Billy and Jaime have been teaching abroad in Malaysia, but recently adopted their first child and are eager to give her roots in their hometown of Houston. They're living with Jaime's parents while they search for a home, but while she wants the sterotypical '50's American ranch with a big yard, her husband Billy wants a stylish modern townhome that's low-maintenance. If they ever want to get out of her parents' place, these two are going to have to find some middle ground.
Rick and Ann want to trade cold Kentucky winters for sun and surf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Views are number one on Ann's wish list, but Rick would prefer to get more house for their money farther inland. Will he convince her to give up oceanfront for ocean near?
Instead of waiting to settle down with Mr. Right, KeriAnn has decided to buy her first home on her own in New Hampshire. She's hoping to find a place that's in between Lowell, Massachusetts where she teaches, and Derry New Hampshire, where she coaches baton twirling. One major sticking point, the house has to have hardwood floors. Carpet is a definite no no given her allergies. It's a tall order to fill, given her strict $250,000 but she's ready to give it a twirl.
With a baby on the way, Scott and Meghan are looking to get out of his tiny bachelor pad condo, and buy something larger. He's hoping they can land one of the city's hip, industrial lofts. She's hoping for something more family-friendly on a tree-lined street. Will Scott be willing to give up his bachelor ways in favor of a more practical home, or will Meghan cave?
Ryan and Stacey have $300,000 to buy their first home outside Baltimore, but they want very different things. He dreams of a grand McMansion, but she wants a cookie cutter townhouse with a uniform look. And since they're both a bit stubborn, neither one is willing to give an inch. Can they find a place that they can agree on, or will this house hunt become a Battle in Baltimore?
A job transfer for Jeremiah is sending he and his wife Candice from Fort Worth 20 miles south to suburban De Soto. They're on the hunt for a large, updated family home with a wow factor. But while these newlyweds are bringing lots of enthusiasm to the table, they aren't bringing much money. Their entry-level budget is on a collision course with their high expectations.
Crime scene investigator Tony is all about the facts, but his wife Nan, a DNA analyst, is relying on spiritual energy to pick their new home in the Walnut Creek area of Northern California. She's insisting that any house they live in has to have good feng shui, along with an address that will bring luck according to numerology. But even with close to a million dollar budget, finding an updated home that fits her unusual criteria in the Bay Area's competitive real estate market may take a miracle!
Michael and Kristin are newly engaged and living in Michael's childhood bedroom in his parents' house in Boonton, New Jersey, while they search for a place of their own. With 7 people living under one roof, plus 3 dogs and 2 cats, they're in a bit of a hurry. Michael wants to find a fixer-upper that they can put their own stamp on, but Kristin thinks they already have too much on their plate, and would prefer something move-in ready. She also definitely doesn't want a bi-level. But even with a budget of $500,000, getting on the same page will be a challenge.
Indianapolis newcomers, Jake and Mary, are looking for a large home for their growing family. But with a long list of 26 very specific things, even their $700,000 budget won't get it all. They want high-end finishes, a large quiet lot, and a master on the main. Which one of these must-haves will be first to go?
After months in their friends' spare room, Texas transplants Jonathan and Christine can't wait to find a home of their own in Durham, North Carolina. But she wants move-in ready with a spacious, updated kitchen and he wants a place he can fully renovate, and with space for the school bus he's planning to buy. Can they meet in the middle?
Few people are able to buy an apartment in the U.S.'s most expensive city before they turn 30, but Colleen, a banker, is one of them. With her New Hampshire mother in tow, she sets her sights on Manhattan and Queens. Colleen feels she may be best off with a Queens fixer, while her mother prefers the safety of a Manhattan move-in ready home. Will she listen to her Mom, or go for the fixer?
Paul and Cecilia just sold their condo and want to buy a single family home in Los Angeles. Cecilia would love to stay in their current neighborhood of Studio City or nearby Sherman Oaks, which are both a 15 minute commute to her job in Burbank. Problem is, in the pricey Los Angeles real estate market, their $950,000 budget won't go far in those areas. Paul wouldn't mind moving farther out to get more house for their money. Where will they end up?
Matt and Janine bought what might be the ideal house for many people. It's humongous, and located in a quiet suburban neighborhood far from the bustle of downtown Phoenix, but for this couple that's anything but a dream. Their commutes add up to 3 hours each day. So they're searching for a place that's smaller, and located near their favorite activities in central Phoenix. They also need tons of yard space for their four dogs, a dance studio for Janine and a home office for Matt. Can they get everything they want while cutting their square footage in half?
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