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Flip or Flop

Flip or Flop

Photo Credit:  Pie Town Productions/HGTV/Scripps Networks
  • Premiered: 
    April 16, 2013
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  • Network: HGTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: home improvement, real estate

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Plot Synopsis

FLIP OR FLOP is a reality series that follows a young couple, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, as they flip properties in Southern California. Tarek is a self-proclaimed real estate genius with determination and drive, but they are relatively novice flippers putting everything they have into this venture, including the fortunes of their crazy parents and stepparents. Each 30-minute episode features Tarek and Christina flipping a new property -- from the nail-biting purchase at auction, to the frustrating renovations and maddening showings, and ending with the giddy acceptance of an offer -- including these purchases: a foreclosed property in Anaheim Hills, which they bought for $430k, only to later find that the property was vandalized and concrete was poured in the sinks, showers and toilets, destroying the plumbing in the house; a foreclosure in Yorba Linda, which they purchased for $393K at auction, only to find an unpermitted fourth bedroom as they worked with their contractor, Dan Messina; a four-bedroom house in Garden Grove, for which they use $280K from an investor, Pete De Best, and then spend $80K on improvements and fixes; a family home in an upscale neighborhood in Cypress, which they purchase even though their contractor, Izzy Battres, warns them about troubling signs of water damage that cannot be thoroughly investigated until they own the house; a foreclosed 1920's Spanish style house in Santa Ana, which they purchase for $208K at auction and are later surprised their contractor finds structural damage to the foundation and roof leaks; and many more homes the couple purchases at auction or through short sales. Immediately following a six-hour marathon (3-9pm ET/PT) of encore episodes, FLIP OR FLOP returned for its second season on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV. In the Season 2 premiere, Tarek and Christina broaden their search to include Los Angeles County when they find no foreclosures to flip in Orange County. The home is too far away for them to look at it before they go to the auction, so they bid on the property sight unseen. When they meet their contractor at the house for a design walkthrough, they suffer from total foreclosure shock. Plus, Season 2 reveals how the couple is even more focused on their family after Tarek's health scare, when a viewer, who also happened to be a registered nurse, spotted a lump on Tarek's neck during an episode and alerted him to seek life-saving treatment for thyroid cancer. Season 3 of FLIP OR FLOP premiered on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV, immediately following an all-day (1-9pm) marathon of encore episodes. On Tuesday, December 3, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, HGTV premiered the fourth season of FLIP OR FLOP, immediately following an eight-hour marathon (1-9pm) of encore episodes. This season Tarek and Christina take on more high-stakes risks as they invest in short sales and foreclosures, all while balancing their growing family. They venture into barricaded properties and abandoned locations, because they believe braving the worst homes on the block translates into the best return on their investments. During the premiere episode, "Of Wreck and Ruin," Tarek and Christina purchase a sight-unseen rental home in La Puente, CA, and it proves to be one of their most challenging flips yet. The dilapidated property requires a pricey makeover -- from the foundation to the drywall -- before it can be put on the market for sale. Season 5 of FLIP OR FLOP premiered on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV. Tarek and Christina kick off the season with a property in Whittier, CA, that would scare most buyers away. As renovation begins, the couple encounters surprise repairs that drive up their costs and delay them from putting the house on the market. These costly problems could whittle the house -- and the couple's profit -- down to the studs. "When we're flipping a house, there's always a chance we'll run into an unexpected repair," said Christina. "These surprises keep us on our toes and push us to make the best choices." A new season of FLIP OR FLOP premiered on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on HGTV, immediately following an 8.5-hour marathon (12:30-9pm) of encore episodes. In the season opener, "Hidden Potential," Tarek and Christina flip a house in Garden Grove, CA. They really have their work cut out for them on this one because not only is the house on a busy street but it is a mess! Have Tarek and Christina opened up a can of worms or does this flip have some hidden potential waiting to be uncovered? On Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, HGTV premiered the seventh season of FLIP OR FLOP. In the season opener, "A Deceiving Deal," Tarek and Christina see a great opportunity to purchase a three-bedroom house in Whittier, CA, for a low price since the seller is looking to unload it quickly and it is still tenant occupied. Their hopes are high, but once they get inside they find that the tenants left the place in an absolute wreck. Will they be able to handle this mess or have they been deceived by what's on the outside?
On Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, HGTV premieres "From Drab to Fab Design," a half-hour FLIP OR FLOP special. Tarek and Christina open up about how the look of their flips has changed over the years and how they've come into their own as designers. From rehabilitating sight-unseen surprises, to elevating their style for chic LA buyers to creating an epic backyard, these are the drab-to-fab designs that helped shape their journey from rags to riches.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Pie Town Productions


  • - Orange County, California USA
  • - Los Angeles, California USA