Since getting married last year, mortgage bankers Raquel and Brian Fisher have lived in a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment. The building leaves a lot to be desired with its noisy neighbors, malfunctioning elevators and cramped quarters. There's virtually no charm inside either because the Fishers didn't want to decorate in a home they knew would be temporary. The apartment has served them well, but they are tired of the small space and inconvenient tandem-parking situation. They have decided to make the transition from renting to having a home of their own. They want a house in a nice neighborhood with at least three bedrooms and lots of storage space. Real estate agent Jill Dana Rand intends to help them find just that.
Patty and Mike Baltes live in a small rental house with their two teenage kids, Tarin and Jameson, two cats, two dogs and two turtles. Across from the kids' former high school, the home was perfect for their growing family. Now that the kids have grown up, the house is bursting at the seams, and they are in desperate need of an upsize. Mike and Patty want a three-bedroom, two-and–a-half-bath home with a big backyard and a pool. A garage or an extra room for their son to set up an art studio would be an added bonus. Realtor Francine Meyberg is brought in to help them with their search.
Rabbi Ben Geiger, his wife Karen and their two small children, Mordechai and Ilana, have spent the last several years moving to different cities as Ben's work required. When he finally landed a job as the rabbi at a nice synagogue near the beach, the Geigers decided it was time to settle down once and for all. They have been renting a spacious three-bedroom, two-bathroom home within walking distance of the temple, but the layout of the rooms leaves a lot to be desired. They are ready to make a move and have enlisted realtor Jack Susser to help them with their search. They hope to find a large three-bedroom, two-bath house that is walking distance from the temple, has a backyard for the children to safely play in, room for the toys and Ben's office inside, as well as plenty of space for entertaining guests.
Piper Mavis is a 1960s woman trapped in the modern world. She loves to collect vintage things and display them in her one-bedroom, one-bath apartment. As an artist and photographer, she sees her apartment as a blank canvas. Since moving in, she's done a lot to the place by painting, adding some neat light fixtures and creating a collage of vintage photos she hand framed. The problem is she can't do much more to this rental without losing her security deposit. Space is also a concern. She needs to find a larger home, and this time, she wants to own instead of rent. It's a big step for this first-timer, so she'll rely heavily on real estate agent Meredith Wick.
Angelo and Penni Gaz have lived near the ocean for as long as they've been married, but now that their two children are growing up, they would like a change of scenery. The family loves to spend time at the beach, especially taking long walks on the boardwalk. Unfortunately, the location is the most their two-bedroom apartment has to offer. They want to find a home that has more than two bedrooms, a large play area for the kids, a big backyard and some curb appeal. They realize that a home with all these features that is near the beach is going to be out of their price range, so they are willing to look inland. Realtor Karen Rosenquist is determined to help them find a home they love, even if it means leaving the beach behind.
Susan and Stephen Chiang currently live in an old triplex they bought as a fixer-upper one year ago. During that time they have completely updated all 400 square feet of it, adding hardwood floors, renovating the kitchen, and adding molding throughout. But the one thing they can't change is the need for more space. Ideally they would like to keep the triplex as an income property and buy a condo for themselves. They are looking for two to three bedrooms, two baths and at least triple the square footage. Susan also would prefer to be closer to the beach. Money will be tight, but the couple is not afraid to upgrade. Real estate agent Julio Leyva will help with the search.
Shane Reed, a construction foreman, and Timberlee Kislan, an accountant, live in a charming two-bedroom, one-and-a-quarter-bath house in a quiet neighborhood. The 1,300-square-foot gem is just what these two lovebirds want, but it's a rental. They need to find a nest of their own with at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms, hardwood floors and possibly a fireplace. They like to entertain, so a home with a large backyard and a pool for outdoor parties would be ideal. They want the house to be in a neighborhood close to their current one, which is within walking distance of shopping and recreation.
Dr. Anita Srinivasa is a single mom with two young daughters and a thriving medical practice. Following a recent divorce, she put her 5,000-square-foot house on the market. It sold within a few days. Rather than rush into buying another home, she chose to put their things in storage and rent a small, furnished apartment so she could take her time finding the right house. The apartment is small and far away from the children's school and her office, which makes for a long commute. She is now ready to find a new home that is small enough to manage on her own but large enough for everyone to have their own space. Real estate agent Tim Mallon hops on board to help her find a new place before cabin fever sets in.
Irma Breakfield and Scott Merritt sold their home before they had time to secure another one. A family friend took them in until they had time to regroup, but they are now ready to begin house hunting. They are looking for a house with three spare bedrooms--one for their two children, one to use as an office and one for overnight guests. They probably won't find every item on their list, but as long as the home has good bones, they will be satisfied. Merritt is a general contractor, which means the couple can stretch their budget by doing all their own repairs. Realtor Joey Paige accepts the challenge of helping them find a house that meets their needs.
Dean Caldarelli is a successful architect whose true passion is renovating and redesigning ugly-duckling homes. His last project, transforming an ordinary traditional into a spacious Spanish-style home, was so successful that he decided to move in himself. While the home turned out beautifully, there are a few things he could not change. The suburban neighborhood is too quiet, and the only view is of a cinderblock wall. He has asked realtor Dimitri Chami to help him find another rundown home he can fix up, especially one with a view and an urban flair.
Carri Wagner, a public relations executive, has shared her modest townhome with her two energetic dogs for the past three years. Owning her own home is a dream come true, but having two dogs and frequent guests over has started to push her to her limits. Wagner is looking for a three-bedroom, two-bath home with a large kitchen, dining room, space for her to paint (one of her favorite hobbies) and a large yard for the dogs. Realtor Nick Tatone is eager to help her find just the right house.
Amy Lewis and Scott Murphy have been renting their current home for nearly two years. Now that their carefree 20s are behind them, they are ready to embrace their adulthood and purchase their first home together. But it's not just that they are tired of renting. The motivation to settle down was prompted by a small but very important arrival, their 8-week-old son, Jack. The couple wants Jack to grow up in a cozy home in a family-friendly neighborhood. They would like three bedrooms and at least one-and-a-half baths, and they don't mind if it is a fixer-upper. They also like their new place to have an enclosed backyard for their dogs, Peaches and Herb. They're eager to start their search, and have enlisted their friend and real estate agent, Michael Baietti, to help them.
Rachel Raptis and David Rosenman are in the midst of a grueling house hunt, and each day they fail to find a new home puts their two-year relationship more at risk. They currently share a tiny 700-square-foot apartment. He moved in with her six months ago, after selling his own home. The idea was to live in the apartment while pooling their resources to find a larger place. Now, after months of searching and plenty of disappointments, they're willing to move fast on nearly any home if it means they can escape their small space. Seasoned real estate agent Judy Schlegel who, is also Rachel's mom, will help them find a home they can afford.
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