Tarek El Moussa is the co-star of the hit HGTV show Flip or Flop, currently in its eighth season with over 19 million viewers and ranked #1 cable show in its time slot. In addition to successfully flipping hundreds of properties over the years, Tarek is a successful Entrepreneur, Real Estate Expert and Investor with a portfolio of over 100 properties, a wholesale real estate company, a home flipping educational seminar company and a production company.
Born into an immigrant family in Buena Park, California, Tarek’s hard-driving father taught him the value of hard work, the importance of a healthy competitive spirit and how to push himself to higher limits. At the age of 20, Tarek dropped out of college to enroll in Real Estate School. At 21, he received his real estate license and quickly made a name for himself in Orange County, California, becoming the top agent in his company. By 22, he bought his first million-dollar home.
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At the height of the housing boom, he was selling multi-million-dollar mansions like hotcakes but when the housing bubble burst, Tarek went broke and was forced to move into his parent’s garage. In the time period between sleeping next to the family station wagon and cans of paint, Tarek devised a plan to rebuild his wealth. He then carved out a new niche for himself in the world of real estate: flipping distressed properties. Through his drive and the generosity of friends, family and business mentors, Tarek landed back on his feet and became a multi-millionaire.
Since then, Tarek has purchased and flipped hundreds of properties. In 2012, he sold the idea of a house flipping show to HGTV with a guarantee of ten episodes. Seven years later, he has 141 episodes under his belt, and counting, with his biggest on-air profit of over $200,000. The show continuously holds a top spot on HGTV, with over 19 Million viewers and a recent episode ranking as the #1 cable show in its timeslot among viewers P25-54. His show has inspired the Flip or Flop franchise in Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Fort Worth. Tarek owns his own production company in which he is the Executive
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After attracting more than 19 million viewers in its last run, the new 18-episode season of HGTV’s hit series Flip or Flop premiered on August 1, 2019 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The hit show spotlights divorced couple, Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead, as they buy, renovate and sell Southern California properties for a profit. The premiere episode of Flip or Flop is also available on demand across all platforms and on the HGTV app.
Tarek also premiered a new solo project on August 1, 2019 called Tarek’s Flip Side—a new digital series that is available on the HGTV app, HGTV.com, on demand across all platforms, HGTV Facebook and HGTV’s YouTube channel. The series offers fans a glimpse of Tarek’s personal life as he works hard, plays hard and then slows down to enjoy quality time with his kids and family.
In addition, Tarek has just announced his own series for the network, Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa premiering early 2020. This new series will feature Tarek as he mentors real estate novices to help them learn the secrets of a successful flip.
Aside from television, Tarek has teamed up with HOM Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach California to create his own high-end real estate sales company, Tarek and Associates—working with buyers and sellers to buy and sell homes with the best in the business.
After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer by a Flip or Flop viewer in 2013 and soon after with testicular cancer, today Tarek is now cancer-free. As a two-time cancer survivor, Tarek donates his time and voice to a number of cancer focused charities, including the American Cancer Society and the Lazarex Foundation to help create awareness. In addition, Tarek is also involved with Habitat for Humanity, helping to bring affordable housing to those in need.
Tarek’s number one priority is being a hands-on dad and spending time with his two children, daughter Taylor and son Brayden. When he is not filming his hit HGTV series, Tarek travels the country as an indemand speaker sharing his experiences as a successful businessman, house flipper and a two-time cancer survivor, along with conducting his real estate education seminars.