Tarek El Moussa is back with a new season of “Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa”, but in this very special Season 2 premiere, his mentees aren’t the only ones buying a home!

In the episode “Gambling With the Rules”, El Moussa helps Jenny and Marco, who just bought a house in Anaheim, Calif., for $ 500,000.

These two really need help. This couple may have done a few flips in Las Vegas, but they are inexperienced with California rules and regulations; nor do they have a local renovation team.

They end up struggling to get the job done, get hit with a “Stop Work” notice, and even run out of cash towards the end, forced to put the project on credit cards.

Meanwhile, El Moussa is looking for his first home with his fiancée, Heather Rae Young, and the place they end up buying is amazing!

So find out all that El Moussa and Young have been up to and along the way, learn some smart tips on how to topple a house, if it’s on your bucket list.

Choose a bright color for a front door

Before the renovation this yard looked ugly and overgrown.


When El Moussa first sees Marco and Jenny’s fixer, he’s not exactly impressed with the exterior. The house itself is drab, with an odd roof overhang, plus the landscaping is overgrown.

Jenny and Marco paint the building and fix the overhang, but they quickly triple their exterior budget of $ 5,000 and have nothing left for the greenery.

“Landscaping with grass is not something we’ve done before, especially on a lot of this size,” says Marco.

With a coat of paint and a little grass, the house looks a lot nicer.


To save money, they decide to skip the sod and add topsoil and seeds to the front yard. Unfortunately, El Moussa is not sure that the grass has time to grow.

“If you were to do seed, you should have dropped it about a month ago,” he says.

Jenny and Marco have construction delays, but the good thing is that the grass ends up having time to sprout and the front yard looks great. Yet these two are learning a valuable lesson in creating curb appeal.

Buyers love green lawns, but it takes time and money to create a lush backyard with green grass. When preparing a home for sale, it is important to plan ahead.

Don’t renovate what you don’t need

Tarek El Moussa recommends not investing too much in this fireplace.


Before the start of the works, El Moussa visits the property with Marco and Jenny. Marco says he plans to tear out the gas fireplace and install an electric one. But from the outset, El Moussa disapproves of the idea.

“We don’t get along already,” said El Moussa. “That’s a whole lot of money that you don’t have to spend. We have a fireplace right there. So in my opinion paint this brick, pop [on] a beautiful fireplace.

Marco and Jenny agree to keep the gas fireplace, but still end up going against El Moussa’s advice, adding flashy black and white tiles up to the ceiling, which is nice, but adds a unnecessary cost.

This fireplace has a glamorous Las Vegas vibe.


In the end, this turns out to be a lesson for Jenny and Marco. Once they have their doors open, they get mixed reviews about the fireplace, and it’s clear they shouldn’t have spent the extra money on the tiles. Sometimes it is better to go for the simple and inexpensive option. Then, if buyers don’t like a particular feature, they can change it later.

White cabinets brighten up a small kitchen

This kitchen was certainly dated.


As for the kitchen design, Marco suggests dark floors, a white and gray backsplash, and gray cabinetry, but El Moussa says he should rethink the design.

“It won’t look really good,” he said. “I think this look would work with a white Shaker cabinet with black handles.”

Marco decides to listen to El Moussa and uses white Shaker cabinets instead of gray. While white cabinetry isn’t exactly the exciting choice for a kitchen flip, it still looks great and buyers love the bright, open look.

With white cabinets this small kitchen looks big and bright.


Don’t overthink the details in the blink of an eye

Jenny and Marco had to get creative to make this little bathroom functional.


In the bathroom, Marco and Jenny decide to continue their modern theme. El Moussa helps them choose black, gray and white floor tiles and white shower tiles. Although the design looks great, Marco and Jenny run into a problem when trying to place their order.

“We tried to get the other one we had chosen at the store,” says Marco.

Turns out it’s out of stock, so to get things going, they choose a tile that looks similar.

“We took another risk, another bet,” admits Marco.

El Moussa helps choose this modern tile.


Fortunately, El Moussa approves the new look. “I mean, this tile is good too,” he said.

Tarek’s lesson here is that fins don’t have to be too much particular on certain finishes. What’s more important is making the rooms cohesive, which Marco and Jenny accomplish with their black, white, and gray color scheme.

Now the bathroom looks modern and stylish.


Trees and flowers help complete a large yard

This backyard was filled with trash, but Jenny, Marco and El Moussa could see the potential.


Maybe the best part about this house is the back yard. It’s a huge space, and once Jenny and Marco have emptied the trash, it looks like a great place for a family.

Jenny and Marco make sure the grass is green, but if not, they leave this space pretty bare. Sadly, on the open house, a potential buyer disapproves of this ordinary yard, saying she wished there were more trees and a few flowers.

Of course, Jenny is disappointed with the negative review.

“That’s why we left a blank canvas, so they can do whatever they want with it,” says Jenny.

This is a big improvement, although the yard is still quite simple.


While a large backyard is a great asset, the buyer might be right. Investing in a few plants would make this basic space look like an oasis.

While this house isn’t perfect, the booming California market is saving these beginner fins. After spending $ 85,000 on the renovation ($ 15,000 more than expected), Jenny and Marco sell the house for $ 810,000, making a nice profit of $ 150,000.

It’s an incredible godsend for this project, and a big win for these Las Vegas fins! And, there’s more good news when Jenny says she’s expecting their third child together. All around it ends up being a great achievement.

Newport Beach House
This Newport Beach home is perfect for El Moussa and Heather Rae Young.


While Jenny and Marco are working hard on their renovation, El Moussa takes her children (10 years Taylor and 6 years old Brayden) to see a beautiful Newport Beach, California home with stunning ocean views. El Moussa and Young decide to make this place their first home together and buy the property for an undisclosed sum which El Moussa says is in the range of $ 3 million.

Newport Beach Kitchen
El Moussa buys this house in Newport Beach, California.


With a clean white exterior, large living rooms, four bedrooms, and a rooftop terrace, this home is awe-inspiring. Still, El Moussa explains that it will take a bit of work. Hoping they’ll show more of what they do with it in future episodes of “Flipping 101”.

beach view
This house has fabulous views from the roof terrace!