My First Place

Episodes

Hoping for a Home and a Ring

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Multifamily Homes in Dorchester

Teddy, a residence hall director, lives with his wife and two kids in a Boston University dorm.  They  search for a multifamily home in the Dorchester neighborhood but get burned by older, multifamily homes that require a lot of work.

Contention Over Closing Costs

Figuring out who's going to pay closing costs may cost a young couple their first place in Austin, TX.

Move-In Ready or Bust

Jessica has a tight budget and will only consider homes that are move-in ready.  With options dwindling, how much is Jessica willing to compromise in order to take the leap to homeownership?

Cash Deal For a Home

A first-time buyer paying cash for a condo thinks he's struck gold when he goes under contract on a funky fixer upper.  But when he learns the place is a money pit, will he gamble his life savings or pull out of the deal?

How Much is Granite Really Worth?

Christi only wants high-end materials, but new husband Grady doesn't think they can afford it.  They find a home with granite they both like, but the seller already has two offers on the table. Will competition drive the price beyond the...

Home Shopping Before Pre-Approval

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

An Eye for Deal Breakers

Stephanie and Ryan are looking for a single-family home in Boston's suburbs, but Stephanie's talent for discovering deal breakers has cost the couple more than one house. Will they get lucky and find a place that stands up to her scrutiny?

Giving It Another Shot

The first time Margaret and Jason attempted to buy a house, they ended up divorcing. Now remarried, they're ready to give home buying another shot.  But when they fall in love with a potential first place that comes with a load of problems, the...

Flexible Space in a Boston Condo

Kyle wants to buy a downtown condo he can share with his friend and roommate, Sarah.  With Boston condos at sky-high prices, can Kyle stretch his $450K budget to find a place with enough space for them both?

New Relationship Old Neighborhood

A man and his girlfriend must decide whether to pay more to live in their favorite urban location near St. Louis, or move further out to get more bang for their buck.

Million Dollar Condo in Boston

Julia is a twenty-something professional looking for her first place in Boston. She quickly finds out that her $700K budget doesn't afford much luxury in the trendy South End district. Will she hold onto her independence and price point, or accept a...

High Price for Low Appraisal

Danielle is re-entering civilian life after a stint in the Navy. When comps don't support the asking price on the place she wants to buy, she has to decide whether it's worth it to pay for more than what appraisers think the house is worth.

Keeping it in the Family

Kristin and Sheri are sisters and roommates who do everything together, including shopping for their biggest purchase to date: their first home.  To help cover the mortgage, they hope to find a multifamily property, live in one unit, and rent...

Paying off Debt to Buy a Home

Valerie just pulled herself out of $100,000 in debt by starting a new career and saving every penny to buy her first place. She's turned off by the condos and townhomes she can afford in the high-priced San Francisco Bay area. But will surprising...

I Just Know What I Want

Monica is looking to buy her first place in Austin, while still living in San Francisco. Complicating her search are limited house-hunting trips, coupled with super high standards that absolutely must include a pool in the backyard. After weeks with...

The Price Keeps Climbing

Angie is a Midwest girl suffering sticker shock that comes with buying a home in California.  She wants to buy in a Santa Rosa neighborhood on a limited budget, but she soon realizes her only option is a fixer upper. Angie bids on a short sale,...

Music Comes First

Sarah and Preston are newlyweds looking for their first place in Austin. Sarah is a singer-songwriter who needs space to pursue her music. Preston wants ''good bones'' on a budget. But can they agree on a home that accommodates Sarah's creative side...

Starting a Life Together

Kris & Jen are ready to live together, but would rather buy a house than rent an apartment.  Little does Jen know, that on closing day Kris plans to pop the question.  But when the couple fall for a house at the top of their budget,...

Bachelor Living with A View

San Francisco bachelor Jim knows he needs to move out of his drab rental room if he wants to jump start his social life.  But even when he finds a steal of a condo with great space and a view, a problem with the condo building's finances could...

Seeking a Home and Cake Studio

First-time homebuyer Nick is also a newly-minted Realtor, and his and his wife's purchase of their first place is going to be the first proessional deal he's brokered. He and his wife Holley are looking for a house that can accommodate Holley's...

Should We Stay or Should We Go Now?

First-time homebuyer Nick is also a newly-minted Realtor, and his and his wife's purchase of their first place is going to be the first proessional deal he's brokered. He and his wife Holley are looking for a house that can accommodate Holley's...

East Austin City Limits

Sara and Edmund are desperate to move beyond their 300-sq-ft apartment, but finding an affordable place that's move-in ready in East Austin will take all their savings and their patience.

Driving a Hard Bargain

Living near public transportation is a top consideration for first-time buyers Kristy and Doug, as Kristy has vision issues that make living near public transporation a must.  But these two attorneys are more than ready to drive a hard bargain...

Father & Son Find a Home

Paul is a single dad who wants to buy a cool first place in Austin so that he can give his teenage son a permanent home. But will his variable incomelimit their search to the cheap properties? Or can they find the perfect place and still come in...

Newlyweds and a New Home

Newlyweds Christina and Randald moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family. It's challenging to find what they want under their price ceiling of $300K, so how strict will they be when the deal comes down to whether the sellers fix the...

Hardball Negotiations in Boston

Jeanine wants to buy her first place in South Boston, or Southie, as it's known. But when she finds a condo worth bidding on, will a hardball seller push her beyond her maximum price?

Deadline to Buy A House Before the Wedding

Kim and Terence are getting married in 60 days and want to find their first home before the wedding. Will this double deadline force a compromise onwhat they want in their first place?

How to End a Losing Streak

Kerri and Jamie have been looking for their first place in Boston for 4 years, but negotiations have failed on four houses. Something has to change for the couple to break through and close a deal.

Overbidding On a Home Unseen

Lisa and Eric have lost three homes to bidding wars in Silicon Valley's hot real estate market. They're even prepared to pay over asking price for the right home. How many times will they be frustrated before they find a keeper - and beat out the...

A First Home Before the Wedding?

Makayla and David have four months until their wedding - and even less time to buy their first place! The lease is up on their Boston apartment, and the clock is ticking on their decision. Will a devastating inspection leave this couple without a...

First Home Financing Frustrations

Veterans Tiffany and Louis are searching for their first place just south of San Francisco. Their VA loan can maximize their purchasing power, but when a suspicious-looking ceiling spot threatens their VA loan, can the couple summon the financial...

Buy A House or Keep the Car?

Andrew loves his luxury car, but if he sells it, he can afford to look at houses in a much higher price range. Will this first-time buyer sell his road bling to buy more house bling?

Desperate Bachelor's House Hunt

Bachelor Darwin's social life is seriously suffering because he still lives with his parents. Buying his first place will afford him some privacy, but after a year of searching he still can't find a home. With a house hunt that seems stuck in...

Making an Investment Feel Like Home

Pawel wants to invest in a multi family home, but his wife Patrycja just wants a place that feels like home. The couples weighs livability versus financial return in their search for a first place that suits them both.

A Race to Close on a Home Before It's Too Late

After Jessica and Josh find their dream first place in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, it's a race to see if they can close before the bank forecloses on the seller's property.

Searching for Common Ground

Dario and  Alex's search for their first place gets complicated when Dario falls in love with every house they see, but Alex refuses to settle.  Will they be able to put aside their differences and find a place that makes them both happy?

Search for a Multi-Family Home

Jennifer and Rodney just started looking for their first place on Boston's South Shore. They search for a multi-family house so renters can ease their first-time mortgage burden. Will their fear of being first-time landlords and a toxic inspection...

Location Blues

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Negotiating from Scratch

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Neighborhood Character Flaws

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Bachelor Pad Trade-Up

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Lower Fees, More Space

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Impulse Home Buyer

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

A Homecoming Shocker

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Home Search Competition

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Costly Fixer Upper Negotiations

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

House Hunt Without a Net

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Toxic Dreamhome Nightmare

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Spending Spree Habit Broken

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Strategic Appraisal

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Money to Spend, but Nothing to Buy

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Lowball Bidders Get Lucky

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

A New York State of Mind in Portland

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Space vs. Location

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Race for First Place

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Doylestown Or Bust

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Price Point Blues

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Ready Or Not

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

New House Bidding War

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Big Budget Required

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

East vs. West

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Here's Your Charm

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Cash Counts

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Bad Bidding Strategy

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Wife Hates Condos

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Disastrous Appraisal

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

The 100 House Hunt Tax Loophole

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...

No Privacy for a Boomeranger Living with Parents.

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...

Battle Escalates Over Price Point

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...

Occupancy Rules Keep Occupancy Down

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...

Living the Rock 'n Roll Lifestyle

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...

Buying a Home Sight Unseen

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...

A Catch-22 for a Loan and a New Roof.

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...

Fighting Allergies and Competing Bids.

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....

Pool Shark's Fixer-Upper Deck Dilemma

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...

Creative Lending Allows Bigger Purchase

 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...

Job Security Threatens Dream Home

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...

An Old Home with Old Problems

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...

Haunted House Hunt Fears

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...

Getting Dad's Blessing on a Home

Newlyweds Bill and Gina are desperately trying to find a balance between self-reliance and Dad's advice. So when they decide to search for their first place in Philadelphia, it's gonna be tough finding a home that'll please everyone. And it's even...

Rookie Buyers Attempt to Broker Their Own Deal

Portland couple Jeff and Jocelyn are buying their first place, and Jocelyn hopes she can save them money on the purchase: she has her commercial real estate license, and despite having zero residential realty experience, offers to broker the deal....

Couple Gets Lured Far From the City

Pooja and Tom feel like it's time to grow up and buy their first place. But Pooja is reluctant to move too far from their friends and the things they enjoy about downtown Philadelphia. After searching in towns just 30 minutes outside of the city, the...

Low Credit Score Woes

Nick and Laura and their two boys have outgrown their rental home and the toys have taken over the living room. They are so eager to find more space that they bid on the very first house they see. But when they go to get approved for a loan, they are...

Foreclosure As Diamond in the Rough

Stephanie would like to find her first place in Fairfax, VA close to the school where she teaches so she can shorten her commute. She quickly learns that there's not much on the market that appeals to her at her pricepoint of $217,000. One call to a...

Couple Bids Sight Unseen

After chasing Mark's career across the country and back for five years, he and Maribelle think they're ready for an extended house hunt for their first place in Portland, Oregon. But as they struggle to find the balance between a fixer-upper and a...

Doctors Play Hardball With Bid

Philadelphia doctors Al and Sophie are concerned that they won't find a first place within their budget that also meets Sophie's high standards. When they find a modern condo that may fit the bill, she convinces Al that they should play hardball with...

Bachelor Leaves Parents' Home

Matt is a 25-year-old, single, professional living with his parents in Wilmington, Delaware. He's ready to leave the nest and wants his first place to be near the happening Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington. He thrives on nightlife and...

Commitment-phobe Faces Buying Fears

Courtney's a single woman who seriously stresses at the thought of settling down. So when she decides to search for her first place, the self-proclaimed commitment-phobe isn't sure she'll find "the one." Will last-minute jitters prevent her...

Drawing Battle Lines Over Location

Just out of college, James and Miriam have decided to leap into homeownership before they marry. But they have major conflicts over location. So the house hunt seems to never end, and even when they find a place, the deal may fall through because of...

Giant Shed Provokes Couple Conflict

Josh and Kate are looking for a first place that will be big enough for him and "cozy" enough for her. But when a new lender gives them a reality check, they have to downsize their expectations, which leads them to a newly built house with...

Water Heater Dealbreaker

Josh and Dina are looking for a first place in the trendy Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Josh is buying, and Dina plans to move in while she goes to law school, but they can't find anything large enough at his price point of under...

Lowballing and Losing

Todd is an attorney and a musician who wants to find his first place in one of Philadelphia's funky neighborhoods.  He's depending on his mother for advice, but sometimes she gets a bit too involved in the house hunting process for his...

Trying to Stay Frugal

Keith and Susan want to buy their first place for their four children in Naperville, Illinois.  They're pre-approved for a loan of up to $400,000 when they fall in love with a luxurious house listed at $440,000.  When that home goes under...

Moving In or Matrimony?

Jeff would like to find a first place at a bargain price apartment in Center City, Philadelphia.  He would also like his girlfriend Jessica to move in with him.  But Jessica isn't moving in until Jeff proposes and gives her a ring.  As...

Townhome Trepidation

Aesha and Ram, a newly engaged Philadelphia couple, have little experience managing a household budget, but they start looking at homes in the $500-$600,000 range.  The search leads them to reevaluate what they really can -- or should -- afford...

Stress Factors

Sean recently graduated from college and is looking for his first teaching job.  Additionally, he and his fiancee Kelly have a wedding date fast approaching, and if they don't find a first place soon, they will start married life in his parents'...

Stuck on Staying

Pennsylvania schoolteachers Brad and Christine want to buy a four-bedroom home in the school district where they work.  However, all of the houses in their price range are too cramped or need too much work.  Brad thinks they'll get more for...

Compromise or Clash

A Philadelphia couple on an extremely tight budget discovers the limits of their willingness to compromise when they clash with the seller over a $2,500 deal breaker.  First-time homebuyers Eric and Lisa may have to push their budget to its...

Sneaking Suspicion

Brian and Liz are looking for a suburban home with old-school charm, modern conveniences and, most importantly, big closets. They find this dream combo in a house for sale by owner. The owner tells them he already has a bid in, and if they want the...

State of Independence

Jessica is a young professional in Chicago who is determined to assert her independence from her parents by buying her first place all on her own.  However, she also wants her traditional Chinese parents' approval on the purchase.  Since...

Second Chances

A pair of doctors wants to buy their first place in Haddon Township, New Jersey before their new fellowships start. There's only one house they love, but negotiations stall when their bid is lower than the seller is willing to take.  Joe and...

Price Increase in Philadelphia

Newlyweds Gary and Stephanie are settling into Philadelphia and looking for a suitable first place to start a family in.  The picky buyers go through multiple negotiations on a three-bedroom home in Center City, only to walk away from the deal...

Quick Bid on a Bungalow

Portland newlyweds Troy and Linea hope their first place will be a craftsman Bungalow.  They find a new build in a craftsman style that Linea is ready to bid on, but cautious Troy wants to do a little more research.  When they discover that...

Fighting With the Flippers

Heather has a very tight budget for her first place in Portland, Oregon.  She finds a vintage foreclosure that she falls in love with, but she is competing with dozens of professional flippers who would also like to snap up this low-priced home...

Not Enough Negotiation

First-time homebuyer Jen offers $250,000 on a $279,900 three-bedroom condo in suburban Philadelphia and authorizes her realtor to go up to $260,000 in the negotiation. Despite accepting the contract price of $260,000 that she authorized, Jen decides...

Problem ? What Problem ?

Shannon are pinning their hopes on buying a first home in Manville, New Jersey, between Philadelphia and New York City. With just a handful of houses to choose from, every house that they see that doesn't suit them threatens their dream of...

He Who Hesitates

First-time homebuyers in Chicago, spoiled by their luxurious rental, struggle to find a condo that measures up. When Pamela finally finds a condo that she's ready to bid on, she asks Doug to make an offer, sight-unseen. If he hesitates, it could put...

Lamenting Over Their Rental

Bob and Jessica are ready to buy their first place in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, but they're having trouble finding a place that lives up to their rental home. They love their enormous master suite and large kitchen, but they can't afford to buy a...

Picky and Plugging Away

Admittedly picky first-time homebuyers Josie and Steve are hunting for a three-bedroom house for under $350,000 in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Determined to get a deal on their purchase, they reject several houses that don't live up to their...

Navigating the Nogatiation Process

Meghan and David have saved up $60,000 for a down payment on their first place, and they want a home in Oak Park, Illinois that's perfect for them. They find a condo priced a bit above their budget and hope to negotiate the price down, but their...

Dual Opportunities in Denver

Devon and Tyler fell in love with a short sale in the suburbs of Denver, but after bidding on it, they fell into real estate purgatory waiting for a response from the bank. After three months of no news, they bid on a second home. Then, finally, news...

Lowballing and Losing

Lainie and Evan want to buy a condo in uptown Chicago, but their lowball strategy isn't working. They've already lost three condos because they were outbid. When they find a recently reduced three-bedroom condo for $350,000, they offer $300,000 and...

Commitment Before Contract?

First-time homebuyers Andy and his girlfriend Lindsey have begun searching for a home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. However, Lindsey isn't totally sure that she wants to buy a house with Andy before they're even engaged. She doesn't know that...

Winging It in the Windy City

First-time homebuyers Michael and Alicia want a home for the family they hope to soon start. They're looking for a four-bedroom home in the suburbs of Chicago for no more than $400,000. They're very picky and, in the time that it takes them to make...

Buying a Home That's Ready to Rock or Ready to Reno

Sylvia and Paul are soon to be wed and have a plan to buy a fixer-upper in Chicago to make all their own. They soon discover that, if they add the cost of improvements to their budget, they can just as easily buy a finished home with many of their...

Flood Damage Deterrence

An expectant couple in Chicago is desperate to find more room before their baby arrives. A short sale becomes the front-runner for their first place, until they discover $30,000 worth of flood damage in the basement. Lisa wants to walk, but Doug...

An Atlanta Man Is Determined to Buy His First Home

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Pheonix Couple Loses Out to Other Bidders

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

A Last-Minute Scramble for Cash for Chicago Newcomers

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Phoenix Newlyweds Make Bids on Two Houses, Hoping One Will Work Out

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

A Couple Encounters Lending Woes

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

A Couple Negotiates Price With a Seller

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

A Chicago Man's Girlfriend Persuades Him to Bid on a Condo He's Never Seen

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Atlanta's Condo Market Presents Challenges to a New Lawyer

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Financing Woes Cause a Couple Moving to Phoenix to Explore Their Options

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Location vs. Larger Space in Condo Search

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

A Scottsdale Couple Tries to Save Money for Their Wedding While Also House Huntin

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

A Denver Couple Faces Rejected Bids and Loan Problems in Their Search for a Home

Denver couple Brenda and Mike have already been burned twice by rejected bids in the search for their first place. It's made Mike hesitant to commit, even after they find a beautiful four-bedroom house in Arvada, Colorado. But they make an offer, and...

A Search for a Scottsdale Home With an Updated Kitchen and Master Suite

First-time homebuyers Krishni and Jee have new jobs in Scottsdale, Arizona. As they start their search for homes in the area, they find that they disagree over what's considered a must-have. She's determined to find a three-bedroom home with wood...

Hoping to Persist in Phoenix

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...

A First Home in Phoenix

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...

Financing Fallback Plan

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...

Despair Over Repairs

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...

How Valuable a View?

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...

Big Dreams in Boulder

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...

Inspection Intuition

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...

Luck with the Loan

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...

Last Minute Scramble

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...

A Home for a Lifetime

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,...

A Conundrum in Colorado

A couple in Fort Collins, Colo., 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...

From the Big Apple to Atlanta

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...

Denver Dilemma

Denver couple Brenda and Mike have already been burned twice by rejected bids in the search for their first place. It's made Mike hesitant to commit, even after they find a beautiful four-bedroom house in Arvada, Colorado. But they make an offer, and...

My First Nightmare

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

The $30,000 Curveball

A rookie mistake throws this Denver couple a $30,000 curveball in the search for their first place.

Big Decision, Bigger Payment

A couple struggles over the purchase of their first place, and the hefty payment that comes with it.

Buyers Market Bliss

An engaged couple has six weeks to find, close and say "I do" on their first place.

Expensive Taste

A young Atlanta woman falls in love with a brand new house. But can she afford to buy it?

The Cure for Sticker Shock

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

The Two-Bedroom Two Step

Weeks turn into months as Crystal awaits news on the financing of her first place.

Hip Location, High Price

Newlyweds Meghan and Greg want to buy their first place near downtown Denver.

House Poor in Hotlanta

An Atlanta couple is on the prowl for a new home. Do they have the budget for a bigger home?

Down and Out in Denver

Sarah wants to celebrate her 40th in here first condo. Cake? Check. Candles? Check. Financing? Oops.

Too Many Choices

An engaged couple makes offers on two separate houses, but fall in love with a third house!

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Newlyweds have found their perfect house, but it already has a buyer. Will the buyer back out?

Use It or Lose It

A couple tests their relationship when one of them has to compromise before they lose both deals.

Temptation Strikes In Denver

A perfect home in Denver, CO is just too tempting!

More Than They Bargained For

A couple gets more than they bargained for in this episode of My First Place!

Big Dreams On a Small Budget I

It's risk vs. reward when a new buyer stretches his budget by moving from San Diego to Denver.

Facing Down a First-Place Phobia

Atlanta resident Michanda loves looking at houses but stresses big time over the 30-year financial commitment that goes along with buying her first place. Just when she's ready to sign on the dotted line, she reels from a life-changing event that may...

A Deal Breaker

In Denver, a young family searches for their first home. Can they afford a house on the mountains?

What To Do In Denver?

Does she buy a tiny place in the hip part of Denver or go for more square footage in the suburbs?

Here Comes the Bride!

In Denver, an engaged couple needs to find a house big enough to host their upcoming wedding.

Brotherly Advice

In Atlanta, a young woman is buying her first home. Will her brother's advice help or hurt?

Hidden Costs

An Atlanta woman is buying her first place. Will hidden costs cause her deal to fall through?

Driving A Hard Bargain

In Atlanta, a first-time homebuyer wants to bid low. Will her strategy work or backfire?

A Fixer-Upper That's a Real Downer

In Denver, will this 100-year-old-fixer-upper be too much for a young couple to handle?

Too Good To Be True

In Denver, are foreclosed properties too good to be true?

A Bidding War in Denver

In Denver, a young couple loses their dream home in a bidding war. Will the second offer stick?

World Traveller Ready to Settl

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...

First-Timers Tackle Bidding Wa

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....

Newbie Learns Hard Lessons

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...

Couple Wages Bidding War

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?...

Negotiation Navigation

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,...

Home Shoppers Learn to Comprom

Doug wants to look for his first place in a suburban Denver newer neighborhood, where spacious houses with two-car garages are abundant. His fiancee, Erica, wants an older home with character. They struggle to stick to their budget, but they finally...

Lessons on Home Inspections

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...

First-Timer Gets Financial Pri

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.

Wanted: Move-In-Ready Home

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...

New Digs for Family of Six

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...

Newlyweds Want Mountain Nest

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Financing a Fixer-Upper

My First Place captures the emotions and designing challenges of moving into your first home. The new residents, whether they are a couple, a family or an individual, get valuable assistance from an ensemble team of design experts who come up with...

Decision Time in Denver

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...

Graduates Living Room

Recent college grad Chris Wallace is already buying his first place--a 1,000-square-foot bungalow. The only furniture this go-getter has are hand-me-downs from Mom and Dad. Decorator Gary Kelly helps this young man move up in the world, surprising...

Caribbean Living Room

Erica Golding has her bachelor's degree, and now she needs to graduate to her first place. Her mother passed away four years ago, but she always wanted Erica to live on her own at least once. After three years in a dumpy college rental, she finally...

Old-Hollywood Bedroom

If life were a movie, Howie Shanker and Typhaney Bennett would star in a big-budget romance with low-budget sets. The happy couple's ramshackle fixer-upper in South Philadelphia is 1,700 square feet of demolished walls, peeling wallpaper and exposed...

Vintage Racing Room

The first thing Jason Ott did when he bought his first place was dump trashy old furniture into it. Designer Carriann Arkowski helps this bachelor set up house by giving him a living room inspired by his favorite sport--stock-car racing.

Living Room Face-Lift

Barrie Yallof just bought her first place in Philadelphia's Queens Village. Since Yallof has a mountain of school-loan debt on top of her new mortgage, she does not have much leftover to decorate her boring living room. Designer Betty Kim recycles...

Suburban Chic Space

Courtney and Mark Messenbaugh lived fast-paced lives on the East Coast, knowing they would eventually return to their roots in Denver. The newlyweds recently bought a townhouse that reminds them of their lives in the big city but is located in the...

Art-Nouveau Dining Room

Michelle Taraschi and Justin Brame have finally purchased their very first place in the heart of Philadelphia, but corporate designer Taraschi is terrified to let fiance Brame get involved in the decorating. One of his favorite brainstorms: a...

Jazzy Living Room

The Cowlays have outgrown the tiny Philadelphia row house they are renting. Dad worked two jobs so they could get their first place. Dad is a DJ on weekends, Mom sings, 11-year-old Tyshauna plays the keyboard and 3-year-old Gary plays the drums. So...

Artists' Attic

Lora and Ken Stock lost nearly everything in an apartment fire near Detroit. After finding asylum with Ken's mom, they are now ready to buy their first place. Designer Rebecca King helps them get back on their feet with an artist studio in their...

Bedroom With Smart Storage

Walida Miller's new 1,300-square-foot home may be too small to handle her ever-growing collection of shoes. Designer Carey Evans is dispatched to give Miller a bedroom that offers both stylish chic and smart storage.

Japanese Dining Room Kitchen

Kim Salerno and Scott Nuding's first place is a 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom home in north Philadelphia. Using Nuding's favorite Asian artwork as inspiration, designer Tom Zemon signs on to help celebrate the new house with bold colors and a...

Cozy Frnech Living Room

Jada Williams' college landlord is not just her best friend, but she is also her big sister and surrogate mom. Both agreed that it is time for grad-student Williams to move into her own place. Now they both agree that she needs help getting started...

Beach House Boudoir

Ethan Roelle lived with his family of 13 while stockpiling hand-me-down furniture for his first place. But when the family barn went up in flames, his collection of furniture went with it. Now he has nothing to bring to his brand new lakeside ranch...

From Bedroom to Boudoir

Timika Lane and her 4-year-old daughter recently moved out of her mother's carriage house into her first place, a fire-damaged Philadelphia row house that needs a lot of work. My First Place designer Betty Kim plans to give this busy single mom a...

Manhattan Meets Miami

Rich Lopez is a transplanted New Yorker buying his first place in South Miami. Designer Franzella Guido plans to blend the culture of the Big Apple with the lush tropical setting outside Rich's living room to decorate his space.

Living Large In a Small Space

In order to save money to buy a home, graphic designer Caroline Geertz lived in a 150-square-foot converted garage for eight months. Now in her first place--measuring in at a whopping 650 square feet--she is ready for a housewarming gift. Designer...

Indoor/Outdoor Oasis

After living in a fraternity house, 21-year-old college students Lindsey Cohan and boyfriend Greg Perry are moving into their first place--a townhouse with a concrete patio. They have no idea where to begin as far as decorating, so design expert Gary...

Living Room Legacy

Military widow Jackie Syverson and her two young children have just moved into their first permanent home. All the moving over the years left Syverson with little decorating experience, so she turns to My First Place for help. Designer Carey Evans...

Living Room Gets Cozy Touch

After saving since he was 16, Henry Neris becomes a homeowner on his 22nd birthday. Problem is he spent so much on the down payment, he doesn't have so much as a couch to furnish it. Designer Betty Kim sets out to start him off with a stylish,...

Living Room Turns Chic

Laly and Alex Anderson and their three young children recently left their crowded apartment to move into their Miami dream house. There is plenty of room for the kids to run free, but Mom and Dad need something for themselves as well. Designer...

Living Room Gets Funky Style

Jen and Hugh passed on more than 50 houses before they found THE ONE, just outside Denver, Colo. What sold them on their first place was the cool '70s living room. However, Hugh's an abstract artist, but Jen likes Scandanavian simplicity. Designer...

Moroccan Bedroom Retreat

Melissa Sparks and Ian Cairns are graduating from college, getting married and stepping right into a fixer-upper for their first home. Designer Fiona Halfon intends to come to their rescue and design a bedroom that is a world apart from everything...

Living Room Goes European

Chris Philips has been saving for his first place since his first fast-food job at age 15. Now the 25-year-old is the proud owner of a historic Victorian in Denver. But he doesn't have a stick of furniture. Designer Carriann Arkowski helps Chris...

Feng Shui Family Room

Tiffany and Michael Garner have worked for 13 years to buy their first home. Along with their three children, they are moving out of a mobile home to a spacious new house in the Denver suburbs. Designer Fiona Halfon plans to help them settle in by...

Living Room Becomes Modern

Twenty-four-year-old Julie Omole is a go-getter whose first place in Philadelphia isn't nearly as hip as she is. Designer Betty Kim decides to turn her staid living room into a modern sitting room. Host Jill Cordes and Julie's big sister help our...

Dining Area Goes Artistic

Before Layda Morales and Derrick Payne decided to get married and buy their first place, they lived with Layda's mother and grandmother, squishing all their belongings into Layda's 10 x 10-foot childhood bedroom. By the time they move into their new...

Den Gets Zen

Marisa Krempler is a third-grade teacher who has just bought her first place in Boca Raton, Fla. She lives life at full throttle, so she wants her home to be a peaceful retreat. Designer Franzella Guido plans to create a Zen den to help this dynamo...

Living Room Lounge

Tayi Fleury and Ty Forkner just moved into a new high-rise apartment in Miami. The only request Fleury had when they were shopping for a place was that it had a fireplace. She got her wish! Since that element was so important to her, designer Gary...

Living/Dining Retreat

Kellee and Blas Cueto's first place has a spacious living/dining area, but the open floor plan currently feels hollow and cold. Designer Franzella Guido evokes the style of Frank Lloyd Wright to create intimate spaces for family dinners, good...

Living/Dining Area Redo

Melanie Feliciano has traveled the world on her struggling writer's income, but now she is putting down roots in her first place--a modest 600-square-foot condo in North Miami. She is immediately at a loss for what to do with the main living/dining...

Sophisticated Island Oasis

After spending 15 years in cramped barracks, Army veteran T.R. Tenarodriguez is buying his first place with fiancee Melissa Provost. They have more space than they ever imagined, and they are particularly stumped as to how to decorate the cavernous...

Bedroom Updo

Michele Peterson and Sean Murray are getting married in just a couple of months, and in the midst of planning a wedding they are buying their first place together. They are moving from separate apartments, and designer Carriann Arkowski helps them...

Family Room Fix-Up

In their six years of marriage, Melissa and Jonathan Kloster have lived in rentals, dorm rooms and even a home for troubled teens where they worked. But now that their two daughters, Olivia and Ahnya, are growing up, it's time to settle down in a...

Dual-Purpose Living Room

After five years traveling Eastern Europe in the Army, bachelor Tony Robinson is buying a loft in downtown Denver. But his 29 x 11-foot living room feels more like a bowling alley than the cool party room and home office Tony would like. Designer...

African/Asian Fusion

Lois Switzer and Moosah Reaume leave their 750-square-foot city rental for their very first place in a 'burbs, south of Denver. Designer Fiona Halfon's challenge is to give them a family room that fuses her African mementos from her Peace Corps stint...

Dragonfly Dining

Tia Talbert's first place is a charming Denver bungalow with a tiny kitchen whose only window is blocked by the refrigerator. Designer Carriann Arkowski finds inspiration in Talbert's love of dragonflies to create a dining room and kitchen to suit...

Modern African Safari

Becca and Jason Stewart and their 3-year-old son, Caleb, buy their very first place in a suburb of Denver. Designer Carriann Arkowski finds inspiration in the couple's mementos from Africa and creates a living room she calls "Modern African...

Loading. Please wait.
 

Advertisement

HGTV.ca is on Facebook

Like Us on Facebook

 

Advertisement

Loading. Please wait.
 

Casting Call

HGTV is Looking for a New Host!

HGTV is Looking for a New Host!

Are you an experienced renovator/contractor? We're looking for an articulate and funny contractor to host a new HGTV renovation series. View casting call page

HGTV Newsletter

Sign Up Now!

Our best decorating and DIY ideas delivered to your inbox twice a month.

View newsletter page