The Cinema Static team has been watching the new HGTV TV series, Flip or Flop. And we have to say, it's not bad.
It follows a pair of married real estate agents, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, who, in this down market, are followed by cameras as they chase down foreclosures and other distressed home sales. They buy a house, usually for cash, go in and refurbish it, then sell it for a wonderfully inspiring profit.
What I find amazing is how sometimes people can leave these homes in such disrepair. It seems at times, people intentionally sabotage the home before leaving, and it's a terrible reflection on previous tenants or owners.
Or the horrible people, in one episode, who fully vandalized a house, from room to room.
The other part of the process is seeing how some folks "upgraded" their homes without proper permitting. Wow. What an eye-opener.
If you're an HGTV regular, I equate the half-hour series to Property Brothers, but they do everything in the half-hour episode. And like real life, not all their episodes end with a sale.
The ones that end in a sale usually end with a competitive bidding war that drives up their price. But sometimes, they don't sell and the episode ends with no sale.
Hey guys, you should convince your wives or other halves to check out the show. (Trust me!)
Some resources about the show:
Their WordPress site; Facebook Page; Their real-estate site.
It's a fun show and I hope it does well enough by HGTV to get themselves a second season with maybe, just maybe, longer episodes. Here's the official HGTV press bit on the series:
"Flip or Flop
Hosts: Tarek and Christina El Moussa
Tarek, a self-proclaimed "driven real estate genius" partners with his wife, Christina to flip new properties in HGTV's Flip or Flop. From the nail-biting purchase at the auction to the frustrating renovations, HGTV cameras follow these novice flippers as they try their hand at the toughest game in town. Viewers also get a glimpse into their personal lives as they put everything into this venture, including the sanity of their family. "