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.
New Yorker Dawn Sheggeby, a successful book editor, lives in the artsy East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. This trendy neighborhood suits her fun lifestyle, and although she has labeled her apartment "The Party Pad," she is not thrilled with living right next to one of the city's biggest nightclubs. She has decided to take the plunge and buy an apartment in a quieter neighborhood with hopes of getting some sleep in "the city that never sleeps." And she wants to do it in time for her 40th birthday! Her friend and realtor Kevin Meath agrees to help with the hunt.
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.