Joe wants to walk to work, so he's looking for his first place in some of Philadelphia's most desirable neighborhoods. After touring shoebox after shoebox, Joe decides to move just a few blocks further out and finds a house that seems to be the perfect fit. But an inspection turns up serious issues that could make the house un-insurable.
A disastrous rookie mistake gives Adrienne and Tom a crash course in negotiating. After being forced to start their search from scratch, will they risk real estate heartbreak again and ultimately decide to put their first place on hold?
Ginny's set on buying her first place in only one neighborhood, but will her budget get her an updated older first place that's and problem-free? She discovers that with older homes often come bigger problems, which may leave Ginny with more than she bargained for. How much will Ginny compromiseto get her first place within her favorite zip code?
Newlyweds Angel and Quentin are stuck living in Quentin's bachelor pad, but Angel is insisting they get a place of their own. But with her high standards and his frugal nature, they may never agree on a first place. They're forced to look outside of their comfort zone, but will they like what they find?
Kimmi and Dave start by looking for a townhouse in Beaverton, OR, but every property they see is too small, has high HOA fees and doesn't have their main must-have: a poker room. Once they switch to looking at single family homes they bid three times in six days. When they're finally under contrat, they find that the appraisal comes in lower than the agreed on price. Will this couple ever find their first place?
Nzingha is the ultimate impulsive shopper and likes to make decisions fast ? and she has the overstuffed closet to prove it. But she knows that when it comes to shopping for her first place in central Philadelphia, she could get in trouble fast. She relies on her friend as well as her realtor to keep her from jumping on the first house she likes. But neither one of them can stop her from going all in when a bidding war erupts over a 6-bedroom home she loves. Only time will tell if Nzingha scored a deal or if she made the ultimate impulse buy.
Jyl appreciates older homes with charm, but she is not prepared for the long list of expensive repairs they all seem to come with come in her $250,000 price range. Costly repairs lead Jyl to reject a couple houses until she finds a keeper that passes inspection, but a huge surprise stuns Jyl after closing.
Siblings Robert and Alexandria have been competing since childhood, and when it comes time to leave the nest and buy their first homes, they turn their house hunt into a race. They both work in Washington, DC and Alexandria finds a foreclosed townhouse in Bowie, MD and makes a bid using an escalation clause. As she edges toward homeownership, will Robert be able to catch her?or will he have to concede defeat by his little sister.
Kitty and Karl's $240,000 could buy them a newer house in the suburbs, but they are determined to buy in a prime location of Denver Colorado where they can only afford a fixer-upper. They see potential in a house being sold As-Is, and must brace for the verdict from the inspector, structural engineer, and contractors on expensive upkeep that needs to be done. The couple will have to successfully negotiate price on an As-Is contract if they want this to become their first place!
First-time buyers Emily and Ben fall in love with a ''For Sale By Owner'' home near Portland Oregon. They decide to jump into the deal without a realtor and quickly learn how difficult negotiations can be without a knowledgeable advocate at their side. When that deal falls apart, they continue their search without an agent and make a second offer on a sparkling new build. But, once again, they find themselves on a wire without a net when the inspection reveals a major defect with the home. Emily and Ben must negotiate a solution with the builder using the builder's agent!
Madeline is a single woman who loves spending money, but she needs to reign in her shopping in order to afford her first place. Madeline isn't able to find a house that she loves, but with her sister's help she decides to bump up her price point. When a counter offer with competing bids hinges on raising the bar once again, will Madeline push her financial limits or decide her first place isn't worth the sacrifice?
Melissa is a single woman debating about buying a single family home versus a condo. Finally, her realtor and her friend persuade her to look at condos. She falls in love with one in New Jersey. But the deal is threatened when the seller throws a monkey wrench into her offer strategy
TJ and Stephanie are ''funky'' newlyweds searching for their first home in the expensive suburb of Arlington, Virginia ? just outside DC. They want to spend between $600 and $800K, and have saved over $100K downpayment by living with roommates in a glorified frat house! In most cities, their price point would allow them to get the house of their dreams. In DC, all they can hope for in the neighborhood they're looking in is a fixer upper. After an exhaustive search, they finally find a home in the right neighborhood, with the right retro feel that's move in ready. The catch is they're not the only ones in love with the home and have to fight fast and hard to win.
Justin and Kelly are shopping for a home near Portland, Oregon in the $450,000 range. Justin is determined to walk into instant equity, so he insists on bidding lower than market value. They bid low on a house they love, but lose it to another bidder by a scant $2,000. Then they bid low on another house and lose that too. But they get lucky in the end, because the first house they love is back on the market at a reduced price! This time, they come to an agreement on a price and get the smokin' deal they were looking for all along.
Judy and Sunil are teachers from the Bronx who are blown away by how much more house their money can buy in Portland than in NYC, but they're equally surprised by how hard it is to find their first place. The couple finally finds a single-family home they love. But when records reveal the house is classified as a "condo," their lender threatens to pull the plug on their loan, and Judy and Sunil think about pulling the plug on homeownership.
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