Scott and Jessica can spend up to $600,000 on their first place, but they discover their money won't buy a perfect house in the Denver neighborhood they want. They broaden their search to the suburbs and find a great house, but it's the grandest house in a modest neighborhood. Now they have to decide whether to buy the most expensive house on the block in a less desirable neighborhood or a house that needs work in the neighborhood they love.
John is shopping for his first place in Atlanta, but he's hoping to find something that reminds him of living in New York City. After viewing 60 properties, his realtor's patience is beginning to run out. When he finally does go under contract, a difference between the appraisal and the contract price threatens the deal.
A couple in Fort Collins, Colorado has their favorite house in mind in their price range when they find out they can borrow $20,000 more than they originally thought. They want time to see how much more house they can now buy, but the time they take may mean losing out on a house they love.
Atlanta newlyweds Heather and Legend don't just want a first place -- they also want a last place ? a home they and a family can grow and that they can grow old in. They want a five-bedroom house with a basement for under $525,000. After house-hunting, each has a different personal favorite -- and each hopes to persuade the other that their choice is the better deal.
Jess and Darren are relying on 100% financing and a strict budget to buy their first home. They view more than a hundred houses before finding the one. But an unstable lending climate leads to a last minute loan denial, and now they must come up with $12,000 in five days, or lose their first place.
Tracy is so afraid to commit that she can't bring herself to make an offer on her first place even when the right house comes along. After losing house after house, trouble strikes again when - after finally making an offer - her 100% financing loan falls through. As she takes time to find a new loan, amazingly, the house's asking price drops $11,000, and she's able to snap it up.
Bryan and Shauna are an engaged couple searching for a bargain first home in Denver. They fall in love with a foreclosed townhome that is priced to sell. At inspection, they are assured that a conspicuous water stain in the closet is nothing to worry about, but their intuition makes them think twice. Are they just experiencing first-time jitters, or is their intuition correct?
Newlyweds Bridget and Dave want to live in Boulder, Colorado, one of the most expensive communities in the state. They hope $400,000 will get them a three-bedroom, two-bath house with a big yard for their dog, but they soon discover that this price range doesn't offer many choices. Then, to make matters worse, they end up in a bidding war for a house they're not 100% in love with. When they lose that house, they eventually start to ask themselves: How many compromises must we make just to live in Boulder?
Rachael, a pilot who appreciates birds' eye views, finds a condo with a killer view of downtown Denver. However, comparable sales in the building suggest that this unit is vastly overpriced. Rachael must figure out why this condo is priced so high and reconcile how much of a premium she's willing to pay for a fantastic view.
Zak and Jaeme are engaged and looking for an older home that needs updating in the suburbs of Denver. When an inspection reveals the need for thousands of dollars in repairs, they wonder if an older home with a lower asking price is really a bargain after all.
With three kids, Roger and Ebony have specific budget and space requirements for their first home purchase. After six months of seeing homes too small or too expensive, they get lucky as housing prices start to drop. They finally find a beautiful single-family house with enough space, but encounter unexpected financing trouble. Roger and Ebony have to come up with a fast Plan B to close the deal on the house they so desperately need and love.
Adam and Becky are looking for a first home with three bedrooms, two baths, a big yard and a nice kitchen with granite countertops. But Becky recently quit her job to go back to school, and they're worried that they won't be able to handle the mortgage solely on Adam's salary. When they find the perfect house, they have to decide what sacrifices they'll make to achieve the dream of their first place.
Lisa is finishing medical school in Arizona and doesn't yet know where she'll be assigned to do her four-year residency. Since she thinks the odds of being placed in Phoenix are strong, she and her boyfriend Jason decide there's no harm in starting to look for homes there. When they fall in love with one of the first homes they see, they have to determine if they're wasting the realtor's and sellers' time before learning where Lisa will be doing her residency.
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