Desert Flippers is for anyone who enjoys HGTV’s impressive line-up of home renovation and flipping shows. Real estate agents Eric Bennett, who looks and acts like he could be Chip Gaines’ (Fixer Upper) younger brother, and his wife, Lindsay, are the newest couple on the home flipping block. Together, they take some of the most run down, dilapidated structures and turn them into beautiful, stylish, and desirable family homes.
The Desert Sun noted that the couple’s partnership with HGTV began when Eric noticed that the network was looking for people that flip homes.
“I was like ‘that’s what I do.’ And sure enough I got a call the next day. And now it’s been two years since that happened,” said Eric.
He went on to say that they started out with a short three-minute video that was filmed using their phones, and HGTV then bought a 10-minute video of one of their house flips. As viewers know, they then shot the pilot episode of Desert Flippers when Lindsay was pregnant. Based on the pilot, it is no surprise that seven additional episodes of Desert Flippers were ordered.
“When we got the first opportunity we really thought that we had a chance to get this far because first of all our flips are fairly dramatic — we do deal with some of the really nasty ones. But also the desert is such an amazing place and (we’re) able to kind of show that to the world,” said Eric.
According to The Desert Review, the eight-episode series of Desert Flippers follows the charismatic Bennett’s as they juggle raising three small children while working their home renovation magic in the Palm Springs, California area. Renovating 20 properties in a year and working in triple-degree desert heat is no easy feat, but these desert flippers take it all in stride.
“Palm Springs is booming right now,” Lindsay. “There are new hotels, hot restaurants, and young people with new families moving in all the time. The potential is incredible.”
In the premiere episode of Desert Flippers, “Squatters and Scorpions,” Broadway World shared that Lindsay and Eric decide to purchase a run-down home basically sight unseen. These desert flippers quickly discovered that the home was not only trashed and tagged by squatters, but had quite the serious scorpion infestation. Even with these problems they still hope to finish the renovations before Lindsay, who is pregnant with their third son, has the baby. Not to be deterred, the couple transforms the house, revealing to the Desert Flippers audience a stunning dwelling complete with a casita, a new pool, and even a bocce ball court. This is definitely one home that is now the perfect place to entertain and raise a family.
The second episode of Desert Flippers titled “It Takes A Villa,” follows the couple as they begin renovation on a home that Lindsay envisions could become a beautiful, Tuscan-style villa. The Bennett’s don’t miss a beat even when a gutted kitchen, supply shortages, landscape issues, and the green, mosquito-infested swimming pool offer plenty of challenges to overcome. With their renovation costs quickly rising, the Desert Flippers crew must scramble to complete the renovation in order to turn a nice profit. The finished home is impressive, and it isn’t long before they receive an equally impressive offer. As Eric says, “The bigger the mess, the bigger the profit.”
This young, energetic family is fun to watch, with Eric providing plenty of funny one-liners and jokes. Did you catch the first two episodes of Desert Flippers? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. At this time, there is not a set air time and date for Desert Flippers, so check your local listings.
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