Are classes offered by HGTV ‘Flip or Flop’ stars a sham?

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Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the loveably entitled Orange County residents and stars of HGTV’s Flip or Flop, are at the center of controversy over pricey real estate classes supposedly overseen by the couple.

An Associated Press report (via the Orange County Register) reveals that though the flipping classes, which cost nearly $2,000 for three days of instruction, are pitched to enrollees using the names and likenesses of the El Moussas, the couple rarely if ever actually appears to provide their considerable expertise in buying foreclosed homes, adding cheap tile to the bathrooms, and listing for $100,000 more than comparable homes in the area.

Participants in the classes are promised they will be connected with investors in order to begin flipping projects of their own—with refunds offered if they haven’t successfully flipped by a given deadline. But one woman tells AP she was asked for an additional $8,000 when she wanted to start flipping.

Zurixx LLC, the Utah-based company behind the classes, has partnered with other reality TV stars in the past. The company tells AP everything is on the level and that there was a perfectly good reason enrollees in some of their other classes not affiliated with the El Moussas were asked to open lines of credit up to $30,000 to pay for a trip to Las Vegas.

The El Moussas were apparently too busy to comment. For more on the suspicious classes, check out the full story at the OC Register.

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