Australians Sam and Lisa Chiodo have been professionally renovating homes for over 15 years. They look for properties with a story, move in, fix it up, sell it, and move on. In 2005, they took on a renovation in Italy, and it instantly felt like home. But with a young family, a permanent move wasn't in the cards. Several years later, the Chiodo family is finally ready to relocate from Australia's beaches to Italy's mountainous Piedmont region. This time, they're looking to renovate an older property to permanently live in. But with a budget of only 20,000 dollars, and winter quickly approaching, Sam, Lisa, and real estate agent Bruna don't have any time to spare.
Cathy and Michael have always loved visiting Punta de Mita, Mexico. They've dreamed of retiring amongst the sun and surf, but when Michael's job hits a bump in the road, they're rethinking retirement. Michael wants to purchase a property to secure their future, while facing an uncertain present, but Cathy thinks investing a nest egg now might be a big mistake. At odds over renting or buying the perfect property, Michael and Cathy must find some middle ground, when House Hunters International goes south of the border to Punta de Mita, Mexico.