9 Things You Didn’t Know About HGTV Star Tarek El Moussa
Tarek and Christina El Moussa rose to fame with the success of their HGTV show, Flip or Flop. Their careers skyrocketed in the summer of 2013 as their reality show became one of the highest rated shows on the network. The two were once again unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight when news of their split went public last December. Despite filing for divorce and separating, Tarek and Christina are currently filming together for the newest season of Flip or Flop. Since its his birthday, here’s a look at 9 things you probably didn’t know about Tarek El Moussa:
9. He Started Young
One of the most impressive things about Tarek is that he’s incredibly hardworking and driven. He’s only 36 and has already amassed quite a bit of fortune and fame, and it’s because he started so young! He got his real estate license when he was only 21 and started working right away in Orange County; this is where he met his now estranged wife and business partner, Christina! Tarek and Christina started their own real-estate agency called The El Moussa Group in Orange County. According to TMZ, since the couple split up, Tarek will be running the real estate company on his own with Sotheby’s. The company is now called Tarek & Associates.
8. Suffered Financial Issues
Just like many other Americans in 2008, Tarek and Christina El Moussa went through a pretty tough time when the market crashed. They lost almost everything. In a sweet tribute to Christina on Mother’s Day in 2016, Tarek wrote, “We did not know how to pay our bills. I will never forget going to Subway to split 5$ footlongs because that is all we could afford.” Their real estate business went belly up during the market crash, so they sold their home and opted for a rental (with a roommate). In order to save their real estate business, they started buying cheap foreclosed homes in Southern California and taught themselves how to flip them for a profit.