment, just like they did for their other two children. He wants his new place to have room for growth, as his priorities change throughout the next several years. Real estate broker J. Rene Ward is a neighbor of Cottingham's parents, and has signed on to help with the house hunt.
Cody Sohn and Trent Mitchell have been dating long distance for more than a year. Now they want to buy a place together in the Phoenix area, where Trent lives. They have enlisted the help of the real estate twins, Jennifer Hibbard and Christine Kinchen, to help them find a midcentury-style home in the hot Phoenix market.
Heather, a native of southern California, loves San Diego and its proximity to the mountains, canyons and Mexico. Scott, a Georgia native, is crazy about the unbeatable San Diego climate. They both love surfing, bike riding and beach volleyball. Right now they each have their own apartments, but with plans to marry in the future, they are ready to put apartment dwelling behind them and buy a home of their own. They turn to real estate agent Joby Paradiso-Francis to help them stay within their budget and get off to a solid start.
Thirty-something Dolly Johnson has had it with the rental lifestyle in suburban Detroit. She is finally ready to make the leap to being a homeowner, but there is just one problem — she's got champagne taste on a beer budget. Can realtor Aileen Potter help find this first-time homeowner something in her price range?
Rick Samuelson, a health-care administrator, and his wife Darla, a graduate student and part-time charity worker, have loved raising their four children in the Portland, Ore., suburb of Tigard. But as the kids have gotten older, the house seems to have gotten smaller. They have decided to move to a more family-friendly place and would like something with a large backyard and open rooms for family gatherings. Though they want to stay in Tigard, they would love to find a place that's not in a "cookie cutter" neighborhood. Real estate expert Tony Kelly thinks he can help them find the perfect place.
Leslie and Art Solnick are ready to become homeowners in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. They have been renting a home in East Moriches on Long Island, but their lease is almost up. They are ready to fulfill their lifelong dream of living in the Hamptons with their three show dogs Gracie, Paige and Dennis. Hamptons real estate agent Jon Holderer will be guiding them as they search for their beachside townhome.
Joe and Brenda Morra love raising their four children in Dublin, Georgia. But their four-bedroom home just isn't big enough for this family of six. So when Joe's company needed a new leader for a paper mill in Alabama, they decided the time was right for a move to Mobile! They are looking for a five-bedroom house so everyone can have their own space. An open floor plan and a swimming pool are also on the wish list. Real estate agent Barbara Reeves tackles the challenge of helping the Morras find just the right place.
Melina Andron and Christopher Dillon are a newly engaged couple with plans to wed in just a few months. Right now, the two are living at home with their respective parents in the suburbs of Minneapolis. They are excited about building a future together, but they also know their cushy lifestyles will change dramatically once they leave their nests. To help with the transition, they have enlisted the help of real estate agent Evangeline (Vangie) Nicklow. They know they may not find a place with everything they want for their target price, but they are eager to give it a shot.
Diane and Greg Day left Montgomery, Alabama, five years ago for an Air Force posting in California. Now they have two children, Sarah Jo and Jacob, and the family has been transferred back to their sweet home Alabama. They have been staying in temporary housing on base, but they have only 30 days to find, buy and move into their own place! They are looking for a four-bedroom house in the nearby town of Millbrook. They would like to have a huge backyard for the kids and a big kitchen and dining area for entertaining. Helping them on their search is real estate agent Diana Mills who has worked with a lot of military families in the past.
Jenny and Shawn Kohl are living in a cramped temporary apartment in Nashville with their daughters Mattie and Emma and their two dogs. They want to find a home with plenty of space inside and out, in a family-friendly area with good schools and an easy commute for Shawn. The Kohls have asked realtor Mickey Ryan to help them find a home in Franklin, Tennessee, a booming and somewhat pricey suburb just south of Nashville.
A couple searches for a two-bedroom house or condo.
A mother of two teenagers searches for a new home in the same neighborhood.
A couple with five pets searches for a larger home to accommodate a new baby.
A couple searches for a four-bedroom house with a larger kitchen.
Newlyweds relocate to Naples, Florida.
In Denver, a young woman searches for the home of her dreams that's also within her budget.
A young couple wants a bigger house. Can they afford to stay in the same part of Portland?
For 13 years, Chris Corallo and Brett Streaser have been treating their side-by-side condos like one. Brett keeps a computer at his place, leaving room at Chris' place for a dining table. And Brett has the washer, while Chris houses the dryer. Now they are ready to bring everything together and live under one roof. They would like to find a three-bedroom, two-bath ranch-style house in Toms River, NJ, that's big on yard space and has room for entertaining. Veteran Jersey realtor Lizette Conover thinks she can help them find a home in their target location.
After living in Hawaii for three years, a young family wants to move back to Denver.
Young professionals Lori Guzzard and Kieran Shah are newly engaged and need more space now that Kieran has moved into Lori's two-bedroom condo. There is not enough storage space, and the spare bedroom is serving double duty as Kieran's gym and music studio. The couple wants a home in a newer development in the North Las Vegas area that has three bedrooms, a pool, plenty of storage space and a music studio for Kieran. Real estate agent Nancy Kurtzman signs on to help them buy their perfect first house.
Melissa McCracken is an independent contractor and creative writer who came to Santa Fe 10 years ago and has lived in a mud hut, a wood shack and her current home, part of an old school. The 500-square-foot apartment is cute, but cute isn't cutting it anymore — especially when she could be an owner instead of a renter. Her real estate agent, Dawn Davis, kicks off the search.
Sylvia and Joe Ross moved from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Ore. a year ago, and lovingly restored a gorgeous four-story Victorian near downtown. The couple thought they were going to be transferred, so they put their house up for sale, and it sold in days. Since then, they have decided to stay in town, so they now have just one short month to find a new home. Real estate expert Rob Turrie agreed to help them find the right home fast.
Now that the Olson Family has doubled in size, their starter home in Madison, WI, just isn't big enough. They would like to move to the nearby suburb of Cottage Grove, where they are both from and where they still have a lot of family. Real estate agent Kristin Wild is on hand to help.
Tired of paying rent, a Chicago couple searches for a house with plenty of parking and a yard.
With a budget of $200,000 an engaged couple want to find a home near downtown Nashville.
Farrah and Jon Lamoreaux are an urban couple living in the quaint town of Longmont, CO. They agree that the charming small-town feel and that the scenery is beautiful, but they find it too small for them. They can cover the entire downtown area in about 10 minutes and there isn't any place in town that they haven't gone. Plus, their rental condo is spacious and modern, but it lacks the charm that can be found in older homes. They are ready to take on big-city life while they are still young enough to enjoy it, so they have set their sights on Denver. There is a drawback though — older and charming translates to small houses and low ceiling and with Jon's height of 6 feet, 8 inches, these two have a big challenge ahead of them. Signing on to help tackle that challenge is real estate agent Pie Konchar.
Bonnie Andrews has been living in her Lakewood, CO, townhouse for 19 years, and she's ready to find more space for herself, her dog, her two cats and three fish. Although she will be working with the same agent she used nearly two decades ago, Dennis Greco, she has a longer list of requirements this time. She needs more closet space, a bigger kitchen, a separate laundry area, a yard for the dog, a guest room and an extra room for her new hobby of making stained glass. She would also love a cozy fireplace, a nice view of the Rocky Mountain Foothills, and a place that isn't too far from her friends. With a budget of $225,000 Greco definitely has a challenge ahead of him.
Thirty-one-year-old software engineer, Tara Duncan, is single and ready to mingle in downtown Atlanta. But her current home is located in Duluth, nearly an hour away. So she and her dog, Whoopie, are leaving her three-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath home for a new place in Midtown or Buckhead. The only problem is those areas can be costly. She is hoping to find property that's similar in size to her current home, but without an open floor plan and more land. Real estate agent Kathryn Flowers thinks she can help.
Newlyweds tired of living in a summer cabin in Lake Geneva, Wis., search for a modern home in Chicago.
A couple with a dog wants a place that fits their lifestyle and is close to downtown Chicago.
A couple is in a hurry to buy a home with a backyard in Chicago before their second child arrives.
A woman is under pressure to find a new place after her current home was sold in six days.
A young family searches for a bigger home in Wisconsin.
Can a young couple find a pearl of a condo in Portland's trendy Pearl District?
Debbie Abbey just got into law school in New Orleans, but there's a catch. She still lives in Las Vegas. She needs to find a place in the Big Easy, but will she be too picky as she looks for some real Crescent City character? She and her agent, Patti Gracianette, have one weekend to find a home that suits her needs and her budget.
A hip young couple needs more space. Can they find a bigger condo in trendy Uptown Chicago?
A growing family wants a larger house with a basement and big backyard in Bethesda, Maryland.
With a budget of $300,000, finding a home in Chicago's Lincoln Park is proving difficult.
A growing family searches for a home near Atlanta, but their wish list is bigger than their budget.
A Florida family, whose home was destroyed by a hurricane, decides to settle down in Santa Fe.
Texan Amy Tucker was living in San Diego while pursuing her career. Since most of her job requires travel, a homesick Tucker decided that after five years, she wants a new home base. So she moved back to Austin, where her family is. She and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bogart, have been living with her sister, brother-in-law and nephew while looking for a house of her own. It has been three months, so she's ready to step up her search and get serious. With the expertise of real estate agent Cindy White, she is hoping to find a three-bedroom, two-bath house that will offer a little privacy, but still be close enough to her sister and her family.
A newlywed couple wants a house in Ann Arbor, MI, with enough space for their family to grow.
She loves her Santa Fe home, but wants to downsize to something smaller and more manageable.
A family of five returns to New England - can they find a house that's already been updated?
An expecting couple scrambles to find a house in Tampa with plenty of space for the baby.
In Salt Lake City, a young couple searches for a place to hang their hats and their shingle.
Finding a house in Maui with an ocean view for under a million dollars is harder than you think.
A couple can't seem to find a house close to downtown Atlanta in their price range.
A couple of empty nesters are staying with friends until they find a condo in downtown Portland.
She wants to trade her cramped townhouse for a bigger home with more room for her crafts and hobbies.
They're moving from Texas to Milwaukee. Can they quickly find a house everyone will like?
In Florida, a family of six needs a bigger house with four bedrooms and a big yard for two dogs.
They live in Maui but want to be closer to the beach. What can they find for $1 million?
A Virginia family looks for a similar house in Orlando. Can they find a house everyone will like?
In Nevada, a couple that recently adopted needs for room for their growing family.
Empty nesters in Georgia want to downsize to a smaller home, but they still want big house features.
Newlyweds in Seattle need to find a bigger home with enough bedrooms for everybody.
Tired of renting, a Staten Island couple is ready to take the big step and become homeowners.
Two realtors want to trade in their Portland home for a condo in the trendy Pearl District.
They've been looking for awhile. Can this Wisconsin couple find their first house together?
A couple wants to find a bigger house with a big yard close to downtown Des Moines.
They live in the suburbs but want to be closer to the city.
Tired of renting an apartment in San Jose, a newlywed couple wants to find a place of their own.
It's cramped quarters in Connecticut as a growing family searches for a bigger house.
Newlyweds in Nashville have outgrown their tiny apartment and need a much larger space.
Seattle newlyweds want to buy their first home together. What will they find in their price range?
Our homeowners are returning to New Orleans to help with recovery from Katrina and find a new home.
Soon-to-be-newlyweds want to find a house of their own before the wedding.
A young couple lived with Mom for months so they could save enough for their first house.
A flight attendant wants to sell her large townhouse and move closer to downtown Atlanta.
The search is on for a second home in Las Vegas. Can they find a stylish condo within their budget?
Having triplets has tripled the need for more room. Can this family find a home in their budget?
Tired of Chicago, these Minnesota natives want to move back home and find a house on the lake.
In Rhode Island, a busy mom is tired of renting and wants to find a place of her own.
A military family wants to put down roots in Philadelphia.
The search is on for a house that requires little or no maintenance and is in an adult community.
In Chicago, an engaged couple searches for a bigger place that doesn't need a lot of work.
In Orlando, a young Swedish couple wants to find a bigger place with three bedrooms and two baths.
In Myrtle Beach, a professional couple wants a home that offers more peace and quiet.
A young family in an Austin suburb needs more space. Can they find a bigger house close by?
A family is outgrowing their vacation home on Shelter Island. What can they find in their budget?
They moved from Cape Cod to Myrtle Beach. Now they want a bigger house closer to the water.
An engaged couple can't decide if they want their first house to be in the city or the suburbs.
In Austin, a family wants a bigger house near the lake with larger bedrooms and a pool.
A couple searches for an environmentally friendly vacation house on Oregon's coast.
A young professional woman searches for her very first house in Nashville.
A young professional is ready to move out on his own. Can he find a place near the airport?
A couple wants to trade the concrete canyons of New York for the quiet vineyards of Long Island.
Tired of renting and ready to own, she wants an energy-efficient home that's move-in ready.
A firefighter and a cop have moved in together. Now they want a bigger place that's closer to work.
A single gal wants to move from West L.A. to Beverly Hills. What can she find in her price range?
In Los Angeles, a couple is tired of renting. Can they find a house in a diverse neighborhood?
A couple wants to move from Chicago to Indiana. Can they find a house with big yard for the dogs?
Paul Burke, a claims manager with an insurance company, and his wife Marsha, a pharmaceutical sales representative, are looking to trade up into a bigger home. They also have two daughters, 5-year-old Laney, and 6-month-old Stephanie. With limited space, a growing family and rooms that serve dual functions, it's time for the Burkes to upgrade into a more spacious house.
Joe Coleman is a young Internet marketing entrepreneur and is back in Idaho Falls, where his family lives and where he grew up. It's not that he hates Idaho Falls. He's happy to be living near his family and friends. But his business is based in Nevada, and he's seeking a quality condo for the right price in Las Vegas.
Craig and Becca Dial live in the fifth-largest city in the United States: Phoenix, Arizona. In an effort to stop throwing their money away to rent, these newlyweds decided they'd move in with Becca's parents. It's only been a few weeks, but Becca and Craig are ready to find a place of their own. This young couple is looking for something modern and updated, but also something that fits their budget.
Dan and Susan Bergman were born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Since tying the knot they have been living together in Susan's condo, but are quickly outgrowing it. They have absolutely no place to store anything. They would like to find a place with two garages, a large kitchen and basement and plenty of extra storage space.
In Seattle, a newly single guy wants to downsize to a bachelor pad in downtown.
Jon and Carleen Klingbeil lead a double life. During the day, they work among millions of others in Sacramento, California. But at night, they retreat to their country rental house in Grass Valley, California. They love the quiet and privacy that comes with their remote location but are tired of the limited space and inability to make any cosmetic changes to the house. They want something bigger where they can really start a family.
Born and raised in California, Brian Schonfeld and his wife Cheri moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, last year when Brian got a job offer he couldn't resist. He now has a shorter commute, cheaper housing and more time to spend with 2-year-old daughter Melia. However, 16 months have flown by and now the Schonfelds need a bigger place.
Colin and Audrey Vincent have been renting a temporary home they can't make changes on. Their priorities when it comes to a new place are location, layout and budget. With a very limited budget, and Nashville's booming market, the Vincents hope to find an affordable three-bedroom home with at least one-and-a-half bathrooms in a great neighborhood.
Ivis and Marcus McCollum love living in Trinity, Florida. They are still in their first home together with their young sons Jackson, 3, and Ian, 2. The McCollums don't want to leave Trinity, but they do want to find a new house for two reasons that both involve their young sons. They don't have enough space anymore, and there are too many alligators nearby.
The Reeves family — parents, Spencer and Carrie and their three kids, Carlo, Lilly, and Dillon — are all New Orleans natives. Now, after two years of rebuilding post-Hurricane Katrina, they are happy to be back in their home. Unfortunately, Spencer and Carrie realize that their home is no longer big enough for their family. So, they're back to square one and are hoping to sell their place and find a larger home on a larger piece of land.
In the mid-1990s, Shiva Ramachandran and his wife Srimathi packed up and moved to America from India. Currently, along with their daughters Akshaya, 12, and Akila, 7, this family rents a home in Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. However, they are ready to become homeowners. In a new place, they want a single-story home, that has at least 2,100 square feet, four bedrooms and a yard. This will be a challenge to find because most houses in the area are two-story homes.
Single mom Marlene Boyd wants to live closer to her mom in northern California. Along with infant daughter Ella and two dogs, Marlene currently lives in El Dorado Hills, a suburb outside of Sacramento. However, she's looking to downsize into a smaller home and be closer to her family and Downtown Sacramento. Will she be able to find the right home in a rather desirable neighborhood?
Kadie and Jarod Blaney's lives were turned upside down when they got great new jobs in the Washington, D.C., area and had to relocate from their beautiful dream home in Richmond, Virginia. They moved into temporary corporate housing. Now that they're more settled in with their jobs, they're ready to settle down in a new home. They seek a place with at least three bedrooms, two baths and plenty of yard space for their dogs.
Kate and Kevin live in a very small rental unit in Beaverton, Oregon, about 35 minutes outside of Portland. Kate is a social worker, and Kevin is a lawyer just beginning to build his practice. They live in a small rental unit with one bedroom where the couple's bed hardly fits, and one living room with a small dining area that they use as an office. There is no backyard, and they really would like to get a dog, but they would need an outdoor area for that. Because of the limited space, they have to use the one table they have to house their computers — it serves as a makeshift office for Kevin's burgeoning law practice. With no table, they have to eat their meals on the couch. They really need a bigger place.
Cathy and Michael Roddy and family (daughter Jessica, 6, and Ellie, 8, plus dogs Jasmine and Bella and hamster Princess) live in Ocoee, Florida, and need to upgrade into a bigger house. They want it to be new and improved and more organized. The wish list for their new house: a separate and bigger office for Michael, an office area for Cathy, a kitchen with granite countertops, a bigger garage (three-car, if possible) a pool for the girls, and a backyard for the dogs and the kids. They want to stay in Ocoee or nearby Winter Garden.
Joanne and Jeff Ort live in Seattle, Washington. Joanne is a certified public accountant, and Jeff works in the tech industry as a software engineer. The couple is ready for a move to downtown Seattle, where they hope to find a condo that is brand new, dog-friendly, wired for Jeff's tech needs and has beautiful views, an amazing kitchen, and a good layout that utilizes all the space. Their budget for a is a healthy $750,000. To help them is real estate agent Olga Dyckman. Will Joanne and Jeff find a condo that's new and dog-friendly in downtown Seattle?
Recently engaged couple Margie Render and Tyrone Davis met each other in the idyllic Georgia town of Newnan. Margie, a postal worker, grew up there. Tyrone, a metalworker, moved there from Chicago and loves the small-town vibe. Their current apartment is just to small for them and their extended, blended family, so they are looking for a bigger home with a big yard for the kids.
A new family needs more room, especially for the soon-to-be teens.
Lara Scheibner has been living in Charlotte, North Carolina, while going to school and is finally ready to commit to buying a place of her very own. Recently, she moved back into her parents' home. She was raised in the Detroit area and wants to buy a home in the St. Clair Shores area that has a big enough backyard to entertain.
Keri and Dan are recently married and looking to start a new life. The apartment they share is perfect for one person but too small for two. They both like the modern character of the apartment and are looking for that in their new home. They both enjoy the big-city lifestyle but are still small-town kids at heart. Chicago is a little overwhelming for them with the traffic, parking, crowds, etc., so they are looking to move to the suburbs of Milwaukee.
The Nye family has lived all over the country, as dad Peter's job as regional sales director for a major company has caused them to make several moves. For the last three years, they've been living in Center Valley, Penn. But now Peter is being transferred again, this time to Alpharetta, Georgia. The upside is that the Nyes will be moving to the same city as Peter's family. The downside is that even though they have up to $800,000 to find a new place, homes in Alpharetta are more expensive than they thought.
Salsa dancers Stacy Fahrion and Dagiadi Rebolledo are tired of their rental just outside of Denver, Colorado. When they're not cha-cha-ing through downtown Denver, Stacy spends her days as a personal trainer, yoga instructor and piano teacher, while Dagiadi is a student and works at a restaurant. At the moment, the couple's current residence is an 800-square-foot, two-bedroom home. With a budget of $150,000 to $185,000, they are looking to find a three-bedroom home around 1,800 square feet and in turnkey condition. Real estate agent Caryn Schmidt is up for the challenge, but will these first-time buyers have to sacrifice some salsa-time to meet their living needs?
Fiona Pickford has studied and traveled the world and is ready to ditch the backpack and plant her roots. A new job has forced her to relocate from sunny San Jose to beautiful Boston, and she's on the hunt to buy and own her very first home. She feels like she's found her niche in the South End and would love to find a place in this nook of Beantown. However, she's willing to explore the other areas that the city has to offer, as long as she'll still be within walking distance of work and/or in close proximity to the T-Stop. Fiona is looking for a turnkey condo with two bedrooms so that her parents and guests can visit.
Chase DeLuca, an enterprising 24-year-old, makes his living as a computer consultant, but his real passion is music. For the past two years, he has been living with his parents in their three-bedroom, three-bath, 1,350-square-foot condo in Sun Valley, California. He has enjoyed his folks' hospitality, but at 24, he really feels it's time to leave the nest. He has a budget in the $500,000 to $600,000 range. Because he hopes to have several roommates to help with the mortgage, he hopes to get at least four bedrooms, three baths and 2,000 square feet. Also on the wish list is a kitchen big enough to accommodate two refrigerators, one for him and a backup for his hungry 20-something pals. To make his search hum along, he's turning to friend and realtor Brock Harris. Will Chase's search end on a high note or fall flat?
Rachel and Mark live in their starter home, a townhouse in Vancouver, WA, with their daughters Makayla and Madeline. They are on the hunt for a new house, ideally one with four bedrooms, two or more bathrooms, an office for Rachel and a nice yard. Hoping to sell their townhouse for $210,000, they have set their budget for a new home at $400,000 and have asked realtor Theresa Lowe to help them get the best deal they can.
Karen Bertiger and Thomas Driggers, both in their mid-thirties, met on a blind date fifteen years ago and rent a 1,000 square foot 2-bedroom apartment in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. They, along with their dog Theo, have enjoyed their apartment thoroughly, however, this couple is ready for a house. They are hoping to find a home with 1,800-1,900 square feet, with three to four bedrooms and two full baths. They are currently hoping to stay under $485,000, and they are concentrating their search in the neighborhoods of Columbia City, Green Lake, and Mount Baker. Assisting them on their search is Realtor (and former Miss USA contestant and NFL cheerleader!) Staci Baldwin. Will she be able to find Thomas and Karen the home of their dreams reasonably close to their budget? Or is this couple doomed to be squeezed out of their current space by an oversized coffee table?
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed a family's New Orleans home, they're moving to Mobile.
Jim works and lives Battle Creek, Michigan, but he's looking for a second home in Chicago. He loves the theater, restaurants, and night-life that Chicago has to offer, and hopes to find a one bedroom apartment that's move-in ready.
The Smithermans have two dogs, two cats and a baby on the way, so they've decided they need more space. With a larger family in mind, they'd like to find a place with four bedrooms, but they'd settle for three. They'd like the idea of an older home in need of some TLC, since Tony loves a project. But with a baby on the way, is this the right time for a renovation?
Allison and John recently moved in together into John's condo. As they plan their wedding, they've also decided to search for a bigger place. With their wedding date creeping up on them, they feel added pressure to find their ideal two-bedroom, two-bath home with an office and a nice outdoor space.
Michigan native Adrianne moved to Washington, DC three years ago and instantly fell in love with the city. She currently rents a two-bedroom apartment on Capitol Hill, but is ready to buy. While she loves the neighborhood, she might not be able to find something that's the right size and the right price there, so she's now exploring other neighborhoods as well.
Paul Stevenson and Marcie Rathbun live in Orlando and are engaged to be married. To save money for their wedding, they've moved in with Paul's parents. Along with their two pets, they're crammed into Paul's childhood bedroom. They want to buy a place for themselves, preferably one with three bedrooms, a garage and a nice yard for their dog.
Newlyweds Melanie Ulrich and Nicholas Henke have relocated from Montana to Minnesota where they've been renting a 1900 square foot home. Since they are both fans of theater and sports, they've decided to settle down in the St. Paul area. They hope to find a three-bedroom home with a large, fenced-in backyard for their dogs and a space for Nicholas's beer brewing.
Sarah and Kelly Geyer fell in love with South Carolina when they moved here five years ago. Although they love their current home, they would like to move closer to the beach and into another school system for their daughter. To fulfill their dreams, they have enlisted the help of a realtor who hopes to find a house within their budget that will fit their needs.
Nick and Melodie Winscher are eager to stop renting and are starting to look for their first home in Madison, Wisconsin. They hope to find a two-bedroom house with a two-car garage. Since Nick works from home, he would like an office that is separate from the rest of the house.
Heather Burke is an aerospace engineer who has spent the last 16 years moving from home to home, mostly in rentals. She has decided that Savannah is where she wants to plant her roots and is looking for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.
Joel and Kimee Shideler have enjoyed two years of being married and living in their one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with their two cats. Now, they're ready to start a family, so they've begun a search for a three-bedroom, two-bath home in Nashville.
Dan Leonhardt and Sarah Power are currently engaged, and they've decided they've outgrown the busy life of Chicago. They have fallen in love with the minimal traffic, welcoming people and clean environment of Portland, Oregon. As they start their new life together, they may not agree on styles, but they do agree that they want a three-bedroom home with a big yard for their dog, Charlie.
Mary Lothamer has always been a suburban girl. Now that she's an empty nester, she's ready to say goodbye to Franklin, Tennessee, and hello to the hip and trendy neighborhood of East Nashville. Ideally, she wants a home with an open floor plan, a great backyard and a location closer to her work.
Young newlyweds Whitney and Ian are on the prowl for low priced condos in San Diego. They've gathered the financing for a $250,000 budget and are ready to move out of Whitney's parents' house. Topping their wish list is prime location. Next, they want a fireplace, outdoor space, two bedrooms, ample closet space and a garage. Can they find all this in desirable San Diego and within their budget?
Kristen and Anthony have been inseparable since they met at a party a couple years ago. They are anxious to move in together and feel the pride of home ownership. Ideally, they would like a three-bedroom, two-bath home. Kristen wants an open floor plan, while Anthony's #1 must-have is a large backyard. With a budget of $200,000, they don't anticipate having much left over for improvements.
Melissa and Michael have been living together for two years and are now planning their wedding. On top of that, they're also ready to tackle the very expensive Southern California housing market. They are searching for a home with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two parking spots and ample storage. Perhaps most challenging, they'd love a place just blocks from the beach. Their realtor is sure she'll be able to help them find a home to start their lives together.
Kristin and Mike McCullar need more room but want to stay in their current Austin neighboorhood, known for its fun block parties and excellent school system. They're looking for a place with at least four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an office, a playroom, and a kitchen with more cabinet space and double ovens.
John and Kim Bojonny are making a mid-life change and are relocating to Phoenix. They are looking for a home with an open floor plan, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, large closets and lots of extra space. With a $350,000 budget, their realtor is determined to find them exactly what they want.
Thad Lareau and Carrie Kisiday met in a very 21st century way via an online dating service. Now, one year later, their "virtual" love has become the real thing, and they've decided to join households in the picturesque town of Fort Collins, Colorado. The three most important things in their search for a home are location, location, and location. They want a three-bedroom, two-bath home in the downtown area of Fort Collins called Old Town that's also close to running and biking trails.
Karen Walker and Chuck Solesbee are engaged, but they need to find a bigger home for their soon-to-be blended family. They know they need at least four bedrooms, a good sized kitchen, a two-car garage and a workshop for Chuck.
Ellie is a behavioral specialist living in what she calls the best city in the world - San Francisco. Ellie is looking in the Mission District for a one-bedroom condo in the $400,000-$500,000 range. She's hoping for something with hardwood floors and an open floor plan, and her realtor is scouring the Mission for condos that meet her needs and desires.
Engineers Aaron Jacobson and Cecelia Prieto met and fell in love in Houston nine years ago and are now looking to purchase real estate. However, since they think they'll ultimately move from Houston, they've decided to purchase a vacation home in Sedona. Their wish list includes at least three bedrooms, plenty of space and, most importantly, a picture perfect view of the surrounding red rocks.
When Brett and Jeff Moore met, they hit it off immediately. After five years together, they've tied the knot and are looking for a home in Laurel, Maryland. Brett wants a single family home with a nice sized front and back yard, while Jeff is looking for a home that has a deck for cookouts and a "man cave" for himself. They agree that they need additional room to grow into when it comes time for kids and, for now, a house that's move-in ready.
Fred and Leona Haven's love of snow skiing and hiking has kept them happily living in Montana. For the past six years, they've hit the road in their giant RV, driving between Montana and their daughter's home in Florida. This year, they've decided to purchase a vacation home close to their daughter, and they're looking for a home with a large kitchen and dining area that's also close to golf courses and in a community where they can make new friends.
When Michael and Lauren Loch married, they began saving money to buy a house immediately. However, when their son Logan came along, Lauren quit her job to stay at home with him. To continue saving money, they now live with Lauren's parents in small quarters. Now that Lauren is pregnant again, the time to move is now. They want a three-bedroom home with lots of room for their kids, including a nice backyard.
Rebecca and John Ulatowski met in college, got married and have settled in Charlotte, NC. As they begin to search for a home, they are looking for at least three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a large kitchen and a open floor plan. They love to entertain, so a large living area is a must, as is a music room and a nice yard. Can they find a great starter home like this with a budget of only $170,000?
Bryan and Rachel Bolton have moved from Louisiana to Nashville, Tennesee and are ready to break out of their temporary housing in a tiny townhouse. They are looking for a home with at least 1000 square feet, and the place must have extra room for Bryan's music studio.
Brothers and best buds, Alan and Greg Urbach have decided it's time to move out of their childhood bedrooms in their parents' house and into a home of their own. With help from mom and dad, they hope to find a townhouse (with two equally sized bedrooms) in Houston's trendy Montrose District.
Kris and Elise Rodemack married two years ago and moved to Hillsboro, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Now with a six-month old son, this young family has a cramped apartment and is throwing money away by renting. They've decided to look for a three-bedroom, two-bath home in Portland's western suburbs. However, with a budget of only $200,000, it's going to be a challenge to find the right place for them.
Michael Giudicissi is recently divorced and shares custody of his two children Mia and Sam with his ex-wife. While he's looking for a new home, he lives in an apartment that he shares with his kids when they are with him. On a tight budget, he'd like to find a home with a nice yard for the kids, three bedrooms, an office for himself and a large garage.
Liz Hudson is a registered dietician who's lived with her parents for the past two years since graduating from college. She's now saved enough money to find her own home in Ann Arbor, MI. With a budget of about $120,000, Liz's challenge is to find a home in this price range with two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and a nice outdoor space.
Greg Kulander, father of three, and Tracy Walker, mother of two, met online and eventually decided to move in together, merging their families. Greg and his kids moved into Tracy's 3,500-square foot home, but they soon realized it's not big enough for this blended family. With a budget of up to $850,000, they're hoping to find a home with five or six bedrooms and three bathrooms on a big piece of land close to downtown Portland. Although their budget is substantial, their demands for a home could prove to be tough to meet.
Barry and Christine Atkins have lived in East Haddam, CT for the past 21 years and have raised three grown children. After recently visiting Casco, Maine for the first time, they fell in love with it and have decided to look for a vacation home - that might also be where they retire. With a budget of up to $500,000, they hope to find a lakefront home that has at least three bedrooms and plenty of space to entertain friends and family.
Chris Faenger and his wife Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger currently live in an older rental house close to historical downtown Charleston. The location is convenient and the house is cozy, but it's also very cramped. They're looking to purchase a home in the same area. However, Amy wants an older home and Chris wants a newer one. They agree they they want something bigger, a home office and plenty of space to entertain.
After returning home to Michigan nine months ago after living in Hawaii, Shaun Lewis has lived with his parents. He's gone into the family landscaping business and has now saved enough money to make a down payment on a house of his own. With a budget of up to $100,000 in the area of Clawson, Michigan, Shaun hopes to find a home with at least two bedrooms, a backyard and a garage. And he wouldn't mind a fixer-upper to which he could add his personal touches.
Young newlyweds Kelley and Paul Newman are ready to stop paying rent. After living in a cramped two bedroom apartment since graduating from college three years ago, the Newmans are ready to enter the Indianapolis housing market. They want a bigger kitchen, a bigger guest room and more space for their two fat cats. With a budget of up to $200,000, they're also hoping they can find a place with a finished basement and plenty of outdoor entertaining space.
Nick and Krista Thompson met at Iowa State and have been married since 2002. Since jobs took them both to Minnesota, they've been renting a two bedrooom apartment together in Coon Rapids. They're comfortable, but the place is small, and they're ready to own their own place. They've decided to focus their hunt in the community of Plymouth, nine miles west of Minneapolis. With a budget of $350,000, Nick and Krista are looking for a two-story traditional home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Chris Kemp purchased a two-bedroom townhome in Auburn Hills, Michigan after graduating from college, but now that he and girlfriend Suzanne Harris are moving in together, they've decided they need more room and a home that reflects both of their personalities. Their budget is between $300,000-450,000, and they hope to find a home with at least three or four bedrooms, a kitchen with modern amenities, a formal dining room, a great room, large walk-in closets, a nice sized garage and a backyard.
Sandra Cordova owns a successful sign company, and her daughter Anna is heading off to college soon but has decided against campus living. Currently, they live in the small community of Lyons, Colorado in a large two-bedroom townhome. They've set their sights on living in the nearby city of Longmont. This active twosome has a long list of must-haves for their new home, including three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage large enough for Sandra's woodworking materials, car and motorcycle, a large upgraded kitchen and a large living room for their monthly slumber parties. Although the top of their budget is $220,000, Sandra is hoping to find a bargain.
Jennifer and Mike Heyer live in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhome in the Twin Cities' suburb of Shakopee, Minnesota. They're bucking the trend with their preference to be even further from the city, so they're looking for a new home in the Burnsville area, about 20 miles south of the Twin Cities. Their goal is to find a rambler with a big kitchen, separate entertaining space, finished basement, hardwood floors and a three-car garage big enough for Mike's landscaping equipment.
Chad Paddock is a firefighter for the city of Las Vegas, and he will soon wed Diane Valarde, a schoolteacher in Boulder City, Nevada. Their budget for a home is around $200,000, and they're looking in the Green Valley area of Las Vegas. They hope to find a home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large backyard and a two-car garage. Chad and Diane have enlisted Brenda Caruso of Universal Realty to help them in their search.
Doug and Valerie Gottron and their children recently moved from suburban Maryland across the country to Bend - a lovely little town nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon's high desert. Valerie and the kids love the neighborhood they've chosen, but Doug adamantly wants a place with more land. They've enlisted the help of agent Linda Judd to find a place that will quench Doug's yearnings for the great outdoors while providing a community where Valerie and the kids will feel at home.
Jim and Esther Kersey are Florida natives who have lived in Bradenton since they were happily married 35 years ago. Their home is large enough for lots of family visits, but the family's fishing outings would be a lot more convenient from the Florida Keys. So the Kerseys have decided to search for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom vacation home in Marathon - and they want a home that's move-in ready. Realtor Wanda Brock will help with their search, steering them away from the numerous fixer-uppers available in the area.
Now that their four daughters have left the nest, John and Denise Pulley find themselves in a five-bedroom home in Huntington Beach, California. They're keen to stay in the area they've called home for twenty years, especially since they love their weekend bike rides by the beach and walks with their puppies at a local park. Along with realtor Marcia Kaufman, they're looking at smaller properties in the area, whether turnkeys or fixer-uppers. They love the rewarding feeling of personalizing a home and making it their own ? but they equally love the idea of kicking back and relaxing at the end of the day. Hopefully, the Pulleys will soon find another happy Huntington Beach home.
After 17 years of renting in Costa Mesa, California, widowed Diane Canfield, her two sons and her mother are finally going to buy a home. They're looking for a home with a kitchen that's larger than the one in their rental and hopefully has an open floor plan in a living/kitchen/dining area. They's also love a larger backyard with space for outdoor cookouts. With a budget of $550,000 and realtor Casey Lesher on board, they've agreed they're willing to buy a house that needs some improvements to get what they need within their budget.
Dave Molnar and Neha Mehta are newlyweds in the Las Vegas Valley with plans to find a home together that they can both call their own. In the meantime, Neha has moved into the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home that Dave purchased in the Henderson area three years ago. Together, with a budget of up to $1 million, they're looking for a similarly sized home in the Anthem area of Las Vegas and hope to find a large kitchen, a grand stairwell, a large, flat backyard and separate his-and-hers bathrooms.
J.C. Croom and Ray Ward moved from Charleston, South Carolina to Destin, Florida into a cramped rental. While they love their new lifestyle in Destin, they're hoping to find a house that's located close to both of their jobs and has at least two bathrooms and three bedrooms, including a large master.
When Brad McKerihan relocated from Bend, Oregon to Portland, he fell in love with the city. He currently shares a townhome with one of his best friends, but he's grown tired of renting and is ready to purchase his first home. His must-have list includes a location closer to downtown, at least two bedrooms, ample parking for visitors, an upgraded kitchen and hardwood floors - all within a budget of $160,000.
Keith Sternberg and his wife Linda Slayton loved condo living until their daughter Mia arrived. Now, they share tight quarters in a 900 square foot, one-bedroom condo. The family hopes to find a new house that has at least three bedrooms and a big backyard. With a budget of up to $350,000, their challenge will be to find the right place for the right price in costly West Palm Beach.
Tired of living in a cramped condo, Justine Spinelli and D.J. Callaghan are an engaged couple ready to tackle the buyers' market just outside Boston, Massachusetts. They're anxious to find a house that's in turnkey condition. Additionally, the two want a location that is close to the train station for D.J.?s commute to work and that will cut down on Justine?s 50 minute drive to work everyday.
Contractors Jay and Paula Powell are true nomads and currently between homes. They?re staying in their friends? vacation home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and are anxious to move onto something permanent. Although they love the home's outdoor deck and proximity to the water, space is limited. The Powells are looking for a large, classically styled home and preferably one that is older and needs improvement so they can do the renovation.
Chris and Allison Larthey lucked into a brand new townhouse three years ago in Blackwood, New Jersey, near Philadelphia. It was a perfect situation, until they both landed jobs far from Blackwood. Chris now drives an hour to work and Allison drives almost twice that. So they've begun looking for a single family home with at least three bedrooms, a nice backyard and plenty of living space where long commutes will be a thing of the past.
After living in a small one-bedroom apartment in Houston for a year, Matt and Suzanne Stillings are ready to settle into home ownership. With a maximum budget of $400,000, they have decided to look for a home within Houston's ''Loop,'' preferably in Midtown. They want a spacious three-bedroom, two-bath home, and their wish list includes a yard, possibly a pool, storage for bikes, surfboards and watercraft and space for an herb garden.
Heath Owen and Cara Hudson are a young Nashville couple ready to buy a house together. Currently, they spend most of their time at Cara's house, which she calls the boring box. Anxious to have more room, their goal is to find a home with at least four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large open kitchen. Their price range is between $400-500,000, and they're hoping that can go a long way in the Nashville market.
Meridee Wilson and Sarah Berrin live together with their two dogs in a rental in the suburbs of San Francisco, but they miss the sights and sounds of the city. They're ready to purchase a home in San Francisco, hopefully one with plenty of room for entertaining, modern appliances and within walking distance of a park for their dogs. While their wish list seems pretty basic, Meridee and Sarah know that San Francisco's real estate market is one of the priciest in the nation and with a budget of just $450,00, they know that they may not get all they desire.
Anne and Chip Johnson have their roots firmly planted in New Orleans where they're raising their four children, including a set of triplets. While looking for a home twice the size of their current place, they're concerned that their budget might not be enough for the four-bedroom home with a large yard that they hope to find.
Scott Baker and Shasta Bridges moved to Atlanta several years ago, got married and moved into Scott's place in Decatur, a suburb to the west of Atlanta. With only two bedrooms, the second bedroom serves as both a guest room and an office for the two of them. They're looking for a new home with at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms and enough space for entertaining and work at home, all for under $400,000. That price point may be a challenge, so they're willing to look all over the city of Atlanta and its many suburbs.
Byron DeJesus and Jackie Wilson have been together for ten years now. They currently live in Jackie's place and have decided it's time to purchase their first home together. Although they appreciate the convenient location of where they live now, the nearby airport is noisy and several of the home's rooms are too small - including the one-car garage. In their new place, they hope to find a home in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina with at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms and plenty of space to entertain.
Gina and Rich Strogan are a young couple who have been sub-letting a townhouse not far from Charleston, South Carolina. With a move-out deadline fast approaching, they've begun searching for homes in the nearby town of Summerville. With a budget of up to $270,000, their goal is to find a home that's move-in ready with a fenced yard for their dogs, a living room that isn't carpeted and a screened porch.
Sheila Murphy and Richard Crisp met in Europe, got married and had their three kids there. Born in the United States, Sheila convinced her family that it was time to move back. For more than a year, they have lived in an apartment in Yonkers, New York, and they're finally ready to put down roots there and purchase a home. Richard wants a yard and a garden, Sheila wants a big kitchen, and the kids want their own rooms plus a playroom for their toys.
Thirty-somethings Brendan and Kelly Walsh have lived in Washington, D.C. for the past seven years and are now expecting a child. They currently live in a 750-square foot apartment in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in D.C. With limited storage space and a baby on the way, they'd love to find a larger home where their living room doesn?t do triple duty as a dining room and guest bedroom. Home prices in downtown D.C. have pushed their search into Alexandria, Virginia where they hope to find a condo that's close to the city and has plenty of restaurants and entertainment options nearby.
Meghann and Kevin Tichnell are first-time parents with a newborn and a need for more space. Born and raised in Ohio, this couple plans to raise their family in the Cleveland area and are looking for just the right place. To help budget for a bigger house, they've decided to keep their current home as a rental. But their renter is moving in soon, so the pressure's on to find their new family home.
Chris and Peter Engelmaier, along with their three daughters, are in the midst of a move from Charlotte, North Carolina to Savannah, Georgia. Dad Peter has already started his new job and has been renting an apartment there. Once the girls finish their school year in Charlotte, the family plans to join him, so they're looking for a home in a nice community that's near everyone's work and school and priced below $900,000.
When Sean and Kelly Connelly first moved into their brick rambler in Alexandria, Virginia, the house seemed like the perfect space for them. Just two years and two children later, they need a bigger home and a large yard. They're also hoping to find a newer home, so they won't have to undertake major renovations.
Former high school sweethearts Amanda and Jay Johansen are currently renting a room in their friends' townhouse in Savannah, Georgia. They hope to find a home of their own soon, so they don't wear out their welcome. They're looking for a single-family home with a water view and without stringent homeowners' association restrictions.
After going through a divorce, Prem Iyer has been subletting a friend's condo in northern Virginia. The primary reason that he's ready to find a permanent home is for his daughter Maryam. He's concentrating his search in Silver Spring, a Washington D.C. suburb in nearby Maryland, because he grew up there, his parents still live nearby and it's close to public transportation. Because homes tend to be pricier there, Prem is open to investing in a fixer-upper.
Ky Schultz is ready to move out of his father's home in Santa Barbara. Enrolled at Brooks College in the coastal community of Ventura, California, he knows it's smarter to buy than to rent. With a budget of $300,000, this extreme sports enthusiast hopes to find a nice-sized house or townhome to fit himself, his sporting gear, and maybe even his girlfriend.
Cheryl Ceballos and her partner Deanna Dela Cruz live in downtown Seattle with their dog, JoJo. They've decided to buy their first home together, preferably a place near their favorite restaurants and hang-outs with a nice view from either a balcony or a patio.
Busy executive Jerry Nitz loves urban adventures and is making downtown Chicago his new home. An avid biker, he can't wait to ride to sporting events, museums and restaurants that thrive in Chicago's vibrant downtown. His sights are set on a one-bedroom loft with upscale amenities and views of the city's sparkling skyline.
Kerri Gill, a health care project coordinator and her fiance Justin Jesse, a police officer, have lived in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for two years. Currently renting, the couple lives in a two-story Colonial home that they share with the owner who lives downstairs. Feeling cramped and lacking privacy, the couple is ready to venture forth and buy their first home in nearby Warwick.
Geralyn and Bob Kerprich have called North Kingston, Rhode Island home for eight years. Bob's company recently opened a plant in Hillsboro, Oregon just outside of Portland. After a year of commuting from Oregon to company headquarters in Minneapolis and back home to Rhode Island, they've decided it's time to pack up the family and head west to Portland. They hope their budget of $580,000 will get them an updated kitchen, plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms and a large yard for their three kids.
Corey and Shoshanna Walker came to Savannah from Orlando for a vacation and fell in love with the city. They decided to make it their permanent home and opened a natural soap store there that's booming. Now they're ready to stop renting and are in the market for a single family home with a large backyard for their dogs. Looking to stay in the downtown area, the hardest thing is going to be finding something that has a garage and is in their price range.
Shane, Lisa and Jayden Doucette are a fun family of three in Concord, New Hampshire who need a new place. Having lived in a cramped apartment for two years, they're ready to stop paying rent and to start investing in a place of their own. Their challenge is to find a house in their price range in the downtown area that also includes a nice-sized yard and a finished basement.
Eric Malo's new job offer has him and his wife Alysha packing up in Chicago and heading back to Nashville where they're orginally from. The Malos want to find a house with more room than they have now, and they'd ideally like a space for Alysha to have an art studio, along with at least one guest bedroom. With a budget of $200,000, the couple's biggest obstacle is going to be finding a reasonable home in the pricey area of central Nashville where they hope to live.
Tenille La Tourrette, a former Navy pilot instructor, recently took a new job in Savannah, Georgia and is renting a small apartment in an old building downtown. She loves the historic character of her apartment, such as the original brick kitchen floor, but would prefer a place with an open floor plan comfortable for entertaining and a garage so she doesn't have to park her car on the street. With a budget of up to $525,000, she's asked real estate agent Dee Dee Covington to help her find a new home.
Jen and Dan Muhlbach share their 1,000 square foot, two-bedroom home with their 18-month-old son, Anden, and their mastiff, Atlas. With another baby on the way, it's time for this growing family to buy a larger home and plant some roots. It's a good time to buy in Virginia Beach, and with a budget of $250,000 and a realtor on board, the Muhlbachs are confident they'll find what they're looking for: three to four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a nice yard and space for Dan to have a "man room."
Crispin and Nannette Harris are empty nesters who are ready to downsize from their home in Richmond Hill, Georgia and move nearer to Atlanta. With a budget of $200,000, realtor Lea Wilson hopes to help them find a smaller home that still gives the couple the space they need.
Native Mississippians Mark and Stacy Johnson moved to Alexandria, Virginia two years ago. Upon arrival, they quickly found a place to live, renting a three-bedroom townhouse in Alexandria's historic Old Town area. Now ready to buy, they are looking for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in or near Old Town, and they can spend up to $575,000.
Stephen Miley, M.D. is the CEO a medical imaging company in Sarasota, Florida. His daughter Shannon is in her last year of college in Tampa, and she's a frequent visitor to her father's home. In the market for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, Stephen hopes that a budget of up to $625,000 will also afford him views of the water.
The Czerwinski family loves their home in Racine, Wisconsin, but with John's new job as music director at an Atlanta church, it's time to move South. They're looking for a home with a finished basement, an open layout for entertaining and a big, updated kitchen. They also want to be in a safe, family-oriented neighborhood and near good schools for the kids, and they want it all with a budget of $260,000.
Jesse Kohler, his fiancee Jennifer Masbruch and their dog Cocoa are ready to stop renting and make a home purchase. While they love the open floor plan of their apartment, they want a spacious yard for Cocoa. With their wedding just six months away, Jesse and Jennifer would love to get into their dream home before they say their "I do's." As first-time buyers, they have a lot of questions. And with a budget of $200,000, their biggest question is how much house they can afford in their hometown of Black Earth, Wisconsin.
Melissa and Aric Straub were married almost two years ago, and they've been living with Melissa's parents in Bradenton, Florida ever since. Now they're ready to buy their first home, and their long wish list includes three (or more) bedrooms, a three-car garage, a pool, an exercise room, a large kitchen and double vanities in the master bathroom. Plus, they want a newer home that's move-in ready, and they want it all for under $450,000.
John and Amanda Cowherd are through with renting in Rio Rancho. The couple and their three children moved to New Mexico from Phoenix when John's job relocated. As they enter the Albuquerque real estate market, they hope to find a home with a big kitchen, a separate dining area, a large family room, a three-car garage, a grassy backyard and a laundry room on the top floor. They're hoping that their budget of $250,000 will be able to meet all their domicile desires.
Carlos Guzman and Mandy Brill met and fell in love in Spain five years ago, and they now live in Chicago. They are looking for a condo with two bedrooms and two bathrooms for under $260,000, and they'd like the place to include parking, private laundry, air conditioning, a dishwasher and a walk-in closet. Knowing that's a big list for a small budget. Carlos and Mandy know they'll need a keen eye to find the perfect place and have enlisted Chicago native and realtor Richard Doty to help.
Barbara Medford has decided to leave her beautiful home in Louisville, Kentucky for a new life in sunny Southern California. She's looking for a three-bedroom home - one of which will be her studio - a patio or outdoor space, a large kitchen and lots of light in an open layout. Barbara hopes that realtor Ann Marie Milanese will find a home in Pasadena that fits the bill and costs less than $550,000.
Troy Tildon and his girlfriend Diamond Nogura are ready to put the brakes on motor home living and settle down in a comfortable house in Troy's hometown of Puyallup, Washington. They want a 2,000 square foot, three-bedroom home with lots of closet space and a shop to build hot rods. Ideally, the house will have enough room for a home office and a hobby room as well. With a budget of $450,000, the couple hopes real estate agent Becky Barrick can find a property that suits their needs.
Michael Giammarese and Robert Mycroft currently reside in a rented condo in Toluca Lake, California along with their dachshund, Stanford. Robert is a real estate agent who's been keeping his eye on local properties and prices, and he and Michael think this is the right time to buy. They are looking for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in their current area, and they're counting on their $700,000 budget to go a long way in the current market.
After living in Sacramento for 10 years, Jamillah Moore returned to her hometown of Los Angeles as interim president of a community college. Since the job was recently made permanent, Jamillah is ready to plant roots in LA by buying a condo that's big enough so that her mother might eventually move in as well.
Scott and Tanya Jones have been getting beach time by taking family vacations from their home in Columbus, Georgia to Destin, Florida. With work and taking care of their two sons leaving them little time, they've decided to buy a vacation home in Destin where they can relax and enjoy life on the beach.
Catherine Vogt manages a tanning salon and has a great housing deal by renting a room from a friend in Jackson, Mississippi. Her friend, however, has a dog, two cats and a three-year old son, so Catherine has decided to escape to her own place where it will be just her and her one cat.
Robin Heggum and Carlos Bretel love living in Chicago, but they'd like a home with more space than their current apartment has. They're looking for a spacious condo on the north side of the Windy City, but Robin wants traditional, while Carlos is more interested in sleek and contemporary.
Justin and Emily Sarles see the world from a different point of view, and that's because they're both over six feet tall. This Phoenix couple hopes to find some headroom and a little more space than Emily's tiny condo where they currently live. Focusing their search in the established neighborhoods of Scottsdale, they want a spacious home that comes equipped with two offices and a two-car garage.
Marvin and Tracy McCray have three kids in San Antonio, and as their family has grown, their home has become more and more cramped. They are in the market for a bigger home that's close to good schools, but it's going to be a challenge because of their budget and their different tastes.
Austin's Amy Tucker appeared on House Hunters three years ago, but this time, she has a fiance. With married life on the horizon, Amy and John want a new home where they can plant down some roots and start a family. Although they both still love Amy's house and the upgrades she's made, they want to find a home with more storage space and also an office space for both of them.
For five years, Ryan and Jenna Tickner have lived comfortably in their home in Collingswood, New Jersey. However, once they became parents, they found the need to have more space. They hope to find a house with a practical, open layout, enough space for a work-out room, a garage and a large yard.
Nadia and Naresh Boodhoo live with their young daughter in Davenport, Florida. While Nadia is a lawyer, she and Naresh also run three small businesses about an hour away from their current home. They leave the house at 7am and don't get home until 11pm daily, and it's driving them crazy. In addition to a location closer to their businesses, they hope their new home's price takes advantage of recent changes in the market that are favorable to buyers.
Kyle and Stephanie Wesling are tired of their cramped flat in Chicago. In need of more space for their two dogs and one cat, they're ready to become homeowners. While they prefer to stay in the city, they may need to venture into the suburbs to find a place that has everything on their list. Their plan is to see all their options and weigh the pros and cons of the city and the suburbs.
Tim and Amy Sloan and their three children have outgrown their home in North Richland Hills, Texas and are on the lookout for a new house. They prefer a home that's in a good school district and all on one level. However, most of the homes in their favorite neighborhoods are two-stories.
Jennifer and Greg Morrow are college sweethearts who fell in love and started a life together in southern California. Now with two young sons, they have decided that they'd like to add one more baby and a puppy to the bunch. This will mean finding a bigger home, and they hope to find it close to the ocean in the Manhattan Beach area.
Dan and Paula Demmon, along with their kids Jack and Greyson, moved from New Hampshire into a rental home in Noank, Connecticut. Now, they want to purchase a home with at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms. In addition, they'd like a nice master suite, an updated kitchen, a two-car garage and a deck, all with a budget of up to $300,000.
Ralph and Cindy Perrone are social butterflies and big on family. In their quest for a new home in Cocoa Beach, Florida, they hope to find three bedrooms, plenty of space for their kids and grandkids, and most importantly, it has to be on the water. They need a dock for their boat, ideally one with a boat lift, and a yard for entertaining. With a budget of up to $2 million, they're entrusting their search to their son, realtor Ralph Perrone Jr.
Eduardo Mendoza is a stylish, on-the-go guy originally from Lima, Peru. Since he's single, he only needs a one-bedroom, one-bathroom place, and he hopes to find it in downtown Seattle. With a budget of up to $450,000, his realtor, Julie Sun, looks forward to helping him find the perfect spot.
Tanvi Gupta is ready for her own place and wants to find it in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles. Hoping for more room than her current small place in North Hollywood, she's relying on realtor Stacy Wilson to help her make the best decision on what to buy. With a budget of $450,000, it will be a challenge to find a newer, luxurious place in the area, but she's optimistic and enthusiastic.
Ellen Schwab and Don Kozerski love living in the Bay Area of northern California, and each has their own place. Now, they're looking for a second home that they'll share in Napa Valley. Hoping for a three-bedroom, two-bedroom home, they're also looking for space for their hobbies and a kitchen large enough to entertain guests. With wine country real estate specialist Robert Pursell on board, they hope their budget of $1.5 million will get them the Napa getaway of their dreams.
After appearing on House Hunters a few years ago, Paul and Julie Crayton sold their house when a viewer made them an offer too good to pass up. After renting for a while, they are back in the market and looking for a large home in Canton, outside Dallas. They want a four-bedroom, updated home with a low-maintenance yard, and they have a $225,000 budget.
Kevin Shelton and Stephanie Stewart are both in the health care field and are engaged to be married. They need more room for their family to spread out and enjoy, and they have a healthy budget of up to $600,000. They're hopeful that their agent will help them find the perfect home in the Dallas market.
Maenette and Bob Benham live in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in downtown Honolulu with their two young children, Kiana and Kaimi. The place has become much too small for the family, and they are looking to upsize, while remaining close to where they work. With a budget of up to $900,000, they hope that realtor Dan Ihara can find them the perfect place.
Colin and Alisabeth Shearn met five years ago and are now married and living in Denver. With a budget of $1.6 million, the search is on for the right house. While they aren't too picky, they want a home with longevity and character. Overseeing the house hunt and ready for the challenge is realtor and rodeo man Jace Glick.
Jo Ann Kendricken has lived in Boston for her entire life, but she's making a move to Chicago. With a budget of up to $350,000, she knows she'll have to adjust to a smaller place than her current one, but she's still excited for the change and hoping that realtor Karl Vogel will steer her in the right direction.
Abby and Brent Rosser are a friendly, outgoing couple who are actively involved in their community of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. With a budget of about $400,000, they hope to find a house that's a bit bigger than their current home and a lot more functional. Realtor Sherri Wellborn has some great properties to show them and hoping that one is perfect for the Rossers.
After three years of marriage, Doug and Lisa have decided that it's time to buy their first home. With a budget of $300,000, the couple asks real estate agent Dave Welch for help in finding the perfect property in Winter Park, Florida.
Yaa and Jeremy Arens moved to Phoenix from Wisconsin because Jeremy's job was relocated. They've been stuck in a cramped, one-bedroom rental while they search for a home for them and their daughter Olivya. The Arens are looking for a home with least three bedroms and costs less than $450,000.
Mike, a physician, and Nancy, a grad student, are eager to find a home in Walnut Creek, California where their young daughter Kaelie can grow up happy and safe. Currently, they live in a rented condo with no yard space and lots of stairs. In their new home, they'd like few stairs, and a nice back yard where Kaelie can play. They also want 4-5 bedrooms Nancy and Mike love the way the home has been renovated, but are upset to see that a large pool takes up the entire back yard. Nancy definitely does not want a pool. Mike is also concerned that at $940,000, the home is beyond their budget. The next house they see is a tri-level contemporary with 3 bedroom and 3 1/2 baths. It's listed at $850,000. Mike and Nancy like the updated finishes and open, sunny spaces. The kitchen is renovated, but the appliances are not stainless steel, like Nancy prefers. The home has two yard areas -- one is grassy and the other has a deck and hot tub. And there is no pool which makes Nancy very happy. On the other hand, the home's multi-level design is a negative to the couple, who were looking to avoid stairs. The third home that Colm takes Mike and Nancy to see is two-story traditional with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and is listed at $875,000. The home's decor is not to the couple's taste, but they love the updated kitchen which opens to the family room. The large park-like backyard is appealing to Nancy and Mike and again, they like the fact that there's no pool. Upstairs they see 3 large bedrooms and an open loft area. They like the layout but wonder if the loft would be unsafe for Kaelie since it is open to the living room below. Mike and Nancy weigh the pros and cons of all three homes. Which one will they choose?
Valerio Mangano just moved from Milan, Italy to Baltimore Maryland to marry his longtime girlfriend Emma. They currently live in Emma's 1 bedroom apartment that's close to Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood. There isn't enough closet space in the bedroom so Valerio is living out of boxes and the kitchen is too small for Valerio to comfortably cook in. They want to buy a place together so that Valerio won't feel like he is just a guest in Emma's house. The couple wants to buy one of the traditional 3-story row homes common in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood. With their budget of $250,000 to $300,000, they want a row home that comes with parking and an outdoor space. Valerio's used to living in apartments in Italy, so he's excited to purchase a big home with several floors. Emma wants a place that doesn't need a lot of work so that they can enjoy being newlyweds and not fight about home improvement projects. The first row house that agent E.J. Villarreal takes them to see is a 2 bed, 2 bath, 1700 square foot place priced at $280,000. It has brick walls, central air, wood floors and a spacious renovated kitchen. There is a back deck but no parking pad and no roof deck. The master has a huge closet but there isn't alot of closet space in the rest of the house. The second row home they look at has 3 bedrooms and 1 and a half bathrooms in 1880 square feet. It's listed for $299,900. They like the charming master bedroom and the roof deck has amazing views, but the kitchen needs to be updated and there is no central air and no parking. The third row home they look at has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths in 1500 square feet. It's also listed for $299,900. This one has a rooftop deck, central air and a parking spot, but they aren't crazy about all the carpet and there is hardly any closet space. Emma and Valerio think it over and make their decision.
Kurt and Kelly Schnakenberg are a young married couple living in an apartment that's in the same building as Kurt's family's store. They want to buy their first place and get a little separation from the family business. They are looking for condos in their same popular Chicago neighborhood, Lakeview. They want a place that has room for a home office, a spacious kitchen and a parking spot. Their budget is $325,000 to $400,000. The only thing they don't agree on is style. Kelly wants a vintage condo with lots of charm, and Kurt prefers the open Loft-style look. The first place their real estate agent Eric Rojas takes them to see is a 1200 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bath loft style condo that's listed for $415,000. Kurt likes the brick walls and exposed ducts, but Kelly's not crazy about the open kitchen and small living room. She's also not crazy about the balcony being off the 2nd bedroom. The second place they see is listed for $355,000. It's a 2 bed, 1 bath, 1300 square foot vintage style condo. Kelly is thrilled with the vintage charm, the large dining room, separate kitchen and re-done bathroom. Kurt is happy there is a space for his home office but he's not in love with the traditional look. The third home is a 2-story loft style townhouse. It's priced at $400,000 and has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1100 square feet. Kurt likes the high ceilings and that you get alot for your money, but Kelly's not crazy about the small open kitchen and the outdated bathrooms. After touring all three homes, Kurt and Kelly have to come to an agreement on which style-condo is best for them. So which one will they choose?
Roberto Torres is a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard and lives in Ormond Beach, Florida with his wife, Jenni, and their kids Ariana, Mateo and David. The Coast Guard just reassigned Roberto from Ormond Beach to Mobile, Alabama. Since this tour of duty will be over four years, Roberto and Jenni decided to buy a house in Mobile. The only catch? The Coast Guard gave them about a month to research Mobile. Now, Roberto and Jenni only have five days to actually go to Mobile and buy a house. Adding to that pressure, they have a pretty long list of things they need in the house. With such a tight time frame, their agent Kyla Gaston has her work cut out for her. The first home they check out is listed for $185,000. It's a model home, which is on the market. This place has 4 beds, 2 baths and is 1,930 square feet. Jenni loves the upgraded open kitchen. The backyard is big and unfenced. Their biggest concern is that there is a lot of construction in the neighborhood. The next house they look at is brand new and is listed for $222,000. This place has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and is 2,320 square feet. Jenni likes the easy to care for floors and master suite. They both like the fenced in backyard. But, they are both concerned that there isn't enough storage space and that the living room may not be big enough for their piano. While the kitchen is updated, it's a bit small and isn't open to the family room. The last place they see is a custom built home. Jenni and Roberto like the custom details, such as the hardwood and tile floors, the addition and jetted tub in the master suite. The backyard at this home is also fenced in, which is a plus. They don't like some of the more funky details, like an incense holder and the built in TV cabinet. The kitchen is a bit dark and the price is on the high end of their budget. After weighing the pros and cons of each home, Jenni and Roberto make their decision within their 4 day window.
Jeff & Karmen lead busy lives as young doctors and parents of two small children: three-year-old Sam and one-year old Serena. They love the Los Angeles suburb of La Canada for its top schools, hilly views, and abundance of big leafy trees. They also love its easy access to downtown Los Angeles, due to the freeways that run through town. What they don't love is the freeway noise. Their busy schedules have made house hunting a challenge, so they're growing desperate to find a home that meets all their criteria: four bedrooms, four baths, formal dining room, family room, in a quieter section of town, for under two million dollars. The first home that Real Estate Agent Christiana Matarese shows Karmen and Jeff is a traditional California ranch that is set back from the street so it's very quiet. It has four bedrooms and four baths in about 4,000 square feet. The asking price is 1.8 million. The first thing they notice is that the home's current owner began renovations on the home, and then walked away leaving the house in a state of disrepair. Outside they see the pool, the pool house, and the large grassy yard. Karmen and Jeff love the property's sylvan setting. The only thing they don't like about the house is the unfinished kitchen, because it would mean expensive and possibly lengthy renovations. The next house Christiana takes them to see is completely renovated. It's at the end of a long private driveway, so it's very quiet. At 1.5 million dollars, it is a little less expensive, but it is significantly smaller with 2,660 square feet, four bedrooms and three baths. Jeff & Karmen love the renovations and the abundance of natural light, but it's the backyard that really blows them away. In addition to the pool, rolling green lawn, the backyards also has a sports court. Unfortunately, a power line tower is also in the backyard, which concerns Jeff & Karmen. The third house Christiana shows them is in a prime section of town, surrounded by beautiful older homes and clo
After graduating from college, Regina moved back in with her mom and dad. Unfortunately, she brough so much stuff with her that her parents have had a hard time storing it all. She's taken over half the garage, part of their closet, and has even stored her extra mattresses in their bedroom. After 6 months, her parent's had had enough so they gave Regina the money for a down payment on a condo so she could successfully move out on her own. She's set her budget at $350K to $400K. Regina wants a place close to the shops and restaurants in downtown San Jose, California. She'd also like 2 bedrooms, a community pool and gym and to have a private patio. The first place her agent Jenn Holst takes her to is an 851 square foot, 1 bed, 1 bath unit in a high-rise building in the heart of San Jose. It's close to her job and the shops and restaurants downtown, but at $410,000, it's a little over her budget. She likes the views and the small balcony, but it doesn't have two bedrooms or a pool and the unit itself is small. The second place she goes to see is further from downtown. It's 1350 square foot, 1 bed, 1.5 bath loft listed for $399,000. Regina likes the high ceilings and modern style, and even though it has only one bedroom there's an additional loft area she could use as an office. But the community has no gym or pool and it's farther from downtown than she'd like to be. The last place Regina looks at is even further out from the city. It's a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1170 square foot condo listed for $395,000. Not only does it have the second bedroom she wants, the community also comes with both a gym and pool. Regina's also thrilled that all of the appliances are included. In fact, the only drawback is that it's the furthest from downtown and her job. Regina's got a tough decision to make. If she goes for the first place she'll be in the heart of downtown but she'll be choosing the smallest unit with the highest price tag. If she goes for the second place she'll get more sp
After surviving the painful break up of her 33 year marriage, Alisa decided to start a new chapter in her life. She left behind her family and friends in West Virginia and moved to Gulfport Mississippi. With a budget of $200,000 to $300,000, she's looking for a 3 bed, 2 bath, southern style home with great architectural details. Since she's downsizing from her 5,100 square foot home in West Virginia, she wants to have lots of storage space and is determined to get a "hers & hers" closet in the master bedroom. As a master gardener, Alisa wants a big backyard that she can landscape. But, more importantly she wants that outdoor space for her babies, Callie & Archie, her bearded collies, which are being taken care of by friends in West Virginia. Gulfport broker, Bridget Ferrucci is determined to help Alisa find the perfect house for her fresh start. The first place Bridget takes Alisa to is in the Diamondhead community near Gulfport. This 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home has 2,257 square feet and is listed at $270,000. Alisa likes the open layout, high ceilings, upgraded kitchen and bathrooms. She especially loves the southern style patio and backyard. But, the master bedroom doesn't have a "hers & hers" closet and the front of the house lacks southern charm. The second place is in the heart of Gulfport. Listed for $258,000, this house has 3 beds, 2 1/2 baths and is 2,265 square feet. Alisa loves the southern style exterior, the architectural details, upgraded kitchen and bathrooms and the "hers & hers" closet. On the downside, she thinks the backyard isn't big enough and feels that the patio isn't nearly as wonderful as that of the first house. Option number three is in the D'Iberville community near Gulfport. Listed for $280,000, this home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3,000 square feet. Alisa loves the high ceilings, the large kitchen, open floor plan, beautiful porch and big backyard. She thinks it's elegant but comfortable. But, she would love to have granite countertops i
Jay met his wife Booyoung when his company sent him to her native country of Korea. Shortly after getting married Jay went to work on a project in Iraq. Over the past few years the couple hasn't spent much time together because of Jay's travel for work, but now that Jay has returned to the U.S. he and his wife would like to settle down together in Jay's hometown of Detroit. They're staying temporarily at Jay's brothers house while they look for a home, but the current living situation is starting to take its toll because the couple is living out of a suitcase in the small guest bedroom. With their budget of $350,000 to $450,000, they're looking for a 2-3 bedroom home with a large kitchen. Jay leans toward a home in the suburbs while Booyoung prefers something in the city, but both agree that they'd like to live in one of Detroit's historic properties. The first house realtor, Jocelyn "Joy" Santiago takes them to see is a warehouse loft conversion originally built in 1906. The 2,070 square foot, 2 bedroom/2 bath condo is listed for $387,500. They love the open feel and the spacious kitchen, but Booyoung is not crazy about the soft walls in the bedrooms that don't go up to the ceiling so they opt to check out another place. The next home is in Detroit's historic Indian Village neighborhood. The 4500 square foot, 5 bedrooms, 3 and half bath home was built in 1915 and is listed for $399,900. They both love the gourmet kitchen, sunroom and spacious backyard. And even though Booyoung likes the huge master closet and the unique tile fireplaces throughout the home, she'd prefer to see something right in the heart of downtown. The third home they go to visit is in a 1924 renovated hotel in downtown Detroit. It is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1400 square foot condo that is listed for $400,000, with a monthly HOA fee of $1000. Jay and Booyoung love the views and the perks of living in a luxury hotel but they are disappointed with the size of the bedrooms and the high HOA fees are a bi
Newlyweds Mike and Amy Harris couldn't save up enough money to buy their first place and still pay rent. So they moved into Mike's Mom's basement for a few months to jump start their savings. Mike's mom Jeannie isn't able to contribute financailly, but she feels that by letting them move in with her, she is essentially giving them a house warming gift. But having them at home with all their stuff is also starting to drive her crazy. Mike and Amy are also tired of living in the basement, they don't even have a bathroom, they have to walk up two flights of stairs just to take a shower. Their budget is in the $300K - $350K range, and they want a move-in ready home with a master suite and a fenced in yard for their dogs. The first place their real estate agent Jeannie Lindsley takes them to see is just two blocks from Mike's mom's house. It's a 3 bed, 2 bath ranch with 1600 square feet that's listed for $340K. Amy likes the updated kitchen, especially since she can reach all the cabinets. Mike likes the three seperate living areas, but he's not crazy about the 3 different kinds of flooring. They both like the master suite and closet, but amy thinks the yard is small and Mike isn't sure he wants to live so close to his mother. MIke can't make it for the second tour, so his Mom joins Amy in the search. The second place they see is a 2-story Cape Cod with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 2100 square feet. The home is listed for $320K. They both like the fireplace in the living room, but the space itself is too small for their furniture. The home does not have central air, which would be a major added expense. But amy does like the upstairs master bedroom and the large backyard. The third place Mike and Amy see is a split-level house listed for $330K. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 and a half bathrooms in 1600 square feet. Amy likes the open kitchen, large deck and yard and the hot tub. But mike's not crazy about the size of the master bedroom and the fact that the living room is dow
Craig and Angie met in the US Air Force. Four kids, two dogs and three foreign countries later, they've landed in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the first time in their lives they can buy a house and they want something with at least 4 bedrooms, an open kitchen, and a big backyard. Their 11 year old, Jacob, wants a bedroom on the 2nd floor, and their 9 year old Lauren, doesn't like having the household's linen closet in her bedroom. Craig and Angie have a strict budget of $250,000. In case Craig gets transferred, they want to be able to rent the home out without taking a loss. They have turned to realtor Rob Jensen for help in finding a large house in North Las Vegas on their strict budget. The firs place Rob shows them is a 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 2670 square foot house that's listed for $204,900. They like the large open floorplan and kitchen, but the backyard is tiny and leaves alot to be desired. Upstairs, the bedrooms are all a good size, but there are only 4 of them and Craig and Angie were hoping for a place with 5 bedrooms. The next day, Rob takes them to see a 5 bedroom, 3 bath house that's larger, with 2,838 sq. ft. It's listed for $199,000 but because it's a foreclosure, there is alot of work that needs to be done. Overall, Craig is unimpressed with the condition of the house. Even though it's affordable, they would have to do a lot of work to it, especially the carpeting. But it does have an enormous backyard which they both like and the 5 bedrooms which is a big plus. The last place Rob takes them to see is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with a separate office that could be converted into a 5th bedroom. It's the largest with 3740 square feet, but its also the most expensive, at $259,000. The home is in move-in ready condition, though Angie isn't a fan of the rock walls in the main living area. The backyard is fantastic, with a built-in grill, TV, seating area and playground. All of the bedrooms and the office would work as well. They really like the house but it is ove
Katie and Boyd love raising their kids in Middletown, Kentucky, Louisville suburb. But, they want to experience the hustle and bustle of the big city and decided to split the difference and buy a vacation home in downtown Louisville, just a 20 minute drive from their home in the suburbs. With a budget of $250,000, they're looking for a loft style condo with 2 bed/2 bath, an open and updated kitchen and outdoor space. They want a place that's located near the entertainment district and ball field, but within walking distance of the marina where they can dock their boat. Realtor, Stephanie Mattingly, starts off by showing them a 1 bed/1bath condo in Bycks Lofts, a former department store. Listed for $240,000, this place is a block away from the entertainment district. While Katie and Boyd like the exposed duct work, upgraded kitchen and bath and quiet outdoor patio, they are concerned that there are no windows to the outside and that it's a bit small at 1,000 square feet. Tthe HOA is low at $250 per month, but it doesn't have any amenities. Listed for $255,000, second condo is a 2 bed/2bath unit in a brand new building on Main Street. At 1,067, this place is a bit bigger than the first one. The HOA is a bit higher at $288 per month, but it also has a fitness center and party room. Katie and Boyd love the floor to ceiling windows, open floor plan, balcony and roof top deck. But, they're concerned about the noise of Main Street. Listed for $270,000, their third option is a 2 bed/2 bath condo at 1,215 square fet in a former hotel called the Henry Clay. With an HOA of $297 per month, it is a private theatre and ballroom. Katie and Boyd like the hardwood floors, loft space and large rooftop terrace. But, the open floor plan is awkward. With three great options, which one will they choose?
Newlyweds Rachel and Casey want to stop renting and buy their first home in Boston, Mass. Casey does not want to be anywhere near the suburbs. They both want to be in close enough to Boston central and would prefer to stay in their Charlestown neighborhood. With a budget of $400,000 to $450,000, they are looking for a place that's much bigger than their 800 square foot apartment. The want a 2 bed, 2 bath place with lots of storage space, a separate laundry area and a deck so Casey can barbecue. Their realtor Jaime Drunsic loves working with first time buyers, but she's not sure if she can find a place that fits all of their criteria and stays within their budget. The first place she shows them is a 2 bed. 2 1/2 bath attached house, located just a few blocks away from their apartment in Charlestown. Listed at $460,000, it has 3 levels and is 1,326 square feet. Rachel and Casey like the upgraded kitchen, the size of the bedrooms, the basement storage area and that it has a laundry area. They like that it has the potential for a deck off of one of the bedrooms, but are concerned that, in addition to the price being over their budget, they would have to spend extra money to finish the job off. Jaime then takes them to South Boston, where there is a much more affordable condo listed at $411,000. This place has 2 bed, 2 bath and is 1,000 square feet. They like the layout and the large rooftop deck, but Casey doesn't like the style of the kitchen and double headed shower in the master bath. Jaime takes them to a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,200 square foot penthouse condo in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, listed at $439,000. Rachel and Casey love the backyard, 2 private decks and large great room, but aren't sure if they want to live so far from their jobs. With three great choices, which one will they choose?
Gary and Paul are ready to leave Corydon, Indiana to fulfill their dream of buying a house in Hawaii. Hawaii has been a special place for them, since they had their commitment ceremony there a few years ago. After researching all of the islands, they decided to focus on the Big Island. With a budget of $200,000 - $350,000, they are looking for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house that has a large open kitchen. They would love to be near the ocean and have a view. After checking out three places, Gary and Paul weigh the pros and cons of each house to make a decision.
Josh and Michelle have been dating for over a year and he recently popped the question. Now this engaged couple is ready to find a home and start their new life together. They both currently live the Wrigleyville area of Chicago and since their rental leases are nearly up, the time seems perfect to buy a home together. They'd like to stay in the Wrigleyville area; unfortunately most homes in that area are above their $400,000 to $450,000 budget. Another option they've considered is purchasing a multi-unit property and becoming landlords. The additional income from a renter means their budget could increase to $600,000. Their realtor starts off buy showing them a single family home that falls within their budget. It's a 2-bedroom coach home listed for $440,000. A coach home is typically a single-family home located behind a main property. This one is behind a condominium unit. The next place they look at is a multi-family property priced at $575,000. It has a 2000 square foot owners unit and 2 rental properties. The next option is a $574,000 multi-unit property. This one has a 1700 square foot owners unit and 1 rental property. Josh and Michelle have a big decision to make. Do they want to go with a single-family home or be responsible for rental units in a multi-family home?
Newlyweds Anthony and Kellie knew they wanted to eventually buy a home in the Burlington Vermont area. But, when they qualified for a Federal Tax Incentive program which allowed them to buy a home with no down payment and a low interest loan, they decided to start looking now. Even though this is a great opportunity, they don't want to overextend themselves and want to stick to their $250,000 budget. Paying the bills is their number one priority. Broker Adam Hergenrother is determined to help these first time buyers navigate the real estate market. He shows them a place with a huge finished basement for $260,000, a split level home for $240,000 and an older upgraded home for $250,000. With so much riding on their decision, which one will be their future home?
Kelly and Mac love living in Orange County, California and are ready to buy their first home. But, when it comes to their budget, Kelly isn't much of a risk taker and Mac isn't afraid to spend more to get what they want. With plans to have kids, they would like a home with enough room to possibly raise a family. They would prefer to find a place in Costa Mesa, California, which is centrally located between their jobs. But, with real estate prices on the higher end in Costa Mesa, their broker, Brandi Vanderbeek, has her job cut out for her.
Chris and Lali Castro can finally afford their first home in Sacramento, California, but only if they buy a short sale property. Buying a short sale is a time consuming process, but if they're successful, they'll get a lot of house for not a lot of money. Unfortunately, the lease is up on their current rental so Chris and Lali are under extra pressure to move fast. Will these stressed out buyers succeed?
For several years, April and John Worden have sacrificed space and sunlight so they could afford to live in the heart of Boston. They love the city's energy and history so much, that they've been renting a tiny, dark apartment. But now that they are expecting their first child, they are eager to buy a condo with spacious rooms, natural light, and maybe even a view of the city they love. Can local real estate agent Kathleen Alexander help them find what they're looking for? She shows them two condos in the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown, and one in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale. Which one will they choose as Baby Worden's first home? Find out, when House Hunters travels to historic Boston, Massachusetts.
Doug's a single dad of 3 teenage daughters and they're all sharing one bathroom in their current cramped home. He wants to find a larger home where they can spread out and build great memories that will last a lifetime. They're looking for a home in the Indian Hill area outside of Cincinnatti, Ohio. They'll check out three very different homes but will they find one they can all agree on?
After getting engaged last year, Molly Smith and Adam McDevitt decided to take the next big step and buy a house together. They want a large renovated historic house that's close to their favorite shops and restaurants in the hip neighborhood of East Nashville. But with a modest budget of $250,000 will they have to sacrifice size for location?
First-time buyers Adit and Mansai search for a condo in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Chris and Allison have run out of space in their small Chicago condo, and now that they are expecting their second child, things are going to get really crowded. They're hoping to find a spacious condo with a large backyard in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, but with Allison's due date only a month away, they don't have much time to find their ideal place. With such a short time line, can their real estate agent get them everything they are looking for?
Rex and Jessica Griffin have spent the past 4 years in a 327 square foot studio apartment, all so they could save up enough for a down payment on their first home. They're interested in buying a short sale where they'll get a lot of house for their money. But after being burned once before, their wary of becoming too emotionally invested in a house too soon. Will they finally succeed and buy the bigger home they've been saving so long for?
Empty nesters Don and Cheryl are ready for a new chapter in their lives. Don had the opportunity to work for the largest surf shop in the world so they packed up and moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida. They're currently renting a condo by the beach until they find their permanent home, and the couple has fallen in love with living by the water. Now Don and Cheryl have their hearts set on a spacious new home that is right on the water. Their real estate agent has several great options in the Cocoa Beach area for the couple to chose from. One is a home right on a river, another is large place that's a block from the beach and another option is a condo overlooking the ocean. Which place will Don and Cheryl decide they will call their brand new home?
Adrienne owns and operates a homeware design firm that specializes in high end hardware details. While she loves running her own business, she is constantly busy. She has come to the conclusion that the only way she can unwind is to buy a vacation home. She picked Palm Springs, because she loves the modern architecture and relaxed vibe. More importantly, it's a short drive from her home in Los Angeles. She's very close to her sisters and their families, who also live in LA. So, she wants to find a home that's big enough for her entire family. Adrienne is a saavy businesswoman, who knows exactly what she wants and is determined to get it for her $550,000 budget. With a list that includes 4 bedrooms, mountain views, a pool and spa and plenty of entertaining space, her friend and realtor, Frank Riela has a tall order to fill.
Traci and Josh love living in Lubbock, Texas. But now that Traci's younger sister moved into their small rental, they are anxious to get a place with more space. They want to buy a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that's big enough for the three of them and their four pets. Since Lubbock is the medical hub for the area, the economy is consistently stable and the real estate prices are competitive. That's why Traci and Josh are turning to realtor Dan Williams to help them find a home in this seller's market.
Even though Barbara is settled in New Jersey, she's ready to shake up her life and move to New Orleans to be with her partner Dale. They've been in a long distance relationship for the past few years and they've decided they don't want to be apart any longer. But after 40 years in the same large suburban home, downsizing to city life isn't going to be easy for Barbara. Can she find a New Orleans home that will make the transition a little easier?
Jeff and Lori recently returned to the West coast after living in New York for the past couple of years. Now they're on the hunt for a new place to call home in San Francisco. They're hoping to find a spacious two bedroom house that has a patio area and a place to store their wine collection. Their real estate agent has several amazing homes lined up for Jeff and Lori to take a look at. They range from a historic Edwardian home to a landmark Victorian house that's a popular tourist attraction in the Bay area. They'll tour three places before deciding which of these amazing historic homes will work for them.
This is the third time Seana, a musician, has been on House Hunters. She bought her first home in Los Angeles, California and the second place in Nashville, Tennessee - this time around, she's sharing the spotlight with her new husband Michael. While they love his 1920 house in Columbia, Tennessee, it's just too big at 5500 square feet. Plus, they want to be closer to, or in, Nashville. They definitely want to downsize, but they aren't exactly sure what kind of house they want to buy. Their real estate agent Kassandra Green will show them a beautifully restored house built in 1898, a dated lake front home and a completely updated place. Can these newlyweds decide which one is the perfect place to start their lives together?
Greg and Carolyn are Ph.Ds at Stanford, who love living in their San Mateo home with their three kids, Gabby, Sam and Eleanor. But, Greg got a job offer in Huntsville, Alabama that he couldn't refuse. While they're excited at the opportunity, it comes at a tough time. They want Sam to finish his senior year in high school in California and to have Eleanor start middle school in Alabama. So, for nearly a year, Carolyn will stay with Sam and Greg will move to Huntsville with Eleanor. They hope to find a house that will ease the sting of this separation. With over a million dollars to spend, they see three beautiful homes. Which one will be the perfect place for their entire family?
After coping with a devastating layoff, Tina's bouncing back in a big way, with a brand-new job and enough savings to buy her very first home in Tampa, Florida. But can her realtor come up with a place that'll satisfy Tina and her best friend?
Parents-to-be Lindsay and Tom sold their Chicago condo more quickly than they expected, and now they're in a hurry to buy a new home in the suburb of Gurnee, Illinois. With a budget of $500,000, can they find a house with an updated interior and a spacious backyard before the baby comes?
Oil company engineer Kristle has a new work assignment that'll require her to commute to Alaska every 3 weeks for the next year, and she wants to buy her first home before she goes. With help from her best friend, will she find a place that satisfies her extensive wish list and her $185,000 budget?
College sweethearts Adam and Angela are ready to buy their first home in Lebanon, Tennessee. They're eager to find a home quickly because Angela is pregnant with their first child, and they've been living at Adam's parents' house. Their budget is $250,000 - $300,000, and Realtor Brian Copeland is optimistic he'll find them just the right home. The first place he shows them is listed for $226,000 and has 2400 square feet, but the Interstate is close by and noisy. The second home is listed for $269,000 and has 2700 square feet but the corner lot did not impress them. The third home has 2600 square feet but the price, $284,000, is at the top of their budget. They've chosen the name Gentry for their baby daughter, now all they have to do is choose the house she'll grow up in!
Robert and his partner Jon have outgrown their small downtown Seattle apartment, so they're on the hunt for a larger place in the Northern Seattle area. They're hoping to find a spacious townhome with a large kitchen, lots of closet space and an extra room they can use for crafts. Location is important because they don't want to be too far from downtown. Their realtor Gene Seguin will take them to three great properties in various areas of Northern Seattle. After touring the homes Robert and Jon will have to make a tough decision since each place has a number of pros and cons. Will they go with the cottage style townhome that has smaller bedrooms, the home with great upgrades but on a noisy street, or the most spacious home located farthest from downtown?
After her first offer on a condo fell through, 26-year-old Ashley is ready to brave the real estate market again as she searches for a starter home in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland. Can she find a place that's stylish and updated, without going over her $300,000 budget?
Angie never imagined she'd be starting over at this point in her life. But in the last year alone she weathered both a divorce and a job re-location from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi. Her company has been putting her up in a hotel for eight months, and Angie is eager to buy a home of her own and lay down some roots in her new town. Her budget is $200,000 and she wants enough space to host her family when they visit from New Orleans. Her Real Estate Agent is Amber Johnson, and Angie's friend Liz will also be helping her find just the right place. The first house they look at is move-in ready, but it's the most expensive, listed at $200,000. The second house sits on the largest property, an acre and a half, and it has the lowest price tag of $135,000. But it might be too large for Angie to maintain on her own. The third home is listed for $145,000, and it feels like it's just the right size to Angie. But it needs a lot of work, and Angie is not sure she's up to the task. Which home will become the site of Angie's next chapter in life?
Vern just started working at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He loves his new job, but isn't crazy about his current living situation. Vern and his wife and daughter are all staying in a campus residence hall that is also sorority housing at the University. Aside from the space being too small, Vern and his wife Katherine want to find a place more suitable for a family. They're hoping to find a home with a large kitchen and a guest room for Katherine's family to stay in when they visit from China. Additionally, they'd like a house that meets Katherine's feng shui requirements. Their realtor will take them to several homes in the Knoxville area, but the real challenge is finding one that both Vern and Katherine agree on.
Wendy has been going through a divorce and as part of the settlement she has to move out of her four bedroom waterfront home. She's decided to leave the suburbs and find a smaller place in downtown St. Petersburg. She's hoping to find a three bedroom condo or townhouse where she and her daughter can make a fresh start. Wendy has a budget of $500,000 for her real estate agent Georgia Naruns to work with. But Georgia isn't the only one helping Wendy find a place. Wendy's best friend Lara will join in on the house search. They'll check out three very different places in, and around the downtown St. Petersburg area, but which one will Wendy and her daughter call their new home?
Nicole is a 30-something finance professional who wants to trade her cookie-cutter condo in the Philadelphia suburbs for a new home in the heart of the city. She tours a new-construction town-home and loves the city views from the master bedroom and the gleaming hardwood floors . The modern master bathroom disappoints with a tiny pre-fab shower. Next she sees a hundred-year old charmer with exposed brick and antique pine floors. But the view outside is of a gas station and Nicole has second thoughts. Finally, Nicole tours a five-story town-home close to all the downtown action. It has sweeping city views but she would have to climb five flights of stairs to get from the front door to the master bedroom and she's not sure if she's up to the daily work out.
Trish & Jean Pierre, and their two young boys, are all crammed into a rented bungalow in Denver. They want a bigger house with a roomy yard and like city living. But they are tempted to try the suburbs to get more home for the money. First they see a city house with loads of charm but a tiny kitchen. Next up, a big suburban home that's outdated inside. The third home has it all but the pool and spa that raise safety concerns about the boys.
Jen & Richard were good friends who have decided to cross the line and live together in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna. They need a home that works for them and Richard's 4-year old daughter. Key for Richard is a man cave so he can watch sports with his buddies. They see a new arts and crafts style house with a tiny basement, then a traditional five-bedroom with an unfinished basement. Last they see a five-bedroom with a dated kitchen Jen hates, but a spacious master retreat she loves.
Marc & Elizabeth love living in the historic Fan district of Richmond, Virginia, but it's not a good fit now that they have two toddlers. Their yard is tiny and the layout of the house makes it hard to Elizabeth to keep an eye on the kids when she's cooking. So with a $750K budget, they head to the suburbs on a quest for more space. They see a six-bedroom traditional house with a pool, but they're worried it could be dangerous for the kids. The second home they see is a stone craftsman style, but it's too close to the neighbors for comfort. The third home they see is 6,500 square feet with a giant rec room, but it's listed well above their budget at $775K.
Denise and Dan are about to get married and love adventure. Their house hunt in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is their biggest adventure yet. On a $250,000 budget, they need an extra bedroom to store their outdoor gear plus another for a home office. They find three that fit the bill, but none is perfect. The first house has the perfect kitchen, but is on a busy street. The second offers a fourth bedroom, but needs updating. The third is move in ready, but will need a new furnace.
Nobody's getting much sleep in the Bogan household. That's because Travis and Stacie's one-year-old and three-year-old are sharing a bedroom and they keep waking each other up. So the sleep-deprived parents are looking for a bigger home in the up and coming Denver neighborhood of City Park. They see a newly renovated Victorian, but Stacie hates the granite in the kitchen and she's concerned about the school across the street. They look at a four-bedroom home with a big porch, but there's only one full bathroom in the whole house. Last, they see a renovated bungalow but this time there's a community center right across the street and they don't like the crowds and traffic that they'd have to contend with.
Brian and Kelly live in a cramped high rise in Atlanta and after a year of marriage, they're thinking about starting a family and the condo won't cut it. Plus, they're tired of taking their dog, Winnie up and down the elevator all day long so she can take care of business. They're looking for a $475K, four-bedroom home with a yard so their dog can run around. They see three homes in the trendy Brookhaven area including a four-bedroom brick home with a updated kitchen, but the backyard is tiny. The second home has beautiful trey ceilings, but the master bathroom has outdated fixtures. The third home is very modern with a bonus balcony, but they can see their neighbors out every window.
Kathleen has finally convinced her fiance, Dan, to move from the suburbs of St. Louis to the city center. They're on a time crunch and need a new home before their wedding. Kathleen wants a historic home and Dan wants modern upgrades and a parking spot. The first house they see is a Victorian, and has the historic charm Kathleen craves but there's too much city noise outside. The second home is an historic duplex converted to a single-family home. It's near Kat's favorite park but, on the downside, it has with two front doors that Dan thinks look strange. The third home is another classic, but it's also the smallest. On the upside, it has an updated kitchen and the two-car garage Dan's been waiting for.
Julie and Nick just relocated to Denver and want to find a house before their wedding. The busy finance professionals want style, a modern kitchen and a big yard for their little terrier. They are looking in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch known for sprawling open space and lots of families. The first house they see has a granite kitchen with stainless appliances but the yard looks into the neighbors. Next, they see a two story with a private yard but the popcorn ceilings and outdated kitchen turn them off. The third house has stunning views and a modern kitchen but no yard for the dog.
Johnie & David are newlyweds searching for a townhome in Roswell, Georgia outside of Atlanta. They want a big kitchen so they can cook together and David really wants a big man cave so he can watch football with his friends. They see three townhomes. The first has four bedrooms and a big kitchen, but no TV room for David -- just the living room. The second home has elegant finishes and a balcony, but no basement to use as a man cave. The third option has a great finished basement that would be perfect for David. On the downside, a slew of air conditioning units on the deck make a racket that would be hard to live with.
Searching for a home, Ashley and Jay make the two-hour drive to Lee's Summit, Missouri, every weekend with their two girls, and the family dog. They've been staying at Jay's parents' house, and they're bursting out of the guest room that they all share. The search is getting urgent because Jay just joined a medical practice in town and needs to move before he starts work. One of the things they want in their new home is space for Jay to pursue his hobby of building guitars. The first home they see is priced at $250,000 and has an elegant dining room, but small kitchen. The next is a $280,000 two-story home with an expansive kitchen and big garage for Jay to work on his guitars. The third home is listed at $275,000 and has a giant master suite. On the downside, the neighboring house is a little too close for comfort. Which one will they choose?
Sean and Kim have just relocated to Philadelphia for Sean's new job. They are living in the hotel where Sean works while they look for an updated home close to downtown with great views and a gourmet kitchen. The first house they tour is a renovated three bedroom listed at $450K. They love the trendy location and open floor plan, but the kitchen is small. Next they see a modernized row house listed at $425K. It has a great rooftop deck, but the lack of master bath could be a deal breaker. The third home is a newly constructed three-bedroom priced at $459K. It is the only one with a parking garage, but the price may be more than Sean and Kim can swing. And the street doesn't have the charm they prefer. Which one will they choose?
Courtney & Joel need a home with a backyard big enough to store Joel's 18-foot fishing boat. Besides a big yard, they want a home office where Joel can do paperwork for his commercial fishing business and Courtney can do work for her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep. They also want to start a family and need at least four bedrooms. They see three homes; the first is a $305,000 French Style home in Prairieville, Louisiana. It has a roomy kitchen, but the backyard is barely big enough for a swing set, let alone Joel's boat and they cross it off the list. Then they see two more French Style homes in Gonzales, Louisiana. The first is a short sale selling for $305,000. The peeling paint and dead tree in the front are a turn off, but despite the neglect, Courtney and Joel are impressed by what they get for the price including 3,000 square feet and a huge back yard. The home also has a massive kitchen and master suite, but the entire home is run-down and in need of repairs. The third home they see is 500 square feet smaller but makes up for it because it is clean and elegantly decorated. It's selling for $299,000, but the kid's bathroom is a little snug and Joel isn't sure if the back yard is big enough for his boat. Courtney and Joel must decide whether they want to try for the short sale, which could mean a long bidding process with the bank plus costly repairs, or if they should choose the smaller home that's move-in ready.
Newlyweds, Jenny & Grant, want to stay close to their hometown of Overland Park, Kansas to shop for a starter home they won't outgrow too fast. They want a great kitchen, a fenced yard for their dogs and a finished basement Grant can use as a media room. Their challenge is finding it all for about $300K.
Amy & Josh Kell took a financial bath when they sold their home in an emerging neighborhood in Chicago. They lost $140,000 in the deal and are a bit gun shy as they embark on buying a home in St. Louis, Missouri. This time around they're determined to spend no more than $425,000 and they want to buy in an established neighborhood. The first home they see is a Victorian with a huge yard that would be great for their 2-year-old son Trevor. But a noisy highway and outdated interior kills the deal for Amy. They see two more homes, but both have problems. Will they be able to settle for a less than perfect home?
Farrah and David used to love their three-story townhome in Raleigh, North Carolina, but now that they have a toddler, it's no longer a good fit. Farrah works part time from home and the home's layout makes it difficult for her to work and keep an eye on one-year-old Riley. David, a business consultant, is tired of hauling laundry from the basement up to their second floor bedrooms. First they see a $329,900, four-bedroom Craftsman style home with a big back yard, but the kitchen has laminate countertops, which they don't like. Next they tour a $300,000, four-bedroom home with a spacious family room with two-story high ceilings, but the backyard doesn't have a fence and that could be trouble for their toddler and their dogs. Their last option is a $315,000 Colonial home with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, but the home's long walk from the driveway in the back to the front door is a turnoff. Which home will Farrah and David choose to be Riley's childhood home?
Michelle and Eric were excited to buy a home in the environmentally friendly and outdoorsy community of Boulder, Colorado. But sticker shock derailed them. They realized their $350,000 budget wouldn't go very far in pricey, trendy Boulder. So, they've decided to look in the bedroom community of Louisville for a three bedroom home with a big yard for their dog. The environmentally friendly couple also hope to put up solar panels, grow vegetables and have a composter. To complete their eco-lifestyle, they bike to see potential homes. The first home is a four-bedroom tri-level, but the kitchen is outdated and Michelle doesn't like the floor plan. The second home has loads of sunlight and a great layout, but it backs up to a busy street. The third home has an open floor plan, but the back yard is extremely steep and they worry about their dog and whether they can have much of a garden.
Newlywed couple in St. Louis wants a home with a garage for their mountain bikes, a quiet place to bar-b-que and a big enough space for their brand new dining room set. But finding all three in one house isn't going to be easy. First they see a two-story home with a great floor plan and room for the dining room set. But the kitchen needs a major renovation and the backyard is just a steep slope. The next home has a brand new kitchen and quiet yard with plenty of space to entertain. On the downside, the dining room set will not fit the home's dining room. The third house has a split-level floor plan with a wet bar in the basement family room and plenty of space for their dining set. But outside, traffic noise from a busy street downgrades the backyard.
An Atlanta couple committed to heavy business travel gets ready to trade in their jet setting life to become homebodies and start a family. They first see a $380K remodeled bungalow with a great backyard. But, the home is a bit quirky with sloped walls in the bedroom and checkerboard flooring. The second house is a Cape Cod style priced at $375K. It also has a big backyard and an attic they could renovate into a master retreat, but the master bedroom is small and they would have to share the master bathroom with guests. The third home is a ranch style in foreclosure and listed for $385K. It has more space than the other two and includes a swimming pool. But the home is damaged with holes in the walls and missing fixtures plus the pool needs major repairs. Will LaDonna and Darnell take a chance on the neglected foreclosure or go for one of the move-in ready options?
Que is a single mom who is engaged to middle school principal, James. Together they search for the house where they'll all live after they are married. They want a home big enough for them and Que's daughter, plus brothers and sisters that may expand the family in the future.
Susan and Joji are newlyweds whose relationship has turned into a weekend arrangement. Susan lives and works in Philadelphia and Joji drives in on weekends from his job in New York. They want to share a home but need to find one midway between their jobs and decide on Langhorne, Pennsylvania, which is a commutable distance for both. First they see a two-story Colonial style home listed at $419K. They like the finished basement, but they notice a water leak which concerns them and the master bathroom needs to be updated. The second house is newly built and listed at $424K. It has a modern feel, but it's on a busy road and the backyard doesn't feel private. Their third choice is listed at $399K and has a great backyard, with a deck, gazebo and a hot tub. But the floor plan is a tight squeeze. Which home will finally bring these newlyweds together full-time?
Amanda & Christie recently married and are hoping to find a house that is near the beach but that is big enough for them to raise their future children in. Amanda says she won't compromise when she buys this house, but their budget might not be big enough to get them right on the water.
Jess and John got married in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania two years ago and have returned with plans to buy their first home there. The charming city offers affordable home prices and is close to the school where John is getting his teaching degree. They love the town because it is pedestrian-friendly and surrounded by the battlefields and monuments of the Civil War. But they soon discover that homes in their $245K price range are outdated and in need of serious renovation. The first home they see is a Cape Cod style priced at $228,900. They like the original wood floors and built-in cabinets, but not the den that is crowded by a chimney that takes up most of the room. The kitchen needs updating including new flooring and countertops. The second home, priced at $239,000, has a stunning view of an historic battlefield park and features charming original wood detail and a big back yard. On the downside, the two bathrooms are tiny and have crumbling tile and fixtures that need replacing. The third home, priced at $244,900, is a Victorian charmer that's a short walk to the town square and across the street from Gettysburg College. They love the original gingerbread trim and the stained glass windows. But inside, two out of the three bathrooms have been demolished and not restored. All three homes will need some major renovation. Jess and John have to decide which one they want to take on.
Sanjay, an ER doctor and his wife, Jodi, are searching Durham, North Carolina, for a larger home that can accommodate their two-year-old son and a baby sister who's on the way. They want an in-law suite so Sanjay's parents can visit from India, and maybe, live with them one day. The first home they see is a $675K Cape Cod style house with a big, sunny kitchen, but a backyard that feels chopped-up. Jodi also doesn't like having the master bedroom and the kids bedrooms on separate floors. The second home is a $695K historic charmer, built in 1925, and loaded with original details including the original icebox in the kitchen. On the downside, they would have to share a bathroom with their kids upstairs. The last house is the least expensive ? a Colonial priced at $659K. The backyard is big and fenced, but the upstairs bathrooms are small and old fashioned with tile Sanjay calls ''grotesque.'' So which home will they choose for their growing family?
Rhonda King has been driving her belongings around in a U-haul ever since her Atlanta, Georgia apartment flooded four times in two months. She's been camping out with friends and has set her sites on buying a downtown loft to call home. She wants a great view and an updated kitchen. She sees three different lofts in the heart of Atlanta. The first is inside an old cotton warehouse. She likes the exposed brick and concrete, but a weird concrete pillar in the bathroom ruins the flow of the unit. Rhonda loves another loft with a fancy kitchen and rooftop pool with killer views, but the unit's bathroom is a design nightmare with tile more suited to a gymnasium. The third place Rhonda sees is on the 15th floor of a downtown high rise with stunning views, but the laundry is in the kitchen and access to the refrigerator is awkward. Rhonda is ready to say good-bye to her nomad lifestyle and settle down. Which place will she choose?
Newlyweds Tracy and Matt are tired of following their jobs around the country and are following their hearts back to their hometown of Chester Count, PA. They want a house big enough to start their family. The first house they look at is an updated Colonial listed at $369,900. They like the backyard pool, but are not sure they can deal with the tiny kitchen. The second house sits on a one acre lot and is listed at $339,900. There's space to grow, but the house needs a lot of updates. The third house is a four bedroom with all the updates plus a great backyard and neighborhood pool. But at $389,900 it's $10,000 dollars over their budget. Which one will they choose?
Portia has been crashing at her best friend, Kamila's home, after a bad break up. She's ready to move on with her life and has decided to buy her first home. With a budget of $250,000 - $300,000, she has a lot of very specific requirements in this future house. She wants to find a place that's move-in ready, near her dance studio, has dance space inside the house, enough room her costumes and make-up, a pool and 2 extra bedrooms for roommates. It's a tall order for her real estate agent, Manon Mohammady to fill. Can she deliver?
Boston couple, Chrissy and Zev welcomed their first child earlier this year, and now they're anxious to find a house they'll call home for many years to come. They agree that they want to be close to downtown Boston, and especially close to Fenway Park where they like to go and cheer on the Boston Red Sox. But Chrissy's number one priority is to get a large home, and that might mean moving farther out than Zev would like. Their budget is $430,000. The first place that real estate agent Avi Shemtov shows them is a 1600 square foot home in Waltham, which is one of the closer-in suburbs, but the home's bathrooms and kitchen require major upgrading. The second place, in nearby Brighton, has 2300 square feet and is beautifully upgraded, but Avi and Chrissy don't like the close proximity of the neighbors. The third house sits on a big lot with plenty of privacy. It has just under 2000 square feet, but it's in Framingham, which is farther from the city than the other two. Which house will this young family call home?
With their wedding date closing in fast, Pablo and Sara are determined to buy their first home together in Mesa, Arizona. But with a starter home budget of $225,000, can the couple find a move-in ready place that'll fit their needs not just for a few years, but forever?
Lieutenant Mike Conforti and his wife Jessica live in a military duplex at Fort Benning, Georgia. Now that he is being reassigned to a base in Tennessee they're hoping to buy a place. They are excited to buy their first home but time is an issue with Mike's busy military schedule. They'll only have one weekend to find their first home. Their realtor will take them to three homes in two days and they'll have to pick a home. Will they get what they want or will they be forced to compromise?
After selling their small condo nearly two years ago, Ryan and Sandy have been on a frustrating search to buy a house in the Boston suburbs. Having no desire to raise their 16-month-old son in their current rental apartment, they're even more determined to buy a house. They want 3 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths, a large backyard, in a nice neighborhood with a good school district. The challenge? A lot of other families want the same thing in their $400,000 to $430,000 price range. It's a tall order to fill for their realtor, Robert Mailhoit, who is determined to help them find the right home.
Newlyweds Matt and Melissa have put in a lot of effort into buying their first house in Matt's hometown of Chatsworth, California. Over the course of 3 years, they looked at 100 houses and had 4 offers fall apart. Despite the disappointments, they are still determined to find a house. Between finding a place in their $750,000 - $800,000 budget and Matt's high standards, their friend and agent Travis Winn, has his job cut out for him.
Naomi's job in local government requires her to live within the city limits of Washington, D.C. She loves D.C. and has lived in the area since she was a little girl, but now that she is about to turn 31, Naomi has decided it's time to buy her first place. She's hoping to find a 1 bedroom condo with a washer and dryer, that is located in South-West D.C. Naomi's budget is $290,000, which may make finding what she wants to be a challenge. She and her best friend, Chazeman will take a look at three places that realtor Brett J. West has set up. The first place has everything Naomi's looking for but is located on the basement level and doesn't have a nice view. The second place has great views but it's above her budget and needs some work. The third place is in her ideal area but doesn't have a washer and dryer in the condo. After weighing the pros and cons, Naomi will choose one of the places to be the first home she will own.
For most of their two year relationship, Jake and Rudi have lived over 100 miles apart. While Jake lives in Los Angeles, Rudi has been living in Palm Springs while renovating a house. Now, that this project is complete, Rudi's ready to move back to L.A. and take their relationship to the next level. They decided to buy a house together. The challenge? Rudi runs his own design company that buys, renovates and then sells homes. So, he wants to make changes to every house they see. Jake is all about the bottom line and doesn't want to take on a big project. With a budget of $700,000 to $1.4 million, can their friend and agent Peter Lavin find a house that they'll both like?
Amateur pool champion, Shelia Lowe, is eager to buy a home of her own in Birmingham, Alabama, that's big enough for herself and her pool table. Her budget is just $150,000, and she wants three bedrooms, two baths, and a large space for the pool table. She's bringing her friend Bobby along on the house hunt to help her make the big decision. Realtor Lorenzo Randall will also weigh in with advice. He takes her to see three homes. The first is large and Shelia's worried about maintaining it. The second is updated and smaller, but Shelia's concerned about the lack of space. The third is just the right size, but the upgrades are not to Shelia's liking. Which house will Shelia choose to help her move her game to the next level?
Tamra and Paul fell in love as teenagers in Jamaica, drifted apart, and years later were lucky enough to find each other again. Now raising 7 year-old Ty in the suburbs of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the couple is tired of their tiny townhouse, where space is so tight they have to store their food in the bathroom cabinets! They're looking to buy a move-in ready ranch home in the affluent city of Boca Raton, with plenty of storage space, a big yard for Ty and a pool for Paul. But with a strict $220,000 budget, they may have to make sacrifices to find the house of their dreams.
Jeff and Abbi were lucky enough to find their dream home in the Austin, Texas area. They put their offer in and waited two months before they found out it wasn't going to work out. Now they're living in a rental with their young twin boys. They've decided to start the search again in hopes of finding the perfect family home to raise their kids. They'd like to find a large house with a game room and a big backyard near a good school. They'll take a look at three great choices in their area, but the challenge is finding a place that has everything they want. Will they get what they want or will they have to settle?
John and Carly took a leap of faith five months ago and moved from Florida to Nashville, where John hopes to launch a music career. Now that the lease is up on their tiny two-bedroom town house, they've decided to make ''Music City USA'' their permanent home, and are looking to buy a place as close to the happening downtown scene as possible. Both are eager to find a place with a bigger kitchen, and extra rooms for John to practice his guitar and Carly to work on her crafts. With a budget of $330,000, can the couple find a home that has the kind of architectural charm John loves, along with the practical features Carly demands?
Caitlin has got two big reasons to move to San Diego - a job transfer and to be closer to her boyfriend Mark. So she wants to buy a condo in the downtown area where they can finally live together. She's hoping to find a two bedroom place with a laundry in the home, but with her tight budget it may be a challenge to get what she wants in the downtown area. She and her boyfriend will take a look at three condos in and around the downtown area. Deciding on her first place will be tougher than she imagined.
Landon and Caitlyn moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family but when the house they wanted fell through, they were forced to move in with her parents. They don't want to over stay their welcome so they are anxious to find their own place. The only issue is Landon wants to move into a low maintenance town home, while Caitlyn has her heart set on a single family home. They'll check out something for both of them, but can they find a place that they can agree on?
Lizzy and Danny Pulgaron first met as young teenagers in their hometown of Miami, Florida. They dated through high school and college, then married and moved to Philadelphia so Lizzy could attend graduate school. But they always hoped to return to Miami. When they both got job offers in Miami earlier this year, they knew they had to seize the moment and make their move. That meant moving in with Danny's parents until they could find a house to buy. That was six months ago and the couple is tired of living "like siblings" in Danny's childhood home. They've enlisted the help of Realtor Jennifer Brilliant to help them find a home for $400,000 or less. Jennifer steers them to the coastal suburb of Surfside, where houses are more affordable, but typically very dated. How far back in time are Lizzy and Danny willing to go to get the forever home they're hoping for?
Matt and Monica just got married and want to buy their first home in the Phoenix, Arizona suburbs. With a budget of $300,000, they're looking for a home to eventually raise their future children. But, when it comes to house hunting, can Monica's optimism balance out Matt's pessimism?
Twenty-three-year-old Ryan thinks he is ready to buy his own home outside Charlotte, North Carolina and has set his budget at $175,000. Mary, his agent, also happens to be his mother and she is determined that her young son find a home that has both what he wants and what she thinks he needs.
After their lease ran out, Thom and Katy decided to move in with friends while they hunt for a DC home of their own. They want a house they can fix up themselves that does not cost more than $400,000. The trick will be finding one before their friends tell them to hit the road.
Twenty-six year-old Tony Chau loves his hard working, hard partying lifestyle in Las Vegas, Nevada, but he's ready for a new adventure. He plans to buy a vacation home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles so he can partake in the Sunset Strip scene whenever he wants. He'd like a two-bedroom home with plenty of space to entertain, and he's willing to spend up to a million dollars to get it. Tony's enlisted the help of Los Angeles Realtor Peter Stamison, and interior decorator, James Charles. James infused Tony's Las Vegas home with a hip, playful style that Tony would like to repeat in his Los Angeles getaway. But Hollywood dreams do not come cheap and even with a million dollars to spend, Tony will have to make some compromises to get into the market at all.
Emily and John are sure they'll spend their future together, but they've put off their wedding plans in their rush to buy a home before a federal tax incentive expires. But while Emily longs for a place that's move-in ready, John has his heart set on a home he can ''fix up''. With a budget of $180,000, this couple will be putting their compromising skills to the test as they hurry to find a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home that's the perfect balance of projects and perfection.
John is an Austin architect, who wants to buy a house on which he can exercise his design muscles. His wife Nikki is nervous about taking on a big project and would rather get a house that needs little to no work. Can their broker, Sam Archer, find them a house that meets both of their needs and stays within their $250,000 budget?
Becky and Evan just relocated from Dallas to Seattle after Becky accepted a new job in the area. Since the couple had to move quickly they've been staying at a hotel while they look for a permanent place. Becky's company is paying for the hotel bill, but unfortunately they're only covering the costs for 45 days. With time running out, Becky and Evan need to find a place fast. They'll take a look at several single-family homes in the area, but they're in for a big surprise when they discover the price tag on a Seattle home is much higher than in Dallas. Can they find a place that meets their expectations before their corporate housing runs out?
Retired New York City detective Arthur and his wife Kandy moved to the Florida Gulf Coast for the great weather and laid back lifestyle, but raising their energetic toddler twins in a tiny condo is a bigger challenge than they can handle. They're looking for a bigger home on the barrier island of Siesta Key, but after five months of searching, the couple has discovered that even with their $600,000 budget, landing a place at this hot beach destination is tough. Can they find an affordable 4-bedroom house near the sea before their current cramped quarters push them over the edge?
Planning for a wedding while searching for their first home is stressful enough for Matt and Megan. But, they've also never lived under the same roof in the 7 years they've been together. So, they need to work out a few issues during their house hunt. Can their agent and broker, Sean Hope, find a place they both like and stick to their $350,000 budget?
Al and Gina have been married for 17 years and they have two sons. They've lived all over the world thanks to Al's military career, but now that they've moved to Kapolei, Hawaii they're finally where they want to be. The entire family loves Hawaii and has decided it's the perfect place to settle down and buy a home. Unfortunately Al is about to be deployed overseas, and he'll be gone for a year. Al and Gina really want to find a home before he leaves, but it's going to be a challenge since they both want different things. Can they find a place they both agree on before time runs out?
Jordan Yocum is a young man on a mission. At just twenty-two years old, he's ready to buy a home of his own in Louisville, Kentucky. He's been working three jobs to make his mission possible. But Jordan has a long wish list of features he feels he needs in his new home. And he's only got $125,000 to spend. It's a daunting task, but Jordan is ready to tackle it with great enthusiasm. Along to help are his friend Charlee, who is a young homeowner herself, and Realtor Heidi Fore. Will Jordan find everything he's looking for, and stay under budget?
Amery, a 28 year-old school teacher, spent his childhood moving from place to place. Now, he's longing to put down roots and buy a home of his own in the Houston suburb of Pearland. He needs a place that's big enough to share with his roommates - best friend Henry and Henry's young son Parker. And even though he's ready to spend the very grown-up sum of $150,000 on a home, Amery wants to make sure there's plenty of room for him and his friends to play! Can this overgrown kid find a home that'll be fun ? and a good investment?
Lea wants her husband, Nate, to buy a second home on Tybee Island, Georgia, on his very first visit there. She thinks it will be the perfect place to take a break from their busy jobs in Chicago. While Lea loves the idea of buying an idyllic beach cottage, Nate is more concerned about the bottom line. Can their realtor, Jason Bishop, find a place that lives up to Lea's expectations and sticks to Nate's $550,000 budget?
Julie Young, a native of Texas, has spent the last 15 years building a life for herself in Orlando, Florida. She has become successful at her job, sings in her church choir and has a huge group of good friends. The only problem is everything she is involved with is located about 15 miles away from her current home in Kissimmee, Florida. When she first bought her home, the Kissimmee area was where she could afford but now she's hoping to be closer to friends and her social life in an area of Orlando called the Dr. Phillips neighborhood. She and her best friend Kevin-Michael will take a look at several homes in the area. He's known Julie for over 12 years, and isn't afraid to be honest about what she needs in a home. Will their realtor be able to help Julie live in the place where her life is?
TV news producers Allison and David met on the job and married soon after. Now they're sharing a condo in Washington D.C. that's so small, they still can't open all their wedding gifts! They've agreed to search for a new home, but while David is determined to stay in the city he adores, Allison has set her sights on the Virginia suburbs. David will have a fight on his hands: since Allison suffers from asthma, she is determined to find a newly built home with no signs of mold, not an easy thing to do in historic downtown D.C. With a budget of $700,000, can this couple find a place they can actually agree on?
For the past 18 months, Paul has been commuting between his home in Mason, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland. So, he spends the weekend with his wife Gina and their daughters, Paige and Mia, and is in Baltimore for the rest of the work week. This commute has been tough on the whole family. So, he and Gina decided to sell their dream home in Ohio and buy a house in Baltimore. But, they've had to face the harsh reality that the real estate market in Baltimore is much higher than Mason. Can their broker, Anne Herrara Franklin, find a house that lives up to their expectations without maxing out their $700,000 budget?
Is it true that love has no boundaries? Todd and Tanya are putting that theory to the test. This engaged couple is planning a wedding, while in school and working full time jobs, all while crammed into their small Palm Desert apartment. What they thought would be temporary housing has turned into 6 months of them living on top of each other. They're eager to find a larger place and get settled in before their weddding day. The biggest challenge is that they know exactly what they want, so their realtor has his work cut out for him. He'll take them to several homes, where this couple seems to find every flaw. Can they find a place that works for them before they tie the knot or will they be stuck in their small apartment?
During the seven years that Tim & Summer Munyon have been married, they've lived in five different states. They're ready to settle down for good, and have chosen Morgantown, West Virginia, a popular college town which is frequently cited by the media as one of the best small cities in the United States. Tim has accepted a job as a professor at West Virginia University, and they're eager to find a home that's close to campus, but not too close. Summer is also worried about the hilly terrain, so she'd like to find a home that does not require driving on steep roads. They begin their search with a budget of $250,000 - $300,000, but quickly find that those numbers are too low, and that Morgantown is an expensive place to buy. They raise their budget, but finding a house they can call home forever still proves to be tough. What kind of compromises will they have to make to get into this popular market?
Brian's a typical bachelor with a very unusual living situation: he rents an apartment in a former retirement home in Dallas, Texas that still caters to senior citizens! Since he's 28 and makes a good living, he's decided to opt for a more fitting lifestyle, and is searching for a home in the Dallas suburb of Irving. Along with his best friend and future roommate, Justin, Brian will try to find the perfect mix of smart investment and ''bachelor-friendly'' amenities. Can his $175,000 budget pay for a place that pleases both the buyer and his picky pal?
Gerri thinks house hunting is a lot like dating. There are a lot of ups and downs, but when you find "the one", you'll be happy. After searching for a while and dealing with a lot of rejections, she's asked her good friend Akoto to help her on this quest. Can her agent, Carlos Turner, find the perfect match and stay within her $160,000?
Christina and Stephen relocated from Rhode Island to West Hartford, Connecticut due to Stephen's new job in the area. They moved into a temporary rental so they could take their time and find a home where they eventually plan to raise a family. The problem is their small current home is driving them crazy. There are storage boxes everywhere, a small dated bathroom they have to share, and no yard space for their large dog. The couple is desperate to get out, but they don't want to settle on just any home. They are very particular about what they want, from modern ammenities to a large updated kitchen. It may be a challenge to find everything they want since many of the homes in the area are older. Their realtor is up for the challenge and has several great home for them to see. He'll point out the postive things about each place, while they tend to notice all the problems. Can he find a home that works for them or will they have to wind up settling.
Jon's job as a residence advisor at a small university in St. Louis, MO has created an unusual living situation for him, his wife Lisa and their toddler: they all reside in an apartment that's in a men's dorm! While sharing space with 100 college boys certainly has been eventful, to say the least, they'd like a place of their own, and now that Jon's accepted a new job at his church, they're in a hurry to buy. But even with a budget of $225,000, finding a move-in ready, 3-bedroom home will be tough ? and with Lisa's heart already set on one high-priced neighborhood, reaching a compromise will put these house hunters to the test!
Tina is on her own for the first time in her life. After a recent divorce she decided to make a fresh start in Florida. She currently lives in a rental in the Palm Beach area, but she wants to buy a home in Jupiter for several reasons. It's a closer commute to her new job, she likes the laid back vibe people have in the area and the most important reason is Tina's new pal Cat lives there. She and her friend Cat will check out several homes that her broker Michael Ferguson has picked out. The biggest challenge is Tina is very particular and she knows what she wants. Can her broker find a place that has everything she wants?
Boston couple Kristen and Rob's bid to buy their dream home fell through at the worst possible time, forcing them to move into a small apartment just one day before the birth of their first child. Now, ten months later, the baby is walking, and the lease on their apartment is nearly up, so they must restart the search for their forever home. Realtor Ann Trettis shows them three homes in the Boston suburb of Easton. Which one will help them forget the "one that got away"?
Now that Craig has finally finished his studies, he and his wife Jennifer are moving from Chicago to Milwaukee. She dreams of lots of space. He wants a short commute. And their two young daughters have ideas of their own. With a budget of $725K - $800K, their realtor, Mike Quinlevan must try to find a house in the outskirts of Milwaukee that will make everyone happy.
Over the last 3 years, Meg got a divorce, put her kids through college and got her own degree. After selling her house 6 months ago, she moved into her childhood home in Farmington, Michigan. While she loves being with her mom, she wants to buy a home for just her and her kids. Her friend Julie, who isn't afraid to express her opinions, is joining her on this house hunt. Can Meg's realtor, Ailene Corlin, find a place that Meg and Julie like and still stay within the $100,000 - $130,000 budget?
After the wedding, Jennifer and her two kids moved in with Keith and his three kids. Now that all seven of them are sharing a three bedroom/one-and-a-half bath home, the two boys are bunking in the unfinished basement and shower times for everyone are carefully regulated. Jennifer wants to hurry up and find an updated house with plenty of space, but Craig is determined that they don't exceed their $375,000 budget.
Sonya, a Maryland rocket scientist, loves her job and raising her 12 year-old daughter Jordan, but she's tired of living in a cramped rental in the suburbs near Washington D.C. She's looking to buy a home that's close to work as well as her daughter's weekday boarding school in Baltimore. With advice from her best friend Linette, and a budget range of $250,000 to $300,000, can Sonya find a move-in ready place with lots of charm but not too much yard for this busy space engineer to care for?
Lynne and Eugene have spent the last year and a half looking at over a hundred homes and still haven't found one they like. Problem is, they're very picky and want different types of homes. Lynne likes hip and modern, while Eugene wants a historic home. Now that they've accepted an offer on their condo, they're running out of time. Can their realtor, Dan Bernal, find a house that has everything they want within their $420,000 budget?
Ashley and Jeremy recently moved from Jonesborough, Tennessee to Knoxville. They're living in a small apartment while they search for a permanent home. But between their noisy neighbors, all of their belongings in storage and an unhappy bulldog used to a yard, they're ready to move into a house as soon as possible. Ashley and Jeremy can't wait to move out, but that doesn't mean Ashley is willing to compromise on what she wants. She has a very long and detailed wish list of exactly what she'd like in her new home. The challenge will be to find a home that has everything she wants but still fits into their tight budget. They've asked realtor Judi Starliper to spearhead their search. Can Judi find these picky buyers a house they'll be happy with?
Mark and Carla want out of their two-bedroom downtown Detroit condo and into a roomy suburban house where they can raise their growing family. Both children of immigrants and avid cooks, they have dreams of a big open kitchen where they can entertain extended family, a yard for their young girls to play in and a studio space where Mark can work on his art projects. The trick is finding all this without going over their budget of $300,000.
Once a homeless addict who spent his nights in a park, Mike is now a successful architect and condo owner who's eager to buy a single family home with his wife Shawna in Orange County, California. While they have a $450,000 budget, it may not be enough to buy a dream home in the pricey town of Mission Viejo. Will a competitive real estate market force these newlyweds to settle for a condo, or can they find a house that satisfies their wish list: something move-in ready, with space for Shawna's shoes, and the kind of open layout Mike prefers?
Now that they have a toddler and a baby, Ryan and Apryl have outgrown their 2 bedroom rental home and are anxious to buy their first house in the Washington D.C. suburbs. With their lease set to expire in a few months, they're in a rush to find a place. Problem is, Ryan must have a "man cave" and Apryl wants to make sure their home has all the right details. With a budget of $350,000 and time running out, can they find a place that makes them both happy?
Even though he is only twenty-one and just out of college, Brian is convinced he would be better off buying a home than renting one - as long as he stays within his budget of $100K - $130K. Since he is new to St. Louis and new to house hunting, his mother Marion has come with him from New York to help him with his search. She has definite ideas of what he should look for and is not at all shy about voicing her opinions!
After nine years of Las Vegas living, Audrie and Bill are returning back to where it all began: Michigan. This couple first met in the 5th grade, and have been together ever since. After being crowned "Miss Michigan," Audrie, a long time dancer, performed with Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. She and Bill lived happily in the desert until the birth of their son, William. They missed their 'home,' and wanted William to grow up in the same environment where they first met. So they packed up their things and moved into his mother's 2-bedroom condo in Livonia, MI, where they've been living for the last 9 months. Although they're grateful to have a place to crash, this couple can't wait to find their own house. Thus far, they've been really disappointed in their search. They thought with their budget they could have their pick of properties in the Midwest, but with the decline of home values in Michigan, not many people are putting their houses on the market. Not helping the matter is Audrie's issue with resale homes. She has a tough time seeing past the grit that often accompanies older homes. Will they be able to find a place that works for them or will they be forced to stay even longer with Bill's mother?
Single mom Kelly just moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to take a public relations job with the US Navy. The 34 year-old has been living at her mother's place for several months, and while she appreciates the hospitality, she's growing tired of being treated like a baby and wants to buy a place of her own. With a budget of 155 thousand dollars, Kelly's confident she can find the perfect starter home, but her overprotective mother, who'll join her on the tours, worries Kelly will pick a home with dangerous problems. Which mother knows best?
Both originally from the Midwest, Ryan and Shelley moved to Southern California for the great weather and laid-back beach lifestyle, and met and fell in love shortly after arriving. While they've been happy in their rental apartment near the beach in beautiful Santa Monica, Ryan is ready to invest in a condo of his own, and wants Shelley to live with him. She'll help him search for a property in the neighborhoods close to Santa Monica Beach, but even with a budget of half a million dollars, finding a condo that's in decent condition, with enough elbow room for two, will be a major challenge in one of the priciest real estate markets in America.
Matt and Meghan moved back to their hometown of Columbia, South Carolina because of a job promotion for Meghan and to be closer to family. And close is what they got! This couple, along with their daughter Kate, are all living with Meghan's folks. It's becoming a challenge for Matt, a stay-at-home dad, to raise their daughter in a home where they all live out of suitcases. They're desperate to fully unpack and have some personal space again. They're hoping to find a Southern brick bungalow with a lot of charm that's close to the downtown area. Their biggest challenge is to make sure they make a decision on the right home, not one that will simply get them out of their current living situation. On one salary, this could be tough, but leave it to broker Donna Reed to find them the perfect charmer in South Carolina's capitol!
When Tiffany Krieg learned she'd be inheriting her beloved grandmother's grand piano, she knew she'd have to move her family to a home that was big enough to showcase it, in Frisco, Texas. Her husband, Dylan, agreed so they put their "starter home" on the market and watched it sell in just five days. Tiffany, Dylan, and their two children moved in with Tiffany's sister and began the search for a new, piano-ready home. Tiffany also wants the home to include upgrades like eight foot doors, granite counters, hardwood floors, and large baseboards and crown molding. Dylan appreciates upgrades but does not want to "break the bank" to get them. Can Realtor Teresa Robinson find a home that pleases both husband and wife?
Lia and Brad had barely started their long distance relationship when his company transferred him from Ohio to West Palm Beach, Florida. She took a leap of faith and agreed to follow him there. Now, they're ready to make an even bigger commitment, by buying a house together. As they search for a place, they'll discover each other's quirks, making it a challenge for their realtor, Bill Tavernise, to find a home that works for both of them.
Liz and Alex love the 7,500 sq. ft. house they are in now. This current home has plenty of room for their family of six and their assorted pets. With its great location, huge kitchen, and fabulous master suite, it has been perfect for them, and Liz has dreamed of seeing her girls on the grand staircase on their wedding day. But now that Alex has lost his job and they need to downsize, the house has been sold. As Liz and Alex search for a new place, they must quickly decide what matters most to them now that they can no longer have it all.
Sheila and Karine want to buy an apartment in San Francisco's popular Noe Valley neighborhood. They think their needs are pretty simple: at least one bedroom, laundry, outdoor living space, parking and to be in the heart of Noe. But, in such an expensive real estate market, trying to find a place that has all that and is within their $500,000 budget won't be easy. It's up to their realtor, Danielle Lazier, to set them straight.
Eric and Mishelle want to buy a second home in Hawaii for when they and their three kids need a break from the long, dark and freezing winters they face in Fairbanks, Alaska. They look at a condo first and soon realize that their modest budget won't get them much on the beautiful island of Kauai. Something has to give - it's up to Eric and Mishelle to decide whether that something is going to be their wishlist or their budget.
JD and Kristin have spent the last decade moving around the world for JD's job, but now that their daughter is in elementary school, they want to move back to their hometown of St. Louis so she can grow up with the same values and cozy neighborhoods that they enjoyed as children.
Elisa recently lost her husband to cancer. Although devastated by her loss, Elisa decided the best tribute to her late husband would be to buy a second home on the Hawaiian island of Molokai - where they used to vacation - so the whole family could come together and create new happy memories. Elisa and three of her daughters are traveling from their home in Midland, Texas to Molokai to check out several places. But finding a one that's affordable and large enough for the entire family will be quite a challenge.
Cathleen and Andrew have made offers on multiple homes, without any luck, and with their lease about to expire, they're running out of time to find a place near Northern California's wine country. While Andrew prefers the Marin County city of Novato, where he works at his family's lumber mill, Cathleen wants to buy about 15 minutes north in quaint Petaluma, where the homes are more affordable, but some sit on "adobe soil", which can shift over time. With $450,000 to spend, will they stretch their budget in Novato, or will they be desperate enough to buy a home that could be moving right under their feet?
Nick and Kristen are totally stressed out. They live in Palmetto, Florida but have been on the hunt for over a year for a bigger place in the Bradenton area so they can be closer to Kristen's mom. Each of the past 5 offers they have made have fallen out for one reason or another. The whole process has been wearing them out. Kristen is staying up nights, and is obsessed with checking the listings for homes. To add more pressure, Kristen has to drive their son to her parents' house every morning on the way to work which is adding time to her already long commute. Kristen has a long list of wants, which makes it hard to find a place she likes, so it's even more frustrating that their offers keep getting shot down. They both worry that if they don't buy soon, they will be stuck where they are with no other options. It's now or never, and hopefully this young couple will find their new, larger home before they crack.
Briana and Cyrus love living in Boynton Beach, Florida, but their 2-story home isn't working anymore: Briana, who suffers from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, struggles to climb the stairs to her home office, and with impending ankle surgery, she'll need a single story home as she recuperates. They're searching Palm Beach County, Florida for a place within their $200,000 budget, but Cyrus is drawn to fixers, which make Briana nervous, as working on a home could force her to delay her surgery. Can they find a place that'll ease Briana's pain, and still give Cyrus enough of the projects he loves?
When Crystal lost her father to cancer this year, she and her husband Bradden realized it was time for their busy family of five to slow down and enjoy life. So these Ohio natives have decided to fulfill their dream of owning a vacation home near the beach in sunny Fort Myers, Florida. In this world-class resort town, though, they might find that their modest budget won't go very far. With a long wish list, their Realtor is in for a challenge as she tries to make this family's dream a reality.
After graduating from college, Tom and Kelsey got married and set out for an adventure.They lived in several different places, including Alaska, but they were drawn back home to the beautiful lake country in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, west of Milwaukee. They've been living with Tom's parents, and they're ready for their own place. The free room and board allowed them to save money and shop for their ideal house. Tom and Kelsey are looking for something that needs work. They love doing projects together and a fixer-upper will give them the chance to make a home in their own style. They're also realistic that fixers might be the only properties available in their budget. Can they find a house that's affordable and needs a reasonable, but not overwhelming, amount of work?
Andrea works in NYC, but lives almost two hours away in Marlton, New Jersey. She does this long commute so she can have the best of both worlds - a job in the city and a house in a quiet, rural area where she can raise her two children. Now, she's eager to get out of her friend's house, where she and the kids are currently crashing, and into a 3 bedroom place of their own in Malrton. But on a tight budget, will she be able to find the kind of place she wants for her kids?
Wynter is ready to marry Will, and he promises he'll pop the question as soon as they are living together in a home of their own. Real Estate Agent Bobby Naugle shows them three houses in their hometown of Visalia, California. The challenge is that Wynter wants an upgraded, move-in-ready home, while Will wants a well-priced fixer. Can this young couple find a happy medium? And will Will make good on that promise?
Steven and Ashley want to buy their first home in the Dallas suburbs. With a budget of $180,000, they're having a tough time finding a house that's upgraded enough for her and still has enough projects for him. Can their realtor, Kevin Belknap, who's married to Steven's cousin, find a place that makes them both happy?
Mike and Clare have saved up for a house by staying in his parents' basement for over a year. All of their friends and both of their jobs are over an hour away and the newlyweds have had enough of the long commute. They are anxious to find a home of their own in the Cleveland suburbs that is big enough for them and their dog but still plenty close to the action.
After taking a $30,000 loss on the sale of their previous home in Ohio, Amanda and Rich had to move their family of six into her parent's house. Two years later, they've saved up enough money to buy their next place. While they want to be smart about sticking to their $290,000 budget, finding a house that meets all of their needs is proving to be a challenge. Plus Amanda is very picky. It's a good thing they're working with her mother's childhood friend, Kim Martin, as their realtor.
LaMar and Jessica just moved to Atlanta and are staying with his sister until they find a home of their own. Both want to be close to downtown but Jessica dreams of a homey townhouse, while LaMar's idea of heaven is a sleek high-rise complete with concierge, pool, gym and fabulous views. Will they be able to settle on a place that makes them both happy?
When Heather decided to buy her first home in downtown Baltimore, she set a realistic budget of $300,000 - $350,000. This would allow her to indulge in her favorite pastimes: traveling and shopping. But, looking for a house is not as easy as buying a handbag, which is very frustrating for Heather. Can her cousin and future roommate, Ra'Shaun, help her stay focused on the prize? Heather is a handful, but realtor Monica Gordon-Truesdale, is determined to find the right house for her.
Chicago newcomers Nicolle and Jonathan love their downtown rental, but it's time to buy a place, and their differences are making the search tough: while he's ready to settle down and raise kids in the suburbs, she's reluctant to leave the action of the big city. With a budget that tops out at $300,000, can Jonathan convince Nicolle that they can find a sweeter deal outside the Windy City?
After a recent break up left her paying too much in rent, Britt is setting out to buy her first home. But the trendy neighborhood of Ballard isn't cheap, and her small budget won't go far. With the help of her best friend and her agent, will this city girl be able to land the home of her dreams?
Kelli and Reed left their music careers in Nashville to begin a new life in the scenic resort town of Whitefish, Montana. Now, they're in a rush to move out of Reed's parents' house and into a home of their own before they open the doors to their new cafe, 'The Caboose', in downtown Whitefish. But while Kelli wants to find a place with a cozy, rustic feel, Reed, who grew up in a cabin-style home, prefers a more streamlined look with modern finishes. With a budget of $375,000, can this couple find a place close to town that'll make them both happy?
With their wedding right around the corner, and the lease on their rental about to expire, Atlanta couple Gerrad and Alyssa have agreed now's the time to buy their first home.Unfortunately, they haven't been able to agree on anything else. He wants a townhouse with amenities, and she wants a single family home with a yard.Their agent Shanna has the difficult task of bringing together the desires of these two opinionated fiances, before they walk down the aisle!
Best friends Jayme and Courtney have never lived away from home. Realizing that it's time to grow up and that they can't live with their parents forever, they've decided to buy a home together. Their different personalities tie in with what they want in a new home. Jayme is a free spirit who just wants a serene home that's not too close to neighbors. Courtney thinks everything through and feels it would be wise to find a maintenance-free home without a yard. They'll need to figure out exactly what they both want in a place and more importantly, what they can afford. Can these first time home buyers find something that has everything they both want and that fits their limited budget?
Kevin is an avid cyclist who is ready to move out of his parents' place and buy his first home in the Detroit suburbs. Unlike most house hunters, he could not care less about fine finishes; his top priority is storage space for his prize possessions ? his bikes! His best friend Ryan will come along as Kevin looks for a ranch style home with his ultimate fantasy space: a temperature-controlled, well-lit room where he can work on his treasured rides. But will a budget that tops out at $200,000 be enough to kick this search into high gear?
Trish and Ryan Valley and their two kids just moved all the way from Ottawa, Canada to Dallas, Texas. While looking for a home to buy, they're staying with long-time friends who recently made the move from Ottawa to the Dallas suburb of Keller. Trish wants to find a home in Keller, to be close to their friends, but that would mean a nightmare commute for Ryan, whose job is an hour and a half away in downtown Dallas. They'll look at a home in Keller, a home in Dallas, and a home part-way in between the two. Which one will they choose?
Sarah and Weber were tired of the cold Minnesota winters, so they were excited about moving to Tampa, Florida when Weber found a job there. Since Weber's parents own a vacation home in the area, they offered to let the couple and their two small children move in until they found a permanent place. But after several months, it has become a little too crowded with six people all living in the small home. Add to that, Weber has to commute a minimum of 3 hours a day and it's frustrating for everyone, to say the least.They're desperate to find a place, but they'd like to stay below $500,000. They thought they'd be able to find a nice, large home for that price based on everything they'd heard about the Florida real estate market, but they quickly realized that wouldn't be the case since they are looking for a house in a good school district, and they're particular about the condition of the home. Can they find a house that's big enough, in the right neighborhood and the condition they want but most importantly for the price they're willing to spend?
Linda and John love living the rugged outdoor life in the dream home they built on a Montana mountain top. But, after living there for 2 years, they've discovered the daily drive to their kids school and running errands in the town of Whitefish is a real grind. So, Linda has persuaded her husband John to buy a second home in town. The challenge is to find a place that's within John's budget of $250K - $350K and has all of the high end upgrades their used to having.
Josh and Amy are ready to marry, and ready to buy their first home together in Nashville, Tennessee. They hope to combine the two, by finding a house with a wedding-ready back yard. They'll get help with the house hunt from Amy's twin sister, and Mom. Their challenge is deciding what they value most: a great back yard for the wedding? Close proximity to Amy's twin sister and mom? Or space to grow?
MIT grads Vidya and Nigel, moved to the Bay Area for high tech jobs. After saving for years, they're ready to buy their first home. But, with her job in the heart of San Francisco and his in Silicon Valley, they're torn between getting a place in the city where they like to hang out or the suburbs which would make Nigel's commute easier. Can their agent Herman Chan, who is Vidya's old high school friend, help them find a place that can make them both happy?
Valerie is looking for her first home in Seattle, but she won't settle for the average starter house. With her fascination with odd collectibles, including a whale skull coffee table and a stuffed squirrel, she admits she has quirky tastes, and wants her new house to reflect that quality. She's willing to spend close to $400,000 to find a place that's as unique as she is, and she's not afraid of a fixer. Can her friend Mary Jo help her locate the home of her dreams, and keep Valerie from taking on a project that's more than she can handle?
Since landing her first job as a nurse, 24 year-old Justine has been ready to move out of her parents' 7,000 square foot historical home and buy her first place. But finding a traditional-style condo in trendy parts of her hometown of Kansas City might be harder than she expects. She'll be taking her most honest critic along for the ride: her Mom. With a tiny budget, Justine's in for a real world wake up call which could prove that you can go home again, but buying one there is quite another matter.
Just after Tya and Sherman tied the knot, he went off on a seven month deployment for the Navy. Tya, who has been living in Pomona with her daughter Alaysja, is anxious to buy a home they can all live in before he returns. With a budget of $350,000, can her agent, Lisa Cupp, find the right place for them?
After struggling with infertility, Kansas couple Ben and Julie hope to leave bad memories behind by starting over in a new home. But with a very low budget, and a tiny search area near the church where Ben works as a youth pastor, their hopes may be in jeopardy. After the most difficult year of their lives, will their house hunt lead to more disappointment and heartbreak?
After moving from Washington D.C. to work at Kent State University in Ohio, Gene has decided it's time to stop throwing money away on a rental and find a home of his own. He's been renting a 2 bedroom apartment for over 3 years and he's tired of it being so uninviting to his guests. In his new place, he'll be looking for a condo with little to no maintenance because he travels a lot for work and doesn't want to come home to chores. He'd also like something bigger than his current place, ideally with hardwood floors and multiple bedrooms. Because Gene is colorblind he's asked his best friend Norman who is an interior designer to join him on his search for a place. Gene will also have Norman decorate the condo and make it colorful and inviting. Armed with realtor Katy Brahler and his opinionated friend, will Gene find what he's looking for?
David and Christina are not only newlyweds, they also teach in the same 4th grade classroom. Now they're embarking on their next project: buying their first home in Los Angeles. The couple wants to live near the private school where they work, in the upscale San Fernando Valley town of Sherman Oaks. They love to bike through the canyons south of legendary Ventura Boulevard, but the real estate prices in that area often start in the millions of dollars, so they'll settle for buying a place that's close to Ventura. But even with that compromise, with a budget of $550,000, can they find a starter home that's big enough, and updated enough, to meet their exacting tastes?
Washington DC Newlyweds Justin and Joanne have been living in his bachelor pad with two roommates for way too long. They're on the hunt for a vintage row house on Capitol Hill, but she wants a fixer and he wants move-in ready. After touring a vintage home that's been gutted and left to rot, a renovated place way out of their price range, and another with no charm, will they find something that either of them wants, or end up stuck in the bachelor pad forever?
Ewa and Patty enjoyed city living in Boston while he was pursuing his MBA. They recently became parents and have decided to make the transition to a more traditional suburban lifestyle near Patty's family, in Buffalo Grove, IL. Until they find a home, they're living with Patty's parents, which has presented its own set of challenges. So they'd like to buy a home as soon as possible. However, this is proving to be more difficult than they expected because they want a home with lots of value and with a low price. How much are the Tams willing to sacrifice?
The Serra family has always been on the move due to Juan's military service. But now that he's nearing retirement, he and his family are settling down for good in San Antonio, Texas. They currently live in a 5 bedroom rental, but since the new place will be their 'forever' house, Miranda wants everything to be perfect and isn't concerned about money. High on her list are granite counters, hard wood floors and a swimming pool. Juan, on the other hand, keeps his eyes on the bottom line and doesn't want to go overboard. To help them in their search, the Serras have enlisted the help of realtor Marian Swanson. Who will win out in the end - Miranda or Juan?
After spending three years cleaning up her credit, Christina has decided to buy a home she can share with her boyfriend Andre. She set a strict budget of $200,000 and is looking for a brand new townhome in the suburbs of Richmond, Virgina. As she looks at model homes, she and Andre will have to decide which one has the upgrades she wants and the space he needs.
Jennifer Elton is getting divorced and needs to move out of her large home and into a cheaper and more easy-to-maintain place. So she and her young son Patrick are scouring Tucson, Arizona for a home that has the nice finishes she wants and the pool and kid-friendly neighborhood Patrick wants. Will they be able to find a place that suits them both?
Oxana is originally from Moldova and Varun is from India. They met and married and are now living in Raleigh, NC. They've decided it is a good time to buy a first home, and are targeting townhouses. Varun is focused on sticking to the budget while Oxana admits to 'wanting it all.' She has her heart set on spacious rooms with hardwood floors, bathrooms with jetted tubs and updated kitchens with the best appliances. Can they get the luxury Oxana wants within a budget Varun can live with?
23 year-old nurse Alicia may be young, but she has very big expectations as she searches for her first home in Charleston, South Carolina. She's been working two jobs to afford a place, where she'll live with her boyfriend Dennis. But with a budget that tops out at $200,000, Alicia will have to compromise on something. Will she give up a central location for a big updated space, or sacrifice modern finishes to be close to downtown and the beach?
Minneapolis couple Ben and Jaime have been living with her Mom to save money for their first home. They agree that they need to find a new home fast, but don't agree on where to look.He wants the city, she wants the 'burbs. Caught in the crossfire of their house hunt battle, their Realtor David struggles to find a home that will make both of them happy, as they search high and low during the brutal Minnesota winter.
Newlyweds Adam and Cara have decided to trade in the action of downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL for a family home in the 'burbs. But after losing the lease on their rental apartment, Adam & Cara have had to move in with their friend Mike while they look for a house. Things are getting crowded - and tense. With a tight timeline, a limited budget of $260,000 and a long list of must haves, this house search isn't going to be easy. Cara is outspoken about what she wants. And she has no problem using her sharp tongue to prod their realtor Nick Klein into finding them exactly what she expects. But even with her constant pressure, Nick knows there's only so much they can get within their budget. Will this couple be willing to push their budget to get everything they want, or will they accept reality and start making compromises?
Hair stylists David and Ana Maria love their charming rented carriage house in Frederick, Maryland, but when looking great is a priority, sharing one tiny bathroom just doesn't cut it! The couple is searching for an historic row house with 2 bathrooms, as well as hip details like exposed brick and unusual architecture. But with a budget of $200,000, it's going to be tough to satisfy their need for super-cool features and space!