Now that Craig has finally finished his studies, he and his wife Jennifer are moving from Chicago to Milwaukee. She dreams of lots of space. He wants a short commute. And their two young daughters have ideas of their own. With a budget of $725K - $800K, their realtor, Mike Quinlevan must try to find a house in the outskirts of Milwaukee that will make everyone happy.
Over the last 3 years, Meg got a divorce, put her kids through college and got her own degree. After selling her house 6 months ago, she moved into her childhood home in Farmington, Michigan. While she loves being with her mom, she wants to buy a home for just her and her kids. Her friend Julie, who isn't afraid to express her opinions, is joining her on this house hunt. Can Meg's realtor, Ailene Corlin, find a place that Meg and Julie like and still stay within the $100,000 - $130,000 budget?
After the wedding, Jennifer and her two kids moved in with Keith and his three kids. Now that all seven of them are sharing a three bedroom/one-and-a-half bath home, the two boys are bunking in the unfinished basement and shower times for everyone are carefully regulated. Jennifer wants to hurry up and find an updated house with plenty of space, but Craig is determined that they don't exceed their $375,000 budget.
Sonya, a Maryland rocket scientist, loves her job and raising her 12 year-old daughter Jordan, but she's tired of living in a cramped rental in the suburbs near Washington D.C. She's looking to buy a home that's close to work as well as her daughter's weekday boarding school in Baltimore. With advice from her best friend Linette, and a budget range of $250,000 to $300,000, can Sonya find a move-in ready place with lots of charm but not too much yard for this busy space engineer to care for?
Lynne and Eugene have spent the last year and a half looking at over a hundred homes and still haven't found one they like. Problem is, they're very picky and want different types of homes. Lynne likes hip and modern, while Eugene wants a historic home. Now that they've accepted an offer on their condo, they're running out of time. Can their realtor, Dan Bernal, find a house that has everything they want within their $420,000 budget?
Ashley and Jeremy recently moved from Jonesborough, Tennessee to Knoxville. They're living in a small apartment while they search for a permanent home. But between their noisy neighbors, all of their belongings in storage and an unhappy bulldog used to a yard, they're ready to move into a house as soon as possible. Ashley and Jeremy can't wait to move out, but that doesn't mean Ashley is willing to compromise on what she wants. She has a very long and detailed wish list of exactly what she'd like in her new home. The challenge will be to find a home that has everything she wants but still fits into their tight budget. They've asked realtor Judi Starliper to spearhead their search. Can Judi find these picky buyers a house they'll be happy with? Find out as House Hunters travels to Knoxville!
Mark and Carla want out of their two-bedroom downtown Detroit condo and into a roomy suburban house where they can raise their growing family. Both children of immigrants and avid cooks, they have dreams of a big open kitchen where they can entertain extended family, a yard for their young girls to play in and a studio space where Mark can work on his art projects. The trick is finding all this without going over their budget of $300,000.
Once a homeless addict who spent his nights in a park, Mike is now a successful architect and condo owner who's eager to buy a single family home with his wife Shawna in Orange County, California. While they have a $450,000 budget, it may not be enough to buy a dream home in the pricey town of Mission Viejo. Will a competitive real estate market force these newlyweds to settle for a condo, or can they find a house that satisfies their wish list: something move-in ready, with space for Shawna's shoes, and the kind of open layout Mike prefers?
Now that they have a toddler and a baby, Ryan and Apryl have outgrown their 2 bedroom rental home and are anxious to buy their first house in the Washington D.C. suburbs. With their lease set to expire in a few months, they're in a rush to find a place. Problem is, Ryan must have a "man cave" and Apryl wants to make sure their home has all the right details. With a budget of $350,000 and time running out, can they find a place that makes them both happy?
Even though he is only twenty-one and just out of college, Brian is convinced he would be better off buying a home than renting one - as long as he stays within his budget of $100K - $130K. Since he is new to St. Louis and new to house hunting, his mother Marion has come with him from New York to help him with his search. She has definite ideas of what he should look for and is not at all shy about voicing her opinions!
After nine years of Las Vegas living, Audrie and Bill are returning back to where it all began ? Michigan. This couple first met in the 5th grade, and have been together ever since. After being crowned ''Miss Michigan", Audrie, a long time dancer, performed with Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. She and Bill lived happily in the desert until the birth of their son, William. They missed their 'home,' and wanted William to grow up in the same environment where they first met. So they packed up their things and moved into his mother's 2-bedroom condo in Livonia, MI, where they've been living for the last 9 months. Although they're grateful to have a place to crash, this couple can't wait to find their own house. Thus far, they've been really disappointed in their search. They thought with their budget they could have their pick of properties in the Midwest, but with the decline of home values in Michigan, not many people are putting their houses on the market. Not helping the matter is Audrie's issue with resale homes. She has a tough time seeing past the grit that often accompanies older homes. Will they be able to find a place that works for them or will they be forced to stay even longer with Bill's mother?
Single mom Kelly just moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to take a public relations job with the US Navy. The 34 year-old has been living at her mother's place for several months, and while she appreciates the hospitality, she's growing tired of being treated like a baby and wants to buy a place of her own. With a budget of 155 thousand dollars, Kelly's confident she can find the perfect starter home, but her overprotective mother, who'll join her on the tours, worries Kelly will pick a home with dangerous problems. Which mother knows best?
Both originally from the Midwest, Ryan and Shelley moved to Southern California for the great weather and laid-back beach lifestyle, and met and fell in love shortly after arriving. While they've been happy in their rental apartment near the beach in beautiful Santa Monica, Ryan is ready to invest in a condo of his own, and wants Shelley to live with him. She'll help him search for a property in the neighborhoods close to Santa Monica Beach, but even with a budget of half a million dollars, finding a condo that's in decent condition, with enough elbow room for two, will be a major challenge in one of the priciest real estate markets in America.
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