Trish and Ryan Valley and their two kids just moved all the way from Ottawa, Canada to Dallas, Texas. While looking for a home to buy, they're staying with long-time friends who recently made the move from Ottawa to the Dallas suburb of Keller. Trish wants to find a home in Keller, to be close to their friends, but that would mean a nightmare commute for Ryan, whose job is an hour and a half away in downtown Dallas. They'll look at a home in Keller, a home in Dallas, and a home part-way in between the two. Which one will they choose?
Sarah and Weber were tired of the cold Minnesota winters, so they were excited about moving to Tampa, Florida when Weber found a job there.Since Weber's parents own a vacation home in the area, they offered to let the couple and their two small children move in until they found a permanent place. But after several months, it has become a little too crowded with six people all living in the small home. Add to that, Weber has to commute a minimum of 3 hours a day and it's frustrating for everyone, to say the least.They're desperate to find a place, but they'd like to stay below $500,000. They thought they'd be able to find a nice, large home for that price based on everything they'd heard about the Florida real estate market, but they quickly realized that wouldn't be the case since they are looking for a house in a good school district, and they're particular about the condition of the home. Can they find a house that's big enough, in the right neighborhood and the condition they want but most importantly for the price they're willing to spend? Find out when House Hunters goes to Tampa, Florida.
Linda and John love living the rugged outdoor life in the dream home they built on a Montana mountain top. But, after living there for 2 years, they've discovered the daily drive to their kids school and running errands in the town of Whitefish is a real grind. So, Linda has persuaded her husband John to buy a second home in town. The challenge is to find a place that's within John's budget of $250K - $350K and has all of the high end upgrades their used to having.
Josh and Amy are ready to marry, and ready to buy their first home together in Nashville, Tennessee. They hope to combine the two, by finding a house with a wedding-ready back yard. They'll get help with the house hunt from Amy's twin sister, and Mom. Their challenge is deciding what they value most? a great back yard for the wedding? Close proximity to Amy's twin sister and mom? Or space to grow?
MIT grads Vidya and Nigel, moved to the Bay Area for high tech jobs. After saving for years, they're ready to buy their first home. But, with her job in the heart of San Francisco and his in Silicon Valley, they're torn between getting a place in the city where they like to hang out or the suburbs which would make Nigel's commute easier. Can their agent Herman Chan, who is Vidya's old high school friend, help them find a place that can make them both happy?
Valerie is looking for her first home in Seattle, but she won't settle for the average starter house. With her fascination with odd collectibles, including a whale skull coffee table and a stuffed squirrel, she admits she has quirky tastes, and wants her new house to reflect that quality. She's willing to spend close to $400,000 to find a place that's as unique as she is, and she's not afraid of a fixer. Can her friend Mary Jo help her locate the home of her dreams, and keep Valerie from taking on a project that's more than she can handle?
Since landing her first job as a nurse, 24 year-old Justine has been ready to move out of her parents' 7000 square foot historical home and buy her first place. But finding a traditional-style condo in trendy parts of her hometown of Kansas City might be harder than she expects. She'll be taking her most honest critic along for the ride: her Mom. With a tiny budget, Justine's in for a real world wake up call which could prove that you can go home again, but buying one there is quite another matter.
Just after Tya and Sherman tied the knot, he went off on a seven month deployment for the Navy. Tya, who has been living in Pomona with her daughter Alaysja, is anxious to buy a home they can all live in before he returns. With a budget of $350,000, can her agent, Lisa Cupp, find the right place for them?
After struggling with infertility, Kansas couple Ben and Julie hope to leave bad memories behind by starting over in a new home. But with a very low budget, and a tiny search area near the church where Ben works as a youth pastor, their hopes may be in jeopardy. After the most difficult year of their lives, will their house hunt lead to more disappointment and heartbreak?
After moving from Washington D.C. to work at Kent State University in Ohio, Gene has decided it's time to stop throwing money away on a rental and find a home of his own. He's been renting a 2 bedroom apartment for over 3 years and he's tired of it being so uninviting to his guests. In his new place, he'll be looking for a condo with little to no maintenance because he travels a lot for work and doesn't want to come home to chores. He'd also like something bigger than his current place, ideally with hardwood floors and multiple bedrooms. Because Gene is colorblind he's asked his best friend Norman who is an interior designer to join him on his search for a place. Gene will also have Norman decorate the condo and make it colorful and inviting. Armed with realtor Katy Brahler and his opinionated friend, will Gene find what he's looking for? Find out as House Hunters goes to Cleveland, Ohio.
David and Christina are not only newlyweds, they also teach in the same 4th grade classroom. Now they're embarking on their next project: buying their first home in Los Angeles. The couple wants to live near the private school where they work, in the upscale San Fernando Valley town of Sherman Oaks. They love to bike through the canyons south of legendary Ventura Boulevard, but the real estate prices in that area often start in the millions of dollars, so they'll settle for buying a place that's close to Ventura. But even with that compromise, with a budget of $550,000, can they find a starter home that's big enough, and updated enough, to meet their exacting tastes?
Washington DC Newlyweds Justin and Joanne have been living in his bachelor pad with two roommates for way too long. They're on the hunt for a vintage row house on Capitol Hill, but she wants a fixer and he wants move-in ready. After touring a vintage home that's been gutted and left to rot, a renovated place way out of their price range, and another with no charm, will they find something that either of them wants, or end up stuck in the bachelor pad forever?
Ewa and Patty enjoyed city living in Boston while he was pursuing his MBA. They recently became parents and have decided to make the transition to a more traditional suburban lifestyle near Patty's family, in Buffalo Grove, IL. Until they find a home, they're living with Patty's parents, which has presented its own set of challenges. So they'd like to buy a home as soon as possible. However, this is proving to be more difficult than they expected because they want a home with lots of value and with a low price. How much are the Tams willing to sacrifice? Tune in to see as House Hunters goes to Buffalo Grove, IL.
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