Kate and Kevin live in a very small rental unit in Beaverton, Ore., 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, Fla., 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, Wash. 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, N.C., 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, Ga. 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, Colo. 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, Calif. 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 1000 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 1800-1900 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? Find out, when House Hunters goes to Seattle!
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