Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

The inspection uncovers problems, but Greg and Meghan still want the house.

Transitional Living Area with Fireplace Open to the Kitchen

If you don’t have a large budget, you want to make sure your purchases are noticed. To do so, Atlanta interior designer Michael C. Morris suggests contrasting your floors and furniture. In a model home in the Avalon community, he uses light paint and furniture to stand out against medium brown red oak floors.

Photo By: SNAP Real Estate Photography, LLC

Cozy Living Room with Pillows, Throws and Rattan Stool

A new piece of furniture that fit into the $500 budget was a rattan stool, which was a steal for $6 at a Goodwill thrift shop. The stool also subs for the matching ottoman, which designer Heather Hogan Roberts moved into an office area.

Industrial Repurposed Light Fixture in Bar Area

Scour home donation centers and nonprofit home decor stores for single pieces that can go into small spots, such as a bar nook. This industrial-style fixture was one of the items that McNeal Walker Interiors found at such a store and repurposed.

Photo By: McNeal Walker Interiors

Before: Bare Bedroom

Before, a bedroom looks sad with no headboard, wall decor or drapes. It’s poised for a makeover.

Photo By: Terracotta Design Build

Before: Child’s Bedroom

Before, a child’s bedroom has a traditional headboard and bits of color, but has very little decor and lacks a design theme or palette.

Photo By: Eanes Foster Design

Gray Mid-century Modern Small Kitchen

Go for a high-gloss effect. A smaller group of gray Ikea cabinets, used in an Atlanta mid-century modern kitchen, gives a steel sheen to the space, which was previously designed by Brian Patrick Flynn as his personal residence.

Accessories Grouped Together on a Tabletop

Don’t blow the budget on furniture such as a chest, console or end table of your dreams. Instead, style an existing piece of furniture with objects and lighting that have an interesting shape and texture and take cues from the style of the room. Scale is always important, says Atlanta designer Alice Cramer. Ensure your lamp and accessories don’t overpower, but complement, the piece of furniture.

Photo By: Alice Cramer

Rustic Sliding Barn Door Opens to Bathroom

Save space and add a rustic element with a sliding door. McNeal Walker Interiors repurposed a discarded door they found on the side of the road and turned it into the sliding barn door leading into this en suite bathroom in Atlanta. The door gives the chamber a rustic redo and provides privacy.

Photo By: McNeal Walker Interiors

Before: Traditional Bedroom

Before, a bedroom with a window on only one side of the bed presented a design dilemma.

Photo By: SwatchPop

Double Mirror Bathroom

Go bold with color. Designer Steve McKenzie placed a circular mirror with a bright turquoise frame over an existing mirror in this bathroom as part of a Dwell with Dignity home update for families dealing with homelessness and poverty. This is a great way to draw the colors of a master bedroom into the bathroom, and can easily be installed in a rental.

Photo By: Credit: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

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My First Place follows a set of first-time buyers and their realtor along the stress-filled, yet exciting, search for the perfect home. Get the latest info on financing in a down market, plus proven know-how straight from the real estate professionals.
Season 19, Episode 2

Multifamily Homes in Dorchester

Teddy, a residence hall director, lives with his wife and two kids in a Boston University dorm. They search for a multifamily home in the Dorchester neighborhood but get burned by older, multifamily homes that require a lot of work.

Monday
Oct 6
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 23, Episode 1

Waterfront Woes

An Annapolis couple wants a home for $500,000 by the water, but their long list of must have's make the search futile. Shermeen finally convinces Sunny to bail on the waterfront, but Sunny insists that the house has to "blow him away." Are their expectations condemning them to search forever?

Monday
Oct 6
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 20, Episode 12

The Value of a Realtor

Jennifer and Andrew are struggling to find their first home in pricy San Francisco. They begin their home search without a realtor and quickly realize they need help. They interview and hire Caroline who shows them a gorgeous townhouse. The only problem - it's over their $600K budget. Will Caroline be able to score them a fabulous deal so they buy their first place?

Monday
Oct 13
8am | 7c
Season 21, Episode 6

Credit Crunches Dream

Julia and Matt have good jobs, a healthy savings account and big dreams of buying their first place. But Julia's past credit history comes back to haunt them. She's paid every penny but still can't be on the mortgage application. Their idea of the perfect first home will have to change as they get a financial reality check.

Monday
Oct 13
10am | 9c
Season 24, Episode 12

Waiting for a Short Sale

Dominique wants a move-in ready place but Roderick prefers to get his hands dirty on a fixer-upper project or two. The problem is, she doesn't think he's nearly as handy as he would like to believe. Wanting to ditch a costly month-to-month lease, they quickly make a move when they find a short sale townhouse outside Baltimore that seems to be the best of both worlds. Will it be worth the wait, or could this short sale end up costing them months, and lots of extra money in rent?

Monday
Oct 13
11am | 10c
Season 21, Episode 4

Inspection Rattles Dream House

Mary Anna is ready to say goodbye to her parents and buy a place of her own in Nashville. After touring more than 50 homes, she finds the dream but a devastating inspection puts the deal in limbo. She'll walk away, only to get the surprise of a lifetime.

Monday
Oct 20
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 23, Episode 2

Dallas couple refuses to put up with hardball negotiations.

Karolina and Lukas are getting married in 7 months and are desperate to buy their first home before they walk down the aisle. They put in an offer but the seller plays a cat and mouse game over $1,500 and tries to pressure them into making a quick decision. Lukas and Karolina feel very played and reject the seller's counter offer. Will someone blink, or will this home sale die over the last $1,500?

Thursday
Oct 30
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 20, Episode 3

Waiting in Vain For a House

Rachel and Kyle are college sweethearts looking to buy a house in the western suburbs of St. Louis before getting married. They find the perfect place and finally negotiate an affordable price but there's a catch. They must wait until the sellers buy their next house and move in. After months of waiting, they learn the house does not appraise for the contract price so they have to re-open negotiations and risk losing the house. Will all their waiting have been in vain?

Tuesday
Jun 2
7am | 6c
Season 24, Episode 5

Choosing between shopping and a new home.

A prison supervisor who shops to relax must decide whether she should cut back on her shopping or change her $168K price point. Monica has just been transferred from Mississippi to Texas for work and is living out of a hotel. She's got all her shoes and handbags in storage and is anxious to find her first place with a large walk in closet, of course. She soon realizes she doesn't want her mortgage to be more than a thousand dollars a month, which drastically lowers her price point. When her realtor miraculously finds a home within her new price range that has nearly everthing on her long must-have list, a friend encouarges her to lowball the offer. Will she risk the perfect house by offering a price so low the seller walks away?

Tuesday
Jun 2
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 22, Episode 12

Industrial Rezone

Matt knows what he wants: a unique loft space in Pittsburgh with some industrial "grittiness" to it. Unable to find an established property that fits the bill, he falls for a rezoned office space still under construction. Nothing is in writing, and Matt is already "sold," ignoring the warnings of his realtor and friend. Will his gamble pay off, or will his willingness to risk it all backfire?

Tuesday
Jun 23
7am | 6c
Season 23, Episode 1

Waterfront Woes

An Annapolis couple wants a home for $500,000 by the water, but their long list of must have's make the search futile. Shermeen finally convinces Sunny to bail on the waterfront, but Sunny insists that the house has to "blow him away." Are their expectations condemning them to search forever?

Tuesday
Jul 21
7am | 6c
Season 23, Episode 5

Risking $50,000 on As-Is Home

Carolyn and Devon set out to find a house in a specific walkable DC neighborhood, but struggle to find suitable space for his 6 bikes. When they find the right place, stiff competition convinces them to put down $50,000 earnest money, which they will lose if they walk away. Will their gamble pay off, or leave then flat broke?

Tuesday
Aug 18
7am | 6c
Season 23, Episode 2

Dallas couple refuses to put up with hardball negotiations.

Karolina and Lukas are getting married in 7 months and are desperate to buy their first home before they walk down the aisle. They put in an offer but the seller plays a cat and mouse game over $1,500 and tries to pressure them into making a quick decision. Lukas and Karolina feel very played and reject the seller's counter offer. Will someone blink, or will this home sale die over the last $1,500?

Tuesday
Sep 8
7am | 6c

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