El Moussa shepherds rookie flippers through the process
The episodes are longer, the flips are riskier and the storylines are more personal for Tarek El Moussa and his family as “Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa” returns for its second season.
Premiering Thursday, Sept. 16, on HGTV, the sophomore round expands each of the 12 episodes to an hour as El Moussa coaches more newbies on the ABC’s of house flipping in the Los Angeles area. The show will also delve into his home life with fiancee Heather Rae Young, the real estate agent to whom he proposed in the Season 1 finale, and her two children. The couple just bought a beach house in Newport Beach and so the episodes will also devote time to their renovations.
“In this season you get to see everything in more detail,” El Moussa explains. “There’s more design, there’s more coaching, there’s more training. And the properties this year, I think the designs are much better than last year. I think the projects are bigger than last year. I think some of the flippers, they took on riskier projects than last year. So overall, I think it’s going to be a very exciting season.”
Thursday’s opener gives an indication on just how risky the flips can be. Here, a Las Vegas couple take on a property in Anaheim that needs major work, acting as their own general contractors and bringing in construction help from Sin City against El Moussa’s advice.
Their plan ultimately led to a bevy of problems and El Moussa says that being one’s own general contractor is probably the most common mistake rookie flippers make.
“(They) try to manage the project themselves as opposed to hiring a general contractor and they do that to save money,” he says. “But in the end, their lack of knowledge and experience shows and in the end most of the time it actually costs more than if they just hired a professional contractor.”
On the positive side, El Moussa gets great satisfaction when his mentees succeed. He’s made a good life for himself flipping real estate for nearly two decades and he’s happy to show others how they can, too.
“I was a 20-year-old kid when I got into real estate,” he says, “and I got a real estate coach a few months after getting into the business and it changed my life. I found a mentor, I found a coach and now it’s my turn. I get to give back, I get to coach people, I get to train people and I literally get to watch people change their lives right in front of me. So it’s just extremely rewarding.”