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WE'RE IN EUROPE NOW!

THE BIZZELL FAMILY FROM ATLANTA

IS FINDING EUROPE TO BE MUCH SMALLER THAN AMERICA.

SO THIS IS THE GRAND PLACE HERE IN BELGIUM.

EVERYTHING SEEMS VERY COMPACT.

CHECK THIS OUT.

OH, YEAH, THAT MAY BE A PROBLEM FOR YOU.

THEY'RE IMMERSING THEMSELVES INTO A NEW CULTURE.

BUT CONFLICTING PRIORITIES ARE EMERGING.

I'M WORRIED IT'S TOO MUCH HOUSE.

YEAH, BUT IT SURE WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THE KIDS HAVE THEIR OWN LIVING SPACE TO THEMSELVES.

IT'S NEAR MY WORK, WHICH IS REALLY GOOD AS WELL.

YOU WANT THE BOYS TO TRAVEL LONGER GETTING TO SCHOOL,

OR FOR YOU TO TRAVEL LONGER GETTING TO WORK?

AS "HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL"

LOOKS INTO BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.

YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE WE GETTING OURSELVES INTO?

DON'T JUMP IN THE CHOCOLATE MACHINE.

THESE ARE BEER GOGGLES.

(doorbell rings)

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THIS IS THE MAIN SQUARE IN BRUSSELS, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?

WELL, IT'S DEFINITELY NOT ATLANTA.

HEATHER BIZZELL HAS BEEN TO BRUSSELS MANY TIMES

TO VISIT HER COMPANY'S EUROPEAN HEADQUARTERS.

YEAH, THIS IS IT.

WOW.

BUT WHEN SHE WAS OFFERED TO BE ASSIGNED THERE...

WE TOOK A LONG, HARD LOOK AT THE OPPORTUNITY

TO MOVE OVERSEAS AND UPROOT OURSELVES.

HEY, THIS IS A BEER TEMPLE.

IF YOU WERE TO TELL ME I WOULD BE COMING TO BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

A YEAR AGO, I'D HAVE TOLD YOU "THERE'S NO WAY."

THAT'S SOME BEER SELECTION.

YEAH, THERE'S A LOT HERE.

AS BIG AS SUCH A MOVE IS,

IT WILL REQUIRE EVEN BIGGER CHANGE FOR THE FAMILY.

I'M GONNA BE RESIGNING MY JOB...

I'M GONNA ACTUALLY BE STAYING AT HOME WITH THE BOYS,

WHICH I HAVE NEVER DONE.

I'VE BEEN WORKING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THE PAST 18, 19 YEARS.

IT'S GONNA BE DEFINITELY DIFFERENT.

I DON'T THINK THE GROCERY STORE IS SOMEPLACE HE'S VISITED VERY OFTEN,

SO, WE'LL SEE HOW THAT'S GONNA BE.

BUT BRANDON IS TAKING HIS NEW JOB AS MR. MOM VERY SERIOUSLY.

SO, COME ON IN, THIS IS OUR SPORTS FACILITY HERE.

IT IS A WORRY.

HEY COACH, I'M BRANDON.

I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE FIND A SCHOOL

THAT'S COMFORTABLE FOR THEM.

THEY WILL GET FRENCH EVERY WEEK.

AND ALSO A HOUSE THAT'S COMFORTABLE FOR THEM.

SO THIS BEER IS MADE BY MONKS?

WE LOVE ATLANTA, BUT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY

THAT WE JUST CAN'T PASS UP.

WHAT'S THE BEST?

I DON'T WANT TO LIVE IN FEAR,

AND NOT DO SOMETHING BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID

OF COMING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE.

ALL RIGHT, WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE ADVICE.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

FROM SWEET HOME ATLANTA, THE BIZZELL FAMILY MOVES

4,400 MILES OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONE

TO BEGIN THEIR EUROPEAN ADVENTURE

IN BRUSSELS.

WITH 1.8 MILLION RESIDENTS,

BRUSSELS IS THE CAPITAL AND LARGEST URBAN AREA IN BELGIUM.

DATING BACK TO THE 10th CENTURY,

IT IS CURRENTLY THE SEAT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND NATO.

BRUSSELS IS THE CAPITAL OF EUROPE,

SO WE HAVE A LARGE COMMUNITY OF EXPATS.

THE CITY IS OFFICIALLY BILINGUAL,

WITH ALL SIGNS, NAMES AND ADVERTISEMENTS

IN BOTH FRENCH AND DUTCH.

OUR BUDGET'S BETWEEN $3,000

AND $3,200 PER MONTH,

BUT ULTIMATELY, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

IS TO BE ABLE TO FIND SOMETHING THAT WE ALL FEEL COMFORTABLE IN.

UM, WE NEED SOMETHING THAT HAS SPACE,

AND WE HAVE A GOOD-SIZED BACKYARD.

I GUESS YOU KNOW THAT THE STANDARDS IN EUROPE ARE NOT THE SAME AS IN THE U.S...

SO, IS IT A BIG ISSUE FOR YOU?

WE HAVE TWO BOYS-- TWO VERY ACTIVE BOYS,

SO THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THIS,

IS MAKING SURE THAT THEY HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM OUT BACK

TO RUN AROUND.

(Heather) WELL, I'D LIKE SOMETHING WITH 3 OR 4 BEDROOMS, AT LEAST,

AND IDEALLY, MORE THAN 2 BATHROOMS.

UM, I HAVE THREE BOYS AND THEY SOMEHOW ALWAYS SEEM

TO BE IN THE BATHROOM AT THE SAME TIME.

THREE BOYS?

THE LOCATION IS IMPORTANT, TOO--

UM, NOT TOO FAR OF A COMMUTE FOR MY WORK.

IT'S GONNA HAVE TO BE PRETTY CLOSE TO THE SCHOOL,

THAT'S PROBABLY THE NUMBER ONE.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S NUMBER ONE, BUT DEFINITELY I THINK IT NEEDS

TO BE NEAR WHERE THE BOYS ARE.

UM, I WORK RIGHT HERE.

YEAH, RIGHT.

SO, THIS AREA COULD BE REALLY NICE,

AND THIS ONE TOO.

OKAY.

WE HAVE TO FIND THEM A GOOD LOCATION

BETWEEN THE OFFICE AND THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL.

HEARING HOW IMPORTANT THE KIDS ARE IN THIS EQUATION,

STEVE DECIDES TO START WITH A HOUSE THAT'S WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE

OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL.

HERE WE ARE IN WATERLOO,

SO, THE BUDGET IS...

5 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS,

AND A TOILET.

GREAT.

I THINK THIS HOUSE ANSWERED TO A LOT OF CRITERIA...

SPACE, PRICE.

OKAY, HERE WE ARE.

HMM-MM.

SO WE CAN START, MAYBE, WITH THE LIVING ROOM AREA.

OKAY.

IT SMELLS MILDEWY.

IT WAS FRESHLY REPAINTED, I THINK, SO...

OH, THAT'S NOT THE SMELL I SMELL.

THEIR FIRST IMPRESSION, IT WAS NOT REALLY POSITIVE.

SO WE ARE IN THE LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM,

WITH A HUGE FIREPLACE.

IT'S VERY OPEN, I LIKE THAT.

OH, NICE YARD.

YEAH, SO WE ARE IN THE KITCHEN NOW.

REALLY MODERN, SO, DISHWASHER,

A HUGE FRIDGE WITH FREEZER.

AND IS THIS A STANDARD SIZE REFRIGERATOR?

FOR BELGIUM, YEAH.

STEVE SAID THE REFRIGERATOR WAS A STANDARD SIZE,

BUT IT SEEMS QUITE SMALL TO U.S. STANDARDS.

IT'S NICE THAT THE SINK IS RIGHT OVER THE WINDOW

AND YOU CAN LOOK OUT.

OKAY, SO WE ARE ARRIVING TO THE TERRACE.

FOR YOUR KIDS, I THINK IT'S A GOOD SIZE.

YEAH.

THEY CAN PLAY, THEY CAN MOVE.

THE BACKYARD IS AWESOME...

REALLY GOOD SIZE.

QUITE LOUD, YES.

EXACTLY-- THAT'S ONE OF THE POINTS OF THE HOUSE.

IS THAT ROAD ALWAYS BUSY?

YEAH, IT'S A FREEWAY.

SO, ON THIS LEVEL YOU HAVE 5 BEDROOMS.

OKAY.

GOOD SIZED ROOMS.

YEAH, NICE SIZED ROOMS.

MASTER BEDROOM IS OVER THERE.

OKAY.

THE WINDOWS ARE... THEY'RE SMALL.

THERE'S NOT A LOT OF LIGHT IN HERE, THAT'S FOR SURE.

THOSE ARE THE FRENCH STYLE,

SO LITTLE WINDOWS UPSTAIRS, AND BIG WINDOWS DOWNSTAIRS.

SO I FEEL LIKE I'LL BE SLEEPING IN A COFFIN UP HERE.

SO HERE THE MASTER BATHROOM...

OKAY, IT LOOKS UPDATED.

WITH BATHTUB AND SEPARATE TOILET.

TWO VANITIES.

THAT'S NICE.

OKAY, THAT'S IT-- I THINK WE COVERED THE HOUSE.

WHAT DO WE THINK?

WELL, IT DEFINITELY HAS A LOT OF BEDROOMS.

I QUITE LIKE THE SPACE

AND THE BATHROOM SEEMED UM, PRETTY CURRENT.

I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DISTANCE TO WORK, THOUGH.

IT'S GONNA BE QUITE A COMMUTE AND IT IS QUITE LOUD.

BUT, IT IS CLOSE TO SCHOOL, SO, YEAH...

YEAH, IT'LL BE NICE FOR YOU, FOR SURE.

YEAH.

NICE FOR HIM...

BUT CLEARLY, HEATHER HAS LOCATION CONCERNS.

WILL HOUSE TWO ADDRESS THEM?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

LOOKS GREAT-- LOOKS NEW, ALMOST.

(Brandon) THIS IS EUROPE.

(Heather) WE'RE IN MINI EUROPE--

SO NOW WE GOTTA FIGURE OUT WHERE WE'RE GONNA GO NOW THAT WE'RE HERE.

YAY!

IN THE WATER!

YOU WANNA GO IN THE WATER?

HAVING LIVED A VERY PRACTICAL LIFE IN ATLANTA,

BRANDON AND HEATHER THOUGHT LONG AND HARD

BEFORE TRANSPLANTING THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY TO EUROPE.

DO YOU SEE THOSE PEOPLE SITTING UP THERE?

(Brandon) WE ONLY KNOW THE AMERICAN WAY--

WE'VE NEVER LIVED ABROAD.

WE CAN GO TO ALL THESE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

AND EXPERIENCE ALL THESE DIFFERENT CITIES AND CULTURES.

SO, WE'RE GONNA BE DOING A LOT OF TRAVELING.

PUT YOUR HAND DOWN, PUT YOUR HAND DOWN.

CHEESE.

WITH BRANDON LEAVING HIS LAW ENFORCEMENT JOB BEHIND,

IT WAS MORE THAN JUST AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE KIDS TO SEE THE WORLD.

I THINK IT'S GONNA BE A GREAT CHANCE FOR THE KIDS TO HAVE

AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR FATHER.

DON'T SMILE, DON'T SMILE...

YOU CAN'T SMILE, DON'T YOU SMILE.

LOOK AT THAT.

BRANDON HAS HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN ATLANTA,

AND I THINK THAT THIS IS JUST A DIFFERENT CHANGE OF PACE FOR HIM.

I'M PUNCHING YOUR HAND.

YOU CAN'T SMILE-- OH I SEE IT CREEPING ACROSS YOUR CHEEK...

AH, THERE IT GOES.

TAKING HIS NEW ROLE AS MR. MOM SERIOUSLY,

BRANDON IS ADVOCATING FOR THE KIDS TO BE COMFORTABLE

AND NEAR THEIR NEW SCHOOL.

IT'LL BE NICE FOR YOU, FOR SURE.

YEAH.

BUT HEATHER HAS CONCERNS.

THE COMMUTE IS GOING TO BE QUITE A BIT FOR ME, I THINK.

STAYING IN WATERLOO, HOUSE TWO IS SLIGHTLY CLOSER

TO HEATHER'S JOB,

BUT STILL VERY CLOSE TO THE SCHOOL.

THIS HOUSE IS FRESHLY RENOVATED,

UH, IT'S AN EXPAT AREA, SO A LOT OF POSITIVE POINTS.

THE BUDGET OF THIS HOUSE IS...

4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, AND ADDITIONAL TOILET.

GREAT.

SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

LOOKS GREAT-- LOOKS NEW, ALMOST.

FOLLOW ME.

IT'S QUITE SMALL, YEAH.

BUT IT'S RENOVATED, SO YOU HAVE OTHER ADVANTAGES.

SO, NOW ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE YOU HAVE A BIG LIVING ROOM

WITH THE FIREPLACE-- IT'S REALLY BRIGHT.

LOOK AT THE VIEW.

WOW, IT IS QUITE NICE.

OH LOOK, IT'S A TERRACE.

NICE VIEW.

YOU ARE REALLY CLOSE TO WATERLOO DOWNTOWN,

BUT IT'S REALLY PEACEFUL.

YEAH, THE YARD IS QUITE SMALL, THOUGH, I'M NOT SURE...

BUT LOOK AT THAT FIELD-- WHO OWNS THAT FIELD?

NOBODY, BUT YOU CAN USE IT WITH YOUR KIDS, YOU CAN PLAY THERE.

AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO MAINTAIN IT, SO I THINK IT COULD BE PERFECT.

YEAH, WE ARE QUITE CLOSE TO THE NEIGHBORS THOUGH.

UM, I THINK THEY COULD PROBABLY EVEN SEE IN HERE...

I'M NOT SO SURE ABOUT THAT.

SO, IT'S QUITE A LARGE DINING SPACE.

IT'S REALLY CLOSE TO THE KITCHEN-- THE NICEST ROOM OF THE HOUSE.

WOW, YES.

IT'S BRAND NEW.

THIS IS NICE.

SO, WITH A BIG ISLAND.

WOW, NICE UPGRADE.

IT'S A GOOD SIZE TOO.

IT'S NEW, MODERN-- I LIKE THE MODERN.

SO, YOU HAVE EVERYTHING, DISHWASHER, MICROWAVE, OVEN...

EVERYTHING IS NEW-- WITH A FRIDGE.

OH, SO IT'S A SMALL-- ONE OF THE SMALL KIND.

NO, IT'S NOT SMALL--

IT'S THE NORMAL SIZE FOR BELGIUM.

THE KITCHEN BEING CURRENT IS A PLUS.

ON THE RIGHT SIDE, YOU HAVE THE MASTER BEDROOM,

WITH A REALLY, REALLY NEW BATHROOM,

WITH A BATHTUB AND A SHOWER.

THIS IS BIGGER THAN A BATHROOM IN THE STATES.

REALLY LARGE, REALLY LARGE FOR BELGIUM, YEAH.

YOU CAN GO BACK TO THE BEDROOM.

YEAH, IT'S A GOOD SIZE.

I BELIEVE OUR FURNITURE WILL FIT IN HERE.

WOW, WE REALLY ARE LOOKING RIGHT INTO THE NEIGHBOR'S KITCHEN.

SO WE CAN CONTINUE ON THE OTHER BATHROOM.

THIS ONE IS RENOVATED...

NEW BATHTUB, NEW FLOOR.

NICE DOUBLE SINKS.

THE BOYS WOULDN'T FIGHT OVER ONE SINK.

EXACTLY, LIKE YOURS.

THE ROOMS SEEMED A LITTLE BIT SMALLER

THAN THE BEDROOMS WE HAVE IN THE STATES.

BUT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT IN THE UNITED STATES ANYMORE.

IT'S NICE, BUT IT'S A LITTLE SMALL, I THINK.

YEAH, BUT, THE VISIT IS NOT REALLY FINISHED.

YOU HAVE A HUGE GARAGE FOR TWO CARS,

WITH AN EASY ACCESS ALONG THE HOUSE.

THAT'S NICE.

AN ADDITIONAL ROOM THAT YOU CAN USE FOR STORAGE.

NICE.

YOU'RE GONNA LIKE THIS.

A BAR-- COOL!

THIS IS NEAT.

HE'S READY FOR A PARTY.

YEAH.

THIS IS DEFINITELY OVER OUR BUDGET AT $3,300 PER MONTH.

THINGS ARE JUST GONNA BE MORE EXPENSIVE IN EUROPE.

I DON'T KNOW THAT WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO GET AROUND THAT.

LOOK AT THAT-- YOU'VE GOT THE BIG FIELD.

YEAH-- I'M JUST NOT A BIG FAN OF HAVING OUR NEIGHBORS

LOOKING IN OUR WINDOWS, IN ALL HONESTY.

HEATHER SEEMS TO BE DRAGGING HER HEELS

ON BOTH HOUSES IN WATERLOO...

LOOKS LIKE A LEAK OR SOMETHING GOING ON?

MAYBE THAT'S THE SMELL.

STEVE KNOWS HOUSE THREE NEEDS TO CATER TO HER.

SO NOW WE ARE IN THE SUBURBS OF BRUSSELS,

AND YOU ARE REALLY CLOSE TO YOUR OFFICE.

THE COUNTRY OF BELGIUM IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR ITS CHOCOLATES.

HEY, GUYS.

(yelling) CHOCOLATE!

BROTHERS AVERY AND BRYSON

ARE EXCITED TO FIND OUT WHY, FIRSTHAND.

SO, THANKS FOR COMING HERE...

I WILL MAKE SOME FRESH CHOCOLATE BACKSTAGE.

GREAT!

DID YOU HEAR THAT-- FRESH CHOCOLATE.

OKAY, LET'S GO.

KINDA LIKE WILLY WONKA, HUH?

WE HAVE TWO BOYS, AVERY, WHO'S SEVEN,

AND BRYSON, WHO IS FIVE.

YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY.

I GUESS ONE OF THE MAIN DECIDING FACTORS FOR US

WAS WHEN YOU LOOK BACK ON YOUR LIFE

WHEN YOU'RE 70, 80, 90 YEARS OLD,

YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SITTING IN THE ROCKING CHAIR ON THE FRONT STEP

SAYING, "YOU KNOW, WE COULD HAVE GONE AND LIVED IN EUROPE."

DON'T JUMP IN THE CHOCOLATE MACHINE, HUH?

I SEE IN YOUR EYES...

YOU WANT TO DO ONE, YES?

(Brandon) THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE KIDS TO SEE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

AND EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT CULTURES

AND DIFFERENT WAYS OF LIFE...

LOOK AT YOUR CHOCOLATES.

WOW!

IT WILL MAKE THEM STRONGER LATER ON IN LIFE,

MORE WELL-ROUNDED.

HE'S ALREADY EATING IT!

MMM.

BRANDON IS HAPPY WITH THE TWO CHOICES NEAR THE SCHOOL...

LOOK AT THAT!

ONE UNDER THEIR $3,200 A MONTH BUDGET...

IT'S QUITE LOUD.

EXACTLY.

ONE OVER.

I'M JUST NOT A BIG FAN OF HAVING OUR NEIGHBORS LOOKING IN OUR WINDOWS.

BUT SEEING HEATHER'S NITPICKING ABOUT BOTH,

IT'S OBVIOUS TO STEVE THAT SHE'S WORRIED ABOUT THE COMMUTE.

FINALLY TARGETING HER WISH LIST REQUEST,

STEVE TAKES THEM BACK TO BRUSSELS, NEAR HEATHER'S JOB,

FOR HOUSE THREE.

I CHOSE THIS ONE BECAUSE IT'S REALLY CLOSE TO AMERICAN STYLE--

THEY HAVE A LOT OF BEDROOMS.

I WANT TO PRESENT YOU A BIG HOUSE WITH 6 BEDROOMS,

BUT IT'S SLIGHTLY ABOVE YOUR BUDGET...

YOU HAVE 4 BATHROOMS.

WOW.

IT'S AN EXPAT AREA, SO YOU CAN FIND A LOT OF PEOPLE SPEAKING ENGLISH,

IT WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM.

OKAY.

YOU ARE REALLY CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN AND YOU ARE REALLY CLOSE TO YOUR OFFICE.

OH, YEAH.

I THINK IT'S BETWEEN 5 AND 10 MINUTES IN THE MORNING.

OH, GREAT, GREAT-- OKAY.

THIS ONE IS OVER BUDGET-- I'M NOT SURE BRANDON IS GOING TO BE KEEN ON THAT.

I KNOW HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE NOT ONLY HAVE MONEY

FOR OUR BILLS AND UTILITIES,

BUT ALSO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL,

THAT'S WHY WE'RE COMING HERE.

ON YOUR LEFT, YOUR OWN OFFICE--

A HUGE OFFICE I THINK.

NICE.

AND YOU ARRIVE IN THE BIG LIVING AND DINING ROOM.

OH WOW, IT'S LONG.

WITH A LITTLE FIREPLACE.

BIG KITCHEN, MAYBE WE CAN CHECK THE KITCHEN TOGETHER.

OH WOW, IT'S NICE-- OUR TABLE WOULD FIT IN HERE.

IT SURE WOULD.

THE FRIDGE...

WOW, IT'S PRETTY SMALL.

WOW! IT'S PRETTY BIG.

WOW, IT IS.

FOR THE SUBURBS OF BRUSSELS, IT'S PRETTY HUGE.

FOR TWO KIDS, IT'S WONDERFUL, I THINK.

OH YEAH, IT'S A NICE SIZE.

LOOK AT THIS.

IT HAS A BASKETBALL COURT.

THE BACKYARD IS AWESOME--

I REALLY DIDN'T EXPECT TO FIND A YARD THIS BIG,

THIS CLOSE TO THE CITY.

ON THE FIRST FLOOR WE HAVE 3 BEDROOMS WITH 3 BATHROOMS

FOR EACH ROOM.

AND UPSTAIRS, 3 OTHER BEDROOMS WITH 1 BATHROOM.

ON THIS ONE YOU HAVE A REALLY, REALLY BIG BATHROOM, WITH SHOWER.

AHH!

YOU GOTTA HAVE A SHOWER.

AND YOU HAVE A DIRECT ACCESS TO YOUR BEDROOM.

AW, LOOK!

THE MASTER BEDROOM WITH A LITTLE FIREPLACE.

THAT'S NICE.

AW.

(Brandon) I THINK HEATHER LIKES IT.

SHE LIKES HAVING PLENTY OF ROOM.

AS FAR AS LOCATION, IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S GONNA BE PRIME

FOR HEATHER'S WORK.

WHAT I DON'T WANT TO HAVE HAPPEN IS THE BOYS END UP

SPENDING A LOT OF TIME IN TRANSIT

GOING BACK AND FORTH TO SCHOOL.

SO, JUST TAKE A LOOK UPSTAIRS AND LET ME KNOW.

OKAY, THANKS.

WOW, THERE'S 3 ROOMS UP HERE.

OH LOOK, THERE'S BEAMS AND EVERYTHING.

CHECK THIS OUT.

OH, YEAH, THAT MAY BE A PROBLEM FOR YOU.

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I MEAN, IT'S REALLY CLOSE TO MY WORK,

AND THE YARD IS A NICE, GOOD SIZE.

WE DON'T NEED THIS MANY ROOMS.

THE ENTIRE THIRD FLOOR WOULD BE FOR THE BOYS.

I'M WORRIED IT'S TOO MUCH HOUSE.

IT'S A LOT OF MONEY-- WE DON'T NECESSARILY NEED ALL THIS ROOM.

YEAH, BUT IT SURE WOULD BE NICE FOR THE KIDS TO HAVE THEIR OWN LIVING SPACE FOR THEMSELVES.

I THINK IT'S A NICE PLACE, I LIKE IT.

IT'S NEAR MY WORK, WHICH IS REALLY GOOD AS WELL.

YEAH, IT IS OVER BUDGET, BUT I THINK, ULTIMATELY,

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS IS FOR US TO BE COMFORTABLE

AND THIS PLACE CERTAINLY ALLOWS US ENOUGH ROOM FOR THAT.

CLEARLY OF DIFFERENT MINDS,

IT ALL SEEMS TO BE BOILING DOWN TO LOCATION.

DO YOU WANT THE BOYS TO TRAVEL LONGER GETTING TO SCHOOL,

OR FOR YOU TO TRAVEL LONGER GETTING TO WORK?

IT REALLY IS CLOSE TO MY WORK, THOUGH.

HAVING SEEN THREE POTENTIALLY SUITABLE HOUSES,

THERE ARE NO INDICATIONS OF A CONSENSUS OF OPINION

BETWEEN BRANDON AND HEATHER.

TOO MANY ROOMS.

THE COMMUTE IS GONNA BE QUITE A BIT FOR ME, I THINK.

I'M JUST NOT A BIG FAN OF HAVING OUR NEIGHBORS LOOKING IN OUR WINDOWS.

AND ONLY ONE OF THE HOUSES IS WITHIN THEIR $3,200 A MONTH BUDGET.

HOUSE 1 FAVORS BRANDON, BEING NEAR THE KIDS' SCHOOL,

AND COMES IN AT...

BUT, IT SMELLS, IS FAR FROM HEATHER'S JOB, AND...

IT'S QUITE LOUD.

EXACTLY.

ALSO NEAR THE SCHOOL,

HOUSE 2 COMES IN BETWEEN HOUSE 1 AND 3, AT...

BUT IT'S THE SMALLEST, AND LACKS PRIVACY.

WE ARE QUITE CLOSE TO THE NEIGHBORS, THOUGH.

I THINK THEY CAN PROBABLY EVEN SEE IN HERE.

HOUSE 3 HAS IT ALL AND MORE...

BUT WEIGHS IN WAY OVER BUDGET, AT...

IT'S A LOT OF MONEY-- WE DON'T NEED ALL THIS ROOM.

I THINK IT'S A NICE PLACE, I LIKE IT.

SO, YOU THINK WE CAN RULE ONE OF THEM OUT?

YEAH, DEFINITELY THE FRENCH HOUSE FOR ME.

YEAH, I THINK I CAN RULE OUT THE FRENCH HOUSE AS WELL,

I WASN'T A BIG FAN OF THAT SMELL

AND IT WAS GONNA BE A LONG COMMUTE.

ALL RIGHT, IT'S OUT.

AND THERE WAS THE BASEMENT HOUSE, WHICH IS MUCH SMALLER,

AND IS FURTHER FROM MY OFFICE.

BUT, REALLY CLOSE BY THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

AND IT HAD ALL THE BEDROOMS WE WERE LOOKING FOR,

THE BATHROOMS AS WELL, SO...

I LIKE THE MODERN KITCHEN, TOO.

I MEAN, THE BACKYARD WASN'T AS BIG AS THE OTHERS,

BUT IT WASN'T BAD-- YOU GOT A BIG, GIANT FIELD.

BUT WE DO HAVE THE NEIGHBORS ISSUE

LOOKING ALL IN AT US ALL THE TIME.

AND THEN THERE WAS THE MODERN HOUSE...

WHICH IS HUGE.

IT'S REALLY CLOSE TO MY WORK, THOUGH.

BUT FAR AWAY FROM THE SCHOOL

SO THAT'S SOMETHING YOU GOTTA THINK ABOUT--

DO YOU WANT THE BOYS TO TRAVEL LONGER GETTING TO SCHOOL,

OR FOR YOU TO TRAVEL LONGER GETTING TO WORK?

BUT, IT HAD A NICE YARD.

BUT I WONDER IF IT'S JUST TOO MUCH.

TOO MUCH IN PRICE, TOO MUCH HOUSE--

WE JUST DON'T NEED IT.

IT REALLY IS CLOSE TO MY WORK, THOUGH.

DO YOU WANT TO COME OVER HERE AND OVEREXTEND OURSELVES,

AND NOT BE ABLE TO TRAVEL-- NOT BE ABLE TO DO THINGS WE WANT TO DO?

NO, DEFINITELY NOT.

OR DO YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT FROM A PRACTICAL STANDPOINT,

WHERE, IT HAS A BAR?

(Heather laughing)

I THINK YOU'RE GONNA START CALLING IT THE BAR HOUSE INSTEAD OF THE BASEMENT HOUSE.

WORKS FOR ME.

SO, WE MADE UP OUR MIND?

I THINK THAT'S THE BEST CHOICE...

THERE'S NO DOUBT, THAT'S THE BEST CHOICE.

HEATHER CONCEDES TO A LONG COMMUTE TO HOUSE 2,

SO THE BOYS CAN BE NEAR THEIR SCHOOL IN WATERLOO.

AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS,

BRANDON IS STILL FINDING HIS WAY AS MR. MOM.

YOU KNOW, I'M USED TO GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE

AND I CAN BE IN AND OUT OF THERE IN A MATTER OF MINUTES--

PICK UP WHAT I WANT TO PICK UP.

AND COME OVER HERE, AND THE MILK IS GREEN LABELED,

WHITE LABEL, YELLOW LABEL--

I CAN'T READ WHAT THE BOTTLE SAYS.

WHICH ONE'S REGULAR WHOLE MILK?

UH, NO, THAT'S NOT THE ONE.

15 MINUTES IN AND OUT

TURNS INTO AN HOUR.

I THINK I GOT THE RIGHT MILK THIS TIME.

YEAH?

I HAD TO ASK SOMEBODY, BUT...

I'M GETTING BETTER.

WELL I THINK THIS PLACE WORKED BETTER FOR US

THAN THE OTHER OPTIONS WE SAW.

THE PLACE SEEMED VERY MUCH LIKE WHAT-- SOMETHING WE WOULD SEE IN THE STATES.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, SON, I DON'T KNOW.

IT'S NOT IDEALLY LOCATED, THOUGH, IN TERMS OF PROXIMITY TO MY WORK,

I HAVE QUITE A COMMUTE IN THE MORNING.

BIKE RIDING, HUH?

BUT I'VE LEARNED THAT IF I LEAVE EARLY ENOUGH...

IMAGINE 15 MINUTES CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE,

AND IT DEFINITELY DOES.

I THINK HAVING OUR OWN FURNITURE HERE

ACTUALLY HELPS MAKE THINGS FEEL LIKE HOME.

THE BOYS HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF CHOOSE THEIR NEW ROOM THEME--

AVERY'S NOW GOT A BASEBALL ROOM.

SO IT'S GIVEN US AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR SPACE

FEEL LIKE OUR OWN.

I'M GONNA OPEN UP THAT TRAPPIST BEER WE GOT DOWNTOWN.

OH, OKAY.

HERE'S A SPECIAL GLASS FOR IT, TOO.

THE BAR ENDED UP WORKING OUT GREAT.

IT'S KIND OF A LITTLE MAN CAVE DOWN THERE.

HE'S GOT HIS BEER TAP DOWN THERE.

AND THE ANTLERS...

AND THEY'RE ALL UP ON THE WALL,

SO IT KIND OF MAKES ME FEEL LIKE HOME.

CHEERS.

I'M NOT WEARING A GUN EVERYDAY, THAT'S BEEN A CHANGE.

YEAH.

FIRST WEEK OR SO WE WERE HERE, HEATHER COMES IN AND SAYS,

"BRANDON, YOU'VE HAD A BEER EVERY NIGHT THIS WEEK."

IT'S LIKE "YEAH, I'M IN BELGIUM."

YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING CALLS

OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT-- IT'S ACTUALLY BEEN PRETTY NICE.

WHOO-- THAT'S SOME STRONG BEER.

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