After 11 years in London, Lasith and Kathryn want a change of scene. They envisage a better work to life balance and want to raise their daughter in a more family friendly neighborhood. Cape Town quickly became the obvious choice. Kathryn had longed to return to her home town and Lasith has always enjoyed holidays there. Cape Town is a destination city known for its beaches, mountains, warm weather and scenic wine country. They've asked realtor John Weston of Rawson Real Estate to come up with some properties in the Plumstead area of Cape Town. This neighborhood has good access to the rest of the city and boasts a suburban atmosphere ideally suited to raise a family and generate a good return on investment.
Olivia Campbell is a full-time property investor in the London area and has invested in dozens of properties. But now that she's hunting for a property she intends to keep for herself and not let to tenants, she's willing to pull out all the stops, even if that means pushing the budget a little bit. The Kensington neighborhood of London has some of the most valued real estate in all of Europe, but will a great location and can do attitude make her lose sight of something with more earning potential in a less posh neighborhood? With the help of her friend Kevin and professional realtor Stephanie Jost it's time to find out.
Shelly accepted a teaching contract in Abu Dhabi which is a city in the United Arab Emirates. Now she's off to a place much different than her home town of Ottawa, Canada. Luckily she's going to have a few people helping her find an apartment once she arrives: her friend Stephanie has been teaching in Abu Dhabi already and her realtor Catherine Igoe is a sharp whip who knows the fast paced market of Abu Dhabi like the back of her hand. Catherine knows that most westerners find the market scene (and traffic!) there perplexing. She warns that if buyers don't act fast apartments can literally be on the market one day and gone the next. Can Shelly reduce her life to three suitcases, move to a land much different than her own and find an apartment all before the school year begins?
Nicole is looking for an exciting change after living and working in New York for most of her life. She's always been drawn to the Italian art of living and decided to accept a teaching contract in Rome. But the language barrier has Nicole seeking the professional help of all around relocation and real estate gurus Sabrina Cosi and Katia Bosco. Sabrina and Katia are helping Nicole get acquainted with the social and cultural adjustments she'll need to make after moving. They can also help her find the perfect apartment right in the middle of it all. Nicole wants to be as centrally located as possible and the team of Sabrina and Katia have promised to deliver.
Anne-Marie and her man Andonis are urbanites looking for a vacation escape that can easily remove them from the hot, congested summers of Athens, Greece. They love the buzz of the city, but in the middle of summer the city's heat and traffic can be relentless. Their favorite place to weekend is the Peloponnese Peninsula along the Mediterranean Sea. With the region's few city centers, quaint villages, and beautiful beaches what other reasons could this hip couple need to buy the perfect vacation property here as well? But finding the right real estate agent who knows their way around the peninsula is key, so enter professional realtor Stefani O'Connor. She's got the task of finding these weary city dwellers a private little Mediterranean paradise.
Aussie raised Alec and his wife Rachel agree that Melbourne is the best, and healthiest, place to move their growing family. But Rachel has a lot at stake with the move: her LA friends of many years are like family to her and she has a successful photography business that will have to be relocated to Australia. Alec's also interested in going green by ditching one of the family's two cars and he's committed to collecting rain water to help conserve natural resources. This family of five also needs lots of space to accommodate everyone and their next home needs to have enough room for Rachel's photography studio. That's a tall order and professional realtor Billy Shroder says the housing market in the popular neighborhood of Hampton is very competitive. High demand and low supply of homes means buyers can lose the sale. But hopefully not if Billy is at the helm of the house hunt.
Archie and Erica have sold a citrus nursery and are moving their three young boys to the Great Barrier Island off the eastern coast of New Zealand. But far from just moving, they are conducting an experiment in being as environmentally friendly as they possibly can. On the Great Barrier, home owners reduce their ecological foot print by living off the grid and need to do everything themselves from generating their own power to waste disposal. In short, this family gives new meaning to going green. But they can't find a home by themselves. They need an island expert that not only has some properties to show them, but who also knows the ins and outs of adjusting to island living. It's green to the extreme when House Hunters discovers the Great Barrier Island.
Mamdouh and Laura Raafat now live with their two children, Tarek and Hannah, in a nice, quiet neighborhood in California. They have a great house, nice careers and an easy-going lifestyle most people would envy. So why are they looking to leave all that and move to the to the busy, bustling city of Cairo, Egypt? Well, it depends on who you ask. Mamdouh wants his children to experience part of their cultural heritage while they are still young and Laura is up for the adventure of living in the ancient city by the Nile, the Triumphant City of Cairo, Egypt. But just because they've got the ambition to move doesn't mean they know where to live. So to help them navigate the real estate scene in this hectic city they've hired realtor Soaad Abd Elsalam. The Raafats have asked her to find them a family friendly condo that's near a good school. Let the house hunting begin.
Ellena and Matt have taken their children out of school, sold their family furniture business and are gearing up for a house hunt around Brisbane, Australia. Ellena was born and raised there and her folks are anxious to see the kids grow up. Matt is also looking forward to the warmer winters. However, Matt and Ellena haven't quite ironed out their differences on where the best location to live should be. Ellena is leaning towards buying a house in Brisbane proper -- where her folks live. But Matt wants to live out in the country more where he and the kids will have more green space to romp around. Will Ellena see Matt's argument for living further outside town or will Matt give in to living in the city? Even their professional realtor Robert Lindsay can't answer that question right now, but he'll do his best to mediate the debate. He's got plenty of properties to show Matt and Ellena in and outside Brisbane. And after Robert lays the cards on the table, it can only come down to one.
Marisa and Mark decided it was time to move back to the city where Marisa grew up: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of the South and besides Marisa wishing to return there, the decision to move was motivated by the business opportunities for tourism professionals. Both Mark and Marisa specialize in this industry and they're eyeing Buenos Aires a great place to set up an office. And now that the move is becoming a reality, there are a few other realities they have to contend with. In Buenos Aires, home buyers need to pay cash only for property. That means having a professional realtor to safely broker a deal is more important than ever. The couple has put their faith in realtor Pablo Goldemberg to offer up some great apartments around town and to professionally broker a cash deal. Happy hunting!
Linda dropped a bomb shell on her boyfriend Mitch when she told him about a job offer she landed in Bangkok, Thailand. Mitch is dedicated to the relationship and managed to pull some strings at work to be able to join her on this exciting adventure of a life time. Now the two are headed to Thailand to hunt for apartments together. Since they've never actually shopped for a place together they are quickly realizing their differences in wants and style. Linda is less concerned with minute details and more focused on living close to her new job. Mitch is an experienced property owner and is more focused on style and layout. To help mediate the debate they've hired professional realtor Joshua "Cobby" Leathers. He represents both single family homes for rent and modern high-rise apartments. Cobby will do his part, but at the end of the day, Mitch and Linda will need to hash out their differences before settling on the best place to live. All when House Hunters travels to Bangkok, Thailand.
Miles was born with a race car in his hand and has dreamed of designing them all his life. Jump to present day and he finally received the call he's been waiting for: a job offer near Oxford! But uprooting his family and selling the house in Salt Lake City, Utah is no small task. Kristy, his talented wife, is up for the adventure of a lifetime and looks forward to living in England. But now that her husband's dream has come true, she's also dreaming of the true English experience. As they pack up their lives and head over seas Kristy hopes their realtor Jacqui Torrance can find them the perfect English cottage in the countryside of Oxfordshire. With Jacqui at the helm of the house hunt, it won't be long before Miles and Kristy feel they're living the real Jane Austin experience.
David and Jana Broderick consider themselves city people. But after having their daughter Sophie they felt moving to the countryside outside Prague would be healthier and more convenient. Deciding on the right type of house may present a challenge as David believes that no house can have too much space He thinks finding a fixer upper is fine. Jana on the other hand grew up in a small apartment and doesn't want a place to be too big or need too much work. She's leery of buying a money pit. And now that the hunt for a country home is getting underway they've hired a good mediator: professional realtor John Breaux. John will show them homes with varying degrees of perfection: some closer to town, some that need work, and some more expensive than others. But at the end of the day, David and Jana will need to settle their differences and chose the right home for the whole family. Watch as David and Jana head to the hills outside historic Prague, Czech Republic.
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