When Oakland, Calif., residents Lisa and Clay Siemsen bought their home three years ago, they were carefree newlyweds. But now they have two small children and are looking for a more kid-friendly environment. They have narrowed their search to the nearby city of Orinda, but the price range is high. With so much on the line, they have turned to real estate agent Cris Maltzman for help.
When longtime Chicago resident Barbara Correll isn't busy with graduate school or her full-time job, she's dreaming of owning her own condo. After turning 30, she decided the time was right to leave her tiny 600-square-foot apartment behind. She is ready to turn in years of living with miniaturized appliances in the kitchen and a bedroom the size of a closet in exchange for a two-bedroom, two-bath loft-style condo with plenty of room to grow. Realtor Joe Dupor has his work cut out for him.
Joanna Littlefield and Todd Derma have six weeks until they say "I do." But with their lease up on their Chicago apartment just the day before their wedding, it's crunch time to find their first home. They are looking for a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in their current neighborhood of Andersonville. They would also like to have a second bathroom, onsite laundry, and a parking space for Todd. Real estate agent Rene Talavera takes on the challenge.
New Yorkers Alexis Romer and Kevin Verronneau need more room in their tiny Upper East Side apartment. Her pack-rat habits and burgeoning jewelry business have taken over every inch of the one-bedroom place. They love their location, but the tiny galley kitchen and small bedroom leaves them no alternative but to move. Can real estate agent Phyllis Pezenick help this couple snap up a new home before they bust out of the old one?
Stephanie and Bryan Bolick have been married for a year and now have a baby on the way, so they want to plant their feet in a new home--and soon. They currently share a 1,200-square-foot Cape Cod-style house with two rambunctious Labrador retrievers in Wilmington, NC. They want a larger place in the Monkey Junction neighborhood, near Carolina Beach. They would like it to be one story with at least three bedrooms. Guiding them through the real estate maze is agent Buddy Blake.
Nico and David Lecon are natives of Madrid, Spain, that have recently moved to Miami Beach with their young son Alex. They love living across the street from the beach and within walking distance of everything, but their one-bedroom furnished apartment is just too small. They are ready to take the plunge into the fast-paced real estate market and purchase a home in the family-friendly city of Coral Gables. Realtor Jason Smith intends to help with their search.
After Helen and Rich Green got married eight months ago, they moved into her two-bedroom, one-bath cottage-style home that was built in the 1920s. That's when they discovered that her 900-square-foot Seattle beach cottage was too small for the two of them. They work together all day at a local TV station, so when they get home, they'd like to have some space of their own. They have their heart set on staying in the area, so they have turned to Helen's previous real estate agent, Summer Boyd Jones, for assistance with the search.
Elizabeth and Brian met 18 years ago while stationed at an Air Force Base in New Mexico. Since then they have lived and traveled all over the world. Four months ago they moved to Colorado Springs with hopes of staying put for a while, but then Brian was offered an irresistible job in Phoenix. The plan was for Elizabeth to stay in Colorado while Brian commuted. But that all changed, thanks to Rebekah Lynn, the couple's newly adopted bundle of joy. Once she came onto the scene, living separately during the week was no longer an option. Elizabeth sold the Colorado home, and she and baby moved into Brian's tiny 1,100-square-foot Arizona apartment. Now it's time to buy a larger place. Realtor Alex Inskeep signs on to help.
The Logar family has had enough of rural life. Having outgrown their three-bedroom, one-bath home, they now want to find a larger place in the nearby town of Washington, Pa. Can they do it without spending more than $200,000? Real estate agents Mary Jane and Tom Sertik intend to help them do just that.
Alicia Ulrich has spent the last 25 years traveling the globe for work, and now, she's ready to play, by finding a vacation home in her favorite corner of the world: Oahu, Hawaii. Can she catch a break in a pricey market, or will she wipe out? Real estate agent Robin Stephens Rohr signs on to assure that doesn't happen.
Carrie Morgan is moving to Nashville to start her residency in pediatrics, and she needs to find a place to live. She only has six weeks to find a house, move all of her things from her parents' house in Kentucky and get settled before reporting for duty as a doctor. Real estate agent Scott Evans sets out to show her as many places as he can in the short time frame.
Barbara Meyer and Nelson Cysneros are a young, fun-loving couple with lots of spunk. Along with their 13-year-old daughter Katie, they have been living in a 1,000-square-foot San Diego condo for two years now. Though it is small, they are close to all the hot spots of San Diego. Plus, Nelson is just five minutes from work and minutes from the ocean, where he goes scuba diving, and Katie's school is within walking-distance. Despite all the advantages, they still need more room. Realtor Joby Francis intends to help them find a place with more space.
For the past five years, IT specialist Nick Marulli and his partner firefighter/paramedic Tim Bennett have shared a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home in Crofton, Md., a suburb 20 miles outside of Baltimore. But life in the suburbs is getting a little dull for these guys. They hope to trade life in the sleepy suburb for the excitement of the city life near the historic Baltimore Harbor.
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