After over 20 years of living in Southern California, Bern, Paul and their 9 year old daughter are moving to Boulder, Colorado, for a career opportunity. With a budget of up to 1 million dollars, Paul is looking for a mountain experience in a rustic, Colorado style home, while Bern wants a modern one-story ranch in a neighborhood setting. With expectations as high as the altitude, someone is bound to be disappointed.
Young Columbus, Ohio, couple Shawn and Julie have saved up a down payment, and are ready to trade their rent for a mortgage. But they're on opposite sides of the design spectrum: Shawn would like a contemporary ranch home, and Julie would like a vintage bungalow. Shawn needs to have a 2-car garage so he has plenty of room to tinker with the couple's motorcycles. Julie wants to see traditional charm all around her: arched doorways, stained glass windows, and as much woodwork and trim possible. Will these first timers be able to find a house with all of these features?
Twenty-somethings Jason and Jaime are ready to buy their first house together, near where they grew up in the pricey western Los Angeles suburbs. They have big ideas of what their first house should be: Jason wants Spanish with a grand entryway, and Jaime wants a house that looks like a barn. But in the pricey So Cal market, with their budget of just $270,000 they'll have their hands full finding something that isn't an actual barn.
Originally from Florida, DePaul University student Jojo has fallen in love with her adopted hometown of Chicago. And, as a business major, she's decided that it makes financial sense to buy a place of her own. She's convinced her parents to help her out and invest in a condo where she can live even after graduation. With her cousin and future roommate Kat along, Jojo is searching for her dream brick and timber loft near campus. But to get her perfect place, she may have to also accept disappointing views, second bedrooms with no walls, and trains rattling by at all hours. Will this student fail her house hunt?
Tony met Jenny while he was her college soccer coach in Hawaii. Now they're back home in Salt Lake City, married, and pregnant with their first child. But before the baby comes, she wants a luxurious home in her parent's neighborhood with a grand staircase, home theater room, and a supersized laundry room. He just wants a nice view and, most importantly, something a little farther from the in-laws. Will Jenny outscore her favorite coach on this Great Salt Lake house hunt?
Newlyweds, Jamie and Jessica, want their first place in the Boston area to be a 2 unit multi-family home, where they could live in one unit, and rent out the other. As owners of a very large Staffordshire Terrier, they plan on finding a dog-friendly place that'll make their rental unit attractive to future tenants. But since multi-family units in their $500,000 price range are a hot commodity, they've looked at over 100 properties and have lost out to buyers with deeper pockets. Adding to their challenge, they want to find a place with a mix of his love of 80's style and her interest in a century old Victorian or Farmhouse.
Alex and Jonathan aren't thrilled about living in a small D.C. condo that doesn't have a yard for their dog. With their $600,000 budget they'd like to upgrade to a more spacious single family home. They're both shooting for a fixer that's close to downtown, but when it comes to the style, they don't see eye to eye. Jonathan wants a bungalow because he likes the clean lines, but Alex, on the other hand wants something he considers stately like a Victorian or Federal Row home. Who will compromise?
Fiances, Greg and Janelle, are looking for a home in North Carolina. She has her heart set on living in a southern-style home that she hopes Greg, who works in construction, can fix up. But he doesn't have the time to put sweat equity into a home and work a full time job. She wants lots of natural light for her photography studio, but Greg plans on buying shutters, and the darkest blackout curtains he can find. They are opposite in so many things... will they find a house that suits them both?
David and Lynne are tired of the fast paced DC lifestyle and have decided to move to the country, relocating 2 hours south to Charlottesville, Virginia. However, they can't quite agree on what type of place to get. David wants a newer, move-in ready home in town, but Lynne wants an old farmhouse in the country on several acres. Will these city folk find their country dream, or be left out in the sticks?
Emeka and Amy both have a passion for bodybuilding, so on their house hunt they want space for their exercise equipment, and a G-shaped kitchen where they have plenty of room to prepare their protein-heavy meals. Emeka thinks they should spend the entire amount they were approved for, but Amy is more frugal and has to rein him in. Can they find an affordable place that will help them take their bodybuilding to the next level?
Twenty-somethings Mike and Teresa are convinced they can find the perfect house. They're searching the historic neighbhorhoods of Kansas City for a move-in ready Tudor with historic charm, within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Unfortunately, even a budget of $350,000 won't get it all. Fixers, ugly basements, tiny spaces and high prices might have them conceding that there's no such thing as the perfect house.
San Diego real estate agent Kimo and his girlfriend Veronica have decided to buy a home together. But walking the line between boyfriend and agent can get tricky. If he wants his client to be happy, he needs to show her a two-story Spanish style home with gardening beds in the backyard. But what he really wants is a traditional ranch home with a pool. Will this house hunt end with a buy or a break-up?
Jay and Kelly want to trade up from his cramped townhouse to big home with a yard for their growing family near Hartford, Connecticut. Jay is determined to find a place with historic charm and colonial architecture. Unfortunately, wife Kelly thinks old equals haunted. On their tight budget, they may be stuck with a house that needs some work, and for Kelly a fixer upper may be even scarier than ghosts.
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