Updated on February 22, 2017
Some of the Top TV Shows About House Flipping
Introduction to House Flipping
What is house flipping? Typically, a buyer finds a house that is sold at a good price and is in need of rehabbing, and buys and finances the home and the remodeling process. Once the remodeling process is complete, and the value of the home has consequently increased, the buyer then puts the house on the market.
Why are house flipping shows so popular? The genre gained a following just before and during the Great Recession. In fact one of the preeminent minds in House Flipping, Than Merrill of the Fortunebuilders started out on the show Flip this House in 2007.
Here are the top three house flipping shows. Two are currently on the air, and the third mentioned above concluded in 2009.
Fixer Upper follows Chip and Joanna Gaines, a husband-and-wife team, as they flip houses in and around Waco, TX. The show debuted in 2013. On each flip, Chip is the lead contractor and Joanna is the designer. Chip and Joanna also own Magnolia Market, which sells rustic home accessories in line with their design aesthetic.
The Gaines also own and rent out a B&B, the Magnolia House.
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop follows Tarek and Christina El Moussa, a husband-and-wife team, as they flip and sell houses in Southern California. Southern California is typically a very tough real estate market, and some of their flips are not successful. The show, which debuted in 2013, focuses on the El Moussas buying and flipping foreclosed, bank-owned, or short-sale homes.
Christina and Tarek work together to find, buy, and renovate these homes. The couple also owns a real estate agency, the El Moussa Group.
Flip this House
Flip this House was one of the first house flipping shows on TV. It premiered in 2005 on A&E and concluded its fifth and final season in 2009. It followed several groups of real estate brokers in different parts of the country (Charleston, San Antonio, Atlanta, and New Haven, CT). Over the course of the 5 yrs on-air, the teams flipped numerous homes and showed the ins-and-outs of buying distressed properties, rehabbing them and reselling them.