This is my third review of real estate reality shows. For this review,I’ll be covering Flip That House which more appropriately could be referred to as Flip That Flop.
We are introduced to yet another yuppie turned flipper. ( Is there a population explosion going on with this breed)?
“I’m Glynis and this is my flip.”
At $185,000, Glynis plans to spend approximately $10,000 and completely renovate a rundown tired and boring Las Vegas bungalow in just under three weeks.
We find Glynis spending a lot of time standing around fashionably dressed in sleak car coats issuing orders more reminiscent of an old style movie director.
“I want everything out of here. I want bare.” No megaphone needed.
Day One of the three week marathon has us watching breathlessly as she somehow gets accidently locked in the downstairs bathroom.
“There’s something wrong with this door,” she blurts out. “I’m freaking out. I’m dying in here.”
She gets rescued by her contractor but we kind of get the impression she thinks he’s a tad bit slow. But hey, he’s trying to completely renovate a 1700 sq.ft. house in 21 days. Could she just spare him some slack, for crying out loud?
Kelly Lynn, on the other hand, is more tactile with her rehabbing. She actually gets down and dirty in her $370,000 North Hollywood adobe that can only be described as a landfill dump better known in the business as a “Kitty House”.
Her goal? Get it done under 30 days on a $30,000 budget.
“There’s a lot of money to be made,” she coos, just in case we need reminding.
As Kelly Lynn wades through more debris she tells us ” there could be items of value in here- like cash.”
Hmmmm. You go girl.
Instead she almost trips over a toliet while screeching, “I’m totally creeped!”
“$1500 and three dumpsters later we now know she could have actually come out ahead had she hired a professional crime scene cleaning service. And yes, they’re in the phone book.
Back in Vegas, we find Glynis and realtor Jacqui Hernandez in matching trend-setting black jackets with red blouses discussing the good news. Yes ma’am, the numbers will crunch. We can almost feel the category 5 build up as yep, she’s going shopping.
Glynis does make a profit over $65,000 on time and manages to come in only $2000 over budget, or so we’re told. What isn’t exactly explained is she, thanks to her crew, pulls it off in a blazingly hot market, which certainly helps.
Meanwhile, what about poor Kelly Lynn?
She’s still busy getting right in there with her crew as they tear out a bathroom. And just in time. We’re relieved when she prevents a worker from deliberately breaking a mirror.
“That could be bad luck,” she warns us.
We ‘re left to ponder what her definition of bad luck really is when she finally stumbles upon a major, big time structural problem. Any experienced rehabber would have caught this cash trap pretty quickly before committing, but this show is not about the guys who actually know what they’re doing.
As with many rehabbing episodes we’re left hanging. Is there a happy ending? One major theme haunts us as we watch each new flipper attempt to flip in record time. It’s what isn’t revealed that really tells their stories.