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Another Real Estate Reality Show Offer

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!

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  1. 10 Comment(s)

  2. By enplaned on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe you’d work better as the star of a practical “how to” flip show, rather than a drama show. I’d certainly be more interested in watching a “how to” type show, and you really do know “how to”…

  3. By Sharon Vornholt on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Tom-

    It’s still an honor to be asked not once but twice!

  4. By Tom on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    I know Sharon, and I was truly honored. One great thing comes of this, now I have confirmation that we have new shows with new teams next year to look forward to watching!

  5. By Brooks - TheSouthernInvestor on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Man, that’s absolutely Awesome! Flip this House. How Cool!
    Too bad you couldn’t do it…
    I would be drooling over that opportunity!

  6. By Tom on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Brooks,, it was Awesome, no doubt and I’m very honored. I was on another planet for a while until we explored all the details. The fit just wasnt quite right and the timing sucked as well. Maybe we’ll still make it happen once we get back in California so stay tuned and thanks for commenting!

  7. By Bilgefisher on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats on the invite. Likely for the best. Can you imagine the hassle dealing with the film crew all day.

  8. By Tom on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Bilge~ ya know I wouldn’t really mind having filmers followng me. The deal breaker for us this go round was really mainly that we want to leave San Antonio now and also the lack of other strong personalities to carry the show. I didnt want to just start grabbing people and faking it, so we’ll wait until we get back in SD and get our wheels turning, I have a real motley crew of friends who are all in construction and would make great additions to a show. Thanks for the comments buddy!

  9. By Craig on Oct 8, 2010 | Reply

    Tommy – you gotta get at me. I want to find out who I might contact regarding this show. Maybe its the “HAM” in me – but I’ll be damned if I wouldn’t like to see my rehabs on a show.

    Can you shoot me an email with the contact details?

    Craig Fuhr

  10. By Tom on Oct 9, 2010 | Reply

    Craig, funny, I was just going to send you a p.m. and ask if you were one of the other teams she was talking to. I was sure you were in the running too as they found me through all our online content. You’d be great on TV and you have killer product, I’ll introduce you to the producer via email in a sec and you can take it from there. Good luck buddy!

  11. By Luis on Oct 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, I commend you for the decision. I think it was wise because the pressure to create and “interesting” show i.e. drama could have some unintended consequences. For example, it turns out that one of the shows they did here in Atlanta a while ago, the flipper in the show did not even own the house that was being remodeled and they only rehabbed half the house just for the cameras!!
    Sounds like you made a wise move.
    Going back to Cali…awesome!

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