Tarek El Moussa
Tarek El Moussa is a real estate powerhouse best known from HGTV’s hit series Flip or Flop, and now with more than 500 successful flips to his name, he’s sharing the secrets to his success with rookie flippers in his new solo series Flipping 101 w/ Tarek El Moussa. The new series follows Tarek as he mentors first-time flippers, helping them navigate costly mistakes as they race to get a renovated property on the market.
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.
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. Since then, Tarek has purchased and flipped hundreds of properties.
After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer by a Flip or Flop viewer in 2013 and soon after with testicular cancer, today Tarek is thankful to now be cancer-free. As a two-time cancer survivor, Tarek donates his time and lends his voice to a number of cancer focused charities, including the American Cancer Society and the Movember 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, Tarek travels the country as a speaker sharing his experiences as a successful businessman, house flipper and a two-time cancer survivor.