After living in a small one-bedroom apartment in Houston for a year, Matt and Suzanne Stillings are ready to settle into home ownership. With a maximum budget of $400,000, they have decided to look for a home within Houston's ''Loop,'' preferably in Midtown. They want a spacious three-bedroom, two-bath home, and their wish list includes a yard, possibly a pool, storage for bikes, surfboards and watercraft and space for an herb garden.
Heath Owen and Cara Hudson are a young Nashville couple ready to buy a house together. Currently, they spend most of their time at Cara's house, which she calls the boring box. Anxious to have more room, their goal is to find a home with at least four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large open kitchen. Their price range is between $400-500,000, and they're hoping that can go a long way in the Nashville market.
Meridee Wilson and Sarah Berrin live together with their two dogs in a rental in the suburbs of San Francisco, but they miss the sights and sounds of the city. They're ready to purchase a home in San Francisco, hopefully one with plenty of room for entertaining, modern appliances and within walking distance of a park for their dogs. While their wish list seems pretty basic, Meridee and Sarah know that San Francisco's real estate market is one of the priciest in the nation and with a budget of just $450,00, they know that they may not get all they desire.
Anne and Chip Johnson have their roots firmly planted in New Orleans where they're raising their four children, including a set of triplets. While looking for a home twice the size of their current place, they're concerned that their budget might not be enough for the four-bedroom home with a large yard that they hope to find.
Scott Baker and Shasta Bridges moved to Atlanta several years ago, got married and moved into Scott's place in Decatur, a suburb to the west of Atlanta. With only two bedrooms, the second bedroom serves as both a guest room and an office for the two of them. They're looking for a new home with at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms and enough space for entertaining and work at home, all for under $400,000. That price point may be a challenge, so they're willing to look all over the city of Atlanta and its many suburbs.
Byron DeJesus and Jackie Wilson have been together for ten years now. They currently live in Jackie's place and have decided it's time to purchase their first home together. Although they appreciate the convenient location of where they live now, the nearby airport is noisy and several of the home's rooms are too small - including the one-car garage. In their new place, they hope to find a home in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina with at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms and plenty of space to entertain.
Gina and Rich Strogan are a young couple who have been sub-letting a townhouse not far from Charleston, South Carolina. With a move-out deadline fast approaching, they've begun searching for homes in the nearby town of Summerville. With a budget of up to $270,000, their goal is to find a home that's move-in ready with a fenced yard for their dogs, a living room that isn't carpeted and a screened porch.
Sheila Murphy and Richard Crisp met in Europe, got married and had their three kids there. Born in the United States, Sheila convinced her family that it was time to move back. For more than a year, they have lived in an apartment in Yonkers, New York, and they're finally ready to put down roots there and purchase a home. Richard wants a yard and a garden, Sheila wants a big kitchen, and the kids want their own rooms plus a playroom for their toys.
Thirty-somethings Brendan and Kelly Walsh have lived in Washington, D.C. for the past seven years and are now expecting a child. They currently live in a 750-square foot apartment in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in D.C. With limited storage space and a baby on the way, they'd love to find a larger home where their living room doesn?t do triple duty as a dining room and guest bedroom. Home prices in downtown D.C. have pushed their search into Alexandria, Virginia where they hope to find a condo that's close to the city and has plenty of restaurants and entertainment options nearby.
After 11 years of renting with roommates, Karen Heilesen is ready to own a home of her own. Searching in Corvallis and Portland, Oregon, she seeks co-housing with people from all ages and walks of life, shared electricity, energy efficient construction and open communal space for gatherings. Additionally, she'd like a home with a modern kitchen, an open layout and a small yard. Finding all of these things within a $250,000 budget may be a challenge, so she's enlisted the help of realtor Abe Drabkin who specializes in co-housing projects in the Portland area.
For the past two years, Kate Burwinkel and Joe Liszewski have rented a cramped one-bedroom loft in the college town of Davis, California. The future newlyweds have their hearts set on buying a modern home with a lot more space, complete with three bedrooms, at least two bathrooms and a spacious kitchen. Their wish list also includes earth-friendly features, such as a garden, solar energy panels, recycled glass countertops, dual flush toilets, a tankless water heater and energy efficient windows. They have a budget of $350,000, know exactly what they're looking for and have asked realtor Joanna Greenly to help them find it.
Stan and Colette Corwin live in large home in Alva, Florida that features cozy alcoves where the couple practice meditation and yoga. They've decided that they want to live greener and have begun the search for a new home in Asheville, North Carolina. Ideally, they want a home that has a space for Stan to garden and is located close to a like-minded community of people dedicated to leaving a light footprint on Mother Earth. To help them in their hunt, Stan and Colette are relying on their good friend and realtor Bill Westel from Eco-Steward Realty.
Bill Pedersen and Patricia Hovda are planning to move in together in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. They've decided to invest in a green home and have a substantial budget of $1 million. Their must-have list has three major criteria; it must be green, it must have a view, and it must be around 4,000 square feet. To help them secure a good investment, Bill and Trish are bringing broker Scott Gibbons on board.
The winds of change are blowing around Dan and Marissa Heflin. With Dan's job relocating him to the suburbs of Sacramento, they're switching city life in Long Beach for rural living in Auburn County, California. With an eco-friendly home in mind, they also hope to have three bedrooms and separate workspaces for their writing and musical pursuits. Next on the list is an updated kitchen with energy-efficient appliances and sustainable materials. With a budget of $375,000, the Heflins have called on real estate agent Marti Messina for her expertise.
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