Recently engaged, Megan and Todd want to buy their first home before they launch into the time-consuming task of wedding planning. He loves the exposed timber and ducts of Chicago's downtown lofts, but she dreams of living in one of the city's vintage brownstone walk-ups. They also want an open floor-plan, outdoor space, and two parking spots. Which will be harder - agreeing on a style, or finding everything they want with their first-time buyers' budget?
Michael and Samantha are ready to buy their first home in Birmingham, Michigan. But he's looking for a place that's colorful and quirky with historic charm. And she wants something that's open, updated, and neutral with a gourmet kitchen. Unfortunately, finding a fully renovated home with historic charm for under 400 thousand dollars is going to be tough.
After selling his custom-built home in the San Francisco suburbs, Mike is up for a change, and wants to buy a home in the city. With a whopping $4 million budget, he wants a home with architectural history, such as a Victorian or Edwardian, but it needs to have a contemporary interior with the same kind of custom details he had in his previous home, such as a home integration system. As a divorced father of 3, he also needs to have 4 bedrooms and 4 baths to accommodate his kids. But in one of the world's most expensive real estate markets, even a multi-million dollar budget comes with big compromises.
Now that Pat and Michelle's kids are heading off to college, they'd like to downsize from their large home to something smaller in the Austin area. Michelle has her heart set on an older Craftsman style home with lots of charm and character. Pat is focused on a house with a 2 car garage and, more importantly, a home that isn't a total remodel. But Michelle is a real estate agent, and knows that their $300,000 budget will most likely get them a fixer-upper. Can this couple find a smaller home that has what they both want?
Italian-born Marco and his Italian-American wife, Maria, are moving with their 2 young daughters from Ohio to Boca Raton to realize their dream of living in Florida's lush, tropical climate. But there's trouble in paradise. Marco insists on a pool for the kids, but Maria sees it as a major safety issue. As a contractor, he also wants to take on a low-price fixer, but she wants to fork out big bucks for a more convenient move-in ready home. When all is well in this Italian family, English is the primary language. But when this house hunt gets heated, out comes the Italian.
Reno, Nevada, couple Tyler and Charlotte are looking for their first home for their growing family, but don't see eye to eye on what they should buy. Charlotte has grand visions of a large, two-story Craftsman, with lots of high end finishes. Husband Tyler is more realistic as to what their 185K budget will get them, and would be happy with a one-story ranch. Will he be able to tame her high expectations?
Fargo, North Dakota, news anchor, Stephanie, is a one of a kind woman looking for a home to suit her style. She'd prefer a historic condo or townhouse downtown that won't require much maintenance, and lots of wall space for the local art she has been collecting for years. Her good friend Abby is a homeowner in town and is also the voice of reason for Stephanie. She thinks Stephanie will get a better deal for her money with a single-family house in a safe suburban neighborhood. Will it be a house in the burbs or a condo downtown?
Student counselor Heather scored free dorm housing at a university near Rochester, New York. But now she and her husband Joe are ready to trade campus life for a home of their own. They've agreed to spend up to $200,000 on a place with space to start a family near the quaint town of Geneseo, but disagree on one big issue: while Heather wants a classic Colonial with old-fashioned charm and details, Joe would prefer a cool, contemporary space with one-of-a-kind features that'll impress his friends. Factor in Joe's demand for a huge yard and privacy from neighbors, and this is bound to be a challenging house hunt!
Jason and Joe have been best friends for over 10 years, and roommates for two. With rent continually on the rise, they've decided to pool their savings and buy a house together. They want two master suites, an updated kitchen, hardwood floors and central AC. But in the competitive Northern California real estate market, they'll find themselves up against limited inventory, high prices, bidding wars, and even a dangerous cactus.
San Diego transplants Brian and Jennipher want to buy a home in Helena, Montana, before their wedding. But he wants a lower priced craftsman, and she's ready to break the bank for a Victorian in the city's historic mansion district. With Jennipher's mom in her corner it's going to be tough for Brian to emerge victorious in this historic house hunt.
Will and McKenzie just moved from Atlanta to Augusta, Georgia, so he can start dental school. With a budget of $95,000 to $110,000, they're searching for a 3 bed, 2 bath house. Problem is, McKenzie is used to getting her way, and will only consider a 2 story cottage style home with hardwood floors throughout, at least 1 fireplace, a deck, and an upgraded kitchen with white cabinets. Will, on the other hand, wants a red brick ranch house with a garage, large fenced yard, and no major repairs. Will McKenzie get her way?
Erin and Katie are tired of paying rent and would like to find a spacious family home in Washington State. Erin would like a ranch, while Katie leans toward a bungalow. They both agree on a house that's big enough to accommodate their 3-year-old son, two dogs, Erin's home office, and Katie's crafting hobby. What it can't have is any brick, since Erin dislikes it both inside and out. Will these two ladies be able to find a home with all of the things they want, and more importantly, without any of the things they don't want?
Jake and Rebekah have up to $200,000 to spend on their first home in Des Moines, Iowa. But they don't agree on what to buy. Jake wants an older Craftsman style fixer with historic character. But Rebekah, who owns a quickly-growing business, wants a newly built cookie cutter house, since she doesn't have the time or energy to put into a fixer. Their agent Margie has the difficult job of getting these two to an agreement, but she has one surprise she thinks could work: selling them her parent's house.
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