A suburban couple bored with their current home and its remote location, decide to downsize and move to downtown Austin, Texas for a more active lifestyle. They are shown 4 properties, 2 for rent and 2 to buy and must decide not only which place is the best fit for them, but whether or not they should take on a mortgage. Will they rent or will they buy?
Jaclyn and Teri are newlyweds who aren't satisfied with their current home's remote location far from the ocean in South Bay, Calif. They want to downsize and move closer to the beach with their dogs to enjoy a more active lifestyle. Jaclyn wants to buy, having had a good experience owning and selling their last home while Teri wants to rent to get a place as close as possible to the ocean. Will they rent or will they buy?
Rob and Heather want to grow their family and are looking for more space in the Princeton, N.J., area. He wants a modern place that's remodeled with easy maintenance so he can focus on his new law practice. She's an engineer and is not afraid of knocking down walls and big projects. They don't seem to agree on anything, so it's not a surprise they don't agree on if will they rent or will they buy?
Expecting parents Sarah and LJ need extra space for their coming baby want to stay in the city of Philadelphia, but are unsure if they will be able to balance their new needs with their desire for city living. They are shown four properties, two for rent and two to buy and must decide not only which place is the best fit for them and their new child, but whether or not they will be able to remain in the city. Will they rent or will they buy?
Wilmington couple Mike and Nicola just got engaged and are still living at Mike's parent's house. She wants to rent and change their living situation immediately while he wants to take his time and find a home to purchase. Nicola is looking for new and move-in ready while Mike is okay with an older place where he can have some land and a grill. Will they rent or will they buy?
An active duty military family that has moved 10 times in 12 years is seeking stability in Howard County, Maryland. Melissa is desperate to put down roots after so many moves while Joe is concerned that he could be deployed at any time and is unsure of committing to a mortgage. Further complicating their decision is a need for a large five bedroom house with lots of land. Will they rent or will they buy?
New Jersey natives Sarah and Frank are ready to move out of their tiny apartment and get a bigger home near the Jersey Shore. He wants to rent close to the water in Asbury Park and she wants to buy near downtown Red Bank. They both agree they need more space for storage and a backyard where they can further their eco-friendly lifestyle and have a garden of their own. But can they agree on anything else and will they rent or will they buy?
Newly engaged couple Mike and Cara are searching for a larger home in some of Washington D.C.'s oldest neighborhoods. Choices abound in this booming section of the nation's capital between newer apartments and historical buildings, some from the 19th Century. Do they want to take on a home remodel project while planning a wedding? Or would they rather settle for modern convenience in a brand new home? And will they rent or will they buy?
Savannah couple Alison and Bart are selling their large single family house and looking to make a move. Alison left her corporate job to work from home and Bart is still in medical school so they are searching for a smaller home that can better suit their current needs. She wants to rent a modern, clean apartment near the water while he wants to fix up a historic Victorian close to the hospital downtown. Will they rent or will they buy?
Chris is excited to move from the Maryland suburbs to live closer to his girlfriend Karen in downtown Baltimore. But will he be able to find what he seeks in a new property? Searching for a home with historical character and an outdoor roof deck that exists in a geographically desirable location that they can both agree on is not going to be easy. Neither will be balancing his desire to buy a place for himself with her preference that he rent. Will he rent or will he buy?
For married high school sweethearts Marissa and Michael and their dogs, having to deal with their current third floor walk up is really getting them down. She wants to take her time and buy a large place with a home office for her assistant while he would like a luxury rental right now with a modern kitchen to pursue his cooking hobby. They both agree they need outdoor space for their dogs but they don't agree on what Marissa also wants, which is chickens. Will they rent or will they buy?
About the only thing newly married couple Will and Jenny agree on is they need to move out of their small one bedroom apartment. Jenny wants to rent a historic property as close to downtown Charleston as possible. Will wants energy efficiency and an updated home more than southern charm. They look at four properties, two for rent and two to buy and must decide not only which place is the best fit for them, but which part of Charleston to call home. Will they rent or will they buy?
Sarah and Patrick are on a tight timeline to find a new place since their landlord is moving back into their current rental. But it's okay as the house they live in now hasn't been well maintained and leaves a lot to be desired. Sarah works long hours as a pharmacist and wants to rent a new home where everything works. Patrick is a special effects artist and wants to buy a home with a space he can turn into a studio. Will they rent or will they buy?
After living in his crowded apartment for over a decade, Jonathan has finally relented to his Aunt Margaret's request that he move. Jonathan wants to rent a remodeled California style bungalow with updated appliances. His opinionated Aunt Margaret thinks it's about time he grows up and takes on a mortgage so she wants him to find the best deal and purchase a place. Will they be able to survive this property search without driving each other crazy? And will he rent or will he buy?