Are the Flip or Flop auctions real? We’ve addressed the question of the show’s overall veracity, but fans of HGTV’s gi-normous hit still want to know about the auction portion of each episode. How do Flip or Flop‘s economics work? Are they authentic–can you really get houses as cheaply (or efficiently) as Tarek and Christina seem to be able to?
Tarek has been especially forthcoming about the difficulties he and Christina faced when they were building their business back up following the real estate market’s collapse in 2008. He’s also acknowledged how inexperienced he was when it came to the details of flipping houses; in 2015, the Orange County Register wrote that he “would often drive around the Inland Empire scouting houses between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. after addresses were announced the night before an auction,” in order to try and find any advantage, be it location, condition, or intangibles.