It is obvious that Christina Hall and Tarek El Moussa were destined for real estate, not only because of their long careers, but also because of the start of their relationship. In the HGTV clip, El Moussa explained that “Flip or Flop” was so successful because they were successful as a couple. “We’re able to work together because we’re best friends,” he said. “We love what we do. We love each other.” Gray added: “We met at a real estate office, so we started our relationship working together.” He added that El Moussa constantly impressed him with how hard she was willing to work. “It’s just insane,” he said.
It was clearly the perfect combination of passionate and professional. In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Christina Hall said he and Tarek El Moussa worked at Prudential’s real estate agency when she was 22 and he was 24. The head of the company suggested to Hall that she learn from El Moussa and use him as a mentor in the business.
This didn’t mean things were romantic from the start. Tarek El Moussa was seeing someone else at the time of the meeting and it took 14 months before he and Christina Hall finally got together. “The day Tarek and I officially started dating, which was October 9, 2006, we moved in together,” she said. This paved the way not only for a relationship and a future family, but also for a major real estate deal that became a big feature in the world of real estate television.
How Flip Or Flop Actually Happened
Since Christina Hall and Tarek El Moussa met in a real estate office, it was only logical that their marriage and careers were linked. They worked so well together, as Hall often said, and they were certainly on the same page when it came to their road to success.
The couple, along with business partner Pete De Best, bought their first investment property for $115,000 in Santa Ana, California, according to Realtor. They got to try their flipping muscles for the first time and came out with a $34 000 profit.
Things took another happy turn when they met an agent at a conference who tipped them off about an upcoming HGTV show “House Flipper” that was looking for people, Good Housekeeping noted. They decided to film their next flipping project, with Hall being 7 months pregnant. Christina Hall, for her part, was skeptical that it would succeed. “I just remember driving to an auction and thinking there’s just no way this is really going to happen,” she said. “Then, all of the sudden, HGTV wanted a pilot [later named ‘Flip or Flop’], and the pilot got picked up and it was a series, overnight.”
Despite his caution, things worked out, and Hall looked back on the experience in an Instagram post. “I got started in real estate at 21 which led to selling houses which led to flipping houses which led to Tv,” she wrote. “Now while I never wanted to be on tv, stepping out of my comfort zone and into the unknown has always been my thing.”
While Tarek El Moussas and Christina Hall became HGTV’s golden couple, there was a darker side to flipping homes for profit during the housing crisis. Homeowners were forced to empty their homes and the optic of making money on their losses seemed unappealing to some. The success of the site depended on the fact that they were able to snatch up homes for a fraction of their previous price. As the couple knew the terrain, El Moussa and Hall were given priority. As soon as they found the listings up for auction, El Moussa drove around in the middle of the night to peek before the others. “I’ll buy any house, any condition (and) any location as long as I can get it at the right price,” El Moussa told The Orange County Register. Often, he bought them on sight.
El Moussa wasn’t kidding when he said he would buy a home in any condition. One of the more difficult homes had been destroyed by tenants who were about to be evicted. They filled the toilets with cement and smashed the windows before leaving the home, leaving El Moussa and Hall with quite a fierce project. This project, and many others they undertook, paid off enormously. El Moussa boasts an estimated net worth of $15 million, and Hall leads with an estimated net worth of $25 million. We always like a girl who knows how to act!