Flipping Vegas is an American real estate reality TV show that features Scott Yancey and his wife Amie Yancey. The TV series premiered on A&E in the United States on June 18, 2011, and ran through September 2014.
For those of you familiar with real estate business, you may easily recognize Scott and Amie Yancey who were the primary cast of the show with people from their company ‘Goliath. They bought, fixed, and flipped houses in Las Vegas, Nevada, hence the show was called Flipping Vegas.
The Flipping Vegas show originally aired on Saturday mornings until the third season began which was moved to Saturday evenings given the demand of the show. During the last eight episodes of the show, A&E moved the show to an afternoon spot. After the third season, it was also split between A&E and FYI, a channel owned by the same network in order to complete season 4 and 5 of the show.
Flipping Vegas garnered general reviews from the public and the critics. It was successful enough to give life to spinoff series Flipping Boston and Flipping Miami in 2012, and 2013 respectively.
What is Flipping Vegas Exactly?
Those of you who are unfamiliar about the setting of the show, here is what it was all about.
Real estate mogul Scott Yancey, and his interior designer wife Amie Yancey purchased run-down and broken houses through their real estate company Goliath. All the houses bought by the two were low priced houses in the Las Vegas Valley. Through their knowledge and skills, the houses were then renovated with a low budget and tight schedule and then was sold off to potential buyers in the shortest time possible, making a huge profit for the two in the process.
Over the course of 41 episodes, each house featured on the show was presented as vandalized or broken down completely by previous tenants, and thus the houses were in need of a complete makeover which was done by Scott and his wife.
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Being someone extremely careful about his money, Scott would always try to keep the repairs to the bare minimum so maximum profit could be made. His wife, on the other hand, was always passionate about trying to give the best makeover to the house. This would often mean that she would go beyond the budget set by Scott Yancey. This sometimes angered Scott who would then have an argument with his wife on the show. This is what attracted the viewers the most.
In many of the episodes, because of delays and other problems, not all houses were renovated on time and thus did not feature on consecutive episodes. To keep the show moving forward, the producers created a segment where one of the real estate managers of Scott would bring potential buyers to various properties and tried to sell them the home.
This was intended as an informative part of the show where aspiring real estate investors would learn how to make a great deal with potential buyers. Throughout the show, there were small clips of interviews which helped the viewer learn more about the cast and their company.
The cast of the show
Being a reality TV show, Flipping Vegas revolved around a very limited cast. The main and most regular cast included Scott and his wife Amie Yancey alongside Michele, a manager at the Walker Zanger business which was a go-to place for Amie to buy tiles and countertops for the houses she was working on.
The show would also occasionally feature project managers from Goliath. These included Baldemar Rivera for season 1-2, Dino for season 1, and Larry for season 2-5.
Sometimes the viewers also got to know about the real estate agents of the Goliath company. The names that regularly appear in the show include Heather Stone, Gady Medrano, Rexalynn, Michelle.
How did Scott come up with the idea?
According to Scott Yancey, the idea of the show came when he was talking to some of his friends who were from Hollywood. Being from Hollywood himself, Scott had many people belonging to various studios. He told some of his friends about how he pulled a Glock out on some homeless guy who came to him with needles in one of the houses that were all boarded up.
Listening to his stories, the friends told him he could easily create a reality show out of this and they agreed to make a commercial website for him. So Scott paid for the expenses and got another friend of his who worked at Lionsgate to help bring the series alive.