TV shows can be a wonderful way to just relax or have fun. And for real estate junkies, there's no shortage of real estate shows to enjoy. House Hunters and Million Dollar Listing may be fun to watch but are catered to a wider audience. Luckily, with more real estate TV shows than ever, aspiring and experienced real estate investors can learn and be entertained at the same time. Here are seven real estate shows that can teach real estate investors a thing or two.
Flipping 101's star is Tarek El Moussa, a real estate investor whose career took off during the 2008 market crash and now has over 300 properties under management. The show focuses specifically on how to fix and flip residential real estate, with Tarek mentoring new investors through the process of turning a profit on a house.
What sends this show to the top of the list is that its target audience is real estate investors. This hour-long show airs on HGTV and can definitely help aspiring flippers learn something new.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are featured in one of HGTV's most successful home renovation shows. Buyers choose a property from three run-down properties in Texas that seemingly have no potential and turn it into a dream home.
While this show is loved by just as many homeowners as it is by investors, there is plenty of content for professionals in the real estate industry. The show focuses on houses under $200,000, putting at least $30,000 or more into the renovations. Both of these numbers fall in line with national averages for home prices in many markets, making it a good example for flipping houses. This series ended in 2018, but there are whisperings of the show starting back up again under the Gaines' own network, Magnolia Homes.
Flip That House
This older show was made specifically for investors. Theshow rotates to a new individual or group of individuals each episode, where the real estate investor buys, rehabs, and sells a house from start to finish. It gives a great picture of a diverse range of markets, covering everything from small to large houses across the nation. With each new investor, you'll gain a different approach or perspective helping you, the investor, to pick up new ideas with every episode rather than hearing the same approach used over and over again.
The best part: Because it's focused on investors, it's all about creating a profit, not just a pretty house. The series aired on Discovery Home Channel and TLC, and while the seasons may be outdated, the information is still useful.
Ever watch The Bachelorette? If so, you might recall JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers, who are now the stars in CNBC's Cash Pad. This show takes the focus away from the flip side of investing and instead focuses on renovation for short-term rentals -- a potentially lucrative niche in real estate investing.
While this show doesn't always focus on a house renovation (the hosts will renovate things like garages or shipping containers), it can help investors with an eye for creating additional income streams off an already-profitable rental property. As professionals, it can be a great way to further improve a property's return on investment.
Flip or Flop
Tarek El Moussa can be found on other HGTV shows but originally got his start on Flip or Flop, which featured him and his now-ex-wife, Christina Anstead, as real estate agents in Southern California turning mostly bank-owned properties into lucrative flips. The show takes you step by step through the flipping process, from finding and acquiring the property to listing and selling it.
Tarek focuses on the renovation side of things, while Christina acts as the interior designer. This incredibly popular real estate reality show just entered its 10th season, so if you enjoy it, there will be plenty for you to binge-watch.
Designed to Sell
This HGTV series is geared more toward a homebuyer but can be useful for investors as well. The premise is making design and finishing-touch improvements to a house prior to listing with a budget of $2,000 or less. Oftentimes, investors focus on the rehab side and overlook what many homebuyers are interested in: the finishing touches. And if it helps us sell the home quickly for the price we're after, most of us can justify a few small-budget items to do so.
For our last recommendation, we're going to switch it up and take you into the seemingly endless realm of YouTube (NASDAQ: GOOGL) channels to highlight a true gem. Grant Cardone is the author of 21 different business books and programs and is the CEO of seven privately held companies. His channel has different playlists, depending on your specific interests, including episodes on real estate investing, how to increase your income, and how to invest millions in real estate.
One of the best things about YouTube is that it's on demand. Rather than waiting for an air date, you can watch archived videos that range from two-minute tips or more in-depth 30-minute discussions.
The bottom line
All these shows are perfectly suited to teaching investors a thing or two that can help improve their own business plans. No expensive courses needed; just information shared from experts across the country. So next time you sit down to watch a quick show, check out one of these great options to not only relax and enjoy but learn something at the same time.