LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Home renovation shows are all the rage.
The married couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of the popular Waco-based “Fixer Upper,” are the current cover subjects of PEOPLE magazine. “The Property Brothers” (Jonathan and Drew Scott) who seemingly have had 20 spinoff shows, are bickering twins who rehab and renovate homes, humorously, of course.
“Flip or Flop” on HGTV is another show that would be hard to miss. It, too, features another charismatic married couple — in this case Tarek and Christina El Moussa of Orange County — who takes viewers through the drama of flipping rundown homes.
The half hour show features the El Moussas — the ridiculously photogenic parents of two ridiculously photogenic children — taking on a house, sometimes unseen, they then renovate to re-sell or “flip”. Most often the couple makes a tidy sum but every so often, they end up taking a loss or a small profit, “the flop.”
The couple is capitalizing on their popularity off screen, launching their own series of seminars across the country promising to teach the secrets of their success.
But some folks, reports CBS2’s Thom Wait, feel like they have been duped by the seminars.