Russian-born Alina, and her husband Chad, are looking for their dream home in Orange County, Calif. When it comes to location, they've agreed on the city of Costa Mesa, but they disagree on almost everything else. He wants to keep them under budget, but she wants all the upgrades. He wants a move-in ready home, but she's willing to gut a place and start fresh. He likes the feel of carpet, but she hates carpet and thinks it's a trap for germs. Agree to disagree is a common phrase in this relationship, but they'll have to agree to agree if they want to find their first home.
Mike and his wife, Astra, want to move out of their tiny rental apartment and buy a home in the Fort Worth area. This couple has good reason to feel claustrophobic when looking for homes; Mike is 6-feet-8-inches, and Astra is 6-feet-2-inches. They also have a huge wish list that includes a separate game room, where Mike can practice his video game obsession. Astra demands hardwood floors plus a kitchen with updated appliances.
Six years ago, Randy, his wife Mickael and their daughter moved from Las Vegas to California for work. Now after a job transfer, they are back home and looking for a house where they can settle down. They need to move fast as staying with Randy's sister in a cramped bedroom is taking its toll. Their vastly different tastes could make this house hunt impossible.
Chris and Mali met overseas and now live in Denver, Colo. Mali is from Iran and wants a newer home because to her that equals success. Denver native, Chris, prefers older charm. As they search for a house in the Denver area, both of them need to make sacrifices if either of them is going to be happy.
Heather has always wanted to own a house in Cape Cod where her family has summered every year since her childhood. Her dream has been to live there full-time, and she wants play host to her large-extended family during the summer. With a budget of $500,000, she's determined to buy a four bedroom, two bath traditional Cape Cod house and isn't afraid of taking on a fixer. As she and her big brother, Dave, soon discover, finding a home that's close to the beach and has the Cape Cod charm she wants, won't be easy.
After taking a loss on the sale of their first home, Matt and Jessica had no choice but to move into Jessica's parents basement to save money until they could afford to buy a place in Georgia. The time to look for a new home has arrived. Matt's top priority is a carpentry shop where he can build things, while Jessica is focused on a playroom for their daughter. Joining in their house hunt is Jessica's mom, who has a lot of advice for the couple since she and her husband have purchased several homes.
It's war when it comes to Kevin and Sara's Washington, D.C. house hunt. Kevin, a Lieutenant Colonel in the army stationed at the Pentagon, is unyielding in his desire for a high-rise with all the modern amenities. His wife, Sara, however is holding firm to her wish for a vintage D.C. row house with lots of charm, and a small yard for their Dachshunds. Who will emerge victorious?
Dave and Sue are an Ann Arbor, Mich. couple who are all about fun, entertaining and enjoying their hobbies. They're currently cramped in Dave's 1200-square-foot condo, so they desperately want to find a home with storage space for Dave's stage theatre costumes and high ceilings for his sword play and stuntwork. They also need a bigger place for their remote controlled inflatable shark, Bruce, that they can't currently use because their ceilings are too low. Most importantly, they need a big projector wall and open kitchen-family room area for movie nights!
After dating for two years, this Chicago couple is ready to buy their first home. They agree they need a backyard big enough to entertain all their friends, including the members of their five different softball teams! However, that's where their agreement ends. Jenny is open to a fixer-upper, while Steve's afraid renovations could bust their $250,000 budget. Jenny likes split-level homes, while Steve's a fan of Colonials. Jenny wants a pool, while Steve bemoans the extra work. But these two have an even bigger decision to make ? when Steve ambushes Jenny with a surprise proposal!
A year and a half ago Bryan and Chad's jobs took them 800 miles apart. Now, they're finally re-uniting in Houston and want to buy their first home together. Bryan wants a new move-in-ready home with a large yard and a pool. Chad wants an old bungalow with lots of charm and doesn't mind doing some work. With Chad having an aversion to the builder-beige look, and Bryan running for the hills when he hears the word-remodel-will their reunion be spoiled by the house hunt?
Liz, a radio producer, and Mike, a salesman, are looking for their first home in Carmel, Ind. He's focused on one requirement: a separate toilet room in the master bath. Iiz is harder to please and has a long wish list that includes a quiet room for her radio show. Can they find a house that will meet all their needs, and stay within their entry-level budget?
Eric and his wife Chelsea are ready to move out of their apartment and buy their first home in Grand Rapids, Mich. They've got $150,000 to spend, and Eric wants perfection for his money. He describes himself as the typical type A personality and is very picky when it comes to the house hunt. He's adamant about wanting an older brick home, which in their price range is hard to come by. Chelsea is much more easy going.While she'd prefer newer construction, she is more willing to compromise.
After three moves in the last two years, Erin, a New Yorker, and her husband Shawn, an Alabama native, are settling down in Huntsville with their two boys. She really wants a home with some classic southern charm. Unlike Shawn, she doesn't want to spend $400,000 to get it.