Erika and Rafael need a lot of house for their four kids. With a strict budget, these Denver house shoppers struggle to deal with factors they can't control. Just when they get ready to bid on their first place, their worst fear threatens closing when their lender informs them of a change in their loan. After some heavy soul-searching, these first-time buyers learn there's no such thing as a perfect house and that they have to be willing to fight for the one that best suits their needs.
Methodical Carl wants to buy a high-quality house in the Atlanta suburbs that doesn't have expensive home-maintenance surprises. When he finds an immaculate new build in a mature neighborhood he thinks he's hit the jackpot until a discovery in inspection has him questioning whether his first place is a lemon.
Amy knows exactly what she's looking for in her first place, but doubts about her finances crush her confidence. The Ph.D. becomes the student, as she learns about limits one crisis at a time, in her journey to buy her first place.
After a three-month search, first-time buyers Katie and Michael struggle to find the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood. They are determined to find an investment home in an up-and-coming area. After two homes fall through in inspection, will they flex their financial power to buy a newer house? Real estate agent Justin Seeby is on hand to help.
Doug wants to look for his first place in a suburban Denver newer neighborhood, where spacious houses with two-car garages are abundant. His fiancée, Erica, wants an older home with character. They struggle to stick to their budget, and a surprising inspection threatens to hurl them back to square one if they don't compromise.
Mary is buying her first place solo. She is hoping to find the perfect townhome in east Atlanta, where she can entertain her friends and family. Her two best girlfriends and real estate agent Jan Hair join in every step of her home-buying journey, offering opinions and advice through a litany of stressful decisions. But when it comes time to sign on the dotted line, Mary must make this 30-year commitment on her own.
Emma and Steve, newlyweds in search of their first Atlanta home, find a house they truly love, but an intense negotiation pushes the price point dangerously out of reach. Can they save their bid on the only house they want to call their first place? Real estate agents Tracy Haskins and Jennifer Bowman are on hand to help.
Bubbly Denver newcomer Kelli thinks she knows what she wants in her first place until a unique feature in one house challenges her priorities. Despite her real estate agent's and best friend's advice, she lets her newbie instincts guide her determined search for a home.
Erin and Scott look at more than 40 houses before finally finding a bid-worthy suburban Denver home. The asking price is five figures beyond their price range, so the pair engineers a bold lowball offer that could score them the deal of the century. Or it could obliterate their hopes of buying their dream home with a mountain view.
Lori, a well-traveled single urban professional is settling down in her hometown of Atlanta after living all over the country in pursuit of her career. When she finds her first place in a new townhome development, the builder's incentives sound too good to be true. It's up to Lori to overcome her nagging doubts and make the biggest financial decision of her life.
Forty houses into their Denver hunt for their first place, Annie and Dan find two bid-worthy houses, but one is $45,000 more than the other. They dig deep to pay for the more expensive house, but when the estimate for repairs runs into the tens of thousands and they find their second choice house is no longer available, the couple needs a lucky break to find any home at all.
A young Atlanta couple hopes to use some elbow grease and sweat equity to finance their first home.
Denver newlyweds Eric and Liz dream of escaping suburbia by buying their first place in the mountains. But with their firm list of desired luxuries versus slim pickings in a sparsely populated area, how much must this couple compromise to keep their mountain dream alive? Real estate agent Matt Snyder intends to find out.
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