House Hunters

The WORST episodes of House Hunters

Every episode of House Hunters ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of House Hunters!

House Hunters takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode follows a prospective buyer and real estate agent through the home-buying process, from start to finish.

Last Updated: 7/3/2022Network: HGTV
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Simultaneously Buying and Selling
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#1 - Simultaneously Buying and Selling

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/6/2000

Linda and Michael Green have lived in 10 homes since they were married 14 years ago. Now they've decided that the time is right to start searching for house No. 11. Their current home is the first residence the couple has owned, so although they are experts at house hunting, they are facing a new challenge this time around--buying a new home and selling their old one at the same time.

Settling For A Smaller Home
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#2 - Settling For A Smaller Home

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/30/1999

Lisa and Bob Wadley recently relocated from Tennessee to Southern California. This was a big move for the couple, and it was made more difficult by the difference in housing prices between their old and new neighborhoods. Facing the prospect of settling for a much smaller home than the one they left, the couple is determined to find the best possible house for their money--one that will have three bedrooms, a good-size kitchen and it they're lucky, even a swimming pool.

For Sale By Owner
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#3 - For Sale By Owner

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/16/2000

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Securing A Mortgage
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#4 - Securing A Mortgage

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/16/1999

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Moving Closer To The Children
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#5 - Moving Closer To The Children

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/9/1999

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Family Growth Prompts Move
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#6 - Family Growth Prompts Move

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/18/1999

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Home Downsizing
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#7 - Home Downsizing

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/7/1999

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Moving Back To The City
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#8 - Moving Back To The City

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/11/1999

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Finding A House With A Yard
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#9 - Finding A House With A Yard

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 4/20/2000

Francisco Pugliese bought his tiny condominium while he was still a bachelor. It was perfect for him, complete with a beautiful open floor plan and interesting architecture. Now that he is married to Maria and they have a 7-month-old named Frankie, things are a little crowded. They are searching for a house with a yard that works for a family and are hoping they won't have to sacrifice their love for good design and beauty to get it.

Downsizing Toward The Ocean
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#10 - Downsizing Toward The Ocean

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/2/2000

Marilee and Fred Karlsen have spent the last 27 years happily raising their children in the same house. Now that they've retired, they are determined to trade in their days of yard work and home maintenance for leisurely riding their bicycles along the beach. They said they are ready to downsize and want to do so near the ocean. The problem is finding a house that is the right size for the two of them with a big enough kitchen for Marilee. They also want a place that will provide a beautiful backdrop for all the art they have collected over the years.

Growth Adjustment
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#11 - Growth Adjustment

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/23/2000

Karen and Greg Cowell and their two young children have outgrown their current house. They want a bigger place with enough room for them and all their toys. Unhappy with the previously owned homes they see with realtor and close friend, Debbie Kelly, they decide to have a brand new house built. They sell their house and move into a rental while the other is built. They then discover that they might be able to do even better.

Home By The Sea
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#12 - Home By The Sea

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 6/8/2000

Dr. Mimi Greenberg has set about fulfilling lifetime dreams since her early retirement began several years ago. She is a frequent traveler, but when she is at home, she enjoys the apartment's view of the mountains. She said she has always wanted a home by the sea, however, so she has set out to find a full-service condominium with a view of the ocean. Dr. Greenberg is also physically disabled, so she has certain special requirements for her new home. Her realtor, Gloria Hicks, understands her needs, but she also understands that sometimes buying a new house is not the only way to get what one wants.

Leaving Behind Apartment Living
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#13 - Leaving Behind Apartment Living

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/24/2000

Amie and Mark Bradford are ready to leave apartment living behind. The problem is, most single-family homes in the neighborhood that the couple loves are out of their budget range. With the help of realtor Nick Peters, the Bradfords hope to find the perfect compromise between apartment living and a costly new home.

Smaller Home Search
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#14 - Smaller Home Search

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/18/2000

Arthur Patterson is a bachelor who is eager to downsize from his 36-year-old fixer-upper house to a more manageable place that requires less maintenance. Because Patterson has grown rather attached to his current neighborhood, he is hoping to find a house or condominium in the near vicinity. With the assistance of his cousin and realtor Linda Dionisio, Patterson will be selling his house and searching for a smaller home that is more in tune with his busy lifestyle.

Seeking Homeownership
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#15 - Seeking Homeownership

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/4/2000

Nikki and Warren Dow moved into a tiny apartment because of its fabulous location by the beach. Now they are tired of having their bed in the living room and having to move everything around when they want to prepare dinner. They want to buy a house. Helping them to do it is Neda Joncich, a realtor who is also Nikki Dow's sister. They miss out on a house because they don't mind up their mind soon enough. When Nikki finds one she thinks is just right for them, but she and her husband must decide whether to make an offer after seeing it only once--in the dark.

Securing A Home Loan
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#16 - Securing A Home Loan

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/27/2000

Shaun Cooley has been renting an apartment on his own since finishing high school at age 16. Now 19, Cooley has been working as a computer programmer for three years now, and he has amassed a sizable savings. He'd like to put his money to good use and buy his first home. Helping him in this endeavor are two of his childhood friends who have recently started a career in real estate. Together, Cooley and his realtors Steve Erdely and Chad Ceretto, are in the market for a perfect first house. Even if they locate that perfect home, his short credit history may prove to be an obstacle to securing a home loan.

Affordable Home Search
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#17 - Affordable Home Search

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/20/2000

Marci and Dan Powers have been saving up for many years, waiting for the right home to come along. They have been doing their looking on their own, without a realtor. After struggling to find an affordable home, the family is becoming discouraged. Finally, an ideal situation presents itself. If things work out, the Powers may be able to buy a home in the middle of a renovation, complete the construction themselves and save a little money in the bargain.

Searching for a Pearl in Portland's Pearl District
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#18 - Searching for a Pearl in Portland's Pearl District

Season 22 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/26/2007

Can a young couple find a pearl of a condo in Portland's trendy Pearl District?

Bigger Vacation Home
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#19 - Bigger Vacation Home

Season 25 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/15/2008

A family is outgrowing their vacation home on Shelter Island. What can they find in their budget?

Newly Engaged Chicago Couple Searches for Their First Home Together
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#20 - Newly Engaged Chicago Couple Searches for Their First Home Together

Season 40 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/4/2010

Josh and Michelle have been dating for over a year and he recently popped the question. Now this engaged couple is ready to find a home and start their new life together. They both currently live the Wrigleyville area of Chicago and since their rental leases are nearly up, the time seems perfect to buy a home together. They'd like to stay in the Wrigleyville area; unfortunately most homes in that area are above their $400,000 to $450,000 budget. Another option they've considered is purchasing a multi-unit property and becoming landlords. The additional income from a renter means their budget could increase to $600,000. Their realtor starts off buy showing them a single family home that falls within their budget. It's a 2-bedroom coach home listed for $440,000. A coach home is typically a single-family home located behind a main property. This one is behind a condominium unit. The next place they look at is a multi-family property priced at $575,000. It has a 2000 square foot owners unit and 2 rental properties. The next option is a $574,000 multi-unit property. This one has a 1700 square foot owners unit and 1 rental property. Josh and Michelle have a big decision to make. Do they want to go with a single-family home or be responsible for rental units in a multi-family home?

Newlyweds Search for Their First Home in Vermont
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#21 - Newlyweds Search for Their First Home in Vermont

Season 40 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/11/2010

Newlyweds Anthony and Kellie knew they wanted to eventually buy a home in the Burlington Vermont area. But, when they qualified for a Federal Tax Incentive program which allowed them to buy a home with no down payment and a low interest loan, they decided to start looking now. Even though this is a great opportunity, they don't want to overextend themselves and want to stick to their $250,000 budget. Paying the bills is their number one priority. Broker Adam Hergenrother is determined to help these first time buyers navigate the real estate market. He shows them a place with a huge finished basement for $260,000, a split level home for $240,000 and an older upgraded home for $250,000. With so much riding on their decision, which one will be their future home?

Kelly and Mac Search For Their First Home in Orange County, California
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#22 - Kelly and Mac Search For Their First Home in Orange County, California

Season 40 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/28/2010

Kelly and Mac love living in Orange County, California and are ready to buy their first home. But, when it comes to their budget, Kelly isn't much of a risk taker and Mac isn't afraid to spend more to get what they want. With plans to have kids, they would like a home with enough room to possibly raise a family. They would prefer to find a place in Costa Mesa, California, which is centrally located between their jobs. But, with real estate prices on the higher end in Costa Mesa, their broker, Brandi Vanderbeek, has her job cut out for her.

First Time Buyers Seek Short Sale in Sacramento
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#23 - First Time Buyers Seek Short Sale in Sacramento

Season 40 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/14/2010

Chris and Lali Castro can finally afford their first home in Sacramento, California, but only if they buy a short sale property. Buying a short sale is a time consuming process, but if they're successful, they'll get a lot of house for not a lot of money. Unfortunately, the lease is up on their current rental so Chris and Lali are under extra pressure to move fast. Will these stressed out buyers succeed?

April and John Worden are Expecting Both Their First Child and To Find A Condo in the Heart of Boston That's Big Enough for Three
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#24 - April and John Worden are Expecting Both Their First Child and To Find A Condo in the Heart of Boston That's Big Enough for Three

Season 40 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/4/2010

For several years, April and John Worden have sacrificed space and sunlight so they could afford to live in the heart of Boston. They love the city's energy and history so much, that they've been renting a tiny, dark apartment. But now that they are expecting their first child, they are eager to buy a condo with spacious rooms, natural light, and maybe even a view of the city they love. Can local real estate agent Kathleen Alexander help them find what they're looking for? She shows them two condos in the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown, and one in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale. Which one will they choose as Baby Worden's first home? Find out, when House Hunters travels to historic Boston, Massachusetts.

Westward Ho!
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#25 - Westward Ho!

Season 29 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/19/2008

Dan Leonhardt and Sarah Power are currently engaged, and they've decided they've outgrown the busy life of Chicago. They have fallen in love with the minimal traffic, welcoming people and clean environment of Portland, Oregon. As they start their new life together, they may not agree on styles, but they do agree that they want a three-bedroom home with a big yard for their dog, Charlie.

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