Paula Antonevich and Patrick Sanders have lived in Seattle for a couple of years, and theyve enjoyed all the city has to offer. Now theyre ready to buy their first home. When Paula moved into Patricks 800-square-foot rental, his place went from cozy to cramped, so they have begun looking for a home in the town of Everett, Wash., 40 miles to the north. Helping them out in their search is realtor Aleta J. Kennedy.
Laurie and Jeff Smith's family is of the many military families currently living at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. Their base housing is fine, except that it's so cramped that only two of their four children are able to live with them. The rest are staying nearby with their grandmother. After 13 years of moving from place to place, they want to buy their own home, with enough space to bring their family back together under one roof.
After living in New Orleans for a year, Romy Kittrell and her husband Lance Vargas are ecstatic about finally buying a home. Lured by the decadent food, classic architecture and soulful music that seems to lurk around every corner, this eclectic twosome has been renting a two-bedroom shotgun-style home in the upscale neighborhood of Bayou Saint John. With a modest budget of $175,000, they are ready to start looking for a home in the less-expensive Algiers Point, just across the Mississippi.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Austin, Texas, is the little suburb of Round Rock, which has grown rapidly in recent years, thanks to the high-tech companies that make their home there. With so much happening, it's no surprise that 20-year-old Nick Cottingham wants to be a part of it. He currently owns a condo on a golf course that he really loves, but it's just not enough. He has decided to buy a home of his own and as a bonus, his parents are giving him the down payment, just like they did for their other two children. He wants his new place to have room for growth, as his priorities change throughout the next several years. Real estate broker J. Rene Ward is a neighbor of Cottingham's parents, and has signed on to help with the house hunt.
Cody Sohn and Trent Mitchell have been dating long distance for more than a year. Now they want to buy a place together in the Phoenix area, where Trent lives. They have enlisted the help of the real estate twins, Jennifer Hibbard and Christine Kinchen, to help them find a midcentury-style home in the hot Phoenix market.
Heather, a native of southern California, loves San Diego and its proximity to the mountains, canyons and Mexico. Scott, a Georgia native, is crazy about the unbeatable San Diego climate. They both love surfing, bike riding and beach volleyball. Right now they each have their own apartments, but with plans to marry in the future, they are ready to put apartment dwelling behind them and buy a home of their own. They turn to real estate agent Joby Paradiso-Francis to help them stay within their budget and get off to a solid start.
Thirty-something Dolly Johnson has had it with the rental lifestyle in suburban Detroit. She is finally ready to make the leap to being a homeowner, but there is just one problem she's got champagne taste on a beer budget. Can realtor Aileen Potter help find this first-time homeowner something in her price range?
Rick Samuelson, a health-care administrator, and his wife Darla, a graduate student and part-time charity worker, have loved raising their four children in the Portland, Ore., suburb of Tigard. But as the kids have gotten older, the house seems to have gotten smaller. They have decided to move to a more family-friendly place and would like something with a large backyard and open rooms for family gatherings. Though they want to stay in Tigard, they would love to find a place that's not in a "cookie cutter" neighborhood. Real estate expert Tony Kelly thinks he can help them find the perfect place.
Leslie and Art Solnick are ready to become homeowners in the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y. They have been renting a home in East Moriches on Long Island, but their lease is almost up. They are ready to fulfill their lifelong dream of living in the Hamptons with their three show dogs Gracie, Paige and Dennis. Hamptons real estate agent Jon Holderer will be guiding them as they search for their beachside townhome.
Joe and Brenda Morra love raising their four children in Dublin, Ga. But their four-bedroom home just isn't big enough for this family of six. So when Joe's company needed a new leader for a paper mill in Alabama, they decided the time was right for a move to Mobile! They are looking for a five-bedroom house so everyone can have their own space. An open floor plan and a swimming pool are also on the wish list. Real estate agent Barbara Reeves tackles the challenge of helping the Morras find just the right place.
Melina Andron and Christopher Dillon are a newly engaged couple with plans to wed in just a few months. Right now, the two are living at home with their respective parents in the suburbs of Minneapolis. They are excited about building a future together, but they also know their cushy lifestyles will change dramatically once they leave their nests. To help with the transition, they have enlisted the help of real estate agent Evangeline (Vangie) Nicklow. They know they may not find a place with everything they want for their target price, but they are eager to give it a shot.
Diane and Greg Day left Montgomery, Ala., five years ago for an Air Force posting in California. Now they have two children, Sarah Jo and Jacob, and the family has been transferred back to their sweet home Alabama. They have been staying in temporary housing on base, but they have only 30 days to find, buy and move into their own place! They are looking for a four-bedroom house in the nearby town of Millbrook. They would like to have a huge backyard for the kids and a big kitchen and dining area for entertaining. Helping them on their search is real estate agent Diana Mills who has worked with a lot of military families in the past.
Jenny and Shawn Kohl are living in a cramped temporary apartment in Nashville with their daughters Mattie and Emma and their two dogs. They want to find a home with plenty of space inside and out, in a family-friendly area with good schools and an easy commute for Shawn. The Kohls have asked realtor Mickey Ryan to help them find a home in Franklin, Tenn., a booming and somewhat pricey suburb just south of Nashville.
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