Ryan and Lindsay just got married and want to buy their first home together in the Minneapolis suburbs. With a budget of $525,000, they're looking for a large house to raise their future children. But just how large is up for debate. Ryan wants a house that's over 4000 square feet. Lindsay is concerned about the cost to clean and maintain a house of that size, and would like to find a house that's less than 4000 square feet.
James and Sherry have made a great living for themselves as the owners of a well-known air conditioning business in Dallas, Texas. For the past 20 years, they have concentrated on growing their business, and have lived in the same house all that time. Now that all their hard work has paid off, they'd like to buy their dream home. They're hoping to find a spacious 5-bedroom home with their $750,000 budget. Sherry and James envision a home with a grand staircase, a game room and an updated kitchen. James is fairly flexible, though he has one major deal breaker: he will not even look at a home that backs up to a body of water because he is deathly afraid of snakes.
Keith and Andrea found their dream home in Pensylvania. And then they sold it. Keith decided to change careers and join his family's dental practice in Nashua, NH. Now, they're looking for a house just like the one they left behind. But even with a $500,000 budget, finding another dream home that meets their sky-high expectations is no easy task.
San Diego residents Mark and Katie live just minutes from the ocean in their small apartment. They're ready to buy their first home and would love to stay in the same area, but they soon realize that buying near the beach is more expensive than they thought. What are they willing to compromise for location?
Natalie and Travis do everything quickly. In the past three years, they met, got married, had a baby, moved from Nebraska to Illinois, and now they're pregnant again. As first-time homebuyers, they have big expectations for the perfect house in Peoria. With a wishlist that's bigger than their budget, will they be able to find their dream home before the baby arrives?
Kurt and Dani split their time between a home in Indianpolis and a vacation bungalow in Key West. But that one bedroom bungalow doesn't offer much space for Kurt to work, so they're looking for a bigger place with a historic past. Key West is small as it is, but the couple wants a place in Old Town, which is barely one square mile, not to mention it's some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Will Kurt and Dani find history - and an extra bedroom or two - without breaking the bank?
Living in the guesthouse at Livia's parent's house has been great for saving money and having live-in babysitting. But once their young daughter started walking, Warren proclaimed, 'we gotta get out of here!" Warren is focused on finding more space, while his wife Livia is more concerned with nice curb appeal, and no popcorn ceilings. She also has a 'sniff test' when she walks into a condo, and if she smells even a trace of smoke, it's a deal breaker.
After traveling around the world, Atlanta couple Troy and Anastasia have decided to buy a vacation property a little closer to home in Miami, Florida. With a budget of $600,000, they have their sights set on a luxury condo near downtown. But Troy wants an urban feel with city views and hotel amenities, while Anastasia longs for a resort-like setting with ocean views.
Doug and Lori have worked for years to make their pizzeria in San Antonio, Texas a success. Now that they've achieved their dream, and are ready to expand their brand nationwide, they're eager to get away from the grind. The couple has decided to buy a vacation home in Hartford, Connecticut, where Lori's family lives. But even with a budget of $650,000, it'll be tough to find a getaway with a deluxe gourmet kitchen and a view!
Newlyweds Haley and Jeremy recently relocated to Huntersville, North Carolina, about 20 minutes outside Charlotte. The move has been great, but the only downside is their current living situation, since they are staying with friends until they find a home of their own. Jeremy would love a waterfront house and is willing to buy something outdated in order to get it. Haley on the other hand would prefer something move-in ready and is especailly set on finding a home with a large, updated kitchen.
Alex and Iwona just moved from New Jersey to Houston to take advantage of the affordable real estate market. Having thought about buying a home for 5 years, they've developed a long list of requirements for their first home, including a north facing house that is new, and ultra energy efficient. Alex is adamant about having a grand foyer, library and media room. With a $300,000 budget to work with, it's a tall order to fill.
Robert and Holly spent their Utah winters feeling cold and depressed, so they've moved with their two young daughters to Austin, Texas. They've fallen for the warmer climate and hip vibe, and are ready to spend $350,000 on a home that's as close to the fun of downtown as they can get. But finding a garage big enough to house Robert's motorcycles, and a space where Holly can operate her own hair salon, is going to be more challenging than they expected, especially because Holly is a very picky house hunter!
Summer camp director, Josh, and his wife, Natalie, are hoping to buy their first home in the Philadelphia area. But while he dreams of the ultimate backyard, she dreams of low maintenance condo living. In a search that takes them to the city, the burbs, and everywhere in between, Josh may find himself outgunned by his vocal and opinionated wife.
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