A military man is being stationed in Venray, Netherlands, and he's taking his wife abroad with him for the first time. She wants a Dutch-style home with a back yard for her dog, but he prefers a modern home close to his base with a garage for his two big American vehicles. He's willing to stretch the budget to get his garage, but she would rather have money to fly in their two sons, who are in college and staying behind in the United States.
After a year of long distance dating, Hayley is leaving the nest to be with her boyfriend in his hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is looking for a place downtown near his job with old Copenhagen charm, but Hayley is focused on maintaining the comforts of her family home and wants a spacious bathroom complete with a tub. Self-described foodies, the couple will have to compromise on more than just pastries.
Kaitlin and Metha were rounding out their doctorate studies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when Kaitlin received a job offer in Tromso, Norway. They're seizing the opportunity so Kaitlin can get international experience in hopes of gaining a faculty position at an American university in the future. Although Metha doesn't have her own job lined up, she is hoping to get international experience as well to help her career.
Robb and Robert are leaving Tokyo for Robb's job transfer where he'll be teaching art to the children of American military families stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Robert wants a home that offers privacy, but Robb wants to be in the center of the city near the art and architecture of Europe. Robert is leaving his job for the move but isn't concerned about budgets, while Robb is uneasy about their finances, creating confusion for their real estate agent.
Scott loves living on a boat, and after a recent split with his husband, he's ready to move back on the water - this time in Amsterdam. Scott decides a houseboat will give his daughter Natalie the best experiences possible, and with the help of his budget conscious friend Alison, he navigates the high-priced seas of Amsterdam's diverse houseboat market.
Minnesota couple Pamela and David are packing up the kids and moving to Helsinki, Finland, for David's job opportunity. His job is their only source of income and with prices and space in the city center at a premium, it will take some powerful persuasion from Pamela to get David to soften his budget stance in order to give their children a city experience that she didn't have growing up.
Allen, his wife Adrienne and their three girls are heading to Australia for his new job opportunity. Melbourne's beaches are an integral part of its daily culture, so that's where Adrienne wants their girls to grow up, but practical Allen feels the pricey beach won't give them the space they need. They have moved a lot for Allen's job before, and Adrienne hopes Melbourne will be a long-term home, creating pressure to find the perfect place for their family of five.
After visiting Ecuador on vacation, longtime sweethearts Keith and Tina are looking for a permanent home in Cuenca. Inspired by their globetrotting children and attracted to Cuenca's walkability and warm climate, these Californian expats are looking for a Colonial-style property with all the comforts of their American home. Keith's desire for Colonial charm would force them to compromise on space, while Tina's American wish list isn't quite reflected in Cuenca's housing inventory. They both want to stay within walking distance to Cuenca's city center, but living closer to the city's pricey center means that their limited income will be stretched to the max and the couple may have to give up the space and comforts they are used to in the states.
When Cameron lands a job in Basel, Switzerland, Erica is overjoyed. Cameron is reluctant to accept it but he knows Erica is dying for an adventure, and he wants her to be happy. As they look for a home, Cameron makes it known that he is a San Diego surfer boy and making the move to mountainous, land-locked Switzerland is more than just a culture shock.
International couple Liz and Lina decide to take the plunge and buy an apartment together in Uppsala, Sweden, after moving back and forth between the United States and Europe over the years. With their current lease about to expire, Liz thinks it's time to graduate from studios to a one bedroom, but Lina falls in love with a brand-new studio apartment that is way under budget. In Sweden's fast-moving property market, which girl will compromise to make sure they find a place to call home?
Landlocked Dallas couple Gary and Tom are pining to get back to living the waterfront lifestyle and are searching for a home in Panama. Not expecting to sell their current home in just one day, they took it as a sign to retire a little earlier than planned and head straight to the beach. Tom is determined to accept no less than everything on his wish list, but because of their early retirement, Gary wants to be more financially cautious. They've spent 30 years together valuing compromise as a virtue, but will compromise be an option this time?
After living and working in Washington, DC, for 20 years, Michael and Luis are ready to trade their hectic lives for the calm pace of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Luis grew up. Luis dreams of a property in his beloved neighborhoods of Ipanema and Copacabana, with a robust kitchen that'll allow him to become a private chef. After the 2016 Summer Olympics, however, Rio de Janeiro's real estate market is far different from what Luis remembers. It'll be up to a local real estate agent to reintroduce Luis to the city of his youth, while Michael and Luis must determine how much they're willing to spend to live the Carioca life on the beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Texas couple Maurice and Carla are searching for a vacation home in Alicante, Spain, where they can bring the whole family together. Intrigued by its terrain and climate that resembles their Southern California roots, they're ready to pursue their lifelong dream of owning a home in Europe. But Carla has her heart set on a beachfront home, which could mean spending more money than Maurice had in mind.
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