With a young baby growing fast, Dexter, Mich., residents Julie and Steven Wineman have decided it's time to move to a larger house. They hope that their real-estate agent Kathy Toth will be able to find them a four-bedroom home that is in their price range and located in the same neighborhood they have grown to love.
Holly and Steve Hartell, their daughter, Nellie, and dog, Grady, live just outside Alexandria, Va., in a charming family-friendly area called Del Ray. Their 1,200-square-foot two-story starter home lacks storage space for Steve's nine bikes, and there isn't much room for Nellie to play. They are ready to look for a bigger place, and they would love to stay in the same neighborhood. They have enlisted the help of realtor and fellow Del Ray resident, Jennifer Walker to help them with their search.
After nearly three years in sunny Naples Fla., Lavon Portman has decided to return to Louisville, Ky., to be near her daughter and two grandchildren. Although she loves the spacious and contemporary feel of her Florida home, Lavon knows she can get a larger place for a lower price in the buyer-friendly city Louisville. With only one week to search, she relies on the help of her real estate agent and friend Linda Blue to help her find exactly what she wants.
When Justin, a systems analyst, got a job in Atlanta, he did not know what to expect. Six months later, he has fallen in love with the city and is ready to buy a condo. He wants to find an updated place that has a balcony and a view of the Atlanta skyline. With the help of real estate agent Anu Sethi, he begins his search in Midtown.
Newlyweds Katy and Steve Harrington live in an 850-square-foot rental apartment just outside Boulder, Colo., in an area called Superior. While their place is nice, it's way too small. They can't wait to find a place where they can spread out. Their budget constraints mean that they might have to search a bit further away and focus on the tri-city area of Firestone, Frederick and Dacono, located north of Boulder. They have enlisted the help of realtor Dawn Geerson-Matesi to help with their hunt.
After living in their Dearborn Heights, Mich., home for 20 years, Sharon and Keith DeGrandchamp are ready for a change and want to buy a new house. Their grown sons, Curt and Gary, still live at home and will be making the move with them. And with son, Gary, as their real estate agent, Sharon and Keith feel confident theyll be able to find what they want. But will working with family really make their search easier?
Amy Solano is a 25-year-old career woman who has been living with her parents while saving up to buy a place of her own. She is finally ready to leave the nest, and she is a little nervous but also very excited to become a homeowner. She hopes to find a place with everything on her list without spending more than $215,000. Real estate agent Ryan Zinn signs on to help with the house hunt.
When Seana Fisher was ready to upgrade to a house, her oldest friend, real estate agent Heathermarie Griffin, took her to the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles and helped her find a 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath, art-deco style home. The place had as much personality and pizzazz as Fisher herself. Now, two years later, her life has changed dramatically. She has adopted another dog, and her music career has taken a new turn. She is ready to trade torch songs for country music, and is packing her bags and moving to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee. She wants to be close to the downtown music studios and clubs, but she wants a more residential feel than her ultra-urban L.A. neighborhood. Real estate agent Audra Thomas tackles the challenge.
Kelly McCreary, a 28-year-old account representative and part-time gymnastics teacher, currently lives on the outskirts of Wilmington, Del., a city known for its tax-free shopping. She is a self-professed shopaholic and packrat who has collected so much stuff she has outgrown her two-bedroom condo and has decided to buy a townhouse with more space. She wants to keep her search in or near her current neighborhood, and she's staying in familiar territory by re-teaming with Joan Goloskov, the realtor who helped her buy the condo she's in now.
Stacy Kish, originally from Connecticut, settled in Warwick, R.I., after college and has been living in a cramped one-bedroom rental that has given her a bad case of the blahs. She has been saving her cash and is now ready to strike out and buy her first home. Real estate agent Alayna Berek helps with the search.
Michael Kalil, an event planner at a popular Boston bar, is ready to leave his tiny, rundown apartment and buy a condo in his same North End neighborhood. But the commitment-phobic Michael is having trouble finding a condo he can stick with so he's asked pal and real estate agent Toni Gilardi for some help. Together, the duo are hoping to find the perfect move-in ready two-bed, two-bath condo that is within Michael's $500,000 price range.
Debi and John Perry have been living in Taylorsville, Utah, with their three young children. John has started a new job at Hill Air Force Base 30 miles away, and the long commute means he spends more time away from his young family than he likes. The Perrys have decided to sell their house in Taylorsville and move closer to the base. Helping them with their search is real estate agent Jenifer Meller.
Fayetteville, Ga., residents Kenya and Hason Graham are feeling squeezed in in their three-bedroom home. Though they have plenty of room outdoors, the Grahams want more room inside for their two sons, Riko and Aaron. They are hoping to find a move-in ready house with an open layout, roomy garage and large yard that is in the same great school district as their current place.
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