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‘Flip or Flop’ Behind the Scenes: A Timeline of How Tarek and Christina Met, and the Homes They Lived In and Loved


Since we know that all good things must come to an end, we’re sad but not surprised to see Christina Haack and Tarek El Moussa finally calling it quits on their hit HGTV show, “Flip or Flop.”

After 10 years under their tool belts, these flippers and former spouses aired their final episode.

“I’m filled with gratitude to have done 10 seasons of a hit show,” Haack wrote on Instagram. “I remember filming the pilot and thinking, ‘Wouldn’t this be crazy if is this [sic] actually made it to network TV?’ And here we are, a decade later.”


The show’s end is “bittersweet,” El Moussa wrote on Instagram. “You guys have been with us through it all.”

Lest you’ve forgotten just how humble their beginnings were or all the highs and lows that happened in between, we thought we’d take a jaunt down memory lane and recount their history in more detail.

Let’s take a look at how they went from rookie real estate investors in Southern California to the reality TV royalty they are today.

2009: Tarek and Christina tied the knot

They’d met working in real estate several years earlier, and they partnered up personally and professionally in 2008. They got hitched in 2009, just as the housing crash forced them to trade their $6,000 monthly mortgage for a $700 monthly rental (including a roommate).

2010: They began flipping houses

Since the housing crash had so many people defaulting on their mortgages and leaving their properties in horrible condition, the couple figured they could make a living buying these bargain homes, fixing them up, and selling them for a profit.

They teamed up with business partner Pete De Best and bought their first investment house in Santa Ana for $115,000. They renovated it and sold it for a $34,000 profit! Their first child, Taylor, was also born that year.

2011: El Moussa filmed their first flip

Just for fun, El Moussa asked a friend to help him create a video documenting their work on a flip. The production company they sent it to loved it so much, it submitted the video to HGTV, who hopped aboard.

2013: ‘Flip or Flop’ premiered on TV

At 11 p.m.! HGTV justified this late-nite time slot due to concerns that viewers might not be wild about a show featuring makeovers of distressed and foreclosed homes. These worries were unfounded, however. “Flip or Flop” soon becomes one of its biggest hits.

2014: They bought and remodeled a mansion

Once “Flip or Flop” was up and running, El Moussa and Haack splurged on a 6,366-square-foot family home in Yorba Linda, CA, for a cool $2 million. They immediately set about remodeling it, spending a whopping $1.5 million. After their marriage ended in 2018, they sold it for $2,925,000. Their very own home could be considered one of their rare flops.

Dining room
Dining room

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2015: Their second child, Brayden, was born

Brayden’s birth was documented in the appropriately titled “Labor of Love” episode. Haack had to take time away from remodeling a home in Fullerton, CA, to give birth, but the cameras were rolling when she informed El Moussa, “It’s time!” Viewers were then able to follow the family to the hospital and share this momentous occasion with this couple’s growing family.

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Brayden arrives!


2016: The couple separated

In May, police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at El Moussa and Haack’s address. Seven months later, the couple announced their separation.

“Like many couples, we have had challenges in our marriage,” they said in a statement. “Together, we have decided to separate while we reevaluate the future of our marriage. During this process, we are committed to our kids and being the best parents we can be. We will continue to work through this process civilly and cooperatively, and plan to continue our professional life together.”

2018: They finalized their divorce

Their divorce was finalized in January 2018. Later that year, Haack married British TV host Ant Anstead, and the two bought a beautiful 4,804-square-foot home in Newport Beach for $4,100,000.

El Moussa also bought himself a luxe, four-bedroom, 3.5-bath bachelor pad in Costa Mesa, CA, for $2,280,000.

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Tarek El Moussa’s new bachelor pad

2019: Haack debuted her own show—and a new baby

“Christina on the Coast,” Haack’s spinoff about her design adventures in Southern California, premiered and became a ratings success. She also welcomed a son, Hudson London, with Anstead.

Christina on the Coast
“Christina on the Coast” premiered in 2019


2020: El Moussa got his own show and a new partner

It wasn’t long before El Moussa premiered his own spinoff show mentoring novice real estate investors, “Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa.” He also proposed to “Selling Sunset” star Heather Rae Young, with whom he walked down the aisle a year later.

Meanwhile, Haack announced her separation from Anstead after less than two years of marriage. She also purchased a vacation farmhouse in Franklin, TN, just south of Nashville.


2021: Haack got engaged and bought a house

Love is not far behind for Haack, too, who got engaged to Joshua Hall, a real estate agent from Austin, TX. She also bought a house in Dana Point, CA, for $10.3 million, after selling the house she bought with Anstead for $5.35 million.

2022: ‘Flip or Flop’ ends its 10-year run

On March 10, both Haack and El Moussa announced to their fans on Instagram that the 10th season of “Flip or Flop” would be their last. Reports circulated that “the show was just becoming too intimate at this point and it was time to close that chapter.”

El Moussa and Young immediately set out for Cabo, while Haack and Hall holed up and spent time with the kids and their pup.

But rest assured, this is not the last we will see of these two.

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