Tarek and Christina El Moussa are the hosts of HGTV’s Flip or Flop. Tarek received his real estate license when he was 21 years old and quickly made a name for himself in Orange County, California. At the height of the housing boom, he was selling multi-million dollar mansions like hotcakes, but when the housing bubble burst, his empire came crashing down and he had to determine another way to pursue his real estate passion. Today, Tarek has carved out a new niche for himself in the world of real estate: flipping distressed properties. He buys foreclosures, short sales and REOs for cash but, as Tarek would say, “No Risk, No Reward!”
Christina is a real estate shark. In the show, Christina, also a real estate agent, works with Tarek to find and renovate homes – keeping it all in the family to save costs. She handles the designs of the new spaces and keeps everything on schedule. Her experience as a real estate agent helps to steer the family business into a stable direction as they strive to reclaim the American dream, while raising their daughter Taylor.
After the second season of Flip or Flop, a fan and registered nurse wrote to the El Moussas with concern for a nodule on Tarek’s neck. They were shocked to discover the bump was thyroid cancer and Tarek was forced to have half of his thyroid removed and undergo radioactive iodine. With Christina’s support, the treatment was a success and he is currently cancer-free.