Newlyweds, Jenny & Grant, want to stay close to their hometown of Overland Park, Kansas to shop for a starter home they won't outgrow too fast. They want a great kitchen, a fenced yard for their dogs and a finished basement Grant can use as a media room. Their challenge is finding it all for about $300K.
Amy & Josh Kell took a financial bath when they sold their home in an emerging neighborhood in Chicago. They lost $140,000 in the deal and are a bit gun shy as they embark on buying a home in St. Louis, Missouri. This time around they're determined to spend no more than $425,000 and they want to buy in an established neighborhood. The first home they see is a Victorian with a huge yard that would be great for their 2-year-old son Trevor. But a noisy highway and outdated interior kills the deal for Amy. They see two more homes, but both have problems. Will they be able to settle for a less than perfect home?
Farrah and David used to love their three-story townhome in Raleigh, North Carolina, but now that they have a toddler, it's no longer a good fit. Farrah works part time from home and the home's layout makes it difficult for her to work and keep an eye on one-year-old Riley. David, a business consultant, is tired of hauling laundry from the basement up to their second floor bedrooms. First they see a $329,900, four-bedroom Craftsman style home with a big back yard, but the kitchen has laminate countertops, which they don't like. Next they tour a $300,000, four-bedroom home with a spacious family room with two-story high ceilings, but the backyard doesn't have a fence and that could be trouble for their toddler and their dogs. Their last option is a $315,000 Colonial home with stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, but the home's long walk from the driveway in the back to the front door is a turnoff. Which home will Farrah and David choose to be Riley's childhood home?
Michelle and Eric were excited to buy a home in the environmentally friendly and outdoorsy community of Boulder, Colorado. But sticker shock derailed them. They realized their $350,000 budget wouldn't go very far in pricey, trendy Boulder. So, they've decided to look in the bedroom community of Louisville for a three bedroom home with a big yard for their dog. The environmentally friendly couple also hope to put up solar panels, grow vegetables and have a composter. To complete their eco-lifestyle, they bike to see potential homes. The first home is a four-bedroom tri-level, but the kitchen is outdated and Michelle doesn't like the floor plan. The second home has loads of sunlight and a great layout, but it backs up to a busy street. The third home has an open floor plan, but the back yard is extremely steep and they worry about their dog and whether they can have much of a garden.
Newlywed couple in St. Louis wants a home with a garage for their mountain bikes, a quiet place to bar-b-que and a big enough space for their brand new dining room set. But finding all three in one house isn't going to be easy. First they see a two-story home with a great floor plan and room for the dining room set. But the kitchen needs a major renovation and the backyard is just a steep slope. The next home has a brand new kitchen and quiet yard with plenty of space to entertain. On the downside, the dining room set will not fit the home's dining room. The third house has a split-level floor plan with a wet bar in the basement family room and plenty of space for their dining set. But outside, traffic noise from a busy street downgrades the backyard.
An Atlanta couple committed to heavy business travel gets ready to trade in their jet setting life to become homebodies and start a family. They first see a $380K remodeled bungalow with a great backyard. But, the home is a bit quirky with sloped walls in the bedroom and checkerboard flooring. The second house is a Cape Cod style priced at $375K. It also has a big backyard and an attic they could renovate into a master retreat, but the master bedroom is small and they would have to share the master bathroom with guests. The third home is a ranch style in foreclosure and listed for $385K. It has more space than the other two and includes a swimming pool. But the home is damaged with holes in the walls and missing fixtures plus the pool needs major repairs. Will LaDonna and Darnell take a chance on the neglected foreclosure or go for one of the move-in ready options?
Que is a single mom who is engaged to middle school principal, James. Together they search for the house where they'll all live after they are married. They want a home big enough for them and Que's daughter, plus brothers and sisters that may expand the family in the future.
Susan and Joji are newlyweds whose relationship has turned into a weekend arrangement. Susan lives and works in Philadelphia and Joji drives in on weekends from his job in New York. They want to share a home but need to find one midway between their jobs and decide on Langhorne, Pennsylvania, which is a commutable distance for both. First they see a two-story Colonial style home listed at $419K. They like the finished basement, but they notice a water leak which concerns them and the master bathroom needs to be updated. The second house is newly built and listed at $424K. It has a modern feel, but it's on a busy road and the backyard doesn't feel private. Their third choice is listed at $399K and has a great backyard, with a deck, gazebo and a hot tub. But the floor plan is a tight squeeze. Which home will finally bring these newlyweds together full-time?
Amanda & Christie recently married and are hoping to find a house that is near the beach but that is big enough for them to raise their future children in. Amanda says she won't compromise when she buys this house, but their budget might not be big enough to get them right on the water.
Jess and John got married in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania two years ago and have returned with plans to buy their first home there. The charming city offers affordable home prices and is close to the school where John is getting his teaching degree. They love the town because it is pedestrian-friendly and surrounded by the battlefields and monuments of the Civil War. But they soon discover that homes in their $245K price range are outdated and in need of serious renovation. The first home they see is a Cape Cod style priced at $228,900. They like the original wood floors and built-in cabinets, but not the den that is crowded by a chimney that takes up most of the room. The kitchen needs updating including new flooring and countertops. The second home, priced at $239,000, has a stunning view of an historic battlefield park and features charming original wood detail and a big back yard. On the downside, the two bathrooms are tiny and have crumbling tile and fixtures that need replacing. The third home, priced at $244,900, is a Victorian charmer that's a short walk to the town square and across the street from Gettysburg College. They love the original gingerbread trim and the stained glass windows. But inside, two out of the three bathrooms have been demolished and not restored. All three homes will need some major renovation. Jess and John have to decide which one they want to take on.
Sanjay, an ER doctor and his wife, Jodi, are searching Durham, North Carolina, for a larger home that can accommodate their two-year-old son and a baby sister who's on the way. They want an in-law suite so Sanjay's parents can visit from India, and maybe, live with them one day. The first home they see is a $675K Cape Cod style house with a big, sunny kitchen, but a backyard that feels chopped-up. Jodi also doesn't like having the master bedroom and the kids bedrooms on separate floors. The second home is a $695K historic charmer, built in 1925, and loaded with original details including the original icebox in the kitchen. On the downside, they would have to share a bathroom with their kids upstairs. The last house is the least expensive ? a Colonial priced at $659K. The backyard is big and fenced, but the upstairs bathrooms are small and old fashioned with tile Sanjay calls ''grotesque.'' So which home will they choose for their growing family?
Rhonda King has been driving her belongings around in a U-haul ever since her Atlanta, Georgia apartment flooded four times in two months. She's been camping out with friends and has set her sites on buying a downtown loft to call home. She wants a great view and an updated kitchen. She sees three different lofts in the heart of Atlanta. The first is inside an old cotton warehouse. She likes the exposed brick and concrete, but a weird concrete pillar in the bathroom ruins the flow of the unit. Rhonda loves another loft with a fancy kitchen and rooftop pool with killer views, but the unit's bathroom is a design nightmare with tile more suited to a gymnasium. The third place Rhonda sees is on the 15th floor of a downtown high rise with stunning views, but the laundry is in the kitchen and access to the refrigerator is awkward. Rhonda is ready to say good-bye to her nomad lifestyle and settle down. Which place will she choose?
Newlyweds Tracy and Matt are tired of following their jobs around the country and are following their hearts back to their hometown of Chester Count, PA. They want a house big enough to start their family. The first house they look at is an updated Colonial listed at $369,900. They like the backyard pool, but are not sure they can deal with the tiny kitchen. The second house sits on a one acre lot and is listed at $339,900. There's space to grow, but the house needs a lot of updates. The third house is a four bedroom with all the updates plus a great backyard and neighborhood pool. But at $389,900 it's $10,000 dollars over their budget. Which one will they choose?
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