Darren and Kristen are a study in contrasts: she's a gun enthusiast who loves to hunt, he has a quiet passion for creating jewelry. Their priorities in their Houston house hunt are different as well. She wants a vintage cottage near downtown, he'd be happy in an updated 70's ranch style home in the suburbs. With $250,000 to spend, they'll both be making sacrifices to find a home in a competitive market.
The search for Ryan and Lydia's first home in Phoenix has been a major challenge. She's completely focused on a house that's pretty and reminds her of being on a farm in Maine, with no cactus. On top of all this, she wants a room where she can homeschool their kids, and a backyard space to raise chickens. Ryan, on the other hand, doesn't care what the house looks like, as long as it has a den and air conditioned workshop for his projects. Will they find a house that comes close to a compromise?
Boise, Idaho, single mom, Kindra, wants a unique home in the suburbs that's close to her teenage daughter Kelsi's, school. With her brother Bryce along on the house hunt, she'll see if it's possible to find the vaulted ceilings, upgraded kitchens and baths that she loves, in the location she prefers.
John and Steve have just moved to Washington D.C. for Steve's research work with the USDA. Sticker shock quickly sets in as they look for a new place; they're used to big rooms, big yards and small price tags in the rural Texas town they lived in. Making matters worse, their budget cannot exceed $250,000 and they don't agree on the type of neighborhood they want. Steve wants a more urban setting, while John wants to live in a more surburban area.
Andy and Colleen sold their first house and are staying with her mom as they house hunt for their growing family. While they currently live and work in St. Paul, Minnesota, they're looking to buy in nearby western Wisconsin. They have one major roadblock, however: Andy wants at least 10 acres and doesn't want to see any neighbors nearby. His wife wants the opposite: minimal acreage with lots of neighbors. Will Andy be able to get his city-slicker wife to see his point of view and move out to the country?
Elisa and Stacey are ready to upgrade from apartment living to homeownership. But this Boston duo has different visions of the perfect home. Elisa wants something vintage and charming that she can fix up herself. Stacey, on the other hand, is skeptical of Elisa's home improvement skills, and would like to stick with something move-in ready. Another problem, Stacey is sick of Boston's hustle and bustle and wants to trade it in for the suburbs. Elisa would rather buy something urban in style. Finding middle ground in Beantown won't be easy.
Dave and Isha have been living with Isha's parents while saving their money to find their dream house outside Washington D.C. Dave wants to live as close as possible to Old Town Alexandria because of its many entertainment options, but Isha would prefer to be farther out in the suburbs where they can get more bang for their buck. Dave also wants a separate space for watching sports with his friends, while Isha wants room for a dance studio where she can practice her Indian dancing. Even with a half a million dollar budget, they'll have to make some compromises in the pricey D.C. real estate market.
At 6'6" and 5'11" Courtney and Jason are tired of ducking through doorways. They're looking for a house with high ceilings and plenty of headroom that's close to downtown Tampa. They also want a large master bedroom and spacious walk-in closet. Plus, Jason wants a master bathroom with plenty of space, since he currently shares their small guest bathroom with their three cats.
Dave loves a good project. But his wife, Meredith, has lived through his renovations before, and wants a turnkey home this time around. And with his recent job transfer to Houston, they need to find a house fast. Finding a place with a big kitchen, a dedicated home office for her, and a big yard for the dog would be challenging even if they were on the same page about remodeling. They'll have to hunt down just the right balance of projects and updates to keep each other happy.
First time buyers Joel and Candace want a home in Little Rock that has a large creative space and a style that speaks to their artistic sensibilities. But he wants a woodsy fixer he can put his mark on, and she wants modern and move-in ready. And their limited budget won't leave them with many choices.
Aaron and Heather run a thriving photography studio in St. Louis, Missouri. They've been renting both the studio and their condo, but are ready to buy and consolidate both spaces into one live-work space. But this unconventional couple wants an equally unconventional space to turn into their dream home. After seeing a storefront, a loft that was once a car dealership, and an old firehouse, which one will they choose?
Jeff and girlfriend, Beckie, are ready to take their relationship to the next level by buying a house together. Problem is, Jeff, a contractor, wants a house that's a project that can be made into whatever they want. Beckie has no desire to live with the mess that a remodel brings and is pushing for a completely upgraded house. Working with a budget of $225,000 they'll have to find a house that strikes a balance between both of their needs.
Omaha couple, Joey and Lindsey, recently got married. Now they're looking forward to taking another big step and buying their first home together. Joey is looking for an older two-story house, while Lindsey prefers a newer ranch style home. Adding to the challenge, Lindsey opposes hardwood floors, wants wall-to-wall carpeting, and doesn't want a formal dining area because she thinks it's wasted space. Will this young couple find the home of their dreams or will they have to make some compromises?
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