When Allen Sibley and Corey Benson moved to New Fairfield, Conn., the only place they could find was a summer rental. Now, five years later, they are more than ready to buy a home. They have been browsing listings for a year and have set their budget at $500,000. Real estate agent Evelyn Schuster signs on to help with the house hunt.
Bernadette Scott, originally from Agora Hills, Calif., is a merchant marine in the communications department on board the US Naval Service's Saturn. She not only works aboard the ship, but she also lives there, even when she is not deployed. Her living quarters are tiny, and she shares a shower with three other women. After five years of ship life, she is ready for real estate agent Becky Little to help her find a home on land.
When Memphis, Tenn., natives Allison and Greg Swearingen got married three years ago, she moved into his 1,100-square-foot home. She was able to make over the former bachelor pad, but after three years and a lot of hard work, they both realize that no amount of elbow grease can make the place any bigger. They want a home with a larger kitchen, hardwood floors, more bedrooms, room for a home office and a nice yard for their two dogs. Real estate agent Lee McWaters signs on to help them find a larger place.
Newlyweds Allison and Robert DiNardo and their dog, Freckles, share a home in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. The DiNardos want to own a more spacious place they can call their own. They hope to stay in Rosemont because of its convenient proximity to the Potomac River, but the high prices may be an obstacle.
Homebuilders Dee and Michael Kirkbride love living and working in the Washington, D.C., suburb of McLean, Va. In fact, this hard-working couple builds several large homes there each year. Their current place is a little more than 6,000 square feet, which is plenty of room for the couple and their two Maltese dogs. But one feature they cannot build is a beach, so the Kirkbrides have decided they want a beachfront vacation home. The search is on for a place in the coastal community of Carolina Beach, N.C. Real estate agent Teri Trefftzs signs on to help them with their search.
Judy and Ken Castagna decided to try life in a condo. After living in their attached Ann Arbor, Mich., condo for only a year, the couple has decided that they are just not condo people. So, now they are looking to move back into a home with the help of real estate agent Vicki Larmee. They would like considerable privacy, a large yard and plenty of space for when their granddaughters come to visit.
Realtor Danette O'Neal relocated to Atlanta after evacuating New Orleans to escape Hurricane Katrina. Though her cousin Ilene has been kind enough to let her stay with her in her Decatur home, Danette is ready to put down her own roots in Georgia. She is confident that her 16 years of real estate experience will help find a home for her and her 17-year-old son.
Amy and Alon Tatsas and are excited about making the move from one musical city to another, as they leave jazzy New Orleans to start their medical careers in the country music capital of the world, Nashville. The doctors currently reside in a tiny one-bedroom condominium with their two dogs. They would really like their first home to have plenty of space for them inside and a large yard so their dogs can play outside. Real estate agent Zach Goodyear sets out to help them find just that.
Aaron and Eleanor Hulett are Southern California natives who love the outdoors. Most days, this active couple can be found relaxing at the beach, roller-blading or bike riding. Now they want to expand their outdoor options and buy a vacation home in Big Bear, a quiet ski town only a few hours from their home in Orange County. The Huletts have up to $300,000 to spend, so they are hoping real estate agent Chuck Hurd will be able to find them a place they can afford.
Although college professors Suzanne Spoor and Steve Canaday have enjoyed renting the quaint Annapolis, Md., townhouse that they share with their twins, Zachary and Tyler, they are ready to make the move and become first-time homeowners. The couple is hoping to find a place with plenty of room for the boys to play that is still close to the campus, where they each teach. Realtor Amy Juras signs on to help.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, college sweethearts Valeria Sams and Kerrado Williams returned to the metro D.C. area where they grew up. Valeria, a human resources consultant, moved back in with her mom and sister, and Kerrado, a loan officer, moved back in with his parents. But now, after three years, the couple is ready to take the next step and move into a place of their own.
Dawn Evans and her son, Tyler, currently live with her parents in the Atlanta, Ga., suburb of Decatur. After 30 years, she is ready to move out on her own for the first time. Dawn and Tyler are looking forward to finding a place with plenty of room so they can each have more personal space. With the help of real estate agent Sheri Pettus, Dawn is excited to find her first home in the suburb of Stockbridge.
The starter home that Dorothy and Diarra Weathers bought near downtown Detroit, Mich., has become much too small for their growing family. The Weathers are ready to move out of the city and find a home in an area with good schools and parks for their three young daughters. Real estate agent Paul Pellerito is targeting the upscale suburb of Grosse Pointe, which he thinks will be perfect for the family.
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