The Goehrings are an adventure loving couple. After years of travel, they've finally found their favorite place in the remote volcanic island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. They fell in love with the people, the culture and the opportunity to brave the elements. As the Goehrings love to remind visitors, this volcano is active, erupting most recently in 2010, and the only way off the island is an hour long ferry ride to the mainland. Debbie and Ron wouldn't have it any other way as they look for their piece of paradise on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua.
Janet and John have been together for over 30 years, and they enjoy a happy family life with their young daughter, Vivien. Although they love Sydney, they've longed for something more. Uprooting an entire family is never easy, but Vivien will enter junior high in a few short years, so now seems like the perfect time to make a move. With only the proceeds from the sale of their Sydney home to support them, they set off, sight unseen, to Penang in hopes that it will be the exotic island backdrop they've been longing for. Penang may be an expat friendly expanse, but with a finite budget and a host of family-friendly fears, this adventurous couple will need a little more than luck to make ends meet in Malaysia.
Jada was tired of being up in the air as a flight attendant, so she grounded herself in her destiny to help an airline take off in Botswana. She knows the country is ripe for new opportunities, but the housing market is struggling through growing pains, unable to keep up with the influx in population. Find out if Jada will find the air-conditioned space she seeks in Gaborone, Botswana.
For almost fifteen years, Esther Ndichu has called Atlanta home. From her friends to the weather, she has loved everything about her time in Georgia, but as of late it feels like something has been missing. Her older sister Jennifer lives in England with her two kids and the distance apart is making Esther rethink where she wants to be. So when an opportunity to become a logistics manager in Brussels came up within her company, Esther jumped at the chance to not only give her career a boost but also to be closer to Jennifer. Being in Belgium will make it easier for Jennifer to come and visit her sister, so Esther is hoping to find an apartment that can easily host her family's visits. But, considering Esther is single and her sister won't be there the majority of the time, she also really wants to find an apartment in walking distance to bustling downtown Brussels. Unfortunately, finding a centrally-located and spacious apartment at her $2,300-a-month budget is not going to be an easy assignment for real estate agent Julie Vermeulen. Watch as Esther decides what is better for her new life in Belgium, living in a lively location or having space for her sister's short stays when House Hunters International visits Brussels.
Since her first visit as a 17-year-old exchange student, Karin has dreamt of living in Paris full time. Boldly deciding life is short and now is the time to finally make her dream a reality, she and her practically minded mother go to Paris to find the right flat. But in the city of lights' fast paced market, this long time dreamer nervously realizes she hasn't given much thought to what she wants in her new home. Property Consultant Adrian Leeds will have her work cut out for her when House Hunters International looks for la vie en rose in Paris, France.
Molly and John met while attending college in their home state of Tennessee. After graduating, they married, bought a house, got a dog and lived comfortably in their Nashville suburb with friends and family surrounding them. But after a few years they had a nagging feeling that life had more to offer. Bored of stability, they sold their home, cars and belongings and headed to Potsdam, Germany to experience a new culture and a new way of life. But once they landed on foreign soil, their enthusiasm was dampened by a tough rental market in a country where they don't speak the language. And in their tight budget of $1,000 a month, they can't decide on a furnished or unfurnished apartment, how many bedrooms they want, or how close to the city's center they should live. Find out if they make it abroad when House Hunters International passes through Potsdam, Germany.
Sharon and Vee fell in love with Costa Rica after taking a vacation to Ojochal. After years of traveling they realized it's their favorite spot and want to retire with a home in the small town. But Vee wants to enjoy the solitude of living in Costa Rica's lush jungles while Sharon wants to be close to town to continue her passion for theater and teaching children. Now, they'll have to find a middle ground when House Hunters International retires to Ojochal, Costa Rica.
Recent college grad Molly met her girlfriend Nicole in Portland, Oregon when Nicole came from Argentina to visit her aunt, who happened to be Molly's Spanish teacher. It was love at first sight, and for three months they were inseparable until it was time for Nicole to return to Mendoza to finish law school. Wine enthusiast Molly has decided to leave life in California behind to live with Nicole in Mendoza and hopefully find a job working with wineries and vineyards. While Molly is looking for a place with the comforts of home, Nicole is more concerned with living close to school, family and having outdoor space for traditional Argentine asados. They'll both have to compromise to find the best place for their first home together, but it remains to be seen just how much each of them is willing to sacrifice. Come along for the ride as House Hunters International visits Mendoza, Argentina.
During their 19 years of marriage, Angie has always supported Matt's dreams. So when he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach sports medicine, she agreed to pull up anchor and move the whole family out to Rwanda's up-and-coming capital city. In this emerging market, demand has driven up costs. And when Matt sees what they can get for their money in the suburbs, Angie's game plan for city center living could be thrown out the window. Discover Central Africa when House Hunters International heads to Kigali, Rwanda.
For Vinny Bennekers, a job opportunity in the Netherlands paved the way for a long overdue homecoming. But for his wife, Celeste, the move means a major upheaval. A former corporate CPA in Dallas, Celeste is embracing a new role as a stay-at-home mom. With a long list of demands and a desire to embrace the Dutch culture, Vinny and Celeste are learning that the life they took for granted back in Texas may not be possible on a single salary in Holland. Watch what happens when House Hunters International is forced to consider a compromise in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Canadians Mike and Lisa Oleksiuk and their friends, family and business partners John and Linda Madsen, are as tight as 4 peas in a pod. So when Mike wanted to buy a vacation home in Mexico, they naturally thought of sharing it with their best buds. This way, they can share the risk as well as the benefits. But the risk isn't only financial. Although they get along great in separate houses, they have never lived together under one roof before. They are putting their long, close relationships on the line for a beautiful piece of paradise in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
After 15 years in North Carolina, Sandra longed for her hometown of San Sebastian, Spain. So she and husband Keith, who realized the benefits that a European lifestyle would offer their children, decided to move their family to the heart of Basque Country. Keith wants the American space and amenities they've grown accustomed to, but Sandra knows these will be difficult to find. Their clashing wants collide when House Hunters International takes a bite out of San Sebastian, Spain.
Kristen and Dave met on an online dating site and quickly determined they'd make better friends than lovers. They became best friends fast, and when that friendship revealed a mutual urge to start over in love and life, they mused that moving to Italy together, while risky, might just be the jump start they'd been looking for all along. But with one tiny town, two separate bedrooms, and three medieval homes in play, their plan to live together as friends who used to date could go the way of the Roman Empire fast when House Hunters International goes to Ostuni, Italy.
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