California couple Christine and Brian Gardner never considered moving to Japan. But when the Misawa Air Force Base offered Brian his dream job, they decided it was time for an adventure. Relocating with an energetic toddler is tough, and adjusting to a new culture is daunting. With their furniture en route, Christine and Brian are anxious to move out of their cramped hotel room and find a home fast. The military offers on base housing, which is convenient and affordable, but small. Off base housing might be more spacious and offer an authentic experience, but might not have the comforts of home. Real estate agent Shino Breeden is up for the challenge, but with a budget of $2500 a month and indecisive clients, there may need to be some compromises. Find out when House Hunters International arrives in the land of sushi and shrines, Misawa, Japan.
The chance to live and work in Switzerland has Bernie and Minoo giving up their beloved forever home in blustery Calgary. But they've never lived in an apartment before and trying to clone the spaciousness they took for granted in one of the world's most expensive cities to live in could leave this Canadian family feeling a little home sick. It's a lesson in downsizing, with relocation expert Sabine Baerlocher, when House Hunters heads to Geneva, Switzerland.
Native South Carolinians McKinley and Natalie have lived in their hometown of Columbia their whole lives. Married for several years now and the parents of four little children, they feel it is time to branch out and explore parts of the world outside of their southern comfort zone. After a vacation in Belize they realized it would be the perfect place to move their family. The children are still young and therefore very flexible and both parents want them to experience a different culture, a change in landscape and grow up in a place where outside activity supersedes sitting in front of a television or video game station. Mom and Dad are outdoor enthusiasts as well so they also look forward to the outdoor activities available in Belize year-round. In order to finance the move, builder McKinley recently sold his construction business and plans to get into real estate sales in Belize once relocated. Looking to start off renting as they investigate the housing market, the couple's budget cannot exceed 5500 dollars and McKinley is adamant about that. Seeing as they need a house big enough for a family of six and both want to be close to amenities such as the beach, pools and tennis this might be a challenge for real estate agent Macarena. But she knows her stuff and will try her best to get this active family settled into a home and location that works for everyone. Will she succeed? Will McKinley and Natalie regret the move or embrace the tropical adventure they are so ready for? Find out when House Hunters International takes a long hike to Belize.
A job promotion has sent Leah to Berlin Germany to manage a clothing store. Her fiance, aspiring golf pro Michael, will join her, just as soon as he plays his last round of the season. Excited for their first European experience, they're looking for a home for them and their two dogs, Gracie, and Tahoe. With the dogs and their preference for an inexpensive apartment, Agent Tim Bogen, sees a challenge. Watch as House Hunters International gets promoted in Berlin, Germany.
Australian Pauline Porter has lived in the United States for fourteen years. Now with her American husband Michael and kids in tow, she's ready to leave behind the fast paced lifestyle of San Francisco for the ultimate in island quality of life on her native Norfolk Island. Pauline is a professional chef and needs a home with a modern kitchen, while Michael has a painting business and needs an American sized garage for his supplies and his truck. Can they navigate their way through the unique locale's local quirks and find a home that accommodates their professional requirements? Find out when House Hunters International travels to Norfolk Island.
While visiting the U.S. from Croatia three years ago Tomislav met Nikki and they quickly fell in love. After a long distance romance spanning three years and 4300 miles, Tomislav proposed and Nikki is on her way to start a new life in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. Now living in the same city they have a new challenge: finding the perfect apartment, but still being able to save for their wedding. Can they overcome the high cost of city living but still land their dream newlywed apartment? Find out when House Hunters visits Zagreb, Croatia.
Ashley Maddox spends her time working between the US and Paris and decided that a long-term stay in a cramped hotel room wouldn't do. An architecture buff with an entrepreneurial spirit, Ashley decided to purchase an apartment that could serve as both a pied a terre and an investment property. But Paris is one of the world's most expensive cities, and with property prices rising more than 20% in recent years, finding the centrally located two-bedroom flat Ashley has her heart set on may be an impossible task. Along with her friend and business partner, Tahminae, Ashley weighs space versus location, and vacillates between a renovation project that will allow her the freedom to make her own mark and the convenience of a ready-to-rent flat. Watch what happens when House Hunters International touches down in the City of Light.
Dan and Eva come from opposite sides of the globe. When they serendipitously met and fell in love they knew they wanted to start a family of their own in New Zealand. Eva has her heart set on a family friendly home, but as a former desert dweller Dan has his eye on beach views. With a $600,000 budget, they'll need real estate agent Jane Park to hone in on an affordable home in a city with high housing costs. Moving to the next chapter of life might mean compromise when House Hunters International settles down in Wellington, New Zealand.
After studying abroad in Malta several years ago, Mike and Jessica have decided to leave the frigid winters in Halifax, Canada to return the warm shores of this Mediterranean island for good. With sea views and office space for under $1500 a month, their wish list in simple. But as this tiny, ancient island struggles to keep up with demand, the task is challenging for real estate agent Lorraine Bonnici. It's a tough choice between views and practicality, when House Hunters International warms up in Malta.
After spending a year in Izmir, Turkey on Fulbright scholarships, two friends decide to make a permanent move there. But on their low teachers salaries, will Izmir's growing real estate market be more then they can handle? Find out when House Hunters International jets to historic Izmir, Turkey.
A young married couple who teach and coach tennis on international assignment fear future opportunities may separate them. They decide to accept full time coaching jobs at a tennis academy in Perth, Australia and life is suddenly turned upside down under. Their new world is ten thousand miles away and work starts next Monday. There's enormous pressure to find a new home with little time and no sleep as House Hunters International plays doubles in Perth, Australia.
Tina and Jack Fussell bonded over their mutual love of travel. After marrying, they explored the world together and when their first child, Hailey came along, they just kept traveling. Now they have three kids and have lived in Morocco and Spain, moving 20 times in the past 12 years and Tina's ready to trade in the frequent flyer miles for a permanent home in Copenhagen, Denmark. But Jack wants to live in the thick of things with an apartment in the city center while Tina dreams of a suburban home with a backyard. Can this couple compromise or will they stay on the road until they find the perfect place? Find out when House Hunters International settles down?in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Soon after Ilan and Sarah married, they got earth shattering news that Ilan, a foreign correspondent, would be transferred overseas to Madrid, Spain. Months of passport issues later, they're finally reuniting to begin their married life together, but Madrid's housing market, where only 15 percent are rentals, doesn't promise an easy start. Ilan's focus is being close to his new job, but Sarah wants a comfortable kitchen to cook in and a nice terrace to relax on. In this tight market, real estate agent Pierre-Alban Waters hopes to combine their seemingly simple wish-list on a $1500 a month budget. But nothing's easy, as House Hunters International prepares to compromise in Madrid, Spain.
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