Chris and Jenny would like to buy a single family home in Portland, but they need a house that can be made wheelchair accessible for Chris and fit their tight budget. Finally, they find a house that could be easily adapted for Chris, but it is at the top of their $200,000 price range, plus, there is another bid on it. They bid every dollar they have, going over the asking price - - and get the house. They arrive at their first place and are delighted to discover the housewarming gift of a concrete ramp built to make the front door wheelchair accessible for Chris.
Newlyweds Bill and Gina are desperately trying to find a balance between self-reliance and Dad's advice. So when they decide to search for their first place in Philadelphia, it's gonna be tough finding a home that'll please everyone. And it's even tougher finding the right realtor to help them. Will keeping it all in the family prevent them from settling down?
Portland couple Jeff and Jocelyn are buying their first place, and Jocelyn hopes she can save them money on the purchase: she has her commercial real estate license, and despite having zero residential realty experience, offers to broker the deal. When this couple finally finds the house of their dreams, will they realize they've taken on too much too soon?
Pooja and Tom feel like it's time to grow up and buy their first place. But Pooja is reluctant to move too far from their friends and the things they enjoy about downtown Philadelphia. After searching in towns just 30 minutes outside of the city, the couple realizes they aren't willing to trade convenience and charm for modern amenities like a master suite and central air. Pooja is dragged kicking and screaming to a suburb nearly an hour from the center of Philadelphia and falls in love with a house that is at the top of their price range. A short negotiation and small inspection issues send the couple to closing and a surprise party that proves their friends will follow the fun couple anywhere.
Nick and Laura and their two boys have outgrown their rental home and the toys have taken over the living room. They are so eager to find more space that they bid on the very first house they see. But when they go to get approved for a loan, they are shocked to find out that Nick's credit score is too low for them to qualify. Will Nick get his credit high enough for this family to get their loan and a First Place with plenty of space?
Stephanie would like to find her first place in Fairfax, VA close to the school where she teaches so she can shorten her commute. She quickly learns that there's not much on the market that appeals to her at her price point of $217,000. One call to a new lender and she's househunting at a new pricepoint--$280,000. She falls in love with a foreclosure. Undaunted by a terrible inspection and her father's advice to walk away, she closes the deal and starts renovating her $271,000 ''diamond in the rough.''
After chasing Mark's career across the country and back for five years, he and Maribelle think they're ready for an extended house hunt for their first place in Portland, Oregon. But as they struggle to find the balance between a fixer-upper and a wreck, they take a gamble on a short sale and make an offer without seeing the inside! Then, they fall in love with it only to be forced to wait as the bank considers their offer against six others. When they finally do win the contract, they enlist the help of Mark's father, an experienced contractor to decide, is this a fixer-upper or a money pit? He gives the thumbs up and Mark and Maribelle stop chasing the dream and start living it.
Philadelphia doctors Al and Sophie are concerned that they won't find a first place within their budget that also meets Sophie's high standards. When they find a modern condo that may fit the bill, she convinces Al that they should play hardball with the price. Will Sophie's competitive nature push the sellers too far and ultimately cost them the deal?
Matt is a 25-year-old, single, professional living with his parents in Wilmington, Delaware. He's ready to leave the nest and wants his first place to be near the happening Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington. He thrives on nightlife and entertainment, but it takes a toll on his budget. He falls in love with a townhome in the right area, but will a low-ball offer keep him at Mom and Dad's for good?
Courtney's a single woman who seriously stresses at the thought of settling down. So when she decides to search for her first place, the self-proclaimed commitment-phobe isn't sure she'll find ''the one.'' Will last-minute jitters prevent her from closing the deal?
Just out of college, James and Miriam have decided to leap into homeownership before they marry. But they have major conflicts over location. So the house hunt seems to never end, and even when they find a place, the deal may fall through because of Miriam's determination to strike the ultimate first place bargain.
Josh and Kate are looking for a first place that will be big enough for him and ''cozy'' enough for her. But when a new lender gives them a reality check, they have to downsize their expectations, which leads them to a newly built house with a giant eyesore shed across the backyard fence. Will the advantages of a quick bid on the house outweigh the ugly shed and lead this couple to their first place?
Josh and Dina are looking for a first place in the trendy Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Josh is buying, and Dina plans to move in while she goes to law school, but they can't find anything large enough at his price point of under $220,000. When they finally find a place, they are horrified when the inspector discovers a hot water heater perched precariously above the bathroom ceiling. When the hot water heater issue has not been resolved by closing, Josh, Dina and their realtor come up with an innovative solution at the last minute
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