Tom and Janet Behanick are empty-nesters, living a comfortable life in Magnolia, Texas. But this couple is all about family-time, and since their two children have grown and moved out, they're just not getting enough of it. That's where the vacation home in Costa Rica comes in. Tom and Janet are hoping to find a luxurious Costa Rican getaway that will bring the whole family together again for many vacations to come. They want a great view and lots of room, all for under a million dollars. Real Estate Broker Jennifer Causey knows the Behanicks pretty well, and she's certain they'll have to spend more to get the kind of home they're looking for. She shows them three homes, each more spectacular than the next, and each more than a million dollars. But just how much are Tom and Janet willing to spend to get the family vacation home of their dreams?
Canadian real estate investor Brock brought his girlfriend Christina to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, in search of money-making opportunities. They fell in love with this coastal paradise and decided to stay for good, but after months of sharing a 700 square foot apartment with another couple, they need a place of their own. What they can't agree on is the budget: Brock wants to spend no more than $500,000 US, but Christine can't imagine spending less than $900,000 US. Can they find a tropical retreat with a price tag they both agree on?
Michael, Carla and their two children live in the commuter suburb of Tenafly, New Jersey. While the couple loves Tenafly's great schools and their easy commute to work in Manhattan, they've grown weary of the cold winters, so they've decided to buy a vacation home in Turks & Caicos. But with a budget that tops out at $550,000 US, can they find a condo with gorgeous Caribbean views, and a bedroom the kids can call their own?
When Julius Toth is at home in Akron, Ohio, his life is all work and no play. His job developing eco-friendly products keeps him busy and on the go. So this single father of eight has decided to buy a getaway place in the jungles of Belize. He was so drawn to the natural beauty and relaxed feel of the area that he wants to find a home there where he and his kids can escape and unwind. Julius and one of his daughters will head to Belize to check out three very different places. Part of the challenge will be finding the right home since father and daughter don't see eye to eye on their ideal vacation place. Can they find a relaxing retreat for him that also has what his daughter has in mind and enough space for his large family?
Dan and his fiance, Casey, love living in downtown Jonesboro, Arkansas. But, they would love to buy a second home in another country. So they picked the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, their favorite vacation spot. With a budget of $700,000, they're hoping to find a place that's big enough for a family and is on or has a view of the beach. As their agent Arun Jagtiani knows, beachfront homes are way above Dan and Casey's budget. What sacrifices are Dan and Casey willing to make to get their perfect tropical getaway?
Brits Simon and Fiona, love vacationing in Morocco so much that they decided to buy a holiday home there. With a budget of $430,000, they want to buy a traditional "riad" style house, which has rooms that branch off of an open courtyard. But, they have one point of contention. As an architectural designer, Simon loves renovating homes and putting his own mark on the design. So, he wants a house that's structurally sound, but needs work. Fiona is concerned Simon may have trouble overseeing such a big project from their home in Rugby, England and the costs could get out of control. Their agent and fellow Englishman, Grant Rawlings, is determined to find a house that will satisfy both of their needs.
Mother and daughter, Jennie and Vicki, have a close relationship and live near to each other in charming villages in the English countryside. Their latest "mother-daughter project" is buying a vacation condo in sunny Cape Verde. They'd like to find a two-bedroom condo, with patio space, that's as close to the beach as they can get for $175,000. Local real estate broker, Mimi Martel, shows them three sun-splashed condos near the surf, all on the popular Cape Verde island of Sal. Which one will they choose?
Sean and Meghan live in Ashbourne, County Mead which is a small town in Ireland that is about a half hour from Dublin. Sean was born and raised in Ireland while Meghan is from America, but after meeting in Chicago they moved to Ireland and started a family. The couple has two children and they've decided it's time to buy a family home where they can raise their kids. Sean has his heart set on a place with a big backyard and ideally something with a project he can work on to customize to their taste. Meghan isn't as focused on finding a fixer home, but she does want a place with a nice layout for the family. Can they find a place they will both feel is right for raising their family?
Chicago realtors and empty nesters Hector and Kim, love living within walking distance of Lake Michigan. But, they would like to take a break from the chilly winters. Having consulted investors on international real estate deals in South America, Hector suggested they look for a place in the beach resort town of Salinas, Ecuador. With a budget of $200,000, they want a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with ocean views, a large kitchen and that is completely move-in ready. Since real estate is affordable in Ecuador, their agent Mike Sager, is confident he can find a place for them.
Michael and Talie are a British couple who met and fell in love with Italy and each other a decade ago. Now they are ready to re-capture some of those warm memories by purchasing a vacation home in Abruzzo, Italy. They'd love a house with two bedrooms and a garden that is ideally near a town or village. Their real estate agent will take them on breath-taking tours of the region as they check out three vacation homes. Michael and Talie will have to make a tough choice because each home has a number of pros but they also have several cons. Will they be able to find a place to transform their romantic dream into a reality?
Brett and Eleni went to the Dominican Republic resort of Punta Cana on their honeymoon years ago, and have spent every anniversary there ever since. Now, with two high-pressure jobs, and two teenaged daughters, they want to buy a place of their own so they can get away from it all without having to book a hotel room. The couple wants a place with ocean views, and plenty of room for family, but their $200,000 US budget will make that challenging. Their broker Michael may have the perfect solution: a shared ownership, which will get Brett and Eleni the luxuries they want at a fraction of the price!
British comedian, Gerry Kyei wants to expand his fan base to mainland Europe. So he and his wife Colette are in the market for a vacation home on the southern coast of Spain. They'd like a vacation home to use both for when he's performing in the area and as a getaway place for their family of six. Their agent will take them to see three very different places in the area for Gerry and Colette to chose from. After checking each one out will they go with the two-bedroom condo, the stand alone villa, or the three bedroom townhome?
Buying a home on the Caribbean island of St. John is a dream for Charlotte, NC couple, Billy and Toni. With plans to have their kids, Jenna and Will, spend time with them there, they're looking for a 2-3 bedroom house. They also want panoramic views of the sunrise or sunset. With a budget of $900,000, they're turning to realtor Debbie Hayes to find them the perfect home.
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