I got bored with HHI and only watched half way through it. Normally I really look forward to the International one but this one did nothing for me. I thought the houses were mostly awful and barely livable. Plus all that tile, everywhere, made me just cringe.
I think the teacher is more than just a teacher, if I remember right? She also is some sort of instructor at the yacht club with her own private office. So I think that's how she is able to afford to move out. I was in awe of how low the median house was there and how low the cost of living was.
Count me in on the group who doesn't like stainless steel and granite counter tops. I prefer a natural stone counter top and either white appliances or black. I have my eye on a black fridge and stove for whenever we get around to remodeling our kitchen. I don't really care for that industrial look (at least in my eyes) with all that steel and granite.