Josh and Michelle have been dating for over a year and he recently popped the question. Now this engaged couple is ready to find a home and start their new life together. They both currently live the Wrigleyville area of Chicago and since their rental leases are nearly up, the time seems perfect to buy a home together. They'd like to stay in the Wrigleyville area; unfortunately most homes in that area are above their $400,000 to $450,000 budget. Another option they've considered is purchasing a multi-unit property and becoming landlords. The additional income from a renter means their budget could increase to $600,000. Their realtor starts off buy showing them a single family home that falls within their budget. It's a 2-bedroom coach home listed for $440,000. A coach home is typically a single-family home located behind a main property. This one is behind a condominium unit. The next place they look at is a multi-family property priced at $575,000. It has a 2000 square foot owners unit and 2 rental properties. The next option is a $574,000 multi-unit property. This one has a 1700 square foot owners unit and 1 rental property. Josh and Michelle have a big decision to make. Do they want to go with a single-family home or be responsible for rental units in a multi-family home?
Newlyweds Anthony and Kellie knew they wanted to eventually buy a home in the Burlington Vermont area. But, when they qualified for a Federal Tax Incentive program which allowed them to buy a home with no down payment and a low interest loan, they decided to start looking now. Even though this is a great opportunity, they don't want to overextend themselves and want to stick to their $250,000 budget. Paying the bills is their number one priority. Broker Adam Hergenrother is determined to help these first time buyers navigate the real estate market. He shows them a place with a huge finished basement for $260,000, a split level home for $240,000 and an older upgraded home for $250,000. With so much riding on their decision, which one will be their future home?
Kelly and Mac love living in Orange County, California and are ready to buy their first home. But, when it comes to their budget, Kelly isn't much of a risk taker and Mac isn't afraid to spend more to get what they want. With plans to have kids, they would like a home with enough room to possibly raise a family. They would prefer to find a place in Costa Mesa, California, which is centrally located between their jobs. But, with real estate prices on the higher end in Costa Mesa, their broker, Brandi Vanderbeek, has her job cut out for her.
Chris and Lali Castro can finally afford their first home in Sacramento, California, but only if they buy a short sale property. Buying a short sale is a time consuming process, but if they're successful, they'll get a lot of house for not a lot of money. Unfortunately, the lease is up on their current rental so Chris and Lali are under extra pressure to move fast. Will these stressed out buyers succeed?
For several years, April and John Worden have sacrificed space and sunlight so they could afford to live in the heart of Boston. They love the city's energy and history so much, that they've been renting a tiny, dark apartment. But now that they are expecting their first child, they are eager to buy a condo with spacious rooms, natural light, and maybe even a view of the city they love. Can local real estate agent Kathleen Alexander help them find what they're looking for? She shows them two condos in the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown, and one in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale. Which one will they choose as Baby Worden's first home? Find out, when House Hunters travels to historic Boston, Massachusetts.
Doug's a single dad of 3 teenage daughters and they're all sharing one bathroom in their current cramped home. He wants to find a larger home where they can spread out and build great memories that will last a lifetime. They're looking for a home in the Indian Hill area outside of Cincinnatti, Ohio. They'll check out three very different homes but will they find one they can all agree on?
After getting engaged last year, Molly Smith and Adam McDevitt decided to take the next big step and buy a house together. They want a large renovated historic house that's close to their favorite shops and restaurants in the hip neighborhood of East Nashville. But with a modest budget of $250,000 will they have to sacrifice size for location?
First-time buyers Adit and Mansai search for a condo in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Chris and Allison have run out of space in their small Chicago condo, and now that they are expecting their second child, things are going to get really crowded. They're hoping to find a spacious condo with a large backyard in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, but with Allison's due date only a month away, they don't have much time to find their ideal place. With such a short time line, can their real estate agent get them everything they are looking for?
Rex and Jessica Griffin have spent the past 4 years in a 327 square foot studio apartment, all so they could save up enough for a down payment on their first home. They're interested in buying a short sale where they'll get a lot of house for their money. But after being burned once before, their wary of becoming too emotionally invested in a house too soon. Will they finally succeed and buy the bigger home they've been saving so long for?
Empty nesters Don and Cheryl are ready for a new chapter in their lives. Don had the opportunity to work for the largest surf shop in the world so they packed up and moved to Cocoa Beach, Florida. They're currently renting a condo by the beach until they find their permanent home, and the couple has fallen in love with living by the water. Now Don and Cheryl have their hearts set on a spacious new home that is right on the water. Their real estate agent has several great options in the Cocoa Beach area for the couple to chose from. One is a home right on a river, another is large place that's a block from the beach and another option is a condo overlooking the ocean. Which place will Don and Cheryl decide they will call their brand new home?
Adrienne owns and operates a homeware design firm that specializes in high end hardware details. While she loves running her own business, she is constantly busy. She has come to the conclusion that the only way she can unwind is to buy a vacation home. She picked Palm Springs, because she loves the modern architecture and relaxed vibe. More importantly, it's a short drive from her home in Los Angeles. She's very close to her sisters and their families, who also live in LA. So, she wants to find a home that's big enough for her entire family. Adrienne is a saavy businesswoman, who knows exactly what she wants and is determined to get it for her $550,000 budget. With a list that includes 4 bedrooms, mountain views, a pool and spa and plenty of entertaining space, her friend and realtor, Frank Riela has a tall order to fill.
Traci and Josh love living in Lubbock, Texas. But now that Traci's younger sister moved into their small rental, they are anxious to get a place with more space. They want to buy a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that's big enough for the three of them and their four pets. Since Lubbock is the medical hub for the area, the economy is consistently stable and the real estate prices are competitive. That's why Traci and Josh are turning to realtor Dan Williams to help them find a home in this seller's market.
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