Season 39, Episode 2

Emma and Valerio Search for a Row Home in Baltimore

Valerio Mangano just moved from Milan, Italy to Baltimore Maryland to marry his longtime girlfriend Emma. They currently live in Emma's 1 bedroom apartment that's close to Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood. There isn't enough closet space in the bedroom so Valerio is living out of boxes and the kitchen is too small for Valerio to comfortably cook in. They want to buy a place together so that Valerio won't feel like he is just a guest in Emma's house. The couple wants to buy one of the traditional 3-story row homes common in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood. With their budget of $250,000 to $300,000, they want a row home that comes with parking and an outdoor space. Valerio's used to living in apartments in Italy, so he's excited to purchase a big home with several floors. Emma wants a place that doesn't need a lot of work so that they can enjoy being newlyweds and not fight about home improvement projects. The first row house that agent E.J. Villarreal takes them to see is a 2 bed, 2 bath, 1700 square foot place priced at $280,000. It has brick walls, central air, wood floors and a spacious renovated kitchen. There is a back deck but no parking pad and no roof deck. The master has a huge closet but there isn't alot of closet space in the rest of the house. The second row home they look at has 3 bedrooms and 1 and a half bathrooms in 1880 square feet. It's listed for $299,900. They like the charming master bedroom and the roof deck has amazing views, but the kitchen needs to be updated and there is no central air and no parking. The third row home they look at has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths in 1500 square feet. It's also listed for $299,900. This one has a rooftop deck, central air and a parking spot, but they aren't crazy about all the carpet and there is hardly any closet space. Emma and Valerio think it over and make their decision.
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