Jeff, Jessica, their two rambunctious boys and scruffy houndogs are looking for a home in the suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky. For her, the aesthetics are key. She wants a house that has character, charm, and is in a walkable neighborhood. But Jeff doesn't care about the aestetheitcs, he just wants large rooms, a functional kitchen with a gas line, and a big basement so he can display his model cars.
Steve and Ashley are planning their wedding and searching for a house in San Diego. They're used to living near the beach, and don't want to give that up, but they also don't want to be stuck in a tiny cottage. Even with a $550,000 budget, they're struggling to find their dream home. With their wedding day just around the corner, can they find the house that will make their new life together a happy one?
Dave and Karen live in Bloomington, Illinois, but spend most of their weekends exploring nearby Chicago, so they've decided to invest in a weekend home on the city's Gold Coast. Dave has his heart set on a high-rise with a view of Lake Michigan, but there's one problem; Karen has a serious fear of heights. She'd rather find a charming brownstone.
Tom and Tracy were tired of dating long-distance, so they decided to do something drastic: they moved into Tracy's parents' house with her parents and her brother. The plan was to save enough money to buy a place of their own, so they could move on to the next step: saving money for an engagement ring. But finding an affordable dream home in the Chicago suburbs isn't as easy as they thought. They may need to give up their hopes for a two-car garage and a master bath if they ever hope to get a ring on Tracy's finger.
Arielle has a huge wishlist for her first home. Fortunately, in the Atlanta suburb of Woodstock, her $200,000 budget will get her a lot of house. Unfortunately, it probably won't get her everyting she wants. Can her friend and co-worker Cheryl convince her not to sweat the small stuff, or will she hold out for perfection?
Teacher, Richie, and Adminstrative Assistant, Monica, love the country life, but would like to shorten their commutes by moving closer to the city. They agree on finding a home with enough land for their horses, but he wants move-in ready, while she wants an older house with charm that she can personalize.
Stephen, Shaw and their baby Wyatt have outgrown their one bedroom apartment in Charleston, and have decided it's time to buy their first home. They have a budget of $250,000, but are at odds over the type of house to buy. He wants an older ranch style home and doesn't mind taking on projects. She wants a new sparkly home in a Stepford-type neighborhood, where the neighbors are close by. He wants to be out in the country, where he can walk in his backyard in his boxers and feel free. Who will win out?
Darren, Megan and their two young daughters enjoy living in Madison, Wisconsin, but they aren't thrilled with their small, two bedroom apartment. So this growing family is on the hunt for a large single family home. Unfortunately they've been searching for almost a year, mainly because Darren is always looking for a better deal, and is particular about certain details. He'd like hardwood floors throughout the entire house, and brings a tape measurer when viewing homes, to ensure their large truck will fit in the garage.
Brian, a 24-year-old engineering professional, is living with his parents while he looks for his first place in Northern Virginia. With a long picky list of requirements, his sister Shannon is trying to keep him grounded and realistic as they search the spendy Western suburbs of DC. And since Brian hates old and outdated things, the biggest challenge will be finding a newer condo or townhome with the square footage and bedroom requirements he has. Another hurdle will be finding a place with a garage, where he can store his prized sports car, Annabelle.
Los Angeles residents, Sean and Stephen, are ready to move to Palm Springs, California, where Sean has just accepted a big job promotion. While the couple anticipates finding a better deal in the desert than they could in L.A., they have major disagreements when it comes to style. Sean would like a Spanish-style ranch house, while Stephen prefers the mid-century modern look this desert retreat is known for. Factor in the couple's pickiness when it comes to water pressure and toilet shape, and finding a place within their $400,000 budget is sure to be a challenge.
Christina has persuaded her husband, Rocco, to move from their small two-family home in the city to a single family home in the suburbs of Boston. Problem is, they aren't on the same page when it comes to the style of the home. She wants a 2 story colonial, and he wants a split-enry. They also need to have an in-law suite for Rocco's mother, who will help care for their kids while they work. Will the couple be able to compromise, and make room for Mama?
Julius and Cristina are lawyers for a large online retailer in Seattle. With recent promotions and marital bliss not far off, they're ready to buy their first home together. The'd love a stylish Craftsman style house, but also want modern touches inside. As long as Julius gets a nice kitchen and a yard big enough to practice his golf swing, he'll be happy. But the one thing Cristina won't abide, is a boxy, ultra-modern home on a street full of cute vintge styles. Who will win this case?
Bryant and LaCondis have built successful careers in the U.S. Air Force, and now, thanks to careful saving and their military housing allowance, they can afford to buy their first place in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. They want to find a large home close to Andrews Air Force Base, within easy reach of shopping and restaurants. But even with a $300,000 budget, they'll have to make sacrifices to find the space and perks they're after.
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