US home flipping malaise pinches reality TV stars to contractors

April 6, 2024

While the increase in interest rates engineered by the Federal Reserve over the last two years put a damper on the overall U.S. housing market, it took a sledge hammer to home flippers from small contractors to reality TV stars. Just ask Tarek El Moussa, star of HGTV’s “The Flipping El Moussas” and former co-host of the real estate and renovation focused channel's mainstay, “Flip or Flop.” The number of Americans acting as investors in the housing market dived 38.85% between 2021 and 2023’s fourth quarter, according to property data provider ATTOM Data Solutions.


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