An overseas trip to visit friends in Italy sparked Joseph and Paul's spontaneous decision to leave their careers and their newly renovated home in California and relocate to Umbria, Italy. But finding a house in the quaint Italian province isn't as easy as they hoped. One is looking to live in the heart of a city or village, while the other prefers the countryside. Neither is thrilled about another renovation, but that may be a reality they have to face no matter which home they choose!
Alex and Rosa have high-pressure jobs working for the time-sensitive cargo industry in Miami, Florida. Whenever they needed an escape, they've taken trips over the years to Italy's tranquil Lake Como. They've decided to have an even deeper connection to the lake by purchasing a second home there, but with prices in this exclusive area on the pricey side, they'll need to tackle a renovation to afford the house they want. With Rosa's sky's the limit approach to creating the perfect place, Alex will have his hands full keeping her from breaking the bank.
House flipping flight attendants Bob and Phyllis are moving to Sicily, Italy, after they were tipped off to the good deals by their daughter, Jessie. However, first they'll have to agree on how big a project they can take on before this dream takes flight.
Standup comedian Kelly and nurse practitioner Marci have sacrificed family time for their demanding careers. They are looking to grow closer together and embrace the laid back 'Pura Vida' lifestyle they fell in love with during a vacation to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Kelly makes jokes for a living, but he is completely serious about his belief that a beachfront home will provide the best bonding experience. Marci feels the bustling Playas del Coco area can give them a wide array of activities to enjoy with her son, Jacob. Unfortunately, on Kelly's single income, they won't escape the stress of trying to find an affordable house that pleases them both in Costa Rica.
In search of a low-cost lifestyle abroad, Michael and DeAnna use their life savings to relocate from Biloxi, Mississippi, to Cuenca, Ecuador. Their two girls will have to finish high school in Ecuador so living in the center of town would maximize their cultural experience. However, outside the city would allow for expanded space for entertaining and room for the family's three dogs. Since DeAnna is all about entertaining, getting her to compromise on space when choosing a new place is an uphill battle for Michael.
Jo and Sarah are lifelong Texans who have never lived far from Austin. But they fell in love with Tulum, a Mexican village best known for its majestic Mayan ruins, and a long term goal to one day move there was set. When policewoman Jo retired from the force, the couple decided to make their move. They're all-in on a lifestyle upgrade to Tulum, but Sarah still has to commute to Austin monthly for work. They'll have to find a way make Tulum affordable and accessible, without compromising the space or location that makes it all worthwhile.
Craig and Jill have sold their very successful Mexican restaurant in Park City, Utah, and are moving to their favorite vacation spot, Puerto Morelos, Mexico. After living the chaotic lifestyle of restaurant owners, they want to try to relax, while at the same time start a bed and breakfast and bring in the income that they left behind in Utah. They need to find a home that works for them and their anticipated guests. Jill is more nervous about the venture, and wants to find a turnkey, move-in-ready property, but Craig wouldn't mind doing a little renovation and putting his own stamp on it.
Andrew grew up in the United States with many siblings, and due to his father's service in the military, his siblings lived all over the world, including spending some time in Spain. Andrew never got that opportunity, and as an adult moved to Madrid to pursue his passion for writing and fulfill his dream of one day living in Spain himself. But when work was hard to find, Andrew realized the only way to keep his dream alive was to move to nearby Barcelona, where he was able to secure a job. Now with the stakes higher than ever, Andrew's parents are coming along on the house hunt to make sure he finds something sustainable for his future in Barcelona. And while his parents are interested in seeing their son in a functional, affordable apartment, Andrew is more concerned with being immersed in the cultural center of the city. Find out who gets their way as House Hunters International visits Barcelona, Spain.
Firefighter Jeremy Rhode takes his family from sunny warm Hawaii to chilly Pisa, Italy, to follow a job offer. His three kids see snowcapped mountains for the first time and experience temperatures below 60 degrees. His wife Cassy is supportive, but it will mean giving up her job and becoming a stay-at-home mom. She wants to live near his place of work because she will have to drive him to and from work with three small kids in the car. He would like to get some distance between his job and his home so he can immerse himself and the family in Italian culture. Will they opt for the old-world, kid-friendly city of Lucca or the oceanside town of Tirennia that reminds them of home?
Liesel convinced Nathan to take a job offer in Gouda, Netherlands, so they could trade their hectic Washington, D.C., lifestyle for more family time together. Liesel wants to make the most of their experience by renting a traditional yet spacious Dutch home for their two girls. But as the sole breadwinner, Nathan just wants a home that meets their budget and is close to his job. One of them will have to compromise as House Hunters International gets a taste of Gouda, Netherlands.
Ben and Georgia met in Brisbane, Australia, when he was an exchange student. After Ben returned home to Virginia, he and Georgia kept in touch until Ben secured a successful career in Brisbane. After five years of marriage and renting a home, they are ready to buy. However, Ben needs a home close to his office so he can bike to work, while dogs Frank and Archie need a spacious yard to run and play. After searching properties in three of Brisbane's suburbs, they fall short of finding a house that has everthing they want. Between expensive upgrades, limited outdoor space and a long commute, they will have to select a home that's best for their family, including Frank and Archie.
When Chris accepts a job at a school in Zanzibar, he and Mandy decide to take a huge leap and go for the unknown of living on a small island off the east coast of Africa. The differences between Nashville, Tennessee, and Zanzibar are more than they could ever imagine. Exploring a new world for them is exciting but will Mandy be able to live everyday life without all the conveniences of the Western world?
Cynthia is taking her sister Kimi with her to search for the perfect home in London. Cynthia has helped Kimi look for homes every time she moves, now is Kimi's chance to return the favor. Cynthia's husband Greg is not able to make the trip, so Cynthia refers to her husband's wish list to make sure she finds something that suits both of their needs. Kimi is there as 'the voice of reason' and moral support to help Cynthia decide which apartment meets all of their criteria.
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