Flip or Flop

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Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop Logo.jpg
GenreReality television
StarringTarek El Moussa
Christina Anstead
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes110 (as of December 21, 2019)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Pie Town Productions
Original networkHGTV
Original releaseApril 16, 2013 (2013-04-16) –
Related showsFlip or Flop (franchise)
External links

Flip or Flop is a television series airing on HGTV, hosted by the formerly-married couple Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead.[1] The program is the original show in the Flip or Flop franchise, debuting in 2013.[2]

On December 12, 2019, the series was renewed for a ninth season which will premiere in August 2020.[3]


Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa were married real estate agents in Orange County, California. After the real estate crash in 2008, they began flipping homes in the Orange County area.

In 2011, Tarek asked a friend to help him make an audition tape for HGTV, filming an entire episode of the process of house flipping from start to finish. The audition tape was sent to HGTV and in 2012 the couple[4] was signed to make Flip or Flop.[5]

Christina's expertise is primarily in design, and she works with Tarek to find and renovate homes. She handles the designs of the new spaces and keeps the project on schedule. The show follows them as they buy homes, typically bank-owned, short sales or foreclosures, to renovate and resell.[6]


Personal life[edit]

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead met while working in the real estate industry. The couple married in 2009 and they have two children, a girl named Taylor Reese and a boy named Brayden James.[7] When the housing market plummeted after the October 2008 stock market crash they went from living in a $6,000 per month home to a $700 per month apartment, inspiring them to focus on flipping houses.[8]

In 2013, a registered nurse and viewer, Ryan Reade, contacted the network after seeing a lump on Tarek's neck during a Flip or Flop marathon. The network put Reade in touch with the producers, and Tarek was diagnosed with testicular cancer[9] and thyroid cancer.[10] The El Moussas thanked Reade in a video that can be seen on HGTV.com.[11] Tarek has been in remission since 2014.

In May 2016, the couple separated after an incident at their Southern California home. According to a Yorba Linda police report, Christina called the police after she saw Tarek leave their home with a gun, believing he was suicidal.[12] Tarek was found by the police, and maintained that he was never suicidal and had simply gone for a hike, taking a gun to protect himself from wild animals.[13] In January 2017, Tarek officially filed for divorce from Christina.[14]

Real estate career[edit]

Tarek and Christina ran a real-estate agency, The El Moussa Group, in Orange County, an area with one of the largest foreclosure rates in the country. Tarek, Christina, and their partner Pete De Best, bought their first investment house in Santa Ana for $115,000. After selling the property for a profit of $34,000, the trio split the money and continued to flip houses, expanding their real estate investing business into Arizona and Nevada.[15] Following their divorce, The El Moussa Group was dissolved and is now run under the name Tarek and Associates.[16]

In 2018, Tarek and Christina co-founded a real estate education course called Real Estate Elevated.[17]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16)May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)
214April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08)July 8, 2014 (2014-07-08)
315October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)July 7, 2015 (2015-07-07)
415December 3, 2015 (2015-12-03)March 24, 2016 (2016-03-24)
515June 9, 2016 (2016-06-09)September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)
615December 1, 2016 (2016-12-01)March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30)
720June 15, 2017 (2017-06-15)September 6, 2018 (2018-09-06)
818August 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)December 12, 2019 (2019-12-12)


  1. ^ Lewis, Raha (September 10, 2013). "Flip or Flop Host Tarek El Moussa Battling Thyroid Cancer". People. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  2. ^ "Exes and Business Partners Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa Return for 18 New Episodes of HGTV Hit Series "Flip or Flop" on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT". The Futon Critic. June 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "HGTV Picks Up a New Season of "Flip or Flop" with Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa". The Futon Critic. December 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Tarek & Christina El Moussa Make The Decision To 'Flip Or Flop'". MyFoxLA.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Local couple star in HGTV reality show on flipping houses". Orange County Register. 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  6. ^ "Local couple star in HGTV reality show on flipping houses". ocregister.com. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  7. ^ "Tarek and Christina El Moussa Welcome a Baby Boy".
  8. ^ "A Peek Behind At Flip Or Flop". Circa Design.
  9. ^ Mead, Taylor (2019-03-18). "Tarek El Moussa's Message to His Kids After Learning He's Cancer Free Will Make You Tear Up". House Beautiful. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  10. ^ "How HGTV star Tarek El Moussa's cancer, spotted by a concerned viewer, changed his life". People.com. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Tarek Thanks A Life-Saving Fan".
  12. ^ "Inside Tarek & Christina El Moussa's Harrowing Altercation: She Was 'Crying and Shaking' as He Wielded Gun". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  13. ^ Strohm, Emily; Beard, Lanford (December 12, 2016). "Tarek and Christina El Moussa Are Seeing Other People After Secret Split in May: Source". People. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  14. ^ Strohm, Emily; Stone, Natalie (January 9, 2017). "Flip or Flop's Tarek El Moussa Files for Divorce from Wife Christina". People. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "Local couple star in HGTV reality show on flipping houses". The Orange County Register. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  16. ^ "What Tarek El Moussa's New Solo Venture Means for 'Flip or Flop'". Real Estate News and Advice | Realtor.com®. 2017-12-28. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  17. ^ "Real Estate Elevated". Scam Sites. Retrieved August 28, 2019.

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