Jon and Tammy have been searching for a house that fits their $200,000 price point and their family for a year. After one failed offer, they move their search from Vancouver back to their first-choice city of Portland. Their realtor finds a newly built home that qualifies for a tax abatement which will make the house payments affordable. But will this couple qualify for the city tax program and finally find their first place?
Nicole lives in her parents' basement and can't wait to get her first place and some privacy. With her mom by her side, this budget-minded buyer will have to balance her pickyness with her price point. When she thinks she may have found the condo of her dreams, will she push her finances to the limit or be forced to continue living with Mom and Dad?
Bob and Matt hope to create and ''urban homestead'' in Portland. But they first have to agree on a price point. That issue heats up when they find their dream home and begin tough negotiations with the seller. Counteroffers fly back and forth, and the whole deal comes down to a leaking hot water heater discovered during inspection.
For Chris Chan, buying a home in Chinatown would allow him to stay close to work in Washington D.C. and also stay connected to his heritage in a neighborhood he grew to love as a renter. After a long search in this expensive city and some tough negotiating, he finally gets a good deal on his dream condo. But surprise lending restrictions on new construction bring everything to a halt. For months, the only thing Chris can do is wait and wonder whether he'll ever get to close on his first place.
Amber and Zaven need a first place where they can rock out and entertain without annoying their neighbors. But with jobs downtown and no car, they can't stray too far into the 'burbs. They're gonna have to make some big sacrifices in order to find a place that suits their lifestyle.
Andre and Katina are looking for their first place in the suburbs west of Philadelphia. Andre is blind, so he wants to be near public transportation to remain independent. They are consistently disappointed at their price point. Finally, they find THE house, only to learn that the basement is thoroughly wet and the walls have mold. Will they walk away from the one house they like, or find a solution to buy their first place?
Scott's needs for his first place are relatively simple, 3 bedrooms, 1 or 2 bathrooms and space for a home theater. Or so it seems. But after looking at 70 houses, Scott's not sure a house he can afford and live in exists. But house number 71 seems to be the answer to his dreams, until the inspection reveals that the roof is close to failing. Scott must negotiate for the new roof he needs to get a loan or walk away and start the search over again.
Carolyn, Joaquin, and Carolyn's daughter Sylvia are thrilled to search for their first place together as a new family. But their tight budget and Sylvia's severe allergies will make it tough to find something that's in-line with their must-haves. When they think they may have found the perfect spot, they'll have to push their limits to compete with eight other offers.
Paula wants to buy a house near her job in Wilmington, Delaware for all the right reasons, but she has one unusual requirement for her first place. She must buy a house with a room big enough for a pool table. It takes a search of 50 plus homes before she finds a fixer-upper that meets her needs. After a brief negotiation and inspection period, Paula learns that the home's deck may have to come down which will keep Paula from buying the home. Six long weeks pass before Paula learns the decks stays and she gets to roll up her sleeves, clean up the house, and play pool on the surprise table gift from HGTV.
Kiya and Brian are leaving an amazing apartment in downtown Portland for the security of home ownership. But their price range is far below their current standard of living. Lengthy negotiations on a fixer upper end in disappointment. Then, a loan sale at a local bank puts them in a new price bracket and a different league of homes. Kiya is ready to jump at a move-in-ready new build, but Brian never quite believes this is a good idea. But his fiancee's excitement and the bank's assurances convince Brian to take the leap. They might be a little house poor for a couple of years, but the 3-bedroom home will be a great place to start their new life together.
Lindsay went shopping for a home, hoping that she would hear news soon about a federal grant that would allow her to remain employed for the following five years. Because she didn't want to make any offers without job security, she is forced to lose out on one home that she hoped to buy. But fortunately she finds another house she loves. And, when she gets good news about her future employment, she puts in an offer the same day. Because it's new construction, an eager builder agrees to include a long list of upgrades for the price Lindsay was willing to pay for the standard home.
Sean and Antonietta are committed to buying an older home near downtown Philadelphia. But as young professionals they don't have the time or skills to get a true fixer-upper. The only problem is that their budget prohibits most move-in ready homes they've seen. When they finally find the house with the perfect price and easy renovations, a previous inspection threatens to send them back to the search.
David's got a fear of ghosts and refuses to buy a first place that could be haunted. But he'll have to overcome more than evil spirits to get into his dream home. His patience and tight timeline will be tested as he's forced to rethink his entire home-buying strategy.
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