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.