Well, it’s been a crazy week. Not to mention the regular job site stuff but we’ve been in discusssions with the producers of the most successful house flipping show ever on TV. Our regular blog followers will remember another group had already contacted me earlier this year as well so this makes twice now.
As it turns out there is a brand new flip show in the works for next year with a familiar format. They are picking 4 teams and will start filming 26 episodes as soon as February to document the trials and tribulations of these flip crews. We were referred by our friend Joshua Dorkin over at Biggerpockets.com after making his Top 10 Real Estate Bloggers list earlier this year.
As flattering as this is, and as honored as I was to enter into the discussions, the timing couldn’t have been worse. We’re planning on moving back home to San Diego after the current project so when I got this offer I thought maybe we’d opt to stay in San Antonio another year just for the show, film the 5 episodes and then possibly do season 2 in S.D.
After providing tons of info on our business I was asked to complete a detailed questionnaire and film an audition tape as well as pick my cast members who would appear regularly on the show. As you guys know we aren’t a big home buying organization, I act as the investor, contractor and realtor all in one so there’s really nobody challenging my decisions on a daily basis. Reality shows need drama to keep their viewers tuned in, at the end of the day I just had to pass on the whole deal because I’d be trying to create drama that really doesn’t exist . Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all smooth sailing with our house flipping business but producers need big time drama between multiple loud personalities to carry a TV show. Take for instance our favorite show right now, Flipping Out. Back in season 1 there was way more focus on the houses, materials and job site footage. This season they’ve introduced way more characters and its virtually all interpersonal interactions with dramatic side stories leaving literally nothing about the projects or flipping anymore. Thinking back about the first seasons of Property Ladder leaves us yearning for “real” flipping reality shows to return that cover more of the nuts and bolts rehabbing stuff. Maybe we’ll get approached for something with a different format that fits us better. We’re keeping lines of communication open and maybe we can be considered again after building our new San Diego crew, maybe 3rd time will be a charm. Big thanks to these producers, Josh Dorkin and everyone who’s noticed us and follow along with my blog!