At the age of two,Vietnamese-born James came to the States during the fall of Saigon. Now a proud husband and father of four is living the American dream. He's recently relocated to California from Texas for his job. So he and his wife Mindy are on the hunt for a new house - she wants a state of the art kitchen, the kids want a pool, but James has some unique requests of his own.
Tonita is a psychologist for the Atlanta Juvenile Justice system. When she comes home from a long day's work, she wants to pull into her own garage and have plenty of space for visiting family. Tonita's boyfriend Darrell is helping her with the hunt, but Tonita is picky about certain things, like new fixtures and lots of space.
Only in their early twenties, Catherine and Brett already have two college degrees each, successful careers, and a four-month-old baby. Now they're ready for the next step; buying their first home in the Houston suburbs. They want a beautiful, spacious, fully-upgraded house in a quiet neighborhood. But will their budget keep these overachievers from accomplishing their goal of finding the perfect home?
Brent and Dorene have looked at over 100 homes near San Jose, California, without success. That's because they've got a long and unusual wish list that includes enough land for Dorene to raise goats so she can make goat cheese, and enough space for Brent to store and maintain his collection of about 50 bicycles. With a budget of $500,000 to $700,000, they're determined to find the perfect home.
Alisa is a zoo operations assistant and her husband Jed is a chemistry teacher in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. They've been living in a one-bedroom apartment, but have outgrown it now that they're expecting their first child. They don't have much time before their baby arrives, so time is of the essence to find the perfect starter home.
Recent Minnesota transplants Kisha and Andrew are in a hurry to find a permanent home for their young daughters in Racine, Wisconsin. But she has a long, specific wish list and he wants something that is one hundred percent move in ready. With a strict budget of three hundred thousand dollars, finding something that works for both of them is going to be nearly impossible.
Dan and Becky moved from Hawaii to his hometown of St. Louis for his career. They've been temporarily living with his parents and are anxious to get their own place. When they saw that real estate prices in St. Louis are so much lower than Hawaii, they thought they'd easily find what they want. But, with a budget of $230,000, finding paradise in the Show Me State won't be easy.
Alex is an attorney that is loving her new life in the city of Atlanta, so she's ready to buy a place. She'd like a spacious townhome with a two-car garage and an updated kitchen. But her top priority is location. Alex doesn't want a home that's over 10 miles from her downtown job, and she especially wants to stay 'inside the perimeter' which means living inside the area of a major highway that loops around Atlanta.
Mandy and Jason are a recently married couple searching for a larger place in Chicago, Illinois. But they both have different priorities when it comes to their new place. Mandy is all about the master bedroom and bath, while Jason is obsessed with finding a finished basement and a 3 car garage. However, their biggest challenge will be finding a compromise on location - she wants to find a place in the city and he prefers to be way out in the suburbs.
After years of traveling abroad, professional dancer Eric Morgan's landed a long-term gig in Vegas. He wants to celebrate by buying his first place, and his friend Jamie's along to help. Eric's looking for something move in ready and within his $100,000 budget. But when Eric sees the best Sin City has to offer, will he be tempted to stretch his budget?
St. Louis couple Holly and Terry need to buy a house?and fast! Their wedding in her native China is in two months and Chinese culture requires home ownership to legitimize a marriage. She wants something modern and updated, while he prefers a house with historic features,and neither want to budge.
Carl and Marcel are tired of freezing New Hampshire winters and are hoping to find a vacation home in trendy Wilton Manors, Florida. But Carl wants a fixer to keep him busy, and Marcel wants a place that they can just move into and relax. To make things more difficult, their $75,000 budget limits their options in a Florida housing market that's starting to rebound from the recent real estate crash.
Kati, a former Team USA rugby player, and Aaron, an Iraq War veteran, are searching the Milwaukee area for their first home. They're looking to escape they're cramped college apartment and find a house with enough room for their clothes and furniture, a big master bedroom, and a large basement. But they don't know if their $200,000 budget will be enough to get them the space they want.
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